Obama To Expand Surveillance State Powers By Signing A 21 Page Memo

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

As the Apple vs. FBI battle rages in the court system and throughout the halls of Congress, Obama decides to do what he does best. Using “his pen” to make consequential decisions unilaterally.

Just another day in the American banana republic.

The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.


The change would relax longstanding restrictions on access to the contents of the phone calls and email the security agency vacuums up around the world, including bulk collection of satellite transmissions, communications between foreigners as they cross network switches in the United States, and messages acquired overseas or provided by allies.


The idea is to let more experts across American intelligence gain direct access to unprocessed information, increasing the chances that they will recognize any possible nuggets of value. That also means more officials will be looking at private messages — not only foreigners’ phone calls and emails that have not yet had irrelevant personal information screened out, but also communications to, from, or about Americans that the N.S.A.’s foreign intelligence programs swept in incidentally. 


Robert S. Litt, the general counsel in the office of the Director of National Intelligence, said that the administration had developed and was fine-tuning what is now a 21-page draft set of procedures to permit the sharing.


Until now, National Security Agency analysts have filtered the surveillance information for the rest of the government. They search and evaluate the information and pass only the portions of phone calls or email that they decide is pertinent on to colleagues at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies. And before doing so, the N.S.A. takes steps to mask the names and any irrelevant information about innocent Americans.


The new system would permit analysts at other intelligence agencies to obtain direct access to raw information from the N.S.A.’s surveillance to evaluate for themselves. If they pull out phone calls or email to use for their own agency’s work, they would apply the privacy protections masking innocent Americans’ information — a process known as “minimization” — at that stage, Mr. Litt said.


Executive branch officials have been developing the new framework and system for years. President George W. Bush set the change in motion through a little-noticed line in a 2008 executive order, and the Obama administration has been quietly developing a framework for how to carry it out since taking office in 2009.

Of course. After all, Obama’s entire Presidency has merely been George W. Bush’s third and fourth terms.

The executive branch can change its own rules without going to Congress or a judge for permission because the data comes from surveillance methods that lawmakers did not include in the main law that governs national security wiretapping, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.


FISA covers a narrow band of surveillance: the collection of domestic or international communications from a wire on American soil, leaving most of what the N.S.A. does uncovered. In the absence of statutory regulation, the agency’s other surveillance programs are governed by rules the White House sets under a Reagan-era directive called Executive Order 12333.


Mr. Litt declined to make available a copy of the current draft of the proposed procedures.


“Once these procedures are final and approved, they will be made public to the extent consistent with national security,” Mr. Hale said. “It would be premature to draw conclusions about what the procedures will provide or authorize until they are finalized.”


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Nemo DeNovo's picture

Rope & Chains!!! (you can beLIEve in)

The Merovingian's picture

Didn't Mussolini wind up at the end of a rope swinging in the town square? Hope we can believe in!

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) The Merovingian Feb 27, 2016 1:45 PM

The most 'TRANSPARENT' administration... EVAH! (is determined to make your personal life transparent)

Looney's picture

He is spending his lame-dick months in the Choom Wagon getting high out of his mind and signs anything for another hit.

What a disgrace!


CheapBastard's picture

" Change you can believe in! "

MalteseFalcon's picture

President Trump (or Cruz) will reverse all of Obama's EOs on day one.

Legacy cancelled.

Tall Tom's picture

A President Trump will support this EO.


He has already been calling for Apple to relent and allowing that the FBI to have a backdoor into the new iPhone.


Legacy confirmed.

xrxs's picture

One would be wise to read up on the Utah data center, 'collect it all,' parallel construction, etc.  It looks like Snowden was right.  This weapon is being turned on the American people.  Assume everything you do on an electronic device gets stored up in Utah (the legal loopholes are that it's not searched if it is automatically stored by software, and Smith v. Maryland says that anything you share with a private company, eg. metadata, is fair game for anyone).  Privacy is a rare commodity in America these days.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

How do you expand past EVERYTHING???

macholatte's picture

The most 'TRANSPARENT' administration






mkkby's picture

We already knew this.  NSA sends data to LEOs.  The LEOs fabricate evidence to make it look like NSA wasn't the source.  Then they prosecute as if the manufactued evidence was their first tip off.

Hongcha's picture

Partisans strung him and his mistress up after tuning them with a burst of machine gun fire against a stone wall.  M and a small posse of Italian and German soldiers were barreling out of Rome in a 1939 Alfa Romeo.  He was disguised in a SS uniform - perhaps not such a good choice.  They wound up suspended by their feet in a gas station.


JRobby's picture

He thought this Apple "speedbump" would be resolved quickly. Now that it appears otherwise......................

silverer's picture

Fine with me, either way. Already deep-sixed my 5s. Back to stoopid fone.

Cruel Aid's picture

We,re all at risk ... They came for the Jews, but I wasn't Jewish, so I said meh!

Tall Tom's picture

And when people believe that this will change with Trump?


Of course Trump was screaming for an FBI backdoor into the iPhone.


They are all the same.


They actually believe that Trump will build a wall to keep out Mexicans when he is actually building the Wall to keep the Americans entrapped inside.


No politician desires that you have any of your Constitutionally protected Liberties.


And far too many here will trade their Liberty for "safety" when they will get neither as a result. 



monk27's picture

Well, it sure won't change with Hitlery...

Slomotrainwreck's picture

Nobody votes libertarians because "they can't win".

Tall Tom's picture

They cannot.


i enjoy the ideals of the Libertarian. Do not mistake me.


Until a population adopts the Libertarian ideals and incorporates them into one's own Political Philosophy.


The non aggression principle forbids us from forcing that ideal upon anyone else.


The members of this society are unwilling to adopt them. 


Thus it will get a whole lot worse before it gets any better.


To Liberty...

Tall Tom's picture

Well, it sure won't change with Hitlery...


I cannot agree more. She is an evil cunt from Hell too.


The truth is that if you are seeking a change you are not going to get one.


Stop placing your faith, hope, trust and confidence in this system.


Stop promoting the evil known as Trump.


A choice for the lesser of two evils is still evil.


There is no way around that.


The only winning move is not to play.

pocomotion's picture

Tall Tom, NOT TO PLAY?, you say?  Then Hillary will have won.  Bill Clinton, is that you posting as "Tall Tom"?   Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Tall Tom's picture

Donald Trump is directly responsible for Hillary Clinton's successful US Senate run.


He empowered her in the first place.


He is golfing buddies with Bill Clinton.


Trump was a major donor to the Clinton Foundation.


A Trump win is a Hillary win.


The PRIMARY GOAL of the Hillary/Trump campaign is to place Bill Clinton into the position of becoming the US Ambassador to the United Nations.


From that position Bill Clinton will ascend to become the Secretary General of the United Nations.


Bill Clinton, through his Clinton Foundation's many "donations" to Third World Nations (read as "Bribes paid to Third World Nations' dictators") HAS ALREADY BOUGHT THE VOTES.


From that position Bill Clinton ends up RULING THE FUCKING WORLD.


Either a Trump win, or a Hitlery win, places Bill Clinton in that position.


You have NO CHOICE.


You never did have a choice.


You never will have a choice.


The best outcome, for you, is to stop relying upon Government, stop placing your confidence therein, stop validating the invalid Government, the CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT, and rely upon yourself.


Do not violate your own principles.


This is not new. 


David Rockefeller bought the 1976 SELECTION in order to bring the Trilateralists into power.


If Ford won, then Nelson Rockefeller would be in the White House.


And David Rockefeller groomed and financed Jimmy Carter.


The result of the SELECTION had no bearing.


A Rockefeller was in the White House no matter what outcome occurred.


This is not new.

Tall Tom's picture



Somebody is incapable of even developing a cogent argument and provide a decent counter argument to my point.


What a lack of ability to write.


So they respond by a downarrow which disappearsi in two weeks time? Fuckin' laughable.


My argument will suffer not one iota as it is a report of the truth.


As I continue the promotion of it, my argument will continue to convince people that Trump is actually a very evil man.


What a fuckin' loser.


You deserve to lose all of your rights.


They already have begun to restrict the issuance of Passports.

They already have begun to make expatriation unaffordable.


This place is being locked down tighter than Nazi Germany.


Get ready for an absolute totalitarian Police State as it is headed your way.


What is sad is that you so willingly choose it.


Trump has not hidden the fact that he intends on the continuance of the anti-liberty policies.


It is so pathetic that you actually deserve it, chickenshit.


pocomotion's picture

Tall Tom, unless another candidate comes forth that is better,,,,  I go, and most people here will go with TRUMP.    Hale to the New Chief, hale Trump!!!!!

petroglyph's picture

POCO, that has been the problem since Kennedy. People voting for the lesser of evils, they still elect evil that is lessor. Evil continues to serve their master, which ain't us. Capiche?

Tall Tom's picture

Dialouge will bring out much more than an arrow of approval or disapproval.


That is what I will encourage.


If somebody posts something that I do not like, and it is factual, then I do not downarrow it. But I will engage it with a counterpoint if I can develop one..


If I cannot then I have to accept it regardless of my feelings.


That is the downside to the voting system on da hedge...


(BTW...That is why MDB's posts are invaluable as logically fallacious as his conclusions are. It hones your thinking skills and debating skills.)

adanata's picture

Well now, I ain't exactly arguin' but..

"No politician desires that you have any of your Constitutionally protected Liberties." ....hmmm

Some politicians start out honest but get taken to the woodshed for orientation pretty quick. That said, it isn't about our Constitutionally protected liberties... which is also a good point... it's more about our God given rights as human beings. We have been economically conquered and enslaved, deprived of our natural rights as Sheeple, er, People.... along with billions of others across the planet.

Zeroheads are not 'giving up' liberty for security but do recognize that unless or until a much larger portion of the herd "gets it" we do not have many good options. I'm not quite ready to set myself on fire in the middle of the street to make a 'statement'. Know what I mean?

Tall Tom's picture

I'm not quite ready to set myself on fire in the middle of the street to make a 'statement'.


I will if I need to do so. I will not immolate myself. But I will fight a battle even when the odds are overwhelmingly against me....as they are in this venue.


I'd rather die on my feet than to serve on my knees.

petroglyph's picture

Tom, your post is spot on. I think several of the red arrows are the hopefully disillusioned, and at least one bot?

People, if you think you have a choice in voting a difference between the red or blue team, you don't.

I hope you will continue to research and learn. When the congress of the US has 86 DUAL citizens, that means your congress is controlled by a foreign power.

BTW, Trump has publicly declared his allegiance to that other government. It is an easy internet search, not quite as easy as a down vote, but still easy.

Reginald Blome's picture

Petro - 

Easy though the search may be, I'm finding it a bit of a challenge. Kindly point me in the right direction on the 86 and señor Trump?

Thanks ahead 


rejected's picture

Him and his girl.... but it took the complete utter total destruction of Italy before the chickenshits did it.... same will go for USSA.

Tall Tom's picture

As long as the people are fed, have food to eat, there will be no revolution.

Implied Violins's picture

Ah, but that will change, and very, very soon.

Don't stack just gold and silver, people. Beans, rice, salt, and ammo last a good long time if stored properly.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were stopped by communist partisans Valerio and Bellini and identified by the Political Commissar of the partisans' 52ndGaribaldi Brigade, Urbano Lazzaro, on 27 April 1945, near the village of Dongo (Lake Como), as they headed for Switzerland to board a plane to escape to Spain. During this time Clara's brother posed as a Spanish consul.[157] After several unsuccessful attempts to take them to Como they were brought to Mezzegra. They spent their last night in the house of the De Maria family.

The next day, Mussolini and Petacci were both summarily shot, along with most of the members of their 15-man train, primarily ministers and officials of the Italian Social Republic. The shootings took place in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra and were conducted by a partisan leader who used the nom de guerre of Colonnello Valerio. His real identity is unknown. Conventionally he is thought to have been Walter Audisio, who always claimed to have carried out the execution, but another partisan controversially alleged that Colonello Valerio was Luigi Longo, subsequently a leading communist politician in post-war Italy.


adanata's picture

Oh, but there's MOAR...

Monumental Audacity — Obama Grabs Huge Western Lands by Executive Order

1.8 Million acres. Lots of gold/silver in them thar hills and lots of other minerals too I reckon.

"Monuments" now. Can't even go there for fun. Nope.

Gov gone wild.        Baaaa baaaa baaaa...

Cruel Aid's picture

Part of the UNimpeded agenda

kliguy38's picture

I think its time to start sewin' sum gold into my clothes.

koaj's picture

1984 was not meant to be an instruction manual

RafterManFMJ's picture

...no, just prophecy. From one of the original insiders.

xrxs's picture

What we have today would make Big Brother and the Stasi blush.

flaunt's picture

Funny how they can spy on normal Americans all day long, and yet don't lift a finger when it comes to preventing foreigners from invading the southern border.  

booboo's picture

alot of things are funny

funny how the only people the FBI catch are people they seek out, give them bomb parts and fake explosives and cover.

funny how we are boot stomping all over the middle east rounding up muslims door to door searches and in america we are letting them in in droves with no background checks.

funny how the taliban managed to stop the heroin trade in buttfuckistan but now when we have control, heroin production is up by 800%.

funny how the american people were convinced a kneegrow president would bring racial harmony and race relations are at a all time low.

funny how we laugh at our own demise instead of dragging the law breakers out of their offices and hanging them by their nut sacks.



adanata's picture

There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious,
makes you so sick at heart,
that you can't take part,
you can't even passively take part.

And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears,
and upon the wheels,
upon the levers,
upon all the apparatus,
and you've got to make it stop.

And you've got to indicate to the people who run it,
to the people who own it,
that unless you're free,
the machine will be prevented from working at all!


Mario Savio, excerpt from "The Machine Speech", Sproul Hall, University of California at Berkeley, December 2, 1964


THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) adanata Feb 27, 2016 1:44 PM

Truly great speech :)


Went to wiki and found out that he married someone called "Goldberg"... probably controlled opposition...but who knows for sure?

adanata's picture

Hey 'the solution is'.. Re: The Machine Speech...     sometimes the words speak for themselves...