100% Republican Bullshit
"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."
Bullshit Story #1 - In the latest indication of a growing libertarian wing of the GOP, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday calling for an investigation into the “gross infringement” of Americans’ rights by National Security Agency programs that were revealed by Edward Snowden.
(Translation - The RNC wants the Republican House to investigate the 1984 Police Surveillance State laws passed by and funded by the Republican House. Yes, they do think you are an idiot.)
The resolution also calls on Republican members of Congress to enact amendments to the Section 215 program that currently allows the spy agency to collect records of almost every domestic telephone call. The amendment should make clear that “blanket surveillance of the Internet activity, phone records and correspondence — electronic, physical, and otherwise — of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court,” the resolution reads.
the resolution declares “the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” a claim embraced by civil libertarians of both parties.
Read more: GOP Calls For End To NSA Domestic Phone Records Program
Military spy blimps over America
- The Generals claim the military spy blimp is to guard against "cruise missiles". . . . fired by who??? Canada, Mexico or Iceland???
- I am sure it is just a coincidence that the military will be able to record the movements of every American under the blimp.
- Another bipartisan 1984 program fully and eagerly funded by the Democrat Senate and the "small government" GOP House.
Bullshit Story #2 - CBS News reports that the Pentagon claims they have discovered a "gap" in the defenses of Washington, D.C., and it's about to test a solution.
But depending on your point of view, the solution is either vital for national security or a threat to American privacy.
Starting this fall, two blimps will float at 10,000 feet over the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland in an attempt to develop a defense for the nation's capital against cruise missiles fired from ships offshore.
The blimps will carry radars that can search for hundreds of miles.
But those same blimps can also be outfitted with radars capable of tracking vehicles on the ground and with cameras that can watch people, much like blimps already do at U.S. bases in Afghanistan and along the border with Mexico. That would give government the ability to follow American citizens as they go about their daily lives.
Officials insist they have no plans to put cameras on the blimps, but Christopher Calabrese of the ACLU points out there's no law against it.
"Right now there are no rules," he said. "There's nothing that bars us from having high-powered cameras monitoring our every public movement."
See more at CBS News.