On August 17, Shenna Bellows of the ACLU spoke in Augusta, Maine on the occasion of Constitution Day. With her permission, I’ve transcribed her speech to share it here with you. Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here today on Constitution Day. Happy Constitution
Without any need to further extend the legal framework of George W. Bush’s Big Brother system of ubiquitous surveillance, President Obama is now seeking to force all communications networks to open their accounts to its searches.
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.
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.
Heads up, America, it’s Tim the Talking Toilet here with the news that you probably missed because it came out the day after the Obama inauguration, upon which almost everyone in America was just sitting around in a kind of daze – like the kind
Silvestre Reyes has said that he is now willing even to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations for their illegal spying against their own customersAmerica, do you have no memory? Do you not remember the attempt to establish Total Information Awareness? Can you not recognize its profile now in the Protect America Act and FISA Amendments Act?