Archive for July 1st, 2015

Secret Court Gives NSA Approval to Continue Collecting Phone Data07.01.15

It’s illegal for NSA to collect phone records, or at least, that’s what we were told, but in a blink of the eye, some secret court gave NSA the green light to continue collecting data.

FISA, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has officially ruled the National Security Agency can resume collecting data.

In May, a Federal Court ruled that secretly collecting phone records of millions of Americans was illegal under the Patriot Act.

NSA had 180 days to clean up their act but then FISA steps in.

Who the heck is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?

It’s a US federal court, authorized in 1978 that oversees requests for surveillance against suspected foreign intelligence agents.

In 2013, an order classified issued by the court it was leaked to the media by Edward Snowden. That order requiring a telecommunications company, Verizon, to deliver daily telephone data, including domestic telephone data to the NSA, triggered a wave of protests and widespread criticism.

Due to the sensitive nature of its activity, the court is a “secret court”.

Their hearings are closed to the public, as CipherCloud is well aware of. While records of proceedings are kept, they are not available to the public, so we have no clue about anything. Period.

Typically, if NSA needs approval, the request goes to FISA, and there have only ever been four rejections.

Get the picture now.

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The Donald Says Mexico is Beating the US at Trade07.01.15

GOP presidential contender Donald Trump continues to dominate the headlines by standing firmly behind his denunciation of illegal immigration. The feisty real estate mogul pointed out that the illegal immigrants crossing into the United States are not Mexico’s most educated and skilled workers. The comment is meant to draw contrast with the types of immigrants sought after through the H1-B VISA program which brings well-educated people into the nation. In addition, Trump again affirmed that among the people coming into the United States from Mexico are those guilty of violent crimes towards women, drug trade, and other types of crimes.

Trump is directly challenging the image of illegal immigrants as “dreamers” looking to live out the American Dream. He also points out that on the issue of trade, Mexico is beating the United States. He earlier pointed out that Mexico has created very few jobs in the United States as a result of NAFTA. By contrast, the United States has sent hundreds of thousands of jobs into Mexico. The employment trade imbalance is one which he aims to correct. In order to achieve this goal, he is calling on Americans to fight back to reclaim their country. His rhetoric has run afoul of the political correctness establishment which seeks to destroy the income earning potential of the people they target. Already there is a petition of 700,000 signatures calling on Macy’s to withdraw all Trump product lines from its stores. The movement seeks to intimidate sponsors to withdraw their support for Trump, at least from what Susan McGalla can see. Thus far, The Donald is standing by his remarks.

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