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Trump’s lawyer sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over Russia dossier — RT US News

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has filed two defamation lawsuits against Fusion GPS and Buzzfeed for...

‘Confounding’ release of Fusion GPS transcript sparks rift in Senate Russia probe — RT...

“Somebody’s already been killed,” as a result of the Trump-Russia dossier being published, a co-founder of...

Obama’s Campaign Paid $972,000 to Law Firm that Secretly Paid Fusion GPS in 2016

Since April of 2016, Obama's campaign organization has paid nearly a million dollars to the law firm that funneled money to Fusion...

Conservative site funded Fusion GPS anti-Trump project before Steele dossier – report — RT...

Published time: 28 Oct, 2017 01:28 The Washington Free Beacon paid Fusion GPS for opposition research...
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Video: Japan launches rocket with new ‘Michibiki’ GPS for security purposes

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Live firing, GPS denial operations announced in Scotland as NATO launches one of largest...

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GPS device creates bomb scare

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British MoD works on ‘quantum compass’ technology to replace GPS

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Ford Exec: ‘We Know Everyone Who Breaks The Law’ Thanks To Our GPS In...

JIM EDWARDS Ford's Global VP/Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, said something both sinister and obvious during a panel discussion about data privacy...

Obama bars Russian GPS sites in US

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GPS in police car shows officer speeding more than 700 times

Cheryl MercedesWLOX 13November 15, 2013 Some people want a police officer to turn over his badge after a GPS in his police car registered the...

GPS in police car shows officer speeding more than 700 times

Cheryl Mercedes WLOX 13 November 15, 2013 Some people want a police officer to turn over his badge after a GPS in his police car registered the...

Police required to obtain warrant before using GPS trackers, court rules

Published time: October 22, 2013 23:23 AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen A federal appeals court, addressing an issue that the US Supreme Court chose...

US Court Rules Against ‘Highly Intrusive’ GPS Tracking by Police

Police departments around the U.S. must now obtain a warrant based on probable cause before they can secretly attach a GPS device to your...

NSA Chief: Yes, We’ve Bulk Collected Americans’ GPS Cell Phone Data

Director of the National Security Agency admitted publicly on Wednesday that his agency did, in fact, collect bulk GPS location data from American cellphone...

UK GPs under fire over lethal overdoses

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New Nanotech Set to Track, Self-Destruct, and GPS Tag Guns Wirelessly

Daniel G. J. Infowars.comAugust 11, 2013 The U.S. government is developing new firearm nanotechnology that can track,...

‘India launches indigenous GPS‘

India has launched the first of its seven indigenous satellite navigation systems, Indian space centre says. Republished with permission from:: Press TV

ACLU in Federal Appeals Court Tuesday Arguing Against Warrantless GPS Tracking

PHILADELPHIA - March 18 - The American Civil Liberties Union will argue in federal appeals court tomorrow that the Constitution requires law enforcement to get a warrant from a judge before tracking people's cars with GPS devices.

In the case, the FBI – without a warrant – attached a GPS tracker to the vehicle of three men suspected of burglarizing pharmacies. Following the January 2012 Supreme Court ruling that doing so constitutes a "search" under the Fourth Amendment, the district court issued a decision suppressing the evidence produced by the location tracking.

The Justice Department appealed that ruling to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing in part that even though attaching the device is a search, a warrant is not needed because of a rule called the "automobile exception." The ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the lower court's opinion, joined by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

"Just because a technology wasn't around when the Constitution was written doesn't mean that it's not covered," said Catherine Crump, the ACLU attorney who will argue Tuesday before a three-judge panel. "The fundamental privacy rights established by the Fourth Amendment require that police justify their actions and show probable cause to a judge before they can conduct invasive surveillance like constant location tracking. The 'automobile exception' was created so police could find contraband hidden in cars, not so they could monitor a person's movements nonstop for days or even months on end."

WHAT:
Oral argument in U.S. v. Katzin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The government has appealed the district court's decision granting the defendants' motion to dismiss evidence produced by a GPS tracking device that the FBI attached to their car without a warrant.

WHO:
Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project will argue before Judges D. Brooks Smith, Joseph A. Greenaway, and Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 19, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
James A. Byrne Courthouse
601 Market Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The ACLU's amicus brief is at:
aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/us-v-katzin-amicus-brief

The government's appeal brief is at:
aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/us-v-katzin-government-appellant-appeal-brief

The district court's ruling is at:
aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/us-v-katzin-district-court-opinion

Increase In DNA Collection and GPS Tracking

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During a news conference yesterday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced proposals for the use of GPS tracking for restraining orders and the expansion of DNA collection, from an extra 68,000 individuals from across the state.

Feds taunt rights group with blacked-out docs on GPS tracking

The first two pages of a US government document regarding GPS surveillance on American citizens given to the ACLU. (via aclu.org)

The first two pages of a US government document regarding GPS surveillance on American citizens given to the ACLU. (via aclu.org)

The American Civil Liberties Union has been given information on how Washington determines when it can surveil American citizens using GPS. The documents are so heavily redacted by the Justice Department, though, that they are essentially worthless.

­The redacted sections – which consume several paragraphs and even entire pages – are thought to show legal interpretations outlining the government's rationale on tracking its citizens with GPS. With so much of the documents blacked out, Americans are still wondering whether the federal government is required to obtain a warrant before spying on them with GPS technology – and if so, when exactly it can do so.

The ACLU, one of the most powerful American civil rights groups, had to sue the government in August 2011 with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in order to get their hands on the memos.

­The memos "outline the Justice Department’s conclusions regarding its obligations" under US v. Jones, a January 2012 Supreme Court trial that saw a unanimous ruling in favor of requiring law enforcement to get a warrant before tracking American citizens without their knowledge, ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump wrote in a statement on the matter. They also show how the Justice Department's Criminal Division wrote up another memorandum, “Guidance Regarding the Application of United States v. Jones to GPS Tracking Devices,” in late February of 2012. That July, the same division wrote another document on the same topic that it said “should not be disseminated outside the Department of Justice.”

Such a move by Washington bureaucrats is not unprecedented by any means. For example, the government has refused American citizens access to the legal opinions guiding its use of PATRIOT Act Section 215, which applies to the seizure of personal material. The section's vague language allows law enforcement to search or seize "any tangible things" based on a few guidelines.

The government also keeps secret its legal opinions on when it is or is not acceptable to kill Americans with drones. President Barack Obama has even blocked at least one senator, Ron Wyden (D-OR), from seeing the opinions – though legislators are required access to them by law. 

The ACLU says it will ask for a court order requiring the Justice Department to release the documents, which the group says are "improperly withheld."

"The purpose [of] FOIA is to make sure the government doesn’t operate under secret law—and right now that’s exactly what these memos are," the statement concludes.

Police Allowed to Place GPS Tracking on Vehicles – Without a Warrant

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by Stephen Lendman

India's New York consular official was targeted. Devyani Khobragade is Deputy Consul General. On December 12, US marshals abused her.

They arrested, handcuffed, detained, and strip-searched her multiple times. India's government had to post a $250,000 bond for her release.

She's charged with visa fraud and failing to pay her Indian maid proper wages. True or false doesn't justify treating her abusively.

Doing so compromised her diplomatic immunity. Her lawyer, Daniel Arshack, said she'll plead not guilty. 

Her diplomatic status protects her from prosecution, he said. Regardless of pending charges, she deserved respect.

Under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, she should have enjoyed full diplomatic immunity. Host countries are obligated to provide it.

It grants foreign officials free movement and travel. It requires treating them respectfully. All appropriate steps must be taken. Article 29 states:

"The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity."

If nations want their diplomats treated lawfully, they're obligated to treat foreign officials the same way. International law mandates it.

Washington spurns it with impunity. It violates core constitutional and US statute law provisions. It operates extrajudicially. It does so unapologetically. It does so hypocritically.

CIA agent Raymond Davis operated covertly in Pakistan. In January 2011, he was arrested and detained. He shot and killed two men. It was at a crowded Lahore traffic stop.

Pakistan charged him with murder and possession of a concealed, unlicensed gun. Washington lied claiming it was a botched robbery. So did Davis saying he acted in self-defense. 

He shot both men 10 times in the back at close range. He fled the scene. He carried a telescope, a GPS set, bolt cutters, a survival kit, and a long-range radio. 

His gun a powerful Glock semi-automatic pistol. It's able to fire 17 - 33 rounds. It depends on what magazine is used.

Davis assassinated two targeted victims. It didn't matter. Obama officials claimed diplomatic immunity. They demanded his release. Davis was no diplomat. CIA operatives are spies. 

Washington applies pressure relentlessly. Doing so got Davis released. Murder didn't matter.

Alleged visa violations and underpaying wages apparently are more serious offenses. Only in America. Hypocrisy defines policy.

Why Washington would risk straining relations with India isn't clear. Why was it over offenses far less than major ones, if true? They pale compared to commonplace US policy brutality.

They don't rise to the level of American crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. 

Khobragade didn't rob, brutalize or kill anyone. If tried and convicted, potentially she faces years in prison.

India's government expressed justifiable outrage. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called her treatment "deplorable." Other Indian officials voiced outrage.

Imagine if US embassy or consular officials were abused abroad. Imagine how Washington might retaliate. Khobragade explained her treatment, saying:

"I must admit that I broke down many times as the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, holed up with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me despite my incessant assertions of immunity."

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro endured a similar abuse. It happened years earlier. At the time, he was Chavez's foreign minister.

In September 2006, he was part of Venezuela's New York General Assembly delegation. He arrived without trouble. None occurred during his stay.

Heading home, things changed. He was accosted at JFK Airport. Officials demanded he surrender his ticket and boarding pass. They claimed his name was on a so-called "red list."

He was lawlessly detained. He was taken to a small room. He was maliciously strip-searched. It was done to harass and humiliate him. He protested in vain.

He identified himself as Venezuela's foreign minister. He said treatment then got worse. Police threatened to handcuff and beat him.

He was isolated. He was detained for 90 minutes. He was denied legal and other outside contact. 

Venezuela's government demanded a full apology. A State Department spokesperson issued a contemptuous one. 

It was typical Washington. What happened was Bush administration thuggery. It continues unapologetically. Obama operates the same way.

Lawlessness defines longstanding US policy. So does unjustifiable brutality. America's most disadvantaged are mistreated. People of color are targeted for not being white. It happens with disturbing regularity.

Thousands of political prisoners languish in America's gulag. It's by far the world's largest. It's one of the most abusive. 

Torture is commonplace. Practices include dogs savaging prisoners, shocking them with cattle prods, burning them with toxic chemicals, harming them with stun guns, beating and abusing them in other ways.

Longterm isolation turns normal prisoners into dysfunctional ones. It contributes to anti-social behavior and mental illness. At times, it creates sociopaths. 

Other victims become zombies. Isolation is like being buried alive. It can cause irreversible psychological trauma and harm. 

It's common practice in US prisons. It's cruel and usual punishment.  It violates America's 8th Amendment. It doesn't matter.

Violence in America is endemic. It's part of the national culture. Among all industrialized nations, America by far has the highest homicide rate.

Similar video games crowd out simpler street play. Violent films are some of the most popular. Women are routinely abused. Husbands mistreat wives and daughters.

One-fourth of adult women are victimized by forcible rape. It happens one or more times in their lives. Often it's by someone they know. Family members are responsible.

Many girls are molested as young children. Often it's repeatedly by a close family member.

An astonishing 75% of women experience extreme levels of violence in one or more forms. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury. It's the second leading cause of death.

Homes with adult males are the most dangerous places for millions of women. Assailants abuse them freely. Often it's with impunity. Societal help is lacking.

Children endure horrific abuses. Millions suffer serious neglect, physical mistreatment, and/or sexual abuse. Family members are more dangerous than strangers.

Childhelp addresses prevention and treatment of child abuse. It defines it as "any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child's physical or emotional health and development."

It "includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably be explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature."

Non-accidental injuries include "hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping and paddling."

Sexual abuses include "fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex, or forced observation of sexual acts."

Neglect includes "(f)ailure to provide for a child's physical needs."

Examples include "lack of supervision, inappropriate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food and water, inappropriate clothing for season or weather, abandonment, denial of medical care and inadequate hygiene."

Emotional abuse includes "(a)ny attitude or behavior which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development."

Examples include yelling, screaming, name-calling, shaming, negative comparisons to others, telling them they are 'bad, no good, worthless,' or 'a mistake.' " 

It's failing to provide parental affection and support. It's needed to develop a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being.

All of the above practices are commonplace in America. Where's the public outrage? Why haven't authorities cared enough to act responsibly? 

Why do they most often turn a blind eye to outrageous forms of abuse? Why are perpetrators so rarely prosecuted? Why is a national epidemic allowed to persist?

America's elderly and infirm are affected. Women most of all are harmed. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates up to two million Americans aged 65 or older have been injured, exploited or mistreated by caregivers annually.

Often they're family members. Most often they're unpunished. Federal, state and local funding to combat it is less than years earlier.

Actor Mickey Rooney is aged 92. He's one of many victims. In March 2011, he testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

He implored members to stop what experts call chronic emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse of elderly Americans by family members or other caregivers.

His stepson, Christopher Aber, intimidated him, he said. He blocked access to his mail. 

He abused him various ways. He stole his money. He withheld medication and food. 

"You can't believe it's happening to you," said Rooney. "You feel overwhelmed." He urged Congress to criminalize what's happening.

"I'm asking you to stop this elderly abuse," he said. "I mean stop it now. Not tomorrow. Not next month, but now." Pass legislation saying "it's a crime, and we will not allow it in the United States of America."

Rooney said he suffered in silence. He did so for years. "I didn't want to tell anybody. I couldn't muster the courage, and you have to have courage," he stressed.

"I needed help, and I knew I needed it. Even when I tried to speak up, I was told to shut up and be quiet." 

Eventually he got a court order. He turned over his affairs to an attorney. He got a restraining order against his stepson. Countless others suffer similar abuses. They do so largely out of sight and mind.

Despite his age and frailty, Rooney devoted time and effort publicly. He's an advocate for elder abuse protection. His celebrity gives him credibility and attention.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), over 14% of noninstitutionalized adults experienced some form of elder abuse in 2009.

It cautioned that reported numbers may way understate reality. Many elder abuse instances go unreported. So does widespread women and child mistreatment.

Dr. Mark Lachs heads geriatrics at the New York Presbyterian Health System. He was blunt, saying:

"I tell the physicians I train that if they've seen 15 or 20 older people in their practices then they have probably met an elder abuse victim, whether they realize it or not."

Based on a 2011 New York state study, "it would appear that for every elder abuse victim that makes it into an official service or reporting system, another 23 to 24 go undetected," Lachs stressed.

Women, children and elder abuse in America reflects a largely silent epidemic. Marie-Therese Connolly heads Life long Justice (LLJ). It's a nationwide initiative.

It pursues effective ways to safeguard America's elderly. Billions of dollars are spent to lengthen life. Elder abuse research gives pause for concern, says LLJ.

It estimates up to 11% of aged 60 or older elders at home suffer abuse, neglect or exploitation. Nearly half of all people with dementia at home are abused or neglected by caregivers.

"For every case of elder abuse (reported), 23.5 (others are) not." From "50% - 90% of nursing homes are understaffed at levels that harm residents."

"Elder abuse includes mistreatment, neglect and financial exploitation," says LLJ. 

"It occurs in homes and facilities; cuts across all demographic groups; and causes untold suffering and cost, not just for its victims, but also for those who care about and for them." 

"Victims often live their last years - impoverished, injured, neglected and in fear - with little effective assistance, protection or attention from any system."

They "suffer more injuries and illnesses and are three times more likely to die sooner than non-victims." 

"In addition to depleting the resources of already stressed individuals and families, elder abuse costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually in Medicare, Medicaid and other federal, state and local program expenditures."

"We are at the early stage of a hidden epidemic," LLJ stresses. "As 77 million baby boomers age, and caregiving shortages grow more acute, the problem will" become much more serious than already.

Rooney expressed what many others feel, saying:

"You're afraid, but you're also thinking about your other family members." He noted concern about potential criticism from "family, friends, and people who know them."

"They might not want to accept the dysfunction. Everyone should love their families as I do. I love my family," he stressed. 

He deserves as much back or more in return. Millions like him lack it. America's most vulnerable are harmed. Abuses continue largely out of sight and mind. 

Even foreign dignitaries aren't safe. Diplomatic immunity doesn't matter. Nor does rule of law justice.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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by Stephen Lendman

On December 5, the Washington Post broke the story. It headlined "NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show."

Doing so enables tracking individual movements. It maps their relationships. It does it in "previously unimaginable" ways.

NSA maintains a vast database. It's called FASCIA. It "stores information (on) locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices…"

New efforts analyze data collected. Doing so reflects mass global surveillance. NSA claims it doesn't target Americans willfully. It lied saying so.

"Incidental" whereabouts alone are tracked, it claims. WaPo said the term "connotes a foreseeable but not deliberate result."

Previous articles explained how NSA operates lawlessly. It does so globally. It targets Americans. It does it willfully. It collects phone records of millions of AT&T, Verizon and other telecommunications company customers.

It taps into central servers of nine or more US Internet companies. Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and others willingly cooperate.

Audio, video, photos, emails, text messages, and other personal information is collected. Doing so lets NSA track individual movements and contacts over time.

According to retired NSA/US Air Force/Naval Intelligence/Defense Intelligence Agency analyst-turned whistleblower Russell Tice:

What's ongoing "is much larger and more systemic than anything anyone has ever suspected or imagined."

It's been widely known for years. Little was revealed publicly. Pervasive spying is much worse than suspected.

Snowden released documents and others reflect the tip of the iceberg. Expect lots more revelations ahead. Newly revealed WaPo information is the latest.

An unnamed senior NSA collection manager said "we are getting vast volumes" of location data worldwide.

It's gotten by tapping into cables connecting global cell networks. They serve US cell phones and foreign ones.

Additional data is collected from "tens of millions of Americans" traveling abroad annually. According to WaPo:

"In scale, scope and potential impact on privacy, the efforts to collect and analyze location data may be unsurpassed among the NSA surveillance programs that have been disclosed since June." 

"Analysts can find cellphones anywhere in the world, retrace their movements and expose hidden relationships among the people using them."

NSA wants global privacy eliminated. It wants total electronic information access. It wants it in America and abroad. 

It wants it everywhere. It wants it no matter who or where you are. It's well on the way to getting it.

NSA lies claiming mass surveillance is lawful. Robert Litt is Office of the Director of National Intelligence general counsel. 

He lied claiming "no element of the intelligence community that under any authority is intentionally collecting bulk cellphone location information about cellphones in the United States."

Its most powerful analytic tools are collectively called "CO-TRAVELER." It enables bulk collections. It involves more than location information.

A portrait of travel times and people whose paths crossed is gotten. Doing so reveals physical interactions and relationships. It lets NSA know who we're with, where and when.

CO-TRAVELER permits looking for "unknown associates of known intelligence targets," said WaPo. It does so by "tracking people whose movements intersect."

Privacy advocates call aggregated location data over time uniquely sensitive. Sophisticated mathematical techniques are used.

They let NSA analysts map cell phone user relationships. They do so by correlating their movement patterns over time. They do it with up to millions of other cell users crossing their path.

Cell phones "broadcast their locations" even when not in use. Carrying one on your person tracks where you're going.

CO-TRAVELER and related tools involve methodically collecting and storing location data on "a planetary scale," said WaPo.

People are monitored in "confidential business meetings." Their medical, financial, and other private spaces are tracked.

Privacy practically no longer exists for anyone communicating electronically.

Chris Soghoian is principal ACLU technologist. "One of the key components of location data, and why it's so sensitive, is that the laws of physics don't let you keep it private," he said.

Emails can be encrypted, he added. Online identities can be disguised. "(T)he only way to hide your location is to disconnect from our modern communication system and live in a cave."

Vast NSA data more than doubles Library of Congress print material. It's growing exponentially. It's so vast, it's "outpacing (its) ability to ingest, process and store" what's gotten. NSA is upgrading to greater capacity. 

Three US Democrat senators expressed concern. Ron Wyden (OR), Mark Udall (CO) and Barbara Milulski (MD) introduced a 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment.

It requires US intelligence agencies to say whether they ever collected or plan obtaining location data on "a large number of United States persons with no known connection to suspicious activity."

Americans tracked globally can't be determined from Snowden documents alone. Senior intelligence officials declined to estimate.

They claim no way to do it. Why not wasn't explained. An intelligence agency lawyer was cited. He doesn't respect constitutional law.

He claimed cell phone data monitoring doesn't violate Fourth Amendment rights. They protect against unlawful searches and seizures. 

Warrantless privacy invasions constitute gross Fourth Amendment violations. According to WaPo:

"(T)op secret briefing slides (show) NSA pulls in location data around the world from 10 major 'sigads,' or signals intelligence activity designators."

"A signad known as STORMBREW relies on two unnamed corporate partners." They're codenamed ARTIFICE and WOLFPOINT.

Both companies administer NSA "physical systems (interception equipment). 'NSA asks nicely for tasking/updates.' "

"STORMBREW collects data from 27 telephone links." They're called OPC/DPC pairs. They refer to originating and destination points.

They transfer traffic from one internal network to another. Cell tower identifiers are included. They're used to identify phone locations.

"The agency's access to carrier networks appears to be vast," WaPo explained. Computer and Information Science Professor Matt Blaze said:

"Many shared databases, such as those used for roaming, are available in their complete form to any carrier who requires access to any part of it."

"This 'flat' trust model means that a surprisingly large number of entities have access to data about customers that they never actually do business with, and an intelligence agency - hostile or friendly - can get 'one-stop shopping' to an expansive range of subscriber data just by compromising a few carriers."

NSA's location tracking capability is "staggering," added WaPo. It renders most communication security efforts "effectively futile."

Analytical tools map date, time, and location of cellphones. Patterns or significant overlap movements are monitored.

Other tools compute cell devices' speed and trajectory. Information gotten overlays electronic data on transportation maps. Likely travel time is determined to show which devices may have intersected. 

This report and previous ones reflect out-of-control NSA spying. It persists at home and abroad.

Thousands more Snowden documents remain to be released. Expect added proof of NSA lawlessness.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) lawsuits pressed courts to prohibit warrantless searches. Rulings were split.

In 2008, the Third Circuit US Appeals Court held that federal magistrates may require warrants based on probable cause. They may do so before permitting monitoring of phone location records.

Fifth and Sixth Circuit Court rulings approved warrantless seizures. The Supreme Court hasn't yet addressed the issue. It's important enough to do so. It's right wing judges may provide no relief.

At the same time, an earlier High Court ruling prohibited planting GPS devices on cars without warrants. It stopped short deciding whether warrantless tracking violates Fourth Amendment rights.

A Final Comment

On December 6, Russia Today (RT) headlined Sweden 'spied on Russian leaders for US.' "

Sweden's National Defense Radio Establishment (FRA) is involved. It monitors electronic communications.

FRA declined to comment. Its communications head, Anni Bolenius, said:

"We do in general have international cooperation with a number of countries, which is supported in Swedish legislation, but we do not comment on which ones we cooperate with."

Sweden's Sveriges Television (SVT) broke the story. Nils Hanson was involved. He's chief editor of SVT's "Mission: Investigate."

He told RT that FRA/NSA collaboration isn't new. "(N)ow we can show documents proving this relationship," he said.

Snowden provided them. "Sweden's 'cable access' made its position 'unique' in the eyes of the NSA," said RT. 

Sweden's FRA signal intelligence agency is a key NSA partner. According to one Snowden document:

"The FRA provided NSA unique collection on high-priority Russian targets, such as leadership, internal politics." NSA bosses were told to:

"Thank Sweden for its continued work on the Russian target, and underscore the primary role that FRA plays as a leading partner to work the Russian Target, including Russian leadership and counterintelligence."

"FRA's cable access has resulted in unique SIGINT reporting on all of these areas."

FRA authorization involves tracking "external threats" potentially affecting Sweden. It secret Defense Intelligence Court issues permits.

Targeting Russian leaders reflects doing so at NSA's behest. It suggests exceeding FRA's remit. 

Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials aren't threats. FRA has lots of explaining to do. Perhaps Moscow will demand answers.

Last April, Voice of Russia cited Julian Assange saying FRA intercepts 80% of Russian Internet traffic. It sells it to the NSA. 

It's further proof of Swedish/US collaboration against Russia. It shows hostile intent. It targets a friendly neighbor.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Bailed UK criminals commit 60K crimes

British criminals released on bail by the UK™s justice system committed more than 60,000 crimes in 2012, a newspaper report said. From among those...

The US Federal Deficit Continues to Shrink

(Photo: mSeattle / Flickr)The federal budget deficit has been plummeting in size over the last few years; however, judging from polls, most Americans do...

“They Can’t Marginalize All of Us”

Bruce Levine is an American clinical psychologist, often at odds with the mainstream of his profession. He has practiced in Cincinnati, Ohio for nearly...

‘Rosetta Stone’ of the Right: Koch Bros. Financial Cabal Exposed

David Koch and Charles G Koch (Getty)A Politico exclusive published Thursday reveals for the first time that a highly secretive Virginia-based group serves as...

Prescription drugs kill more Brits than heroin and cocaine

Press TV September 11, 2013 UK doctors have come under fire after new figures showed more patients died from overdosing on prescription drugs than heroin and...

All Smartphone Data Exploited by Specialized NSA Teams

The National Security Agency (NSA) has teams devoted to cracking and monitoring every type of smartphone, including the iPhone, Android devices, and the Blackberry,...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Five acts of terror since 9/11

Every clear-thinking American knows that education and jobs are needed more than armed guards in poor neighborhoods. But average Americans are led to believe...

30% of UK patients wrongly go to A&E

Up to a third of all patients in accident and emergency (A&E) departments at hospitals in England could be diverted to paramedics and local...

252 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, etc.

freedomoutpost.com August 29, 2013 The following is a contribution from Dan from Squirrel Hill. The original title of the article is “Obama supporters...

More Surveillance: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Buses

Mac SlavoSHTF PlanApril 5, 2010 Senator Joe Lieberman, in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press,...

“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East

Global Research Editor’s Note The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current...

The Equal Rites Awards

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_equal_rites_awards_20130825/ Posted on Aug 26, 2013 ...

Brazil’s Vinegar Revolution: Neoliberalism and the Economic Elites

In spite of failing to free Brazil’s economy from IMF debt control, Lula de Silva’s leadership of Brazil also had important successes, particularly in...

The Terrifying World of Electronic Monitoring

I spend a considerable part of my life doing research and writing about electronic monitors-those black plastic ankle bracelets best known for landing on...

Beautiful Noize

The summer road trip seems to offer the chance to catch up on all those recordings accumulated over the previous year. Depending on your...

Cellphone tracking cases highlight privacy concerns in digital age

In recent weeks, two cert petitions were filed seeking review of whether the Fourth Amendment covers police searches of cellphone records upon arrest. ...

‘UK patients could face long waits’

British family doctors warn that patients could face longer waiting times.The majority of British General Practioners (GPs) have predicted that there would be longer...

Railroading Quebec

The bad news for the beleaguered trackside inhabitants of Lac Megantic, Quebec, continues to roll relentlessly downhill, just as the The Montreal, Maine &...

Railroading Quebec

The bad news for the beleaguered trackside inhabitants of Lac Megantic, Quebec, continues to roll relentlessly downhill, just as the The Montreal, Maine &...

Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

Peter Van BurenRon Paul InstituteAug 8, 2013 On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the...

One million UK workers on zero-hour contracts

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The Ancient Brain, Modern Times and the Atomic Bomb

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_ancient_brain_modern_times_and_the_atomic_bomb_20130806/ Posted on Aug 6, 2013 ...

Welcome to Post-Constitution America

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/welcome_to_post-constitution_america_20130805/ Posted on Aug 5, 2013 By Peter van...

US to monitor Afghan projects remotely

The United States is spending $92 million to build Afghanistan a new "Pentagon," a massive, five-story military headquarters with domed rooves and a high-tech...

US can track phones without warrants

A divided federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the government does not need a probable-cause warrant to access mobile-phone subscribersâ„¢ cell-site information, a...

Overwhelmed law-enforcement miss ankle bracelet alarms

More than 100,000 parolees and sex offenders are wearing ankle bracelets in the US, but a new report found that police are ignoring tens...

The Coming Shortage Of Physical Gold That Will Change Everything

Is the paper gold scam about to be brutally crushed by a crippling shortage of physical gold? If so, what will that do to...

‘UK NHS faces chronic staff shortage’

UK NHS is facing chronic staff shortage, the King's Fund thinktank warns.Britainâ„¢s National Health Service (NHS) is facing such chronic staff shortage in elderly...

Hackers Demonstrate How Easy it is to Carjack a Vehicle Remotely

Demonstration supports theory that journalist Michael Hastings car was remotely hijacked Adan SalazarInfowars.comJuly 25,...

ALEC and the NRA Have Blood on Their Hands

Attorney General Eric Holder may be getting a reputation for saying what President Obama can’t, thanks to the irony of a black president. While...

New Jersey toughens rules for phone data searches

Police officers in the state of New Jersey will now require a judge’s signature on a search warrant if they want to obtain the...

The Fight for Control at UPS

It is forty years ago, in November, since striking United Parcel (UPS) workers, roving pickets, crossed from Pennsylvania into Ohio, closing UPS hubs as...

Driving somewhere? There’s a gov’t record of that

Yahoo NewsJuly 17, 2013 Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your...

"I Felt Like It Was My Son": Thousands Protest George Zimmerman Acquittal in Trayvon...

Protests were held across the country this weekend after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter...

State Attorney Employee Who Testified in Zimmerman Case Fired

As media pundits continue to discuss the “not guilty” verdict rendered by the jury on July 13 in the nationally watched George Zimmerman trial,...

New Hi-Tech Police Surveillance: The “StingRay” Cell Phone Spying Device

Blocked by a Supreme Court decision from using GPS tracking devices without a warrant, federal investigators and other law enforcement agencies are turning to...

Zimmerman Not Guilty; Unrest and Calls for Federal Charges Begin

Shortly after George Zimmerman was found not guilty late Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the self-defense shooting death of Trayvon Martin, unrest...

BREAKING: George Zimmerman acquitted in Trayvon Martin case

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The Government Is Spying On ALL Americans’ Digital and Old-Fashioned Communications

Washington’s Blog July 12, 2013 Even now — after all of the revelations by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers — spying apologists say...

Saudi princess charged with trafficking

A Saudi princess has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly forcing a Kenyan woman to work at her house against her will. On Wednesday,...

US Navy to attempt first drone landing on aircraft carrier

The US navy will attempt to land the experimental X-47B drone on an aircraft carrier for the first time since its May launch. A...

Jay Z’s App and Obama’s Criminal Enterprise

To gauge the real impact of a historic development like “the Snowden revelations”, it’s sometimes useful to examine how wide it’s being felt. An...

Jay Z’s App and Obama’s Criminal Enterprise

To gauge the real impact of a historic development like “the Snowden revelations”, it’s sometimes useful to examine how wide it’s being felt. An...

Immigrants to be charged for non-emergency health care in Britain

By Jordan Shilton 9 July 2013 The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has revealed plans that would compel general practitioners (GPs) to refuse to treat “ineligible” immigrants on the...

Fair Shares of Food

With anxiety building over how humanity will feed itself in coming decades, we have two routes open to us. We can eliminate waste, stop...

Fair Shares of Food

With anxiety building over how humanity will feed itself in coming decades, we have two routes open to us. We can eliminate waste, stop...

Passengers Recount Frightening Moments Before Fatal San Franscisco Jet Crash

US officials were combing through the wreckage of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet in San Francisco Sunday, as they tried to determine...

Passengers Recount Frighting Moments Before Fatal San Franscisco Jet Crash

US officials were combing through the wreckage of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet in San Francisco Sunday, as they tried to determine...

AT&T joins Verizon, Facebook in selling customer data

RT July 7, 2013 AT&T has announced that it will begin selling customers’ smart phone data to the highest bidder, putting the telecommunications...

Obama Admin Faces Diplomatic Uproar as Massive Surveillance of EU Governments, Citizens Exposed

While National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been holed up at a Moscow airport, news outlets are continuing to report on his leaks...

Pentagon wanted searchable database of people’s lives in 2003

Daily Caller July 2, 2013 Ten years before the recent global panic over the U.S. government’s domestic spying program, the Pentagon solicited contractors...

Stressed doctors put patients at risk

Britain's NHS is facing a Å“growing disaster” due to doctors suffering stress and exhaustion.The UKâ„¢s National Health Service (NHS) is facing a Å“growing disaster”...

Portugal unions to hold major strike

A protester waves a Portuguese flag in front of the police in Lisbon during a general strike. (File photo)Portugal will face a 24-hour general...

Top Ten American Steps Toward a Police State

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/top_ten_american_steps_toward_a_police_state_20130625/ Posted on Jun 25, 2013 ...

Illegal Immigration = More Identity Theft, More Murder, More Rape And More Drug Dealing

Michael SnyderAmerican DreamJune 25, 2013 Do we want to encourage drug dealers, violent gang members and...

Chicago Police Accused of Using Gun to Sodomize Innocent Man

A federal lawsuit alleges that Chicago...

Do You Have ANY IDEA How Widespread the Spying Really Is?

Washington’s Blog June 20, 2013 Preface: Americans now know that the government is spying. But they still have no idea how many of...

They Know: Billionaires Are Quietly And Rapidly Dumping Millions of Shares of Stock

After the massive crash that rocked global markets in 2008, as Congress, central bankers and major financial institutions met in secret to mitigate the...

App pays you to snitch on illegally parked cars

Fox NewsJune 18, 2013 Becoming a bounty hunter may soon get a lot easier. SpotSquad is a...

They Know: Billionaires Are Quietly And Rapidly Dumping Millions of Shares of Stock

After the massive crash that rocked global markets in 2008, as Congress, central bankers and major financial institutions met in secret to mitigate the...

The Next NSA Spying Shoe to Drop: “Pre-Crime” Artificial Intelligence

Washington’s BlogJune 17, 2013 NSA spying whistleblower Edward Snowden’s statements have been verified.   Reporter Glenn Greenwald has...

The Next NSA Spying Shoe to Drop: “Pre-Crime” Artificial Intelligence

NSA Building Big Brother “Pre-Crime” Artificial Intelligence Program NSA spying whistleblower Edward Snowden’s statements have been verified.   Reporter Glenn Greenwald has promised numerous additional disclosures...

Is the Snowden Case Headed for a Plea Deal?

I’m guessing that there is more to Edward Snowden’s choice of Hong Kong instead of Iceland as an intial refuge than a matter of...

Utah Cops Assassinated 21-year-old Woman Sitting in Her Car, Parents Claim

Police shot a young woman to death "assassination style" as she sat in her car, amid "widespread and systemic corruption" in the undercover drug...

Comments on ‘Liberty in the Tenticular State’

Paul Bonneaustrike-the-root.comJune 13, 2013 I was just reading “Liberty in the Tenticular State” by Charles Cooke...

Joe Biden Warns Democrats of Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul

In a strongly-worded speech to donors at a Tuesday evening fundraiser Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Senate campaign, Vice President Joe Biden (shown) blasted the...

NSA Deception Operation? Questions Surround Leaked PRISM Document’s Authenticity

“I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this...

Twenty TRILLION Phone Calls: “They’ve Been Collecting Data About ALL Domestic Calls Since October...

Mac SlavoSHTFPlan.comJune 11, 2013 “The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in...

Twenty TRILLION Phone Calls: “They’ve Been Collecting Data About ALL Domestic Calls Since October...

In 2011, when we noted that Everything You Do Is Monitored, we weren’t embellishing or fear mongering.

Is the Government Also Monitoring the CONTENT of Our Phone Calls?

Yes, Government Spooks May Be Listening The Obama administration has been caught spying on the Verizon phone calls of tens of millions of Americans. But the government has...

The Monitoring of Our Phone Calls? Government Spooks May Be Listening

The Obama administration has been caught spying on the Verizon phone calls of tens of millions of Americans. The spying effort specifically targeted Americans...

Is the Government Also Monitoring the CONTENT of Our Phone Calls?

Yes, Government Spooks May Be Listening The Obama administration has been caught spying on the Verizon phone calls of tens of millions of Americans. But the government has...

Descent Into Tyranny: The Fate of Free Humanity Is At Stake *Micro Doc*

A Descent Into Tyranny: (Video follows excerpts) Welcome to the future. The police and military become indistinguishable in the effort to...

Descent Into Tyranny: The Fate of Free Humanity Is At Stake *Micro Doc*

A Descent Into Tyranny: (Video follows excerpts) Welcome to the future. The police and military become indistinguishable in the effort to...

Britain’s Accident and Emergency services reach breaking point

Reports that National Health Service (NHS) Accident and Emergency (A&E) services across the UK are reaching the breaking point have forced the House of Commons health committee to start an investigation.

Russia’s S-300 Surface to Air Missile, Already Deployed and Functional in Syria?

According to reports, Russia’s S-300 Surface to Air Missile system is to be delivered and deployed to Syria. Israel has responded with veiled threats....

German national rail testing drones

File photo shows a similar model of the drone to be used in testing by Deutsche Bahn.German national rail provider is set to begin...

Ill-starred Russian ghost ship still lost at sea

Lyubov Orlova, the opulent cruise liner that has brought misfortune to its recent owners, has not been found after disappearing almost three months ago,...

Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/six_facts_lost_in_the_irs_scandal_20130526/ Posted on May 26, 2013 ...

6 Key Facts That Have Been Lost in the IRS Scandal

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A Second Cold War, This Time in Space

Perhaps there should be a statue to the anticommunist US senator Joseph McCarthy in Beijing, since he’s the inadvertent father of China’s nuclear programme....

Top Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points...

Billionaires Unchained: America is a Democracy of the Wealthy

Billionaires with an axe to grind, now is your time. Not since the days before a bumbling crew of would-be break-in artists set into motion the...

UK MPs set for pay rises of up to £20k

British MPs are set for a dramatic pay rise of up to £20,000 amid government cuts inflicting pay freezes and redundancies on cash-strapped families. Based...

5 Worst Obama Assaults on Civil Liberties Besides the AP scandal

Is anyone really surprised that Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department followed the rules in seizing two months of telephone records from...

10 Ridiculous Christian Right Prophesies

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Google ‘Knows When You’re Home’

Google has devised yet another ingenious way of convincing people to hand over their real-time location data, by offering location specific “reminders” as part of its Google Now feature.

The New Pay-As-You-Go Landscape of American ‘Democracy’

Today, politics is a rich man’s game. Look no further than the 2012 elections and that season’s biggest donor, 79-year-old casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

New Phone Tracking System ‘Violates Privacy Rights’

Invasive new technology has allowed retailers to monitor and track the position of shoppers by sniffing out wi-fi signals from smartphones. It has already tracked over 50 million people in at least 4,000 locations.