Mass Con-Fusion

You mean to tell me that it is legal for corporations from the private sector to team up with local law enforcement officials in efforts to spy on innocent members of our society? You also mean to tell me that the synthesis of law enforcement authority and the drive of for-profit companies operate under little to no guidelines or restrictions and it is unclear to whom they are responsible to?

Welcome to the world of fusion centers, where according to an article by Eric Schmitt of The New York Times, Surveillance Effort Draws Civil Liberties Concern:

A growing number of big-city police departments and other law enforcement agencies across the country are embracing a new system to report suspicious activities that officials say could uncover terrorism plots…

…Officers are filling out terror tips sheets if they run across activities in their routines that seem out of place, like someone buying police or firefighter uniforms, taking pictures of a power plant or espousing extremist views.

Really, taking pictures of power plants? Espousing extremist views? These actions are worthy of being written up in a daily intelligence briefing on terrorism? I never knew taking pictures of power plants was illegal or could be suspicious enough to be considered a potential terrorist threat. And last time I checked the First Amendment was still intact and protected the freedom to voice your own views.

 

The ACLU has long-warned about the dangers of fusion centers and even wrote a report in 2007 (which we updated last year).

The absence of standards governing data collection — how data is collected, what data is collected, who data is collected from, who the fusion centers share information with, what they do with that information in the meantime, and ultimately who is responsible for overseeing the data collection — is incredibly problematic.

Of course law enforcement agencies should share lawfully gathered criminal intelligence, and it is a good idea for those agencies to be on the same page moving forward in order to continue to keep our country safe. But to operate these surveillance centers without guidelines and standards is negligent at best, if not an assault on innocent citizens’ rights to privacy, free speech and freedom of assembly.

Just like anything else, throwing money at a problem and asking as few questions as possible simply will not work. And worse, not providing any guidelines or not holding programs accountable for their actions has led to illegal invasion of privacy and abuse of power, time after time.

Even more problematic is the chilling effect generated as a result of more frequent investigations and apprehensions of innocent individuals and groups falsely accused of engaging in suspicious and potentially terrorist activity.

That scenario is more unpatriotic and poses as large a threat to the underpinnings of our society than any of the activities the fusion centers have reported and investigated.

In order for our basic liberties to be restored, the confusion surrounding what is being collected and with whom that information is shared and what is done with it needs to be cleared up. Straightforward guidelines and standards allow for ethical and effective police work and reduce the chance that civil liberties will be violated. Let us hope we will see the establishment of such guidelines and standards soon.

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Rose Fox

Rather than waiting and hoping, could the ACLU work up some suggested guidelines and present them to the government and law enforcement officials responsible for oversight of these data centers?

Vic Livingston

DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIVES: MAKE SURE THIS ONE GETS TO SECRETARY NAPOLITANO -- IN FULL, NOT AS PART OF A BRIEFING MEMO.

• And please "cc" Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and PA Governor Ed Rendell

he telecommunications of this "targeted" journalist and "community stalking" victim continue to be intercepted, not "just" subject to surveillance, apparently by the Homeland Security-administered "fusion center" in Newtown, PA.

Today I booted up the iMac using the "V-N PRAM" mode (because the computer started to behave irratically). Even though the computer was NOT connected to my DSL modem, I got a black screen with white letters and streaming data, with the words, "Security Auditing Service Present. (c) 1993 The Regents of the University of California."

The datastream appeared to show that the hard drive was being scanned.

I know I've been subject to surveillance, probably warrantless, for at least the past five years, and I know that my computing has been "hijacked" even when the computer was not connected to the internet.

Now, after five years, I find a hidden program that reveals (upon "V-N PRAM") a readout showing the illicit surveillance.

I really thought they were more clever than this. What a crime against the Constitution, and a violation of my constitutional rights. How many other millions are simiarly affected.

Will others reading this please boot up your Mac with the "V-N PRAM" (hold down V and N keys while holding down the OPTION and APPLE keys) and see if YOU get the "Security Auditing Service Present" message.

Then, let's again urge the ACLU to new file a NEW class action suit against these unconstitutional programs THAT CONTINUE TO THIS DAY -- UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

(My personal analysis is that there is gross insubordination in the ranks, and that Team Obama has not dealt forcefully with potentially treasonous actions by the bureaucracy.)

The government apparently is using surveillance programs as a pretext for harassment and CONTROL over individual telecommunications. The ACLU has not pursued this angle of attack.

Authoritarians will continue to attempt whatever they can get away with -- which is why the functions of my computer usually continue to slow down when I write something that might be considered opinionated or not in conformance to the tastes of the fusion center authoritarians.

Please read this:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-...

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

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DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIVES: MAKE SURE THIS ONE GETS TO SECRETARY NAPOLITANO -- IN FULL, NOT AS PART OF A BRIEFING MEMO.

• And please "cc" Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and PA Governor Ed Rendell

The telecommunications of this "targeted" journalist and "community gang stalking" victim continue to be intercepted, not "just" subject to surveillance, apparently by the Homeland Security-administered "fusion center" in Newtown, PA.

Today I booted up the iMac using the "V-N PRAM" mode (because the computer started to behave erratically). Even though the computer was NOT connected to my DSL modem, I got a black screen with white letters and streaming data, with the words, "Security Auditing Service Present. (c) 1993 The Regents of the University of California."

The data stream appeared to show that the hard drive was being scanned.

I know I've been subject to surveillance, in all probability warrantless, for at least the past five years, and I know that my computing has been "hijacked" even when the computer was not connected to the internet.

Now, after five years, I find a hidden program that reveals (upon "V-N PRAM") a readout showing the illicit surveillance.

I really thought they were more clever than this. What a crime against the Constitution, and a violation of my constitutional rights. How many other millions are similarly affected.

Will others reading this please boot up your Mac with the "V-N PRAM" (hold down V and N keys while holding down the OPTION and APPLE keys) and see if YOU get the "Security Auditing Service Present" message.

Then, let's again urge the ACLU to new file a NEW class action suit against these unconstitutional programs THAT CONTINUE TO THIS DAY -- UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

(My personal analysis is that there is gross insubordination in the ranks of DHS, and that Team Obama has not dealt forcefully enough with this apparent bureaucratic rebellion.)

The government apparently is using surveillance programs as a pretext for harassment and CONTROL over individual telecommunications. The ACLU has not pursued this angle of attack.

Authoritarians will continue to attempt whatever they can get away with -- which is why the functions of my computer usually continue to slow down when I write something that might be considered opinionated or not in conformance to the tastes of the fusion center authoritarians.

Please read this:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-...

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

The comment that I posted here last night is now missing -- according to my computer connection, whose functions appear to be "hijacked" by remote computing software and real-time monitoring by fusion center operatives at the Newtown, PA facility.

I believe this is another example of persistent and invasive harassment, malicious tampering and prior restraint and/or censorship of my telecommunications. Undoubtedly, millions of other citizens are similarly afflicted.

Please, ACLU: Sue the government on grounds that the government's various surveillance programs are a pretext to harass and censor the telecommunications of U.S. citizens, in violation of the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constititution -- and a "color of law" violation that constitutes misuse and abuse of power by security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-...

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

As the above posts appear to demonstrate, my internet connection appears to be maliciously manipulated and tampered with.

This is not "surveillance" -- it is the misuse of telecommunications as a control and harassment mechanism by undemocratic elements within the U.S. government which are being allowed to violate the rights of U.S. citizens in a wholesale and wanton manner.

When will the Obama administration and Congress wake up to the apparent fact that an Orwellian cabal that resides among security, military and intelligence agencies has effectively seized control over the telecommunications system, denying U.S. citizens their constitutional rights?

This is the face of fascism, and the Obama administation and the ACLU confront and disarm this clear and present danger to what's left of democracy in America.

Vic Livingston

The following commentary has just elicited the "held for blog owner" message upon an attempt to post to The Washington Post's "The Fix" political blog -- despite the fact that Wa-Po does NOT "hold" posts unless foul language is detected.

Since the content is relevant to the above ACLU blog entry, I shall attempt to post the commentary here:

WHILE THE MEDIA FOCUSES ON THE 'MACRO'...

DEMOCRACY CONTINUES TO BE STOLEN AT THE GRASSROOTS.

WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA TAKE DOWN THE BUSH-CHENEY ERA 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT MAXTRIX'?

TO: President Obama, White House staff (c/o Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Jay Carney); ACLU staff/members

Mr. President, and to the ACLU:

We as a nation must first restore civil and human rights in America and demand that government bureaucrats and power-brokers uphold the Constitution before any policy reforms and goals can be achieved.

You must immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network...

...authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of "organized community gang stalkers" -- citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs who use illicitly planted GPS devices to track, harass, and even torture innocent but "targeted" individuals.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many unjustly "targeted" victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (microwave radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. confirmed are being widely deployed to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

These stealth weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end, as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public, or with the nation's leaders. The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse.

Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disorient, prematurely age, sicken or disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by secretive "multi-agency coordinated action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their family finances.

While your team concentrates on "macro-economics," the IRS continues to be used as an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert "multi-agency actions."

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

A necessary first step: A thorough house-cleaning at secretive security and intel agencies closest to government (and extra-government) power.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-ter...
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-...
http://nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cau...

OR (if links are corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Steve

why would they be taking pictures of power plants in the first place? As one who works with children we are instructed to report any suspicious activity {taking photos of schools, following school buses, ect.}. It may be nothing, but it could be everything! It makes me wonder who's safety and freedom you are more concerned with, Hamas must love you folks on the far-left.

wild

Where have you been Milgrom? This here is the United States....where there is a demon under every rock. So ya didn't know it was against the law/suspecious to photograph 'plant facilities', well maybe you could check out the 'homeland security hiway watch program' for more about such activities. This program is now 'required' for truckdriving employees and many transp. companys.

wild;)

ps... its not too bad a deal, cuZ last time I saw an mercinary army enroute, and I called 911 about it....hahaha well lets just say ...the 911 guys at the local cop shop 'couldn't handle it'...........so yeah after the twin towers thing, why should we as public citizens just 'not do anything'....yeah its suspicious behaviour that is legally noteable, its the 'racial profiling' that is wrong.

Richard

Global Corporations have infected and control our government!
"The right to petition the government is the freedom of individuals to petition their government for a correction or repair of some form of injustice without fear of punishment for the same." - from wikipedia.

It has become increasingly obvious that some private corporate interests and the financial "masters of the universe" have had far too much influence on our government, and have brought our great economy down to it's knees. While we are losing jobs, homes, health, liberties and freedoms, it is appropriate to resolve the controversy over "corporate personhood".

Corporate personhood began in our courts during the 1800s, it was never really defined in the constitution. The courts extended the rights of the individual to legal entities called corporations.
Per wikipedia, "Since the mid-1800s, corporate personhood has become increasingly controversial, as courts have extended other rights to the corporation beyond those necessary to ensure their liability for debts."

Today, the individuals of America have to compete with powerful global corporate lobbies and influences when we petition our government to represent our interests.
To further aggravate the problem, the corporations have gone global, with far flung interests all over the world. They do not necessarily represent America's best interests. In fact, American workers are at a disadvantage to global outsourcing.

I think it is time to take back our individual rights, and abolish the current court mandated concept of corporate personhood. We should be a country of and by the PEOPLE - as our constitution defines it.

Vic Livingston

My previous comment here is missing from my browser when I access this page.

Are government fusion center censors tampering with content of political blogs in America, and/or manipulating the data streams of so-called "targeted persons" by using real-time remote computing software and "spoofed pages" technology?

My experience indicates that the answer is in the affirmative.

Please read this article, which is linked to a thread here at ACLU:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-...

OR

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

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