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Joe Heller

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  1. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    It kind of makes you wonder just how soon after passage of the So-Called “Patriot Act” that this all started…or how long it was going on before…

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, 10 months ago

    @Ms. Ima

    I doubt if Russia has the infrastructure to be as thorough as the NSA can be.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 10 months ago

    @masterskrain

    Friday night’s Rachel Maddow Show had a very good segment on how, when and where this all began. Since she, like most intelligent Americans, considers this overbroad investigation to be an overreach, even Conservatives may find her story to be informative and valid.
    I try to avoid using liberal sources as they usually draw the same scathing opinions that the use of conservative sources draw from liberals. This first segment was good and even objective.
    ^
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#52139801
    ^
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. An Unscented Flower

    An Unscented Flower GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Nothing to be concerned about, Governments have been listening and watching for years.. It seems as though that everyone should be used to that by now..

  5. PepeLePew2010

    PepeLePew2010 said, 10 months ago

    Glad I don’t live in the USA

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    The Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, is a data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community that is designed to store data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes). Its purpose — as the name implies — is to support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), though its precise mission is classified.
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    The data center is alleged to be able to capture “all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Internet searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter’.” According to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the federal government is legally prohibited from collecting, storing, analyzing, or disseminating the content of the communications of U.S. citizens, whether inside or outside of the United States, unless authorized by an individual warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
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    The project had been designed for foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection but, Binney alleged, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, controls that limited unintentional collection of data pertaining to U.S. citizens were removed, prompting concerns by him and others that the actions were illegal and unconstitutional. Binney alleged that the Bluffdale facility was designed to store a broad range of domestic communications for data mining without warrants.
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    During the Obama Administration, the NSA has officially continued operating under the new FISA guidelines. However, in April 2009, officials at the United States Department of Justice acknowledged that the NSA had engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications in excess of the FISA court’s authority, but claimed that the acts were unintentional and had since been rectified.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

  7. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @masterskrain

    Kind of makes you wonder why your Hero, Obama failed to halt it on January 20, 2009

  8. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @mikefive

    They do, they keep it secret

  9. An Unscented Flower

    An Unscented Flower GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @PepeLePew2010

    PepeLePew2010 -
    Watchful eyes, and sharp ears are everywhere..

  10. An Unscented Flower

    An Unscented Flower GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @PepeLePew2010

    PepeLaPew2010 -
    Regardless of which country..

  11. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    The predecessor to all this, Echelon, has been talked about for years. Conservatives love to talk “small government”, but continually give government more power, then are “outraged” when a Dem uses THEIR legislation in the name of “National Security”. I suppose those that voted for the Patriot Act expected a Repub to succeed Bush II?

  12. Overtaxed

    Overtaxed GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @masterskrain

    This has been going on since FDR, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
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    It is only a matter of time until some computer kid comes up with an encoding program which will pit his ability to sell it to the highest bidder in the private sector against big government trying to shut him down. Of course this could have already happened and we just don’t know about it. The deadbeat media has a way of not reporting real news. Especially when it comes to supporting the regime.

  13. Overtaxed

    Overtaxed GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Has anybody noticed the government targeted Verizon and not the other service providers such as AT&T, Sprint, and so on. Is the media hiding something? Is the government listening in on those providers? Or are the other providers using technology so far out there the government can’t crack it?
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    Meanwhile, we know you socialist losers are reading this. And you are losers because you can’t do anything without stealing the resources of the provider class. Eliminate the provider class, socialists starve by default because socialists are unable to provide for themselves without stealing from others.

  14. Ajax 4Hire

    Ajax 4Hire said, 10 months ago

    I am now presumed guilty. With the amount of laws today, it is impossible to stay “legal”, therefore my government may surveil me.

    The US Constitution, 4th Amendment (1791)
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Just a wee small point as well: the information NSA has been gathering is the property of VERIZON, not the “individual”. Same for any other providers. There as some FCC rules, as well as what folks sign in those cell phone, internet, or Apple/Microsoft contracts, on computer use of their software, even Kindle content access belongs to Amazon, not the purchaser of their products. FISA authorized access (to Bush and Obama administrations) to content that belongs to corporations. (Gee, with “Citizens United”, those are “persons” too!)

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