Pentagon Reveals Hundreds Of Cases Of Unlawful Surveillance In Intelligence Efforts

from the spies-like-us dept

We keep hearing about more and more revelations of unlawful spying on Americans, often with the President's explicit approval. It's really quite impressive (if not surprising) how often the regular oversight process for surveillance appears to be ignored or abused. The latest, brought to us, once again, by the tireless efforts of the EFF, is to reveal hundreds of reports from the Defense Department concerning surveillance efforts that the Inspector General has "reason to believe are unlawful."

What's really amazing here is that the US does have clear processes for surveillance and wiretapping efforts. But it seems like these processes are regularly ignored. So it makes you ask why? The most likely reason is that those involved know that these attempts wouldn't be approved. For a country that supposedly believes in due process and civil rights, it seems like we have a long, long way to go.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 7:12pm

    "So it makes you ask why?"

    Because the TERRRISTS are going to attack us with NUKULAR bombs.

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 7:52pm

    Because TERRORcakes are going to attack us with nuklehead bombs

    there fixed that for you

     

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    someone who doesn't actually know what he's talkin, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 8:39pm

    John Yoo is not a war criminal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 9:09pm

    Despite all this illegal (and legal) surveillance, the government is still almost worse than useless in terms of actually doing something to protect us (ie: the passengers end up saving the day and the spokesperson for the department of homeland security considers this a systematic success).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 10:42pm

    "For a country that supposedly believes in due process and civil rights, it seems like we have a long, long way to go."

    It's true we have a long ways to go for a lot of things (not just this), but you must admit, we have gone a long ways. In the next couple hundred years or so social progress will be more evident.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 26th, 2010 @ 1:25am

    It is a program of fear mongering the people of the world. The motivation for this program is to get us to give away all or fredom to the .gov corporates. "We need them to protect us" The danger comes from our own .governments who spin the information to look like it comes from teroist organisations. They also enable the civilian criminals to have free rain to do as they please.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 26th, 2010 @ 11:52am

    What we need is Blackwater to protect us.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 26th, 2010 @ 12:28pm

    Re:

    Cheney/Cheney 2012!

    Note that both Cheneys will just be Cheney himself, not his daughter.

     

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