Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism

from the Washington Post

A while back, we noted a report showing that the “sneak-and-peek” provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations has overwhelmingly been used in narcotics cases. Now the New York Times reports that National Security Agency data will be shared with other intelligence agencies like the FBI without first applying any screens for privacy. The ACLU of Massachusetts blog Privacy SOS explains why this is important:

What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages. FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security” related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other “selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we don’t have to guess who’s going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally. It’ll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra “special” attention.

This basically formalizes what was already happening under the radar. We’ve known for a couple of years now that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the IRS were getting information from the NSA. Because that information was obtained without a warrant, the agencies were instructed to engage in “parallel construction” when explaining to courts and defense attorneys how the information had been obtained. If you think parallel construction just sounds like a bureaucratically sterilized way of saying big stinking lie, well, you wouldn’t be alone. And it certainly isn’t the only time that that national security apparatus has let law enforcement agencies benefit from policies that are supposed to be reserved for terrorism investigations in order to get around the Fourth Amendment, then instructed those law enforcement agencies to misdirect, fudge and outright lie about how they obtained incriminating information — see the Stingray debacle. This isn’t just a few rogue agents. The lying has been a matter of policy. We’re now learning that the feds had these agreements with police agencies all over the country, affecting thousands of cases.

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    • [edit: this is “fer realz” again, the paid troll who’s been assigned my website for a while now. I checked the IP address once I noticed the similar tone and vocabulary. He’s been banned in many various incarnations and I erase his comments when he returns]

      • Oh I’m sure there are reports that he “stalked” them, raped their dogs and killed Kennedy by this point, but the reality is, he was filing reports on his investigative journalism and one of the fathers, who’s now made a career out of the death of his son, took exception to his use of a PUBLIC photo of his son and told him to take it off his website because he “owned the rights” to his son’s image. Well, clearly, at that point, once he turned his son into a commodity, Tracy then did what anyone else would have, he replied to the communication by saying, “OKay. Prove you have claim to his image” and that was it. That’s not “stalking”

        “Dr Tracy was issued a DMCA copyright complaint against an image of Noah Pozner that was used on his blog. It was the same image that had been used repeatedly by major news networks throughout the world after Sandy Hook and then again after a school shooting in PAKISTAN !

        Dr Tracy then agreed, as a courtesy, to remove the image, but also filed a counterclaim asking for proof of copyright ownership, proof that he is indeed the father (remember- “Lenny” is an alias ! His real name is still a mystery. He goes by Lenny, Leonard, Eliezer, Len P Osner, and he told me that his given name is Leonid!) and a dated, time stamped copy of the original image.” Tony Mead

        In fact, if anyone was “stalking” anyone, it was Lenny Pozner and his “HONR Network.” if you don’t know what that is, it’s a troll website that is dedicated to harassing anyone who raises questions about what happened at Sandy Hook and any other staged event that takes place in the American Gladio campaign. He’s the troll and the stalker, not Tracy.

        “Over the past 3 years, I have been continually stalked and harassed by this relentless, calculating, heartless group who seem to work round the clock, dedicating their lives to “debunking” any inconsistencies that we find and defending the idea that the Sandy Hook Massacre was a genuine tragedy.

        In addition, my friends and family have been contacted by these people in an attempt to distract and deter me from this investigation.

        I am not alone and I have countless stories from others like me who have been stalked online. Many have left after being “shamed” and judged by their peers. Most of us have endured and persist in our quest for justice.” Tony Mead

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