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Matt Wuerker

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  1. rpmurray

    rpmurray said, about 1 year ago

    It appears that the Obama government has learned a few lessons from the East German Stasi.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    “It appears that the Obama government has learned a few lessons from the East German Stasi.”

    The Stasi thing may not be as far fetched as you might imagine. The NSA is not the only organization spying on the American public. Look up TrapWire.

  3. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, about 1 year ago

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  4. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 1 year ago

    It would’ve been very interesting to see what would have happened if Snowden leaked things in, say, October 2008……..

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    " Where do you think the NSA gets most of their info from?"

    The government does not pay Google and about 600 other companies for information. They use warrants (33,949 from 1978 through 2012) issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and National Security Letters (143,364 from 2004 through 2012.). These NSL’s can be issued by field supervisors of various alphabet federal law enforcement agencies. Information on NSL’s does not seem to available before 2004.

    “…not one of the doors President Obama has passed through (figuratively regarding the abuses you feign outrage over now) was not either built, unlocked or opened by mr. bush the lesser.”

    The camel put its nose under the tent with the 1968 Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act. Lyndon B. Johnson. As for who opened the door, It was President Carter when he signed PUBLIC LAW 95-511—OCT. 25, 1978 which may be cited as the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978”. The FISA was modified and expanded by PUBLIC LAW 107–56—OCT. 26, 2001 ((USA PATRIOT ACT) ACT OF 2001) under Bush and further expanded in the 2012 military appropriations bill.

    If you got your information from some political site, it would appear that they are posting misinformation.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    I don’t care who started it, it should be stopped.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    We have at least 31 spying agencies. More if you count all the private ones licensed to spy by our govt. Including working for the NSA like Edward Snowden was.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    It really started big time under Reagan and has been expanding under every president since.

  9. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    Crowdsourced, yes…but with oversight & citations…note the count for just the FBI (last line), From Wikipedia: “A national security letter (NSL) is a letter from a United States government agency demanding information related to national security. It is independent of legal courts and therefore is different from a subpoena. It is used mainly by the FBI, when investigating matters related to national security.1 It is issued to a particular entity or organization to turn over records and data pertaining to individuals. By law, NSLs can request only non-content information, such as transactional records, phone numbers dialled or sender or recipient email addresses.1 They also contain a gag order, preventing the recipient of the letter from disclosing that the letter was ever issued. The gag order was ruled unconstitutional as an infringement of free speech in the Doe v. Gonzales case, but this decision was superseded by the Second Circuit Court after the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act gave recipients of NSL gag orders recourse in court.23[broken citation] On March 14, 2013, Judge Susan Illston of Federal District Court in San Francisco struck down the law establishing NSLs, writing that the prohibition on disclosure of receipt of such an order made the statute “impermissibly overbroad” under the First Amendment. Judge Illston’s ruling also struck down a statute prohibiting legal challenges by recipients of the security letters, but stayed implementation of her ruling to allow the government to appeal the decision.45 From 2003 to 2006 the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued 192,499 national security letter requests.6

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