Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Fwd: [I-S] When the govt used terrorism powers to target non-terrorists | The Daily Caller



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Two times the government used its anti-terrorism powers to target Americans not engaged in terrorism

The revelations detailing the extent of the National Security Agency's espionage capabilities raises the specter that their powers could be misused to target Americans who have nothing to do with terrorism.

In fact, allegations of such misconduct already exist. Here are two examples where anti-terrorism powers granted to law enforcement were allegedly used to target American citizens not engaged in terrorism.

1.) National Security Agency staffers allegedly listened to personal calls of Americans abroad 


Two former intercept officers who worked at the NSA facility in Fort Gordon, Georgia told ABC News's Brian Ross in 2008 that they and their colleagues listened in on phone calls home of hundreds of Americans living and working abroad.

"These were just really everyday, average, ordinary Americans who happened to be in the Middle East, in our area of intercept, and happened to be making these phone calls on satellite phones," Adrienne Kinne, one of the whistle-blowers and a former Army Reserves Arab linguist, told ABC News.

The calls, according to Kinne, were "personal, private things with Americans who are not in any way, shape or form associated with anything to do with terrorism."

Kinne made the allegations after becoming a rabid anti-Iraq war activist, serving on the board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Navy Arab linguist David Murfee Faulk told ABC News a similar story. He said that he and his colleagues listened in on the calls of American officers living in the Green Zone in Baghdad.


Faulk described the personal nature of many of the calls, and how he and his colleagues would encourage each other to listen into a call where "there's good phone sex" or "some colonel making pillow talk."

Kinne said when concerns were raised with her superiors about the nature of the calls they were listening in on, she was told "your job is not to question."

In 2008, the NSA told The New York Times, "Some of these allegations have been investigated and found to be unsubstantiated; others are in the investigation process."


2.) Eliot Spitzer ensnared through the help of the Patriot Act

The Patriot Act was passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks under the pretext that American law enforcement agencies needed increased powers in order catch terrorists and prevent future carnage on American soil. But the powers granted in the Patriot Act aided law enforcement officials in uncovering former New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer's dalliances with high-class prostitutes, which isn't exactly a terrorism-related offense. Mark Hosenball explained how in Newsweek magazine in 2008:

The Patriot Act gave the FBI new powers to snoop on suspected terrorists. In the fine print were provisions that gave the Treasury Department authority to demand more information from banks about their customers' financial transactions. Congress wanted to help the feds identify terrorist money launderers. But Treasury went further. It issued stringent new regulations that required banks themselves to look for unusual transactions (such as odd patterns of cash withdrawals or wire transfers) and submit SARs — Suspicious Activity Reports — to the government. Facing potentially stiff penalties if they didn't comply, banks and other financial institutions installed sophisticated software to detect anomalies among millions of daily transactions. They began ranking the risk levels of their customers — on a scale of zero to 100 — based on complex formulas that included the credit rating, assets and profession of the account holder. …

The new scrutiny resulted in an explosion of SARs, from 204,915 in 2001 to 1.23 million last year [2007]. The data, stored in an IRS computer in Detroit, are accessible by law-enforcement agencies nationwide. "Terrorism has virtually nothing to do with it," says Peter Djinis, a former top Treasury lawyer. "The vast majority of SARs filed today involve garden-variety forms of white-collar crime." Federal prosecutors around the country routinely scour the SARs for potential leads.

Spitzer's transactions were tagged, which ultimately led to suspicions he was accepting bribes, according to ABC News.

"We had no interest at all in the prostitution ring until the thing with Spitzer led us to learn about it," a Department of Justice official told ABC News.

"[T]he governor called attention to himself by asking the bank to transfer money in someone else's name," Hosenball concluded in Newsweek."The SAR was not itself evidence that Spitzer had committed a crime. But it made the feds curious enough to follow the money."

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FOX News host Brian Kilmeade tells English Defence League leader, Tommy Robinson, “We got your back” and “it’s great what you’re doing.”





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Kilmeade offered his endorsement to the English Defence League (EDL) and co-founder Tommy Robinson, who appeared on Kilmeade's Fox News Radio show June 10th. Kilmeade's support followed an interview in which Robinson warned of Muslims 'forcefully putting us under Sharia' and planning to implement Sharia in the UK and across the world. In the full […]

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Religious Conflicts


 
 
From the time Martin Luther nailed his 93 Thesis to the front door of the church the Protestant and the Catholics have been killing each other......look at the history of England........this continued right up and through the 1930's in Spain and we didn't settle the Catholic issue until the 1960 election here in America. Since that time we seem to all live in peace with one another. Now why and how do American politicians believe that the Moslems will live next to Christians and Jews when their history from the days of the Crusades dictate differntly. Americans do not grasp what is going on in the Muslim world from their point of view. What forces are driving these cultures at this time......we are woefully ignorant and the politicians looking at the world as they want it to be and not as it is.....and that will be our downfall. Moslems can't even live next to Moslems of different sects.......why do we expect them to now live next to us in peace and harmony? Where are the peace rallies led by Moslems here in the USA......they ain't happening and won't for a long long time...... if ever.

What’d I tell you? Terror-linked CAIR is already demanding a public apology from Kansas GOP Congressman Mike Pompeo for telling the truth about Muslims





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What'd I tell you? Terror-linked CAIR is already demanding a public apology from Kansas GOP Congressman Mike Pompeo for telling the truth about Muslims

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In a letter to Pompeo today Corey Saylor, the director of CAIR's Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, wrote: CAIR "We are writing to address your June 11, 2013, remarks on the House floor alleging that Muslim leadership has failed to condemn or act against terrorism. These remarks are false and irresponsible. You opened your comments […]

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When Words Aren't Enough -- Say It With Bacon








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THE ULTIMATE EID GIFT: When a bomb-making kit is not enough




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BareNakedIslam posted: "This year the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr is on August, 8th. Wish your Muslim friends: "Eid Mubarak" It's traditional to give gifts to your Muslim friends for Eid al-Fitr. Here are a few Eid shopping tips:  MuslimMatters  Did you ever stop to wonder wh"

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This year the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr is on August, 8th. Wish your Muslim friends: "Eid Mubarak" It's traditional to give gifts to your Muslim friends for Eid al-Fitr. Here are a few Eid shopping tips:  MuslimMatters  Did you ever stop to wonder what it would be like if Muslim families could also celebrate […]

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Re: How to Identify a troll........

Remember Hollywood?

On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM, Keith In Tampa <keithintampa@gmail.com> wrote:
Geesh.....If this doesn't sum up Lil' TommyTomTomForNews,  I don't know what does!
 
See Also Marshall Kirk & Hunter Madsen.


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Categories of abuse

 

Trolls use a wide variety of strategies, some of which are unique to the Internet, including these:

 

    Making outrageous comments designed to distract or frustrate. This is a Saul Alinsky-style tactic employed to stir emotion and angry reactions.

    Posing as a conservative and making comments that discredit the movement. After claiming to be a member of the movement, such as a tea party organization, the troll then proceeds to post long, incoherent diatribes to appear either racist or insane. In some cases, these "Trojan Horse Trolls" have been known to make posts that advocate or incite to the use of violence in an apparent attempt to provide evidence to leftist critics and government sources that the right is comprised of "radical extremists."

    Dominating discussions. Trolls may attempt to throw a discussion off course and frustrate participants whose purpose is to engage in a serious and respectful exchange of views.

    Posting prewritten responses. Many trolls appear to have been supplied with a list or database of pre-planned "talking points" designed as generalized and deceptive responses to honest arguments. When trolls post prewritten responses, their words typically feel strangely plastic and rehearsed.

    Making false associations. In this technique, the position of honest posters is characterized in derogatory terms. For example, a troll may call advocates of Federal Reserve reform or abolition "conspiracy theorists" or "lunatics." Or, by suggesting certain political arguments are "racist" or otherwise outside the accepted confines of serious political discourse, trolls attempt to dissuade readers from examining the evidence objectively.

    Exhibiting false moderation. By pretending to be the "voice of reason"

in an argument with obvious well-defined sides, trolls attempt to move readers to relegate the argument to a "gray area," such that holding or seriously considering the argument is a leap away from reasoned judgment.

    Raising straw-man arguments. Here a troll will accuse his opposition of subscribing to a certain point of view, even if the argument is irrelevant and never actually raised.

 

Professional trolls

 

WND moderators have developed criteria for helping to identify a professional troll:

 

    The person's posts are usually short and snarky, with reasonably correct spelling, grammar and punctuation, suggesting both intelligence and education.

    The posts are on the edge of acceptability, with little or no profanity or vulgar language that would get the post flagged immediately.

    The person has a high ratio of posts to the number of days on the site, suggesting he's posting comments nearly full time and is getting paid to troll.

    The person posts politely on progressive websites but nastily on conservative websites, using the same username and IP address.

    The person's posts are consistently belittling, rather than intelligent objections and points.

    The person's posts address a broad spectrum of topics rather than focusing on one or two subjects of particular interest. The consistency is in the support of leftist policies and positions taken by the Obama administration.

 

Once the person is blacklisted, the WND moderators do not receive a complaint. Instead, the person quietly returns to post on WND forums in a different incarnation, perhaps using a different username, IP address or email.

 

WND moderators have concluded the purpose of a troll is not to intelligently discuss various issues but to minimize the importance of dissenting opinions by ridiculing serious participants expressing political views the troll finds objectionable.

 

Sometimes trolls appear to needle serious participants with the goal of inciting irrational retorts that can embarrass them, perhaps even to the point of being reported to employers or to the government.

 

WND moderators frequently experience waves of troll attacks that they suspect occur in response to a "call to arms" from a progressive website or blog.

 

Pajama bandits

 

A person identified as "AMA" posted a comment on the website Above Top Secret that apparently offers insight into how professional trolls operate.

 

    I was a paid Internet troll

 

    For almost five years, I was a paid Internet troll. Yes, I admit.

 

    But first let me state that I never performed my job here on ATS, though I believe I have occasionally seen a handful on here who were using a script similar to what I was assigned.

 

    I cannot and will not name names, but after an internship at a firm with government and political party (Republican) contracts, I was offered the position of "Online Communications Associate" at another company by someone from the original firm for which I interned. My contract completed one year ago, and I have since moved on.

 

    Utilizing six artificial personas, I was active in social networks and bulletin boards. But since I came to love and respect this site, as I stated, I never performed my functions here. Each week, I and presumably several others, were provided with information to use in our online postings. At first the information was comprised of fully conceived scripts, but as I became more and more experienced, it eventually became simple bullet or talking points.

 

    At first I needed to provide links to my postings, but when the company name changed (never knew the real names of any people there), that requirement stopped.

 

    The pay wasn't very good, but since I was working from my apartment, I suppose it wasn't bad, and I was able to do several other writing assignments on the side.

 

    AMA

 

WND will maintain an open posting policy on its forums, but will continue identifying and removing trolls who abuse the privilege.

 

WND staff member Janet Falkenstein contributed to this article.

 

 

 

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Re: Howard Dean's Unfortunate Hair Transformation

Or his head!!!

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He should be grateful that he still has hair!


 
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Photos Of Obama Reading Your Email








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Uncle Sam Wants You (But Not Muslims) . . . Under Surveillance





 

Uncle Sam Wants You (But Not Muslims) . . . Under Surveillance

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According to an ever-increasing array of sources, we are all under surveillance. Every electronic source of communication is being monitored, cataloged and stored in Utah to be accessed by the authorities at any time in the future.

Our phone calls, e-mails, texts, everything. And with the ever-growing number of security cameras lining our streets, our every movement can be monitored outdoors.

Once inside they have the capability of watching us through our web cams and interactive TVs. With the introduction of common core in our schools it does seem like the government at least has the makings of building a "Minority Report" type profile on each and every American. Well, not quite.

There is the odd schizophrenia when it comes to the Muslim community. It seems our same ultra-intrusive government doesn't feel the need to monitor them as they do us.

Even when moderate Muslims claim to have seen materials calling for jihad against the United States in the Cambridge mosque attended by the Tsarnaev brothers.

But I'm sure our government sees the Cambridge mosque as a holy place that should not be monitored even though the founder of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque was none other than Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who is currently serving two years in prison for funding Al Qaeda. Yes, only two years.

One of the mosques former trustees and a "spiritual leader" of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been banned from even entering the U.S. due to his terror ties. Other notable mosque attendees include a member of Al Qaeda. Yet the mosque is still fully operational and growing every year.

And evidently the jihadist materials recently found in the mosque are nothing new. One Muslim attendee told CBN news that 10 years ago he found in the mosques upstairs library, many flyers and newsletters, written in Arabic calling for jihad against America, Jews and Christians.

Note our all-seeing governmental eye did not discover these publications, but they are watching you.

Four years ago the Muslim American Society built a new mosque in Roxbury, a Boston neighborhood.

By the way, the Muslim American Society is, as are most of these "societies", a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The mosque cost a whopping $15.5 million and most of the money came from our buddies, Saudi Arabia. You know, our friends, the wahhabists. Naturally, the liberal Massachusetts political class all endorsed these mosques.

Now we all know, if this were a Synagogue or Christian church, breeding and promoting radicalism, the doors would've already been padlocked.

Yet radicals can be bred in these mosques and no one is allowed to say anything for fear of being branded a racist or Islamophobe.

So us law-abiding patriotic citizens live our lives been catalogued and profiled with every keystroke being monitored. All the while, radical Islamists are holed up in their "religious sanctuaries" all across the country churning out jihadist literature and killers.

At least our government has their priorities straight.



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Re: Howard Dean's Unfortunate Hair Transformation

He should be grateful that he still has hair!


 
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Coming our way: Christianity as a mental illness





Dr. Eowyn posted: " Christians are already identified as potential terrorists by the Obama regime's Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Now a British science writer named Kathleen Taylor, is advancing a provocative and politically incendiary idea -- that "religious"
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Coming our way: Christianity as a mental illness

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Christians are already identified as potential terrorists by the Obama regime's Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Now a British science writer named Kathleen Taylor, is advancing a provocative and politically incendiary idea -- that "religious fundamentalism" (whatever that term means) may one day be treated as a mental illness.

The (UK) Times refers to Taylor as "a science author and research scientist at the University of Oxford." But Taylor describes herself as "a freelance science writer affiliated to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford," who had "trained as a neuroscientist after doing a first degree in philosophy and physiology at the University of Oxford." She specifically states she is not a "therapist". And yet she's tossing claims about "religious fundamentalism" being a "mental illness"!

(Note: I've spent most of life in academe, beginning as an undergraduate student to eventually being a full professor, but I have no idea what a freelance writer "affiliated" to a university means. I am retired from my university and although I'm no longer employed there, I am "affiliated" to my university as a professor emeritus. In Taylor's case, however, her "affiliation" to Oxford carries no title. It appears what her "affiliation" means is that she was a student at Oxford U.)

The (UK) Times' article on Taylor is titled "Science 'may one day cure Islamic radicals'," and attributes to Taylor the claim that "Muslim fundamentalism may one day be seen in the same way as mental illness is today and be 'curable'."

According to Huffington Post, Taylor was speaking at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales when she was asked what she foresaw as positive developments in neuroscience in the coming years.

She replied: "One man's positive can be another man's negative. One of the surprises may be to see people with certain beliefs as people who can be treated. Someone who has for example become radicalized to a cult ideology – we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance. In many ways it could be a very positive thing because there are no doubt beliefs in our society that do a heck of a lot of damage. I am not just talking about the obvious candidates like radical Islam or some of the more extreme cults. I am talking about things like the belief that it is OK to beat your children. These beliefs are very harmful but are not normally categorized as mental illness."

Links between extreme faiths and mental health have been made before, with former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Dr Dinesh Bhugra, highlighting recent religious conversions being more associated with a developing psychotic mental illness. In a paper entitled 'Self-concept: Psychosis and attraction of new religious movements', he points to data from studies which shows that patients with first onset psychosis are likely to change their religion.

The HuffPo article got more than 5,700 "likes" on Facebook.

So who decides what constitutes "religious fundamentalism" or "a cult ideology" or "beliefs in our society that do a heck of a lot of damage"?

Today, Kathleen Taylor says radical Islam fits the bill. But once the idea of religious beliefs being a form of mental illness catches on, who's to say that Christianity won't be "diagnosed" as a mental illness?

The problem is the vagueness and ambiguity of terms such as "religious fundamentalism," "cult ideology," and "beliefs that do a lot of damage" -- a vagueness of which Kathleen Taylor seems blithely unaware.

That same obtuseness to the importance of clear and specific terminology is also displayed in a "Meet the Author" video, in which Taylor talks about "brainwashing" -- which includes religious brainwashing -- in a distressingly vague way that any self-respecting scientist should eschew.

In the video, Taylor seems to define "brainwashing" as "the extreme end" of changing a person's beliefs. By "extreme end" she means the employment of "coercion," "force," and "psychological torture."

But what is "coercion"? Does "coercion" include children being taught the Bible by their parents, church, and parochial schools? Does "coercion" include our soldiers' sharing of their religious beliefs being labeled as "religious proselytization" and threatened with court martial?

H/t FOTM reader Jasmine.

~Eowyn

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