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Truth Revealed: U.S. Predator Drones are Here, Loaned Out to Locals and for the War on Drugs

For years now, the U.S. Government has been hiding information about how it uses its Predator drones (military-grade flying robots) over domestic airspace. Some general indications of “alternative” uses had leaked out, but we didn’t know the true scale of domestic Predator drone deployment until this week, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a lawsuit [...]

WaPo: 4,058 Little Brothers are Watching You

Dana Priest and William Arkin publish an expose in this morning’s Washington Post that collects together hundreds of previously released documents and combines them with new interviews and documentation to summarize the state of government surveillance in America. They document the existence of 4,058 agencies of federal, state and local government connected together through fusion [...]

The U.S. Military Spying on Americans is Not the Change I Believed In

(Tip of the pen to qs)

The Defense Department calls its new unit FICOR — the Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records. But the military group describes the data it will collect through intelligence and data mining operations:

“Social Security Number (SSN), address, citizenship documentation, biometric data, passport number, vehicle identification number and vehicle/vessel license [...]

MultiNational Corporate Group AUVSI Openly Lobbies to Deploy Robot Weapons Domestically and Sell them Across the World

While America obsessed over just which “F-word” Vice President Joe Biden might have uttered, an mild-mannered representative of a multinational military conglomerate lobbied Congress for permission to deploy military robot drones domestically and sell them across across the world. His audacious plan was made openly but utterly without notice by any American newspaper or television [...]

Only 3 Senators Show Up for Fusion Center Chief Confirmation Hearing

Regardless of your position regarding Fusion Centers, it’s hard to argue that their ongoing implementation across the United States is unimportant. Through these new centers, 72 of which are fanned out across the country and more of which are being built, information from classified military surveillance programs regarding people not necessarily suspected of any crime [...]

Agenda Emerges: Put Military NSA in Charge of Domestic Cybersecurity

In their questions to witnesses in a hearing this morning, members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security revealed a bipartisan interest in having the National Security Agency put in charge of domestic “cybersecurity” efforts.

Republican Senator Jon Kyl asked witnesses to evaluate the idea of the NSA — a military intelligence [...]

Wanna know FBI Domestic Spying Program’s New Name? BITE ME!

And I write that in the nicest way. The FBI admitted two weeks ago that it has been engaging in a newly expanded effort to covertly spy on innocent Americans, but insisted that Americans not call it “spying,” because gosh darn it, “spying” is not a nice word. Words that aren’t nice make the FBI [...]

National Security Letters: On the Rise and Used Against Americans

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy described warrant-free National Security Letters in committee proceedings this morning:

They don’t require approval by a court, a grand jury or even a prosecutor. They are issued in secret, with a recipient’s silence under penalty of law. But they allow the government to collect sensitive information such as personal financial [...]

Military Satellite Spying on the American People Judged OK by… Defense Contractors

If you want to understand how military spy satellites could possibly be deployed to conduct surveillance on the American people, in violation of Posse Comitatus prohibitions of military deployment in the United States, without the judicial warrants guaranteed by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, ask yourself: who made it possible?

The path to military [...]

NSA Explains Program to Spy on Americans Without a Warrant (Video)

In the wake of revelations that the National Security Agency under Barack Obama has engaged in widespread surveillance of Americans and their communications right here at home, all without a warrant, an NSA spokesperson has issued a statement overnight in an attempt at explanation:

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Under Obama Administration, NSA Spies on Americans, in America, Without Warrants

Under the authority of the FISA Amendments Act, the New York Times reveals, the National Security Agency of the Obama administration has been spying on Americans’ communications by phone and e-mail, doing it within the United States, and doing it without the warrants specifically required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United [...]