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The National Security Agency isn't the only arm of the government in the surveillance business. According to a September report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), "every 90 days for the past seven years the FBI has obtained secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders compelling telecommunications companies to provide the government with the toll billing records of every American's telephone calls, domestic and international, on an ongoing daily basis."

Until recently, the FBI was subject to tight controls because of a history of targeting immigrants, minorities, and political dissidents. But after 9/11, those restrictions were loosened. In 2008, for example, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey gave agents free rein to "assess" people not even suspected of wrongdoing. According to the ACLU, "In a two-year period from 2009 to 2011, the FBI opened over 82,000 'assessments' of individuals or organizations, less than 3,500 of which discovered information justifying further investigation."

With regard to high-profile arrests accomplished with infiltrators and informants, the ACLU offers the following caution: "In many cases the government agent provides all the instrumentalities of the crime, chooses the target, designs the plot, and provides the gullible subjects financial support or other incentives to carry out the plot."

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  1. According to the ACLU, “In a two-year period from 2009 to 2011, the FBI opened over 82,000 ‘assessments’ of individuals or organizations, less than 3,500 of which discovered information justifying further investigation.”

    See? If you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.

    1. 3,500 terror plots thwarted. 3,500. Think about how many lives that saved.

      1. Lives created or saved?

        1. You nearly started an abortion thread. Think about that.

    2. I don’t like being scrutinized when I’m innocent but your statistic is pointless.

      What you need (to dispute validity) is a rationally ‘closed’ group where a number approaching zero is found.

      Like searching a farmer in Kentucky as a bank is robbed in New York city. A search warrant on the farmer should be disallowed as it approaches zero success rate, but locking down the bank and searching everyone inside is a different story.

      What is needed is rational rules that say how small the group must be before you target them.

      We know SOMEONE commited X crime this past weekend in the USA, but that doesnt justify a surveilance state on the entire population, even tho we KNOW they ‘as a group’ committed it. The net of the entire US population will enclose the perp, but we need a smaller target for probable cause.

      I’m not even sure if a bank lockdown entitles cops to search your person. I think that is only suspicion, not PC.

      Say you dont like Ted. You call his place of work and claim you have an anus bomb and you are on the 5th floor. Insta-strip search for Ted?

      Justifying “further investigation” (3500) is irrelevent, its about whether they eventually caught wrongdoing of the flavor suspected that spurred the surveilance to begin with. If that number is near zero then the searches are unjustified. You gotta catch something to consider it a correlated metric.

  2. In 2008, for example, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey gave agents free rein to “assess” people not even suspected of wrongdoing.

    Free rein? Oh well… it’s all for your safety. or FYTW

  3. This kind of reminds me of that Audi commercial where the tow truck driver yells, Quaaaaaatroooooo!

    Since inception, Bitcoin has had a flawed DNA. It was dreamed up in a virtual world — by computer geeks — but was to be applied in the real world. Bitcoin is steep in Libertarian and anti-Fed dogma but weak in understanding of how global economics, central banking policies and financial markets function. The lifeblood of the global capital markets is money ? greenbacks — transactional currency that facilitates commerce. Virtual currency can create value and efficiency but it needs to be linked to fiscal and monetary policy. To assume currency can be computer generated, run in a decentralized manner and outside of the central banking system and controls is farcical and economically dangerous.

    For currency to be adopted as a medium of exchange there has to be trust in the ability to honor the underlying obligation and the ability for central banking policy to control inflation. Historically the Fed has done a remarkable job maintain an average inflation rate of no greater than 2.5 percent. Given that two-thirds of U.S. GDP is driven by consumption, price stability in currency is essential. Without it, GDP growth is retarded and standard of living shrinks.

    Remember children, if it isn’t a scrap of paper with the Treasury Secretary’s scrawl on it, it’s worthless.

    1. For currency to be adopted as a medium of exchange there has to be trust in the ability to honor the underlying obligation and the ability for central banking policy to control inflation.

      So, like trust in the ability to dump $85B/mo into the economy?

      Isn’t BC capped at a certain number to control inflation?

      1. Yes it is. But when you’re a technocrat you can’t possibly imagine a world where the only answer isn’t more government.

      2. Capped at 21 million (divisible to 10 millionths: 0.00000001)

        Created at a known, fixed rate (currently 25 BTC approximately every 10 minutes), halving every few years (goes to 12.5 in 2016), until finally hitting 0 new coins in 2140.

        Some people are starting to get upset about that, it’s very enjoyable to watch.

    2. For currency to be adopted as a medium of exchange there has to be trust in the ability to honor the underlying obligation and the ability for central banking policy to control inflation.

      Central control uber alles.

    3. Fraud is also on the rise. Recently reported was that $220 million in Bitcoins were stolen and not recovered (Business Insider, 12/4/13).

      Because dollars are NEVER stolen.

    4. Ironically, China, the second largest economy in the world, helped push Bitcoin prices to the clouds and now is pulling prices back to earth. In the last week, China has delivered three knockdown punches. First the central bank forbade its banks from accepting Bitcoin as currency. Then, Baidu, China’s Google equivalent, announced it would no longer process Bitcoins. Finally, China banned third-party payment companies from transacting with Bitcoin exchanges. This last announcement significantly weakens market liquidity for BTC China, the largest Bitcoin exchange. By voting “No” on Bitcoin, China fueled greater market skepticism. Markets have already responded by lopping off, at the low, $6 billion in Bitcoin investment value.

      This is what bothers me. This guy says that the problem is Bitcoin itself, but the actual collapse occurred because China cut the legs out from under the currency.

      Obviously the primary problem with Bitcoin is that countries have the ability to do tons of damage by outlawing Bitcoin exchanges. But that’s not the fault of Bitcoin itself, it’s the fault of nations like China purposefully attacking its viability.

      1. Bitcoin is flawed! The government banned it!

      2. Every day that Bitcoin lasts impresses me more. A lot of people, obviously, desire a non-governmental currency with which they may do their business.

  4. Ho, ho, ho!

    What Christmas Would Be Like If Men And Women Switch Their Roles

  5. Jim Bell of Assissination Politics fame,

    .. had conducted sousveillance against Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, using public databases and legally obtained CD-ROMs,[37] “to let them know that surveillance can be done in both directions.”[35] Over a six-month period, Bell also compiled evidence of what he alleged was illegal surveillance of him by a government agency.[35] In the days leading up to his arrest, he claimed that the agency had unlawfully installed a covert listening device in his home and a tracking device in his car,[35] something the ATF admitted doing during the subsequent trial.[37] The ATF stated that it had planted a covert GPS system in Bell’s car and that it had tracked the movements of his Nissan Maxima in real time.[37]

    They didn’t that one bit as you can imagine.

    1. He also had conducted sousveillance on the IRS, FBI, and police. After all, tit-for-tat, no?

    2. This is bullshit. Jugeared Shitweasel assured me friday that there has been no govt misconduct or inappropriate use of surveillance and thus no scandals.

  6. OK, Swedish foolishness:
    “Swedish Christmas goat engulfed in flames – again”
    […]
    “Since 1966, when the tradition of erecting the giant straw goat in the town square was introduced, Vandals have burnt it down 27 times.”

    Someone is *not* getting the memo!
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/wor…..084239.php

    1. With a Festivus pole you don’t have these problems.

  7. The Feds clearly have WAY too much spare time on their hands.

    http://www.Anon-True.tk

  8. From 2008 through 2011 George W. Bush was still in complete control of every bad thing coming down the pipe. If you’re having doubts, just ask Barack H. Obama. He’ll set you straight.

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  10. 2009 to 2011, the FBI opened over 82,000 ‘assessments’ of individuals

  11. ACLU offers the following

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