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In a rare admission that has gone almost completely unreported, the Director of National Intelligence has admitted that the National Security Agency violated the US constitution and abused its power by spying on American citizens and monitoring their communications.

The admission was made in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, released late on Friday, seemingly in an attempt to bury the story and avoid a media frenzy. Spencer Ackerman at Wired reports:

The head of the U.S. government’s vast spying apparatus has conceded that recent surveillance efforts on at least one occasion violated the Constitutional prohibitions on unlawful search and seizure.

The admission comes in a letter from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassifying statements that a top U.S. Senator wished to make public in order to call attention to the government’s 2008 expansion of its key surveillance law.

The letter, embedded below, contains two key admissions, described by Wyden:

It is also true that on at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to the Section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.

I believe that the government’s implementation of Section 702 of FISA has sometimes circumvented the spirit of the law, and on at least one occasion the FISA Court has reached this same conclusion.

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Ackerman notes that “Minimization” refers to how long the government may retain the surveillance data it collects.

Following the publication of the letter, Wyden released a statement saying “I applaud the DNI for agreeing that transparency should prevail in this situation… I believe that protections for Americans’ privacy need to be strengthened, and I believe that the FISA Court’s rulings help illustrate why this is necessary. I look forward to debating this issue on the Senate floor.”

Following the admission, the Electronic Privacy Information Center reports:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would established new safeguards for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act. The Act provides for court approval of ‘programs of surveillance’ that allow for the collection of communications of US citizens. The bill, sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), would renew the Act but also establish new reporting requirements to improve government accountability.

Last month The DNI refused to provide details on the NSA’s clandestine domestic spying program, suggesting that to do so would violate the privacy of Americans.

Senators Wyden and Senator Mark Udall of the intelligence oversight committee had repeatedly asked the NSA to divulge how many innocent Americans have had their communications monitored under the expanded Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, counterterrorism powers put into place four years ago.

Kinda like this by Terence P. Jeffrey:

Since Jan. 1 of this year, according to congressional testimony presented Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized 106 federal, state and local government “entities” to fly “unmanned aircraft systems,” also known as drones, within U.S. airspace.

“We are now on the edge of a new horizon: using unmanned aerial systems within the homeland,” House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Michael McCaul (R.-Texas) said as he introduced the testimony.

“Currently,” said McCaul, “there are about 200 active Certificates of Authorization issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to over 100 different entities, such as law enforcement departments and academic institutions, to fly drones domestically.”

Read article & see video: At his panel’s Thursday hearing, McCaul showed a map of the United States with markers indicating the locations where–as of April–government entities had been approved by the FAA to fly drones.

By Steve Watson Released letter late Friday to avoid media scrutiny

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Lawmakers reignited the debate about whether stricter gun-control laws would have prevented the movie theater massacre that left a dozen people dead. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was not about to be baited by George Stephanopoulos on “This Week”. George suggested Colorado should revisit its gun laws. Begins @ 5:25:

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Shooting suspect James Holmes would have found a way to create “horror” even if he hadn’t been able to acquire guns.“This wasn’t a Colorado problem. This is a human problem,” said Mr. Hickenlooper, a Democrat. “Even if he didn’t have access to guns, this guy was diabolical, he would have found explosives, he would have found something else, some kind of poisonous gas. He would have done something to create this horror.”
- Gov. John Hickenlooper

See the difference between a democrat and a liberal?

“Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that the country needs to have a “sane” debate about banning military-style assault weapons.

One of Washington’s strongest advocates for gun control, the California Democrat led the effort to ban assault weapons in 1993. She tried to extend the ban for another 10 years when it expired in 2004, but the measure failed in Congress.

“This is a powerful weapon. It had a 100-round drum,” Mrs. Feinstein said. “This is a man who planned, who went in, and his purpose was to kill as many people as he could in a sold-out theater. We’ve got to really sit down and come to grips with what is sold to the average citizen in America.”

Watch this debate with Sen. Ron Johnson.


Johnson defends gun rights, calls alleged shooter ‘sick, demented, evil’

On July 27 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, acting on behalf of the United States of America is expected to sign an international treaty through the auspices of the United Nations that is known as the Arms Trade Treaty, which will be represented by the Obama Administration as being a way to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and criminals and would have no effect on private gun ownership in America.

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Her sneaky plan to get it implemented without a vote of the Senate (I wondered why O would sign the UN treaty knowing senate won’t ratify it) it’s scary!

Colorado Congressman: Congress cannot avoid gun control issue July 22, 2012

Aurora Congressman Ed Perlmutter said Congress cannot avoid talking about gun control when it gets back into session, in light of the mass shooting that took place in his Colorado district on Friday, and further said that the assault weapons ban should be reinstated.

StillFree said: On July 22, 2012

It’s curious that Obama, Hillary Clinton and the other traitorous Liberals in our government have been pushing for years to sell out our 2nd Amendment rights to the UN and take away our guns. The vote is before Congress now and you have this unemployed crazy man shooting 70 people wearing $20,000 worth of gear and thousands more at this apartment. I would not put it past the Liberals to arrange this event to get their treaty signed and take away our guns. I truly believe that Obama is as bad as Hitler given the chance. Fast & Furious was Obama and Holders attempt to put automatic weapons in the hands of drug smugglers. People forget that, when the border patrol agent was killed, Obama was on TV accusing our country of not controlling our guns and we need more controls.

The founders didn’t create the second amendment so Americans could hunt. They created the 2nd Amendment so that we can defend ourselves against an out of control government.

* Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) told reporters on Friday that organizations like the NRA, of which I belong to, and other opponents of gun control have a simple way of dealing with tragedies like the one that took place early Friday morning.

Lawmaker Says Her Colleagues ‘Don’t Have The Spine’ For Gun Control Legislation

These two links are from Think Progress leftist website:

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Expired Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Covered Rifle Used In Colorado Shooting

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WORK WITH THE (( NRA )) TO FIRE THIS – IDIOT – LAUTENBERGGun Control Legislation: @FrankLautenberg Readies Bill In Wake Of Aurora Shooting

McCarthy and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) have worked closely together on a bill that would tighten restrictions on gun shows, where firearms can be easily bought by people with criminal records in some states.

“Soothing words are nice,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a radio interview, “but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country.”

Last year, Lautenberg introduced legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. He also has authored other gun-related bills including one that would close so-called loopholes on background checks for buyers at gun shows.

“Let’s stop wasting time and start saving lives,” Lautenberg, D-N.J. said on his Twitter account. “Congress must prioritize a ban on high-capacity gun magazines.”

“We don’t want sympathy. We want action,” Dan Gross, president of the Brady campaign said Friday as Obama and Romney mourned the dead.

* In terms of electoral politics, Harry Wilson, a Roanoke College professor and author of a book on gun politics, said violent crime has been declining in recent years and, “It becomes increasingly difficult to make the argument that we need stricter gun control laws.” Additionally, he said in some regions, gun control “can be a winning issue for Democrats. But nationally, it’s a loser … and they have figured that out.” Attempts to emphasize the issue will “really motivate the opposition. And in a political campaign, nobody wants to do that,” he said.

Four years later, Obama won the White House despite strong opposition from the NRA.

As a senator from Illinois and state lawmaker before that, he was a strong supporter of gun control.

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In closing no one has said it better on the liberals attempts at our Second Amendment rights like Ron Paul…

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) argued correctly via his spokesman Jesse Benton:

“Sadly, there are always bad actors who try to cynically exploit crises to advance their agenda, much like the statist elements who used the vicious attacks on 9/11 to ram through the USA PATRIOT Act and erode our Fourth Amendment protections.”

The only way to prevent or stop a shooting like this is to remove the restrictions on law abiding citizens to carry their weapons wherever they go to protect themselves and others.

Reference:

* 1/17/2011 William J. Federer: ‘Stalin used crisis to silence political opponents’ Never let a shooting go to waste

* Democrats: Never Let A Shooting Crisis Go To Waste

* Outrage ensued online, mostly because the gun would have been a lot harder to purchase under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004.

* Gun Control Only Makes Law-Abiding People Defenseless

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