Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NSA Scandal - #4550 - Federal Agents Ordered to Coverup Massive Surveillance Data Base - Human Events (2) FBI Pressures Internet Providers to Install Surveillance Software - CNet (3) Another Agency Goes IRS - How the Federal Elections Staff Joined the Political Targeting of Conservative Groups - Wall Street Journal (4) Arctic Sea Ice Meltdown Begins More Than 1 Month Early - And Absolute Dead Media Silence on Antarctica

Federal Agents Ordered to Coverup Massive Surveillance Database - Human Events - Another reason to mistrust the Surveillance State comes to us from Reuters, which reports that federal agents have been ordered to cover up a massive surveillance database accumulated by the DEA, even to the point of hiding it from courts and judges: A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges. Read more.......


(2) FBI Pressures Internet Providers to Install Surveillance Software - CNet - The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts. FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act. Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as "port reader" software, which have not been previously disclosed, were described to CNET in interviews over the last few weeks. One former government official said the software used to be known internally as the "harvesting program." Carriers are "extra-cautious" and are resisting installation of the FBI's port reader software, an industry participant in the discussions said, in part because of the privacy and security risks of unknown surveillance technology operating on an sensitive internal network. Read more......


(3) Another Agency Goes IRS: How the Federal Elections Staff Joined the Political Targeting of Conservative Groups - Wall Street Journal - One big question raised by IRS political targeting is whether Obama officials or their bureaucratic allies unleashed the power of the administrative state for partisan ends. Now evidence is emerging that officials at another agency, the Federal Election Commission, used their enforcement power as an anti-conservative sword. The House Ways and Means Committee this week released emails showing that, in 2008 and 2009, the FEC's general counsel staff sought tax information about conservative political groups from Lois Lerner of the IRS. Ms. Lerner is the IRS official who took the Fifth before Congress rather than tell her side of the story. She had previously worked at . . . the FEC's general counsel office. Such a request is a no-no in many ways. The FEC staff was investigating these groups without the approval of its commissioners in clear violation of FEC rules. And the IRS is legally barred from releasing confidential tax information—including to the FEC. The emails show that Ms. Lerner asked her staff to provide information to the FEC, and Ways and Means is seeking more documents.  Read more........ Article contributed by Steve Peters.

(4) Arctic Sea Ice Melt Slowdown Begins More Than One Month Early - And Absolute Dead Media Silence on Antarctica. - In the second half of June, global warming catastrophe worshippers were already salivating worse than Pavlov’s dogs when Arctic sea ice melt accelerated at a dizzying rate.But in mid July, something happened unexpectedly: the North Pole saw one of its coolest summers since instrumental records have been kept, and sea ice melt also slowed down markedly, proceeding at a rate we normally only see only in the second half of August, see chart that follows....... Read more.......

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