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  •  Per the WaPo, Stellar Wind did NOT "end" in '11... (14+ / 0-)

    ...and per numerous other sources, as well! This is a totally false meme--technically correct--but materially it is EXTREMELY DECEPTIVE!

    It's not the "Bush Era Surveillance State," it's the INVERTED TOTALITARIAN Era Surveillance State!

    And, we're living in it right now.

    And, for the life of me, I do NOT understand how ANYONE could take any info they're receiving at face value from our government on all of this right now. But, that IS what one does when folks parrot "the-StellarWind-program-ended-in-2011", grossly MISLEADING meme.

    We're witnessing greater and greater control by the 1% over the 99% with every passing day. NOT LESS. Technology is replacing human surveillance now more than ever.

    Economically, there are no breadlines these days. We have SNAP cards. The days of the Stasi in overcoats on streetcorners are gone; technology has replaced them.

    To think we're collecting LESS data now than we did just a couple of years ago is something I could only describe as a bogus surveillance state meme. Seriously!? Can anyone truly accept that as fact, on face value, in this day and age?

    First a link to the Reuters piece on the recent, massive expansion of tech surveillance, from a week ago.

    Many "federal"/NSA surveillance programs have been replaced by LOCAL initiatives with some FBI "oversight." Technology is growing by leaps and bounds; and being implemented at the same pace, too. This is a basic fact that simply isn't highly publicized. There have been millions of warrantless wiretaps throughout the country just over the past 2-3 years, alone.

    And, here's the WaPo piece link and excerpt that I mention above. IMHO, the MOST overlooked piece of journalism of the past month, at least as far as these subjects are concerned. It's not just "the Bush Era." It's the "Inverted Totalitarian Era."

    This is what happened to STELLAR WIND...it was broken down into FOUR-plus programs. Technically, Stellar Wind "does not exist," for this reason only. It's expanded, significantly since 2011. Per the WaPo...

    U.S. surveillance architecture includes collection of revealing Internet, phone metadata
    By Barton Gellman
    Washington Post
    Published: June 15, 2013

    On March 12, 2004, acting attorney general James B. Comey and the Justice Department’s top leadership reached the brink of resignation over electronic surveillance orders that they believed to be illegal.

    President George W. Bush backed down, halting secret foreign-intelligence-gathering operations that had crossed into domestic terrain. That morning marked the beginning of the end of STELLARWIND, the cover name for a set of four surveillance programs that brought Americans and American territory within the domain of the National Security Agency for the first time in decades. It was also a prelude to new legal structures that allowed Bush and then President Obama to reproduce each of those programs and expand their reach.

    What exactly STELLARWIND did has never been disclosed in an unclassified form. Which parts of it did Comey approve? Which did he shut down? What became of the programs when the crisis passed and Comey, now Obama’s expected nominee for FBI director, returned to private life?

    Authoritative new answers to those questions, drawing upon a classified NSA history of STELLARWIND and interviews with high-ranking intelligence officials, offer the clearest map yet of the Bush-era programs and the NSA’s contemporary U.S. operations.

    STELLARWIND was succeeded by four major lines of intelligence collection in the territorial United States, together capable of spanning the full range of modern telecommunications, according to the interviews and documents.

    Foreigners, not Americans, are the NSA’s “targets,” as the law defines that term. But the programs are structured broadly enough that they touch nearly every American household in some way. Obama administration officials and career intelligence officers say Americans should take comfort that privacy protections are built into the design and oversight, but they are not prepared to discuss the details.

    The White House, the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment on the record for this article. A senior intelligence official agreed to answer questions if not identified...
    ...

    ...Two of the four collection programs, one each for telephony and the Internet, process trillions of “metadata” records for storage and analysis in systems called MAINWAY and MARINA, respectively. Metadata includes highly revealing information about the times, places, devices and participants in electronic communication, but not its contents. The bulk collection of telephone call records from Verizon Business Services, disclosed this month by the British newspaper the Guardian, is one source of raw intelligence for MAINWAY.

    The other two types of collection, which operate on a much smaller scale, are aimed at content. One of them intercepts telephone calls and routes the spoken words to a system called NUCLEON...

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 08:51:39 PM PDT

    •  SO (3+ / 0-)
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      some good reasons NOT to believe the "messengers" then, eh?


      thanks bobswern for that.

    •  Bob, I thought the idea was (7+ / 0-)

      Stellar Wind ended but was replaced with 4 other programs.

      Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 09:39:08 PM PDT

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    •  Let me suggest that "laws" are impersonal (0+ / 0-)

      entities. The rule of law is impersonal. That is its main advantage. Under the rule of law, there are no persons to hold to account; no heads to off, when egos get too big for their britches. For this reason, it would probably be a good idea to ditch the conventional verbiage and identify the source of the offending law, whether it is a state House or Senate or the Congress.
      Laws are not self-executing, unlike some computer programs, but identifying the executive who signs on to carry them out ought not to be blamed either. Lawmakers, even when they are scofflaws, are the responsible persons. Lawmakers are using the tools we have given them to serve, to rule us instead. Therein lies the crux of the problem -- lawmakers run amok to secure power for themselves.
      The public has got their number. Though I don't give much credit to polling, the 12% favorability rating for Congress does tell us something. One thing it tells us is that neither party has a stellar reputation.
      No wonder. When crooks refer to each other as good friends we have to presume they are on the same side. The good cop/bad cop routine is centered on deception.

      One of the main advantages of "blaming the victim" or objectivism is that the agent or subject gets overlooked. The rule of law takes our attention away from the law-makers, who get to pretend to be acolytes, rather than agents.
      It's a shell game. We need to expose what's being disguised. We would also do well to remember that the shell mounds left by our native ancestors were not a happenstance. The shells remind us that collecting and accumulating even unwanted stuff is a habit of long standing, always likely to become obsessive unless halted.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 03:35:24 AM PDT

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    •  Of course it didn't end. It was renamed. (3+ / 0-)
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      Just like the Eddie Hoover color coded "personal files" which were kept in his office so that the FBI could respond to FOIA requests saying they had no files on ... Say JFK or LBJ or MLK.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 05:21:03 AM PDT

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