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US Government asks businesses to Rat-Out “Prepper” Customers

US Government asks businesses to Rat-out “Prepper” Customers

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is going around to businesses asking them to rat-out preppers. “Preppers” are people who store basic survival supplies such as food, water, fuel, clothing, and ammo.

“Doomsday preppers will be treated as terrorists.” National Guard

Doomsday Preppers
Doomsday Preppers

Prepping Introduction:
Preppers are “preparing” for disasters that shut down electricity, food, and other basic necessities we have grown accustom from having or acquiring at Wal-Mart or other suppliers. In a major disaster, these basic supplies are gone within hours of the disaster.

During both Hurricane Katrina and Sandy power was off easily for weeks and in many cases many, many months. When there is no power, there is no gas for cars, no Wal-Mart, no food supplies, no water, no nothing. You have to live with what you have. Most people can’t do that without any “prepping”…getting prepared.

If you have never had to survive without electricity and running water, you are doomed in the event of a disaster.  How do you cook? Where do you get water?  How do you purify it?  How do you get around? (Remember, there is no electricity so gas pumps don’t work.) I have experienced this three times from different storms, the worst of which was Katrina.  Its a tough life.

Many businesses cater to preppers such as camping stores, food outlets, army surplus, etc. Preppers prepare for all kinds of disasters including natural (i.e. hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) and man-made (i.e. radioactive, chemical, EMP attacks).

FBI letter
Letter in NY

Now, the Government:
DHS and the FBI has been going around to local businesses passing out flyers and letters asking these business to snitch on their customers who are buying prepping supplies.  State Troopers are often used to visit businesses and pass out the flyers too.

People who are considered “high risk” are those buying the following:

    • MRES
    • High capacity magazines
    • Flashlights
    • Weatherproof ammunition
    • Gas masks
    • Even match containers

These are all items that are legal for anyone to buy.

US Government coming for preppersThe real reason the FBI and DHS want this “suspicious activity” reported is that they are building a list of potential “domestic terrorists”.

Their definition of a “domestic terrorist” is any one purchasing weapons, ammo, MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat) or bulk dry foods, flashlights, weatherproof matches.  These are all the basic survival items you will need in a disaster.  See the actual FBI flyer.

Hey DHS, it would be easier to make a list of non-domestic terrorist. You have labeled most all of us in the Southern states, Up-State NY, and Pennsylvania non-cityfied people as domestic terrorist .

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada cattle rancher who stood up the the US Government (specifically the BLM) and defended his land and his rights with armed citizens is now being called a domestic terrorist by our government.

DHS needs this list of domestic terrorist as it is planning for civil unrest in the US and wants to know who might be threats in the event this does happen.

The saying goes:

Those who haven’t prepared, will be knocking on your door.
Those who have prepared, the government will be knocking down your door.

A National Guard whistleblower warned soldiers were being trained that in the event of civil unrest breaking out, “Doomsday preppers will be treated as terrorists.” report by Infowar.  

I have personally  spoken with two friends in the National Guard who have stated they have been receiving training on civil unrest and gun confiscation.  

The US Constitution guarantees our right to bear arms, to pursue life and liberty, and to live as free people.  The problem is our government didn’t get a copy of this Constitution.  So, I’m afraid things between “We The People” and “our oppressive government” will only continue to get worse until a major “event” happens.

Additional sources:  Survival Joe, Infowars, ANC Bundy a Terrorist

US rocket company SpaceX suing US Gov’t for spy business

US rocket company SpaceX suing US Gov’t  for spy business

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch
Falcon 9 launch

The private US rocket company SpaceX is suing the US government  for a piece of the spy satellite business.  The government has recently signed a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) that’s a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

The contract is worth up to $70 billion.  It guarantees 36 rocket launches from ULA, or $14 billion.  Each launch from ULA costs taxpayers $400 million.  SpaceX can do it for $100 million, 75% less than ULA.

SpaceX was not even given a chance to bid on this contract.  Federal government purchasing laws called the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) require competition and state the government must give anyone the chance to bid.  No such bid request was made by the government.

“This exclusive deal unnecessarily costs US taxpayers billions of dollars and defers meaningful free competition for years to come,” Elon Musk. Musk is the founder of SpaceX

“We are simply asking that SpaceX and any other qualified domestic launch providers be allowed to compete in the EELV program for any and all missions that they could launch.” he said.

Another key issue is the the ULA group uses the Atlas rockets which buys its engines from Russia.  Russia is currently in a turf war with the US and Europe over the Ukraine (See “Ukraine Crisis“).

“In light of international events, this seems like the wrong time to send hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kremlin,” Musk said. “Yet, this is what the Air Force’s arrangement with ULA does, despite the fact that there are domestic alternatives available that do not rely on components from countries that pose a national security risk.”

So, let’s see: cheaper, safer, and uses all US employees and parts. Oh, and the government violated its own laws on competitive acquisitions. Huh?

Edward Snowden: US Traitor, Whistleblower, or Hero?

Edward Snowden: US Traitor, Whistleblower, or Hero?

Eric Snowden, US traitor?
Eric Snowden, US traitor?

Edward Snowdwn is an American computer professional who worked on top secret, highly classified electronic documents his former employers, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

He came to international attention when he disclosed thousands of classified documents to several media outlets, which he had acquired while working for the American consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden’s release of classified material has been described as the most significant leak in U.S. history by Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.

In May 2013, Snowden flew from Hawaii to Hong Kong, where he met with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and released numerous documents to them. With his permission, the journalists later revealed his identity to the international media.

The U.S. Department of Justice charged Snowden with espionage on June 21, 2013 and the U.S. Department of State revoked his passport the next day. On June 23, substituting a temporary Ecuadorian travel document for his cancelled passport, Snowden flew to Moscow.

According to Russian sources, Snowden was ticketed for onward flight to Latin America via Cuba. Why Snowden did not board that flight is unclear. On June 27, Ecuador publicly canceled his safe passage, saying it was issued without official authorization. Snowden remained stranded in the Russian airport transit zone until August 1st when the Russian government granted him a one-year temporary renewable asylum.

Snowden’s leaked documents uncovered the existence of numerous global surveillance programs, many of them run by the NSA with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.  They revealed how the US spied on and keeps ALL emails and phone calls off every American citizen.

He revealed how the US spies on various adversaries including Russia and China.  He revealed numerous other spies technologies, devices, and operations.  He made a HUGE negative impact on how the US conducts spying operations.

A subject of controversy, Snowden has been called a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a traitor, and a patriot.  Snowden’s “sole motive” for leaking the documents was, in his words, “to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”  

We think the truth is both: he’s a patriot and a traitor.

Why?  He’s a traitor for revealing top secret and very damaging information to our adversaries.  He could have just released the information that revealed spying on US citizens instead.  He’s a Patriot for making the American people aware of how the US government is doing illegal activities.  Activities that violate several US Constitutional laws and other major laws.  And no one is holding the government accountable.

The disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy. Two court rulings since the initial leaks have split on the constitutionality of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata.

Snowden is considered a defendant by American authorities. In early 2014, some media outlets and politicians called for leniency in the form of clemency, amnesty or pardon, while others called for him to be imprisoned, ex-CIA director James Woolsey said that Snowden should be hanged if convicted of treason, and anonymous “spies” want him murdered.

He lives in an undisclosed location in Russia, and is seeking asylum in the European Union. Snowden currently holds a three-year post as Rector of the University of Glasgow and serves on the Freedom of the Press Foundation board of directors.

Source: Wiki

Eric Holder US Attorney General Scandals

Eric Holder
Eric Holder

Eric Holder is the current US Attorney General appointed by Obama after his first election.  There are numerous controversies surrounding his leadership, or lack there of, as the top justice official of our country.

Some of which are very significant in enforcing the laws of our nation. The major ones include the attack on Benhazi, the IRS Targeting scandal, Fast and Furious, several First Amendent (freedom of speech) violations, and Fort Hood shooting (2009).  Congress even has charges pending against him for Contempt of Court for his withholding crucial evidence into the Fast and Furious Scandal.  This might happen again with the IRS Targeting Scandal.

Many believe that Holder is just a puppet for Obama and the White House as Holder has been able stall, avoid, and cover-up various pending legal issues or in some cases like Treyvon Martin, illegal immigration, and investigations into the press, Holder has been able to make his department push political agendas and make up charges against these people.

Here is a list of the many issues Holder is responsible for and has been held unaccountable:

1 – Discriminatory Hiring Practices

On August 8, 2011 documents were released by the DOJ, subsequent to a court battle, which revealedthe DOJ’s Civil Rights Division had been engaging in politicized hiring in the career civil service ranks. According to PJ Media, the politicized hiring practices of Holder’s DOJ are nearly unprecedented in scope.

In June 2008, Holder admitted to the American Constitution Society (an organization started as a liberal counterweight to the Federalist Society) that the Justice Department was “going to be looking for people who share our values.”

The DOJ’s hiring records speak for themselves as this in depth study by PJ Media demonstrates.

2 – Fort Hood

Following the Fort Hood attack on November 5, 2009 not one of the post-attack reports issued by the DOJ mentioned Nidal Hasan’s Islamist ideology. And, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to call the attack an act of terrorism on its report on the attack. Instead it was labeled as “workplace violence.” The Gloria Center elaborates:

 “This official “blindness” to Major Hasan’s motivations are unquestionably the consequences wrought by the Obama administration’s outreach policies. Not just content with not pursuing terror investigations, as in the case of Major Hasan and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Obama administration has taken a more proactive approach to shutting down terror investigations–especially when those investigations involved their Muslim outreach partners.”

3 – AP Surveillance

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of the telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press (AP). President and CEO Gary Pruitt has described the DOJ’s actions as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls of individual reporters’ work andpersonal phone numbers and AP office numbers in D.C., New York and Hartford, CT. Also listed was the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives’ press gallery, according to the AP’s lawyers.

Pruitt has commented that, “there can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”

4 – DOJ Secretly Targets Fox News Reporter, James Rosen

In the James Rosen case, the Justice Department claimed it did not violate the press freedom of theFox News Correspondent as he isn’t press. Instead, the DOJ argued, he was an “aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in a spy ring, for having receiving classified information about North Korea from an intelligence analyst.

Evidence of Rosen’s spying consisted of an e-mail to Rosen’s source stating he wanted to break “news ahead of my competitors” and that they could “expose muddle-headed policy when we see it—or force the administration’s hand to go in the right direction, if possible.”

The Department of Justice knew Rosen had not committed a crime by simply asking Stephen JinWoo Kim for his opinion on the expected North Korean response to the then-pending U.N. condemnations of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests. By making the claim, however, to a federal judge, that Rosen was criminally complicit in the release of classified information, by the manner in which he posed questions to Kim, the DOJ deluded the judge into signing a search warrant. The warrant, when executed, allowed the feds to read Rosen’s private emails. By way of the emails, the feds were led to Fox News telephone numbers in New York City and in Washington, which they since have admitted to monitoring.

5 – Marc Rich Pardon

Eric Holder played an important role in what was arguably the most infamous of President Clinton’s 176 pardons. Marc Rich, a billionaire financier and fugitive oil broker, who illegally bought oil from Iran during the American trade embargo, attempted to hide more than $100 million in profits by using dummy transactions in off-shore corporations. Following that, he renounced his American citizenship and made a hasty retreat to Switzerland in order to avoid prosecution for 51 counts of racketeering, wire fraud, tax fraud, tax evasion, and the illegal oil transactions with Iran.

But, President Clinton signed the pardon, later crediting Holder’s recommendation as one of the factors that had convinced him to issue the pardon.

6 – Weather Underground Pardon

Holder, as Deputy Attorney General, “was the gatekeeper for presidential pardons.” Two of the recipients of Holder’s pardons were former Weather Underground members Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans.

The Weather Underground, a far-left organization, was founded in the late 1960′s. It’s main objective was to overthrow the American government. Several bombing attacks were initiated by the group and were mostly against government buildings and banks. There were also exhortations for white radicals to join with black radicals in the overthrow of the government. The Weather Underground opposed what they described as “American imperialism.” Former members of the group robbed a Brinks bank truck in 1981, resulting in the deaths of a Brinks security guard and two policemen. One of the killers, Kathy Boudin, is now an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

7 – Holder’s DOJ Threatens Free Speech

The American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) of Tennessee sponsored an event on June 4, called “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society.” The main speakers for the event were DOJ official Bill Killian, who is the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and FBI Special Agent of the Knoxville Division, Kenneth Moore. What is troubling about the event is that Killian addressed how social media posts and documents deemed inflammatory toward Muslims can be considered a violation of civil rights laws. Killian described the event as, “an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play intofreedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion.” He also said that the event would serve, “to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

This is a blatant attempt at subverting First Amendment rights, but the DOJ’s Killian is espousing views that apparently have the support of President Obama who has said: ”The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”

Killian went on to quote the law, showing a slide of Title 18, U.S. Federal Code, Section 241, which states: ”If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States…they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both…”

8 – Hostility Towards Conservatives

At an American Constitution Society gathering in 2004, Holder made the following comments:

  • “Conservatives have been defenders of the status quo, afraid of the future, and content to allow to continue to exist all but the most blatant inequalities.”
  • Conservatives have “made a mockery of the rule of law.”
  • Conservatives try to “put the environment at risk for the sake of unproven economic theories, to play to the fears of our citizens, and not to their hopes, and to return the nation to a time that in fact never existed.”
  • Conservatives are “breathtaking” in their “arrogance,” which manifests itself in such things as “attacks on abortion rights,” “energy policies that are as shortsighted as they are ineffective,” and “tax cuts that disproportionately favor those who are well off and perpetuate many of the inequities in our nation.”
  • The hallmarks of the “conservative agenda” include “social division, mindless tax cutting, and a defense posture that does not really make us safer.”
  • “The nation must be convinced that it is a progressive future that holds the greatest promise for equality and the continuation of those policies that serve to support the greatest number of our people. In the short term this will not be an easy task. With the mainstream media somewhat cowered by conservative critics, and the conservative media disseminating the news in anything but a fair and balanced manner, and you know what I mean there, the means to reach the greatest number of people is not easily accessible.”

9 – Opposition to Second Amendent Rights

In 2008, Eric Holder claimed that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, but only applied to government militias. Political commentator and scholar, John Lott, was unable to “find even one gun control law that Holder has opposed.” Lott remarked that, “on every gun control regulation [Holder] has discussed, he has been supportive, including: bans, raising the age that someone can possess a gun, registration and licensing, one-gun-a-month limit on purchases, and mandatory waiting periods.”

On top of that, in a 1995 address to the Woman’s National Democratic Club, Holder apprised the crowd of the launch of a public campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” “What we need to do,” Holder explained, “is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes.”

10 – Treatment of Terrorists as Criminal Defendants Instead of Enemy Combatants

In 2004, Holder filed an amicus brief on behalf of al Qaeda terrorist Jose Padilla, who had been commissioned by Osama bin Laden and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to carry out a post-9/11, second wave of terrorist attacks in the US. In the brief, Holder held that President Bush lacked the constitutional authority to determine the parameters of the battlefield in the war on terror. Padilla was arrested in the U.S., upon his return from Pakistan where he met with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to make plans for the attack on U.S. interests. In Holder’s opinion, Islamic terrorists had a right to betreated as criminal defendants and not enemy combatants. The only exception, according to Holder, is if the capture of the terrorist occurs on a traditional battlefield.

Upon analysis, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy reported that Holder’s Padilla brief was “a comprehensive attack on Bush counterterrorism, an enthusiastic endorsement of the law-enforcement approach in vogue during the Clinton era (when Holder was deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, who also signed on to the Padilla brief).”

Similarly, according to Discover the Networks:

“In May 2009, Holder announced that Ahmed Ghailani—who had been indicted by a federal grand jury for the 1998 bombings (which killed 224 people, including 12 Americans) of two U.S. embassies in Africa—would be transferred from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to New York City for trial. This would make Ghailani the first Guantanamo detainee brought to the U.S. and the first to face trial in a civilian criminal court. Said Holder:

‘By prosecuting Ahmed Ghailani in federal court, we will ensure that he finally answers for his alleged role in the bombing of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya….This administration is committed to keeping the American people safe and upholding the rule of law, and by closing Guantanamo and bringing terrorists housed there to justice we will make our nation stronger and safer.’

On November 13, 2009, Holder announced that his Justice Department would likewise try five Guantanamo Bay detainees with alleged ties to the 9/11 conspiracy, in a civilian court—the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The defendants were Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, and 9/11 mastermindKhalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM).”

11 – Arizona Immigration Law

On April 23, 2010, Arizona’s GOP governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law a bill authorizing state police to check with federal authorities on the immigration status of any individuals they stop for a legitimate reason–if the behavior of those individuals, or the circumstances of the stop, cause the officers to suspect they might be in the U.S. illegally. But, following the bill being signed into law, Holder vehemently spoke out against the bill and suggested the federal government might challenge it. He also warned that the law could lead to racial profiling and might cause Latinos to stop cooperating with police.

After accusing Arizona of trying to “second guess” the federal government and the Justice Department he filed a lawsuit, challenging the state’s immigration policy. This was done on the grounds that the “invalid” law interferes with federal immigration responsibilities and “must be struck down.” The lawsuit urged the U.S. District Court in Arizona to “preliminarily and permanently” prohibit the state from enforcing the law, but later on down the road, the law wasoverturned by the Supreme Court.

12 – New Black Panther Intimidation

On Election Day, 2008, a couple of members of the New Black Panther Party intimidated white voters with racial slurs and threats. This took place at a Philadelphia polling place and the two culprits were Jerry Jackson and King Samir Shabazz. Former civil rights attorney and campaign aide to the late Robert F. Kennedy, Bartle Bull, observed the Panthers’ antics and described them as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” he had ever seen. Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits intimidation, coercion and threats to voters or those aiding voters, so the Bush Justice Department fileda civil-rights lawsuit against Jackson and Shabazz and against the New Black Panther Party and its national chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz.

However, in 2009 the Obama administration inherited that lawsuit and when the defendants failed to answer the lawsuit, a federal court in Philadelphia entered a default judgment against them. The Holder Justice Department responded by abruptly dropping the charges against the Panthers and two of the defendants. The third defendant was simply barred from displaying a weapon near a Philadelphia polling place for the next three years.

13 – Opposition to Voter ID Laws

Eric Holder has consistently opposed efforts to pass voter ID laws, which are designed to minimize voter fraud. He believes these laws have the effect of disenfranchising nonwhite minorities. In a May 2012 meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and black church leaders, Holder said that during the preceding two years, the Justice Department had challenged “two dozen state laws and executive orders from more than a dozen states that could make it significantly harder for many eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.″

14 – Fast & Furious

The Heritage Foundation provides a summary of the Fast and Furious scandal:

“A U.S. government gun-trafficking investigation gone horribly wrong has resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, some 2,000 firearms in the hands of criminals, and the dismissal of a 24-year veteran law enforcement official. This is the story of Fast and Furious, and yesterday the latest chapter unfolded when two top officials associated with the operation were removed from their positions, while a third individual resigned.

The story begins in the fall of 2009, when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona, began selling weapons to small-time gun buyers in the hopes of tracing them to major weapons traffickers along the southwestern border and into Mexico. Their efforts failed, the number of arms unaccounted for numbers around 1,500 as of late July, and about two-thirds of those guns ended up in Mexico, according to congressional testimony.

Tragically, the botched operation has had serious consequences. On the night of December 15, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed during an effort to catch several bandits targeting illegal immigrants in Arizona near the border. When law enforcement rushed to the scene, they discovered two of the killers’ assault rifles that were among those sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious. Additionally, 57 Fast and Furious weapons have been connected to at least an additional11 violent crimes in the U.S.”

16 – Holder Purges References to “Radical Islam”

In February 2012, Islamist groups in the United States were found to have repeatedly met with high-ranking Obama administration officials in order to voice their concerns regarding the use of the term “radical Islam” in FBI training materials. Because these groups felt the term was both “offensive” and “racist,” Holder, along with FBI director Robert Mueller, issued an order requiring all such language to be removed from the FBI training content. The Gloria Center reports that, “among the more than 1,000 items destroyed or removed by the FBI and the DOJ were PowerPoints and articles that defined jihad as ‘holy war,’ and presentations that portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization which seeks to establish Islam’s dominion over all the world — a goal the Brotherhood has candidly and publicly declared for decades.”

16 – Islamist Outreach

Much of the recent Muslim outreach policy was developed at a June 2011 workshop at Georgetown University. The workshop was sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding. In attendance were leaders from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and other Islamic organizations. These groups, all of which are considered to be radical, met with senior Obama administration officials. Additionally, a workshop was held which included officials from the Department of Justice. The workshop was entitled “Workshop on Police-Community Engagement and Counter-Terrorism.” The Obama administration has a history of radical Muslim outreach. These outreach efforts have been employed by the highest levels of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, resulting in decisions which significantly impact the potential prosecutions of terrorists and Islamist leaders.

17 – Trevon Martin Investigation

 

Source: RedStates.com

US confirms it conducted warrantless searches on Americans

No Warrant NeededWhite House Officials announced today that the US intelligence agencies have conducted warrantless searches on millions of Americans.   As part of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program, the Obama Administration confirmed the NSA has searched American citizen’s communications.  Under the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, such searches are illegal.
4th Amendment

Edward Snowden defected to the China and then to Russia with hundreds of stolen top secret documents so of which he has released to the public.  He says he had become frustrated by what he saw the NSA doing when it comes to surveillance on Americans.  Since then there has a lot debate and blamestorming in Congress on these programs as well absolute denial by the Obama Administration this was happening.  Until today.

In 2011 a secret surveillance court setup after 911 authorized wide-sweeping searches of Americans who were thought to be engaged with terrorist groups.  After today’s confirmation, it appears that all American communications are monitored.  Well, they are stored in NSA’s computer systems and software looks through the messages for ‘key words’ that flag emails and phone calls for more thorough searches.  President Obama has promised to review these searches to determine what changes should be made.   Source:  USA Today

Carter: ‘My own communications are probably monitored’

President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter says he corresponds with foreign leaders the old-fashioned way – through snail mail – because he suspects his communications are watched by intelligence agencies.

“I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored,” Carter said in an interview with Andrea Mitchell that was aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”  He also said “When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the post office, and mail it.”  (more)

Carter has previously expressed support for Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked documents on the NSA’s controversial surveillance programs to Russian and the Chinese both of whom are adversaries to the US.

Source: Politico

NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’

National Security Agency (NSA)The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

A senior manager for the program compares it to a time machine — one that can replay the voices from any call without requiring that a person be identified in advance for surveillance.  Read more:

Source: Washington Post

Dianne Feinstein Wants Drones Regulated

IB TimesFor Sen. Dianne Feinstein, regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles has gotten personal.

In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday night, the California Democrat said a drone spied into the window of her home during a protest outside her house, and that privacy concerns for the technology were “major.”

Read more:

Source: Politico Contributor: Joseph St. John

News Tracker:  US Politics

Issa Rips CIA over Spying Allegations: ‘TREASON’

Congressman Darrell Issa

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is incensed about allegations the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling it “treason.”

“I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level—virtually treason,” Issa told Breitbart News on Tuesday.

“Spying on the executive branch—spying on Congress or violating the separation of powers as to the Supreme Court or as to Congress is effectively treason. Treason—it’s written up in the Constitution,” Issa said of Feinstein’s revelations, adding, “I don’t know who gave the orders, but to spy on other branches is in fact a constitutional violation at the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and certainly should cause the removal of anyone involved.”  (Breitbart)