09.20.2019

Spygate was an act of war and if its perpetrators are not held accountable, it will happen again

By Robert Romano Spygate was an act of war. Russia hacked the DNC and John Podesta and had the emails published on Wikileaks. That surely was viewed by the Obama administration as an act of war and it responded in kind. It was called a digital Pearl […]

05.21.2019

By calling for Trump impeachment for firing Comey, Amash is condoning the FISA spying abuse that led to the firing

By Robert Romano U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on May 18 called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in a Twitter thread , accusing him of committing obstruction of justice and “conduct that violates the public trust,” citing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as justification. Nowhere in the Twitter […]

04.12.2019

The only reason we know about mass surveillance by the government is because of classified leaks

By Robert Romano When you get right down to it, the only reason the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was ever adopted in 1978 in the first place was after disclosures by reporter Seymour Hersh in the New York Times on Dec. 22, 1974 of a highly […]

07.10.2014

Amash amendment still needed to stop NSA collection of U.S. communications

By Robert Romano When it was thought that the National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance program only included the metadata of U.S. personal phone calls without suspicion — that is, who called who, at what time, and the locations — the program barely survived a 205 to 217 vote to defund it in an amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) last July in the House of Representatives. […]

07.09.2014

Wash. Post reports content of U.S. communications ‘stored intact in NSA databases’

By Robert Romano When Edward Snowden provided the Washington Post and the Guardian unprecedented access to documents detailing National Security Agency (NSA) global surveillance operations, the one everyone focused on was the secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders to furnish the phone records of every person in the country . Back then, the government’s line was that it was just the metadata of the records, […]

01.17.2014

Obama shutting down NSA database? Not really

By Robert Romano “President Obama, responding to a clamorous debate over the government’s broad surveillance practices, announced on Friday that he will require intelligence agencies to obtain permission from a secret court before tapping into a vast storehouse of telephone data.” That was the New York Times reporting on Barack Obama’s January 17 address outlining supposed changes being made to […]

07.25.2013

House Leaders Block Effort to Defund NSA Surveillance Program: Tell Your Congressman What You Think

House leaders narrowly voted down an amendment by Justin Amash to defund the NSA surveillance program.  A bipartisan coalition arose to fight the unconstitutional surveillance.  ( You can watch the full debate on the amendment here. ) With only a 7 vote swing, the amendment would have passed.  Let your representative know what you think […]

07.25.2013

Amash loses battle but could still win the war on domestic surveillance

By Robert Romano The National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) domestic surveillance program suffered a near-death experience on the floor of the House of Representatives July 24. Although an amendment to the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) was narrowly defeated 205 to 217 in a truly bipartisan vote , the fact it even came up for a vote was a victory. The amendment […]

07.24.2013

NSA domestic surveillance program faces up or down vote in House

By Robert Romano The National Security Agency’s (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) domestic surveillance program will face its first up-or-down vote in the House of Representatives today. An amendment offered by Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash to the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act would defund any surveillance to collect communications data “if such things do not pertain to a person who is the subject of an investigation.” Under current law in Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the FBI and NSA […]

07.11.2013

Did the NSA Chief lie about the agency’s ability to spy on Americans

By Albert Maslar Recently, Bill O’Reilly on his TV program showed part of a Congressional interrogation of Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) General Keith Alexander, who was asked if the government has the ability to tap into phone calls, and e-mails. Alexander told […]

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