Guest Post by Mara Zebest
Recently I reported on how Obama’s NSA was unveiling a surveillance apparatus against the U.S. citizens on a massive scale. This NSA building would house huge servers to collect data on the U.S. citizen’s emails, phone records, credit card purchase activity, and just about every piece of personal data they can think of. The type of data collection that would put Orwell’s 1984 to shame.
There’s also the extensive report on Adobe’s Cloud announcement in which the Obama Administration has been lining up all his ducks by working with Adobe and other tech companies to push everyone into the cloud which makes the data collecting that much easier.
Added bonus, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that a new University program was preparing students to fill the expensive and taxpayer burdensome facility with the freshly liberal-indoctrinated graduates.
Typical Obama response of saying one thing and acting in the opposite manner. If his mouth is moving, he’s lying. But of course, consider that when Obama refers to “terrorist“—in his mind that translates to G-d fearing, constitutional American Tea Partiers.
Now this — the Guardian is reporting that through a secret court order, the NSA will be collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily. The Obama administration’s NSA acquired a top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data to implement domestic surveillance on a massive scale. Guess those servers at the new NSA facility are ready to load up with data.
The Guardian reports the following:
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
The disclosure is likely to reignite longstanding debates in the US over the proper extent of the government’s domestic spying powers. […]
In the mid-1970s, Congress, for the first time, investigated the surveillance activities of the US government. Back then, the mandate of the NSA was that it would never direct its surveillance apparatus domestically.
At the conclusion of that investigation, Frank Church, the Democratic senator from Idaho who chaired the investigative committee, warned: “The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter.”
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