Declassified documents dictate how the NSA has been given the green light by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to monitor Americans – dating back to the Bush administration.
Much of the information has been redacted, yet there is still a clear path of how the Bush administration created surveillance programs without judicial oversight which conducted operations outside of legal authority. Suspects of terrorism had their entire lives under surveillance.
James Clapper, director of National Intelligence (NI) explained that Obama told him to “make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence activities and national security.”
Clapper said: “Release of these documents reflects the executive branch’s continued commitment to making information about this intelligence collection program publicly available when appropriate and consistent with the national security of the United States.”
Seven years ago, the Bush administration ordered the collection of information from all domestic phone calls be made under authority of the Patriot Act. All “relevant” records of business transactions were taken up during investigations.
This program is still functioning as it was when it was created. The NSA readily admitted in these documents that they broke their own rules and laws regarding privacy and rights of Americans for the sake of national security.
Over four years ago, the NSA acknowledged their programs were operating “improperly” which was the product of “poor management, lack of involvement by compliance officials and lack of internal verification procedures, not by bad faith.”
US District Court Judge John Bates stated that the federal government had continued to promise to stop breaking the rules; however “those responsible for conducting oversight at the NSA had failed to do so effectively.”
The NSA trained special agents to search databases for phone records of suspects and their “associates” by using “objective justification” for their choice in targets.
Although these agents were told not to listen to phone calls or read emails, there was so little oversight that the possibility is quite high, considering their admission to breaking every regulation to justify their mission.
Triggers for the NSA agent were Americans who:
• Believe in the 1st Amendment
• Speak or write in opposition to the government
• Worship at a mosque
• Work as a journalist
WTF? Minnesota is indefinitely detaining 700 alleged sex-offenders:
TRY NOT TO SCREAM, the process is called civil commitment “Civil” in this case means “involuntary.”
The Minnesota Senate is holding a hearing on how to reform the state’s sex offender program.
The controversial program has kept hundreds of people locked up long after their prison sentences expire.
The Minnesota Sex Offender Program is structured in such a way that shortly before a sex offender is released from prison, a judge can – with less burden of proof than is required in criminal cases – order that the offender continue to be held in a treatment facility aimed at rehabilitating them. The process is called civil commitment. “Civil” in this case means “involuntary.” Reuter‘s FindLaw database explains:
The commitment is intended to reduce the risk of future dangerous sexual behavior. It is not meant to serve a punishment for past crimes. Civilly committed sex offenders may be held for an indeterminate amount of time. In other words, they may be held as long as warranted to successfully treat them and to satisfy public safety concerns.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press states that “in nearly two decades since the program began, only one sex offender has been conditionally released.” Over the last decade, the number of committed individuals shot up from 200 to 698. This gives it a higher per capita detention rate than any of the other 16 states with similar programs, and makes Minnesota “the nation’s leader in indefinitely detaining such offenders.” The number of detainees would be higher, but as the Wall Street Journal explains, “two dozen offenders have died while being held.”