• FBI and Access to NSA Data on Americans

    March 10, 2016

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    Posted in: NSA, Post-Constitution America

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    Hear that hissing sound? That is the last gasps for air from the Bill of Rights. The Bill is one breath away from hell.


    The FBI has quietly revised its rules for searching data involving Americans’ communications collected by the National Security Agency.

    The classified revisions were accepted by the secret U.S. FISA court that governs surveillance, under a set of powers colloquially known as Section 702. That is the portion of law that authorizes the NSA’s sweeping PRISM program, among other atrocities.

    PRISM, and other surveillance programs, first came to mainstream public attention with the information leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, preceeded by other NSA whistleblowers such as Thomas Drake and Bill Binney.

    Since at least 2014 the FBI has been allowed direct access to the NSA’s massive collections of international emails, texts and phone calls – which often include Americans on one end of the conversation, and often “inadvertently” sweep up Americans’ domestic communications as well. FBI officials can search through the NSA data, using Americans’ identifying information, for “routine” queries unrelated to national security.

    As of 2014, the FBI has not been required to make note of when it searched NSA-gathered metadata, which includes the “to” or “from” lines of an email. Nor does it record how many of its data searches involve Americans’ identifying details.


    So, quick summary: secret surveillance programs enacted in secret ostensibly to protect America from terrorism threats are now turning over data on American citizens to the FBI, fully unrelated to issues of national security. The rules governing all this are secret, decided by a secret court.

    If that does not add up to a chilling definition of a police state that would give an old Stasi thug a hard-on, than I don’t know what is.



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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...

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      I know one POTUS wanna be who just got a huge wide on thinking of how much power she could wield if elected.

      03/10/16 11:17 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      03/10/16 2:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      It makes perfect sense when you consider the government that protects the rich considers the poor- that’s you, stupid – the real enemy:

      http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/03/charles-barkley-president-politics-is-rich-people-screwing-poor-people

      03/10/16 2:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      03/10/16 2:48 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Sorry- it should have been, I know OF one woman who has a wide on……..I don’t know Hillary and I feel blessed. I trust Trump with the codes more than I do with them in the clutches of a closeted lesbian. Oops, Can’t I be sued for that?

      03/10/16 7:01 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”So, quick summary: secret surveillance programs enacted in secret ostensibly to protect America from terrorism threats are now turning over data on American citizens to the FBI, fully unrelated to issues of national security.”unquote

      There you have it folks. We have arrived. Notwithstanding the Framers, Senator Church and Orwell
      must be shaking thier heads in fucking disbelief.

      Well… I’m just going to get shit faced, cause there’s nothing left except absolute insurrection. At least in the universe I was born in.

      quote”If that does not add up to a chilling definition of a police state that would give an old Stasi thug a hard-on, than I don’t know what is.”unquote

      Speaking of Stazi thugs, a few days ago, I predicted someone is going to get killed at a Trump rally soon. Well it’s getting damn close. Some scum sucking Trump supporter just sucker punched the lights out of a protester just as he was being escorted from the building. Check this out. After wards, he was interviewed before being arrested. ‘

      quote:”He added: “Yes, he deserved it. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.” unquote

      There you have it folks. Any questions? It’s only a matter of time. Frankly, I now believe it’s Trump who should be arrested for “inciting a hate crime”…if not for being a certified scumbag. Unfortunately, there’s a shitload of people out there who WANT this abomination. They WANT authoritarianism. Because they HATE. Even a friend of the protester said it…

      quote””The people that are going to his rallies are hateful people,” Jones’ friend Ronnie Rouse told IE. “Not in general, because you cannot put a label on all of the people – but there is hatred.”

      But wait till Trump is in the final days of the campaign. We ain’t seen nothin yet, baby. You couldn’t make this shit up.

      03/11/16 5:25 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      03/11/16 5:27 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      The FISA court should be considered a form of star chamber judiciary.

      Of course, since we gave up the bill of rights and the constitution, with their quaint notions of the right to life, freedom of speech, etc., and have effectively overturned all modern ideals regarding law and just rule and have never considered international laws to be binding on us, it is no surprise to see that we have decided to pick up and utilize the most repugnant and retrograde practices from the past that we can find.

      Several years ago, the Congress of the US gave the president the power to murder anyone he chooses, without charges, arrest, hearings or trial taking place. Nothing else should be surprising after that.

      03/11/16 6:01 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “I trust Trump with the codes more than I do with them in the clutches of a closeted lesbian.”

      I don’t trust either of these morons.

      03/11/16 7:00 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- perhaps “trust” doesn’t really apply but he has already said he is secure enough in his manhood to not need to bugger foreign adversaries to prove his maleness whereas Hillary is dying to strap on her dildo and show she is more of a man than anyone. After all-her favorite band is Steely Dan- I just made that up sorry.

      03/11/16 8:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Hillary has been trying to prove her manhood – hence her Iraq and Libya war record – and that she’s not a pussy when it comes to killing people.

      03/11/16 9:43 AM | Comment Link

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