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Internal spying articles this week....

Discussion in 'News' started by KING BLING, Apr 29, 2005.


    KING BLING Guest

    Wiretaps in U.S. jump 19 percent in 2004
    No request was turned by judges, records show
    Thursday, April 28, 2005 Posted: 11:55 AM EDT (1555 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of secret court-authorized wiretaps across the country surged by 19 percent last year, according to court records which also showed that not a single application was denied.

    State and federal judges approved 1,710 applications for wiretaps of wire, oral or electronic communications last year, and four states -- New York, California, New Jersey and Florida -- accounted for three out of every four surveillance orders, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

    That agency is required to collect the figures and report them to Congress.

    The numbers, released Thursday, do not include court orders for terror-related investigations under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which reached a record 1,754 warrants last year, according to the Justice Department.

    In non-terrorist criminal investigations, federally-approved wiretaps increased 26 percent in a year, to 730 applications, while state judges approved 930 wiretaps, an increase of 13 percent.

    Officials said most of the applications, some 1,308, were for drug investigations, while racketeering or gambling wiretaps accounted for a combined 128 wiretaps around the country.

    Homicides and assaults produced 48 wiretap orders.

    Most of the wiretap applications, some 1,507 wiretaps, targeted portable devices, such as cell phones and pagers.

    By the end of the year, the surveillance had generated 4,506 arrests and 634 convictions based on wiretap evidence.

    Federal and state judges are required to file a written report about each application within 30 days of the expiration of the court order.

    KING BLING Guest

    Spying: Giving Out U.S. Names
    NewsweekMay 2 issue - The National Security Agency is not supposed to target Americans; when a U.S. citizen's name comes up in an NSA "intercept," the agency routinely minimizes dissemination of the info by masking the name before it distributes the report to other U.S. agencies. But it's now clear the agency disseminates thousands of U.S. names. U.N. ambassador nominee John Bolton told a Senate confirmation hearing he had requested that U.S. names be unmasked from NSA intercepts on a handful of occasions; the State Department said he had made 10 such requests since 2001, and that the department as a whole had made 400 similar requests over the same period. But evidence is emerging that NSA regularly supplies uncensored intercepts, including named Americans, to other agencies far more often than even many top intel officials knew.

    According to information obtained by NEWSWEEK, since January 2004 NSA received—and fulfilled—between 3,000 and 3, 500 requests from other agencies to supply the names of U.S. citizens and officials (and citizens of other countries that help NSA eavesdrop around the world, including Britain, Canada and Australia) that initially were deleted from raw intercept reports. Sources say the number of names disclosed by NSA to other agencies during this period is more than 10,000. About one third of such disclosures were made to officials at the policymaking level; most of the rest were disclosed to other intel agencies and, perhaps surprisingly, only a small proportion to law-enforcement agencies. Civil libertarians expressed dismay at the numbers. An official familiar with NSA procedures insisted the agency maintains careful logs of all requests for U.S. names and doles out such info only after agency officials are satisfied "that the requester needs the information [and that it's] necessary to understand the foreign intelligence or assess its importance."

    —Mark Hosenball
  3. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

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    king bling: this is a great idea for a thread. combine all of the newsworthy stuff that comes from the 'patriot act' in one thread.

    the articles were very interesting.

    KING BLING Guest

    Thanks and I agree, just like my media thread, it would be cool to amass a number of articles which get into something more than just a single "HYPE" article which is a flash in the pan issue...unfortunately these threads leave little for opinions and demand reading thus they fail...or maybe propagada and government spying are played out...

    I'll post as I

    KING BLING Guest

    Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 by Florida Today
    Spying on Citizens
    Brevard Law Enforcement Surveillance Chills the Precious Right to Speak Out


    The American tradition of free speech is under attack across the country, as law enforcement agencies -- under the guise of the war on terror -- intimidate ordinary citizens into silence.

    The videotaping by Melbourne police of 36 demonstrators outside City Hall protesting President Bush's inauguration is just one more in a series of such intolerable incidents nationwide.

    Similar surveillance has been reported in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and in small and large cities across America -- and it must end.

    "I can't believe this is happening in our country," said Rebecca Boettcher, one of the Melbourne protesters and the mother of a former Marine who served in Iraq.

    The rest of the article...
  6. IzacFour

    IzacFour New Jack

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    This is why mp3's are so feared.
  7. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    if you have and use peerguardian (www.methlabs.org) you will see that while using any p2p you will be scanned by numerous govt. agencies. so far this month the dept of defense, naval intelligence, and several other agencies have attempted to scan my computer. it's not only me, i can assure you. just watch who scans these things. it's not only the riaa and mpaa...very odd in deed. i'd like to know why they do this. is it just random port scans by these agencies? are they targetting p2p? why don't they seem to scan when i'm not ona p2p network?

    i'm not dumb about computing or the internet by any means, but this does perplex me....if anyone can be of any insight, please...
  8. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    i just downloaded that program, some weird things came up on the list, including "USAF"

    *any idea how the creators of the program figure out what IPs to block, and exactly what organization is associated with which IP?
  9. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

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  10. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

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    i'm sure that they go to website adn also lookup ip's via whois or whatever.
    i have done whois searches on ip's that have scanned me and have been directed to websites which i don't think many people are supposed to know exist...i was promptly informed that my ip was being tracked. i left that site asap.
  11. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    interesting, did you think about using a proxy

    peerguardian is showing lots of IPs with the names of universities, i have no idea what that's all about, do they "scan" random IPs or what
  12. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5

    well, assuming you're using it while using shareaza or some other p2p program, they are scanning the ip ranges of the university network and all who are downloading from those ip ranges...as for a proxy server, i was using one when i visited that govt site, and yet it was still able to tell me my ip address. i don't think it was one of those tricks (like the ones that show you all your hard drive contents...that just reroutes your info back to you, they aren't able to see your info non locally) i think it was for real...govt tech is hardcore...