sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, May 10, 2015

215

I am a simple old soul, but I have a few questions and maybe you can help me answer them after you've called your mothers and wished them a happy day. Hopefully flowers and perfume arrived with the card that you sent, or you will see them in person, and offer them a kiss and your love. 

Love You Mom



Section 215 of the Patriot Act authorizes the National Security Agency to store records that it collects from your communications without oversight. 
The 215 program allows the NSA to collect so-called "metadata" on phone calls -- including the number called and the date and time of the call -- then stores it in a database that it queries using phone numbers associated with terrorists overseas. Officials say they don't use the information for any other purpose, and that the legal powers that enable the program are essential to the hunt for terrorists. Opponents say the seizure and search of telephone company records violates Americans' expectations of privacy under the Fourth Amendment. 
Irrespective of how you feel about the Patriot Act and Section 215, the US ALLOWS dangerous Islamists to live, plot and thrive within the United States.  Why do we do that?

Lawmakers, civil liberties advocates and transparency groups have debated the 215 program intensely since it was revealed in a series of media reports in mid-2013 prompted by statements made by the now infamous Edward Snowden. They have not explained to my satisfaction what extreme measures we are taking to keep malicious Islamists from setting foot on American soil or expelling them from the country if they're here. Why is that?

Every time there is an incident from the Boston Marathon bombing and the World Trade Center attack on September 11 to the more recent attack on people participating in an art contest in Garland, Texas, US alphabet agencies advise that they were aware of the plotters. In some cases they are US Citizens and there is a different protocol, but in most cases they have not been. Why were they allowed to be here? Who let them in? And why is whoever let them in still working for the government?

And if we (the alphabet agency "we") knew they were here, why couldn't we obtain search warrants or grand jury subpoenas for those records - without sweeping every American's private records into the NSA's vaults?

If I am charged with a crime and if those records, stored by the NSA would exonerate me of guilt, can I subpoena them to aid in my defense?  (hahahaha - if your answer is 'yes', I want to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument along with some swamp land and a chinchilla farm)
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's early 2013 testimony created a congressional controversy after the Snowden revelations showed the NSA was gathering data on Americans.  
At the hearing, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden asked Clapper whether the NSA "collects any type of data at all" on millions of Americans.  
Clapper told Wyden: "No sir, it does not." Asked for clarification, he said "not wittingly."
Clapper later apologized, sending a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee admitting his answer was "clearly erroneous." He said that he "simply didn't think" of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, and was thinking of a different provision of a different law.  
Robert Litt, the DNI's general counsel, revealed the major memory lapse during a panel discussion Friday hosted by the Advisory Committee on Transparency
Did DNI Clapper suffer any censure for lying under oath? Did Attorney General Eric Holder (regarding Operation Fast and Furious)? Smaller players in government would have been stripped of their jobs, pensions and would have been successfully prosecuted for these "slips".

Should Section 215 be renewed at the end of May as the law requires in order for it to remain in full force and effect?

Or should we round up America's enemies and send them back to the lands they came from? (and send Obama's shiftless relatives from Kenya back too)