Membranophonist + nsa   104

The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World’s Spy Agencies | Threat Level | WIRED
Bro, why aren't you trying to disrupt laundromats or dinner reservations?! You know, important stuff.
Security  Privacy  NSA  Snowden 
july 2014 by Membranophonist
Reform Government Surveillance
Instead, let a bunch of the biggest private tech companies surveil everyone!
Surveillance  NSA  Apple  Google  Facebook 
december 2013 by Membranophonist
Close ties between White House, NSA spying review
"We thoroughly examined ourselves and it turns out that we are pure as the driven snow."
Obama  NSA  DNI  Oversight 
september 2013 by Membranophonist
Feds Urge Dismissal of High-Profile Spy Case | Threat Level |
"The Obama administration is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit weighing whether a sitting U.S. president may lawfully create a spying program to eavesdrop on Americans’ electronic communications without warrants or congressional authorization."
Obama  Bush  DoJ  NSA  Surveillance  Privacy  Rights  Law  FISA 
august 2009 by Membranophonist
The Case of the Gonzales Notes
"The Justice Department is investigating whether former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales created a set of fictitious notes so that President Bush would have a rationale for reauthorizing his warrantless eavesdropping program, according to sources close to the investigation."
Gonzales  Bush  DoJ  Surveillance  NSA  Constitution  Privacy  Ethics 
october 2008 by Membranophonist
The Washington Monthly — Indemnification
I have had the same thought: the Bush criminal organization doesn't want lawsuits against the telcos to proceed because the full scope of their illegal spying would come to light.
NSA  FISA  AT&T  Telecommunications  Privacy  Surveillance  Constitution 
march 2008 by Membranophonist
House Democrats Stand Up To Bush, Refuse to Rubber Stamp Domestic Spying | Threat Level from
The Congressional Dems got their collective spine out of cold storage. Let's hope they hold on to it.
Congress  Democrats  Law  FISA  Surveillance  NSA 
february 2008 by Membranophonist
Lawyer: Spy Program Partly Illegal - TIME
"A former top lawyer for the Bush administration on Tuesday said that parts of the President Bush's much-criticized eavesdropping program were illegal."
Surveillance  FISA  NSA  DoJ  Law  Constitution  Telecommunications  Congress 
october 2007 by Membranophonist
Alter: I Know What You Did Last Summer - Newsweek Between the Lines -
"I hate to sound melodramatic about it, but while everyone was at the beach or 'The Simpsons Movie' on the first weekend in August, the U.S. government shredded the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution…" We can trust Alberto Gonzales!
Constitution  Law  Congress  FISA  Surveillance  Spying  NSA 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
Govt. Looks for Leaker on Warrantless Wiretaps -
"The FBI raid on Tamm's home comes when Gonzales himself is facing criticism for allegedly misleading Congress by denying there had been 'serious disagreement' within Justice about the surveillance program."
DoJ  NSA  FBI  Surveillance  FISA 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
YouTube - Tony Snow on Mueller and the TSP
I hope Tony Snow's cancer goes away. Unfortunately, he'll still be a lying sack of shit.
Mueller  FBI  NSA  FISA  Gonzales  DoJ 
july 2007 by Membranophonist
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall May 16, 2007 02:30 PM
Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey describes how Alberto Gonzales and Andy Card visited an incapacitated and sedated John Ashcroft to convince him to authorize what was probably the illegal domestic spying program. Stand-up guys, those two.
gop  republicans  gonzales  ashcroft  doj  nsa  fisa 
may 2007 by Membranophonist
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Internal Affairs (03/15/07)
Gonzales advised Bush to shut down an internal DoJ inquiry because it might implicate him in approving the illegal domestic spying. How is this criminal the "Top Cop" in the country?
DoJ  Gonzales  NSA  Spying  Constitution  OPR  Law  Ethics 
march 2007 by Membranophonist
Secrecy Is at Issue in Suits Opposing Spy Program - New York Times
The FBI and DoJ want to maintain sole control of evidence used against the NSA. Sounds perfectly fine to me!
NSA  FBI  DoJ  Law  ACLU  Surveillance 
january 2007 by Membranophonist
The Seattle Times: Local News: White House, NSA staffers bought fake diplomas from Spokane Web site
"A White House staff member and National Security Agency employees were among 6,000 people who bought bogus online college degrees from a diploma mill, a federal judge has been told." Brilliant.
Government  NSA  Diploma 
october 2006 by Membranophonist
Wired News: Punish Spying? I Must be Abroad
Imagine that -- a democratic government seriously investigating illegal domestic spying and prosecuting those who broke the law.
Surveillance  NSA  FISA  Korea 
july 2006 by Membranophonist
Wiretap Surrender
"This bill is not a compromise but a full-fledged capitulation on the part of the legislative branch to executive claims of power." Our slide toward authoritarian rule continues…
Politics  Congress  Bush  FISA  NSA  Spying  Surveillance  Law  Constitution 
july 2006 by Membranophonist
The New Yorker: The Talk of the Town
When in doubt, attack those that are pointing out your incompetence and criminality.
Politics  Bush  Nixon  GOP  Media  Journalism  NYT  WaPo  NSA  Surveillance 
july 2006 by Membranophonist
Wired News: Gov't Break a Law? Change It
There's nothin' quite like retroactive legalization of warrantless spying. God bless 'Merikuh!
Politics  NSA  Senate  Spying  Surveillance  FISA 
june 2006 by Membranophonist
Wired News: The Eternal Value of Privacy
"Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny."
NSA  Privacy  Surveillance 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
NSA killed system that sifted phone data legally -
Hayden killed a superior and more likely legal system called ThinThread because it competed with one of his design.
NSA  Surveillance  Law 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
Republican skepticism over NSA program widens | CNET
Conservatives used to hate government intrusion in the private lives of innocent Americans. Times change, I guess.
Politics  NSA  Privacy  Surveillance 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
The Blotter - Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling
"A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources."
Media  Journalism  NSA  Surveillance 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
Cheney Pushed U.S. to Widen Eavesdropping - New York Times
Whenever the Constitution is being used as toilet paper, Cheney and David Addington are there.
NSA  FISA  Surveillance  Privacy  Law  Constitution 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
Newsweek Poll: Americans Wary of NSA Surveillance - Newsweek Politics -
"…57 percent said that in light of the NSA data-mining news and other executive actions, the Bush-Cheney Administration has 'gone too far in expanding presidential power.'" King Nothing's popularity continues to sink.
Politics  Polls  Bush  NSA  Surveillance  Privacy 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
Qwest's Refusal of N.S.A. Query Is Explained - New York Times
"…Qwest turned down requests by the National Security Agency for private telephone records because it concluded that doing so would violate federal privacy laws…" Laws. Pffft. Don't people understand that we have to give up our rights to save them?
NSA  Surveillance  Privacy  Qwest  Telecommunications 
may 2006 by Membranophonist - NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
Big Brother wanted to get even bigger, but Qwest wouldn't cooperate with the wholesale violation of their customers' privacy rights.
NSA  FISA  Telecommunications  Privacy  Surveillance 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
ABC News: House Intel Panel Chief Opposes Hayden
Looks like Duhbya might not get his fellow FISA violator in at CIA.
CIA  Military  Congress  NSA 
may 2006 by Membranophonist
27B Stroke 6 - Feds Drop Bomb on EFF Lawsuit
"The federal government intends to invoke the rarely used 'State Secrets Privilege' … in the EFF's class action lawsuit against AT&T that alleges the telecom collaborated with the government's secret spying on American citizens."
Privacy  NSA  AT&T  EFF  Telecommunications 
april 2006 by Membranophonist
Wired News: Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room
"During the course of that work, he learned from a co-worker that similar cabinets were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego."
FISA  NSA  AT&T  Privacy  Surveillance  Internet  **** 
april 2006 by Membranophonist
Wired News: Wiretap Whistleblower's Statement
"Based on my understanding of the connections and equipment at issue, it appears the NSA is capable of conducting what amounts to vacuum-cleaner surveillance of all the data crossing the internet…"
FISA  NSA  Internet  Privacy  Surveillance 
april 2006 by Membranophonist
Warrantless Wiretaps Possible in U.S.
"…Gonzales left open the possibility yesterday that President Bush could order warrantless wiretaps on telephone calls occurring solely within the United States…" R.I.P., Amendment #4.
Bush  NSA  FISA  Constitution  Surveillance  Privacy  Law  Rights 
april 2006 by Membranophonist
ABC News: DOJ: NSA Could've Monitored Doctors' Calls
Illegal domestic spying continues! All hail the lawless Bush administration.
Bush  FISA  NSA  Rights  Law  Congress 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Experts Call Spy Agency Practice an Eye-Opener
"If a U.S. official asks, the NSA is in the habit of disclosing the identities of Americans it records in routine snooping, intelligence sources say." Trust Fort Meade!
Law  Intelligence  NSA 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
TPMCafe || Leak Hypocrisy
The Bush Administration's new offensive against leakers just reminds us that when the President's political standing is at stake all is fair if the purpose is to protect the Pres...., er I mean the nation.
Politics  Bush  CIA  Plame  NSA  FISA 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program - New York Times
The top deputy to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft refused two years ago to approve important parts of the secret program that allows domestic eavesdropping without warrants…
Politics  Bush  DoJ  NSA  FISA  Surveillance  Privacy 
march 2006 by Membranophonist Has Bush Gone Too Far? -- Jan. 09, 2006 -- Page 1
Bush broke the FISA laws proscribing warrantless domestic electronic surveillance. Having your appointees tell you it is legal doesn't make it so.
Bush  FISA  NSA  Surveillance  Privacy  Constitution  Law  Rights 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts - New York Times
Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States…
Politics  NSA  Surveillance  Intelligence  Communications  Privacy  Constitution 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Behind Power, One Principle as Bush Pushes Prerogatives - New York Times
That principle being the "Unitary Executive" theory; basically, the president is above the law.
Politics  Bush  NSA  Surveillance  Privacy  Law  Constitution 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Bush’s Snoopgate - Newsweek National News -
The president was so desperate to kill The New York Times’ eavesdropping story, he summoned the paper’s editor and publisher to the Oval Office.
Politics  Bush  NSA  Surveillance  Privacy  Constitution  Media  Journalism 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
ABC News: Democrats Say They Never OK'd Wiretapping
"Some Democrats say they never approved a domestic wiretapping program, undermining suggestions by President Bush and his senior advisers that the plan was fully vetted…" They weren't allowed to discuss it with anyone!
Politics  Democrats  Congress  NSA  Surveillance  Intelligence  Privacy 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Fafblog! -- There's No "War" in "Warrant"
Well America is the greatest country in the world, and it's not gonna run around getting permission slips from America before it defends itself!
Politics  Bush  NSA  Surveillance  Intelligence  Constitution  FISA  Satire  Humor 
march 2006 by Membranophonist President Bush: Information Sharing, Patriot Act Vital to Homeland Security
"Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. " Bush is a liar.
Politics  Bush  NSA  Surveillance  Intelligence  Privacy  FISA 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Spy Court Judge Quits In Protest
…he was concerned that information gained from warrantless NSA surveillance could have then been used to obtain FISA warrants.
Politics  FISA  Surveillance  NSA  Intelligence  Privacy  Law  Constitution 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
Spying Program Snared U.S. Calls - New York Times
"…eavesdropping without warrants has captured what are purely domestic communications in some cases, despite a requirement by the White House that one end of the intercepted conversations take place on foreign soil…" Breaking their own rules!
Politics  Bush  NSA  Surveillance  Intelligence  Privacy  FISA  Constitution 
march 2006 by Membranophonist
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