(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,
President Barack Obama has been pushing for increased funding for the satellite spying operations the National Applications Office deploys against Americans. And Democratic cosponsorships for H.R. 2703 and H.R. 2704? There’s only one – Representative Norman Dicks has cosponsored H.R. 2703, and hasn’t even bothered to cosponsor H.R. 2704.
Memos related to Bush’s Big Brother spying program, which created a massive electronic dragnet of Americans’ private communications and even authorized warrantless searches of Americans’ homes, are still being kept secret by Barack Obama.
If the commercial press won’t do the job of spreading the news about Barack Obama’s repeat of Bush’s seizure of power… will you?
If Barack Obama does not dismantle the Big Brother spying apparatus during his presidency, he will pass that apparatus on to someone else – someone that you might not feel as inclined to trust.
The way that Obama has helped Michael McConnell maneuver so quickly through the revolving door between government and the private sector demonstrates that we ought not to accept Obama’s promises at face value.
Over three months ago, Senator Rockefeller promised that he would start an inquiry into allegations by military linguists that they had been recording the phone sex conversations of American soldiers. Contrary to his promise, Rockefeller never started any inquiry into the matter at all.
When Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act, she showed disdain for the guarantee in the Bill of Rights of protection from unreasonable search and seizure. Gillibrand failed to uphold the Constitution in 2008 – will she fail it again as a United States Senator?
Look out into the world that the Associated Press seems unable to recognize, and you’ll see that it was Big Brother spying, as much as torture, that brought the Brennan nomination down.
It looks like Barack Obama is tempted to keep the autocratic presidential powers established by the Bush Administration in place – including the power to use electronic surveillance networks against the American people.
When the government abuses its powers and spies against us, it is the sensible and right thing for politically active citizens to develop methods of resistance. I hope to see activists develop yet more tools to thwart the Big Brother that our government has become.