Snowden: Trump Must Veto Reauthorized NSA Spying Powers In Light Of FISA Memo

Donald Trump must veto reauthorized NSA spying powers which passed both the House and the Senate yesterday without a single reform, in light of an explosive four-page memo said to detail sweeping FISA Abuses by the FBI, DOJ and the Obama Administration during and after the 2016 presidential election, says former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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The memo was circulated to the entire House of Representatives, prompting GOP lawmakers to call for its immediate release to the public. 

Snowden, who exposed the NSA's expansive mass surveillance program, contends that the expansive FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act never would have passed if the memo had been distributed before the vote. The Senate broke a filibuster led by Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Tuesday evening, voting 65-34, while the House voted last week 256-164 in favor of the bill with almost no changes.

The reauthorized FISA bill constitute the "crown jewels" of the Intelligence Community's spying powers, section 702, which allows the NSA to gather intelligence on foreigners overseas by surveilling fiber optic internet hubs where data enters the US.

Even President Trump voiced skepticism about reauthorizing the bill in a tweet earlier this year, where he claimed it had helped the Obama administration spy on the Trump campaign, although he infamously flip-flopped later.

While section 702 prohibits the targeting of Americans, US Intelligence agencies have used "backdoor" methods to search intercepted communications to spy on Americans without a warrant. The reauthorized bill allows the NSA to collect traffic on the Tor network along with VPN traffic - two methods of communication designed to enhance privacy and anonymity online. 

Research released last year showed that the NSA and the FBI, both of which have access to data collected under 702, had violated its powers hundreds of times by conducting unlawful searches and improperly targeting a person or account for surveillance.

Since then, over 40 privacy and transparency groups have called on Congress to reform the government's section 702 powers. They argued that compelling the NSA to get a warrant before accessing Americans' data would have no impact on foreign intelligence gathering efforts. Other legislative efforts would compel the government to reveal the approximate number of Americans surveilled under section 702, a promise made by both the Obama and Trump administrations that was later withdrawn. -ZD.net

Human Rights Watch called the reauthorized spying powers "direct threats" to democracy and human rights, while the Open Technology Institute says the bill "codifies and may even expand the government's most concerning practices." 

Per the Wall Street Journal, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell exhorted his colleagues to back extending the program ahead of Thursday's vote, calling it "one of the most important tools" for national security officials. By passing the bill, Congress rejected efforts by a coalition of conservative Republicans, civil libertarians and liberal Democrats to enact new privacy protections for Americans who are inadvertently caught up in surveillance by American intelligence agencies.

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King of Ruperts Land IH8OBAMA Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:27 Permalink

We need to keep the spy powers in the hands of the patriots to round up and execute all of the traitors in this country. Once the country is good and purged of treasonous filth and fully re-educated to the ways of virtue and liberty and patriotism, Then and only then can we talk of relinquishing the spy powers. I am more of the opinion that we need a permanent patriotic American Republican Guard though.

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Couchtycoon King of Ruperts Land Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:55 Permalink

YES!!! because that has been so effective over the past 18 years why just look at how the prisons are overflowing with with all the terrorists,bankers and politicians and crony political hacks....wait what do you mean none of them were arrested...we must have got one terrorist... not one huh... we did get Martha Stewart though right. these Powers are being used but not for what you think. I think they provide much more security and collateral to the deep state actors who Are globalists at heart.They won't give up the powers without a fight and your not going to be able to stock that table without massive fallout plus by the time your people gat a handle on it all the juicy targets will have fortified them selves

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DuneCreature Cognitive Dissonance Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:32 Permalink

I once hooked up with a blind, deaf and dumb girl and was deliriously happy.

A week after I moved her in I found out she was faking it.

All of it.

Yeah, that too.

Live Hard, Now I Can't Say Anything Right Because She Hears Every Word I Say, Sees Everything I Do And Orders Me Around Like A Drill Sergeant But At Least She Is Still Good At Faking It So We Made A Deal, I Keep Her Around And She Grades My Groveling And Begging On A Gentle Curve, Die Free

~ DC v8.4

 

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DuneCreature IH8OBAMA Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:30 Permalink

Well, I bent the story a little for dramatic affect.

She isn't that bad except about a week and a half a month and I keep a comfy cot in the shop well out of screeching range. A dead bolt on the door and a beer cooler well stocked. .. She hangs out her straight jacket, mask and shackles on the front porch railing when it's safe to return home.

I don't know who she uses them on that soils them so severely she has to use the garden hose to rinse away the hair and blood and tears the gear up like that.......and I don't ask.

No, really I'm kidding about it all, Ms Creature is a saint and a doll babe and swears she would never fake it. ......... I have never pressed the point either,........even when she calls me Dwayne or Dickie.

Live Hard, It Was Dark, We Had A Couple Of Drinks And She Could Have Mistaken Me For One Allman Brother Or Another I Suppose, Die Free

~ DC v8.4

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JelloBeyonce Cognitive Dissonance Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

"The Generals are running the White House...", as well as the Kremlin (and the Russian White House), the S Korean "Blue House", the French Élysée Palace, and so on.....

Yet the Generals serve merely as the praetorian guard of the worlds Oligarchs.  They are the army protecting those "kings" with the most wealth and power.

 

Growing militarism (justified via the use of false-narratives, like "terrorism" or the neo "cold-war", etc....since fear sells) is rapidly rising to allow those "Kings", and all their "Kings Men" (the Generals, the Presidents, the politicians, the bureaucrats, etc.), protection from the masses, allowing them to maintain their grip on wholly illegitimate power, wholly corrupt systems.

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Chupacabra-322 auricle Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

The Criminal, illegal domestic surveillance of US citizens without a warrant or probable cause is only one symptom of many of how corrupt our government is at all levels.  Voters don't matter.  The deep state is not elected.  Money talks in Washington and the revolving door spins like a top.  Criminality & Corruption is so rampant, it is neither illegal or “hidden in plain sight” anymore. 

 

Criminal Congressmen can profit on insider information (no thanks to the Stock Act and Harry Reid who put a stop to it).  Special interests not only put their puppets in power and select their candidates before the election but write their own laws verbatim and hand them over to their puppets WHO DON'T EVEN READ THE TEXT THEY ARE PASSING!

 

This is not conspiracy folks.  This is the country you live in.  The only reason Trump is pissed about it is because it AFFECTED HIM!  If you think he cares about you, then you haven't been paying attention. 

 

Everyone except those who are supportive of a police state, and neo-feudalism are in for a rough time.  That is, of course, if this once great nation doesn't get turned into a pile of ash for starting WWIII - likely in 2018. 

 

Realize this didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen without the people's consent.  Folks didn't have a problem with special interests taking over our government despite repeat warnings from Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan and others.  Folks believed what the MSM spoon fed them.   People didn't bother to question or hold their leaders accountable.  They allowed their rights to be systematically stripped away with new legislation that made the constitution effectively obsolete.   This goes back to at least Wilson, the formation of the FED, the Counsel On Foreign Relations, Rockefeller, the Rothchild's, JP Morgan, .etc.  What wwe are experiencing now is the maturity of a Criminal corrupt government who no longer exists for the people it claims to represent and instead sees them as an obstacle (as Rex Tillerson so eloquently put it). 

All evil needs is for good people to remain silent.  The American people have remained collectively silent (divided, and distracted) for generations.  I do not see them uniting any time soon. 

Insane times indeed...

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FoggyWorld espirit Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:39 Permalink

Only specific congress people were allowed to enter a secure room and read the document but they were not allowed to take notes never mind get their hands on a copy.

Feinstein is a member of the exalted Senate and they seem to trust their members with their own copies - even though that's a foolish way to go.  

She released one document with absolutely none of the non-supporting other information and so tried to manipulate we the little people.  Or she had the flu.  Cough, cough.

 

 

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FoggyWorld espirit Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:39 Permalink

Only specific congress people were allowed to enter a secure room and read the document but they were not allowed to take notes never mind get their hands on a copy.

Feinstein is a member of the exalted Senate and they seem to trust their members with their own copies - even though that's a foolish way to go.  

She released one document with absolutely none of the non-supporting other information and so tried to manipulate we the little people.  Or she had the flu.  Cough, cough.

 

 

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FoggyWorld espirit Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:39 Permalink

Only specific congress people were allowed to enter a secure room and read the document but they were not allowed to take notes never mind get their hands on a copy.

Feinstein is a member of the exalted Senate and they seem to trust their members with their own copies - even though that's a foolish way to go.  

She released one document with absolutely none of the non-supporting other information and so tried to manipulate we the little people.  Or she had the flu.  Cough, cough.

 

 

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