Big Brother Barack Is Watching You!

From Naomi Gilens, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project:

New Justice Department Documents Show Huge Increase in Warrantless Electronic Surveillance

Justice Department documents released today by the ACLU reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans’ electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or meaningful accountability.

The documents, handed over by the government only after months of litigation, are the attorney general’s 2010 and 2011 reports on the use of “pen register” and “trap and trace” surveillance powers. The reports show a dramatic increase in the use of these surveillance tools, which are used to gather information about telephone, email, and other Internet communications. The revelations underscore the importance of regulating and overseeing the government’s surveillance power. (Our original Freedom of Information Act request and our legal complaint are online.)

Pen register and trap and trace devices are powerfully invasive surveillance tools that were, twenty years ago, physical devices that attached to telephone lines in order to covertly record the incoming and outgoing numbers dialed. Today, no special equipment is required to record this information, as interception capabilities are built into phone companies’ call-routing hardware.

Pen register and trap and trace devices now generally refer to the surveillance of information about—rather than the contents of—communications. Pen registers capture outgoing data, while trap and trace devices capture incoming data. This still includes the phone numbers of incoming and outgoing telephone calls and the time, date, and length of those calls. But the government now also uses this authority to intercept the “to” and “from” addresses of email messages, records about instant message conversations, non-content data associated with social networking identities, and at least some information about the websites that you visit (it isn’t entirely clear where the government draws the line between the content of a communication and information about a communication when it comes to the addresses of websites).

Bookmark this post as a reference for the next time some Vile Prog tells you “The Republicans are worse!”

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35 Responses to Big Brother Barack Is Watching You!

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I hate Vile Progs.

  2. votermom says:

    Eric Holder is watching you. Eek.

  3. votermom says:

    Jake Tapper on Benghazi

  4. Glennmcgahee says:

    Why aren’t Obama’s supporters paying attention. Last time I submitted a Freedom of Information request I was told “we don’t have to tell you”. Where did our Constitution go?

  5. votermom says:

    A msg from the Obama admin to Israel – we aren’t listening

    Greta is flabbergasted

  6. votermom says:

    Bibi FNALLY breaks thru media wall of silence

  7. votermom says:

    Okay, I was drinking coffee when I clicked on this and it nearly cost me my keyboard

  8. yttik says:

    Good news, folks! The coming Bacon-apocolypse is just a bunch of media hype.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Preezy’s Busy Friday:

    9:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    10:15 am || Meets with senior advisers
    4:20 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Capital Hilton, Washington
    6:05 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; private residence, Washington
    8:25 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Capital Hilton, Washington

    Who the hell is still giving him money ? And what is he promising them?

  10. wmcb says:

  11. yttik says:

    LOL, speaking of school lunches, my kid has been selling lunches to hungry kids. I couldn’t figure out why we were going through so much food. It’s like two loaves of bread everyday! She also seems to suddenly have a lot of pocket money. That kid has been bringing 7 lunches to school and selling them for 3 bucks a piece. That’s 21 bucks a day or 110 a week! WTH?

    I’m not mad, I just want a cut on the action 🙂

  12. mcnorman says:

    Bigger and better government stalking makes me feel safer? No, it gives me the heebie jeebies.

    Pile On Alert:

    TIGTA: 88 Federal Agencies Have Not Paid Employment Taxes or Filed Returns.

    I know that this makes me feel better.

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