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Some surveillance powers to expire unless Senate acts


Some surveillance powers to expire unless Senate acts

In the run-up to this evening’s Senate showdown over National Security Agency surveillance, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has vowed to end the agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, even as President Obama is urging passage of a compromise bill that would shut down that NSA program but also preserve several other spying powers.

The Senate has only hours to act. At midnight Sunday, the surveillance authorities — all created under the USA Patriot Act — are due to lapse.

“So what’s the problem?” Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday. “A small group of senators is standing in the way. And unfortunately, some folks are trying to use this debate to score political points. But this shouldn’t and can’t be about politics. This is a matter of national security.”

Obama urged lawmakers to “put the politics aside” and pass the USA Freedom Act. That bill, the product of months of compromise between Republicans and Democrats, the administration and privacy groups, won House approval by an overwhelming 338-to-88 vote earlier this month.

It would carry out a goal that Obama announced nearly 11/2 years ago: to end the NSA’s bulk collection of phone metadata. Under the bill, the agency would stop future gathering of billions of call records — times, dates and durations. Instead, the phone companies would be required to adapt their systems so that they can be queried for records of specific terrorist suspects based on individual court orders. The bill also would renew other expiring investigative powers that the FBI says are critical.

But a handful of senators who want to see stronger reforms and some who would prefer that the NSA program remain as is, have effectively blocked action on the bill.

On Friday, Obama singled out by name Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who, a week ago Saturday, failed in a series of efforts to extend the NSA program for 60 days, a week, or even one day. “I’ve indicated to Leader McConnell and other senators, I expect them to take action and take action swiftly,” Obama said after meeting with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in the Oval Office.

“Heaven forbid,” Obama said, “we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity, but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction in the Senate.”

Obama didn’t name Paul, a GOP presidential hopeful. But Paul has made ending “illegal NSA spying” a cornerstone of his campaign and has cast Obama as his foil. An online ad by America’s Liberty PAC, a group run by Paul allies, features the senator’s head superimposed on a hulking wrestler gearing up for a showdown with “the head of the Washington spy machine, Barack Obama” in “the biggest brawl for liberty of the century.”

On Saturday, Paul said in a statement, “I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program.”

The NSA bulk collection of phone records began in secret after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and was later authorized, also in secret, by a court under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The continuation of the program and its justification were revealed in 2013 by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Obama also has called for an end to the NSA mass harvesting of records. But he wants to preserve the authority that has been used to justify that collection — Section 215 of the Patriot Act — because the FBI says it is useful in individual terrorism investigations.

A Paul campaign spokesman on Saturday declined to clarify whether Paul was seeking an end to Section 215, or just wanted to end the NSA bulk collection program.

Even if on Sunday a vast majority of senators agree to proceed to debate on the Freedom Act, Senate rules would allow Paul to force about five days of debate over the issue, which would lead to a temporary halt to the NSA collection and the surveillance authorities that are expiring June 1.

One of Paul’s best friends in the Senate, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), is a lead sponsor of the Freedom Act. Lee on Friday said he has “made a strong case” to Paul about voting for the bill — or at least not blocking a floor vote. “I’ve been very clear about what I would like to see happen. But Rand and I, of course, don’t have the same ultimate outcome in mind. I like the USA Freedom Act. I think it’s a good solution to a pretty complicated problem. And he doesn’t support it.”

Lee summed up the Senate state of play: “We face a binary choice: We can either pass the House-passed USA Freedom Act as is and get it to the president’s desk by Sunday at midnight. Or we can let [Section 215 and other authorities] expire.”

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) accused McConnell of manufacturing the crisis. “If Sen. McConnell cannot convince Senator Paul, his fellow Kentuckian whom he endorsed for president, to back off his filibuster threat, then Senator McConnell will have no one but himself to blame for allowing crucial national security tools to expire on his watch,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said.

Some of the tools that are set to lapse are not controversial and have been renewed in the past, Obama said in his radio address. They include the ability to seek a “roving wiretap” to keep up with suspected terrorists or spies who constantly switch out cellphones. Another power — never used — enables wiretaps on suspected “lone wolf” terrorists who cannot be directly tied to a terrorist group.

One of the most important, officials say, is Section 215. That authority permits the government to obtain all types of records on an individual as long as they are relevant to a foreign terrorism or espionage investigation.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif), the top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said national security officials may be able to rely on “workarounds” to the lack of Section 215 authority in some cases but not others. “Unquestionably, there’s going to be a disruption in the capabilities,” he said, adding that the situation “won’t be optimal by any means.”

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said: “If the Senate chooses to allow these authorities to expire, they should do so knowing that sunset may be permanent. Nearly every member of the House of Representatives demands reform and wants to end the NSA’s bulk collection of data. No coalition exists for a clean reenactment of Section 215, and it is highly unlikely that a short-term reauthorization would pass in the House.”

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party Patriots held a joint conference call with reporters to push for the sunset. Unlike Paul, they have not called for the repeal of the entire Patriot Act, but they agree with him that the Freedom Act does not go far enough. They say it is better to let the current powers lapse and have a full debate about the proper scope of government surveillance.

“When the ACLU and the Tea Party Patriots can agree on something, then Congress needs to listen,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said.

Critics, including the ACLU, say that the government has not proved these surveillance tools have value. The NSA bulk collection, for instance, has not thwarted any plot inside the United States, according to U.S. officials.

But the Obama administration said gauging value by plots thwarted is, as a senior administration official put it, is “the wrong metric.” These authorities, she said, are “the building blocks of a national security investigation” and are used to “identify connections between terrorist suspects and identify and build out their network.”

The Freedom Act also would end bulk collection of records under other national security authorities, including national security letters. It would require the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which meets in secret, to declassify significant legal decisions and provide for an advocate for the public’s privacy rights at the court, which generally hears only the government’s cases for a wiretap or other surveillance order. And it would grant technology companies more leeway to report on the scale of national security data requests.

The bill also contains a six-month transition period during which the NSA would work with phone companies to ensure that they can set up their systems to quickly search for records and send them to the agency.

Since last weekend, NSA wind-down teams were placed on a “hot standby,” which included contacting phone companies with a plan of action for shutting down the bulk collection. The actual shutdown time is about eight hours, officials said.



Murky future for NSA data sweep as ‘sunset’ looms



Murky future for NSA data sweep as ‘sunset’ looms

Washington (AFP) – With a key law underpinning US bulk surveillance programs set to expire, the future appears murky for the data sweep led by the National Security Agency.

At midnight Sunday, barring a last-minute deal in Congress, a key section of the US Patriot Act — used as a legal basis for much NSA surveillance — will expire or “sunset.”

This would shut down most “bulk collection” efforts by US intelligence and law enforcement, programs which have sparked outrage since revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

A senior administration official said bulk collection servers would be turned off at 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) and any collection after midnight would be deemed illegal.

The deadline has led to a frenzy of activity in Congress, seeking a way to keep programs intact for national security investigations, but the outcome is far from clear.

Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act to rein in NSA authority by ending bulk collection and improving transparency at a secret court which supervises the program.

But the Senate blocked a vote on the bill and failed to muster enough support for a short-term extension of the law: Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Some senators offered compromise measures, but it remains unclear if these can garner enough support in the Senate or prompt the House to reconsider its own measure.

Harley Geiger at the Center for Democracy & Technology, which has led a campaign for the USA Freedom Act, said the compromise bills are far weaker in reining in the surveillance.

Geiger said that, if the law expires even for just one day, it may change the dynamic of the vote process because lawmakers would be reinstating surveillance authority and not simply extending existing programs.

“Civil liberties groups are united in opposing anything weaker than the USA Freedom act,” he said.

Members of the House have also warned that they may not accept a different measure from the Senate or extend the existing law.

“If the Senate chooses to allow these authorities to expire, they should do so knowing that sunset may be permanent,” said a statement from leaders of the House Judiciary Committee.

Adding to the confusion is a US appeals court ruling which said the government went beyond the intent of Congress with bulk collection and that the program was illegal.

This means lawmakers must affirm they want a sweeping surveillance effort, which has been fiercely criticized at home and abroad.

– Hailing the sunset –

Some civil liberties activists welcome the possibility of a “sunset,” saying it is better than a weak reform.

“The Patriot Act, rushed through Congress in the wake of a national crisis, included sunset provisions for a reason: The extraordinary new powers created by the law were to be re-examined — and allowed to expire if abusive or ineffective. Both of those criteria have been met,” said David Segal of the activist group Demand Progress, on behalf of a coalition including Tea Party Nation and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Geiger said an expiration would be a mixed outcome and that a better result would be passage of the USA Freedom Act, even if the reforms are relatively modest.

“If we have a sunset, surveillance authority becomes much more narrow,” he told AFP.

“But the downside is that a sunset will cause the intelligence agencies to freak out and security hawks in Congress to claim this is a national security crisis.”

– A last-minute deal? –

The White House is urging lawmakers to step up with an agreement before the expiration, to preserve the ability to keep key national security efforts in operation.

“I expect them to take action, and take action swiftly,” President Barack Obama said Friday.

“I don’t want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time those authorities go away, and suddenly we’re dark,” he said.

“Heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity, but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction in the Senate.”

James Clapper, director of national intelligence, said the intelligence community would “lose important capabilities.”

“For new investigations, we will no longer be able to get orders allowing us to effectively track terrorists and spies who switch communications devices,” he said.

But Jameel Jaffer of the American Civil Liberties Union cautioned against “scaremongering” over the sunset.

“The government has many other tools that allow it to collect the same kinds of things that it can collect under Section 215,” Jaffer said on the Just Security blog.

He said expiration would be a political blow to the NSA, but “there’s no support for the argument that the sunset of Section 215 would compromise national security.”


Meet one of my gang stalkers’ … Can you guess what professional team (s) he use to play for?

“Sorry, sweetie (or not), but, I guess justice may start with you. Speak your truth!



Hearing voices? Let’s talk about that, shall we?

Now, speaking of hearing voices, how about this for the kick-off. My voices (those using psychotronic weapons and satellite to communicate their grotesque yapping) have announced, on more than one occasion, that they need me to be “Yuck-ed” for some retard reason. Does anyone have any ideas as to why?

At least I, now, know why I am being tortured so cruelly. I, honestly, do not know the exact reason why but, of course,  those that know me can already tell you that I will still try to take a stab at it anyway. 🙂

1. There was someone in my life that was sooo jealous or insecure (or both) that shoving me into this gang stalking program was their only way of  relief.

2. Someone tucked me into the program out of greed. Maybe, just maybe, they were trying to steal what they thought I had. Sorry folks. I’ve never been a millionaire but that does not mean that I don’t deserve it.

3. Maybe there was someone whom did not like me simply because I was not only a person of color but, a pretty intelligent person of color that had ambitions and goals.

4. Maybe I found out some things that I should not have known so gang stalking was the ‘fix-it-quick’ scheme.

5. Maybe my ex-husband has surpassed being the lunatic in which he already was for the sake of having money and power over me. (Now, that’s desperate!)

6. Or, maybe they wanted to eliminate my personality.TI’s can see the types of personalities that these perps are use to. That’s for certain.) Without attempting to sound vain, I will have to admit that, even though I wasn’t rich, I was still a pretty good catch! And a fun one at that! Maybe beating me up, destroying my body, and my personality was a sure thing in the “YUCK” arena. Who would want me now, right? Besides, they are enough ‘Yuck’ for everybody. Or did they miss the memo?

(Maybe it never occurred to them or maybe they were in deep denial when I said, frankly, I do not give a about any one romantic relationship from my past or, even, for the future. Why should I?! Everyone is now freaking DEMONIC!)

Yeah, I can really see myself saying “I  DO” in this hot mess of  a too corrupt society. Talk about “YUCK!) Could you see me waking up after the honeymoon is over, staring at a dagger dangling above my head or tied up in a basement I can!. Are they crazy?!  The only thing left to say to them is, “You people can have it!”  Thank God! some of us are not that desperate.

OK… you know what.  After that last thought, I no longer care why they are doing these things to me. Maybe it was not meant for me to understand. They will just have to keep doing what they do until their damning day. Oh well.

As a final thought, I just wanted to expose the torture that I received by a family member. A 15-year old family member, at that who is definitely ‘feeling themselves‘, as they say. Now everyone has a criminal record without even knowing it.

While making a dire attempt to get to sleep last night, my cousin (whose name I will not disclose in order to protect the not-so-innocent), began dropping this object over and over again on a glass end table. It may have looked innocent to anyone looking in but the story does not end there.

Every time this object dropped on the table my body was being shocked from the inside out. It sounds really weird but these butt holes can really do this. I told someone earlier that it felt as if there was a bomb going off in your body. Anyway, she did this repeatedly. I was ambushed by this weapon at least four times  consecutively. And when I told her to stop dropping the object and explained to her what it was doing to my body, she ignored me and continued to do it. That is how evil they are training people to be. Including our families. It’s obvious that someone is getting something out of it. I know I am not.

I can also, almost guess, that some of you may want to know if I went in on her ‘tooshie‘. To answer your question, no I did not. I have the suspicion, that, that is exactly what these perps are waiting for us. They would love it if we were to ruin our own lives even further than they have. ( I can‘t say that I didn’t want to, though!. 😉

How many languages do we need in order to say goodbye to these jerks?

Adios!, Hasta luego!, Hasta la vista!, Arrivederci!, Sayonara!, Au revoir! Simply put…Goodbye!

Thanks for listening,

God Bless.

“I Hear Voices in My Head, but I’m Not Mentally Ill! Why Won’t My Family Believe Me?” (Just in case you missed it.)

“This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”- A NEW BAN IN FAVOR OF TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

Victory in Richmond, CA!!!

May 21, 2015

(Below are EXCERPTS from the article.)

Here’s what happened:  Due to the persistent efforts of Amy Anderson, the City of Richmond adopted Dennis Kucinich’s Space Preservation Act of 2002, which bans a number of space-based weapons launched from satellites – including psychotronic technologies.  Although Mr. Kucinich’s measure got mired in committee and therefore, did not pass through Congress, it did pass in Richmond, California Tuesday night, just as it had in  Berkeley, California in 2002. 

Link to the official Space Preservation Act Resolution of the City of Richmond, CA:

Here’s the link to the video to watch the proceedings.  The council starts to deliberate the resolution at 3:10:35 

To read this article in it’s entirety, use the following link…



Watch out folks! Dr. Phil has acquired a new TI to slice and dice! On Tuesday, May 26, Nick will take the Dr. Phil stand. How will his case adjourn? Like Matt Barasch, will Nick find himself channeled into the realm of Dr. Phil’s suggestive-selling technique bubble? Even though, we, as Targets, know that what they say is true, it is difficult to prove when even Dr. Phil refuses to go the extra mile. Stay tuned!

From the show…

Nick says he has been tormented by disturbing voices in his head for the past three years. His family believes he is suffering from a mental illness, but Nick is adamant that is not the case. How does Nick explain the voices? And, will he be open to taking help?

Watch the preview…