More spying on Americans

President George W. Bush has ordered stepped-up monitoring of federal computer networks, including government Internet sites, because of stepped up attacks by hackers.

But Bush’s secret directive also allows the government to snoop more into private Internet sites as well as data networks that contain information on millions of American citizens.

Bush’s executive order, signed earlier this month, is not published for public viewing but sources within the national intelligence community tell Capitol Hill Blue that the order allows snooping into private data networks in Internet sites “in matters involving national security.”

According to sources, the system uses the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s “Terrorist Information Network,” a vast computer database that collects information, in real time, on millions of Americans’ financial transactions, travel habits and purchases.

TIA ties into the private networks of banks, airlines, credit card companies and travel services to monitor the actions of ordinary Americans.

The practice is called “data mining,” the use of private information to monitor trends that may fit a pre-determined profile of what the government considers “suspicious” activity.

The system is not monitored by Congress nor it any court order required for it to link into private computers and obtain personal information on Americans.

TIA was originally called the “Total Information Awareness” program but the name was changed to try and obscure the fact that the system was gathering information on ordinary Americas.

This prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to get involved. Jay Stanley, Communications Director for the ACLU, told Congress:

What we have here is a pattern of obfuscatory conduct highly suggestive of a government agency trying desperately to make a frightening program palatable enough for the American people to swallow.

Congress voted to stop funding the project but Bush simply moved TIA into the Pentagon’s “black bag” program where federal funds can be spent without Congressional approval or oversight.

“Congress may think they killed TIA but it is alive and well and gathering information daily on Americans,” says a former analyst for the National Security Agency. “It listens to your phone calls, monitors your bank accounts, knows when and where your travel and even what you type into your computer. The loss of privacy is no longer question in this country. We lost our privacy when TIA became operational.”

10 Responses to "More spying on Americans"

  1. Sandra Price  January 26, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Where was the outrage when TIA was the subject of the day? We cannot win freedom as long as Bush/Cheney are still in power.

    I’ve been working against this federal government data base from day one. National ID cards were not legal prior to Bush’s 2000 election. After 9/11 he broke all the privacy laws including trying to get Roe vs Wade out of the law. He did not win that battle as the Supreme Court rule on the privacy issue. Where are the Justices on this privacy issue?

    I doubt that even Saddam had this much control over his people and Bush is not finished yet. I wonder what he has on that ball-less congress that keeps them from impeaching the tyrant?

    How will we possibly survive this man another year?

    I tend to be a peaceful person but it seems to me that Bush is asking for states to opt out of the Federal government. America cannot survive under this terrible liar.

  2. Jenifer D.  January 26, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    It’s Called ‘Coercion’

    Come on Sandy, say it with me: “Co-er-cion”, it’s illegal as hell, but, imagine some pet projects these spineless electeds may have whose fruition depends on shrub’s signature. It could be worse, what if shrub and company had ‘information’ on everyone of these electeds that could cost them their job? Pictures are worth a thousand words, or 20 years in prison. Shrub’s silence for their complicity in destroying this great country of ours. Use your imagination lady. Anything is possible.

  3. pollchecker  January 26, 2008 at 11:12 am

    THIS IS WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “The system is not monitored by Congress nor it any court order required for it to link into private computers and obtain personal information on Americans.”

    THIS IS EVEN WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    “Congress voted to stop funding the project but Bush simply moved TIA into the Pentagon’s “black bag” program where federal funds can be spent without Congressional approval or oversight.”

    THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS NO LONGER APPLY IN THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!

    “”Congress may think they killed TIA but it is alive and well and gathering information daily on Americans,” says a former analyst for the National Security Agency. “It listens to your phone calls, monitors your bank accounts, knows when and where your travel and even what you type into your computer. The loss of privacy is no longer question in this country. We lost our privacy when TIA became operational.””

    IF BOTH PARTIES IN CONGRESS CANNOT COME TOGETHER TO STOP THIS, THEN IT IS TIME TO REPLACE ALL OF CONGRESS!

    PERHAPS WE SHOULD START A MOVEMENT TO REPLACE CONGRESS….ALL OF THEM! EVERY LAST ONE!

    I’VE GOT $100 THAT SAYS THAT WOULD GET THEIR ATTENTION!

  4. Sandra Price  January 26, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    As I have said in the past THROW THE BASTARDS OUT!!!

  5. griff  January 26, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Does anyone really think that these “terrorists” would use telephones or e-mail to plan the next attack? Come on, people.

    Just further proof that the “War on Terror” is indeed a “War on America”.

  6. acf  January 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    It’s almost as if the country has said ‘we’ll put up with anything he does for the next year, no matter what’, then hope to turn it around with the next president’. The only problem is that we don’t have overwhelming majorities in Congress to do that. There is a large enough minority to throw a monkey wrench into that thought, witness the past year. Me, I want him and his Veep impeached, now, and chased by the legal system in January. Make the rest of their sorry lives a living hell.

  7. Bwana  January 26, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    They will just slither off to their compound in Paraguy where they can’t be touched. They bought that government to give them immunity from internatioanl crimes. They’ve stolen a trillion dollars out of the Mid East and can hire Blackwater to protect them.

  8. history guy  January 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Just to add insult to injury, the Democratic led Senate is
    supporting Bush’s bill to increase his ability to spy.
    Take a moment to read and weep.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/opinion/26sat1.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
    Then start throwing all the bums out.

  9. Sandra Price  January 26, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Even if we throw the bastards out there are many who will be elected. Even if we put in a Democrat in the White House, they will continue to grow data base activities and use them against us. It is power over freedoms and we are not protected by anyone in D.C. The voters allowed the government to grow out of control and then they elected a lying Christian leader who has broken all the laws that we were told were to protect us from the government. Bush broke down the constitution and only one man has promised to bring it back but most of you think he is a wacko.

  10. pollchecker  January 27, 2008 at 10:23 am

    ” because of stepped up attacks by hackers.”

    I would think this would be just another challenge to hackers! After all, the really good ones love beating BIG BROTHER!

    And a computer that has everything you ever wanted to know about everyone….that’s a thief’s paradise.

    So something has to be done, if for no other reason that NOBODY’S IDENTITY is safe now.

    “Congress voted to stop funding the project but Bush simply moved TIA into the Pentagon’s “black bag” program where federal funds can be spent without Congressional approval or oversight.”

    The movie, “Charlie Wilson’s War” showed us how this works. So technically it is not true that the is no Congressional oversight.

    The Pentagon’s budget still has to be approved in both Committee and then again on the floor. So what we need to do is target the Congressmen and Senators who currently serve on this committee.

    Remember, this is an election year. EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE IS UP FOR REELECTION!

    I’m sure some of you out there can help me out with more information about which committee this is and who are its members?

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