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Another 911 Legacy: Government Spies

It's true--There are SPIES everywhere! Your cell phone wants to control you: it's tracking you, there are spies on Facebook and a tracking file has been found hidden inside iPhones. Even the TOYS we play with a spying on us! The Patriot Act that was enacted after 9/11 has a lot to do with this. (NOTE: If you're a subscriber, you can still listen to BOTH these shows).

Americans became conditioned to a set of enormous sacrifices in their personal freedom--from wiretaps to airport pat-downs to no-fly lists--that have exacted a largely ignored but significant cost on our society. A congressional review of the events of 9/11 and the assessment of intelligence failures resulted in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which established the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as well as the counter-terrorism center. The DNI created an anchor for the 16 different agencies operating in the United States Intelligence Community.

In the August 30th edition of the Los Angeles Times, Ken Dilanian tells the story of internet entrepreneur Nicholas Merrill, who was working in his Manhattan office in the fall of 2004, when an FBI agent in a trench coat arrived and handed him an envelope containing a document which demanded that he turn over detailed records on all of his clients and instructed him to tell no one about this investigation. The FBI was using the new legal authority granted to them after September 11, 2001.

Dilanian quotes Merrill as asking the agent, "Not even my lawyer? Not even my business partners?" But the agent shrugged and left. Dilanian writes, "Thanks to new laws and technologies, authorities track and eavesdrop on Americans as they never could before, hauling in billions of bank records, travel receipts and other information. In several cases, they have wiretapped conversations between lawyers and defendants, challenging the legal principle that attorney-client communication is inviolate."

Two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee say Americans would be disturbed if they knew about some of the government's data-gathering procedures. According to Dilanian, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) say they were prohibited from revealing the facts. He quotes Wyden as saying, "When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted" surveillance law, "they will be stunned and they will be angry."

Dilanian quotes Merrill as saying, "I want the America back that I was taught about in school--The one where there's checks and balances, and where one branch of government can't do everything on its own."



peos better WAKE UP! to how this goverment has taken away our rights in this country since the 911 problem. it is the government that created the problems by telling all us not to get involved, to appeased the bands of violators: illegals, terroist, drug lords, corrupt officials and corporations,ect. do not take matters into your own hands? We let the official solve this and get nothing in return, RE: such as now, it is gettting worse!
the banks and federal reserves steal our tax dollar to give to others oversea and corrupt black budget project. ( not allowing its peos to know? or accounting for it! and they still want more???) they stop profiling criminals to not infringe on certain peos? but these are the ones causing the problems and until it is corrected, either by us or them, we are force to all these inconveince for the actions to these poes who fit the profile. why inconveince all the rest of us. once the problems peos know the society will not tolerate this any longer, the peos will deal with them directly on site, the security of these places will change for the better and soonest. you can not wait for police to protect you...they protect after your dead, the violators are protected more...because they know that these people do not care, will kill them first chance they are free.
this is a fine mess this has turn out to be by our government and the elected officials. never in my life time, ever would have thought this would have to be concerned for my safety and be shaken down like a criminal for mhy own protection? this is outrageous over all our rights being trampled and my privacy imposed upon for the right of this "patiot act"! the banks will not even give you your own money without wanting to know why your withdrawing the amount in cash from your account. it is our money to do as i please! i am force to sign for it to get it? leave it in the bank so they can loose it? sick of this paraniod state they havve put alll of us in. unbelievable!

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