Obama Administration Gathering Records on Porn Site Usage To Use Against People Viewed As Radical

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We have previously discussed how Barack Obama has become the president that Richard Nixon always wanted to be. From his Administration’s comprehensive attack on privacy and civil liberties, investigation of journalists, to his claim of unilateral authority to kill citizens, Obama has created an Imperial Presidency that could haunt this nation for generations. He has succeeded with the silent acquiescence of many liberals and Democrats who have embraced personality over principle in continuing to support his Administration. Now, a new report documents how the National Security Agency under Obama has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites to be used as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of people consider radicals. The obvious comparison to Nixon is only dwarfed by the comparison to J. Edgar Hoover, but again the silence is deafening from the Democrats. In the meantime, the so-called “reforms” of the NSA as expected would preserve the massive data-gathering programs of the agency — as guaranteed by such “reformers” as Dianne Feinstein.


Among the targets is at least one person identified as a “U.S. person.”

The program reportedly has already targeted six Muslims deemed radical and subject to such “personal vulnerabilities.” The published NSA document, dated Oct. 3, 2012, details the surveillance to gather dirt on enemies. When combined with the utter lack of congressional oversight and unchecked executive powers, such surveillance quickly becomes insatiable for intelligence officials who can destroy people by revealing embarrassing private details.

The NSA is gathering dirt such as “viewing sexually explicit material online” and “using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls.” Shawn Turner, director of public affairs for National Intelligence, responded to media requests with little more than a shrug, saying such activities “should not be surprising” since the “the US Government uses all of the lawful tools at our disposal” against people deemed enemies of the state. Of course, it is available at their disposal because of a President with what is increasing viewed as authoritarian appetites and a Congress that has no appetite to fight for abstract principles like privacy.

Bush officials are already applauding Obama for his Administration’s gathering of dirt on targeted individuals. Indeed, advocates of the program are now citing the controversial claim of the President to kill people on his sole authority as a rationale for this new controversial system under a lesser evil rationale. Stewart Baker, former general counsel for the NSA in the Bush administration and someone viewed as a nemesis to civil liberties by many, insisted that “On the whole, it’s fairer and maybe more humane” than vaporizing them.

The published documents refer to one target as attracting the NSA’s ire by arguing that “Non-Muslims are a threat to Islam” and then identified his vulnerability as “online promiscuity.” Another academic dared to write in support of the concept of “offensive jihad” and so the NSA targeted him for his “online promiscuity” and “publishes articles without checking facts.”

Of course, with the rest of the unchecked powers secured by Obama with the support or acquiescence of Democrats and many liberals will be handed over to the next president . . whoever that may be.

69 thoughts on “Obama Administration Gathering Records on Porn Site Usage To Use Against People Viewed As Radical

  1. This would be news if I hadn’t lived during J. Edgar Hoovers reign as FBI KIng. The intelligence agencies have been spying the sexual habits of pols and vip’s like Martin Luther King for decades. If the NSA is extending that nonsense to all of us, we will have to give them a triple XXX rating. Unchecked power will be our demise.

  2. The morning after pill aspect is not some minor issue. It’s not like a business owner not wanting to be open for business on a holy day or serve pork. You can certainly make a reasoned argument that this lawsuit should not prevail, but it is demeaning to lump this in w/ ticky tacky religious tenets,

  3. I’m grateful that there is evidence to show what I’ve always supposed is happening. The NSA, as Jonathan points out, is merely carrying on in the tradition of J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover became the “man who couldn’t be fired” because he knew too much about the personal indiscretions of those supposedly in power. The NSA Director serves with impunity because he “knows” where all the politicians “bodies” are buried. The NSA is merely the information gatherer for the Corporate Military Intelligence Complex and they run the show where most things are concerned. It’s known as oligarchy.

  4. I wonder if the Weather Underground has any idea that the imperial presidency is continuing its attack on groups it’s deems subversive……

    What’s that song by John Foggarty…. Put me in coach…. I’m ready to play……

  5. I experienced the “cult of personality” with my own father. While he decried what J Edgar did he embraces what Obama does because my Dad has nothing to fear and Obama is good.

    I fear far too many people are just like my father.

  6. Dont forget to blame the GOP for not fighting this NSA/Obama takeover of individual privacy and rights. While dems are feckless and spineless, the GOP is brutal and dangerous, since they would jail you for looking at porn and not simply let you know you are being watched. Bottom line is the people are fine with this disturbing level of Orwellian oversight, since the keep electing the same fools with different faces each and every election cycle. As far as democrats, George McGovern types are absent. To the end, he was a stalwart for individual freedoms. The new generation of politician, especially democrat, pales in comparison. Maybe because the NSA has porn records on all of congress……

  7. It bothers me that often when the prof writes these stories he does not admonish repubs, only “democrats and liberals” This personality ver substance is uaually the brush with which repubs paint the president.. This story is disturbing, as is so many others re NSA spying, drones, etc, but the quiet or lauding by the repubs should not be ignored. Congress has oversight for uch of this but instead has washed their hands of it.

  8. Thanks for that reminder, Paul. When I hear the clueless minions say ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’ I cringe. It’s probably the most ignorant argument anyone can make. The rules can be changed whenever the evil powers-that-be want them to change. What is legal today, could be illegal tomorrow, so your past actions could be considered crimes.

    I also relate ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’ nonsense to the Martin Niemöller quote:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

    I’ll add:

    First they came for the porn viewers, and I did not speak out. Because I was not a porn viewer.

    Then they came for the ………

  9. “Some Obama Administration officials have said privately that Snowden downloaded enough material to fuel two more years of news stories.

    “The worst is yet to come,” said one former U.S. official who follows the investigation closely.” -from the following article

    “Spies worry over “doomsday” cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden”

    By Mark Hosenball

    WASHINGTON Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:58pm EST

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/25/us-usa-security-doomsday-idUSBRE9AO0Y120131125

  10. We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
    Ayn Rand

  11. Every time I see one of these articles I look back at the changes in my lifetime and I am sad for the loss of privacy and the changing attitude of the American people.

    For many years the Govt. has been chipping away at our freedom, but it went on Steroids following Sept 11.

    I think back to my 8th grade civics class about 1963 or 1964. The teacher would hand out court cases and different legal issues. The class would then choose up sides and go at the court case. The class always had students on each side until we got to the “Search Warrant”

    The “Search Warrant” was a case where a warrant was served on Granny, nothing in the original warrant was found, but the police found “Porn” (remember this was pre-Hustler magazine and Playboy had not even thought about showing pubic hair) – “Porn” was not so legal back then – and nobody in class was willing to argue the side of the police and the seizing of Granny’s “porn” – to all of us it was cut and dried – give Granny back her porn and the police were way wrong.

    Today we have sneak and peak, looking at all the books you checked out from the library, keeping records of your internet visits, most of those activities done in secret – and the list goes on and on of what we have lost, and very few people will stand up and say this is not right. Everything that happens being sucked off the internet and then Congress passes laws that let the Telco’s off for their illegal actions.

    The right to protest is going away with “designated protest zones” that are wire cages miles away from the event they are protesting. The firing of a bus driver for flipping off Georg W. Bush. The jack booted thug response to the Occupy movement.

    So sad to have watched the death of my country’s soul in my lifetime.

  12. Op-Docs

    ‘Why Care About the N.S.A.?’

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/opinion/why-care-about-the-nsa.html?_r=0

    “The Internet has placed all of us firmly in a new and insecure world. Simultaneously, a perpetual “war on terror” has infused within that world a culture of fear and anxiety, along with surveillance policies that will have long-lasting implications. Now is the moment for a course correction, where civil liberties are written not just into our laws but also into our computer code.”

  13. “It bothers me that often when the prof writes these stories he does not admonish repubs, only “democrats and liberals” ”

    I’m pretty sure this is because our host considers the Republicans beneath contempt.

  14. Chrissake, Mr. Turley says it primarily because it is Obama who has been in the WH since 2009, and there was a time, not long ago, when Dems decried this evil. They now embrace it.

  15. Is Prof. Turley admonishing Democrats and liberals for not speaking out against such intrusions because he thinks Democrats and liberals have the moral imperative to do so and NOT Republicans and conservatives? Why the pass on Republicans and conservatives? Is it because Republicans thought Bush was correct in his many overreaches in American’s privacy in the name of national security, and they are not capeable of understanding their own complicity in setting up the ramped up security state of today? Or does Professor Turley think Democrats and liberals have some power to influence President Obama? If that where so, he would’ve listened to us the times it was evident he was going to capitulate to Republicans demands in the past. He lost the support of some of his base then. I don’t think President Obama cares about his base.

  16. Echoing Dirty Past, NSA Sought to Reveal Porn Habits to Discredit Targets

    By Brett Max Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project at 12:06pm

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/echoing-dirty-past-nsa-sought-reveal-porn-habits-discredit-targets

    Excerpts:

    As Greenwald notes, it’s a story that’s eerily reminiscent of past abuses of government surveillance authority. Greenwald’s new report does not provide evidence of the NSA marshaling its vast databases to influence individuals or events within the United States. But you need not be a conspiracy theorist or a novelist with a knack for bending history to imagine how granting the NSA the power to “collect it all” might have seriously chilling and destructive repercussions here at home.

    In fact, the NSA appears to be taking this effort right out of the shameful playbook of our not-so-distant history. Most infamously, as part of the COINTELPRO program, J. Edgar Hoover’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obsessively monitored the activities of Martin Luther King, Jr., picking and choosing from the results to produce a report chock full of insinuations about King’s role in an evolving Communist conspiracy against the United States. Never mind that King unwaveringly espoused non-violence. It was King’s rising public stature and broadly influential political ideas that led the government to see him as a threat.

    The FBI viewed no space as off limits. The agency consistently bugged King’s hotel rooms to monitor his planning of the 1963 March on Washington and to keep tabs on his strategic partnerships with other civil-rights leaders. But it also sought to compile a dossier of embarrassing information about King’s private sex life that the government could (and did) employ to discredit King and obstruct his political efforts.

    …..

    Indeed, Greenwald’s new story is a warning shot to those of us who have thus far ignored the Snowden revelations on the basis of having “nothing to hide.” As Greenwald makes clear, the subjects of the NSA’s newly exposed effort to target individuals with influence on social media have tangential (if any) ties to real terrorists or violent extremists. And as the ACLU has explained, the entire premise of the NSA’s focus on so-called “radicalizers” — the theory that a person’s adoption of what the government views as “radical” ideas is a step to terrorism — has been debunked. Intelligence programs based on that discredited theory are not just wrong, they’re ineffective. But they do very real damage to belief communities and political activists singled out for surveillance based on their views.

    The efforts reported by Greenwald cut to the heart of the zone of expression and association that must remain free from intrusive, dragnet surveillance, both abroad and at home. In his very first public words, Snowden himself addressed the alarming consequences of the NSA’s hunger for obtaining and storing an incomprehensibly vast record of our lives:

    Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded…[T]hey can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis, to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrong-doer.

    In the months since the first Snowden revelations, few have managed to evoke the existential threat presented by unhinged NSA surveillance with such plain, direct force. In an instant, Greenwald’s new story has brought this surveillance nightmare— “collect it all” meets COINTELPRO — jarringly close to the here and now.

  17. “In the age of mass call-tracking and XKeyScore, hotel-room bugs seem almost quaint.” -Brett Max Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project

    Indeed.

  18. Well Mister ‘Resident’… Let me tell you, my favorite variety of porn is ‘interracial’… You know, like your father f**king your mother!

  19. I know some people who still believe the Benghazi attack was caused by the infamous Mohammed video. So, there’s that worship factor. One should NEVER worship anyone, particularly a politician.

  20. The DOJ will not be prosecuting the military NSA or the civilian WiggyLeaks, because:

    WikiLeaks has put out a statement responding to the Washington Post’s story from anonymous US government officials in the Justice Department, who claim Assange is not likely to be prosecuted.

    Essentially, the officials told Post reporter Sari Horowitz, “The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting US news organizations and journalist.”

    (The Dissenter). ;) :)

  21. Meester Word Press, one of my favorite presstitutes, would not accept my comment.

    HELP! I need somebody HELP! won’t you pleeeze pleeze heeellllp mmmeeeeee …

  22. Obama, Obamacare, Obamascare, et al.

    I read about this issue on another blog and they did not frame it with Obama at the Helm, in the cathouse, on the telescope, doing the blackmail….

    Democrats have been lame and paranoid since the Joe McCarthy era when the Republicans began the practice of calling them either traitors or “soft on Communism”. It started before that when Joseph Kennedy was holding Prime Minister Chamberlain’s umbrella when the Brits capitulated to the Nazis. Johnboy Kennedy learned his lesson. Ya cant be soft on Communism. So we got the Vietnam War. Then when Communism receded we got the Twin Towers and the terrorists. If you do a parallel go back to 1933 when the Reichstag Fire occurred and President von Hindenburg issued the Reichstag Fire Decrees. Google that one folks. The Nazis blamed the Communists for burning their Parliament building (The Reichstag). Different strokes for different folks. Blaming Obama is kind of like blaming Hindenburg for the Nazis. The right wing RepubliCons are off to the side pushing for these programs today just like the Nazis pushed von Hindenburg in 1933.

  23. DogBiscuitGuy,

    Two concerns:
    1) Does this mean the Commander in Chief does not know what his military men are doing on his watch?
    2) Dianne is a Right Wing RepubliCon?

  24. “One ordinarily associates these kinds of tactics with the secret police services of authoritarian governments. That these tactics have been adopted by the world’s leading democracy – and the world’s most powerful intelligence agency – is truly chilling.” -Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director

    ACLU Press Release:

    https://www.aclu.org/national-security/nsa-reportedly-sought-discredit-radicals-disclosing-online-sexual-activities

    NSA Reportedly Sought to Discredit “Radicals” By Disclosing Online Sexual Activities, Visits to Porn Sites

    November 27, 2013

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

    NEW YORK – The NSA considered discrediting six people by revealing surveillance evidence of their online sexual activity, visits to pornography websites, and other personal information, according to a report today in The Huffington Post. The article cited documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden. The targets of the NSA’s plan were all Muslims whom the NSA characterized as “radicals” but who were not believed to be involved in terrorism. The documents say one of the targets was a “U.S. person,” a term describing American citizens and legal permanent residents, but all of the targets were reportedly outside the United States.

    American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer had this reaction:

    “This report is an unwelcome reminder of what it means to give an intelligence agency unfettered access to individuals’ most sensitive information. One ordinarily associates these kinds of tactics with the secret police services of authoritarian governments. That these tactics have been adopted by the world’s leading democracy – and the world’s most powerful intelligence agency – is truly chilling.”

  25. Oh well……………………some of us tried to warn you and you guys with the power chose instead to blog and go on television for supporters like MSNBC–who do you think works for Obama and the Daley Machine of Irish Mobsters in Chicago? LOL It goes all the way to the UK–Irish and Scotish Rites or purification of the church for Unitarians.

  26. I guess that’s what is known as “leverage” huh? Well the only people impacted by any such alleged salacious activity (which Google does via your signed in Google-name and keeps a record of your Internet surfing) are people who would be embarrassed by activities like married people or politicians in committed relationships. However, I’m sure it ain’t John Q. Public (or Joe The Plumber) that this is aimed at.

    It would actually be a waste of time to do this as there are multiple people in your home, strangers logging into your open non-locked Wi-Fi hotspot, and sometimes viruses, Trojan horses, or just the idle occasional curiosity of checking out porn sites gets into your cache. This is exactly how they set up some pedophiles through inappropriate pedo-porn in their Internet cache – which is actually no proof of intent. That should be good fodder to you defense attorneys!

    But some of these targets are probably deserving of cyber-leverage being used against them. They are usually “whales” as they say in the Casino parlance. They are not minnows like the rest of us. But I wouldn’t say it’s just the NSA doing this. Since Google is a CIA-inspired invention (via InQTel.com) I would say the cyber-leverage may be coming from a place in Northern Virginia.

    But I have to think back to a couple of years ago in Hartford CT. The FBI busted an Internet pedo-porn ring that was using a residential home in the ghetto section as a huge server farm for a worldwide operation. The dead giveaway was the T3 lines leading to the single-family1,000 sqft house. Criminals always do stupid stuff and think the utility companies wont squeal on them.

    Like major power usage on the level of a commercial operation in a small residential home. The power companies have a great spy-van that looks for thermal hotspots at your house or your pole transformer. This helps them find secret marijuana cultivators. And yes they go straight to DoJ which leads to a FBI or DEA bust.

    Funny thing about how utilities are in bed with USG (US Government). You know those barrel shaped power transformers on the pole just outside your home? Check it for a black spot in the letter O or zero in the logo. Is the black spot aimed at you? Now how do you think the USG agency got that camera up there? They didn’t. They just asked the utility company to install it and hook it to the power line. The signal is either on the cable TV line, phone line or radio.

    You really can’t escape big brother. Going off the grid only works so far and they still can track you. If you have something to hide just do like author Edgar Allen Poe suggested. “Hide in plain sight…”.

    SOTB

  27. Mike Spindell 1, November 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I’m grateful that there is evidence to show what I’ve always supposed is happening. The NSA, as Jonathan points out, is merely carrying on in the tradition of J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover became the “man who couldn’t be fired” because he knew too much about the personal indiscretions of those supposedly in power. The NSA Director serves with impunity because he “knows” where all the politicians “bodies” are buried. The NSA is merely the information gatherer for the Corporate Military Intelligence Complex and they run the show where most things are concerned. It’s known as oligarchy.

    Mike – I do not believe Kieth Alexander is following in J. Edgar’s footsteps. If so he would have to have a gay-porn relationship with his #2 man Like J. Edgar had with Clyde Tolson.

    Hoover did not have the backing of the PATRIOT ACT nor any other legal means to conduct his illegal intelligence programs. J. Edgar was the epitomy of LEVERAGE. BTW PA Section 215 expires soon. Let’s see what the POTUS does about renewing it.

    Kieth tendered his resignation last month or so. He is taking his #2 man with him. They will both be gone by Spring 2014. I really don’t think the porn-levarge thing was sanctioned. Snowden’s exposee may or may not be 100% credible. However, I can see this being someone’s “private wet dream” at the Puzzle Palace. Maybe someone in CSS came up with the idea to make some Muslim “whales” look bad. But that’s just bad strategy.

    Why? Becuause Criminal Extremists who claim to be Muslim are willing to modify their moral turpitude to adjust to the operation at hand. They will do all kinds of things we Westerners view as tame (surfing porn websites). It is not illegal to look at porn. It’s only embarrassing to prudes. There aren’t too many of them left today. DO you really think one’s wife would care if hubby was checking out porn?

    I mean there’s checking out and there’s participating in cyber-porn chat rooms. Is that adultery or immorality? Maybe just loose conduct I think. Still not a big issue to put on Kieth’s desk for approval. However, I can see someone like John Obrien et al using it heavily.

    Elliot Spitzer was not honey-potted by USG. That was clearly a Mossad operation. He wouldn’t play ball so he got his come-up-ins. They did the same thing to Mr. Obama’s USSS POTUS security team in South America not too long ago. They set up a honey-pot scenario with prostitutes and some of them (i.e. single young men) got caught up. It looks like the fallout is still falling on that deal as some “secrets” were allegedly stolen by the pros.

    SOTB

  28. this is how it works!!! the shadow government who actually runs everything does it thru blackmail and bribery!!.. if they cant bribe you then they set you up to be blackmailed. we’ve seen it time and again in movies and tv shows but according to the masses thats only image

    details details… no one makes it anywhere without the say so of the elites. the so called 13 ruling families…

    and if you try getting out of hand. they publicly warn you. ex clinton getting head in the oval office he isnt the first nor was he the last…

    ex eliot spitzer refused to do what he was told after getting into office and look how they set him up….

    then there are others who are pure patsies to get the people to think they are voting against the lesser of 2 evils when all you’re really doing it putting the one in office that was slated to go there in the beginning..

    remember the days when we had 4-6 candidates to pick from and they werent millionaires?

    they kept the people so distracted with false flag attacks and bs that no one can actually pinpoint when the millionaires began taking over the offices. except for eishenhower. we havent had a american president since him. but you’ll never know that if left to them. barry was a no name senator with no credentials who suddenly popped up and became president.. what will it take for the people to understand the truth..

    the twin towers like the titanic were insurance scams…. but try telling that to those who want someone something to hate.. because them looking in the mirrors at themselves doesnt fit into their rose colored world… there is no

    repubkes or demorat.. they are all owned by the same corporations….

  29. RobinH45
    1, November 28, 2013 at 12:18 am
    and if you try getting out of hand. they publicly warn you.
    =========================================================

    i don’t believe i’d use that particular phrase when discussing online porn.

  30. just think, somewhere in an nsa building, on a hard drive in a bomb proof concrete building, is a record of how many times bron has loving viewed pictures of ayn rand.

    (shudder)

  31. pete why not? when i made my statement about how the corporation publicly warns you. lets say you accidently hit upon a site that advertises child porn and you immediately sign out of the site. well the technology that the corporation has. allows them to see when you were at that site and they are well known for taking a pic of a child off that site. and photo shopping your picture into the picture so that it looks like you’re actually there having sex with a child… or molesting a child… now think about how they have brain washed humanity. the first thing the people are going to do is flip out. and the lame stream media are going to stoke the fires by constantly posting more and more pics riling the people up even more. and not one time will the people stop and think to themselves are these pictures real? the first thing they are going to say. is impeach, recall, imprision, etc with the help of the lame stream media. and as soon as the person decides to do what their told to do. the story will go away. suddenly we are reading stories about it wasnt such and such,, but a look alike or people misunderstood the pictures.. those who refuse to be broken are publicly destroyed and if they persist in fighting. they are killed.. aka suddenly have heart attacks, commit suicide, or were the victims of a vicious crime and no one is ever caught and if they are caught. they are killed immediately.

    all of barrys so called family pics have been picked apart already and outted as photo shops and the obviousness of the photo shop is so outright. i dont see how anyone could have missed the abnormalities in them. thank GOD there are those of us who do know what to look for.

    lemme give you a few hints..

    why have only some of our past potus or should i say corporation ceos been assassinated ? lincoln, jfk, etc?

    why has only 1-2 of them been impeached ? ex nixon?

    dan quayle, mitt romney, ron paul,

    eliot spitzer, rupert murdoch , mayor scum i mean bloomberg , just as screwulani publicly screwed bratton, he just couldnt personally screw him…

    but look at what happened to screwulanis nect police chief kerik..

  32. First thing to note is that these people are not “terrists”. They are people who speak out against the USG. The public is told many times over that USGinc. is only doing mass surveillance to get the terrists! Strange how the govt. defines terrist-

    a. a person who criticizes USGinc.
    b. an activist who protests the govt./corporations
    c. an economic entity whose secrets USGinc. would like to know
    d. a leader of an allied nation
    e. anyone, anywhere, anytime

    Besides porn, if you read the actual government document, (it is a USGinc. document which you can verify for yourself), you will see they are keeping track of other activities besides porn. They are searching through bank, phone, medical and internet information. USGinc. is doing this to everyone. This gives USGinc. the ability to threaten anyone they wish. That ability is one essence of totalitarianism.

    JT is correct to point out the special complicity of Democrats and liberals in the creation of a brutal, totalitarian state. They complained bitterly against such activities when a Republican president engaged in them. Around 2007, many people appeared to have rejected a police state, both Republicans and Democrats alike. In fact, Obama campaigned on his munificent wish to roll back the police state.

    Once the munificent one was elected and put the police state on steroids, Democrats and liberals bowed down before him, accepting this on behalf of our nation, criticizing any who dared speak against their leader. We would not have the police state we now have, had such people spoken up–immediately, swiftly, powerfully.

    Even today, Democrats and liberals still accept and support the dismantling of our society and the rule of law because it is done by their leader. This is not only shameful, it has been instrumental in the lack of push back against Obama’s policies. Civil libertarians have not found allies in Democrats or liberals. Our society is disintegrating around us. Yet we still have people who do not care about this because to admit the truth would be to confront a corrupt leader and it would mean to admit that one had been taken in by lies.

    It is time to own up to being taken in by lies. Something is far more important that mistakes any person can make, and that is the desire to have a good, just and lawfully based society.

  33. B The same way an informed person would expect repubs to oppose what a repub president didn’t oppose. I think most thinking people expect that their representatives will not automatically vote in lockstep with the president.

  34. NSA SEXINT is the Abuse You’ve All Been Waiting For

    By Jennifer Granick
    Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    http://justsecurity.org/2013/11/29/nsa-sexint-abuse-youve-waiting/

    Excerpt:

    Julian Sanchez at the Cato Institute points out another historical examples of actual and threatened blackmail:

    “[FBI Director J. Edgar] Hoover’s right hand Cartha DeLoach proudly reported that the Bureau had learned of a truculent senator caught driving drunk with a “good looking broad.” The senator, DeLoach explained, was promptly made “aware that we had the information, and we never had trouble with him on appropriations since.””

    These practices were disgusting, dangerous and abusive then, just as they are now. What’s new is that, in a mass surveillance ecosystem, the scale and scope on which this kind of activity can take place is unprecedented. Once it collects information about hundreds of millions of people in mass, “dossiers” of potentially embarrassing information—or blackmail quality secrets—dirt on anyone is just a few searches away. Intelligence operatives can secretly tar anyone, seemingly at will, since the NSA has the technological capacity, and no one has identified a law which would, if followed, intercede. These abilities, never mind the will to use them, are incompatible with individual freedom and democracy.

  35. Justin Amash tweet:

    Now 102 House cosponsors (51 Rs, 51 Ds) for FreedomAct. … Pressure builds on Boehner for NSA vote

  36. Obama apparently believes that viewing porn is more heinous than murdering babies! #glasshouse #stone #loginyoureye

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