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28 May 2017


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There is much more going on as far as illegal and extrajudicial practices going on since the Clinton years, especially in his second term...., leading up to the access to power of Ziocons and their coteries in 2000.... Since then, the list of illegal practices by the exetive branch...and others blows the mind.... some first hand details lead me to make this statement with great confidence.


It was my understanding that this began shortly after 9/11 and was going on well before Obama took office. Not true?



What's the difference? They knew if requested, permission wouldn't be denied,
"FISC has declined just 11 of the more than 33,900 surveillance requests made by the government in 33 years"

We are only hearing this now because the new party is running the administration. I bet, under this new administration, if a government agent goes to FISA and asks for court permit for surveillance on so and so, because he or his agency has good reason, true or not he will be granted court permit.
I wonder if they had FISA to wire up Trump tower. Is president Trump wired up NOW, I am not sure, but who knows.
Did anybody ever go to jail for illegal surveillance, if they did they must be in same jail as Obama's to big to fall bankers. Having this laws are only good to give comfort to voters, and only gets practiced on cable news talk shows.


I agree with you, Publius Tacitus.

I’m afraid this has as much chance of happening as eradicating the Burmese python population now in Florida. Both had the chance to 'nip this thing in the bud’ at inception. Why didn’t it happen? Why didn’t the Florida wildlife experts understand how the baby snakies ditched into the water supply during the worse hurricanes and tropical storms would multiply and threaten the Everglades, now people? Why didn’t FISA act when it saw this happening after the Patriot Act was enacted. It’s not as if no one knew. The exact name of the NSA program escapes me but it began with “Total Awareness...” something or other. A big hurrah was made about how it was stopped. What NSA does is change the name.

Thursday, the Department of Justice released the 99-page court opinion from last month that ordered the National Security Agency to delete much of its surveillance on American people, which was collected improperly and in potential violation of the Fourth Amendment.

There’s no goddam way they are going to delete "much of its surveillance on American people.” Not a chance. Not until someone at the level of a Keith Alexander goes to jail will anything ever change.

NARUS was the machine invented, or lets say said to be invented by the Israelis in the late 1990s—they just stole it from us like they have everything else. NARUS was slipped in between NSA and AT&T’s backbone nodes nationwide. The AT&T employee Whomever Klein, who blew the whistle on the San Francisco node in 2007, described this interception with a description of a locked room that no one could enter. [NARUS is now owned by Boeing. The swarthy Israeli executives in CA who couldn’t resist bragging how smart they were, circa 1999, were replaced first with doe-eyed WASPy Ken doll execs. As the heat rose on NARUS's operations, 100% US ownership came later, but not pipeline changes. They remain.]

Basically, NSA’s ‘hoovers’ have been attached to AT&T’s deep backbone nodes for decades to siphon off all telecommunications then subsequently internet activity that travelled through Nortel and AT&T switches. Hell, I used to teach NSA how to do it at AT&T Bell Labs. NSA “scientists” had to be updated regularly on the changes to the fields and packet/switch improvements affecting collection.

What NARUS did was not only insert itself between NSA and AT&T hardware--they had to get plausible deniability somehow--but because of the way the Israelis set it up, it acted like a signal splitter. Just like a coaxial splitter coming out of the cable hookup in your wall. One pipe went to NSA. The other to Israel. Every phucking bit of it. I’ve been raving about this for over 20 years but people think I’m wearing tin foil, and no one believes I can know this. [I used to describe this on Greenwald’s blog before the Snowden revelations, and got flak galore for my statements about how it worked and the extent of it.]

Does anyone remember how you could enter someone’s phone number online in the early 2000s and get the complete Call Record Data for any phone number in North America, including mobile? The net was awash with these services. Of course, you were charged $300 or $400 per search, sometimes more. These were Israeli programs/apps. And they were eventually banned here as violating privacy blah-blah-blah, one poobah too many got ensnared. Where the hell do you think these Israeli software companies got the incriminating search results? [Useful in custody/divorce/other court cases.]

The Snowden revelations are the tip of the iceberg. And this iceberg is the size of Antarctica, and just as impenetrable. Greenwald is holding onto the extent of it for some goddam reason, none of which I accept.

There is no way this data is going to be destroyed. And there is no way that NSA is going to stop this collection.

Its already been repackaged and renamed. Just like they did after the Church Commission rulings in the 70s.

Until these perps fear decades of chains around their ankles and family ruin, nothing will change. And our loser Snowflakes don’t have the awareness, education, or skill, to make or enforce the hard institutional (and civic duty) changes. The Disney/Barney/PowerRanger generation is too preoccupied clutching its pearls over polar bears on Al Gore’s photoshopped ice floes to effect any meaningful change now or in the future. They don’t have the smarts or strategic capability. And people my age don't give a shit, except here.

Meantime, NSA soldiers on like the evasive Burmese invaders they are collecting your entire lives and those of your children and grandchildren. NSA is like the spurious climate model world, however. They can’t predict accurately, and their hindcasts are full of mea culpas.

Sylvia 1

In response to MRW--here's another "violation". As reported on Moon of Alabama: "Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties.

"The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau’s public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks. "

"The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago."


[should read]

...and their hindcasts (like NOAA’s) are full of data manipulation to justify their current existence.



A point of view from you I can agree with.

I don't know about if Israel gets to hoover all US communications but I recall well the EFF lawsuit about the San Francisco room at an AT&T nodal building with the splitter. That lawsuit went nowhere due to a state secrets defense and the inability of EFF to prove standing. Snowden came along much later. After Clapper brazenly lied under oath. Of course, he naturally got away, sending the message that perjury does not apply to the Borg. And note the venom with which Snowden is treated by the Borgistas of both political parties.

Your key point. "There is no way this data is going to be destroyed. And there is no way that NSA is going to stop this collection." Is absolutely dead on!!

The reality is this mass surveillance will only grow bigger and more sophisticated. Not that it stopped Manchester and San Bernardino. A time will come when many average Americans will pay the price. Of course, when it is too late. Yeah! Today many will say if there's nothing to hide then there's nothing to worry. Exactly the way totalitarianism slowly creeps in, as we've seen throughout in history.



We're too far down the rabbit hole for any kind of self-correction.

Unless there's a Jeffersonian revolution, which has a microscopic probability, there's no chance that growth in the power and scope of the national security surveillance state will be curtailed. After all big government has massive support among both the left and right. Each side wants more government interference to further their agenda.

The philosophy of distrust of centralized power and the primacy of personal responsibility and accountability which formed the intellectual basis of the American republic, no longer has a meaningful constituency among the American people.



SST may not last much longer in the national security state. pl


>"Illegal Spying Under Obama"

Because Congress (Republican controlled at the time) and the Senate (Democrat controlled at the time) had absolutely nothing to do with authorizing, financing and concealing from the public any of this? I'm not saying Obama doesn't own a good chunk of this as he certainly does, but so does 'W' and his band of merry men under which the system was set up.

There is a compelling story here that Americans should really be debating about what kind of a country they want to live in. But that, like so many other important stories gets pissed away in the the hyper-partisan pissing match that so many Americans want to play these days. Your argument would be far more convincing if it didn't sound like some one just trying to screw the other side for political reasons. This is probably a story that both sides mostly agree on, and you would probably get better results if you were confronting the politicians with a united front.

Karl Kolchak

While it is certainly true that a vast majority of the MSM has it in for Trump, the notion that the "liberal media" should be expected to object to NSA abuses is LONG outdated. Many in the "liberal media," including the NYT and the Washington ComPost helped sell the BS case for Iraq War, and after that compromise have more or less supported the American empire project. Their animus towards Bush, for example, was based more on his administration's incompetence rather than ideology--and just look at how even "liberal" icons like Ellen Degeneres are now trying to rehabilitate him.

The term "liberal media" should be retired and replaced with the term "propaganda ministry," or something far more appropriate.



My fervent hope is that SST can continue as long as it can. Only people like you with the extensive experience and the deep knowledge of national security and intelligence matters in a rich historical context, can provide the necessary informed comment in an environment of outright propaganda.

I know one thing. If it weren't for SST, I would be among the mass of uninformed citizens, susceptible to the relentless propaganda of the Borg and the plethora of conspiracy theories propagated by those who lack the understanding of how things actually work and have worked in the past.

Our traditional beliefs about privacy and the requirement for a warrant before authorities can poke around in your personal affairs are no longer valid.

Putting aside the media's agenda for a moment, I'd argue that the reason this stuff is no longer as newsworthy is that people just don't care. Snowden oddly contributed in a way I think. Now that people see (or imagine) the omnipotence of the NSA, they assume their entire digital existence is already available to their government (certainly those in the US & we inhabitants of Airstrip One).

MRW says people his/her age don't give a shit. Well just ponder how much less the Millennials care. My kids don't think twice about allowing large parts of their lives to be permanently owned by various social media companies. Most folk now presume that these companies' servers are either made available to, or have been backdoored by, the NSA. When I asked my doctor recently if he could encrypt mail to me I got the response "no, why?" and also "no one has ever asked before". When I encounter a website that blanket blocks Tor and ask them if they would consider using a 'prove you are human' device instead, I get a similar response. Why should I care who records my IP?

The State is not interested in it's citizens' privacy and it seems more and more that the citizens (present company probably excluded) largely aren't either. It takes a brave few, like Phil Zimmerman, to provide the necessary tools - but is public key encryption taught in school? No, you have to educate yourself and that takes effort - far easier to not bother.

Perhaps when people start to see their entry visas declined because of some rash tweet (or God forbid, SST comment) they may start to care. In the meantime I'll be making sure my kids are aware of the implications of 'total surveillance' and read that most foresighted of British authors - who saw it all coming back in 1949.

John Minnerath

Many things won't last much longer as the national security state continues to grow.
Civil liberties hang by a thread. (or a pen)



Always go to the original source. Given that the document is heavily redacted, it's hard to tell under which administration the offenses took place. References to the director of the NSA Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander aren't helpful as he served from 2005-2013.

Certainly the collection of phone metadata dates all the way back to the Bush administration. My impression is that Obama simply continued many of the Bush surveillance policies. While it may feel satisfying to pin the blame on Obama, it doesn't help us understand how we got to this sorry state and how we get back.

A good place to start would be with the repeal of the Patriot Act. Also, a congressional review of our current surveillance practices (did we really stop all of this domestic snooping on Inauguration Day?) would be helpful.



There is a section that states that 'The government has expressed a belief that "the stand-up of NSA's Office of the Director of Compliance in July 2009" will help avoid similar failures in the future...'

So, the ruling you are citing is clearly referring back to Bush era failures.

Again, I agree that the NSA exceeded its authority, but I think blaming this all on Obama is neither correct nor useful.


Oh what fun would THAT be?


"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers." T.Pynchon


It's not the administration that is violating the constitution by overlooking their responsibility to guard against violating the constitution. It is the NSA

It is the NSA.


I wonder what the 11 declined requests were declined for, typos?

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Amen to that.


I'd second what Freudenschade said "blaming this all on Obama is neither correct nor useful."

George W Bush started it, Obama continued. Both administrations was illegally spying on Americans.

Augustin L

Yeah it's all Obama's fault... Never mind the Un-Patriot act and everything that transpired since 911.


Why is it called national security state? It's not that America will become the usual third world country like mine where the state is continuously engaged in internal repression. America is becoming an International-Resource Propositionally-Contained Pseudo-State. I would expect exactly this kind of reaction (media black out plus courts restraining orders on surveilance) if the so called "americans" whose comms were being intercepted were in great proportion dual-nationals. There seems to be a disparate impact kind strategy that activates whenever "americans" of the "not to be investigated" kind become too noticeable.

By the way, TTG is developing the Silverman sindrome. Expect him to start screaming that Putin is a Mafia Don, that the great threat to americans are groups of white supremacists, things like that. Since he could not accept the fact that Obama and his BLM front were really screwing up mightly, he cannot accept the idea that americans have had second thoughts on democrats by their own volition. No, it must be the russians. It is incredible. The country immersed in contiuous propaganda ops of internal origin (if we count Tel-Aviv as internal,) meant to conduct its people to a certain electoral result, but somehow it is Sergey on the other side of the world operating a morse code telegraph that got all the luck.


agree, sadly
seems like most people today are competing to expose themselves
It is a celebrity culture, and those who succeed make a living at it. What did the Kardashians do today?
A commissioner of a county agency said to me "why should you care if county trespassed if you are not doing anything wrong". The county attorney was sitting right there, and i reminded him that our state constitution explicitly protects right to privacy. He got a dazed look, as if to say "never heard that one before".


This is true.

Wheb Obama was elected in 2008, he promised to curb the abuses of the national security state.

Instead, he expanded them.

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