The Obama administration is secretly carrying out a domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting business communications records involving Americans under a hotly debated section of the Patriot Act, according to a highly classified court order disclosed on Wednesday night.
The order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April, directs a Verizon Communications subsidiary, Verizon Business Network Services, to turn over “on an ongoing daily basis” to the National Security Agency all call logs “between the United States and abroad” or “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.”
The order does not apply to the content of the communications. Oh please…then why are they being collected?
The four-page order was disclosed Wednesday evening by the newspaper The Guardian. Obama administration officials at the F.B.I. and the White House also declined to comment on it Wednesday evening, but did not deny the report, and a person familiar with the order confirmed its authenticity. “We will respond as soon as we can,” said Marci Green Miller, a National Security Agency spokeswoman, in an e-mail.
Inasmuch as we would like to say the most obvious – we will not. Albeit, on the other side of the street we would be negligent if we did not mention that this type of activity – causes scandals!
As previously mentioned this four-page court order was dug-up by British journalists; furthermore, this is where the White House, the FBI, Obama administration officials, declined to report or to engage in saying anything. Therefore, what has been so true in the past with this particular president, he finds a woman spokesperson (Mother complex?) at the National Security Agency (NSA) to come forward letting us through the mainstream media know that they’ll respond as soon as they can.
We have stated this in as many writings, which it is the notion of avoidance or no information at all that beget scandals.
For several years, two Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, have been cryptically warning that the government was interpreting its surveillance powers under that section of the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming to the public if it knew about it.
In other words from Senators Wyden and Udall have been informing the appropriate governmental officials that they are “outside” the parameters of the Patriot Act with the levels of surveillance as well as the means by which that information was being used.
The provision was expanded by Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which Congress enacted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The disclosure late Wednesday seemed likely to inspire further controversy over the scope of government surveillance. Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies, a civil liberties advocacy group, said that “absent some explanation I haven’t thought of, this looks like the largest assault on privacy since the N.S.A. wiretapped Americans in clear violation of the law” under the Bush administration. “On what possible basis has the government refused to tell us that it believes that the law authorizes this kind of request?” she said.
With all due respect to Ms. Martin, who in typical liberal fashion has apparently tried to defer any debate or malfeasance toward the Bush administration? However, why is she making the attempt to change the subject when there has been a new president at the helm, now into his second term? This is how scandals break out!
Soon enough – please be aware – that all of this Patriot Act rubbish will try and be dropped into the Bush Administration when in all reality those provisions ran out years ago. They have only been resurrected by President Barack Obama during the National Defense Authorization Act.
“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act,” they wrote last year in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
They added: “As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.”
President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
(Please click here for information on Section 15 — it’s must reading!)