Fed Gov’t Just Admitted It Will Continue Warrantless Spying—Even If Congress Votes to Stop It


As the United States Congress runs out of time to vote on a bill that would reauthorize one of the government’s most egregious warrantless spying programs, officials are claiming that those programs won’t end anytime soon—even if they are not reauthorized by the end of the year.

The USA Liberty Act will reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017. While the bill’s proponents have claimed it will help ensure “security” in the United States, privacy advocates have warned that will provide additional loopholes for the government to continue conducting warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans.

The assumption may be that if the USA Liberty Act is not signed into law, then the provisions from Section 702 will no longer be legal and the U.S. government will stop collecting data from innocent Americans without warrants—but intelligence officials do not see it that way.

A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Brian Hale, told the New York Times that “the government believes it can keep the program going for months,” even if it is not reauthorized.

Hale’s reasoning stems from the fact that every year, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizes the program to operate for the next 12 months. Section 702 was last authorized by the court on April 26, 2017, leaving some lawmakers hopeful that even if the Liberty Act does not pass before the end of the year, Congress will find a way reauthorize Section 702 before it actually expires on April 26, 2018.

Hale cited the “Transition Procedures” for the provision, which accompany the law in federal statute books. He told the Times that the procedures make it “very clear” that “any existing order will continue in effect for a short time even if Congress doesn’t act to reauthorize the law in a timely fashion.”

According to the definitions of Transition Procedures for the Protect America Act of 2007’s provisions for “Challenge of Directives, Protection from Liability; Use of Information” concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Section 702 shall continue to apply with respect to any directive issued pursuant to section 702 of such Act.”

While this loophole may give hope to some government officials who are in favor of violating Americans’ constitutional rights while selling them a false sense of security, NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden referred to it by writing on Twitter, Bypass the Fourth Amendment with one weird trick.”

The Times also cited anonymous intelligence officials who reportedly said that the government is making no plans to immediately turn off the program on New Year’s Day, no matter what happens in Congress.”

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, told the Times that he is prepared to have “a full and open debate” over the legality of the USA Liberty Act, even if Congress delays that debate until next year.

We’ve seen this movie before: wait until the last minute, and then say, ‘crowded congressional calendar, dangerous world, we’ve just got to go along with it,’” Wyden said. “Anything now that creates an opportunity for several months of real debate, I’ll listen to.”

Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan, has also been critical of the USA Liberty Act. When it passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 27-8 last month, Amash noted that all privacy advocates should be concerned about the overwhelming support the bill is receiving from Congress.

“The Liberty Act passed committee 27-8. It allows the government to search our private data without a warrant—in violation of the 4th Amendment,” Amash wrote on Twitter. “It’s another bill, like the Freedom Act, that furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.”

While advocates of the USA Liberty Act will claim that it is necessary in order to ensure that Americans are “safe,” it is important to remember that the surveillance programs that were adopted after 9/11 have never actually stopped a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. In the same way that the USA Patriot Act was the opposite of patriotic in 2001, the USA Freedom Act also took away freedom in 2015. Do not be fooled by the title—the USA Liberty Act in 2017 has nothing to do with expanding “liberty.”

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Facebook Police Continue Attacks on Influential Conservative News Sites


After last year’s Presidential election, then President Barack Obama met face to face with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Although the minutes of their meeting are not publicly available, far-left publications shared that Obama warned Zuckerberg about ‘fake news’ –

Former president Barack Obama personally warned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post-2016 election meeting to check the spread of fake news on the site, but he was told there was no easy fix, according to a Washington Post report on Sunday.

Soon after in January the Washington Free Beacon published a lengthy document relaeased by far left operative David Brock from far left radical website Media Matters. This liberal site is funded by controversial anti-American agitator George Soros.

At a January donor retreat it became clear that liberals weren’t for free speech, they were for liberal approved speech only. The 49 page memo from the retreat outlined how the George Soros-funded groups Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Shareblue planned to undermine President Trump’s agenda and help Democrats win control of Congress and the White House by 2020.

The leaked document claimed Media Matters was working with Facebook and Twitter to crack down on pro-Trump articles on social media.

Via The Daily Wire:

The memo decried the “fake news” that spread on social media as a reason why Hillary Clinton lost the election, and then went on to state something alarming: Media Matters obtained “access to raw data from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites” so they can “systemically monitor and analyze this unfiltered data.”

“The earlier we can identify a fake news story, the more effectively we can quash it,” the memo states. “With this new technology at our fingertips, researchers monitoring news in real time will be able to identify the origins of a lie with mathematical precision, creating an early warning system for fake news and disinformation.”

The memo went on to state that Media Matters had a discussion with Facebook on how to crack down on fake news, including Media Matters providing the social media giant with “a detailed map of the constellation of right-wing Facebook pages that had been the biggest purveyors of fake news.” The memo also bragged that Media Matters provided Google with “the information necessary to identify 40 of the worst fake new sites” that would be prevented from using Google’s advertising network.

It was soon clear that what Obama and the far left meant by ‘fake news’ was any conservative information that they did not like.

After Obama’s meeting with Facebook, the Columbia Journalism Review published an article in March that was entitled “Study: Breitbart-led Right-wing Media Ecosystem Altered Broader Media Agenda“.

The article stated that only Breitbart, The Hill and FOX News were more influential to conservative audiences in the months leading up to last year’s election than was the Gateway Pundit.

The conservative right was dominated with trusted online ‘new media’ outlets and liberal media critics that shared the real news that mainstream media would not share.
The left was dominated by biased liberal ‘legacy media’ outlets that have carried water for Democrats for ages.

President Trump tweeted in September that Facebook was never pro-Trump during the election and since –

Facebook was always anti-Trump. The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @NYTimes and @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?

This did not sit well with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who rejected President Trump and per Facebook replied in part –

…After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea. Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive. But the data we have has always shown that our broader impact — from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote — played a far bigger role in this election.

We will continue to work to build a community for all people. We will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections. We’ll keep working to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, and to ensure our community is a platform for all ideas and force for good in democracy.

Based on Facebook’s actions, Zuckerberg was not honest especially since the election and one of the entities Facebook wants to stop the most is conservative leaning Gateway Pundit.

Before the election it was reported that Zuckerberg and the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg were huge Hillary supporters in the 2016 elections. WikiLeaks released Hillary’s Campaign Manager’s emails which included emails from Zuckerberg asking creepy Podesta for a meeting.

Podesta emails also showed Zuckerberg was working directly with Hillary with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg declaring: “I Still Want HRC to Win Badly. I Am Still Here to Help”.
Here is our recent analysis of Facebook traffic.

In every single Facebook category our numbers are down. In page visits our numbers were sky rocketing before the election. Then in three distinct periods our numbers were cut off. This didn’t have anything to do with the quality of our posts as we have proof that our generic numbers are up and increasing.

The fact is Facebook is doing something to prevent our stories from being shared.

Our Facebook weekly total reach numbers are also way down.

In all statistical categories provided to us by Facebook our current numbers are below linear projections of where we should be even with their robust efforts to shut us down.

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are not being honest. They do not want conservative messages to be promoted or shared. President Trump again is right – Facebook always was (and is) anti-Trump!



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Russiagate Investigations Discredited, Continue Anyway

Russiagate Investigations Discredited, Continue Anyway

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

After months of investigations by Congress and special counsel Mueller, no evidence was found suggesting Russian collusion with Trump to harm Hillary and help him triumph last November.

No evidence exists. No collusion occurred, no Russian meddling in America’s electoral process or any others.

Ongoing sham investigations represent exercises in mass deception, exposing deep-seated Washington corruption, deplorable governance, and betrayal of the public trust – nothing else.

Fabricated accusations of Russian meddling in last November’s presidential election surfaced over a year ago. 

Yet not a shred of evidence proves them – lots of smoke, no fire, clear proof of a corrupt political system too debauched to fix, a bipartisan conspiracy against democratic values, rule of law principles, and public accountability.

Russiagate investigations continue ad nauseam, one of the greatest hoaxes in modern times, most Americans none the wiser. 

Polls show their minds have been manipulated to believe untruths, the power of media-supported repetitive persuasion, a virtual daily drumbeat of disinformation, Big Lies and fake news – failing to rise to the level of bad fiction. 

Congressional investigations since January uncovered nothing. Special council Mueller’s work began with his appointment last May.

All he’s been able to come up with are charges against individuals connected to lobbying for Ukraine – unconnected to Russia or Trump.

Putting it mildly, Russiagate investigations by him and Congress laid an egg, proving one thing only – that no Illegal or improper Russia/Trump connections exist, no Russian meddling in America’s political process, nothing but Big Lies claiming otherwise.

The indictment against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates said nothing about Trump or Russia, Ukraine mentioned repeatedly.

The so-called investigation into Russia hijacking America’s political process seems farcical, a bad joke, much ado about absolutely nothing.

It’s well known that Manafort lobbied for Ukraine from 2006 – 2016. Yet no accusations of wrongdoing were levied until over a year after Russiagate surfaced.

Mountains of evidence show Hillary guilty of war crimes, racketeering and perjury. Yet no one in Washington dares lay a glove on her – not Congress or Trump’s Justice Department.

No special counsel was appointed to investigate her high crimes and levy charges. The double standard needs no elaboration.

Former FBI director James Comey rejected recommending criminal charges against her on any number of credible charges, despite loads of evidence justifying them.

Yet groundless accusations let the Russiagate probe persist. Trump most often is dead wrong. 

He’s right about the “dishonest media” and “witch-hunt” investigations into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia, along with phony accusations of Russian meddling into America’s political process. 

Guilt is shared by both right wings of its duopoly governance – the shame of the nation.

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Spain Vows Brutal Crackdown on Catalonia if they Continue with their Independence Nonsense


We’re honestly with Spain on this one. This is Divide et Impera all over again! This is the hand of some wealthy elites who want to use Catalonia as a gateway for for non-European invaders breaking into Europe. There are already 2 gateways, one is Greece and the second is Italy. Now it looks like this isn’t enough the the globalist elites want a third gate, Catalonia which is run by leftist globalist elites.

Besides the referendum election was a total fraud! Catalans living in Spain, outside of the Catalonian region were not allowed to vote. This is a total fraud. Leftists already have enough territory, we need to stand our ground and not give these people an inch! This is not about MUH RACE or MUH CULTURE AND SH*T! No the Catalans don’t give a shit about their own culture, just look at that photo for example, yeah, black people you’re all welcome, Spanish people, go home! Right…

This isn’t right! If they want independence so badly what are they gonna do with it? They wanna be in the EU and take hoards of migrants, so what difference will it make?

Catalonia held a controversial independence referendum earlier this month drawing the condemnation of leaders in Madrid and Brussels.

After a huge Yes victory during a polling day marred by police brutality, Catalonia initially signed a letter declaring independence before immediately suspending it.

Spain has since refused to entertain independence talks despite huge protests calling for peaceful discussion.

And today Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the regional parliament could vote on a formal declaration of independence from Spain if the central government failed to hold talks.

He has ignored a deadline to drop Catalonia’s secession bid and instead accelerated moves for an independent state.

In response Madrid said it would take extreme steps and remove the autonomy of Catalonia.

Mr Puigdemont threatened independence in a letter to the Spanish government in which he wrote some nonsense.

In response, Spain threatens to completely remove Catalonia’s power of autonomy.

Madrid said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would trigger Article 155 of the constitution, suspending Catalonia’s autonomy.

A special cabinet meeting will be held on Saturday.

Just look at these people, its all feminazi women with hippie/hipster glasses.

So you see why we’re on Spain’s side on this one?



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Anonymous bomb threats and evacuations continue in Russia, no bombs discovered


Russian authorities said a rash of anonymous bomb threats that have prompted the evacuation of schools, shopping malls, train stations, and other buildings continued on September 18.

Moscow authorities said that some 600 people were evacuated from eight administrative buildings in the capital and that one private company was also evacuated.

In the capital of the Udmurtia region, Izhevsk, authorities evacuated people from two shopping malls and a hotel after receiving a phoned-in bomb threat.

In Cheboksary, capital of the Chuvashia region, a total of 12 buildings, including shopping malls, hotels, and a courthouse, were evacuated.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from schools, malls, theaters, universities, hotels, and government buildings in cities across Russia following anonymous bomb threats that began on September 10.

Bombs have not been discovered in any of the cases.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on September 14 that the threats are “telephone terrorism” and that “all necessary measures are being taken” to find the perpetrators.

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US Sanctions Continue to Backfire: China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran

[9/18/17/ SPUTNIK]  Following the ground-breaking 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and Russia, the US, China, France, the UK, as well as Germany and the EU, to end its nascent nuclear weapons program, Tehran — in honoring the terms of the unprecedented treaty — has nonetheless seen Washington implement a host of new sanctions against the Middle Eastern country, including asset freezes and limits on global financial transfers.

According to Iranian Central Bank President Valiollah Seif, Chinese state-owned CITIC investment company has opened a $10 billion credit line to several banks in Iran to be used to fund wide-ranging infrastructure projects in the country, according to a report by the Times of Israel.

The significant credit line will primarily use euros and yuan to bypass the US sanctions.

Seif indicated that the $10 billion, alongside an additional previous $15 billion of Chinese investment into other unnamed projects in the country, show “a strong will for continuation of cooperation between the two countries,” according to Pakistan’s geo.tv media outlet.

China is seen to be opening trade to the region as part of a trillion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” strategy to increase ties to Africa and Europe. China is the biggest recipient of Iranian oil, and accounts for almost a third of Tehran’s overall trade.

In pledges to significantly increase trade with Iran, Beijing previously opened two credit lines equalling $4.2 billion, to build high-speed railway lines between Tehran and the cities of Mashhad and Isfahan, according to the Iran Daily, hot on the heels of an €8 billion credit agreement between Tehran and Seoul’s Exim bank signed in August.

While western banks remain cautious, particularly as Washington has imposed what many consider to be unnecessary financial blocks on Tehran, negotiations are progressing between banks in Austria, Denmark and Germany to provide a $22 billion credit line to Iran.

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Re: 48 years since the Al-Aqsa Mosque fire crimes continue

Forty-eight years ago, on 21 August 1969, Palestinians and Muslims in all parts of the world woke up to realise that a new Israeli crime had been committed against the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The burning of Al-Aqsa began when the Australian extremist, Denis Michael Rohan, broke into the mosque from the Moroccan Gate and set fire to the Al-Qibli Chapel.

The fire broke out in the eastern annex of the chapel located in the southern side of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The fire damaged the ceilings, carpets, rare decorations and all its contents including copies of the Qur’an, books and furniture. The building was dramatically damaged and it took years to reconstruct and restore it.

The fire consumed the historical pulpit of the mosque, which was brought by Salah Al-Din Al-Ayyubi from the city of Aleppo in Syria when Muslims restored the city of Jerusalem in 1187. It turned out afterwards that the highly flammable substance was dispensed both from the inside and the outside of the Al-Qibli Chapel.

While the Palestinians rushed to stop the fire Israeli authorities cut the water supply from Al-Qibli Chapel and its surroundings and was reluctant to send fire engines.

Israeli authorities claimed that the fire was caused by an electrical fault, however Arab engineers proved it was done on purpose and forced Tel Aviv to reveal that a young Australian man was responsible for the fire and say that he would be brought to trial. It was not long before the young man was arrested, labelled a “maniac,” and was then released.

Read: Israel’s worthless price tag for the Aqsa uprising

Since the mosque was set on fire human rights activists and organisations have confirmed that crimes against Al-Aqsa are still being carried out and that the event was just one episode among many others in a war that the Israeli authorities have declared against the mosque. Their aim is to isolate it both geographically and historically so that they can construct their so-called “temple” in its place.

Rights groups stress that setting fire to the mosque “cannot be compared to the magnitude of the silent crimes that daily target the reality of Jerusalem today and the degree of change the occupation has imposed upon Al-Aqsa Mosque since then”.

Violations continue in the form of raids, digging tunnels, attacks, arrests and confiscation of rights from rightful owners, and even hampering the renovation works at the Dome of the Rock.

Seventy-four-year-old Mahmoud Abu Ghazaleh, an eyewitness, said that the residents of Jerusalem had rushed to put out the fire after calls were made through the minarets of the city.

He said in an interview with Quds Press yesterday that he performed the dawn prayer at the mosque and had as usual stayed there until late in the morning but then returned after hearing the people inside shouting to find that the fire had already made significant damage.


He pointed out that the occupation implemented measures that significantly hampered the firefighting operations and the expansion of the fire damages, “with highly inflammable substances that facilitated its rapid spread”.

He pointed out that the occupation closed the areas around Al-Aqsa Mosque and hindered the entry of fire engines which rushed from all over Palestine.

He said that what happened 48 years ago “is still repeated in one way or another in the city of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque”.

Abu Ghazaleh called on the Arab people to wake up and unite against threats to the city of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170822-48-years-since-the-al-aqsa-mosque-fire-crimes-continue/#comment-3481061289

Re: Turkey will continue to work with Jordan to prevent attacks in Jerusalem, says Erdogan

Turkey’s President said on Monday that his country will continue to work with Jordan to prevent the recurrence of attacks and violations of the kind that took place at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in occupied in Jerusalem recently, Anadolu has reported. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his comments during a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah at the Husseiniya Palace in Amman.

“I am well aware of the sensitivity shown by my dear brother [King Abdullah], specifically regarding Palestine,” explained Erdogan, “and we will continue to support the Jordanian role in protecting the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.”

The Turkish leader noted that the Islamic world is going through “difficult days”, and that solidarity must be maintained with greater precision in this sensitive period in which the future is being shaped. “The only way to do that is to increase consultations and strengthen our cooperation mechanisms, and I am confident that today’s meetings will be very useful.”

Read: What is required of Turkey in the latest fight for Al-Aqsa

President Erdogan expressed his happiness at visiting Jordan after 9 years. He extended his thanks for the interest that he and the delegation accompanying him had received.

Thanking King Abdullah on behalf of the Turkish people for his invitation, Erdogan added that the two countries are this year celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. His hosts’ solidarity with Turkey during last year’s attempted coup is much appreciated, the President added. “Turkey and its people will always stand with the Jordanians,” he insisted.


The Turkish President was in Amman for a one-day visit. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak and Transport, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan.

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