Obama’s surveillance power grab

The American Prospect
by Julian Sanchez

07/29/10

They’re calling it a tweak — a ‘technical clarification’ — but make no mistake: The Obama administration and the FBI’s demand that Congress approve a huge expansion of their authority to obtain the sensitive Internet records of American citizens without a judge’s approval is a brazen attack on civil liberties. At issue is the scope of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s power to obtain information from ‘electronic communications service providers’ using National Security Letters (NLS), which compel private companies to allow government access to communication records without a court order. The administration wants to add four words — ‘electronic communication transactional records’ — to Section 2709 of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which spells out the types of communications data that can be obtained with an NSL...

http://tinyurl.com/3yrhf9a



Google, CIA invest in “Future” of web monitoring

Wired
by Noah Shachtman

07/29/10

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future. The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine ‘goes beyond search’ by ‘looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events’...

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/exclusive-google-cia/



Your innocence is no protection

Liberty For All
by Harry Browne

When the politicians violate the Bill of Rights with the Patriot Act or some other guaranteed-to-bring-peace-and-security-to-the-world scheme, they always reassure us by saying: ‘If you aren’t guilty, you have nothing to fear.’ If only that were so. The truth is that innocence is no protection at all against government agencies with the power to do what they think best — or against a government agent hoping for promotion and willing to do whatever he can get away with... (written 12/03; posted 07/29/10)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=4610


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