Archive for the 'NSA' Category

Republican Proposal Would Direct FISA Court To Grant Immunity To Telecoms

I just got the June 6 issue of EFFector and thought I’d share this item from it for those who didn’t see it.  It seems that the issue of immunity for telecoms that participated in the NSA’s illegal warrantless wiretapping program. Now they’re trying to get the FISA court (remember, that’s the “Secret court” that […]

FBI Wants Authority To Snoop Internet Backbone Data

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the fact that there are government agencies doing a lot of snooping on all manner of Internet traffic.  It’s also safe to say that since 9-11 this snooping has escalated massively.  Now, the FBI is trying to get access to data that the NSA has been collecting […]

New FISA Bill In The Works

Remember the FISA bill that the Senate tried to get passed that would have given immunity to telecoms for their participation in the illegal NSA domestic spying scandal?  Well, it’s not quite dead yet.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has been talking deals with the “genius” behind that bill, Senator Rockefeller and is apparently getting […]

Big Surprise: The FBI Lied To Get Power To Use National Security Letters

This news isn’t exactly a surprise given the FBI’s known history of misuse of power.  Including the power to issue National Security Letters. A NSL is different that a normal subpoena in two important ways.  First, they do not require probable cause and they don’t have to get a judge to sign off on it.  […]

Bush Administration Claimed Immunity From 4th Amendment?!

I ran into another one of those pages that just leaves you with just that much more certainty that we are in fact, living in the last days.  In this case The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF found a footnote in a recently declassified Bush Administration memo which says: ‘our Office recently [in 2001] concluded that […]