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.
As far as I know, this is the exact three month renewal of what has
been the case for the past seven years. This renewal is carried out
by the FISA Court under the business records section of the Patriot
Act. Therefore, it is lawful.
It has been briefed to Congress and the letters that we have
distributed — and you’ll note on the dates, this is prior to
the Patriot Act amendments coming before the body, each of those. As
you know, this is just Continue reading →
Decades before 9/11, and the subsequent Bush order that directed the
NSA to eavesdrop on every phone call, e-mail message, and
who-knows-what-else going into or out of the United States, U.S.
citizens included, they did the same thing with telegrams. It was
called Project Shamrock, and anyone who thinks this is new legal and
technological terrain should read up on that program.
Project SHAMROCK…was an espionage exercise that involved the
accumulation of all telegraphic data entering into or exiting from
the United States. The Armed Forces Security Agency (AFSA) and its
successor NSA were given direct access to daily microfilm copies of
all incoming, outgoing, and transiting telegraphs via the Western
Union and its associates RCA and ITT. Operation Shamrock lasted well
into the 1960s when computerized operations (HARVEST) made it
possible to search for keywords rather than read through all
Glenn Greenwald has video of attendees refusing to say who they were
or why they were there or what the party was for:
Amazingly, not a single one of the 25-30 people we tried to interview would speak to us about who they were, how they got invited, what the party’s purpose was, why they were attending, etc. One attendee said he was with an “energy company,” and the other confessed she was affiliated with a “trade association,” but that was the full extent of their willingness to describe themselves or this event. It was as though they knew they’re part of a filthy and deeply corrupt process and were ashamed of — or at least eager to conceal — their involvement in it. After just a few minutes, the private security teams demanded that we leave, and when we refused and continued to stand in front trying to interview the reticent attendees, the Denver Police forced us to move further and further away until finally we were unable to approach any more of the arriving guests.
Larry Lessig points out that for the first time in history Congress’
job performance is rated (by Rasmussen)
in single digits: 9%.
Some of his commenters think that has something to do with the
recent FISA bill, and others think that’s just a minority concern.
Three quarters of the American people and even a majority of Republicans
oppose Bush’s warrantless wiretaps.
Two thirds oppose warrantless wiretaps even for communications between U.S. citizens and overseas persons, and almost 2/3
oppose immunity for telcos.
Aome people call that a minority.
I don’t think that word means what they think it means.
Instead of standing up to Bush as the Constitution requires, Congress capitulated
and gave the worst president in history still more powers to spy on the people.
And the people do know about it:
“Congress rolled over on FISA” –LA Times
“Democrats voted for FISA out of fear” –Chicago Tribune
“Obama gives telecoms a pass” –Hartford Courant
“Senate approves bill to broaden wiretap powers” –NY Times
“Senate vote backs Bush on wiretaps” –Salt Lake Tribune
“Senate vote gives Bush what he wants on surveillance bill” –Seattle Times
News.google.com finds about 960 other stories much like those.
Is the FISA bill the only reason Congress’s numbers tanked? Nope, but I don’t
think it’s coincidence that they dropped immediately after the Senate passed that bill.