Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Big Brother don't need no warrants!

Yesterday we saw that Big Brother NSA records every phone call and email made in North America.

Today we see that Big Brother FBI can search and read all that stuff without a search warrant. ACLU here, and CNET News here.

From the CNET News piece:

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don't need a search warrant to review Americans' e-mails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and other private files, internal documents reveal.

Government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union and provided to CNET show a split over electronic privacy rights within the Obama administration, with Justice Department prosecutors and investigators privately insisting they're not legally required to obtain search warrants for e-mail. The IRS, on the other hand, publicly said last month that it would abandon a controversial policy that claimed it could get warrantless access to e-mail correspondence.

The U.S. attorney for Manhattan circulated internal instructions, for instance, saying a subpoena -- a piece of paper signed by a prosecutor, not a judge -- is sufficient to obtain nearly "all records from an ISP." And the U.S. attorney in Houston recently obtained the "contents of stored communications" from an unnamed Internet service provider without securing a warrant signed by a judge first.

Really, why would the government go to all the trouble of recording EVERY FREAKING THING that gets said in the entire freaking country if they weren't going to listen to any of it?

Of course they listen to it. They probably have "pre-crime" watchdog programs that preemptively identify "pre-criminals" by who they call, who they email and what web sites they visit. Making the Boston Marathon bombing even more of a stunning fail than previously. There's probably hundreds, maybe thousands of little search-nerds beavering away producing intelligence on potential terrorists that then gets ignored by the corner-office types up the food chain.

Unless its on an NRA type, a Tea Partier or a Republican. You know, -dangerous- people. That probably goes right to the top like a treed cat.

The Phantom


Alyric said...

"Unless its on an NRA type, a Tea Partier or a Republican. You know, -dangerous- people. That probably goes right to the top like a treed cat."

You have to remember, it's *who* they're dangerous to. Violent Islamists are dangerous, yes, but if they kill a few hundred (or thousand) serfs here and there, well, to paraphrase a former Secretary of State, what does it really matter? Hell, the opportunity for chest-thumping might even get some of Congress re-elected.

But the Tea Partiers, they believe in things like liberty, and limits on federal power, and government by the LITTLE people. Can you imagine? The audacity! These kinds of radical ideas are clearly too dangerous to be ignored.

Truly, radical American Fundamentalists are the greatest danger of our age.

The Phantom said...

Alyric, amen brother.

Check out the shitstorm Defense Distributed has created with one little plastic zip gun.

Because the one thing we can't have is armed proles.