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Mr. X

Prokofy Neva and big circle jerk.

Mr. X

PS regarding that super duper independent judiciary Pirrong keeps rambling about, that has rejected maybe four warrant requests in the entire thousands history of the FISA court and ZERO since 2006...

What exactly are the odds Craig Pir-wrong that the SAME federal judge would have signed off on the arrest warrant for Adam Kokesh, he of the shotgun toting fame who had the US PARK POLICE hammer him with massive SWAT power, AND Edward Snowden?

Still think there's no such thing as 'made' or 'kept' (blackmailed?) judges in D.C. Pirrong? Still believe in ma, pa, apple pie and separation of powers while Obama does whatever the hell he wants with minimal flak from Issa and co?

Still think journalists don't get whacked in the U.S.A with Mercedes exploding spectacularly in flames just like in the movies when they merely get wrapped around trees while Humvees hit with IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan merely simmer? (Michael Hastings) Did I mention the engine block was blown 100 feet away? Does gasoline 'blow up' like that or does it merely cook off? Isn't that more consistent with C4?

Or maybe said federal judge like Pirrong just really, really, really hates 'Paulbots' and Ron Pol Pot.

Mr. X

"Right. The relationship between the private telecoms and Internet companies and the NSA is one of the crucial components of this entire story. The NSA really can’t do that much spying domestically or internationally without the ongoing cooperation of these private corporations. So with the revelations that we’ve published in the past week and a half – with Laura Poitras reporting in Der Spiegel about mass spying in Germany, in Europe, and the reporting that I did with O Globo in Brazil about a similar collection of communications in Brazil and Latin America, more broadly – the linchpin of all of this is that there’s some large telecommunication company, an American company, exploiting their partnership with foreign telecommunications companies to use their access to those countries’ systems to direct traffic back to NSA repositories. Domestically, the same thing is happening. All these companies like to say they only cooperate with the bare minimum way under the law with the NSA, but what the documents we published yesterday and reported on demonstrate is that Microsoft has continuous and ongoing meetings with the NSA about how to build and construct new methods for enabling unfettered access to the calls and emails and Internet communications that the NSA specifies that they want, and the technicians at Microsoft work hand-in-hand with the technicians at NSA to enable that, and that is really at odds with the public statements Microsoft and Skype and Outlook have made to their users about what they’re doing to protect their privacy."

Still whining about Kaspersky back doors comrade Pir-wrong?

Mr. X

it took all of five seconds of NSA-approved Gov-oogling to find this less than flattering Wikileak about Gazprom:

I'm sure there are others. Kinda reminds me of when Pir-wrong insisted Zerohedge had never published anything unflattering about Russian corruption or protests against Putin. Nice try though!

Mr. X

Oh and one more thing @GrumpyCatFitz...calling Greenwald a blackmailer and terrorist sure does sound like hinting it would be nice if the Obama Administration sent a drone to blow him away Yemeni or Pakistani style. They could even hit the Russian first responders to the explosion scene like they do in Pakistan, which is war crime act of terrorism itself and contrary to all Geneva Conventions, might as well bomb ambulances and hospital ships in WWII while you're at it.

Last but not least, your entire argument and that of Pir-wrong rests on the quaint notions that there are adequate legal safeguards and in Pir-wrong's case, real firewalls between NSA data gathering and the thuggish Holder Justice Dept, IRS and this White House. There aren't. Russ Tice not only testified that he saw evidence of NSA spying on then Illinois State Senator Obama in 2004 (and YOU and PI-WRONG avoid discussing Tice at all costs) but also evidence that NSA has spied on anti-Obama journalists and activists. See Douglass J. Hagmann, licensed Pennsylvania private investigator and his sworn affidavit that he overheard a recorded NSA message on his landline after a purely domestic phone call to another journalist. When he demanded to see the FISA court warrant authorizing tapping him, he was stonewalled with this response to his FOIA request:

Which only confirms what Greenwald says here -- we are said to have checks and balances, including the right to oppose NSA spying on us in court, but in practice no such thing exists. Both the 4th Amendment and due process (the age old right to face one's accusers/prosecutors in COURT since the Magna Carta) might as well be the flowery Soviet Constitution under Brezhnev. We are truly living in the USSA and the bloody irony is anti-USSR activists like yourself Catherine have not only surrendered to this surveillance state you and Pir-wrong continue to defend it in the face of all contrary evidence:

From Greenwald:

"Well, first of all, hovering over everything is always the Fourth Amendment, regardless of what Congress says is legal. The Fourth Amendment constrains what Congress and the government are permitted to do. One of the arguments from privacy activists and the ACLU and other groups has always been that the new FISA law, which was passed in 2008 with the support of all parties in Congress including President Obama, which was designed essentially to legalize the illegal Bush-Cheney warrantless eavesdropping program, is unconstitutional. And there have been all sorts of lawsuits brought to argue that this law that Congress passed is unconstitutional, and yet no court has been able to rule on the merits of it, because the Obama administration has gone into court repeatedly and said two things: Number 1: All this is too secret to allow courts to rule on, and Number 2: Because we keep everything so secret, nobody can prove that they’ve been subjected to this spying, and therefore nobody has standing to contest the constitutionality of it. So there’s this huge argument out there, which is that all of this is illegal because it’s a violation of the Constitution, that the Obama DOJ has succeeded in preventing a judicial answer to."

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