Posts Tagged ‘Patriot Act’

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Congress Is Poised to Give Trump Administration Powerful New Spying Powers

According to news reports, members of Congress are lobbying to add the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018to the Federal Aviation Agency Reauthorization Act. Proponents of the bill claim that it will make our country safer. But, in reality, the drone legislation will give new surveillance powers to the Trump administration to spy on journalists, activists, and other Americans without a warrant. 

 

Those of you who need a reminder why I, and many others, still continue to talk about the 9/11 attacks, the cover-up, the Treason:

“It happened with the Patriot Act after 9/11, and members of Congress and government officials are now employing similar arguments again. “

Of course they are. They have a winning formula for turning America into a police state, a cash cow, a fascist empire. That was always the intent. That was always the plan.

Despite nonsensical dismissals from so-called leaders like Chomsky, the 9/11 attacks and the strategy around it are alive and well, and fucking us all right now again. Chomsky claims 9/11 has no “significance,” and if you believe that, you deserve to be dragged off to the fucking gulags, you brain-dead slab of meat.

 

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Politicians Who Complain About Trump’s Authoritarian Tendencies Just Gave Him 6 Years To Warrantlessly Spy On Americans

Over on the Senate side, things were even more ridiculous. Senator Jeff Flake voted for cloture, helping to end (the already non-existing) debate on such surveillance, and blocking any amendments. And then, the very next morning, went on the Senate floor to slam the President, compare him to Stalin, and warn that our democracy may not survive. Again, this was mere hours after Senator Flake voted to give more surveillance powers to the President he was about to compare to Stalin.

Or how about Dianne Feinstein? It may be no surprise that Feinstein voted to continue and expand surveillance — she has a long history of doing exactly that. But just about an hour before voting for cloture, Feinstein herself introduced an amendment that would have required a warrant to search the corpus of data collected under 702. And then she voted to block that amendment from even being voted on.

…Trump has been loudly denouncing McCaskill for months as she’s facing a tough reelection campaign. And her response was to deny any further debate or amendments and to vote to give Trump more surveillance powers.

…These are not the only ones.

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Amazon, Google, Apple… Fox News join Microsoft in US gag orders fight

The likes of Apple, Google, and Mozilla—among many others—have put their names to an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit Microsoft filed against the federal government over its controversial and continued use of gagging orders.

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No John Oliver, it’s not “hard to get your head around.” You start by reading the 4th amendment to the Constitution.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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Bipartisan Bill Will Kill PATRIOT Act

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Well Fuck Yeah.

Twitter Sues For Right To Disclose Details Of Government Surveillance Requests

Jameel Jaffer, the deputy legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, applauded Twitter’s lawsuit.

“Twitter is doing the right thing by challenging this tangled web of secrecy rules and gag orders,” Jaffer said, adding that “we hope that other technology companies will now follow Twitter’s lead.”

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Classic Colbert.  Enjoy the police state.