Friday, July 30, 2010


White House Seeks To Ease Restrictions on FBI Access to Internet Records

"The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.

The administration wants to add just four words -- 'electronic communication transactional records' -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user's browser history."

Well, there it is. Warrantless internet taps and the end of the Fourth Amendment have arrived. If Soetoro gets away with this the FBI and other intelligence agencies will no longer need to use sneaky devices like Carnivore/DCS-1000 and the successors to the ancient Echelon network to spy on you. They'll just order up your data from your ISP like you order combo meal at Wendy's. But don't worry, according to the article, they will not request the actual content of your emails or other Internet communications, just what sites you are browsing and whom you are emailing.

First of all, don't believe that for a second -- the government could not exist in its current form without lying or distorting almost every single thing it tells us. But even if Soetoro does deem to prohibit the FBI from getting your actual content, just the information which will be available will be enough to allow the investigators to take things to the next level. For example, every now and then, such as during the war of a few years ago pitting Israel against Hezbollah, I will go to Al Jazeera's English language news site to see what propaganda is being fed to the people in the Middle East, and how it is different or similar to the propaganda we are surrounded by.

Under Soetoro's new plan, doing that could flag me as a potential terrorist. Then the government could get a FISA surveillance warrant on me and read everything I write. But this is already happening on a massive scale. It's just that they're now admitting it, like they always do, in the mainstream media both as a slap in the face and to acclimate the sheople to the coming horror. The Fourth Amendment is dead if this is implemented, having been on life support for years. Illegal searches and seizures are now as common as legal ones -- you have "knock-and-talk" police squads going around to inspect and sometimes seize citizens' guns. You have police now raiding organic food stores:

"With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.

Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid's target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk."

The setup for the total electronic surveillance grid was the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act that Slick Willie signed into lay. You know, the one that ordered cell phone manufacturers to include a GPS chip in every phone, and mandated that they include the functionality for the government to listen in on your conversations on the phone and ever conversations in the room even when the phones are turned off... That one. Now all the pieces are being openly announced, like the previous story about the CIA working with Google to use "Recorded Future" to use their online spying on you to create "real-time dossiers" on every American citizen.

Get used to being surveyed. We are now living within the confines of Orwell's Panopticon.

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