Thank you, New York Times, for this op-ed this past week…
Thank you, New York Times, for this op-ed this past week…
This says it all….How can you be “lawful” when you are stalking and harassing somebody!!!!
Source: Yahoo Answers
If you feel you are being surveilled, your phones tapped, or that you are being followed, the best overall advice is to trust your instincts. If you feel something is wrong, trust the feeling. Your instincts are usually right. Most of us recall the times when we “felt something was wrong” or we “knew better but did it anyway.”
Talk to colleagues and make yourself as secure as you can. Experts claim that people who resist get away from attackers more often than those who do not. The same logic applies to keeping outsiders out of your business; it is a more subtle form of attack.
Trust your instincts and resist when possible. One of the biggest blocks to resistance is the failure to recognize that we are under attack. None of this advice is intended to frighten but to create an awareness of the problems. A knowledge of the strategies and tactics of your adversaries will strengthen your movement. Cover yourself; it’s a tough world out there.
Source: Public Eye website
Check out other parts of the website, it’s pretty interesting.
Every step of our journey counts! TIs are under surveillance so change the law and make it illegal.
This is an alert from the ACLU. (You can sign up to receive their email alerts to make it easy to stay up to date, sign petitions, etc.) The links below should work – I have activated them.
What seemed like a long shot a week ago suddenly seems within reach! We’ve been fighting the abusive surveillance of the Patriot Act for over a decade – and we finally have a chance of victory.
Last weekend, for the first time, a majority of Senators took a stand against a blanket renewal of provisions of the Patriot Act. But the fight against government spying is far from over.
The Senate is coming back for a special Sunday session just hours before the Patriot Act expires on June 1st.
Now is the moment to flood our representatives with urgent messages to rein in government surveillance. We have till 5pm Friday (tomorrow).
Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about NSA surveillance, and there are prominent members of Congress who agree and say it’s simply time to let Section 215 die.
This is our chance to let them know that we support them – and to let Senators who are on the fence know how strongly we feel about ending these harmful surveillance programs.
We only have roughly a day left to ramp up the pressure and make sure our public outcry is heard loud and clear. Will you join us?
We are so close to winning this, so thanks for standing together to stop this dangerous mass surveillance of all Americans. The stakes are high. The time is now.
Thanks for taking action,
Anthony for the ACLU Action team
Please call your Senator’s office and let them know that you do not support surveillance programs. It’s a step in the right direction for us. And since it’s already being discussed and debated, we need to voice our concerns, too. These small steps may lead to a bigger victory over time.
Kirk Wiebe said that the public and political response to the NSA surveillance disclosures has not been encouraging, and painted a dire picture of civil liberties abuses, the militarization of local police forces and the “de facto destruction of the Constitution.”
“I am now entering the phase where I am becoming frightened,” Wiebe said. “People have asked me, are we going to be able to get out of this mess…to turn the Titanic around?…I don’t see the way to miss hitting the iceberg.”
“We as a nation are more aware of these issues than ever before,” Wiebe said, but “we’ve become a society willing to look the other way in the face of wrongdoing,” adding: “We are no longer afraid of the police state happening. It’s here in small measures, in increasing measures, week by week, day by day…”
As a targeted individual (TI), I’ve been concerned, as we all are, about our civil and constitutional rights. And, as most of us experience (how many??), I see police presence just about anywhere I go, even when I go out of state. Coupled with police brutality and unwarranted surveillance (as well as the possibility we are in a government-sponsored non-consensual experimental trial), I fear we may be headed to a police state, too.
This particular article is about CIA whistle blower Jeffrey Sterling, who was just sentenced to 3.5 years, under the Espionage Act, for leaking sensitive to a NY Times reporter. Espionage, as we all know, is when individuals provide sensitive information to foreign governments, not to US newspapers. From all accounts, Obama’s administration has set horrible precedents for whistle blowers (not very Nobel-prize worthy behavior, is it?).
Binney said he had been painted by NSA as someone who had no credibility “because I was a disgruntled former employee.”
Another blow to whistle blowers. This is not democracy.
Lastly, if you haven’t already, please call your Representatives in Congress, write a letter to the editor, or post to your blog, etc. in support of the Surveillance State Repeal Act HR 1466.
Too many people have been spied upon by too many Government agencies and too much information has been illegally collected. The Government has often undertaken the secret surveillance of citizens on the basis of their political beliefs, even when those beliefs posed no threat of violence or illegal acts on behalf of a hostile foreign power. The Government, operating primarily through secret and biased informants, but also using other intrusive techniques such as wiretaps, microphone “bugs”, surreptitious mail opening, and break-ins, has swept in vast amounts of information about the personal lives, views, and associations of American citizens. Investigations of groups deemed potentially dangerous—and even of groups suspected of associating with potentially dangerous organizations—have continued for decades, despite the fact that those groups did not engage in unlawful activity.
Groups and individuals have been assaulted, repressed, harassed and disrupted because of their political views,social believes and their lifestyles. Investigations have been based upon vague standards whose breadth made excessive collection inevitable. Unsavory, harmful and vicious tactics have been employed—including anonymous attempts to break up marriages, disrupt meetings, ostracize persons from their professions, and provoke target groups into rivalries that might result in deaths. Intelligence agencies have served the political and personal objectives of presidents and other high officials. While the agencies often committed excesses in response to pressure from high officials in the Executive branch and Congress, they also occasionally initiated improper activities and then concealed them from officials whom they had a duty to inform.
Governmental officials—including those whose principal duty is to enforce the law—have violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and have advocated and defended their right to break the law.
The Constitutional system of checks and balances has not adequately controlled intelligence activities. Until recently the Executive branch has neither delineated the scope of permissible activities nor established procedures for supervising intelligence agencies. Congress has failed to exercise sufficient oversight, seldom questioning the use to which its appropriations were being put. Most domestic intelligence issues have not reached the courts, and in those cases when they have reached the courts, the judiciary has been reluctant to grapple with them.