From the implementation of Rule 41 to violations of the US Privacy Act to the illegal use of Stingrays around the United States to the mishandling of the 2016 US Presidential Election to the inspector generals findings of “insubordination” at the agencies highest levels, its been a rough half decade or so for the FBI’s reputation and credibility.
Within the last 13 months alone, the US Senate itself has done more to undermine the privacy and data security of Americans than Facebook ever has. Unfortunately though, it also appears as though our Senators honestly have no grasp on this concept whatsoever.
In two documents released to the public earlier today, DHS Secretary Krebs has announced that unknown actors and assailants are actively deploying Stingrays throughout the Washington D.C. area and in major cities across the United States.
Just a few hours ago President Trump officially unsealed the already infamous FBI memo, revealing the events leading up to the release of the Trump dossier and how a FISA warrant was obtained from it – essentially kick starting the whole “Russian collusion investigation.” Here is my analysis of some of the claims made in today’s memo, as well as what I learned from it – including a direct link to the now declassified document itself.
After Mark Zuckerberg lost 3.3 billion dollars within 24 hours of announcing major overhauls to Facebook’s news feed algorithms last week, I was reminded why it does not always pay to do the right thing in American society.
Earlier today the US Senate approved key amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and will extend the US Governments international spying/hacking programs another 6 years. However, while the same people are criticizing this decision for the same old reasons, giving credit where credit is due, earlier this year the US Government did take steps to limit the scope/jurisdiction of these investigations in the future.
Donald Trump has told the Government of Iran that if they do not want to see full economic sanctions placed back upon the country, they must meet/adhere to a new list of demands within the next 120 days. Using recent history as a guide, here is why we should all hope that the US does not repeat the same mistakes as the past, resulting from the same foreign policy decisions we have made throughout the past.
Earlier today US Congress voted to uphold & re-authorize the FISA Court/Warrants/Surveillance Program as they have existed throughout the past. However, our Nations Commander in Chief has expressed that he would like to expand upon the power/jurisdiction of FISA investigations to allow Federal authorities to bring more charges against US citizens in the future. Here is why you should find this incredibly troubling.
Pundits on the main stream media all seem to have no idea why Donald Trump Jr’s name keeps coming up in all of these Russian hacking investigations. However, as I will attempt to explain, it is not all that complicated to deduce how/why this is happening. Believe it or not, it is directly related to the demands made on journalists by the FBI when reporting about stolen, leaked or classified material.
Quietly before the end of the year, James Mattis announced a new long term mission for Syria. According to the plans laid out, the US intends on stationing 2,000 active-duty troops inside the country full time from this moment forward and the US State Department will begin offering Government funded contracts to American citizens willing to travel and begin rebuilding new infrastructure inside Syria.