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LizzJun. 13, 2013 - 06:56PM JST
Before mosques were excluded from the dragnet and off limits to FBI investigators in Oct 2011, it is apparently true there were dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.
Posted in: U.S. intelligence chief: Surveillance programs disrupted attacks
LizzJun. 12, 2013 - 12:24AM JST
I guess perhaps there are some embarrassing things I have done that I would rather not made public.
No kidding. An NSA whistleblower that came out a few years ago claimed agents were getting kicks listening in on salacious or tantalizing phone calls (pillow tax, sex talk etc) that had been intercepted. A lot more fun than working to keep terrorists from penetrating our borders or tracking 2 deeply suspect Chechen brothers using cell phones to call back & forth to their family in Russia.
Laws don’t exist to protect the ‘powerful & corrupt’ - those people can take care of themselves. And yes, once morally bankrupt people move into the class of ‘powerful and corrupt’ we need to create laws around them to keep them from abusing power. It is the way civilized societies work.
Posted in: U.S. whistleblower drops out of sight in Hong Kong as legal battles loom
LizzJun. 11, 2013 - 09:05PM JST
Yeah, they are doing it, but they have no business (or legal right) doing it without probable cause.
And it started long before 9/11. Nothing to do with terrorism. The government can cook up an array of ways to retaliate against companies to punish them or the CEO for NSA participation refusal so I don't get the false equivalence between the state and Qwest, Google, etc.
LizzJun. 11, 2013 - 01:47PM JST
New polls suggest a majority of Americans support what the government is doing.
Was that the poll with a 9% response rate that mentioned that calls were tracked via “secret court orders.” ? Which basically translates into a low information/big government segment that felt comfortable telling a pollster that they support surveillance of phone records and e-mails. This morning Rasmussen had only 26% in favor of spying on us. What happened ? When people get educated to the reality that terrorists are not signing with Verizon and providing uniquely valuable information here I think there will be a genuinely substantial decrease in support with the next Republican administration.
LizzJun. 10, 2013 - 11:58AM JST
It doesn't add up at least until now, I agree. This guy Snowden is claiming to have the ability to perform certain actions and disclose certain information that no NSA contractor in Hawaii would possibly have access to. And why this didn't come out before the election when he supposedly didn't even vote for the president is incredible. It took 5 years to realize that Obama wasn’t going to stop it?
Posted in: Source of U.S. intel leak outs himself despite probe threat
LizzJun. 09, 2013 - 01:50AM JST
Ah, the old, "If you're innocent you have nothing to fear" nonsense.
Definitely. Look no further than Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother who were on the government's highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists. Actually, I believe they were on two lists. But the list is so vast that authorities did not automatically keep close tabs on him. In addition to both the CIA and FIB being aware of his possible terrorist ties, having been interviewed by the CIA, alerted by the Russians in multiple contacts that he was a radical Islamist months prior to the attack etc. and dropped from active consideration after not being deemed an imminent threat. There are millions of dots in foresight and adding more data to the mix only makes it more cumbersome to get the right people on the right watch list system to handle them effectively or to get the information where it needs to go to prevent more attacks.
Posted in: Obama: 'Nobody is listening to your telephone calls'
LizzJun. 08, 2013 - 12:50PM JST
Details people details...seems we no longer have any good journalists.
I basically assume when the shooter isn't ID'd that there is a reason....like he could actually be Lebanese as rumors have that as origin of the family killed. :)
Posted in: 5 dead in shooting rampage near California college
LizzJun. 08, 2013 - 03:48AM JST
And THAT'S only if you're a foreign national who happened to send a communication across America's data highway.
There actually was an NSA whistleblower a few years ago coming out to expose the extent to which surveillance had expanded under Obama who claimed that within the trillions of these electronic transactions included copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States. I have no idea whether this is even logistically or technically feasible but there is no way any of this is limited to a targeted counterterrorism program.
Posted in: New reports allege vast U.S. Internet spying sweep targeting foreigners
LizzMay. 23, 2013 - 09:36AM JST
Crazy if the FBI routinely allow people to have knives while they are signing a confession at midnight in their own homes admitting to a high profile triple murder and then kills the only witnesses to the said events. You couldn't get in the courthouse next to my place of work with a sewing kit, or kitchen fork.
Posted in: Man shot to death while being questioned in Boston bombing probe
LizzMay. 23, 2013 - 08:23AM JST
Those British women showed great courage today staring down jihadists bloody meat cleavers still in hand. Very
strange they didn't run off, but just stood there as if they were waiting for the police.
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks
LizzMay. 23, 2013 - 04:37AM JST
But, but, but ... didn't Obama say that those involved should be held accountable for their actions. Pleading the fifth does not sound like being accountable for their actions to me.
First she needs to fire the lawyer. Issa just made the statement that she may have waived her right to use the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination by presenting facts in an opening statement (in which she potentially perjured herself already).
Posted in: U.S. Congress grills former IRS boss over tax scandal
LizzMay. 22, 2013 - 10:14PM JST
I'm saying several of the Democratic Senators that are condemning the IRS this week were the same ones pressuring the agency to act on many of the same groups as recently as a year ago, even threatening legislative action if they did not.
LizzMay. 22, 2013 - 08:50PM JST
And the Senators that.sent letters to Shulman in 2011-2012 pressuring the IRS to investigate tax-exempt groups they believed were engaged in political activities were all Democrats. The agency head responsible, an Obama contributor, responded by making it a priority to investigate the tax-exempt status of political nonprofits, and developing the now-infamous questionnaire sent to these groups. Obama's re-election campaign also used a leaked document from the IRS to attack Mitt Romney during the election,
Of course, the president feigns innocence at being completely out of the loop when it was known by top level White House staff and according to his Press Sec. didn't couldn't even be bothered to ask why he was only learning about the scandal via the media....
LizzMay. 22, 2013 - 03:03AM JST
Twisters seem to be getting worse and more frequent. Another symptom of clomate change?
The number of tornadoes in the last 12 months is actually at a 60 year low, probably in part because Springs have been getting cooler for something like 100 years.
Posted in: At least 91 dead in Oklahoma City tornado
LizzMay. 21, 2013 - 10:22PM JST
Gotta love that styles from the 1940's have made a comeback !
Posted in: Stella show
LizzMay. 21, 2013 - 02:12PM JST
I think I would have left personally made a mad dash for New Mexico, or at least west, under the relative safety of nightfall after a half a mile wide tornado already struck outside of Oklahoma City and more were on tap in that same area for the next day.
LizzMay. 19, 2013 - 10:28AM JST
In Japan, he probably wouldn't have gotten through the door, guilt by nationality.
It seems to have gone down on the street outside the club....in any case, the story is obviously quite horrifying for a victim of any age or race, particularly troubling is the fact that two men involved have been identified but as yet not arrested.
Posted in: German resort island shaken over Japanese chef's murder
LizzMay. 19, 2013 - 08:57AM JST
Nozawa probably tried to stop the Germans from leaving without paying. He should have called the police instead.
The reports I have read indicate that these two 'skilled workers' did leave without paying but caught up with Nozawa later where the altercation took place, possibly at a dance or nightclub type venue. His ex-wife is charging the locals with racism and the police for being reluctant to recognize right wing hate crime. What universe do you live in where the violent death of a world renowned chef over his meal is not news, regardless of the nationality involved ?
LizzMay. 19, 2013 - 07:28AM JST
Discrimination against law abiding Americans within the EPA and IRS are clear violations of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause. And what is even more chilling the pattern is no doubt being repeated at every other agency that performs any kind of regulatory or enforcement function (Justice Dept. for sure).
Posted in: Outgoing IRS chief insists abuses were not political
LizzMay. 18, 2013 - 10:42AM JST
The numbers are still coming together obviously but there was an article in the Washington Post listing the names of 3 or 4 liberal groups that had been harassed -- while applications with Patriot, tea party, 9/12 or "educating about the Consititution" etc in their names were set aside by the hundreds. All the senators who wrote the IRS requesting Commissioner Shulman to dig into the activities of 501(c)(4) groups involved in political activity were also Democrats. The rationale that the agency was forced to "triage" requests due to a surge in applications has likewise been satisfactorily debunked.
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:55AM JST
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