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Trump Now Backs Permanent Snooping Powers He’d Previously Criticized
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/06/08/trump-now-backs-permanent-snooping-powers-hed-previously-criticized/
Trump Had Previously Complained of Abuse of FISA Powers
Jason Ditz
Posted on June 8, 2017

During the waning days of the 2016 campaign, President Trump loudly complained about the government’s abuse of surveillance powers, including FISA’s Section 702, which had been used to snoop on his campaign aides’ conversations with Russian officials. Now that he’s elected, that’s all changed.

It’s not an uncommon story, but the powers Trump was so concerned were being abused before he took office are now his, and he’s demanding that they be made permanent, with members of his administration downplaying the risk of abuse, and insisting that they’d saved “hundreds of lives” through wholesale surveillance.

The talking points in favor of the extension of the section are indeed indistinguishable from those made by President Obama back when he was in power, and comes with the same cynical assurances and unsubstantiated claims of great successes resulting from the surveillance state.

This routine sort of flip-flop on an issue may be particularly conspicuous and embarrassing for the Trump Administration, however, as the reality of Section 702 being used to surveil his campaign is likely to continue to be publicized in the course of the Mueller investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties with Russia.
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Trump backs permanent snooping powers he once criticized as abusive
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/7/trump-backs-permanent-snooping-powers-intelligence/
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He’d Previously Criticized?  What?

One of the things that PO'ed the Trump bots over at PPF, was that I was posting ad nausea, the 'fact' that Trump always supported the surveillance state.

This 'snooping powers' stuff shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone.
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He’d Previously Criticized?  What?

One of the things that PO'ed the Trump bots over at PPF, was that I was posting ad nausea, the 'fact' that Trump always supported the surveillance state.

This 'snooping powers' stuff shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone.

Should you post such hard facts they will predictably react badly.

The harder the facts, the more spin in the responses. Additionally expect straw-man talking points they heard on HateWars radio show. Lastly even if you convince one of them, they will chose to stay with the herd.

Its frightening to think that if you truly wish to know anything, you have to investigate it yourself.
 
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ANOTHER DAY IN THE EMPIRE

The Surveillance State and Big Brother Trump

June 9, 201
Kurt Nimmo
http://anotherdayintheempire.com/surveillance-state-big-brother-trump/



Despite his opposition to surveillance during the campaign, Trump has flip-flopped once again and now supports the surveillance state.

His Homeland Security advisor, Tom Bossert, who worked with the Bush administration, penned an editorial for The New York Times this week calling for a reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Section 702 allows for vacuuming up emails, instant messages, Facebook messages, web browsing history, and more in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.

“Cabinet officials and security professionals from different agencies will testify on this matter on Wednesday,” writes Bossert. “President Trump stands with them 100 percent on the need for permanent reauthorization of Section 702. Officials from the past two administrations also agree that we cannot have a blind spot in our defenses simply because a foreign terrorist on foreign land chooses an American email provider.”

Former NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers have repeatedly claimed NSA snooping has thwarted 54 terrorist attacks. This claim has been completely debunked. Like the baseless and politically motivated claim Russia hacked the election, the 54 terrorists claim is little more than fiction. It’s propaganda to justify a surveillance state.

Jenna McLaughlin writes “the reason there haven’t been any large-scale terror attacks by ISIS in the U.S. is not because they were averted by the intelligence community, but because—with the possible exception of one that was foiled by local police—none were actually planned.”

The NSA and the government insist they only conduct surveillance overseas but this was dispelled after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union showed the NSA intentionally violated the law and spied on American citizens.

The surveillance state was created not to protect Americans from terrorists. It was created to spy on political targets in the United States. Evidence of this arose in 2014.

“Inside NSA there are a set of people who are—and we got this from another NSA whistleblower who witnessed some of this—they’re inside there, they are targeting and looking at all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House,” NSA whistleblower William Binney said in March.

Binney said nothing will change “until we put people in jail, because they have violated laws and the Constitution, as well as the Constitution and laws in Europe and around the world. Until we start putting people in jail to make sure they don’t do this again, and start cleaning up what is going on, I don’t see this changing.”

Trump and his advisers will make sure nothing changes and the surveillance state continues to grow until it becomes the sort of totalitarian leviathan portrayed in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen-Eighty Four.

Finally, is the move to make Section 702 permanent supported by Trump loyalists and the alt-right? Thus far, they have supported everything Trump has done, including killing people in Syria and Iraq. Trump’s pathological lies made during the election do not seem to bother them in the least.

Besides, the alt-right is too busy attacking the left and vice versa in a never-ending ideological running battle that serves as a huge distraction.

That’s why I call Trump Republicans and the alt-right neo-neocons. They are continuing the forever war and police and surveillance state agenda of the Bush neocons.



Congress Must Reauthorize Foreign Surveillance
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/opinion/congress-reauthorize-foreign-surveillance.html

Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence
https://www.propublica.org/article/claim-on-attacks-thwarted-by-nsa-spreads-despite-lack-of-evidence

NSA Fesses Up To Improper Surveillance Of U.S. Citizens
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/26/nsa-spying-report_n_6382572.html

U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks
http://theintercept.com/2015/11/17/u-s-mass-surveillance-has-no-record-of-thwarting-large-terror-attacks-regardless-of-snowden-leaks/

NSA Spied On Five Politically Active American Citizens, The Intercept Reports
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/nsa-glenn-greenwald_n_5545686.html

NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spies On Congress, Supreme Court, White House, And Probably Trump
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/03/25/nsa_whistleblower_binney_nsa_spies_on_congress_supreme_court_white_house_trump.html

Nsa, Bill Binney: "Things won't change until we put these people in jail"
http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2017/02/11/news/usa_nsa_bill_binney_integrale_eng-158062766/
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