Saturday, June 8, 2013

CISPA Will Legalize PRISM Spy Program

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Give them an inch and they will take a mile. That is how power-hungry tyrants interpret any law.

The PATRIOT Act and the FISA court led to the blanket wiretapping of every American citizen and a PRISM lens into all Internet activity for the NSA.

Now we are supposed to trust this Peeping Tom government by giving them more authority for "cybersecurity" with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)?

As George W. Bush once eloquently said with his patented deer-in-the-headlights conviction "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, you can't get fooled again, see."

Oh, I bet the American people will get fooled again. But it's not their fault. When authority figures tell bald-faced lies to the public, most people instinctively want to believe them because the majority of people are honest and perceive others to be honest.

Obama won the presidency promising to overturn Bush's draconian destruction of civil liberties in the name of fighting terror. The majority of Americans took Obama at his word and gave him the benefit of the doubt. Until now.

Reuters reports today that the NSA spying scandal may "complicate" Obama's agenda for cybersecurity:
Renewed concerns about the spy agency's domestic surveillance programs could also hamper efforts to give it a broader role in defending the country's infrastructure, and put pressure on lawmakers to update laws protecting online privacy, say congressional aides and defense and security experts. 
"They're going to make it harder to do the work that is now going on," said former chief Pentagon weapons buyer Mike Wynne, who also served as Air Force secretary from 2005 to 2008. 
Wynne said growing unease about domestic surveillance could have a chilling effect on proposed cyber legislation that calls for greater information-sharing between government and industry.
But this is laughable. The U.S. government already has been illegally using the authority in CISPA prior to it being codified into law. At least everything Hitler did was "legal" before he did it.

PRISM reportedly forces Internet companies to hand over information to the NSA and FBI. Some even allow a backdoor to their servers. This program has been in place for several years according to reports.

The only difference between the secretive PRISM project and CISPA is that under CISPA personal data will be given to the civilian Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon by communications companies instead of the NSA. Like that matters.

But even this is just window dressing for public consumption because Obama already has authorized these moves with the secret Presidential Policy Directive 20 and an Executive Order.

Presidential Directive 20 shows that the government is drawing up a target list for offensive cyber strikes overseas, and the Executive Order outlines the flow of illegally obtained data of online activity to the DHS, NSA, and other agencies.

Yes, the Pentagon already assumed the role of engaging in cyber war as part of their "operational domain" for "offensive operations", again prior to any legal authority. In July 2011, the Pentagon announced "The United States reserves the right, under the laws of armed conflict, to respond to serious cyber attacks with a proportional and justified military response at the time and place of our choosing."

Their "authority" was later affirmed in the infamous 2012 NDAA which gave the U.S. military the right to launch a global offensive cyber war against perceived threats.

Section 954 of the NDAA titled Military Activities in Cyberspace received no debate in Congress as well as in the media. The section states clearly:
Congress affirms that the Department of Defense has the capability, and upon direction by the President may conduct offensive operations in cyberspace to defend our Nation, Allies and interests.
And thanks to whistleblowers we know that telecom companies have been cooperating with government spooks for years.

Significantly, all of this occurred without any public debate, probably because lawmakers understand that it's a gross violation of the 4th Amendment which guarantees privacy to American citizens.

Indeed, the NSA issued a secret memo urging lawmakers to "rethink" the 4th Amendment. This recently declassified memo from 2001 reads:
The Fourth Amendment is as applicable to eSIGINT as it is to the SIGINT of yesterday and today. The Information Age will however cause us to rethink and reapply the procedures, policies and authorities born in an earlier electronic surveillance environment.
Is it any wonder why Americans no longer trust their government?

As President Obama said in his press conference defending the secret spying program: "If Americans don't trust government, we're going to have some problems."

Yes, as Reuters reports, the Administration may have problems legalizing their illegal activity. And if the people are paying attention, this Administration may have even bigger problems than that.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

they are all in it together for a nwo thepeople had better get together and just say no

Mark McCandlish said...

First, a couple of facts: 1) The U.S. government has been digitally recording EVERY phone call and telecommunication stream on Earth since at least the early 1980's, perhaps as far back as the late 70's, from a facility on Peterson AFB, just east of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The multi-story building housed hundreds of parallel-processing Cray supercomputers. The story was leaked in the 1980's by a kid whose father worked there while the kid was a student at the ITT Technical Institute just outside Los Angeles.

2) This data mining not only included source/recipient data but THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF EVERY CALL. So anything Mr. Obama tries to spin about "no listening in" is BS. And he knows this. The NSA did not develop the Echelon protocols to simply look for words or phrases that trigger deeper investigation, these protocols simply cull out the calls that do not involve anything of interest or suspicion. And that can include anything from a genuine terrorist link to a cell within the United States, to the research correspondence of an inventor who has found an economical alternative to petroleum-- thus threatening the Big Oil friends of certain highly placed politicians. Google "the Stan Meyer story" about the car he built that ran on tap water (hydrogen production on the fly) or Alan Cagianno, who built a carburetor that got 137 miles to a gallon.

So you see, it isn't only about terrorism. It can even be about new forms of energy production, like tapping the Zero-Point energy embedded in spacetime. The technology, which already exists is in deployment right now, and if applied in anything other than the most highly classified military and intelligence operations, would make petroleum AND nuclear power completely obsolete.

3) The government and the NSA are already constructing a new and much larger, state-of-the-art technological center south of Salt Lake City to further expand the surveillance of the world-- including every call and internet search inside the United States. You can even find the site on Google Earth if you know where to look, just west of Interstate 15. The reason these programs and their existence is being "leaked" to the media, is because the alleged expansion of voice over internet and other communication methodologies is being expanded, and the Powers that Be are simply trying to play CYA for something they have been doing for a very long time. It didn't help them stop the Boston Marathon bombings though, did it?.

4) There is one alternative means of communication that exists right now, and it is used almost exclusively by the CIA/NSA/NRO. It is communication using "longitudinal waves" or "scalar waves" which is really just another subset of zero-point energy and its various manifestations. There was a story of a well-known rock star, who went back to college, studying physics and that he theorized the application of this technology called "superluminal" communication. (That is, faster-than-light speed.) Then he mysteriously disappeared. His body (what was left of it) and the wreckage of his van were found a year or two later at the bottom of a ravine in southern California. This form of COM represents the ultimate in telecommunication, because it travels through hyperspace, leaving no electronic footprint in the environment that can be detected or monitored. It is the basis for the most classified COM systems used by the intelligence agencies or the USG. Anyone who gets close to cracking that nut open usually winds up dead.

The most recent revelations merely attempt to justify the illegal activities of the USG in modern times, but the activity itself has been ongoing for at least three decades.

greyhawk said...

I posted this a while back in response to the So-Called Debt Ceiling and other Economic Mock Battle between Democrats and Republicans, and call our current political process a Dog and Pony Show Scripted and Staged for Public Consumption VIA TV and the Media in General, By Jerome Ennis

Dog and Pony Show politics: You are so right folks who have lost confidence in the political process. I too, have already, in my own mind come to the realization that our current political process is not working. The congress of the USA, Obama and the MSM talking heads are on TV and Radio 24-7 reporting on the Government Shutdown and the so-called Fierce and Heated Debates going on between the Dems and Repubs, and every bit of what you are seeing and hearing is Pure Theater with absolutely No Substance and is intended for Public Consumption by the Ignorant and Uninformed Masses.

It is no more complicated than TV Wrestling Promotions. And, yet, they know that Americans are Inflamed Against One Another which is their aim. As long as they Keep Americans Divided and Enraged with their incendiary rhetoric, they, the Dems and Repubs get to stay in power and it does not make a bit of difference which of the Stooges That the DNC and RNC parade out for us to vote for.

The key is going to take a really concerted and massive Grass Roots Educational Campaign at the Local and State Levels All Over The Country. This is the effort the TEA Party movement is attempting, but the TEA Party is not focused enough, and are being divided and conquered from within by getting into too many petty arguments over different groups Pet Peaves such as Anti-Abortion, Gay Marriages, etc.

We have to stop these petty arguments and ban together and realize if we do not Elect Our Own People To Run The Government and Begin The Dismantlng Of The System that has been Un-constitutionally Built and doing it very soon, the Window of Opportunity Will Have Passed Forever.

The Mainstream Republicans and Democrats and the Main Stream Media are nothing more than the Propaganda and Advertising Arms of the Government, and yes, that includes good old Fair and Balanced FOX News. Fox is the handpicked Whipping Boy for the Left and this is by Design and Cooperation From Fox.

By the POTUS and other Leftists bashing Fox, it is meant to give you and me, my fellow-American Patriots the belief that Our Side Has a Voice and gives us a place to Get Our Talking Points as presented by the Fence Straddling Bill O'Reilley.

It is the exact same Scripting and Staging as The Good Guy Versus Bad Guy Professional Wrestling Promos. And the MSM, including Fox and their Talking Heads know this and are doing their part to Keep The Wool Over Our Eyes and in the dark. There is talk that Glenn Beck may be dropped by Fox because Beck may have gone a little rogue on them, and have upset the Corporate Sponsors Who Actually Control What You See and Listen to on TV and Radio to begin with.

And, that is why I am working my butt off on blogs and other places trying to inform, educate and change people's minds. For the most part, the average American is turned off to politics and politicians because they know at the end of the day, they cannot believe any of them. They know this at some subconscious level if not consciously.

That is why I am in big support for Donald Trump for President in 2012 and have a dedicated site on FB of that title. Trump speaks straight and honestly and in plain English with no flowery words or any shred of Political Correctness. That is why I am encouraging everybody I can to get on the Trump for President in 2012 Band Wagon and Let's Drive Home a Victory for our Country. Our very survival as a nation depends on Defeating Obama in 2012, and it is my belief that Donald Trump is about the only one I know who can get the job done and then Trump Can Fire Obama and all his Regime which is made up of communists, racists, and criminals.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm

Again just so the casual reader is not waylaid by the title. NO BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT CAN PASS A LAW, REGULATION OR RULE THAT IS IN VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. Therefore the Congress CAN NOT USE CISPA or any other "law" to over ride the 4th Amendment. Anything that they do in that regard is null and void by default. And further any such law, regulation or rule is therefore not binding on the citizens.

The media continues to attempt to brain wash the American people into thinking that as long as the "president" or the "congress" says so than it must be legal. That is not the way things work in this Republic.

Brian Thiesen said...

As laid out here, if you are a CITIZEN under the constitution, this IS LEGAL, it is morally corrupt but until people understand the law, these guys won't care
http://bcfreedom.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/power-profit-privacy-part-1/

Anonymous said...

I hate to break this to you, this was the first answer to a series of questions that were asked of the actual whistle blower:
Q: Why did you decide to become a whistleblower?
A: "The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.
"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under."

Anonymous said...

Hmmm

To Brian

I beg to differ. These spying programs are clearly unconstitutional because they fail the requirements imposed for searches under the 4th Amendment. They are therefore not legal. The government over the last 200+ years has passed many laws they claimed were "legal" but were not because they violated the Constitution. Not only are citizens NOT required to obey laws that are clearly in violation of the Constitution it is their duty as citizens to ensure the government stops such actions.

I quote Chief Justice Marshall in Marbury v. Madison, 1803:
“A law repugnant to the Constitution is void.”

No citizen can be held hostage by government attempts to circumvent the Constitution by legislative fiat.

Anonymous said...

I live by the base in cockadoodle springs yawn! Howeverr all you smartie pants need just one word B A T T E L L E. As in battelle memorial institue. Across from Ohio state.

Anonymous said...

You folks watch too much Tv. When your constitution is made of kevlar than hold it to your heart. AP using NSA in anything media wise should ring a bell. The Tv is taking the clapper. Eveerbody knew So the media shock is the real surprise?

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