THE NSA CONTINUES TO ABUSE AMERICANS BY INTERCEPTING THEIR TELEPHONE CALLS

The news is not good at all if you value freedom over tyranny

Ron Paul | Infowars.com – MAY 7, 2018

One of the few positive things in the ill-named USA FREEDOM Act, enacted in 2015 after the Snowden revelations on NSA domestic spying, is that it required the Director of National Intelligence to regularly report on its domestic surveillance activities. On Friday, the latest report was released on just how much our own government is spying on us. The news is not good at all if you value freedom over tyranny.

According to the annual report, named the Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities, the US government intercepted and stored information from more than a half-billion of our telephone calls and text messages in 2017. That is a 300 percent increase from 2016. All of these intercepts were “legal” under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is ironic because FISA was enacted to curtail the Nixon-era abuse of surveillance on American citizens.

Has the US government intercepted your phone calls and/or text messages? You don’t know, which is why the surveillance state is so evil. Instead of assuming your privacy is protected by the US Constitution, you must assume that the US government is listening in to your communications. The difference between these is the difference between freedom and tyranny. The ultimate triumph of totalitarian states was not to punish citizens for opposing its tyranny, but to successfully cause them to censor themselves before even expressing “subversive” thoughts.

We cannot celebrate our freedom or call ourselves an exceptional nation as long as we are under control of the kind of surveillance that would have turned the East German Stasi green with envy. We know the East German secret police relied on millions of informants, eager to ingratiate themselves with their totalitarian rulers by reporting on their friends, neighbors, even relatives. It was a messy system but it served the purpose of preventing any “unwelcome” political views from taking hold. No one was allowed to criticize the policies of the government without facing reprisals.

Sadly, that is where we are headed.

Our advanced technological age provides opportunities for surveillance that even the most enthusiastic East German intelligence operative could not have dreamed of. No longer does the government need to rely on nosy neighbors as informants. The NSA has cut out the middleman, intercepting our communications – our very thoughts – at the source. No one who calls himself an American patriot can be happy about this development.

Not even the President is safe from the surveillance state he presides over! According to a news report last week, federal investigators monitored the phone lines of President Trump‘s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, even when he was speaking to his client – the president!

An all-powerful state that intercepts its citizens’ communications and stores them indefinitely to use against them in the future does not deserve to be called the leader of the free world. It is more the high-tech equivalent of a Third World despotism, where we all exist subject to the whim of those currently in political power.

Edward Snowden did us all an enormous favor by risking it all to let us know that our government had come to view us as the enemy to be spied on and monitored. If we are to regain the liberty that our Founders recognized was granted to us not by government, but by our Creator, we must redouble our efforts to fight against the surveillance state!

This article first appeared at RonPaulInstitute.org.

DHS to ‘Caravan’ Migrants: False Asylum Claims Will Be Prosecuted

By Bob Price

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sent a message to members of the “migrant caravan” who are now in Tijuana. The migrants announced they plan to enter the U.S. in massive numbers to declare asylum. Neilsen also addressed her warning to the organizers who may be coaching migrants on how to falsely make a “credible fear” claim.

“If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution,” Nielsen stated on Wednesday. “If you make a false immigration claim, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution. If you assist or coach an individual in making a false immigration claim, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution.”

The Secretary of Homeland Security said she intends to be very clear on the point that the U.S. will enforce its immigration laws, The Hill reported.

Instead, Secretary Nielsen urged the migrants to seek asylum in the first country they entered since leaving their homes.

Caravan organizers said they are regrouping in Tijuana, Breitbart Texas reported on Wednesday. As many as 600 are expected to gather there.

The migrants claim to be fleeing violence, or the threat of violence, in their home countries. However, they have chosen one of Mexico’s most violent cities as a gathering point.

In April alone, nearly 150 people were murdered in Tijuana, Breitbart Texas’ Robert Arce reported. Nearly 700 are reported to have been killed since January 1.

Earlier this week, Nielsen said the DHS will be fast-tracking any caravan asylum cases. The secretary said:

DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot – or worse, chooses not – to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws – whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.

If members of the ‘caravan’ enter the country illegally, they will be referred for prosecution for illegal entry in accordance with existing law. For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed from the United States.

In a message tweeted earlier this week, President Donald Trump called “Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border” a “disgrace.”

“We are the only County in the World so naive!” the President tweeted.

‘Caravan Migrants’ Waiting to Cross Mexico-California Border

By Bob Price

Several reports indicate that the fragments of the “migrant caravan” are now arriving south of the U.S. border with Mexico. Border Patrol officials in California and Arizona said they have not seen any illegal border crossings between ports of entry this week.

Over the weekend, about 600 migrants arrived via train in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. The group plans to continue to Tijuana in the next few days.

Late last week, about 50 migrants from Central America arrived in Tijuana, Reuters reported. “Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant ‘caravan’ has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not,” Reuters states. Juventud 2000 director Jose Maria Garcia told the wire service that some crossed the border and requested asylum. He said more are expected in Tijuana in the coming days.

Border Patrol officials in the San Diego, Yuma, and Tucson Sectors told Breitbart Texas on Tuesday they have seen no illegal crossings in recent days by anyone from the “caravan.” El Centro Sector has not yet responded to an inquiry.

On April 11, Breitbart Texas reported that an MS-13 member joined up with a “caravan” splinter and crossed the border in the Yuma Sector.

“We questioned the members of the group and confirmed they are part of the caravan of Central American’s who are reported to be traveling to the U.S.,” Border Patrol spokesman Justin Kallinger told Breitbart Texas.

Kallinger said the MS-13 member did not claim to have started out with the original “caravan” but joined in a stash house in Mexico before crossing.

Officials identified the Salvadoran as 18-year-old Herberth Geovani Argueta-Chavez. He was “trying to separate from the gang,” Border Patrol officials stated.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials have not responded to an inquiry as to whether they received any asylum requests from “caravan migrants” crossing from Tijuana in recent days.

President Donald Trump called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to not let the asylum seekers into the U.S.

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The president then tweeted a message to Mexican officials urging them to stop people from navigating freely through their country to the U.S. He threatened to make this a condition of a new NAFTA agreement.

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DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said her department would “fast track any caravan asylum cases”:

DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot – or worse, chooses not – to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws – whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.

If members of the ‘caravan’ enter the country illegally, they will be referred for prosecution for illegal entry in accordance with existing law. For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed from the United States.

This year’s caravan grew to much larger numbers than previous years, VOA News reported. The current group reached about 1,200 participants–an increase of about 1,000 over last year.

In response to the caravan and recent spikes in illegal border crossings into the U.S., President Trump ordered the deployment of up to 4,o00 National Guard troops to help secure the border.

The governors of TexasNew MexicoArizona, and California all responded by activating troops in their respective states.

‘Unusual Surveillance Activity’ In DC; 4 Senators Demand Answers…

By Melissa Locker

In a story straight out of Spy vs Spy, unusual cellular activity has been detected around Capitol Hill, and now four U.S. Senators want some answers.

A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Homeland Security asking for details about the cellular activity. The surveillance activity is akin to so-called stingrays that are used by law enforcement agencies to trick suspects’ cellphones into revealing their locations, according to Reuters.

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security revealed that it had “observed anomalous activity in the National Capital Region that appears to be consistent with International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers.” It claimed not to know who was behind the use of the surveillance devices.

In the letter, the senators asked the Trump administration to release details about the possible surveillance. “The American people have a legitimate interest in understanding the extent to which U.S. telephone networks are vulnerable to surveillance and are being actively exploited by hostile actors,” the senators wrote in the letter reviewed by Reuters.

Stingray devices mimic cellphone towers in order to force cellphones in the area to transmit “pings” back to the devices, enabling law enforcement to track a suspect’s phone and pinpoint its location. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said at a commission meeting on Tuesday that the issue was serious and surveillance tools could potentially be in use “by foreign or criminal actors.” Or, you know, the show-runners for Homeland.

CARLSON – LYIN’ CLOWN COMEY SAYS HE HATES LIARS, MOST ADMIRES PERJURER JAMES CLAPPER

By Rick Wells

Carlson notes the hypocrisy and dishonesty of Comey and how the partisan hack never should have been made FBI Director in the first place. It’s why Obama gave…

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Tucker Carlson dug into the full transcript of the five-hour plus interview James Comey had with George Stephanopoulos, the remnants left on the cutting room floor, he determined, were of much more value than the propaganda presented for public consumption.

Carlson determines what he and the rest of us had already assumed, that James Comey had no business being FBI Director, his basis for the latest confirmation of that position being that “he’s too partisan.” He says, “Trump’s main mistake was in not firing him on inauguration day.”

He points out that Comey defended his prosecution of Martha Stewart for lying to federal prosecutors and attacks General David Petraeus, who Comey says should have been charged with more than the lone charge of mishandling classified information, that he should have gone to prison for lying. Comey seems unconcerned with having to contrast that statement against his own Clinton cover up.

Carlson quotes Comey as saying, “‘Lying strikes at the heart of our rule of law in this country.’ Fair enough, the powerful should be held accountable for their misdeeds. But then Comey goes on to talk about the Mark Rich case,” where Bill Clinton sold a pardon to a fugitive felon on his last day in office.

Comey said he has never heard of another case where a fugitive from justice was pardoned. Stephanopoulos asked if Comey drew any conclusions, to which he replied, “Nope, none at all.” Carlson opines, “Selling a presidential pardon to a fugitive says nothing whatsoever about the Clintons or their character and by the way, that Hillary Clinton is awfully smart and hardworking.”

Tucker points out that Obama was repeatedly preaching to America and his criminal DOJ that Hillary Clinton did nothing intentionally wrong throughout this time. Asked if he thought that Obama was acting on Clinton’s behalf, Comey pleaded ignorance, saying, “I don’t know.”

Carlson knows what’s going on and he’s not too shy to spell it out, saying, “There’s a theme here. Again and again partisan Democrats get every benefit of every doubt from Jim Comey. He can’t rush to conclusions, that is until he sees the white circles under Donald Trump’s eyes, then he’s happy to speculate.”

“Comey says repeatedly that lying is what bothers him most,” notes Carlson. “He’s devoted his life to fighting against dishonesty. That’s why he wrote the book, he says. But Comey also says former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is the public servant he admires most. That’s right, the very same James Clapper who lied to Congress, falsely claiming that intelligence agencies don’t spy on Americans when he knew perfectly well that they do.”

After playing a clip of Clapper lying to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a fellow commie Democrat, Carlson notes that Clapper committed perjury and that Comey let him get away with it, unlike Martha Stewart. He also raises the false claims, lies if you will, in which Comey claimed for certain that Putin was working in concert with the Trump campaign, a conclusion which cannot be made based upon the facts. “Comey is passing off speculation as fact,” says Carlson.

He notes the inconsistencies between the claims and the FBI actions, with them never inspecting the DNC servers to make sure they actually were hacked. There is, to this date, no evidence that the Russians were involved in what many believe was an inside job by the murdered Seth Rich on the DNC server or the Podesta Gmail account.

Carlson points out that “we just take that on faith, (not all of us) everyone repeats it like it’s true. But why should we believe that without actual proof?” That’s a particularly unwise course of action, given the fact that it is liars like Comey, Clapper and Brennan making those statements as to the veracity of the information.

DHS SAYS CITIES HID 142 SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS FROM DEPORTATION

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Department of Justice is pressuring cities to cooperate with deportation efforts

By Neil Munro

City and country governments ignored federal “detainer” requests and released 142 suspected members of MS-13 and other criminal gangs in the eight months up to June 2017, says a report from the Department of Homeland Security to the Senate’s judiciary committee.

The gang release data is the agency’s most up-to-date, according to the agency, which delivered the answers in response to routine oversight questions by committee members.

The data does not cover any releases after June 19, 2017, when city governments escalated their opposition to the legal deportation of illegal migrants in their cities and counties. Currently, the Department of Justice is pressuring cities to cooperate with deportation efforts and is trying to cut federal police grants to cities who release criminals back into Americans’ neighborhoods.

The answers do not describe the crimes committed by gang members that caused their arrests.

The detainer data shows how many arrested and detained illegals were released by city and local governments even after federal officials requested they be held until they could be arrested by DHS officials.

Santa Clara County in California led the pack by releasing 22 of 127 suspect gang members after the DHS asked they be held. Los Angeles released 16 suspected gangsters, Orange County released 12 and Travis County in Texas released 11.

Montgomery County in Maryland led the MS-13 score by releasing five of 15 suspected MS-13 members who were released nationwide from October 2016 to June 2017.

California jurisdictions released 90 of the 142 suspects. Next in line was Washington State, which aided 11 migrants, including 3 MS-13 members.

Several states and local cities are trying to shield criminal migrants from deportation, despite the resulting danger to Americans. The illegals are protected by progressives eager to protect migrants from deportation, but also by politicians eager to support local cheap-labor businesses, such as the food industry. That opposition to federal immigration law has sparked dramatic fights in New York, Washington D.C., Oakland, Calif., and elsewhere.