Sunday, June 9, 2013


OMNI CIVIL LIBERTIES/SURVEILLANCE NEWSLETTER #5, June 9, 2013, for a CULTURE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE.  Compiled by Dick Bennett.  (#1 Jan. 28, 2008; #2 Jan. 22, 2011; #3 Oct. 25, 2011; #4 Jan. 31, 2012). 

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Contents of #3  Oct. 25, 2011
Arkansas Police Cell Phone Surveillance
Patriot Act, Cyber Surveillance
   Fuchs on Internet
   Landau on Wiretapping
   McCoy on Empire
Fuchs, et al., Internet and Surveillance
Mass Surveillance and False Positives
Databases on Everybody Legislation
IPhone Records
New Photo Tech
Lt. Dan Choi

Contents of #4 Jan. 31, 2012
Obama’s State of the Union Speech
Spying Boon to Corporations vs. Privacy
ACLU: FBI Mapping US
Space Surveillance
NSA Warrantless Surveillance
Muslims Demand End of Surveillance

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Contents of #5
Warrantless Spying: Contact Pryor and Boozman
   Lockshin, Credo Action
   Friday, BORDC
Massive National Security Agency Spying
Massive Surveillance State
NSA Lying, Has Our Emails
Bromwich, Secret Surveillance of All Communications in US
Cybersecurity Act vs. Privacy
Baldwin, Protection from NSA
Take Action to Defund the Massive NSA Spy Center in Utah
Kuzmarov, Modernizing Repression
McCoy, Policing the Empire
Huggins, Political Policing Latin America

A progressive champion needs your help to end warrantless spying on Americans.
Matt Lockshin, CREDO Action via
August 4, 2012   to James
Clicking here will automatically add your name to this petition to Sens. Pryor and Boozman:
"Sens. Pryor and Boozman: Co-sponsor Sen. Merkley's Protect America's Privacy Act (S. 3515) to end warrantless spying on Americans."
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Tell Sens. Pryor and Boozman: End warrantless spying on Americans. Dear James,
Part of George W. Bush's legacy are laws that allow our government to trample our constitutional rights in the name of "national security."
First, after 9/11, there was the PATRIOT Act, which threw open the door to massive government spying. Then there was the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which gave retroactive immunity to the telecoms that aided Bush's illegal wiretapping program.
The FISA Amendments Act also allowed government spy agencies to suck up and store vast amounts of electronic information about people on foreign soil who don't enjoy the constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure afforded to American citizens.
In practice, however, loopholes in the law also allow massive amounts of warrantless spying on innocent Americans.
Progressive champion Sen. Jeff Merkley is trying to rein in intelligence programs that are spying on Americans. And this week he introduced the Protect America's Privacy Act (S. 3515) to do just that.
Tell Sens. Pryor and Boozman: Co-sponsor Sen. Merkley's Protect America's Privacy Act to end warrantless spying on Americans. Click here to automatically sign the petition. The FISA Amendments Act will expire unless it's renewed before the end of the year, and rather than carefully review its implications, the Senate is on track to rubberstamp its renewal.
But the simple fact is that it's deeply irresponsible to do so. Among other things, we don't even know how many Americans have been affected, and all indications are that the numbers have been massive.
In fact, when questioned by two senators on the Intelligence Committee about the number of Americans spied on "unintentionally" by the NSA, the Director of National Intelligence responded by saying that "it's not reasonably possible to identify the number of people located in the United States whose communications may have been reviewed under the authority of the [FISA Amendments Act]."
Before the FISA Amendments Act is renewed, it needs to be fixed. The best way to ensure this happens is to build support in the Senate for Sen. Merkley's Protect America's Privacy Act.
Tell Sens. Pryor and Boozman: Co-sponsor Sen. Merkley's Protect America's Privacy Act to end warrantless spying on Americans. Click here to automatically sign the petition. We need to back up Sen. Merkley, who is courageously standing up for our constitutional rights — something few politicians have been willing to do in the decade since September 11.
While the bill does not repeal telecom immunity for illegal spying, restore privacy protection to library and bookstore records, end National Security Letter abuse, or roll back the worst abuses of the PATRIOT Act (all issues CREDO will continue to fight for, in addition to the full repeal of the PATRIOT Act), it does make three major changes to the warrantless wiretapping program that help us end some of the abuses of the Bush era.
First, it would put stronger protections in place to ensure that spy agencies are not using this program as an indirect way to target someone in the U.S.
Second, current law allows the government to collect information in anticipation of having its request to do so approved by a special type of top-secret court. Sen. Merkley's bill would ensure that if this court decides the procedures the government is using to collect information are improper, any information collected from Americans cannot be used in a legal proceeding.
Third, the bill would establish a new process for ensuring that if security agencies determine that information is being collected on Americans, that information cannot be accessed or searched until a proper warrant is obtained.
As ACLU Legislative Counsel Michelle Richardson said:
"This bill will give the FISA Amendments Act the overhaul it so desperately needs, restraining the government from unconstitutionally collecting and using vast amounts of data about innocent Americans. These amendments would allow collection against foreigners to continue while better protecting Americans and should be considered a win-win for both the intelligence community and the Constitution."
We need to stand up for our constitutional rights and end warrantless government spying on Americans.
Sen. Merkley's bill represents the best chance of us making progress on this front this year.
Click the link below to automatically sign our petition telling Sens. Pryor and Boozman to co-sponsor Sen. Merkley's Protect America's Privacy Act to end warrantless spying on Americans: you for standing up for our constitutional rights.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager CREDO Action

Dear Dick,
With Senators about to pack up and head home for the holidays, we have one last chance to contact Senators and tell them not to extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)  for another 5 years without providing Congress and the public long sought after answers about this dragnet, secret, and unchecked, surveillance program.
Senator Wyden (D-OR) has previously called for a deeper look into warrantless wiretapping authorized by the 2008 FISA Amendments, saying that “the government refuses to say how often the spy powers are being used.”
The National Security Agency (NSA) has refused, despite these demands, to reveal how many Americans it has spied on through effectively unlimited powers granted in the 2008 FISA amendments.
Congress has failed to protect the privacy of email and phone conversations, and is slated to vote on the re-authorization of FISA any day, leaving a limited window to call on Congress to allow for the necessary debate on the NSA's implementation of FISA. We still have many questions, but what little we do know is alarming:
•   the NSA intercepts 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other communications every single day (Washington Post, 7/19/2010)
•   the NSA says it cannot even give a rough estimate of the number of Americans whose communications have been swept up (, 6/18/2012)
•   the NSA has reportedly overstepped the bounds of this very lax law, intercepting private emails and phone calls of Americans illegally (New York Times, 4/16/2009)
•   all those communications are stored on a searchable database, allowing the government to get information on specific Americans without any suspicion that they have committed a crime (Huffington Post, 9/6/2012)
The JUSTICE Act, which would amend FISA to prevent the government from collecting phone calls and emails originating within or directed to the United States, will likely not be reintroduced in the Senate this session, let stand the decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, eroding first Amendment rights. Holder authorized guilt by association, allowing prosecutors to secure terror convictions without establishing—or even alleging—a defendant’s intent to support violence. 
With no Senators willing to stand by the JUSTICE Act, and the NSA refusing to answer Senator Wyden's tough questions, we must act now.
Take a moment and contact your Senators and demand they vote against the proposed extension of FISA until the NSA finally answers congressional questions about how many Americans have been impacted by the agency’s admitted violations.
Take action today! 
George Friday
Field Organizer
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
8 Bridge Street, Suite A, Northampton, MA 01060
Telephone: 413-582-0110
Fax: 413-582-0116

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Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying
All of the evidence found in this timeline can also be found in the Summary of Evidence we submitted to the court in Jewel v. NSA. It is intended to recall all the credible accounts and information of the NSA's domestic spying program found in the media, congressional testimony, books, and court actions. For a short description of the people involved in the spying you can look at our Profiles page, which includes many of the key characters from the NSA Domestic Spying program..  MORE

MASSIVE SURVEILLANCE STATE:DOMESTIC SPYING| 'Beyond Orwellian'/NSA Whistleblowers: "All US Citizens" Targeted by Surveillance Program, Not Just Verizon Customers
To:  Sue Skidmore ‎[]‎ 
 Saturday, June 08, 2013 2:57 AM
This email message is a composite dedicated to the revealed targeted surveillance program, secret wars, drone attacks, & Trance Formation of America via the New World Order.  It is eye-opening and hopeful that this is all being revealed. . . .  Sue
Mind Control Out Of Control - MKULTRA - Cathy O'Brien
Trance: Formation of America by Mark Phillips and Cathy O'Brien
The Secrets of Mind Control:
This mind control summary is based on astonishing excerpts from three landmark books: Bluebirdby Colin Ross, MD; Mind Controllers by Armen Victorian; and A Nation Betrayed by Carol Rutz. The authors provide hundreds of footnotes to support their thorough research. Their revealing information is derived largely from 18,000 pages of declassified CIA mind control documents. To order these key documents from the U.S. government, click here. Join in powerfully building a better world for all by spreading the word
I added in some other info to the Common Dreams Thursday news below.

From: Common Dreams [] 
 Thursday, June 06, 2013 5:35 PM
 News & Views | 'Beyond Orwellian'

'Beyond Orwellian': Outrage Follows Revelations of Vast Domestic Spying Program
"A Massive Surveillance State": Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails
The National Security Agency: Surveillance Giant with Eyes on America
NSA Taps in to Systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and others, Secret Files Reveal
'Reprehensible, Reckless, Illegal': Washington Officials Slam Heroic NSA Surveillance Leaker
Anonymous Releases NSA Docs Related to Global Spy Network
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American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries How Big Business Has Taken Control of the U.S. Government
NSA Whistleblowers: "All US Citizens" Targeted by Surveillance Program, Not Just Verizon Customers
Glenn Greenwald: Revealed: NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Americans Daily
David Cole: It’s Worse Than You Thought: NSA Spying and the Patriot Act
Marcy Wheeler: Ron Wyden Calls Bullshit on FISA Security Claims
Medea Benjamin: Barack, Michelle, and the Heckler's Guide for Those in Power
Cindy Cohn and Mark Rumold: Confirmed: The NSA is Spying on Millions of Americans
Phoebe Zerwick: Protesters Shake Up North Carolina Legislature with Moral Monday Demonstrations
Robert C. Koehler: Mass Incarceration USA: How a Broken System Perpetuates Itself
Center for Biological Diversity: Landmark Lawsuit Re-filed Against EPA to Protect Dozens of Endangered Species From Pesticides
US PIRG: Senate Farm Bill Would Continue Giant Giveaways to Big Agribusiness
Senator Bernie Sanders: Slams Secret Surveillance
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“The NSA Is Lying”: U.S. Government has Copies of Most of Your Emails Says NSA Whistleblower
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Video, NationofChange, April 21, 2012. Interview: “National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion ‘transactions’ — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. This likely includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States.” READ  |  DISCUSS  |  SHARE

David Bromwich | Total Protection Government 
David Bromwich, Reader Supported News, June 8, 2013 
Bromwich writes: "The security policy of the U.S. government ... has passed from secret surveillance of communications abroad to secret surveillance of all communications at home. In what stages did it happen? Some day the history will be written; for now, it is instructive to rehearse the facts." 

CISPA Critics: Cybersecurity Act Will Increase Domestic Surveillance, Violate Privacy Rights,
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Video Report, Democracy Now, NationofChange, April 30, 2012: Backers say the measure is needed to help private firms crackdown on foreign entities — including the Chinese and Russian governments — committing online economic espionage. The bill has faced widespread opposition from online privacy advocates and even the Obama administration, which has threatened a veto. We speak with Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. READ  |  DISCUSS  |  SHARE

How to Protect Your Communications From the NSA 
Roberto Baldwin, Wired 
Baldwin writes: "So how do you communicate without the whole world finding out that you've visited the doctor 12 times in the past six months for a mysterious rash? Well it's not easy, but there are ways to keep your correspondence off the grid." 


For years civil libertarians have been blowing the whistle on the massive new NSA spy center in Utah. Now that we all know what the NSA has been up to, it's time for Congress to defund the data collection center.

Please share this with your friends Click here to tell Congress to put the brakes on that project.

For years now, civil libertarians have been blowing the whistle on the NSA's operations -- and the massive new spy center they're building in Utah to facilitate their work.  Add your name at right to tell Congress to put the brakes on that project.
We now know that the NSA is spying on billions of our online communications -- in real time.Here's how Wired described the spy center where they want to manage that work: 
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade.
Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.
Just how much data is the NSA preparing to store at the center?  On the order of yottabytes.  The English language literally does not have a prefix for numbers bigger than the yotta order of magnitude.
The NSA and its lackeys in government have lost all credibility.  The agency is vacuuming up all of our communications, and this spy center is going to be the hub of those efforts.  Tell Congress to kill the project.
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June, 2012

A volume in the series:

Culture, Politics, and the Cold War
Modernizing Repression
Police Training and Nation-Building in the American Century
A probing analysis of the impact of American policing operations abroad
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As American troops became bogged down first in Iraq and then Afghanistan, a key component of U.S. strategy was to build up local police and security forces in an attempt to establish law and order. This approach, Jeremy Kuzmarov shows, is consistent with practices honed over more than a century in developing nations within the expanding orbit of the American empire.As American troops became bogged down first in Iraq and then Afghanistan, a key component of U.S. strategy was to build up local police and security forces in an attempt to establish law and order. This approach, Jeremy Kuzmarov shows, is consistent with practices honed over more than a century in developing nations within the expanding orbit of the American empire. From the conquest of the Philippines and Haiti at the turn of the twentieth century through Cold War interventions and the War on Terror, police training has been valued as a cost-effective means of suppressing radical and nationalist movements, precluding the need for direct U.S. military intervention and thereby avoiding the public opposition it often arouses.

Unlike the spectacular but ephemeral pyrotechnics of the battlefield, police training programs have had lasting consequences for countries under the American imperial umbrella, fostering new elites, creating powerful tools of social control, and stifling political reform. These programs have also backfired, breeding widespread resistance, violence, and instability—telltale signs of “blowback” that has done more to undermine than advance U.S. strategic interests abroad.
"A timely and important work, impressive for the breadth of its research, the clarity of its organization, the depth of its insight, and the acuity of its focus on a problem that has remained, for over a century, central to U.S. foreign policy."—Alfred W. McCoy, author of Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State

"A splendid contribution to the existing literatures that will be highly valued and much quoted by scholars and practitioners alike."—Martha D. Huggins, author of Political Policing: The United States and Latin America
Jeremy Kuzmarov is Jay P. Walker Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tulsa and author of The Myth of the Addicted Army: Vietnam and the Modern War on Drugs (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).

Policing America’s Empire:  The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State by Alfred W. McCoy  
New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies

"In this stunning book, McCoy reveals how empire shapes the intertwined destinies of all involved in its creation. Written with deft strokes, this is an instant classic of historical writing."
—Lloyd Gardner, author of The Long Road to Baghdad: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the 1970s to the Present 

2011 Winner of the George McT. Kahin Prize, the Association for Asian Studies

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the U.S. Army swiftly occupied Manila and then plunged into a decade-long pacification campaign with striking parallels to today’s war in Iraq. Armed with cutting-edge technology from America’s first information revolution, the U.S. colonial regime created the most modern police and intelligence units anywhere under the American flag. InPolicing America’s Empire Alfred W. McCoy shows how this imperial panopticon slowly crushed the Filipino revolutionary movement with a lethal mix of firepower, surveillance, and incriminating information. Even after Washington freed its colony and won global power in 1945, it would intervene in the Philippines periodically for the next half-century—using the country as a laboratory for counterinsurgency and rearming local security forces for repression. In trying to create a democracy in the Philippines, the United States unleashed profoundly undemocratic forces that persist to the present day.

But security techniques bred in the tropical hothouse of colonial rule were not contained, McCoy shows, at this remote periphery of American power. Migrating homeward through both personnel and policies, these innovations helped shape a new federal security apparatus during World War I. Once established under the pressures of wartime mobilization, this distinctively American system of public- private surveillance persisted in various forms for the next fifty years, as an omnipresent, sub rosa matrix that honeycombed U.S. society with active informers, secretive civilian organizations, and government counterintelligence agencies. In each succeeding global crisis, this covert nexus expanded its domestic operations, producing new contraventions of civil liberties—from the harassment of labor activists and ethnic communities during World War I, to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, all the way to the secret blacklisting of suspected communists during the Cold War. 

"This remarkable study provides a meticulous analysis of the novel colonial system developed by the U.S. in the Philippines after the murderous conquest, with startling implications for the shape of the modern world. As McCoy demonstrates, the U.S. occupation developed a major innovation in imperial practice, relying on the ‘information revolution’ of the day to establish intense surveillance and control of the occupied population, along with violence when needed and privileges to obedient elites. This ‘protracted social experiment in the use of police as an instrument of state power’ left a devastating legacy for the Philippines, while also contributing substantially to the modes of suppression of independence and social change elsewhere, and returning home to lay the foundations for a national security and surveillance state."
—Noam Chomsky, MIT 

"A stunning, exemplary, and hair-raising fusion of colonial and metropolitan histories. McCoy shows how the Philippines served as a laboratory subject for experiments in policing, intelligence, and ‘black-operations’ that were then repatriated to shape the American domestic surveillance state from World War I forward. This is history at its most powerful and most subversive of imperial self-hypnosis."
—James C. Scott, Yale University 

"With a breathtaking sweep of archival research, McCoy shows how repressive techniques developed in the colonial Philippines migrated back to the United States for use against people of color, aliens, and really any heterodox challenge to American power. This book proves Mark Twain’s adage that you cannot have an empire abroad and a republic at home."
—Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago 

Alfred W. McCoy is J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include The Politics of Heroin and A Question of Torture. 


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