Ron Fournier, editorial director for the National Journal, tore into the White House in an appearance on MSNBC over the news that the Department of Justice had obtained two months of telephone records. Fournier called the move “chilling” and “unprecedented.” He added that he thinks President Barack Obama’s administration is trying to intimidate potential whistleblowers with the move.
Abby Martin breaks down the nearly unbelievable tactics used by the FBI to bug homes, including sedating your pets, and staging traffic accidents, and putting up a giant replica of your home as a tarp.
All over America today there are state and local governments that are drowning in debt. Many have chosen to use “traffic enforcement” as a way to raise desperately needed revenue. According to the National Motorist Association, issuing speeding tickets raises somewhere between 4.5 billion and 6 billion dollars in the United States each year. And the average price of a speeding ticket just keeps going up.
New documents reveal that the Department of Justice takes a similar stance to that of the IRS in claiming that they do not necessarily need warrants to spy on emails, Twitter direct messages, Facebook chats and other private communications of Americans.
Every telephone conversation Americans have with one another on US soil, with or without a search warrant – “is being captured as we speak”.
True crisis lay in what we refuse to see, and the greatest crisis today is not the bombing of a marathon, but the destruction of our freedoms in the name of “security.” The bottom line? Our civil liberties are not up for compromise. Period. Shootings, bombs, nukes, nothing! There is no rationalization that will ever make tyranny a moral enterprise.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.
On Tuesday, the advocacy group Partnership for Civil Justice Fund released new documents that show the Department of Homeland Security is conducting surveillance on peaceful protest groups, like Occupy Wall Street. DHS is claiming it has every right to keep track on peaceful demonstrators, but critics say it’s an abuse of their power.
Two out of every three people reading this could have your electronic devices searched, without there being any reasonable suspicion, because the Department of Homeland Security has decided that such search and seizures do not violate your Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
The investigations used a device known as a StingRay, which simulates a cellphone tower and enables agents to collect the serial numbers of individual cellphones and then locate them. Although law enforcement officials can employ StingRays and similar devices to locate suspects, privacy groups and some judges have raised concerns that the technology is so invasive — in some cases effectively penetrating the walls of homes — that its use should require a warrant.
Davis said his office places its focus on international plots, “domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government. We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information.”
More private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks.
Last week, a Federal judge decided that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not been honoring the US Constitution. For several years now, the FBI has been writing hundreds of thousands of “national security letters” to businesses asking employers to disclose private information regarding their clients and bypassing the process of a warrant or subpoena.
Abby Martin takes a look at how executives at Academi, the military contractor formally known as Blackwater, while working as an extension of the CIA, have been able to commit countless crimes with utter impunity.
In an attempt to pursue terrorists across the globe, the Obama administration has proposed legislation that will give spy agencies access to citizens’ finances. Currently, the FBI is the only agency that has access to these databases, but the plan will give the CIA and NSA the same access.