Showing posts with label FISA court. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FISA court. Show all posts

ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Congress Created a Monster

Those of us who believe that the Constitution means what it says have been arguing since the late 1970s that congressional efforts to strengthen national security by weakening personal liberty are unconstitutional, un-American and ineffective. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which Congress passed in the aftermath of President Richard Nixon's use of the CIA and the FBI to spy on his political opponents, has unleashed demons that now seem beyond the government's control and are more pervasive than anything Nixon could have dreamed of.  ... MORE

Secret Court Allows Resumption Of Metadata Spying

by David Kravets.    Thought Congress halted the snooping program Snowden exposed? Think again. A secret US tribunal ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency is free to continue its bulk telephone metadata surveillance program—the same spying that Congress voted to terminate weeks ago. Congress disavowed the program NSA     ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: The Wolf Is Guarding The Hen House

The government’s war on cyberterrorism. Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. This is the new normal in America today. A process which started shortly after 9/11 has grown into a full-fledged campaign of warrantless surveillance, electronic tracking and data mining, carried out by federal agents who have been given carte blanche access to the vast majority of electronic communications in America. Their methods completely undermine constitution safeguards, and yet no federal agency, president, court or legislature has stepped up to halt this assault on our rights. 
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Verizon Reveals More About Federal Spying on Customers

by Josh Peterson.            They can hear you now (the Feds, that is). Verizon updated its transparency report Monday to include orders issued by the nation’s spy court. During the first six months of 2013, the nation’s spy court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, ordered Verizon between zero to 999 times to hand over content for 4,000 to     ... MORE

Will You Choose Dangerous Freedom Or Peaceful Slavery?

by John W. Whitehead.       “All governments are run by liars.”—Independent journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone.  President Obama has managed, with singular assistance from Congress and the courts, to mangle the Constitution through repeated abuses, attacks and evasions. This is nothing new, as I’ve documented in my book A Government    ... MORE

Secret Court Approves More NSA Phone Snooping

Stephen Dinan on gov't giving gov't more power.         The secret court that oversees the nation’s intelligence activities renewed its approval of the National Security Agency’s telephone-records program on Friday, granting the government a new three-month window to collect data on all Americans’ phone calls. Director of National         ... MORE

Bob Barr: 2013, The Year Of The Lie

Deception as a primary political weapon.         According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 was the Year of the Snake. For Americans, however, the year just drawing to a close will be known as the Year of the Lie. Not since the Nixon Administration -- which ended with Richard Nixon resigning in order to avoid being impeached -- has the credibility ... MORE

Fred Branfman: America's Creeping Police State

Can the rapid growth of authoritarianism be stopped?     For those alarmed by the steady growth of lawless, violent and authoritarian U.S. Executive power for the last 50 years, the events of the past few months have been exciting. The emergence of a de facto coalition of progressives and conservatives opposing the National Defense    ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: Is The FISA Court Constitutional?

A court where only one party can make an argument.     After President Richard Nixon left office in 1974, a bipartisan congressional investigation discovered many of his constitutional excesses. Foremost among them was the use of FBI and CIA agents to spy on Americans in violation of federal law and the Fourth Amendment to the       ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: Spying And Lying

You can trust the government to lie.      When Edward Snowden first revealed the spying the NSA has been conducting on what was then thought to be only customers of Verizon, the government was embarrassed, but it reluctantly acknowledged that Snowden revealed a truth. He had, after all, displayed an accurate and faithful copy  ... MORE

Brad Bannon: Building The American Police State

The Founders' worst nightmare has begun.       These days the Constitution isn't worth the parchment it's written on. The Fourth Amendment is currently under siege in New York City and in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal ran a story which indicated that the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance operation      ... MORE

The NSA Has Violated Privacy Rules At Least 2,776 Times

by Scott Shackford.     The Washington Post has the latest Edward Snowden-provided bombshell: The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.  ... MORE

Anthony Gregory: The War On Terror Is A War On Freedom

Terrorism isn't the primary threat to our freedom.     In the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush guided the Patriot Act through Congress, unilaterally expanded surveillance of Americans, amplified executive detention authority and took other dramatic measures that shifted the balance between liberty and       ... MORE

J.D. Tuccille: Court Secretly Expands NSA Power

Surveillance rules loosened.    I have, oh-so-cynically, referred to the court set up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as a "phony baloney" court that grants rubber-stamp approval to virtually every snooping request that comes its way. Of course, I base that subjective assessment on the fact that, in 11 years, the court has denied    ... MORE

Jerry Brito: How Leaks Advance Liberty And Resist Tyranny

Using technology to keep the government in check.   We now know what we have long suspected: that the National Security Agency is collecting the phone call records of all Americans. And we are now justified in suspecting what we have long feared: that it is also keeping a permanent backup copy of everything that happens on the      ... MORE

Julian Sanchez: Our Dishonest Debate Over NSA Spying

Secret FISA court rules the Fourth Amendment be damned. The House of Representatives recently signed off on another five years of sweeping warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency, voting by a wide margin to extend the controversial FISA Amendments Act of 2008. But the debate on the House floor showed that the law’s   ... MORE