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U.S. government admits surveillance breached 4th Amendment ‘on at least one occasion’

via: ActivistPost
by: Madison Ruppert
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Finally, the U.S. government formally admitted that their incredibly massive surveillance program has, in fact, violated our right to be safe from unreasonable search and seizure as protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, previouslyrevealed the so-called “secret PATRIOT Act” and along with Senator Mark Udall, has called for the Obama administration to declassify the rulings of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.

Now, thanks to a letter from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Wyden is able to say that “on at least one occasion” the FISA Court found that the so-called “minimization procedures” used by the government while collecting intelligence were “unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

Unfortunately, Wyden’s knowledge still seems quite limited. He does not know exactly how widespread this clearly illegal surveillance was, when it actually occurred or even how many American people have been targeted.

In the letter to Wyden obtained by Wired’s Danger Room, we learn that the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) “has taken the exceptional step of declassifying your proposed text and the other information contained in this letter.”

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FDA Spies On Whistleblowers’ Personal Information … Then Uses It to Smear Them

via: WashingtonsBlog
July 18, 2012

Regulators and Politicians Work Hard … to Protect Corporate Wrongdoing and Smear Whistleblowers

When one of the most respected radiologists  in America – the former head of the radiology department at Yale University – attempted to blow the whistle on the fact that the FDA had approved a medical device manufactured by General Electric because it put out massive amounts of radiation, the FDA installed spyware to record his private emails and surfing activities (including installing cameras to snap pictures of his screen), and then used the information to smear him and other whistleblowers:

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FDA caught spying on e-mails of its own scientists in huge surveillance operation

via: NaturalNews
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
By: J. D. Heyes

[NaturalNews] If you need any measure of just how statist and paranoid our Leviathan government has become, look no further than recent revelations that one of its own agencies has been caught spying on some of its own employees, just because they had differences of opinion regarding its operation.

The New York Times said previously undisclosed documents revealed recently indicate the Food and Drug Administration had conducted a “wide-ranging surveillance operation” against a group of disgruntled FDA scientists who had privately sent thousands of emails to Congress, attorneys, labor officials, journalists and, on occasion, even President Obama.

The report said initially the FDA had launched a narrow investigation into possible leaks of confidential agency data by five scientists, but that its scope grew quickly in mid-2010 into a far broader effort aimed at countering outside critics of the agency’s medical review process, as a cache of some 80,000 pages of computer documents indicated.

FDA officials who ordered the surveillance operation were seeking to squash what one memo called the “collaboration” of agency opponents comprised of 21 people, including FDA employees, congressional officials, outside medical researchers and journalists presumed to be working in unison to produce “defamatory” information about the agency.

A ‘specific danger to public safety’

As expected, agency officials defended the massive spying effort, using the excuse that agency computer monitoring was limited to just the five scientists who the FDA believed were leaking confidential information about the design and safety of some medical devices. Agency officials admitted the goal of the surveillance was to track the scientists’ communications, but they said the goal was never to impede those communications – only to see if the scientists were improperly sharing information.

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FDA Spied on Whistleblowers with Big Brother Surveillance Software

via: OccupyCorporatism
by: Susanne Posel
July 17, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began a surveillance initiative into 5 scientists suspected of releasing confidential documents to the mainstream media and Congress; however the FDA quickly turned their investigations into the creation of an “enemies list” after thousands of emails sent by FDA employees to Congressional officials, the White House and other scientists were intercepted.

Members of Congress were targeted as being in opposition to the FDA. The illegal monitoring consisted of gathering confidential messages, correspondence with attorneys, whistleblowing complaints to Congress and workplace grievances.

Senator Charles Grassley, who was targeted in the spying operation, commented: “The FDA has a lot of explaining to do in the weeks ahead.” Grassley also said that the FDA “is discouraging whistleblowers” and “[the agency] have absolutely no business reading the private e-mails of their employees. They think they can be the Gestapo and do anything they want.”

An estimated 80,000 pages of emails were confiscated by the FDA with spying software and then posted “by accident” on a public website. When scientists who were being investigated “goggled” themselves, they found the relating documents on the internet.

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Mega Stun Gun Introduced to DOD’s Non-Lethal Arsenal

via: ActivistPost
by: Brandon Turbeville
Monday, July 16, 2012

If 500 hundred deaths and countless abuses at the hands of taser-friendly police is not enough to garner any concern by the average American, then perhaps the new “Nano-Second Electrical Pulse” Mega Stun Gun being introduced by the Department of Defense might do the trick.

The new stun gun was recently unveiled at the DOD’s Non-Lethal Weapons Industry Day and it works by hitting the target individual with alarmingly high voltage for a very short amount of time – i.e. billionths of seconds. However, the amount of electricity fired into the person’s body, while not specified in terms of exact voltage, will be enough to not only stun the individual but render them unconscious.

The victim is supposed to be able to regain consciousness as soon as the flow of electricity stops. However, the Pentagon is predictably working on yet another version of this “improved” stun gun that will render the victim unconscious for several minutes.

The ethical issues surrounding the invention and deployment of such technology, particularly on the streets of the United States are legion. As Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai writes for Wired,

How dangerous a device like that could be is unclear. Stun guns have a long and well documented history of abuse — even students and grandmas have been victims of overzealous, Taser-happy police officers. And their use, despite being labeled “non-lethal,” can be deadly. According to Amnesty International, at least 500 people have died after being shocked with tasers. In 2008, a jury in San Jose deemed the company that produces the stun gun, Taser International, responsible for the death of Robert Heston, a 40-year-old man who was shot by the cops multiple times. The jury found that the company failed to warn the police that repeated discharges could have a deadly effect on the target.

Of course, while the technology itself is obviously dangerous, it is not so much the devices that are responsible for the deaths, as it is the fact that they have been placed in the hands of persons wholly incapable of operating them in a responsible manner.

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Clear Evidence FDA Officials Have ZERO Interest In Protecting The American Public

via: MoxNews
July 15, 2012

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Cell Phone Corporations Help Government and Law Enforcement Spy On You

via: OccupyCorporatism
by: Susanne Posel
July 12, 2012

Your wireless company is tracking you with GPS, recording your phone calls and text messages . . . and they are selling the information they collect to other corporations, nations, governments – anyone willing to pay for the data. The US government is one of the wireless corporation’s biggest clients. They are collecting yotabytes of data from multiple sources on all American citizens.

Congressman Ed Markey complied a report wherein information from numerous cell phone corporations that showed just how much data law enforcement receives from prominent cell phone carriers.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile were requested to hand over personal client data to federal agencies and local law enforcement at an alarming rate.

  • 1.3 million = total number of law enforcement requests for “text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.”
  • 116 = average number of requests the tiny Cricket fields each day.
  • 700 = average number of requests AT&T fields each day.
  • 1,500 = average number of requests Sprint fields each day.
  • $8.3 million = the total amount in bills that AT&T sent to law enforcement and government agencies to comply with their requests. (That was up from $2.8 million in 2007.)

Sprint, catering to the illegal data mining of government agencies, has also made their job easier by providing anautomated web interface specifically designed for law enforcement which allowed them to retrieve more public information than from any other cellular phone carrier.

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