The conference committee removed provisions that would have prohibited information seized under CISA authority from being used for the purpose of surveillance.
During this week’s Democratic presidential debate, when asked about Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed widespread unconstitutional spying against the American people by the National Security Agency, Hillary Clinton resorted to the standard talking points used by Washington D.C. power elites. “He stole very important
Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee made it plain that he intends to push for a return to respect for the Bill of Rights, including a pardon for Edward Snowden.
Given that the history of the NSA surveillance program is thick with deception and coverups, we would do well to regard the passage of the USA Freedom Act, and other proposed reforms, with skepticism.
Over those six years, we’ve been told over and over again, the NSA’s intrusion into our emails, phone calls, and Internet activity were necessary. For six years, we’ve been lied to.
Yesterday, a coalition of groups including Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Privacy International announced the release of Detekt, a piece of software that can detect many of the spybots used by the NSA, other governments, and corporations to track people’s online
Yes, it’s true that the George W. Bush and Barack Obama oversaw a massive spying program through the National Security Agency, seizing huge numbers of private communications involving Americans who are suspected of no crime whatsoever, but that’s all been reformed since then, right? Wrong
Neither the Net Cetera manual nor OnGuard Online ever acknowledge the threat to the privacy of American children posed by the electronic spying system created by the National Security Agency. They don’t even mention the existence of the NSA. They pretend that all cybersecurity threats come from unscrupulous individuals.
Last year, when the Obama Administration was forced by whistleblower Edward Snowden to admit that it had, in contradiction to its previous testimony to Congress, been conducting extensive surveillance and seizure of millions of Americans’ private communications, there was a convenient excuse brought out by
What the NSA didn’t own up to is that The Intercept discovered that the personal communications of millions upon millions of Americans living within US borders, who are not suspected of any wrongdoing, are also pulled into the NSA surveillance search engine. While they were never targets of any criminal investigation, and are not in any sense foreign, the private communications of these Americans is nonetheless made easily searchable to people from 23 federal government agencies.
Yesterday, Jim noted that, despite promises of reforms of extraordinary spying powers created under the FISA Amendments Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to create the position of Public Advocate that was recommended by a Presidential commission at the end of last year.