Sunday, June 30, 2013

Video: Epic Fail - Meet the Press Hacks say "Glenn Greenwald is No Journalist and Snowden a Traitor"


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Video: George Carlin Destroys Every Pro-Life Talking Point Ever Made


Senator Debbie Stabenow's Epic Fail on CISPA and Prism

Outcry over PRISM spying delays CISPA and other cyber bills from moving forward
Internet on CISPA
Several months I ago I signed several online petitions against CISPA. I just received a response back from one of my US senators, Debbie Stabenow. This what she says:

Dear John,
Thank you for contacting me about cybersecurity legislation. I understand your concerns.

As you may know, multiple bills have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. These bills contain different proposals to address cybersecurity issues related to our nation's critical infrastructure. When addressing cyber threats, we must find a balance between protecting our country, ensuring our personal privacy, and keeping the Internet a free and open source for innovation. Should any of these proposals come before me for a vote, I will keep your concerns in mind.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.

First off I sent you this email nearly 4 months ago. If I was a corporate donor you can bet I would have gotten a call that very day but since I am only an actual human/citizen and not a corporation peddling bribery I barely rate a response from her majesty.

Second and more troubling is she quotes President Obama saying we need to give up our rights for security.  I guess she never heard what Ben Franklin famously said on the subject? My guess is though she rather push the false choices used by President Obama in a recent news conference responding to the NSA revelations made public by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Third and most troubling of all is she is equating business interests with national security. Gee never knew downloading the latest Beyonce song would cause the collapse of the American Empire and let the terrorists win. Silly me.

And to top it all off, the letter is written in vague weasel words that sound like they mean something but really mean nothing. One could come to any number of conclusions by her letter, but it never comes out and says "Yeah I am for or against CISPA", just that she will keep my concerns in mind. I won't hold my breath senator.



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Judith Miller 2.0? Obama Admin Planting Fake Stories in NY Times to Smear Edward Snowden

As an alleged beacon of respectable, reliable, traditional journalism, if the New York Times is going to write about the alleged sensitive information Edward Snowden may be transporting and then print accusations about foreign nations attaining said information, at the very least, they should be less vague about where these speculations are coming from.
No creditability?


Why did the New York Times grant anonymity to two sources yesterday who were merely speculating on the idea of Edward Snowden sharing sensitive information with the Chinese government?

Here is the article:

"China Said to Have Made Call to Let Leaker Depart"
By: @JanePerlez and @KeithBradsher
Quote: "Two Western intelligence experts, who worked for major government spy agencies, said they believed that the Chinese government had managed to drain the contents of the four laptops that Mr. Snowden said he brought to Hong Kong, and that he said were with him during his stay at a Hong Kong hotel."
This report is curious for multiple reasons. First, the NY Times 'Confidential News Sources Policy' states: 
"We do not grant anonymity to people who are engaged in speculation, unless the very act of speculating is newsworthy and can be clearly labeled for what it is." 
The use of the word "believed" in this instance can only mean that these statements are purely speculative. For the record, their policy also states: 
"In any situation when we cite anonymous sources, at least some readers may suspect that the newspaper is being used to convey tainted information or special pleading. If the impetus for anonymity has originated with the source, further reporting is essential to satisfy the reporter and the reader that the paper has sought the whole story." 
On that note, I feel further reporting is certainly required.

Second, there is also little reason to omit the specific country from which these sources originate. The term "Western" seems like an unnecessary lack of specificity unless they simply weren't from the United States and no one wanted to say that. I believe the distinction is important given that U.S. agencies are directly involved in Snowden's case. For that matter, how is printing the names of the "major government spy agencies" these sources allegedly work for detrimental to their protective status?

As an alleged beacon of respectable journalism if the New York Times is going to make wild allegations about the alleged sensitive information Edward Snowden may be transporting and then print accusations about China and Russia attaining said information, at the very least they should be less vague about where these speculations are coming from.



Sample Letter to Your Senator / Congressman Demanding a Media Shield Law H.R. 1962/S. 987

Sample letter to representatives and senators on H.R. 1962/S. 987


Free Flow of Information Act


Address for Representatives: Address for Senators:



The Honorable (first name) (last name) The Honorable (first name) (last name)

U.S. House of Representatives United States Senate

Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510



Dear Representative ____________: Dear Senator ____________:


I am writing you today to request that you co-sponsor H.R. 1962 (if letter to Representative) or S. 987 (if letter to Senator), the Free Flow of Information Act, which would safeguard the public’s right to know by protecting the identities of journalists’ confidential sources.

For centuries, journalists have relied on confidential sources to produce groundbreaking investigative reporting. The Associated Press learned in May that the Justice Department had obtained call records of more than 100 AP journalists in a classified leak investigation. The AP received no notice before the Justice Department obtained the records, and thus could not challenge the subpoena in court. The subpoena was so broad that it swept up information that had absolutely nothing to do with the government’s investigation, including reporters’ interviews with members of Congress from phones in the House of Representatives press gallery. In addition, it was revealed in May that the Justice Department monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal e-mail and cell phone records.

These stunning revelations demonstrate the need for a federal shield law. The legislation would establish clear and uniform rules ─ administered by an independent federal judge ─ on when confidential source information can be obtained from journalists and their records.

A shield law not only protects journalists, but it also preserves the public’s right to know. If potential sources, including government whistleblowers, fear the government is listening in or can track communications with the press, these sources will not come forward with information that could reveal waste, fraud and abuse. Ultimately, the public will lose the ability to hold the government accountable.

The Free Flow of Information Act does not give a free pass to the media or their sources. The bill establishes a privilege that would be qualified, not absolute. The legislation sets forth reasonable and well-balanced ground rules for when a journalist can be compelled to testify about confidential sources, including where information is needed to prevent an act of terrorism or other significant harm to national security.

The only check on government power is a free and independent press. I urge you to demonstrate your support for this fundamental American value by adding your name as a co-sponsor of the Free Flow of Information Act.


Thank you for your consideration of this request.






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Video: Tracking the Federal Shield Law



A top public policy priority for Newspaper Association of America is enactment of a federal shield law that would enable journalists to protect confidential sources when subpoenaed in criminal and civil cases. In the wake of recent scandals involving the Justice Department’s secret seizure of phone records that swept in communications of more than 100 Associated Press journalists, the monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal e-mail and cell phone records, and the continued all out assault on Wikileaks this legislation is critical to protecting the free flow of information and the public’s right to know.

Source:

http://www.naa.org/Public-Policy/Government-Affairs/First-Amendment/Tracking-The-Federal-Shield-Law.aspx

InfoGraphic: US Wealth Distribution Visualized

US Wealth Distribution Visualized

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What an American Hero Looks Like

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is currently in her 9th hour of a 13 hour filibuster needed to block a bill that would make abortion virtually unavailable to any Texas woman. Check out the sweet shoes.
Senator Wendy Davis

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis in her 9th hour of a 13 hour filibuster needed to block a bill that would make abortion virtually unavailable to any Texas woman. Check out the sweet shoes.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Listing of 12,000 of Consumer Complaints to the CFPB


Monday, June 24, 2013

The Restore Our Privacy Act

Worse than 1984? Sorry Obama that's not the change you promised!

Sign your name and support the Restore Our Privacy Act.

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the Restore Our Privacy Act to put strict limits on sweeping powers used by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation to secretly track telephone calls by millions of innocent Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

"We must give our intelligence and law enforcement agencies all of the tools that they need to combat terrorism but we must do so in a way that protects our freedom and respects the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches," Sanders said.

Read the bill here.

What this bill does:
  • Reforms Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (50 U.S.C. 1861) to limit the ability of the government to engage in dragnet data mining.
  • Requires that the NSA or FBI have reasonable suspicion, based on specific and articulable facts, to obtain business records for a terrorism suspect.
  • Ends the process of obtaining wide-open orders for data mining; the government would be required to provide reasonable suspicion for each tangible thing to be obtained.
  • Removes the presumption that anyone "known to" a suspect is relevant to the investigation.
  • Increases Congressional oversight-the Attorney General shall be required to report to the Congress as a whole, not just the members of the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

Read more at:

 http://www.sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=a81ea8d9-7ee0-477d-b03e-0c790a6b9aa6#sthash.nhEwjs1L.dpuf

Aaron's Law

Justice for Aaron Swartz and maybe you too.


Friends, please considering signing on to this important campaign from Demand Progress:

The Internet and all those who care about Aaron took a big step forward today: Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Sen. Ron Wyden just introduced "Aaron's Law", which would fix some of the worst parts of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, including those which make it a potential crime to violate terms of service agreements -- that fine print that nobody reads at the bottom of a website.

Click here to list yourself as a "citizen cosponsor" of Aaron's Law, and we'll also let your lawmakers know that you want them to cosponsor the bill.

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/aarons_law_intro/?referring_akid=.610798.e43DbV&source=taf

The CFAA is the law under which Aaron Swartz and other innovators and activists have been threatened with decades in prison. It is so broad that law enforcement says it criminalizes all sorts of mundane Internet use: Potentially even breaking a website's fine print terms of service agreement.

Don't set up a Myspace page for your cat. Don't fudge your height on a dating site. Don't share your Facebook password with anybody: You could be committing a federal crime.

Just click here to be counted as a supporter of Aaron's Law:

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/aarons_law_intro/?referring_akid=.610798.e43DbV&source=taf

Sunday, June 23, 2013

How the American Mainstream Media Sees Itself vs Reality

How the American Main Stream Media sees itself  
when it come to investigating those in power.


The Reality of the American Main Stream Media when it comes to investigating those in power.
The reality of the American Main Stream Media 
when it come to investigating those in power.

"The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Clearly the Main Stream Media has failed the American people and society spectacularly. Their job is to hold power to account but instead they merely act as clandestine public relations agents for government and the transnational corporations they are in bed with. Never take anything ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News says at face value. Always check the sources yourself. Use the power of the Internet.


Never trust a proven liar, always verify first.
Never trust this man. Verify first then verify second and third.



Video: Snugly the Security Bear Explains Why we Need a Orwellian Surveillance State to be Snuggly and Secure


Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Real IRS Scandal the Media Refuses to Cover and that Conservatives Wouldn't Touch with a 50 Foot Pole

 
The IRS refuses to investigate big religion blatantly violating federal election law.
The IRS refuses to investigate big religion blatantly violating federal election law.

The following is a reprint of a press release from The Freedom From Religion Foundation

Lost in the political outrage over the IRS and the tea party scandal is the IRS’s failure to go after church politicking — most of it by Christian Right pastors. Where’s the congressional fury over such selective enforcement by the IRS? The IRS has not been enforcing restrictions against partisan politicking by churches since at least 2009, despite blatant violations on a massive and organized level.

This prohibition is not limited to churches. No 501(c)(3) organization may politick or endorse political candidates. Nor should any 501(c)(3) be permitted to electioneer, as this amounts to taxpayer subsidy of political speech. More than $100 billion is given annually in tax-free contributions to churches and religious organizations. Imagine that kind of money flowing with no accountability to political candidates.

As many as 1,500 clergy reportedly violated the electioneering restrictions on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, as FFRF’s legal complaint noted when we filed our historic federal lawsuit to enforce the church electioneering ban last fall. A widely circulated Bloomberg news article last fall quoted an IRS official saying the IRS has suspended tax audits of churches.

IRS officials have admitted they’re not enforcing the law against partisan politicking by churches. But no political backlash has resulted. No consternation against the IRS’s selective application has been voiced by Congress or the president, as it has been in the recent tea party scandals, nor have any heads rolled.

In 2009, a federal court ruling required the IRS to indicate which high-ranking official could authorize audits over the tax code’s political rules. All FFRF is asking of the IRS is to name such an employee and demonstrate some evidence it’s enforcing its own policies.

The IRS, in seeking to dismiss FFRF’s federal challenge of its preferential treatment toward churches, is actually arguing for the right to have unfettered and unreviewable discretion in deciding how to enforce tax code restrictions.

According to the IRS, in statements filed in court on April 8, the IRS “is uniquely qualified to make decisions regarding the enforcement decisions that are most important to taxpayers and tax administration.” The IRS has stated: “Even if FFRF were correct that the IRS systematically refuses to enforce political activity restrictions against churches and religious organizations,” FFRF and other tax-exempt organizations should not be allowed to challenge the agency’s discriminatory actions.

What an admission!

The loudest offenders, pastors who have “turned themselves in” and bragged about endorsing candidates from the pulpit, are typically connected to the Christian Right. They have been openly organized, for instance, by the well-heeled Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund). Its Pulpit Initiative, typically organized before major elections, is known as “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” ADF claims one of its main goals is to overturn prohibitions against church electioneering.

What ADF and rogue churches want to achieve would make Citizens United look like peanuts. Congregations could be turned into political machines. Tax-exempt donations could be funneled to politicians and campaigns with no accountability, no sunlight, no reporting, no limits. Politicians would be forced to openly pander in order to curry votes. Our democratic republic would be imperiled, and we would be at the mercy of a religious shadow government.

Restrictions for tax-exempt status must be neutrally applied to ALL tax-exempt organizations. Anything falling short of that is indeed preferential treatment.

FFRF currently has three separate lawsuits against the IRS in federal court: its challenge of the parish exemption, its challenge on non-enforcement of church electioneering and its lawsuit challenging the fact that churches, unlike all other 501(c)(3)s, need not file for tax exemption or file annual reports to the government to maintain tax-exempt status.

Video: Was Micheal Hastings Assasinated?


Where do Minimum Wage Workers Really Work At?

Walmart real motto - Always LOW wages and no benefits.
Walmart actual motto: "Always Low Wages".

Whenever there is talk of raising the minimum wage, you will routinely hear from the so called business experts at groups like the Nation Chamber of Commerce or the Heritage Foundation about how raising it will just hurt small business and cost jobs. Another common refrain is that the minimum wage is only paid to teenagers just starting off in the job market, which would make one think that the majority of small businesses is run by nothing but teenage kids. What is the truth?

As we can see by this table that the majority of minimum wage workers in America work for Fortune 500 companies, not mom and pop stores. Additionally according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics only about half of the people making minimum wage or below are 25 years old or under.


Rank Company US Workforce
1 Walmart 1,400,000
2 Yum! Brands 880,330
3 McDonalds 859,978
4 Target 365,000
5 Sears 264,000
6 Subway 250,810
7 Burger King 191,815
8 Aramark 180,000
9 Starbucks 176,533
10 Applebee's 173,350
11 Compass Group 171,596
12 Macy's 171,000
13 Wendy's 168,672
14 Olive Garden 165,475
15 JC Penny 159,000
16 Kohls 142,000
17 Dunkin Doughnut 132,000
18 Marshall's 129,600
19 Sodexo 117,323
20 Domino's 98,220




Top 20 Total 6,196,702


Not everybody who works for these companies earns minimum wage, but the lion share of them do or just barely above it in the $8 to $10 an hour range. Raising the minimum wage to $12/hr would lift millions out of poverty and give a massive boost to our struggling economy.

For more info and to find out what you can do to help:


http://www.raisetheminimumwage.org/


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Top 10 Signs You Live in a Fascist Country

Mr. President that's not the change you promised.


1. A hardcore, totalitarian party(s) masquerading as the people's party, but secretly working totally with the rich and powerful corporations, uniting them under the party. Fascism, unlike communism and other forms of socialism and so on, is above all a corporatist form of totalitarianism. Example: Karl Rove and Mike Rogers, two conservative Republicans coming to Democratic President Obama's defense regarding unconstitutional mass surveillance by the NSA.

2. Stroking mass vanity with big lies, mass greed, lust for power with utopian promises of free money plus endless prosperity and great conquests over nature or nations. Example: "America is the greatest nation in the world at everything" or "America is the one indispensable country", clearly neither is remotely true now or ever.

3. Infiltration secretly by party operatives of all major institutions at the top level by secret take-overs, threats, bribes,  etc. Example: ALEC and Citizens United court decision.

4. Secret media content control in many ways by the ruler[s]. Example: Mainstream media failed to come out against Bush lies about WMD's and failed to hold Obama accountable for his war on whistle blowers and the journalists they worked with.

5. Imperial powers, party powers, the ruler principle. Example: The Unitary Presidency.

6. Massive, powerful secret police under direct control of the ruler[s], spying, black ops. Example: NSA, Booze Allen and Hamilton, HBGary, etc.

7. Secretly taking over the traditional laws and institutions, hollowing them out and refilling the empty forms with fascist ideology. Example: Dodd Frank financial reform heralded as sweeping reform while secretly it is weakened by rubber stamp regulators and no rules to enforce it.

8. Filling the government secretly with party hacks and puppets from top to bottom. Example: The revolving door at virtually every government dept and the industry they work with or regulate.

9. Politically correct education and mass-mind training from early age [pre-school onward]. Example: NSA program to teach coding and hacking called CryptoKids.

10. Foreigners, racial or religious or party groups or others used as "evil and immoral" to stoke terror and blood lust for wars, used as threats and as conquests to fuel vanity and hubris. Example: President Obama telling the American public you can't be safe from terrorists unless you give up your rights or President Bush claiming Muslims hate American freedom.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Solar System Wallpapers, Enjoy!

Click to enlarge wallpapers.









If the NSA Isn't Doing Anything Wrong then....

It's Dangerous to tell the Truth, when the Government is telling Lies.

It's Dangerous to tell the Truth, 

when the Government is telling Lies.

Brave New World: Divide, Distract, and Decieve

Brave New World tenets.


What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumble puppy.

As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.

Video: Daniel Ellsberg: Calls Prism A Coup Against the Constitution and Snowden Hero


$$$ to Store All US Phonecalls Made in a Year @ NSA Cloud so they can be Datamined

The data center is alleged to be able to process "all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Internet searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital 'pocket litter'.
The Utah Data Center will gather data from intercepted satellite communications and underwater ocean cables. Analysts will decipher, analyze and store the information in order to spot potential national security threats. The facility will be heavily fortified with backup generators and powerful equipment to keep the vast computer network cool.

number of call-minutes per person per month 300 minutes (estimate from my family's usage)
sides in a phone call (caller+receiver) 2 since most calls are domestic, only need to record a call once for each reciever/caller pair
number of people in the US 315,000,000 https://www.census.gov/
number of bytes/sec in a phone call 8,000 this is the uncompressed number, could be compressed to 1/2 to 1/4 easily
cost of a Petabyte (PB) of "cloud" storage $100,000 this is basically what the Internet Archive pays. Petabyte = 1,000 terabytes
Square feet of data center space per petabyte 16 2 feet wide by about 8 feet including corridor between racks
Power to run a PB 5 kilowatts
Cost per KWhr $0.15 California costs (higher than much of the country, could be 1/2 in other places)
number of bytes/min in a phone call 480,000 calculated from above
number of bytes/month for a person 144,000,000 calculated from above
number of bytes/month for the US 22,680,000,000,000,000 calculated (divided by 2 because there is a caller and reciever, don't need to double count)
number of PB/month for the US 23 calculated
number of PB/year for the US 272 calculated
Cost to store all phone calls made in a year in the "cloud" $27,216,000
Square feet to store all phone calls 4,355
Cost of data center power for all phone calls for a year $1,788,091

Poll: Majority of Americans Very Concerned about Unconstitutional Spying on Entire Country




The poll shows that a substantial majority of Americans – 60% – want their government to be more open about its data collection so that the public can understand what is going on. A much smaller proportion, only 35%, said they agreed that the government needs to keep the data it collects secret in order to protect national security.

Most American voters – 58% – are also fearful about private firms acting as contractors to the defence department have too much access to state secrets. Only 8% of respondents said they thought government contractors had too little access.

Both Democratic and Republican leaning respondents replied by 59% that they felt the government needed to be more open about its data collection activities.

Source: The Guardian

Video: 2006 Joe Biden Schools 2013 Obama Over NSA Unconstitution Prism Program




After Edward Snowden exposed the NSA's massive unconstitutional massive spying program President Obama claimed it was a debate he gladly welcomed. It turns out, President Obama's most formative debate partner over the scope of NSA domestic surveillance could be his Vice President Joe Biden. Back in 2006, when the NSA surveillance program was first revealed by the New York Times, then Senator Joe Biden was one of the program's most ardent critics. As the FISA court order shows, the scope of NSA surveillance program has not changed much since 2006, except for the occupant in the White House.

Video: Director of the FBI Lies his Ass Off When Questioned on PRISM / Phone Tapping / Data Collection





Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pictures: Rally for Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Betray Snowden, betray freedom!

Betray Snowden, betray freedom!


Betray Snowden, betray freedom!

Betray Snowden, betray freedom!

Betray Snowden, betray freedom!

Betray Snowden, betray freedom!

Betray Snowden, betray freedom!

Stop spying on me Big Brother Obama!

Stop spying on me Big Brother Obama!



The Saturday June 15, 2013 march was organized by more than two dozen groups advocating free speech, democracy and personal liberties on the Internet. The groups which included the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, have long been outspoken critics of China for restricting individual liberties.

He should be given the right to stay in Hong Kong. We must not let anybody intervene, we must be able to show that Hong Kong will not give in to pressure from other governments.        ~ Albert Ho, former chairman of the Democratic Party.

In the last two days, the news media in mainland China have embraced Edward Snowden who has confirmed details to The South China Morning Post about how the United States is monitoring Internet traffic. The revelations that the US is secretly hacking computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland has sent shock waves here and around the world and came just days after Snowden first exposed the Prism program in The Guardian newspaper in Britain.

A recent poll by the Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey shows that 49.9% of Hong Kong residents don't want Edward Snowden handed over to the NSA, with roughly a third unsure. Only 17.6% of respondents thought NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should be sent back.




Should Politicans Have to Pass a Test on Their Knowledge of the Constitution?


When will the GOP learn, you never go full retard. Never!
Somebody should send this to the S. Carolina GOP headquarters.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:


Add to the eligibility requirement for running for public office that candidates must pass a test on the US Constitution

Based on several head-shaking instances of proposed legislation in recent years, our elected officials have been very good at displaying their lack of understanding or downright ignorance of the US Constitution. If an elected official is sworn in at the beginning of their term to "uphold the US Constitution," don't you think they should know what it says?

Proposal: Any candidate that wishes to be on a ballot for city, county, state, or federal government must demonstrate proficiency in US Constitutional knowledge by passing a written exam, and the results of said exam must be public record.

In the words of Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor. "You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate." Well, an IQ test would be great too, but we'll settle for basic Constitutional knowledge.

Created: Jun 03, 2013
Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Government Reform, Human Rights

Sign Petition:  

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/add-eligibility-requirement-running-public-office-candidates-must-pass-test-us-constitution/3SS7fxJp

18 Trillion and Counting Spent on America's Immoral Crusade Against Street Drugs


Friday, June 14, 2013

List of Organizations that have Called for an End to the NSA's Orwellian Nightmare


Access
American Civil Liberties Union
American Library Association
Americans for Job Security
Association for Progressive Communications
Association of Alternative Newsmedia
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Blog Action Day
Calyx Institute
Campaign for Liberty
Center for Democracy and Technology
Center for Media Justice
Centro de Cultura Luiz Freire
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Consumer Watchdog
CREDO Action
Daily Kos
Defending Dissent
Demand Progress
Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
Digital Fourth
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Frontiers Australia
EngageMedia
Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA)
Fight for the Future
Free Press
Free Software Foundation
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Freedom Works
Gandi.net
Generation Justice
GNOME
Greenpeace USA
Guardian Project
HackThisSite.org
Internet Archive
League of Technical Voters
Learning About Multimedia Project
Liberty Coalition
LibrarianShipwreck
Main Street Project
Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Association
Media Alliance
Media Literacy Project
Media Mobilizing Project
MoveOn.org
Mozilla
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Coalition Against Censorship
National Security Counselors
Occupy Wall Street NYC
Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation
Participatory Politics Foundation
PolitiHacks
Praxis Project
Privacy and Access Council of Canada
Privacy Camp
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Progressive Librarians Guild
Public Knowledge
R Street Institute
Restore America's Voice
RevolutionTruth
Rights Working Group
Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association
RootsAction.org
Tactical Tech
TechFreedom
Tenth Amendment Center
The Other 98%
Tor
Upwell
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
Women in Media & News
World Wide Web Foundation
YourAnonNews

Nothing to Fear You Say?

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society. ~ Tim Berners-Lee [Inventor of the World Wide Web]

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin 

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. ~ UN Declaration on Human Rights


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Candidate Obama on Wiretaps vs President Obama




US Pirate Party Condemns Gov Spying and Demands NSA Transparency



In recent days, it has become known that the United States National Security Agency obtained a secret court order two months ago requiring the telecommunications company Verizon to hand over vast amounts of data. Under the order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the NSA may collect data on calls that include Verizon subscribers; this data includes the phone numbers of those involved in the call, location data, and length. The court order does not provide for the collection of details on the contents of the conversations held by Verizon subscribers and their contacts.

The United States Pirate Party condemns the actions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the NSA for infringing on the privacy of American citizens and peoples abroad. The USPP demands that future FISA court orders are reasonably limited and condemns the secretive operation of FISA, which should, when possible, make public information regarding requests for data relating to American Citizens.

“American citizens as well as individual members of the international community have been robbed of their privacies by the United States Government over the past two decades,” says Captain Lindsay-Anne Brunner. “These issues that the mainstream press are suddenly talking about are in no way isolated, random instances, and should not be recognized as such. The American people need to put immense pressure on their legislators to enact laws preventing further gross violation of privacies by this government.”

It has also come to light that the FBI and NSA have been indiscriminately mining user data from several websites run by US companies in a series of acts that violate the privacy of millions of people worldwide. This program, known publicly as PRISM, has been going on unchecked by the public eye, and the USPP demands this rampant violation of privacy stop. A government actively spying on its own citizens is unconscionable and not representative of the democratic nature of this country.

The United States Pirate Party calls upon Congress to investigate these crimes carefully and make use of the checks and balances that the Framers gave them by passing comprehensive legislation to stop the systematic practice of the United States Government spying on its own people. We ask that Congress help us re-affirm privacy as a human and constitutional right.

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Stop Watching Us!

The revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.

Dear Members of Congress,

We write to express our concern about recent reports published in the Guardian and the Washington Post, and acknowledged by the Obama Administration, which reveal secret spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on phone records and Internet activity of people in the United States.

The Washington Post and the Guardian recently published reports based on information provided by an intelligence contractor showing how the NSA and the FBI are gaining broad access to data collected by nine of the leading U.S. Internet companies and sharing this information with foreign governments. As reported, the U.S. government is extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time. As a result, the contents of communications of people both abroad and in the U.S. can be swept in without any suspicion of crime or association with a terrorist organization.

Leaked reports also published by the Guardian and confirmed by the Administration reveal that the NSA is also abusing a controversial section of the PATRIOT Act to collect the call records of millions of Verizon customers. The data collected by the NSA includes every call made, the time of the call, the duration of the call, and other "identifying information" for millions of Verizon customers, including entirely domestic calls, regardless of whether those customers have ever been suspected of a crime. The Wall Street Journal has reported that other major carriers, including AT&T and Sprint, are subject to similar secret orders.

This type of blanket data collection by the government strikes at bedrock American values of freedom and privacy. This dragnet surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which protect citizens' right to speak and associate anonymously, guard against unreasonable searches and seizures, and protect their right to privacy.

We are calling on Congress to take immediate action to halt this surveillance and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's and the FBI's data collection programs. We call on Congress to immediately and publicly:
  • Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
  • Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
  • Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Sincerely,

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This letter was provided by the stopwatching us group.

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