"Fine called on the bureau to discipline the agents, throw out the results and come up with a new test to see if FBI agents understand new rules allowing them to conduct surveillance and open files on Americans without evidence of criminal wrongdoing."
Perhaps we would all like to understand what sort of rules ALLOW the FBI to conduct surveillance and open files on Americans WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL WRONGDOING.
"...the surveillance guidelines themselves... enable the targeting of people for investigation when there is "no factual basis to support that speculative belief.""
Pretending that they don't already watch and read anything they want to, at anytime.... "Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone."
"Law enforcement officials contend that imposing such a mandate is reasonable and necessary
to prevent the erosion of their investigative powers."
Let's skip over all the arguments why this would be risky and bad for business, etc. etc. etc. Who cares? Why worry about theoretical start up businesses and the issues they might face down the road when we don't even have a working economy or anything remotely resembling privacy?
What a sob story.
What a sob story.
Does anyone really for a minute believe that we have any privacy now? What about fusion centers? What about targeting?
What about OUR state and federal governments employing private Israeli security firms to spy on Americans, and allowing OUR personal data to be gathered safely out of OUR reach in a hostile foreign country, a country known to have been spying on the United States with impunity for decades?
The surprise disclosure that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through its state Homeland Security Agency, along with a number of local police departments in the state, have been employing a private Israeli security company with strong links to Mossad and the Israeli Defense Force grows increasingly disturbing when the website of the company, called the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, is examined.
...The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, which only lists a post-box address in Philadelphia (though in its report on the scandal the Philadelphia Inquirer referred to ITRR as a “Philadelphia-based company with offices in Philadelphia and Jerusalem”), also advertises a subsidiary operation it calls a Targeted Action Monitoring Center (TAM-C), which it claims is “world renowned” and which it says supplies “factual, actionable intelligence to subscribers.” All information gathered by the firm’s staff of “former law enforcement, military and intelligence professionals” is sent to the Israeli headquarters of the TAM-C for processing--a move which effectively insulates it from discovery by any surveillance victims who might seek disclosure under federal or state Freedom of Information laws, or who might sue in court for violation of their civil liberties.
While ITRR, founded in 2004, doesn’t name any of its clients, it says they range from Fortune 100 companies, including the power industry, maritime companies, US infrastructure companies, “the company company charged with protecting oil production facilities,” missionary organizations and pharmaceutical firms, to law enforcement agencies and joint terrorism task forces.
But mind you, they claim that they don't actually follow anyone, conduct surveillance, photograph or record individuals.
"The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response tracks events, giving law enforcement a heads-up for the potential of disorder as our bulletins provided to the [state] clearly show...[and] does not follow people, conduct surveillance, photograph, or record individuals."
No no no, you don't understand. The surveillance fairies do the work, see? So it's all good.
Go back to being naive.
You're so safe.