End Warrantless Deep State Spying: Don’t Renew 702 (VIDEO)

16 years ago today the world went nuts. And it hasn’t recovered. Things have basically been crazy ever since.

Perhaps the saddest thing to come out of the September 11th attacks is the degree to which this country abandoned long held principles in a climate of fear. It was on 9/11 that the surveillance state was really birthed on a domestic level. It was in the wake of the attacks that many Americans just gave up their birthright to dignity,

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Did the Supreme Court just quietly give the DOJ massive new powers to snoop through your computer? Yes, but Congress can stop it (Video from Sen. Mike Lee)

Good on Democratic Senator Wyden too. (Who is part of the coalition opposing this new rule.) The guy is wrong on many things but on tech and privacy stuff he has often been very good.

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AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

(From The New York Times)

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

Crony capitalism comes in many forms.

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Feds Engage in Massive Spying on Americans’ Cellphones from the Air (Feel safer?)

The domestic spying just keeps growing and growing. It’s a great example of the government snowball effect. Once a program or initiative has money behind it (and people with jobs who want to keep their jobs) it never ends. It just gets bigger and bigger. Such is the surveillance state today. 9-11 happened. (It started before 9-11.) We freaked out. Now the surveillance snowball rolls and rolls picking up our civil liberties along the way.

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(An important interview) Saving the Net from the surveillance state (And Crony Media): Glenn Greenwald speaks up (Q&A)

In the attached interview Glenn Greenwald (the former Guardian reporter who has worked closely with Edward Snowden) speaks about the danger of a surveillance state, and the complicity of the #oldmedia. Where the press once was at least somewhat adversarial it has become a lapdog. In many ways it is mere propaganda for the crony capitalist state.

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Obama: America, on Snowden, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Obamacare, you just don’t understand. Trust me.

I’ll see you in 2 weeks.

In the attached article Edward-Isaac Dovere examines a president who appears mystified by America’s lack of trust in him.

“C’mon America. It’s Barrack. I’m cool. Hey, remember that speech on election night 2008 when I got everyone crying? Remember that? C’mon America, don’t be so cold. Hey, remember “hope”? You loved that. What’s wrong?

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Who voted in Congress yesterday to defund the NSA domestic spying program, and who didn’t. (List and graph)

It was a very interesting vote with a majority of Republicans joining the Obama Administration and many Dems in support of the continued funding of the NSA spying program which dragnets the data of American citizens without a warrant.

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Senator Wyden: 2 Patriot Acts, the one one can read and the “real” version which one cannot

An effort is underway in the House (Thanks to Justin Amash, the Republican congressman from Michigan) to defund part of the NSA. Special interests within and around the agency are concerned. For pretty much forever the agency has been seen as untouchable.

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For NSA chief, terrorist threat drives passion to ‘collect it all,’ Community quietly warns, this is dangerous

The consensus appears to be that General Keith Alexander is highly intelligent, extremely capable, and likeable. Despite these things the power vested in the man is disturbing. It’s even more disturbing that most of what he engages in, and the budget he has at his disposal is secret. We have a sense of what is going on at the NSA but we don’t really know the full power of the agency. Many people in government who probably should likely don’t know either.

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