APRIL 24, 2013 | BY TREVOR TIMM
Report: Obama Officials Authorized New ‘Cybersecurity’ Warrantless Surveillance Program, Fresh Immunity Given to ISPs
Yesterday, in a disturbing report published on CNET, new documents obtained by EPIC reveal that Obama administration officials have authorized a new government program involving the interception of communications on Internet service providers, including AT&T —one of the key players in the NSA warrantless wiretapping program.Under long-standing federal law, the government needs to use legal process to compel service providers to hand over customer communications, yet reportedly, the government is promising these companies they will not to prosecute them for violating US wiretapping laws if they hand over the information voluntarily. And the secret surveillance authorization seems quite broad, touching on huge swaths of private, domestic activity:The secret legal authorization from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors’ Internet links. Since then, however, the program has been expanded by President Obama to cover all critical infrastructure sectors including energy, healthcare, and finance starting June 12.CNET reported also that the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defense were “deeply involved in press for the secret legal authorization” further underscoring widespread worries that the military may be given access to Americans’ personal information through cybersecurity operations. The report comes as Congress is debating CISPA, a dangerous bill that carves a “cybersecurity” loophole in all our privacy laws.While we are still sifting through the more than thousand pages of documents—obtained by EPIC Privacy through the Freedom of Information Act and posted to their website—the most controversial aspect of this program seems to be that the government has not used legal process to obtain Internet traffic from AT&T and other ISPs involved in the program. Instead, the Justice Department has handed them what the Justice Department calls a “2511 letter”—named after a section of the Wiretap Act—which purports to immunize them from prosecution.Section 2511 makes it a crime to wiretap—intercept electronic communications—with some exceptions, like a properly issued warranted. It provides no exception for a letter from the Justice Department. CNET reported an industry representative told them “the 2511 letters provided legal immunity to the providers by agreeing not to prosecute for criminal violations of the Wiretap Act. It’s not clear how many 2511 letters were issued by the Justice Department.”Beyond what CNET reported, we still need to analyze these new documents to determine how pervasive this surveillance is and its impact on the American public. We are currently reading them over and will have a more detailed analysis soon.
Do you believe in parallel realities?
Have you ever speculated whether it just may be possible for each of us to exist within multiple, slightly varying, universes -all at once?
Have you ever found yourself wondering what it might be like to walk a day (perhaps a week, or maybe a month) in one of your “alternate’s” shoes …doing any, or all, of the things you currently wish you were doing, feel that you need to be doing, or even think that you should be doing, now –during this life, in this specific reality?
If you were able to live out your life as a different version of yourself…
1) What is at least one goal or accomplishment you’d aim to achieve?
2) Is there anything you can think of that you would consciously do differently?
A truly impressive display of both- the potential Power of the Mind and the Law of Attraction:
Only a couple of hours ago, I’d voiced my concerns (publicly, via various social networking sites) on our desperate need for rain, and apparently the gods not only heard my pleas, but also saw fit to provide! Thunder rolled non-stop for close to an hour, and we finally received at least a good half hour’s worth (or longer) of rain. Thanks to Mary, a neighbor of mine, I was even granted the opportunity to capture a handful of beautiful photographs of a full rainbow. (I’ll be adding those to this post at a later date.)
All in all, …it was a genuinely amazing experience; I’m awestruck.
“Thank you, gods!”
I’m still seriously torn on whether or not to see this film.
On the one hand, it looks like it’s extremely well-made and seems to be ultra-compelling. I thoroughly enjoy Liam Neeson’s talent. And I love wolves. But therein lies the potential issue…
I love wolves! And, if what some are saying is true, this movie has given them [wolves] a bit of a bad name. Any graphic scenes, with them being either injured or killed, would most likely also be very difficult for me to watch. What can I say… I’m a sucker for animals -tried ‘n true. 😉
In the meantime, I’d happily welcome any suggestions / recommendations / or personal opinions, should anyone happen to have any that they’d like to share.
Thanks for reading!
“Good morning… And best wishes for a beautiful day.” ❤
@: Standing Bear Lake
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© IvyWell Digital Imagery, photographer: Chesney Peyton 2010-2013
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© IvyWell Digital Imagery, photographer: Chesney Peyton 2010-2011
My “WinMo” (Windows Mobile Phone) was used to take this, as well as several other great photos, shortly before The Fourth of July -at a Dairy Queen, during our annual family trip to a couple of firework displays we’ve been known to frequent over the past several years. (The firework stands are within short walking distance of this particular Dairy Queen, and they just so happen to be a couple of the better displays we’ve found within the general vicinity, without having to drive hours out-of-state. So each year we load up the kids, ourselves, a few necessary essentials and make a day of it …driving anywhere from an hour to two hours for firework shopping and lunch/dinner.) If nothing else, these road trips have always ended up being some of our more memorable family occasions -summer fun in the sun, and an excellent source of quality time together!
dimensions: 1536 x 2048
mobile phone style: HTC Touch Pro
camera model: RAPH800