FORUM: Freedom on the rocks: Tyranny versus terrorism

2013-06-15T06:00:00Z FORUM: Freedom on the rocks: Tyranny versus terrorismSam Kephart Writes from Spearfish. He may be reached at sam2sam@aol.com. Rapid City Journal

I called out this domestic eavesdropping abuse in an Oct. 30, 2010, Journal Forum op-ed:

“For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS ‘tagging’ of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through ‘data fusion centers.’” (Google that, it’s an eyeopener.)

Where was the hue and cry or outrage?

“I told you so” isn’t seemly, but it can be instructive. My warning then was accurate, my claims now confirmed by the NSA, and my conclusion vindicated.

However, we’re still not being told the full truth.

Our phone calls, GPS locations, emails, audios, videos, photographs, Google searches, Facebook postings, and domestic drone surveillance data are all being recorded for key words and patterns and then electronically “fused” (merged and collated) with a master data file that includes our banking records, credit card charges, travel records, store purchases, etc.

Still evolving technically, the secret national security goal is to build, over time, a detailed mathematical 3-D model of every citizen’s psychographic patterns for behavior analysis and prediction purposes (seriously “Big Brother” -- go rent the sci-fi film “Minority Report”).

How do I know this? Simple, two Israeli firms with deep Mossad connections, Narus (now wholly-owned by Boeing) and Verint, drop-dead technical experts in behavior prediction modeling, are closely working with the NSA, DHS, etc. Narus’ corporate website home page clearly touts its advanced analytics as “Fusing together hundreds of data dimensions for deep, focused insight and control.”

As former Booz Allen Hamilton NSA technical consultant, now fugitive whistleblower, Edward Snowden recently said, “they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them.”

The NSA is just now commissioning a massive $2 billion data fusion center in Bluffdale, Utah, where avatars (images used to represent each of us in their virtual world) will soon reside, subject to on-demand, retroactive digital strip searches of every aspect of our lives ... all without our knowledge or permission.

Worse, we’re already being digitally censored; when I tried to share the already released Anonymous web links to Snowden’s recently-revealed NSA documents proving we’re all being bugged, Facebook blocked my post.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Our rights trashed, Americans’ freedoms on rocks, the federal government insists all its snooping actions are legal under the Patriot Act, FISA, the NDAA and their extensions.

We’re given a choice of false alternatives: either submit to electronic tyranny ... or risk more terror attacks. Hint: The hidden agenda is control.

The dollar bill in our pocket or purse carries our nation’s symbolic “all-seeing eye” on its reverse side; how ironic it’s now been replaced by the NSA’s real “all-seeing eye” attached to our lifestyles and smart phones.

Political philosopher Montesquieu said: "There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."

The scandals now in Washington make it clear power is being abused for political purposes. Who’s watching the watchers? Wake up, America!

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  1. ProsecuteMolestors
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    ProsecuteMolestors - June 26, 2013 1:45 pm
    At least both criminals Obama & Bush&Congress were alerted that they were being wiretapped, US citizens were not even aware of it til Snowden informed them. Our dignities were being violated, Obama & Bush were able to take precautions to gaurd themselves having been alerted. If it was just wiretapping, but how about the virtual surveillance with the CellPhoneCameras, TVMonitorCameras, LaptopMonitorCameras and CellPhonebugs? All intimacy and privacy is a free show for all, just because they have the technology available. To control as tyrants. Since hey if it had anything to do with terroism, well then why not Block all H1B visas, given the last 3 bombers were all H1B students? Easy fix, huh? Seems logical? No instead Senators Orrin Hatch and TEd Cruz R-Texas are trying to increase H1B visas from 65,000/yr to 300,000/yr, increasing the risk of terroism to the country. Perfect excuse to justify this virtual surveillance/molestation of all US citizens, if more bombings were to take place with all these additional H1B bombers being allowed into the country. Logical cycle of things for tyrants looking only to control, nothing else. This is a thing of Satan, tryin g to be omnipotent thru electronics as God is by nature. The eye on top of the pyramid, laughing at God’s symbol, the eye in the center of the pyramid. God bless Snowden for trying to alert, to preserve some human dignity, sacrificing his entire life. The battle continues between good and evil.
  2. NCBandito
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    NCBandito - June 19, 2013 7:00 am
    Hello Sam,
    Regretfully, I had little time to comment on June 15 and kept my commentary short.
    In retrospect, I deem this post to be the most relevant piece that I've read in quite some time. It addresses much but also leaves some questions to be answered.
    Since Congress was advised and issued their blessing to violate the privacy and civil rights of literally millions, one must ask "What threat did these persons pose as a collective group, to justify this gross violation of due process?" One must question, "What is the criteria or formula in permitting non-warrant wiretapping?" Are there any controls or limitations regarding what the government can/cannot do with wiretap data? I will assume once data is captured. the possibilities are limitless. We need to get vocal. We need to send the message that we deserve snc demand better from our government.
  3. ZAR
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    ZAR - June 18, 2013 1:50 pm
    "Worse, we’re already being digitally censored; when I tried to share the already released Anonymous web links to Snowden’s recently-revealed NSA documents proving we’re all being bugged, Facebook blocked my post."

    If what you claim is actually true, lets see if I get this straight, these were documents that were deemed classified by our duly elected democratic government, but somehow you feel a need to have access to these documents that were ILLEGALY released by a traitor to our Nation, so what was your point again?
  4. Deklan
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    Deklan - June 17, 2013 3:26 pm
    From ABC News during 07/08: “To be clear,” Sen. Barack Obama. D-Illinois, spox Bill Burton told Talking Points Memo last October about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, “Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”

    Obama didn't filibuster the bill, and in fact, voted for cloture and the passage of the FISA bill.
  5. Integrity Quest
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    Integrity Quest - June 17, 2013 2:12 pm
    Mr. Kephart, you have offered to provide additional info on what you have said in your article to anyone who requests it. I would like to take you up on that offer.

    I too warned of this back in the early 1990s, as I used to be in the computer systems business as an information systems consultant specializing in the development of methodologies for building large-scale databases using relational database technology.

    No one at that time really understood how crucial these concerns would become, with the emergence of the internet and the advances in storage and retrieval capacities we now have. This is obviously only one side of the coin, as the other huge range of problems relate to the issues of disinformation, propaganda and covert operations such as this PRISM initiative.

    I would very much like to now do additional work in this area. I am particularly interested in the fundamental properties of information (such as its ownership by the person to whom it relates, its viability/degradation over time, and so forth) as well as the risks inherent in the utilization of information for purposes other than those for which it had been authorized to be collected. But I would like to correlate that perspective with gaining a better conceptual understanding of recent developments in the underlying technologies.

    I would like to add that it's quite disconcerting to see Americans extemporizing ad nauseam about the threats of Mr. Snowden's actions on US security, when in fact this spying by the NSA has been conducted on citizens of other countries as well, including "friendly" nations such as Canada. The NSA's PRISM program threatens the fundamental privacy rights of every human being regardless of nationality.

    Thank you so much for your article, and all the best to you. Lesslie
  6. Deklan
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    Deklan - June 17, 2013 9:20 am
    The blame game on conservatives is old, fretwalker...

    Cut and paste from c/net: Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York "Democrat," disclosed on Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that."

    If the NSA wants "to listen to the phone," an analyst's decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. "I was rather startled," said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

    Earlier reports have indicated that the NSA has the ability to record nearly all domestic and international phone calls -- in case an analyst needed to access the recordings in the future. A Wired magazine article last year disclosed that the NSA has established "listening posts" that allow the agency to collect and sift through billions of phone calls through a massive new data center in Utah, "whether they originate within the country or overseas." That includes not just metadata, but also the contents of the communications.

    From the Atlantic: The email went out shortly after midnight Thursday, a few hours after the news broke about the Obama administration's large-scale monitoring of Americans' cell-phone records: "You are being spied on."

    It was sent by the "Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a leading liberal organization," to its list of supporters, and it asked them to sign a petition demanding an investigation of the cell-phone surveillance. "It's simply unacceptable," the email said.

    As further revelations about domestic surveillance have emerged in recent days, the group has kept up the drumbeat. The response, PCCC officials say, has been overwhelming -- a sign of the widespread liberal anger at Obama over civil liberties.
    From the Guardian: The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

    The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

    The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
  7. Larry Mc
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    Larry Mc - June 15, 2013 8:36 pm
    Hey sam! !!
    Thank you for keeping everyone one their toes regardless of how carefree these people want to believe
    our life has become.
  8. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 7:15 pm
    Re:-- Deklan - 1 hour ago ---We have absolutely no disagreement that if laws were broken, that if the constitution was knowingly subverted ANYONE ordering that should be held accountable to the max...As they should have in the past decade........BUT, we should know the facts before forming an opinion based on politics...Conservatives can never do that when Democrats are involved, and they have yet to be right on any "scandal" they have hyped solely on the political gotcha game.
  9. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 7:01 pm
    AP---Top U.S. intelligence officials say information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries.

  10. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 6:58 pm
    PRISM access is governed by FISA

    H R 594---sept. 12-2012-----To extend FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for 5 years
    --YEAS--(R)--227------nays (R) 7

    (D)--74------------(D) 111

  11. Deklan
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    Deklan - June 15, 2013 5:19 pm
    Mr. Kephart:

    Candidate Obama campaigned on restoring civil liberties and Constitutional Bill of Rights.

    From 08/07 Obama’s speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center:

    “This Administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom.

    That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.

    This Administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not. There are no short-cuts to protecting America, and that is why the fifth part of my strategy is doing the hard and patient work to secure a more resilient homeland.”

    Now its known Obama upped the surveillance state with the secret court order for Verizon to furnish the NSA with data about domestic calls and those between the U.S. and other countries.

    The AP reported the monitoring under Prism can involve the communications of a U.S. citizen without a warrant.

    All in violation of the Constitution... It is non-negotiable. The government is to operate within the law.

    American citizens mustn't condone the current secret surveillance without cause.

    Thank you for your forum piece.
  12. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 4:08 pm
    Sir, I will respectfully take that comment as an indication that you cannot (and have not) answered questions about the claims you made in your RGJ "opinion piece...But I do think your "straw dogs" (hidden personas) is transparent...sir
  13. NCBandito
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    NCBandito - June 15, 2013 3:30 pm
    Sam,
    There have been far too many occurances to dismiss your assertions. I certainly prefer to be informed.
    Thanks for sharing.
  14. sam2sam
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    sam2sam - June 15, 2013 2:47 pm
    From Sam Kephart: My offers stands; if anyone wants to do the due diligence on my piece, simply email me, as noted above in the article, and I will give you my research. I'm not going to verbally fence or play tug-of-war with hidden personas. If you think I'm all wet and you've got a better explanation for what the NSA is doing or not doing regarding unauthorized and unconstitutional dragnet-style "snooping" on US citizens at home, please write your own op-ed and submit it to letters@rapidcityjournal.com I'm sure the Journal's Editors will give you due consideration.
  15. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 1:59 pm
    “they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them.”---WHY?-And you think that's possible? Who is "they"?

    --"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”-----Can you explain your point or is insinuation considered facts?
  16. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 1:53 pm
    I'm certainly not in denial, so yes I'm a "mole for the police state"....Sounds like you rented the movie “Minority Report”).
  17. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 1:49 pm
    Sir, this is a discussion forum used to express opinion generated by stories or opinion pieces in the RCJ, your opinion piece was published and it is getting the feedback it deserves. If you don't like or are surprised that one would disagree with or not take seriously your opinion piece you shouldn't have written it for a newspaper.... There can be a much more vibrant discussion here than responding to "opinions" via a letter to the editor, which I quit doing years ago because of the irrational phone calls, that is also why I prefer anonymity....How does anonymity and "cute avatars" prevent you from responding to the comments? I think that is a "straw dog", sir....... Sir, I would suggest you look the definition of internet "troll"---Again I consider that claim a "straw dog" and an insult....Your comment contains everything you accuse others of doing ie "comments that detract from, rather than forward the conversation." you never mentioned the topic of discussion only your complaints that others would disagree....

    -If you sir, want to feel insulted or attacked because of anything I posted, OK, go for it,,, but It should be noted that if you think I should take unquestioningly or even seriously what you wrote for the RCJ, and/or not express my opinions about your published "opinion" in this forum provided for that purpose, I could consider THAT insulting...Sir
  18. glancealot7
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    glancealot7 - June 15, 2013 11:58 am
    Sam you are right. glancalot7 is me Greg Lance in NC. I will post my full name from now on...
  19. sam2sam
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    sam2sam - June 15, 2013 11:32 am
    From Sam Kephart, the author: I always been amazed by how some folks feel free to personally attack others on blog sites while they remain anonymous behind their cute avatars. I intensely dislike "blog trolls" and, sadly, this site seems to attract them. Typical blog troll behavior includes putting down the original author's commentary or posts without providing any opposing evidence for their position, making snide and unfounded personal attacks, and making comments that detract from, rather than forward the conversation. Cheap, mean-spirited, intellectually dishonest folks behave that way... not people with a refined character. Further, I am neither connected with nor promoting ANY partisan point of view. I have not attended ANY political event of any kind since August 2010. I have nothing I'm promoting... no product or service to sell. My email, as always, is listed in my op-ed; if anyone wants some of the research links for this piece, drop me an inquiry and I'll be happy to supply them. That way our anonymous posters can study the background information BEFORE they shoot off their nasty mouths. Only sissies throw rocks anonymously; I've always attached my name and contact information to anything I've written, whether positive or negative. It's pathetic that the generosity of the Journal in providing this blog space is being taken advantage of by folks who chip-shot in with pointless, venal, attacks that advance nothing.
  20. glancealot7
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    glancealot7 - June 15, 2013 11:20 am
    You two Dog and Fret are either in total denial or are moles for the police state. God said people would perish for lack of knowledge...
  21. glancealot7
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    glancealot7 - June 15, 2013 10:47 am
    Heh Dog you are terribly nieave if sincere. Sam here is totally correct and this is just from what we know. There is a huge physical and more importantly a spiritual battle going on worldwide. Elite scum pond technocrats who control most central banks, large corporations, do want you controlled and dead. As they collaspe soceities world wide by gambling derivitive debt they are implementing eugenics and the police state. As they know we the people will finally wake up and they do not want to go to jail or be executed...I pray for your soul and wisdom...
  22. sam2sam
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    sam2sam - June 15, 2013 10:47 am
    Dog Soldier, you meet the checklist for a "blog troll".

    You post under an assumed name, you make anonymous attacks that are personal in nature, you fail to refute ANYTHING I've written about with evidence you supply, and you accuse me of promoting myself.

    Please, if you are TRULY an arms-length commenter, give us your real world name and help us ALL understand exactly HOW I'm promoting myself.

    I'm no longer in any political position, I'm not active with ANY political party nor entity (in fact, I've made it a point to NOT attend ANY political event since August 2010) and I have no business or financial activity to offer anyone.

    You are simply making a baseless, uninformed persoanl attack that does not "forward" the conversation at hand.

    That's rock solid evidence for you being a "blog troll".

    PS, if you want my research links for the things I'm claiming so you can study them thoughtfully before you shoot your anonymous mouth off, drop me an email and I'll be happy to back everything up.

    Then maybe you can make an open, cogent comment... not some patently venal and intellectually dishonest remark hiding behind some "Dog Soldier" anonymous avatar.

    I've never made anonymous comments; that's for sissies who don't have the character to openly stand behind their words.
  23. Posey
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    Posey - June 15, 2013 10:30 am
    "I called out this domestic eavesdropping abuse in an Oct. 30, 2010, Journal Forum op-ed:"--#1 What domestic eavesdropping?-#2 If he is referring to the current NSA discussion, that was published in the NYT in 2006.

    -"Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails,"---Not true

    "“I told you so” isn’t seemly,"--He has told nothing that wasn't known (2006) or that is true ("warrantless wiretaps")

    " go rent the sci-fi film “Minority Report”)."---I guess that explains his inability to distinguish reality from sci- fi---The government is tracking his car, watching him with drones, they want to know every move he makes, everything he says? Why?

    " 3-D model of every citizen’s psychographic patterns for behavior analysis and prediction purposes "--------I hope Mr. Kephart has lots of Spam , crackers, and tin-foil in the bunker
  24. Dog Soldier
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    Dog Soldier - June 15, 2013 10:02 am
    Perhaps you should take time to read the story about the little boy who kept crying wolf.
    America is and will continue to do just fine with out your silly twisted predictions that you use to promote yourself.
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