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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Op/Ed: US Government phone and internet 'Data-Mining' Techniques without direct 'reasonable suspicion' is overreach by Pres. Obama's administration

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"Data Mining" techniques of business and consumers telecommunications devices unfortunately does not stop at phones, Verizon Communications or for that instance the internet. Yes, you read this statement correctly. The internet, where at this point and time we are crafting the following post on our media blog is also being tracked by our US Government.

As discussed on Independent Underground Radio LIVE  June 6, 2013 program, the National Security Administration (NSA) under the authority of President Barack Obama, continued "data-mining" of millions of Americans phone records is just plain wrong.

Far-left liberals will decry, "well former President George W. Bush (R) administration did it, along with the highly controversial "Patriot Act" which was signed into law by his pen". Despite former President Bush actions, "data-mining" techniques of Americans with no intent to harm citizenry of the United States, did not have to continue under now President Barack Obama's administration.

Now, we learn from the Washington Post that up to nine internet communication companies servers have been "tapped" for data-mining services. The servers transfer each and every email, Skype conversation, instant message, Google or Bing Search, Facebook Post and more taking place on the internet.

Unless Americans don't communicate by phone or on the World Wide Web, the chances your personal data has been "tapped" by the U.S. Government more than once, is a fairly strong possibly.

"The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time. 
The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has not been disclosed publicly before. Its establishment in 2007 and six years of exponential growth took place beneath the surface of a roiling debate over the boundaries of surveillance and privacy. Even late last year, when critics of the foreign intelligence statute argued for changes, the only members of Congress who knew about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues. 
An internal presentation on the Silicon Valley operation, intended for senior analysts in the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, described the new tool as the most prolific contributor to the President’s Daily Brief, which cited PRISM data in 1,477 articles last year. According to the briefing slides, obtained by The Washington Post, “NSA reporting increasingly relies on PRISM” as its leading source of raw material, accounting for nearly 1 in 7 intelligence reports.
Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.' 
All of this leave a not-so-comfortable feeling among common-sense Americans regardless of Political Party Loyalty.

The government has no real need to collect massive amount of telecommunications and/or internet data without a clear "reasonable suspicion" the information could reveal terrorist plots against citizens of the United States. Each and every American is not a terrorist. For the Government to believe otherwise, is disappointing at best and insulting at worse.

Independent Underground News & Talk will continue to follow the U.S. Government "Data-Mining" stories and information in the days and months ahead.

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