“Hoover’s FBI has nothing on today’s FBI! Nothing at all!…”
I said to Attorney General Barr, as part of a larger quote, sent via a sock puppet account on twitter. One that no one else knows he has. He, AG Barr, is the one with the sock puppet account. Is this writing clear?
“…sorry, this is 3 vodka’s in..”
A rider to halt the expanding of domestic and global spying powers failed by one vote, when former hero of the people, Bernie Sanders, didn’t even bother to show up.
This new legislation comes hot on the heals on an Inspector General’s report, which found the FBI to already be abusing their powers in the secret FISA court system (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court – FISC). A sample audit of 20 cases showed the FBI mislead the court, or invented evidence out of whole-cloth, 100% of the time. And that investigation was itself sparked by the whole Carter Page debacle.
For these reasons, among many others, giving warrant-less surveillance powers of any kind to this group may be thought of as pretty very not great. This is arguably true for both democracy and, by extension, global stability alike.
All relevant servers for the major search engines are located in America.
“Hoover’s FBI has nothing on today’s FBI! Nothing at all! Since this bill, now a warrant isn’t required to look into the search and internet history of anyone: Any politician, any oversight IG – this is a blatant power grab that no one will be able to claw back”
I screamed at the AG, represented by a twitter account with a pristine looking egg for a profile picture. This was to return to the first quote.
In Australia, the intelligence community can already monitor, store and indeed change anything desired. There are also bilateral sharing agreements, that are a hangover from the post 911 “no stove-piping” nonsense, that still nominally comes up periodically, but is followed only on whims. And here is where that legislation could be hyperlinked. I mean, It isn’t.
The most shocking part of all of this, is these powers seem immensely challengeable. Not in most places in the world, true enough. However, somewhere with more than a fist full of common law scraps – somewhere with a supremely held constitution, one keeping soldiers out of your living room, and against search and seizure of your papers without merit – seems to have a real chance.
In a strange way, similar to the “judge, they can put a tracking device on YOUR car” argument, which once won the day. So too, the “Mr Justice, they can, without a warrant, look at YOUR internet history going ALL the way back” argument is likely to restore the public warrant system in time. Depending on how much of a failed state we are.
Of course, this presumes the FBI isn’t right now downloading everything they can, starting with the oversight committees and supreme court. I would be. Though, to be honest, just the threat is all that is required. And both the private corporations themselves, and the greater intelligence community via other mechanisms, already had these powers. And more. Which does make the whole thing seem like a bit of an oversight.
It is possible that the greed, with so much more high level internet use currently being run from home, due to the corona virus (c-19) pandemic seeming ripe for the harvest, forced the hand of legislators. And in their hubris, there may now be a genuine civil rights opening.
Ultimately, there is one secret weapon; the women. The women on the court have no search history to hide. And the others have life time appointments, and are quite old. Quite very old.
It is for this reason, the on-its-face shocking nature of this bill will in all likelihood result in more – not fewer – codified freedoms and better privacy legal remedies. It will reach the supreme court. Now we only need await the perfect case. Of course, never get your hopes up. All supreme court cases are ruled so narrowly, as to be nearly meaningless to the people who bothered to bring the challenges. Look, the justice system isn’t very good, hey? Still, don’t give up all hope.
Because no judge, at any level, wants their internet history searched. Not without them signing the warrant first.
Due to changes, the full bill has to now bounce back to the house.