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Thomas Drake
NSA whistleblower. Prosecuted for Espionage Telling Truth about Power. Be Divergent - Question Authority. Defending Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness!
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Dan Kaminsky 11h
I'm increasingly thinking that every functioning system has two forms: The abstraction that outsiders are led to believe, and the reality that insiders actually and carefully operate. You don't incrementally learn a system. You eventually unlearn its necessary lies.
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emptywheel 12h
60 Senators tonight voted to make it easier to spy on people against whom the FBI has no evidence of wrongdoing than against criminal suspects.
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Thomas Drake 16h
US Senate has cloture vote today for ANY debate or amendments to 702 (S.139 bill). If not, bill may pass later this week handing exec the power to do warrant free monitoring of 1-end domestic comms, what abouts & backdoors. Stand up & call 202-224-3121
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Robyn Greene 17h
. I wrote about why T3 is starkly different. Ex) There are probable cause of crime & particularity requirements, real-time minimization, & individualized judicial oversight. You should know about that. I wrote about it for .
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emptywheel 18h
Some problems with the Section 702 bill up for cloture today: 1) It provides criminal suspects more protection against warrantless queries than it gives people against whom FBI has no evidence of wrong-doing.
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emptywheel 17h
Reup: The 702 Capitulations: a Real Measure of the "Deep State" FBI refused to talk w/HJC staffers when they insisted on reform. Has refused to provide critical info for oversight. Who's in charge here?
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Daniel Schuman 23h
Replying to @danielschuman
Here's what's WRONG with the FISA Amdts Reauthorization Act. It: > Codifies 'about' collection > Permits expanded 'about' collection > Codifies 'backdoor' searches > The warrant requirement is meaningless CALL your senator-202-224-3121-to OPPOSE cloture
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Freedom of the Press 19h
Read this fascinating conversation between and on whistleblowing 40 years ago and today:
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unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted 17h
released f/ prison today. His “crime”? Allegedly being a ’s .
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unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted Jan 15
The govt wiretapped to “neutralize” & blackmail him. Tomorrow, Senate votes on expanding secret of Americans.
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Thomas Drake Jan 15
‘ “..McConnell, who swore an oath to...protect and defend the Constitution, has a responsibility to allow amendments offered by Sens. Lee and Paul that would eliminate the backdoor search loophole and ensure that ‘abouts’ collection can never come back.” ‘
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Patrick Eddington Jan 15
Sums up where we stand on reauthorization: h/t
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Patrick Eddington Jan 15
Today, we remember a man who was subjected to USG surveillance & police violence for what he believed. This week, the Senate will take up, w/out debate, a bill to renew for years a radical surveillance power that can be used against Americans. The freedom struggle goes on.
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Jason Koebler Jan 13
YES, please read this. Reporters and politicians casually denigrate “Washington” but have no idea what DC is and don’t care to know. Perception of DC as a politics-only “swamp” is lazy, pathetic, and simply untrue
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Thomas Drake Jan 14
Replying to @Merriiman
I do.
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Robert J. MacLean Jan 14
ANOTHER -obsessed attorney has blocked me after exposing his nuance & hypocrisy w/facts. Still waiting for his '16 lost bet payment... Question: Is he really mad at me, or at the bumbling FBI Trump-probers??? Cc:
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Thomas Drake Jan 14
Minimizing 4th Amendment — Back in ‘14 I submitted detailed written overview & analysis to on S. 215 of the PATRIOT Act & also S. 702 of ‘08/‘12 FISA Amendments Act with promise they would take under direct consideration & post publicly. Was buried.
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Ashley Nicole Black Jan 13
Women are not going to stop warning each other about assaulters, abusers, harassers and discriminators. We're going to make lists, spreadsheets, secret FB groups & invite the new girl out for drinks & a chat. So you might as well start behaving as if your name could be on a list.
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Elizabeth Warren Jan 13
As we remember MLK Jr.’s legacy this weekend, we cannot forget that he was a victim of warrantless spying by the US government. The US has a long track record of secretly monitoring civil rights activists & others who dared to stand up for their rights.
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Thomas Drake Jan 13
Wake up call. An authority in Hawaii mistakenly pushed the real button at the wrong time sending out false alarm about incoming missile alert. 38 minutes of genuine panic. Brings back memories of ‘80s era Cold War exercises, Able Archer & “War Games” movie
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