Meanwhile: Obama to Expand Surveillance State Powers with 21-Page Memo

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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.”

Unbelievable.

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  • Right to the Point

    This is why Article 1 Sections 9 and 10 forbids Congress to hand out “Titles of Nobility” to anyone, including “Agencies!”

    • How is “agency” a title of nobility?

      • Right to the Point

        Read it again….

        • Which it? Agency is a lawfully delegated power.

          • Right to the Point

            Doesn’t make it “Constitutional” even if it has been ruled as such.

            “U.S. federal agencies have the power to adjudicate, legislate, and enforce laws within their specific areas of delegated power.”

            Clearly this is “Nobility.” The Clause comes from Governors being appointed by the King, who then applied these functions unilaterally. Often depriving the Colonists of “Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness,” or what is know as “Bill’s of Attainder.”

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_administrative_law

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_attainder

            This stuff is not that hard to find or digest. Learn something, please!

          • Nobility is “the group of people belonging to the noble class in a country, especially those with a hereditary or honorary title.” Which agents of the federal government hold their titles by way of hereditary or honorary sources? This is not from Wikipedia, but the Constitution.

          • Right to the Point

            Please reference specific phrase.

          • Right to the Point

            Cite specifically in the CONSTITUTION.

            Better yet go read the Federalist papers and other founders opinions on the matter before you waste any more time.

            http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Title+of+nobility

          • The man who wrote the Declaration of Independence at the request of the men who wrote the Constitution and the publicity pieces for it known as the Federalist Papers were more learned about human and political history than any contemporaneous group of individuals. If you want to refer to the latter body of essays, it would be best to do so directly rather than through contemporary interpretations, such as the one you provided the link to. Those men lived at a time when their contemporaries wouldn’t have read their publicity pieces, because they were completely capable of writing them themselves, and didn’t require the definitions that you, consequently, cannot find in their writings.

          • Right to the Point

            Are you kidding? You arbitrarily picked which definition fit your narrative. Get a Life fool!

          • You are talking in oxymorons, and ad hominems.

          • Right to the Point

            You said you quoted the Constitution, and as of yet have not done so. Then picked which of 2 definitions for “Nobility” you are using in this context. Then you tried to convolute the conversation with the good old than and now BS. To top it off, you don’t even know what an oxymoron or Ad hominem is.
            Stay off my timeline or I’ll run you through the Nuclear stuff again, or quote the Constitution as you promised……

          • How do YOU quote a document which is silent on the subject for which you are trying to find one to fit your narrative?

          • Right to the Point

            Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1; “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States:” “And no Person holding any office……, or foreign state.”
            Article 1, Section 10, Clause 10; “Section 10 starts with No State,” “or Grant Titles of Nobility.”
            You said, “The federalist Papers have nothing to do with Ratification of the Constitution,” or something to that effect. They were written for the 2 years previous to get the Constitution Ratified. When Madison argued that there should be no “Bill of Rights,” he had a statement in one or more of his essays that went kinda like this; “In a virtuous and just nation there should be no need to restrain the people’s rights to only those listed in the Bill of Rights, so long as a Noble Class is never created.” That is why the 9th and 10th Amendments are written in an “Inverse Fashion.” Please do your Homework!!!!!

          • You commingle things and then get confused when I do.
            Then you blow off things that you subsequently refer to as “something to that effect.” And then you have the gall to treat me like the idiot you act like by asking me to do my homework, when I haven’t been assigned any in several decades, let alone by anyone you know?
            If and when your sense of reality returns, maybe you’ll appear sentient.

          • Right to the Point

            What have I co-mingled?

          • Right to the Point

            PS you are an idiot<—ad hominem!

          • At least I have a toolbox full of sharp tools, unlike you with your single blunt force ad hominem to apply.

          • Right to the Point

            Something I learned about 40 years ago; You can walk into someone’s garage and find that they have the sharpest tools on the block, but have zero ability to use them…..

          • If you went into their garage to commit a personal attack on them, you better hope they do.

  • Since they are interested in incidental details, I added the list of NSA keywords to both of my email signatures. I guess I’d have to start incidentally mentioning keywords verbally that will tie them up with vetting non-threatening mentions when I incidentally use my usually ignored (and left behind) cellphones, for what it is incidentally worth. If they want to maintain surveillance via keyword interceptions, we should spend a little time and effort making sure that we give them tails to chase.

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  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    In stark, bold and defiant opposition to the Constitution, this IS the government the Founders warned us about. It has become so unsettling, that Americans have finally turned their attention to….other stuff. Every time an alarm goes off, they just roll over and hit snooze.

  • The surveillance state marches on unhindered! Revolution is the only recourse!
    robertsrevolution.net

  • Guillotine_ready

    Obama is not a king. His executive orders do not apply to anyone outside the executive branch of gov. So anyone who tries to enforce them on the citizens of the nation is a fascist sell out and nothing more. Credibility has been totally lost by all the institutions of our nation and we will never get ti back through a voting booth, protest march, survey, petition or concert. That leaves civil disobedience, and it means no longer living like cowards.

  • JCLincoln

    No, he’s not going to expand surveillance. He can’t do anything from prison. But we have to convict him before he flees the country to his million dollar home in Dubai.

  • Guillotine_ready

    And in a basement room devoid of microphones and cameras a small group gets together to plan the 24 hour surveillance of every member of congress and as many of their supporters as possible. Servers are already set up to receive the video and audio files and upload them to mirrors in numerous locations. As a security measure none of the group knows the location of all the servers and the address for the main servers changes twice daily so there is less chance of it being discovered.
    It is anticipated that there will be great displeasure among the corrupt individuals when their daily lives become america’s new reality show and they will up their security, which in itself tells us they have much to hide.