NSA doc shows US email surveillance continued despite program ending


Although the US government says an NSA program collecting email records of Americans was shut down in December 2011, it is likely the practice still continued, according to documents obtained by the New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act.

Edward Snowden’s leaks first revealed the National Security Agency’s email metadata program to the public, but it was played down compared to other surveillance programs when US officials claimed the email program was dropped in December 2011 for “operational and resource reasons.”

The newly released January 2007 NSA Inspector General report shows that, indeed, other operations or resources were used to replace the NSA’s program. However, the replacement system came under much less scrutiny from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), while also circumventing telecommunications companies.


“Other authorities can satisfy certain foreign intelligence requirements that the PRTT program was designed to meet,” the NSA IG report reads, referring to the Pen Register and Trap and Trace program, as it had been called, which was authorized by Section 402 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

FISC had secretly authorized PRTT in 2004, but eventually placed limitations on the program, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Upon approval from a court order, the database could be accessed using something like an email address as a search target, if it was relevant to an FBI counterterrorism investigation, and if reasonable and articulable suspicion was written down by the analyst.

Moreover, if the email address could reasonably be believed to belong to a US person, the NSA Office of General Counsel would look to make sure the suspected connection to the investigation was not entirely based on First Amendment protected activity.


Citing Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which covers surveillance gathered domestically when the target is a noncitizen outside the US, and the Special Procedures Governing Communications Metadata Analysis (SPCMA) under Executive Order (EO) 12333, which authorizes collection of Americans’ data even when they’re not targets, the NSA IG report outlines how the bulk email metadata collection is still lawful.

By simply using fiber optic internet cables outside the US, the NSA can still obtain domestic email data, and the FISC hardly enters into the equation.


Paul Ryan to Block Amendments to Refugee Resettlement Bill

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The first major action

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will take as Speaker of the House is blocking amendments with a closed rule process on a flawed bill dealing with immigration.
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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul’s (R-TX) American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act – which he claims “puts in place a robust vetting process for refugees” – is under heavy scrutiny as it heads for a vote on the House floor Thursday. Members of both the Republican Party and Democratic Party have criticized it—President Obama has even threatened a veto of it if it ever reaches his desk, while several Republicans believe it’s simply a show vote that won’t fix the problem. Now it’s official, as of late Wednesday evening: House GOP leadership is blocking any amendments from being offered to the bill as the legislation is rushed to the House floor.

“The Committee granted, by record vote of 7-3, a closed rule for H.R. 4038,” the House Rules Committee, which is chaired by

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) but influenced by the Speaker’s office, said in a “Notice of Action” to members’ offices at 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

“The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill,” the Rules memo continued. “The rule provides that the bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill. The rule provides one motion to recommit.”

While it’s technically the House Rules Committee taking this action, the Speaker of the House has substantial influence over the outcome.

Despite all of the talk that the process in the House would open up under Ryan in the wake of now former House Speaker

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) —who resigned from Congress after being driven out of the Speakership by members of his own party furious with his lack of openness in legislative process—Ryan has, on his first major move as Speaker, shut down the process entirely. It’s unclear if it will ever get better.

McCaul’s bill contains several holes and doesn’t fix the problem—it simply requires more paperwork from the administration, and still lets refugees into the U.S. from Syria, according to sources close to Breitbart News.

McCaul’s bill requires: (1) “The FBI director must certify the background investigation of each refugee” and (2) “the secretary of homeland security, FBI director and the director of national intelligence must unanimously concur that each refugee is not a security threat to the United states and make a certification to Congress.”

According to the House Majority Leader’s office, McCaul’s legislation “constitutes an effective pause until we are certain that no refugee from Iraq and Syria who is a threat will be allowed in the country.”

However, Breitbart News has learned that many conservatives are skeptical, saying McCaul’s bill doesn’t stop the flow of refugees from Syria into the United States, something the American public supports.

As Breitbart News’s Matthew Boyle reported:

But despite McCaul’s and the committee’s tough-sounding rhetoric, the bill—several congressional aides and the actual text of the legislation confirm—simply requires one new step for Syrian and Iraqi refugee admittance and resettlement: That the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security approve any such refugees beforehand. Each of those people work for President Obama at the pleasure of the president.

“That’s like asking Janet Napolitano to verify the border is secure,” one GOP aide told Breitbart News. “Of course they are going to approve them without hesitation.”

When asked about these concerns, the McCaul aide said that the extraordinary review process for every refugee will gum up the works and essentially grind the program to a halt.

“Our point here is this is going to have an immediate effect of a pause on the president to do what we have wanted to do all along—to make sure that the vetting process itself is appropriate,” the aide said. “Again, this bill is not designed to stop all refugees from coming into the United States period. The problem that we have identified is we haven’t been able to confidently vet these individuals.”

But another congressional GOP aide from an office highly skeptical of the package told Breitbart News if anyone expects three top officials who serve at the pleasure of the president to rebuff Obama’s wishes they’re kidding themselves.

“If you believe that, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona,” the aide said.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) was one of several members of Congress that moved to offer amendments – which were all blocked by House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) – that would have placed a six-month moratorium on allowing refugees into the United States.

Babin’s amendment would have also required a Government Accountability Office “study within 90 days of the economic impact of refugees on state and local governments.”

“This would be an amendment to the bill that we are talking about on the floor,” Babin told to the House Rules Committee late Wednesday evening. “There are still too many unknowns with [McCaul’s] bill in its current form.”

Several Republican lawmakers backed Babin’s amendment including:

Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)



Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)



Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)



Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)



Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)


, Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA),

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)



Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA)



Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)



Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC)



Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)



Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)



Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA)



Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)


.Breitbart News predicted more than a month ago that if elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would block any conservative amendments to curb immigration.

On October 11th, Breitbart News’s Julia Hahn reported:

If Heilemann and Beck’s analyses [about Ryan’s history for supporting open borders immigration policies] are correct… it would also mean that conservative lawmakers will be blocked from any attempt to advance legislative campaigns to curb immigration or to coordinate any public messaging designed to give voice to the concerns of working class Americans whose schoolhouses, jobsites and emergency rooms have been transformed by massive immigration.

For instance, Congressman Brian Babin recently offered legislation to halt all refugee resettlement – a bill sponsored by Rules Chairman Pete Sessions and Homeland Chairman

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)


. Such a bill might never be brought to the floor under a Ryan Speakership. Nor would a plethora of enforcement ideas developed by anti-amnesty lawmakers including Mo Brooks,

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)


, Dave Brat, Louie Gohmert,

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)



Rep. John Fleming (R-LA)


, and

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)


.Yet many are pushing Ryan to grab the gavel.

Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)


criticized McCaul’s bill, saying it was “wrong procedurally” and “wrong on the substance.”Lofgren said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) promised to change the process in the House, “yet in one of the first major pieces of legislation…there’s been no mark up” on the legislation.

She called McCaul’s bill a “knee jerk reaction,” to the terrorist attack in Paris, adding that it “focuses only on Iraq and Syria” and not on Nigeria regarding Boko Haram or other countries with ties to terrorism.

After several members from his own party offered amendments to McCaul’s bill, Sessions suggested that these amendments can be considered at a later date through the appropriations process.

If the bill passes the House vote on Thursday, it then moves to the Senate.

The legislation’s future remains entirely uncertain, as it’s unknown at this time whether or not the Senate will take it up for a vote. The legislation – even if passed by Congress – could be vetoed by President Obama, as he’s threatened to do.

If there’s going to be a real fight from Congress against Obama’s refugee resettlement plan, that would come on the spending bill that must be passed to fund the government in early December.


Published on Nov 20, 2015

Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | After you hear this I’m sure you’ll be wondering if these guys are part of a much larger ring of criminals. How many more are out there? With our very open borders, it’s no telling we have many, many thugs like this just waiting for the next crime to commit. Thanks Obama!

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Attkisson: Obama Won’t Read Intelligence on Groups He Doesn’t Consider Terrorists


Wednesday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson said her sources have told her that President Barack Obama does not want and will not read intelligence reports on groups “he does not consider terrorists,” despite being on a U.S. list of designated terrorists.

Attkisson said, “I have talked to people who have worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind. I would say closed his mind, they say, to their intelligence that they’ve tried to bring him about various groups that he does not consider terrorists, even if they are on the U.S. list of designated terrorists. He has his own ideas, and there are those who’ve known him a long time who say this dates back to law school. He does not necessarily—you may think it’s a good trait you may think it’s a bad trait—he does not necessarily listen to the people with whom he disagrees. He seems to dig in. I would suppose because he thinks he’s right. He is facing formidable opposition on this particular point.”

Attkisson continued, “I don’t know the reason for it. I’ve only been told by those who have allegedly attempted to present him, or have been in the circle that has attempted to present him, with certain intelligence that they said he doesn’t want it. He said he doesn’t want it or he won’t read it, in some instances.”

Load them into a teleprompter. Problem solved.

FBI admitted in 2013 that “dozens” of terrorists have already entered the U.S. through refugee program

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The FBI has 900 ongoing ISIS-related investigations. And now the traitor in the White House wants to bring in at least 200,000 more “refugees,” with untold numbers of jihadis among them. Absolute madness.

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“FBI In 2013: ‘Dozens’ Of Terrorists In US Through Refugee Program,” by Kerry Picket, Daily Caller, November 17, 2015:

WASHINGTON — The FBI told ABC News two years ago the U.S. may have already allowed in “dozens” of terrorists as refugees. The revelation came after two al-Qaida terrorists who were admitted as refugees and lived in Bowling Green, Ky., later said they attacked U.S. military personnel in Iraq.

“We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that,” FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, said in an ABC News interview at the time…. – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/11/fbi-admitted-in-2013-that-dozens-of-terrorists-have-already-entered-the-u-s-through-refugee-program.html/#sthash.6igXkSqy.dpuf

Paris attacks response: New York City ramps up security, sets up counter-terrorism unit

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NEW YORK — The NYPD has ramped up security in the wake of the deadly Paris attack last week, and has deployed a new counter-terrorism response unit to counter threats at “critical” locations throughout the city.

Over the last year, New York City and Washington D.C. have become likely ISIS targets and officials are responding by building up their counter-terrorism efforts. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton set up a new counter-terrorism team on Monday, that when fully staffed, will number at 500 specially-picked officers. Bratton told ABC 7 that the department will be sending a team out to Paris to study how the attacks there were carried out.

In an interview with local radio station AM 970, Bratton said that chief concerns for the new counter-terrorism group are ISIS’ use of mobile applications that the NYPD hasn’t been able to intercept, as well as the use of social media to recruit and inspire “lone-wolf” attackers.

According to the NYPD webpage, New York City has had at least 16 known terrorist threats since September 11, 2001 and the city’s subway system remains a high-risk target.

In 2005, the NYPD and the FBI uncovered a “credible tip” about a potential terrorist threat to the New York City subway after arresting three insurgents during a raid. Nineteen operatives were reportedly deployed to place bombs in the city’s metro system.

This incident isn’t the most recent time the subway system has been targeted. In 2009, the FBI and the NYPD thwarted a plan to set off bombs in the metro system during rush hour. There hasn’t been any evidence of any new, specific threats to the city’s subway station over the past few years.

GOOD. start sweeping out all the (muslim) trash.

+Mohammed Bukhatir It was Islam that commanded them to blow the kaffirs for jihad. Death to islam. Islam is a barbaric arab psychological warfare doctrine created by dictator bigot muhammad & his alias, his alter ego allah. Death to Islam.