Category Archives: Unlimited Surveillance States of America

Before The Collapse

The Guardian highlights its’ 9/11 coverage

By the time the second plane hit the World Trade Centre, the battle to define the 9/11 attacks had already begun, on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US President Bush made the fateful call for a war on terror, as the media rallied to the flag. In Britain Tony Blair and his cheerleaders enthusiastically fell into line. Inevitably, they faced a bit more opposition to the absurd claim that the atrocities had come out of a clear blue sky, and the country must follow wherever the wounded hyperpower led.

But not a lot. Political and media reaction to anyone who linked what had happened in New York and Washington to US and western intervention in the Muslim world, or challenged the drive to war, was savage.

From September 11 2001 onwards, the Guardian (almost uniquely in the British press) nevertheless ensured that those voices would be unmistakably heard in a full-spectrum debate about why the attacks had taken place and how the US and wider western world should respond.

The conventional wisdom boys have become more sophisticated, editing clips to tell a story, as to reporting a story, yet, unfortunately, they are just as wrong today as then on any number of topics, including the economy.

The big lies continue, the downward spiral continues, and no lessons are being learned because none are being taught, and the West continues to live an unreality.

Yeah, I’m Probably A Little Rough On The Red Light Media

After all why would anyone report on the HBGary story, when the Chamber of WhoresCommerce spend millions against Democratic candidates on their outlets, which makes the Chamber of WhoresCommerce a very good customer indeed.

These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional perservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals.

This is an hilariously misguided assumption about Glenn, but it’s probably a pretty damned spot-on assessment of most professional journalists. (Just see how many traditional media outlets are reporting this blockbuster story.) This aspect of the story formed the bulk of a really fascinating discussion Monday on Sam Seder’s Majority Report.

Besides, that’s the truth, not the story they want to tell.

Update: WaPo fails to live up to my prejudices. It’s about technology, not political at all.

Update II:

I’ll See CNN’s Porno Viewing FBI Supervisor Masturbating

and raise them the abuse of National Security Letters,

In response to EFF FOIA requests issued in 2008 and 2009, the FBI released reports of violations made to the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) — an independent, civilian intelligence-monitoring board that reports to the President on the legality of foreign and domestic intelligence operations. The nearly 2,500 pages of documents EFF received include FBI reports to the IOB from 2001 to 2008. The reports catalog 768 specific violations arising from FBI monitoring of U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and non-residents.

Giving the media a run for their money.

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About That Reading A Book Post

Buy it with cash. Small unmarked bills…

At the end of next month, two of the Patriot Act’s controversial provisions — one authorizing “roving” wiretapping and one allowing the government to pull all sorts of records and electronic communications from U.S. citizens — will expire.

We Scratch Their Backs

They scratch ours. Domestic spying has a price,

The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses.

The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T and Verizon about unpaid bills allegedly owed by some data center customers, according to court records. One data center owner charges that the telecoms are using the FBI to collect debts that should be resolved in civil court. But on Tuesday, an FBI spokesman disputed that charge.

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Been Doing That Here For Years

We don’t need no stinkin’ scientific inquiries,

The coalition government is ditching the requirement to seek scientific advice before setting drugs policy.

As part of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 government must take, or at least listen to, advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. That committee needed to have at least six scientists on it.

We call it the Misuse of Government Acts. Others call it the touchy feely approach to mismanagement and tyranny.

Update: Rush read this first.

A Beacon Of Liberty To The World

Sign zee papers old man,

Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to loose.

Speaking Of Pimps

Jokeline rots again,

How about the multiple journalists and other human beings whom the U.S. Government imprisoned (and continues to imprison) for years without charges — and tortured — including many whom the Government knew were completely innocent, while Klein assured the world that wasn’t happening? How about those responsible for the war in Afghanistan (which Klein supports) with its checkpoint shootings of an “amazing number” of innocent Afghans and civilian slaughtering air strikes, or the use of cluster bombs in Yemen, or the civilian killing drones in Pakistan? Are those responsible for the sky-high corpses of innocent people from these actions also “criminals who should be in jail”?

Of course anarchy is a dish best served on government platters, eh Joe, and Joe?

Meanwhile, in the real world (as opposed to the world of speculation, fantasy, and fear-mongering) there is no evidence — zero — that the WikiLeaks disclosures have harmed a single person. As McClatchy reported, they have exercised increasing levels of caution to protect innocent people. Even Robert Gates disdained hysterical warnings about the damage caused as “significantly overwrought.” But look at what WikiLeaks has revealed to the world:

Stacks up pretty well next to all the dead Iraqis and Afghans, but at this point why trouble the Village People and Very Serious People about morals and ethics? After all, stenography is a job, not a calling.

The Ends Justify The Means

About all I’ve learned from the Wikileaks releases, or the bank bailouts, Iraqi war, etc. etc. So there is nothing new under the sun. There are some interesting details, but nothing one couldn’t have discovered or deduced from reading the tubez.

JMHO, but I think in the end the theft of public funds for failed banks is a far bigger crime, and also one that is greatly under reported by the corporate medias, and far more important than discovering that Saudi Arabia wants to protect its’ oil fields from Iran and its’ own minority population. If one were to notice, they wish us to do that for them even as they finance terrorists, which really isn’t anything new, historically speaking.

There are drawbacks to empire besides the corrupting of democratic institutions, but if you are really interested in how Rome fell, read the newspapers. Solomon’s Ashtoreth pole is in your head, and whither your head is, so shall the pole be found to be.

As Goes Britannia

You will talk,

The private investigator at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal has been ordered by a high court judge to reveal who instructed him to engage in the illegal interception of voicemail messages of public figures.

In order to preserve our world we must destroy it.

If one wishes to see business without regulations one only need look south of our own border. Every revolution contains the seeds of its’ own destruction. The Constitution was intended to radiate those of ours, but it is a fragile construct, requiring both governed and governing to respect the rights and duties it confers on the individual citizen, and the limits it imposes on governmental power.

Limiting ones one power, or the exercise of that power by the governing, is an exercise in self control because there really isn’t any other restraint. It seems immature, but I think it is more in tune with human nature, in this instance the desire to “know,” whether for profit or titillation.

The odd thing here is the guy who did this hack is really the only one that was exploited.

Fortunately They Ignore The Blogs

From the schools of fish dept,

Even if you don’t recall all of the sordid details from that weekend of debauchery, your employer may know all about it. That’s because a new company called Social Intelligence billing itself as a social media private eye will observe your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other online accounts on behalf of employers to make certain you’re not a liability.

So what’s new about that?

After finally landing a job, the information gathering has only just begun. From there, Social Intelligence will carry out near “real-time surveillance” of your behavior with screenshots and customizable reports used to document activity and keep the front office informed. Its marketing materials play into larger fears every employer could have. According to the company’s website:

Sort of like having News of the World in your shorts.

Give FISA Your Two Cents Worth

Probably should use elevated language,

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has proposed new rules to comply with the provisions of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The Court reviews government applications for intelligence surveillance and physical search under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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The FISA Court has provided an opportunity for public comment on the new rules. Comments are due by October 4, 2010.

Mapping Your Network

Increasing cell penetration techniques worry revolutionaries.

People at the top of the office or social pecking order often receive quick callbacks, do not worry about calling other people late at night and tend to get more calls at times when social events are most often organised, such as Friday afternoons. Influential customers also reveal their clout by making long calls, while the calls they receive are generally short.

Cell phones worries government.

A federal appeals court said Tuesday the government may obtain cell-site information mobile phone carriers retain on their customers without a probable cause warrant under the Fourth Amendment.