reply to post by FlyersFan
Yeah, that's why the FBI was stopped from doing this:
An appeals court this week put the brakes on an FBI surveillance technique that turns an automobile driver's on-board vehicle navigation system
into a covert eavesdropping device, after finding that the spying effectively disables the system's emergency and roadside assistance
features.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
And those Quaker peace-niks were so dangerous:
WASHINGTON - A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting
at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.
A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500
“suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
All conveniently done without a warrant, as is required by the constitution.
Dec 20, 2005 | With the revelation of domestic spying by the National Security Agency, the message transmitted by the Bush White House is
crystal clear: When the president decides existing law is insufficient to protect Americans, he'll move ahead on his own and do whatever he deems
necessary in the war on terror.
Bush is defiantly battling critics, insisting that his decision to conduct warrantless wiretaps on hundreds of people inside the United States,
including American citizens, was necessary and fully consistent with the Constitution and federal law. Neither claim stands up to scrutiny. The
president acted unnecessarily and, more significantly, in direct violation of a criminal law.
The secret spying program was said to be necessary because getting court approval under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is too
time-consuming. That position is difficult to accept: Warrants requested under FISA can be approved in a matter of hours, and the statute allows the
government in emergency situations to put a wiretap in place immediately and then seek court approval later, within 72 hours. But the true reason
behind the administration's position is less difficult to decode -- the desire to circumvent a key limitation of FISA. Despite the statute's
breadth, it permits wiretaps only on agents of foreign powers, and would not have permitted them on persons not directly connected to al-Qaida.
Apparently seeking to cast a much wider net after 9/11, the president simply ignored the law and unilaterally -- and secretly -- authorized
warrantless wiretaps on Americans.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
And of course they only scooped up data on terrorists - never innocent Americans.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone
numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out
thousands of tips a month.
But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans.
F.B.I. officials repeatedly complained to the spy agency, which was collecting much of the data by eavesdropping on some Americans' international
communications and conducting computer searches of foreign-related phone and Internet traffic, that the unfiltered information was swamping
investigators. Some F.B.I. officials and prosecutors also thought the checks, which sometimes involved interviews by agents, were pointless intrusions
on Americans' privacy. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
No, the government doesn't want to collect all our private data and put it in a database for further "processing"...
TIA purported to capture the "information signature" of people so that the government could track potential terrorists and criminals involved in
"low-intensity/low-density" forms of warfare and crime. The goal was to track individuals through collecting as much information about them as
possible and using computer algorithms and human analysis to detect potential activity.
The project called for the development of "revolutionary technology for ultra-large all-source information repositories," which would contain
information from multiple sources to create a "virtual, centralized, grand database." This database would be populated by transaction data contained
in current databases such as financial records, medical records, communication records, and travel records as well as new sources of information. Also
fed into the database would be intelligence data.
They always say "trust us, trust us" - but frankly, I don't trust them as far as I can throw them. Keep on burying your head in the sand if you
want, but not me...