William Binney, who worked for the National Security Agency for 40 years, quit after 911 had moved his employer to what he felt was excessive snooping on American citizens. He believes that all phone companies, and not just Verizon are involved in turning over records of calls to the NSA.
The surprise to many of those reporting on this issue of monitoring phone data is that it has continued and has drastically increased since Bush left office.
An internet surveillance program called PRISM, started in 2007 under Bush, and has also massively increased during the reign of Obama. A report by another whistle blower reveals that internet giants Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Pal Talk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple are submitting to government snooping into the private data of their users. Apple is said not to have joined this effort until 2012, after Steve Jobs had died. Perhaps this was part of the reason for the government attacks on the company. Microsoft was purportedly the first company to jump on board with the program.
The threat of lawsuits and “regulation” from the government has been enough to secure compliance from the companies.
Spokesmen from these companies continue to deny knowledge of government access to their databases.
It is interesting to watch some of the leftie media outlets responding to the idea that the government has been monitoring their private communications and internet activities, and that the Obama administration appears to have vastly increased the scope of the snooping. This appears to have really gotten their attention.
House blocks funding for health care law – On Politics: Covering the US Congress, Governors, and the 2012 Election – USATODAY.com.
Congressional Republicans are fairly productive today, Let’s hope they keep up the pace. Attached to the bill that will keep the government running are amendments to defund IRS collection of mandatory health care payments, an spending of the Dept of Health and Human Services on Obamacare. They should also pinch off Kathleen Sebelius’s salary ;-).
Funding for Abortion and Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider which has been a prime feature of this blog in the last month, has been cut off. This has been a special project of Indiana’s Mike Pence. Be sure to watch some wonderful videos shot at Planned Parenthoods if you haven’t seen them. Scroll down. The New York and New Jersey videos are the best.
Funding for the implemenatation of the mis-named net neutrality has also been blocked.
Social networking under fresh attack as tide of cyber-scepticism sweeps US | Media | The Observer.
Yes, the leftie press is criticizing the social interaction on the internet, as it becomes the more reliable mix for obtaining news, and edges out the old media.
This article manufactures a luddite leftie movement harkening back to a time when (?) leftists used to talk to each other and assist each other in real life.
In the Blue cities, crimes occur in plain view, out on the street, with no one intervening. Urban denizens die alone in their apartments, with no one wondering what happened until the remains are mummified, or degraded down to the bones. So this article’s lament about the facebook suicide occurring without immediate intervention rings hollow.
The negative of internet surfing and socializing is that it’s somewhat addictive, particularly in the cold winter months. The positive aspect is that people with severe disabilities have been able to converse on an equal social footing with others, in an online setting, without notice given to their physical difficulties.
The availability of computers and internet, coupled with the ability to work from home, has also decreased the waste of talent of those with physical limitations or mental illnesses. Now that they have more available avenues of productivity, as well as a voice, leftists have less excuse to “abort” them at any stage of life.
Robert M. McDowell: The FCC’s Threat to Internet Freedom – WSJ.com.
For one, the FCC has Democrat support for its effort to regulate the internet. Mainly the Dems would like you to believe that they opposed the Net Neutrality rules with which the FCC wanted to regulate the cable and phone companies. That’s not really the case, and while you are busy with snow and holidays, job or job hunting, the push for more government control is taking place.
Also while you extremely busy, the don’t ask, don’t tell policy of the military has been repealed. All the things the Dems wanted to do, but were afraid to try before the elections are being pushed through. This push has been accompanied by talk of resuming the military draft, which may become necessary over time due to increased difficulty in recruiting a volunteer force. For years, the ethically challenged Democrat Charlie Rangel has been the point man supporting this effort. Lately his legislative efforts offer a choice between ‘national service’ and military service.
Even the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts (meaning your taxes will remain the same for two more years) was packed with Democrat spending, and a compromise to extend the unemployment funding. Though the Dems and media present STATIC TAX RATES as cost to the government, it would be good to remember that only the spending portions added to the extension bill fall in this category. It is not a cost to the goverment to allow you to keep the same proportion of your income for another two years.
The START treaty, (a method to decrease U.S. nuclear preparedness while allowing Russia to proceed unabated) is being jammed through before the end of the year, without paying attention to the contents. Sen Jon Kyl of Arizona is to be credited for his early opposition to this treaty. Mitch McConnell appears to be waking up to reality. Sen Dick Lugar of Indiana (home of many RINOS) is still exhibiting signs of encroaching dementia (liberalism).
An attempt to pass an Omnibus Budget Bill, written long ago by Sen Dan Inouye, (in anticipation of Democrat defeat in November) failed in the Senate over the weekend . Harry Reid has pulled the bill. This is the bill most noted for a large pack of old spending earmarks, for which Dems can claim most of the credit.
New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Internet.
The U.S. Government wants to control the internet like the Chinese do.
This bill also pays off the big internet corporations to cooperate, which is similar to the way the government has gotten cooperation from BP, the auto companies, Big Pharma, and Big Insurance.
The CEOs are lined up at the trough, signing our freedom away.