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Obama administration grossly under reported number of Americans who were unmasked by NSA in 2016

“The Obama administration made history during the 2016 election by releasing statistics for the first time showing how many times government officials sought to unmask the names of Americans captured in accidental National Security Agency intercepts. There was just one problem: the number of affected Americans was grossly underreported.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, now under new management with President Donald Trump, confirms that the 654 unmaskings reported last year for fiscal 2015 was under reported by a factor of more than three times. The correct number was actually 2,232.”

http://circa.com/politics/accountability/obama-administration-underreported-number-of-americans-who-were-unmasked-by-nsa-in-2016

Just remember this:

Before the election Trump thought that the NSA spying was A-Okay

Just a bunch of the good guys keeping us safe

 

Annoyed firefighters attempt to take out drone with fire hose

“As the firefighters from Montgomery and Coldenham in New York were working to put out a house that had caught fire on June 4, a local man named John Thompson decided to fly a drone over the scene to film the proceedings. The firefighters put up with the drone for about 10 minutes and then turned their fire house on it, in what looks to me like annoyance. They send another blast its way about a minute later.

You can see the water blast at about the 12-minute mark in the video above — just after one firefighter points out the drone to another holding the hose.

Thompson says that his drone is now damaged and wants the fire company to pay for a new one to the tune of $2,200. (On a side note, the drone looks like a DJI Phantom 2 Vision to me, which really costs about $1,000.)”

http://www.cnet.com/news/watch-firefighters-blast-drone-out-of-sky-with-hose/

What can you say? It’s low hanging fruit.

I couldn’t pass that one up for sure

Damn shame they only damaged it and didn’t down it outright

I know that if I see one low enough to hit I am probably going to be in trouble

Some time today, I am most likely going to be making a pneumatic cannon

If I get it done I will post some pics

I have made numerous ones in the past and they would be a bang up drone hunter

Top federal court rules against NSA’s phone records program

“A federal court has decided that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal.

The decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday represents the second major court victory for opponents of the NSA, after a lower court decision called the program nearly unconstitutional six months ago.

The phone records program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized,” Judge Gerard Lynch wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. The court did not examine the constitutionality of the surveillance program. ”

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/241305-top-court-rules-against-nsa-program

“The phone records program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized,”  And our Lords and masters have not yet authorized them to abridge our 4th amendment rights.

Yet.

Edward Snowden : “Every citizen has a duty to resist”

From U.S news and world report- Steven Nelson

Complete article here: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/04/30/edward-snowden-bashes-james-clapper-offers-advice-to-would-be-whistleblowers

Exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden accepted the Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling Wednesday, given in celebration of his disclosure of the National Security Agency’s massive phone and Internet surveillance programs.

“A year ago there was no way I could have imagined being honored in this room,” Snowden told an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., via a choppy video feed from Russia. “I realized the most likely outcome [of giving classified documents to the press] was that I would spend the rest of my life in prison.”

“We haven’t won the day … but we will get there,” he said.

Danielle Brian, a member of the selection committee, prefaced his speech by saying some people associated with the prize were “uncomfortable” with giving it to Snowden.

“I’m certainly not one of those who is uncomfortable,” declared investigative author James Bamford as he took over the introduction.

[READ: Lights Out for NSA? Md. Lawmakers Seek to Cut Off Agency HQ]

Before Snowden’s leaks, Bamford said, the intelligence community had nearly relapsed to its abuse practices during the reign of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The NSA was a “runaway surveillance train,” he said.

Now, the electronic spy agency once jokingly referred to as “No Such Agency” is known as “Not Secret Anymore” among NSA workers, Bamford said, citing confidential sources.

Throughout his acceptance speech Snowden hammered Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying to Congress on March 12, 2013, about whether the NSA was collecting information on millions of Americans.

Snowden said he asked a co-worker at the time why nobody would expose the truth, and co-worker told him, “Do you know what happens to people who do?”

The whistleblower said it was ironic that he faced three felony charges within 24 hours of revealing his identity while the perjurious spy boss wasn’t punished, and contrasted his violation of an employment contract with Clapper’s oath-breaking.

[ALSO: Rand Paul’s NSA Lawsuit May Be Heard Alongside Klayman’s]

“We watch our own people more closely than any population in the world,” Snowden said. “That is not hyperbole.”

He repeated a previous claim that he could tap the phone of anyone – even the president – if he was provided a personal email address.

Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who disseminated documents that Snowden leaked, was also honored.

“I’d like to share this award with my beloved colleague Glenn Greenwald,” she said, also via video feed. Poitras and Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian, are reportedly the only people will access to the complete trove of Snowden-leaked documents.

In April 2013, Poitras recalled, she received an email from Snowden saying he planned to claim credit after the press reported his leaks. Two months later – after the bombshells dropped about the NSA collecting all American phone records and directly accessing information from major U.S. technology companies – he did so before flying from Hong Kong to Moscow.

[MORE: 10K Encrypted ‘Snowden Phones’ Sold in 12 Hours]

Following their speeches, Bamford, Snowden and Poitras took turns asking each other questions.

Bamford asked Snowden to give advice to future NSA whistleblowers.

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“If they’re going to do it they better have encryption,” he said, and avoid using their home IP address. “Ideally, work with Congress in advance to make sure we have reformed laws and better protections.”

“Every citizen has a duty to resist” government actions that are immoral or unethical, Snowden said. He then asked Poitras for her opinion on whether the NSA should be divided into two parts, one offensive and one defensive.

“If we were to separate those things I’m not sure what oversight we’d have,” she responded.

Snowden also asked Poitras how confident she was in the House and Senate intelligence committees’ capability to reform the NSA, compared to the chambers’ respective judiciary committees.


U.S. spying on Europeans a symptom of a paranoid government, Germans say

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/28/206711/us-spying-on-europeans-a-symptom.html

“Berlin visitors say the fact that the embassy rises above the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a painful testament to what can happen when a paranoid government moves unchecked.”

Of course the Germans state the truth with their typical Frank-ness. I personally am not into conspiracy theories or part of the “Black helicopter crowd” but the Germans have succinctly expressed what many of us see as obvious; The surveillance state has reached a level of paranoia that cannot be ignored.   You have to ask the question “Where does it go from here?” and answer it after studied thought to fully realize how deep the crap is that we are in.   I don’t have time to expound at the moment , but in the next few days I will have a piece on resistance to the police state.    In the meantime, be careful what you say; They are listening comrade…

Republicans in rush to prosecute Snowden

“Last week the American government happily operated in the shadows with no respect for the consent of the governed, but no longer,” he told the South China Morning Post. “Every level of society is demanding accountability and oversight.” Edward Snowden

The extent of the police state has been unmasked and the Govt. is not happy about it, Calls for prosecution abound from both parties;  “I don’t know exactly the law and I don’t know the extent to which he violated whatever law is there, but he’s got to be prosecuted,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said.   John Boehner called him a traitor, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) says he’s a “defector.”      Snowden is a threat to their one party rule. What he has unmasked here is that the leadership of both parties are actively working to build this police state. I am sure that what he released is only the tip of the iceberg. I am sure that the warrantless spying is much more extensive and in depth than exposed in the initial release of info.    People are finally starting to wake up to the true state of our Govt.  Let’s see what other info he has.