Bush Order Expands Internet Monitoring By NSA 26 Jan 2008 signed a directive this month that expands the intelligence community's role in monitoring Internet traffic to
protect against a rising number of attacks on federal agencies' computer systemsspy on dissidents. The directive, whose content is classified, authorizes the intelligence agencies, in particular the , to monitor the computer networks of all federal agencies -- including ones they have not previously monitored. The prospect of aiming 's power at domestic networks is raising concerns, just as the 's role in the government's warrantless domestic-surveillance program has been controversial. "Agencies designed to gather intelligence on foreign entities should not be in charge of monitoring our computer systems here at home," said (D-Miss.), chairman of the House . Lawmakers with oversight of homeland security and intelligence matters say they have pressed the administration for months for details. The classified joint directive, signed Jan. 8 and called the National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23, has not been previously disclosed.
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US NSA's McConnell pushing to gut the 4th amendment, hence creating a powerful government tool for a criminal apostate shadow government to target dissidents.
They already have this ability. They seek to legalize the admission of such evidence into courts of law, allowing a flood of politically motivated prosecutions.January 13, 2008, 12:00 am
Dancing Spychief Wants to Tap Into Cyberspace
Siobhan Gorman reports on the U.S. spychief.
Spychief Mike McConnell is drafting a plan to protect America’s cyberspace that will raise privacy issues and make the current debate over surveillance law look like “a walk in the park,” McConnell tells The New Yorker in the issue set to hit newsstands Monday. “This is going to be a goat rope on the Hill. My prediction is that we’re going to screw around with this until something horrendous happens.”
At issue, McConnell acknowledges, is that in order to accomplish his plan, the government must have the ability to read all the information crossing the Internet in the United States in order to protect it from abuse. Congressional aides tell The Journal that they, too, are also anticipating a fight over civil liberties that will rival the battles over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Astoundingly, McConnell would have the American people trust him and the government not to abuse the authority they 'must have" in order to "protect" U.S. networks. Are they kidding? This is another egregious example of total disregard for the Constitution and for the Fourth Amendment. Lest we forget, the Fourth Amendment is part of the legal framework that has secured liberty for all Americans since the founding era and officials of the government ought to be working to make sure that the freedoms that great charter guarantees remain secure. Instead, on the pretense of claiming to ensure the physical security of the people, the Bush administration has been deliberately undermining the security of their constitutional liberties.