All Your Private Data Are Belong To Obama

Tyler Durden's picture

When it comes to spying, eavesdropping on its citizens as well as the complete invasion of American privacy, the first thing that comes to mind is the Patriot ACT and Dubya. And with good reason: because while the rest of the world may "hate us for our freedoms", they certainly love us for the fact that the NSA usually can autocomplete sentences before they are written in any electronic medium (recall: NSA Whistleblower Speaks Live: "The Government Is Lying To You"). However, as it turns out that the first thing that should be coming to mind is none other than the current administration and Barack Obama. Here are the facts: as the ACLU reveals using documents released by the Justice Department following months of litigation, "federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans’ electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or meaningful accountability." How "increasingly"? Look at the chart below and decide.

From the ACLU: Between 20909 and 2011 "the number of people whose telephones were the subject of pen register and trap and trace surveillance more than tripled. In fact, more people were subjected to pen register and trap and trace surveillance in the past two years than in the entire previous decade."

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

This is how Uncle Sam spies on you:

Pen register and trap and trace devices are powerfully invasive surveillance tools that were, twenty years ago, physical devices that attached to telephone lines in order to covertly record the incoming and outgoing numbers dialed. Today, no special equipment is required to record this information, as interception capabilities are built into phone companies’ call-routing hardware.


Pen register and trap and trace devices now generally refer to the surveillance of information about—rather than the contents of—communications. Pen registers capture outgoing data, while trap and trace devices capture incoming data. This still includes the phone numbers of incoming and outgoing telephone calls and the time, date, and length of those calls. But the government now also uses this authority to intercept the “to” and “from” addresses of email messages, records about instant message conversations, non-content data associated with social networking identities, and at least some information about the websites that you visit (it isn't entirely clear where the government draws the line between the content of a communication and information about a communication when it comes to the addresses of websites).

This is how Uncle Sam has been spying on your more in the past three years than ever before:

Electronic Surveillance Is Sharply on the Rise

The reports that we received document an enormous increase in the Justice Department’s use of pen register and trap and trace surveillance. As the chart below shows, between 2009 and 2011 the combined number of original orders for pen registers and trap and trace devices used to spy on phones increased by 60%, from 23,535 in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011.


During the past two years, there has also been an increase in the number of pen register and trap and trace orders targeting email and network communications data. While this type of Internet surveillance tool remains relatively rare, its use is increasing exponentially. The number of authorizations the Justice Department received to use these devices on individuals’ email and network data increased 361% between 2009 and 2011.


The sharp increase in the use of pen register and trap and trace orders is the latest example of the skyrocketing spying on Americans’ electronic communications. Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that cellphone carriers received 1.3 million demands for subscriber information in 2011 alone. And an ACLU public records project revealed that police departments around the country large and small engage in cell phone location tracking.

Remember this:

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.


I direct the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development by appropriate executive departments and agencies, within 120 days, of recommendations for an Open Government Directive, to be issued by the Director of OMB, that instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum. The independent agencies should comply with the Open Government Directive.


Barack Obama

Who knew that he was really telling the CTO to coordinate on the transparency and opepness of your emails.

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Non Passaran's picture

Those fucking American (government) fascists!

Abraxas's picture

Do you know of any benevolent governments still in existance? We get what we deserve.

exi1ed0ne's picture

We actually get what we are willing to put up with.  Deserve has nothing to do with it.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Say what you will, but this is going to be an increasingly useful tool going forward, with the rise of extreme right wing groups like the ‘sovereign citizens’ and ‘Oath Keepers’. The SPLC keeps a tab on extreme groups that threaten our government and banking system, but we need a more systematic way of monitoring them. Many of the Zerohedge readers display exactly the characteristics that would classify them as a threat to our government, namely a tendency to believe outlandish conspiracy theories involving the ‘Federal Reserve’ or the ‘CIA’. I have to shake my head at some of the conspiracy theories I see on this site. The magical thinking required to believe that respected politicians and central bankers are planning elaborate conspiracy to harm decent and ordinary Americans. I’m trying to be reasonable here, but I simply cannot understand this point of view.

RSBriggs's picture

Here - you forgot this:  "/sarc"

redpill's picture

Dear stupid sheeple of America: who's a conspiracy theorist again?


Precious's picture

Oh it's probably much worse than you think.  

We already know Facebook has all the profiles.

Twitter has all the instant messages.

Google has all the personal search histories.

Look at Splunk - They have all the server logs.

Look at Disqus - They have all the comment logs.

And who controls these companies?


AssFire's picture

It's simple:

Monitoring is up due to all the free Obama phones...

Gangs and drug dealers love the mobility;

even great for youths to coordinate their flash mobs.

Thats empowerment!


sessinpo's picture

You know I rant against liberalism and I am certainly not an Obama or democrat supporter but you should know the facts.

That cell phone program was established under Reagan. It has sence been continually expanded.


This is just an example of why I rant against the socialism ideology because it infects both parties. It's about time more people wake up, and that includes those on the right, to understand just because you are a republican or conservative, doesn't mean you aren't a socialist.

Precious's picture

Who's disagreeing with that.

Votewithabullet's picture

Raygun started a cell phone program?

Umh's picture

He started a phone program. Of course it is harder to coordinate the flash mob with land lines.

Rahm's picture

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sessinpo's picture

No, actually it was started in 1934 under the telecommunications act. But it was expanded under Reagan when cell phones were growing.  I say it started under Reagan for the reason that cell phones weren't in existence in 1934. But Reagan and other republicans did nothing to stop it. It became another liberal socialized program that BOTH parties advanced.

UGrev's picture

Hmm.. just a minor correction. Reagan started a program for free phones in homes. There weren't any cell phones back then that were readily accessible by the public... :D 

sessinpo's picture

Hmm.. just a major correction via



"In 1987, the FCC adopted Link Up America, designed to help low income households pay the costs of connection and installation."

Source: MTS and WATS Market Structure, and Amendment of Part and Establishment of a Joint Board, Report and Order, 286, 2 FCC Rcd 2953 (rel. May 19, 1987), Memorandum Reconsideration, 3 FCC Rcd 4543 (rel. July 12, 1988).

Under "Universal Mechanisms" -

Congress decided that for telephone services provided a vital link for emergency services. Cell phones were included.

Cell phones have been in existence since 1983. In fact, hand held radio receivers have been in existence prior to the 1950s. The first analog cellular network was introduced in 1978. Digital came in the 1990s and Satellite came later.


However, the point of my orginal post was that despite one calling themself conservative and for small government, social programs like these grow and expand. And it did under Reagan. Since cell phones were starting to become big during Reagan's presidency and Reagan and republicans did nothing to stop the expansion of this program, I stand by my original post.

Go Tribe's picture

The point is that it's increased incredibly under the kenyan. Who cares when it started. Oh and BTW for the brotherly monitors: fuck obama and the government.

nmewn's picture

ObamaPhone...gawwwd it never gets old.

And they're "free"

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

"Who controls these companies?"

I give up.  Who?  The Gubmint?

krispkritter's picture

Wonder what this will look like on the 'Daily ZH Terrorist Report'? Hellooooooo Jaaaaaannnnnnet!



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nmewn's picture

Anthrax...I don't know, I just like saying

Well O'Barry did yap a lot about we know who's transparency.

LawsofPhysics's picture

LMFAO!!!  Remind us all what government agency you troll for again?

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct.  MDB is clearly a government troll, don't think I have seen a faster down arrow.  Yes indeed, it is really about power and control, always has been. the kleptocrats, fascists, and sociopaths lose all their power when people can take care of themselves.  Inflation is fucking theft.  So is taxation, but with the latter at least you know who is imposing the tax and can get in the face of your representative or local politician.  And sometimes the money actually goes to fix the damn street, imagine that.'s picture

MDB is just playing with folks. Classic hit and run troll who leaves a provocative message and rarely responds to the inevitable replies. He may or may not be acting in a Swiftian manner but I care for neither his posts nor the endless replies. It's dull and it's a waste of time.

MDB, why not be yourself? You're obviously intelligent and have a way with words. Some honest discussion with you may be enjoyable.

10mm's picture

p>No,Million Dollar Blowjob is a plant.SPLC,now that is a recommended accurate description.

UGrev's picture

he's a honey potter. don't respond to him. the replies are just recorded to help track who's the enemy and who's not.  

Bob's picture

Look what I ran across on the internet this morning:

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

Only 22 minutes, crisp HD, and as good as The Corporation.  Most interesting. 

sessinpo's picture

I would surmise he is a lone wolf. Government is corrupt but not stupid. And those that think that government is stupid aren't realizing that the apparently stupid stuff being done is on purpose. They just haven't figured out the reason "yet."

Skateboarder's picture

Fantastisch! lol at people thinking they're awesomely social when they've exposed their entire POS life on the internets for anyone to pick through. Most everyone's got their head up their arse these days and they think their little shiny gadgets make them popular, invincible, modern, etc...

You're all a bunch of dumb agrarians who don't know how to farm anymore!

Timmay's picture

No Facebook, no Twitter, no Network marketing B.S. But on Zerohedge I am KNOWN as Timmay!!!

crusty curmudgeon's picture

This has amazed me for years and I still marvel at it, but it's the way it is: 

Most people couldn't care less about their privacy.  They would sell their life's story for a Big Mac, as someone once put it.


iDealMeat's picture

You're right...  Buildings do just free fall into their own foot print from small fires..


no conspiracy there..

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

There is a simple explanation for this. It wasn't the simply heat of the fire that melted the steal and caused the building to collapse. The shaft of the building created a giant chimney, trapping the heat and creating extraordinary temperatures. As a result, the steel structure melted, and the building collapsed. But I suppose, the conspiracy theorists are never satisfied with simple explanations. There always has to be a reason why the 'government' is behind it.

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

How much Koolaid do you go through in a day?

Precious's picture

Just leave the munchkin of Mayberry alone.

HROLLER's picture

So, never in the history has a steel building collapsed from fires, but on that day 3 did. Interesting... Other Fires In Steel-Structure Buildings

misnomer's picture

So I should prepare for the imminent collapse of my house because of the heat from the chimney on my woodstove? 

WonderDawg's picture

So how you digging your FB position these days, bro? Itching to tell your grandkids how smart you were? LOmuthafuckinL.

stant's picture

mdb is a auto responce algo they couldnt find a use for, so they put it on zh. the author was paid a mill in zimbabwe dollars and taxed at the french rate

LongBalls's picture

I think I get what MDB is doing here. Gov. programs have a hard time picking up on human sarcasm if at all. Thus MDB get's his point across while staying off the radar by the data collectors. This would be a great strategy provided it were not so cowardly. What say you MDB?

Umh's picture

I'm inclined to think his function is to aggravate people into doing something stupid. That's how the government types prefer to work in recent years. It seems that actually catching bad guys is a lot of work so they entrap the stupid which is a great deal easier.