Tag Archives: Fourth Amendment
Snowden expressed concern about the global erosion of privacy.
…a federal court in Virginia ruled that the federal government does not need a warrant to hack into your personal computer because there is no “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
Brennan: ‘The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, CIA, and Department of Defense are all engaged in intelligence activities on U.S. soil, and these activities must be consistent with our laws and reflect the democratic principles and values of our Nation.’
Benson: The case now goes back to the district court from the appeals court, and it’s unlikely it will be resolved before the USA Freedom Act takes effect, according to experts contacted by Truthdig. So what do these developments mean for the surveillance state in which we live?
From the article: The NSA’s XKEYSCORE program, first revealed by The Guardian, sweeps up countless people’s Internet searches, emails, documents, usernames and passwords, and other private communications. XKEYSCORE is fed a constant flow of Internet traffic from fiber optic cables that make up the backbone of the world’s communication network, among other sources, for processing.
Boardman: The mindless rush to reinstate government police powers undreamed of in the Constitution was a bitterly comic charade of American democracy. Some now celebrate the USA Freedom Act as “a cultural turning point for the nation.” Others condemn the USA Freedom Act as “a significant weakening of the tools” to protect the country. People on all sides claim to “welcome the debate” on national security.
Bush officials argued this was due to necessity, but in fact that was fallacious, as the U.S. military is not, and should not be, considered an antiterrorist force. Militaries exist to defend against foreign armies attacking, not to conduct the police work required for counter-terrorism. But as we’ve seen, when a military takes control of a country, occupying it as in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the Israeli occupation of Palestine, it enforces martial law on the civilians living there—in other words, the military operates as a dictatorship, or as our Supreme Court called it, “martial rule.”
Glenn Greenwald: What bad, shameful, dirty behavior is U.S. Judge Richard Posner Hiding? Demand to know.
Judge Posner’s is the voice of unadulterated wealth, power and privilege talking. The distinguished judge – like all those of similar position and class – has all sorts of ways that his personal privacy is safeguarded: government-provided security, electronic gates that protect his home and office, a staff of people who work for him. … BY GLENN GREENWALD The Intercept […]
A web of deception has finally been untangled: the Justice Department got the US supreme court to dismiss a case that could have curtailed the NSA’s dragnet. Why? It turns out neither of two statements that held up in the nation’s highest court were true – but it took Snowden’s historic whistleblowing to prove it. […]
Obama’s speech and new “policy directive” eliminate the Fourth Amendment. By davidswanson – Posted on 17 January 2014 WarIsACrime.org President Barack Obama gave a eulogy for the Fourth Amendment on Friday, and not even his fans are proclaiming victory. In this moment when Obama is actually doing one thing I agree with (talking to Iran), more and […]
Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they […]
Vote is Wednesday, July 24, 2013. JULY 23, 2013 | BY RAINEY REITMAN EFF.org There’s a fight brewing in Washington around NSA surveillance, and pro-privacy Representatives from both parties are taking the battle to the budget. The House is gearing up for a vote on the Defense Appropriations Bill (basically, the budget for the Department of Defense) and […]
“In the long run, denunciations of the surveillance state will mean little unless we can build the political capacity to end it.” by Norman Solomon Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Common Dreams (Photo: David Burnett/Contact Press Images) For more than a month, outrage has been profuse in response to news about NSA surveillance and other evidence […]
Below are links to a number of articles about Edward Snowden, the NSA, security, and journalism. This list is by no means inclusive of the number of articles and interviews around these topics. Nuremberg Principles Trial Of Americans: Multiple Choice Question For Antiwar Journalists June 12 On PRISM, partisanship and propaganda | Glenn Greenwald | June 14 […]
The government is desperate to not deal with the actual exposures, the content of the disclosures. Because they do reveal a vast, systemic, institutionalized, industrial-scale Leviathan surveillance state that has clearly gone far beyond the original mandate to deal with terrorism—far beyond. —Thomas Drake ◊ POSTED BY JOHN CASSIDY JUNE 24, 2013 The New Yorker ◊ As I write […]
allsaintspasadena1 Published on Jun 23, 2013 Robert Scheer in the All Saints Church Rector’s Forum — connecting the dots between the Founders, Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on […]
Young Turks> Hours Before His Death Michael Hastings Contacted Wikileaks Attorney Said FBI Was Investigating Him
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