US Continues Collection of Telephone RecordsAdded: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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US intelligence agencies continue their bulk collection of US phone records – although it’s been a year after the controversial practice was first revealed by Edward Snowden. Despite both Congress and President Obama demanded to ban the mass gathering of private US phone records, a few days ago a court has approved the request to extend such practice, allowing the National Security Agency to continue collecting metadata for another three months.
The Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence have issued a joint statement, saying that it was necessary to continue seeking such legal extensions. The reason specified was that the Congressional reform process was not yet complete. So, the government has once again sought a 90-day reauthorization of the existing program. The privacy outfits point out that the 90-day blanket license granted by the secretive FISA court is the 5th such granted extension since the very existence of the program was revealed back in 2013 by the well-known former NSA contractor.
Indeed, similar 90-day extensions were subsequently declassified in July 2013, October 2013, January 2014 and April 2014. However, a few months ago, Obama reacted to growing criticism of the domestic surveillance and called for an end to mass collection, suggesting that records be retained instead by telephone companies. A few weeks later, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act, though civil liberties campaigners complained that it was significantly watered down after pressure by government regulators.
According to the statement which explained the latest renewal request, the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence claimed they still support the legislation and would cooperate with US Congress to help clarify its content before the Senate votes on it. They said that the administration strongly supports the Freedom Act and therefore urges the Senate to consider it and be ready to help Congress clarify that the law prohibits mass collection. The statement says the US intelligence and law enforcement professionals have to ensure they have powers to protect the Nation, though it is unclear why they need to keep listening to all phone calls in the country.
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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
|Just because your paranoid does not mean they are not after you.|
|This is the primary reason Bill Binney left the NSA back in 2000 since his objection was mainly its ok to spy on your enemies, but once you start to spy on your own you become what democracy is supposed to be against, an oppressive regime.|
Snowden may have had a lot of publicity through this supposed bombshell, but inquiring minds have known of this internal spying for over a decade and subject to the NSA/CIA whitepaper on global control of Cyberspace and its directives of 2001 we can clearly see the direction of them and their international partnerships.
Now by handing over control of collection and dissemination of such data to the Phone companies nothing is changing since the practice will still be possible and without the need for 90 day extensions and a load of red tape the CIA and NSA may have any access they want legally so it doesn`t stop the practice it only legitimizes it for the Noodnik nation,the good ole USA.
|Americans... what was the saying... One born every minute? Oh wait that was suckers... I still feel correct.|
|@se7enslayer Fuuuck you. Hate Americans? Maybe we will come hunt you down. Then make you beg for your life like a pig that you are.|
|posted by (2014-06-26 07:29:09)|
|"Despite both Congress and President Obama demanded to ban the mass gathering of private US phone records....."|
Guys...wake up...both the president and congress are puppets and their strings are pulled by the same people who put them there in the first place....
And don't think this is happening only in the US...it's happening everywhere, if we don't do something we will have a police state..as the say goes..
"A People of Sheep, begets a Government of Wolves"
|posted by (2014-06-26 10:08:38)|
|Wow.. Wow.. This is Awesome Wonderful Post Great Thanks..|
|Our rights are being stripped on one by one. In the name of fighting terrorism. Are we really free in the golden cage called America?|
|obviously, those that have commented have no idea what America is about. Hell, the French still owe us money from ww2, Get real.|
Understandably @onemustang, but are gov still has problems. We have no PRESIDENT. Who the fuk elects a PRESIDENT named "OBAMA"? So, ya it's a sad day in the USA since that happened. Islam will rule? I'm a·the·ist. America still rules regardless of what others think. We have an obligation to help/fight/support others. All you fuk heads that think you deserve somthing from nothing ...Well, fight your own Government.
|What's ridiculous about this is they are trying to pass laws to forbid rogue government agencies from doing what our nation's highest law ALREADY outlines as TREASON.|
They are and have levied a cold war on the public. It was war when the Russians did it, and it's war when our government does it to us.
The only reform for this is to stop calling it simply a 'privacy' violation, but a violation of the law that keeps us SECURE from them searching our persons, houses and EFFECTS(mail, email, notes, including those held by third parties) etc.
Handing it to a third party doesn't make it not treason. That's like saying that if you get a kid to rob a bank for you that you didn't break a law just because you did it by proxy. Those that are advocating, participating, or approving of such unlawful spying are committing a crime which is punishable by not just fines and prison time, but even a firing squad. It's like that out of necessity- if we don't hold these people accountable for treason and get them convicted, sentenced, and punished, then NO REFORM HAS TAKEN PLACE.
In 2004 they declared the 'drug war' to be a national security threat which(with the metadata revelations) means that if you know anybody, that knows anybody that knows anybody with a conviction for possessing, selling, or making dope,(everybody) they are logging who you call and when and for how long and building a web diagram of the groups you are in be they political, religious, etc.
"ORCA" is a tool they have already used for this purpose and one which only a tyrant like Hitler would think acceptable.
|posted by (2014-06-26 22:20:59)|
|So with so much news when they will reveal all those NSA files studied because the state public anxious to know the secrets of millionaires expenses. Why U.S. Navy had no such appointment if they already were doing years ago. in addition, appoint other is for the new age and not leaving on a good president so that supposedly anyone would be thrilled to have a number of secrets archived at last only been promoting noise with popular spy news who still works for U.S..|
|I am american Sammy... German American so come hunt me down cause I KNOW small minded americans are ready to vote to take even more of my rights away.|
|well atleast we only have to deal with a preisdent for 4 or 8 years then we get another fruitcake in office and on we roll......|
|nothing new bout them tappn n on..shite they've been doin that 4 a while....|
|oh,meant 2 say America has lost its standing round the world.countries bak off because they have sum DEVASTATING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION...|
|I thought Americans owned all those guns so that they could rise up and topple their government if it started doing terrible, undemocratic things to them?||
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