Why is the Obama Administration trying to keep secret government policies about spying on Americans’ activities on Facebook and other social networking sites?
Given its history of spying on the American people, I don’t think that the military deserves the benefit of the doubt on this project. Nor does it deserve funding for the OSINT project.
Compare the Total Information Awareness logo with the the image chosen by the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive for the header of its web site – an uncanny similarity. It’s as if the spymasters wanted to send out a signal that Total Information Awareness is fully armed and operational.
Consider the text of the FISA Amendments Act that the Associated Press article doesn’t actually include. The “emergencies” that the Associated Press refers to are not classic states of emergency. Rather, they are only declarations by the Attorney General of the United States that some unnamed person in some unnamed place might come to some unspecified kind of harm if the spying doesn’t take place.
Listen to United States Representative Diana DeGette, who was part of a coalition of members of Congress that tried to insert protections against reverse targeting into the FISA Amendments Act earlier this year. They failed. Their proposed protections against reverse targeting are not in the FISA Amendments Act.