Wednesday, June 12, 2013

From Nerdcore

Instapundit:
FBI requests for records under Patriot Act have increased 1,000% in just four years; Update: Data-mining goes deeper than thought? 
It’s not just the number of requests, it’s the scope of them. They’re not demanding records related to particular investigations anymore, they’re demanding huge troves of records on random Americans for data-mining purposes...

June 6th was the 64th birthday of the publication of Orwell's 1984.

3 comments:

  1. I remember the outrage over warrantless wiretaps conducted on calls with one end originating in Jihadist training camps in Pakistan.

    That was then. This is now. Now all of our calls and emails are monitored, regardless of any probable cause, and it's okay. National security demands it. They aren't interested only in calls between people here in America and people in Waziristan, but in calls between you and your husband or wife.

    Where have all the civil libertarians gone?

    Remember liberals, it was your hero Barack Obama who renewed the Patriot Act. He could have let the sunset provision take care of it but he chose not to. Blaming Bush isn't going to work this time. Obama has expanded upon the surveillance state that Bush bequeathed him, and in any case, you hated Bush. You thought his less bad transgressions were the premonitions of fascism. Now you're cool with it.

    Ben

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    1. “They aren't interested only in calls between people here in America and people in Waziristan, but in calls between you and your husband or wife.”

      That’s pure vanity. You’re not that important.

      “You thought his less bad transgressions were the premonitions of fascism. Now you're cool with it.”

      Allowing himself to be appointed president by a partisan court without all the votes being counted, then lying us into a war that killed thousands of Americans and cost a trillion dollars isn’t “less bad”.

      -KW

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  2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyJune 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Were they here, my parents might have asked, “What happened to America?”

    “His name,” I would tell them, “is Barack Obama.”

    --- Nat Hentoff (6/11)

    The EU has warned President Barack Obama's administration of "grave adverse consequences" to the rights of European citizens from a huge US Internet surveillance programme, officials said Wednesday.
    --- France 24

    The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.

    According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents.

    --- Healthcare IT News

    In other news,
    President Obama is attending three Democratic fundraisers today. One in Boston, Massachusetts, and two more at private homes in Miami, Florida. He'll return to Washington later tonight.
    --- Weekly Standard

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