New FBI Unit’s Mission To Spy on Americans, NSA’s Surveillance Power Expands, Google’s Info Gold Mine

27 May

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The FBI’s new unit is on an aggressive mission to secure technology to prevent the government from “going dark” in regards to surveillance of internet and wireless communications, reports cnet.  The FBI wants companies not to oppose a law that would give government a “back door” for monitoring social networks, email, instant messaging, and VOIP providers.

Business Insider provides even more information about the domestic spying operation.

The FBI is not the only agency to increase domestic spying measures.  Despite Whistleblower disclosures, the NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance powers will  expand.

Oregon Senator Wyden, who spoke out about Fukushima after his visit to Japan,  stood up for the average American once again.    Washington Post reports:

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) opposed the extension on civil liberties grounds. Wyden, concerned that the provision allows innocent Americans’ e-mails and phone calls to be monitored without a warrant, has asked the administration to disclose how many Americans have had their communications monitored under the law.

“We have not gotten any clear answer on that,” said Jennifer Hoelzer, a Wyden spokeswoman. “Before the Senate passes any long-term extension, we need to know how many law-abiding Americans are having their communications reviewed with these authorities.”

Don’t forget about Google’s Street View scandal.  Times of India writes:

“The secret Street View data collection led to inquiries in at least a dozen countries , including four in the US alone. But Google has yet to give a complete explanation of why the data was collected and who at the company knew about it. No regulator in the US has ever seen the information that Google’s cars gathered from Americans.”

Lawmakers Are Urging the DOJ to Reopen the Google Street View Probe reported by cnet May 24th.

Google’s Street View cars, which were supposed to collect the locations of Wi-Fi access points, also inadvertently collected e-mail and text messages, passwords, Internet-usage history, and other data from unsecured wireless networks for two years or so, beginning in 2007.

In the wake of a recently released FCC report that concluded no laws had been broken by the surreptitious data gathering, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, saying the Web giant’s actions were a “deliberate software-design decision.”

“In light of the FCC report on Google Wi-Spy — which revealed Google intentionally collected personal information from Americans — I urge the Department of Justice to re-evaluate the Google Wi-Spy incident,” Pallone said in a statement. “Privacy is a critical issue and neither Google’s influence nor size absolves it from responsibility.”

Even Congress Wants To Know What The NSA Is Doing With This $2 Billion Utah Spy Center

ACLU “Fix FISA”

Top Secret America

 

Video Surveillance Explained

 

Infographic from ACLU, Surveillance Under the Patriot Act:

ACLU

Infographic from the ACLU, the NSA’s intercepts:

“And you keep sayin’ that I’m free.”

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