[THIS IS UTTERLY OUTRAGEOUS!!!]
Obama: Federal Government Can #Hack Into Anyone’s Personal #Computers, #Phones, Whenever it Wants
Obama’s “most transparent administration,” via the Department of Justice (#DOJ) is pushing for even greater federal overreach by legalizing the illegal act of law enforcement and intelligence agencies remotely hacking into anyone’s personal computer and mobile device, implanting malicious software on personal computers and mobile devices, and scanning through all personal contents of anyone’s computer– specifically those who have not been charged or used their devices for any criminal activity.
Claiming to fight cybercrime, the DOJ has proposed changes to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 (FRCP41), would expand government overreach in unprecedented proportions.
The Supreme Court already approved Obama’s changes to Rule 41. Only Congress can block or approve the change, and it has until December 1, 2016, to do so.
In a letter to Sen. #RonWyden , who publicly announced his intent to introduce legislation to block this action, #RutherfordInstitute attorneys listed ways in which the federal government is seeking to spy on anyone it so chooses.
“Once again, the government is insisting that it needs greater powers to combat cybercrime, even if it means cutting through the very foundations of freedom in order to fight these modern devils,” John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, and author of “Battlefield America: The War on the American People,” said.
“Of course, it’s a devil’s bargain—much like the #PatriotAct was—that attempts to sell us on the idea that #safety, #security and material comforts are preferable to #freedom. The problem with these devil’s bargains, however, is that there is always a catch, always a price to pay for whatever it is we valued so highly as to barter away our most precious possessions. In the end, as we saw with the Patriot Act, such bargains always turn sour.”
Obama’s changes to #FRCP41 give any judge in any area allegedly affected by criminal activity to issue a #warrant to law enforcement and intelligence agencies to search a person’s electronic storage of information and media files. Additionally, a single magistrate would be allowed to issue a warrant to search numerous computers if a cybercrime involving a virus or malware is believed to involve more than five computers– even if the computer’s owner is not suspected of having committed any criminal activity.
Obama changes to FRCP41 greatly expand the federal government’s ability to implement remote #surveillance, which involves the government secretly installing #dataextraction software on an individual’s computer– without their permission or knowledge. This software would give the government free reign to remotely search a person’s computer’s hard drive and all stored information, transmit the information to agents, and remotely activate and control a person’s computer’s camera and microphone.
And there are #nolimits imposed. Obama’s FRCP41 opens the door for ongoing, unlimited government surveillance of people who are not suspected of committing any criminal activity. And all of this is allowed, according to the #SupremeCourt, including never having to notify the person whose electronic devices the government has hacked.
If the federal government insists that it needs more power to fight cybercrime, why is the DOJ insisting that non-suspected criminal activity be allowed under unlimited surveillance? Ironically, the agency responsible for enforcing the law as it applies to the Constitution, has thrown it, along with the 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments of the Bill of Rights, into the black hole of #cyberspace.
**HEADS UP, PEOPLE! DON'T SAY YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WARNED!**
RE: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), S. 754
The Senate intends to pass a new warrantless surveillance bill granting government broad new authorities for collecting your personal information from private businesses, and it's up to you and me to stop them.
On Wednesday the Senate may hold its first vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), S. 754.
Promoted as a "much-needed" "cybersecurity" bill, Congress devised a new way for intelligence agencies to collect your emails and sensitive data.
The bill "encourages" private companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo to monitor their networks and share "cyber threat indicators" broadly with agencies like the FBI, NSA, and CIA.
Worse yet, the bill allows the government to share and use your information for reasons completely unrelated to cybersecurity!
And on top of all that, this bill grants companies immunity to ensure they give the government as much information as possible...
Without having to make any effort to redact your sensitive information.
Let that sink in for a moment...
The same government that can't protect its own data on 22.1 million federal employees, contractors, and their families and friends wants private businesses to share your personal information freely with them.
And if (more likely, when) your information is misused either by government agencies, private businesses, or both, you will be
unable to hold anyone accountable.
You and I can both see this isn't going to end well.
CISA is justified as necessary to stop hackers...
But sharing your Google searches and emails with Homeland Security will not stop hackers.
In fact, nothing in this bill would stop any of the cyber-attacks publicized in the press this year.
When it comes down to it, this is nothing more than a new warrantless surveillance bill.
Congress should be rolling back intelligence agencies' surveillance powers, not granting new ones.
Recently, the President of the American Library Association, Sari Feldman, spoke out against the bill saying,
"When librarians oppose a bill with 'information sharing' in its name you can be sure that the bill is decidedly more than advertised."
Businesses like Twitter, Yelp, Facebook, and Google all oppose this bill.
You only need to look at who is sponsoring this bill to realize it isn't for your benefit or mine.
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), two of the biggest surveillance state proponents in the Senate, are working diligently to ram this legislation through.
And that makes the first potential vote on Wednesday crucial.
Per standing Senate rules, the Senate needs 60 votes to proceed on the bill.
Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have all vocally opposed this legislation.
But it's going to take an outpouring of opposition from grassroots Americans like you to stop this warrantless surveillance bill from passing the Senate.