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Spy Back: How to View Your NSA or FBI File | Government Spyback Program

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Interesting information: the Freedom of Information Act apparently applies to everyone who wants information on anything the government has information on.

 

 

Spy Back: How to View Your NSA or FBI File

By Gordon Rupe Story Leak June 14, 2013

Do you know what FOIA is? No? Don’t be alarmed, most Americans don’t. It is better known as the Freedom of Information Act (introduced by Sen. Edward V. Long in 1965 and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966), and is most often used by Americans looking for answers into the deep mysteries of government activity. There is something else you should know, however: Freedom of Information Act requests aren’t just for those who are seeking information on black ops activities.

You can use it yourself to discover what organizations like the National Security Agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigation have on your file. Amazingly, FIOA can be used by you to get whatever files that the NSA or FBI or any other three letter agency has on you. And with the latest round of leaks covered by Anthony Gucciardi detailing how the NSA is tracking your activity through just about all of the major social websites, this is big news.

Perhaps you are politically active and have gone to a few protests and were arrested, or maybe you post a lot of political articles on your favorite social networking site.

Grabbing Your File

There are two ways you can get your file. Your first option is to get it straight from the source. For the NSA file, you can go to the FOIA request form. Or for the FBI, you can go to their official request form as well. Or perhaps you don’t feel comfortable going through that process and would rather use another party, in which case you can utilize the website Get My FBI File. This website provides the forms for most agencies, CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA, etc.

Since the conception of FOIA in 1966, it has been amended eleven times. Most notably by President Gerald Ford in 1974. At first, President Ford was for bolstering various privacy-related amendments, however he then performed a complete 180 on the issue (after being persuaded by his Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfield, and Deputy Richard Cheney), signing a Presidential veto that was eventually overturned by Congress. This was only one of twelve vetoes that were overturned by congress in regards to President Ford.

 

http://intellihub.com/2013/06/13/spy-back-how-to-view-your-nsa-or-fbi-file/

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U.S. government secretly collecting data on millions of Verizon users: Report

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U.S. government secretly collecting data on millions of Verizon users

Can you hear me now? Eep. The National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon customers – right down to local call data – undera top-secret court order issued in April, Britain’sThe Guardian newspaper reported late Wednesday. UPDATE: The Administration responds, defending a “critical tool” against terrorism and underlining that the government is not listening in on anyone’s calls.

Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) order, the Guardian reported, Verizon Business Services must provide the NSA “on an ongoing daily basis” with information from calls between the U.S. and overseas – but also with calls entirely inside the United States. Calls made entirely overseas were not affected. It was unclear whether phones in other Verizon divisions — its regular cell phone operations, for instance — were similarly targeted.

Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, a frequent and fierce critic of the national security state’s expansion since 9-11, writes in his bombshell report that:

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

The order, issued April 25 and valid through July 19, requires Verizon to turn over the numbers of both parties, location data, call duration, and other information – though not the contents of the calls.

The White House initially declined comment, but a senior administration official defended the activities described in the Guardian piece without confirming the specific report.

“On its face, the order reprinted in the article does not allow the Government to listen in on anyone’s telephone calls,” the official, who requested anonymity, said by email. “The information acquired does not include the content of any communications or the name of any subscriber.”

And “information of the sort described in the Guardian article has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States, as it allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States,” the official said.

Congress has been “regularly and fully briefed” on such practices, which occur under a “robust legal regime” and “strict controls and procedures…to ensure that they comply with the Constitution and laws of the United States and appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties,” the official said.

Judge Roger Vinson’s order relies on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. That part of the law, also known as the “business records provision,” permits FBI agents to seek a court order for “any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items)” it deems relevant to an investigation.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has repeatedlysounded the alarm about the way the government interprets that provision — though he is sharply limited in what he can say about classified information. Wyden and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, another committee member, wrote a scathing letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in Sept. 2011 warning that Americans would be “stunned” if they learned what the government was doing.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) denounced the scope of the surveillance. “It’s analogous to the FBI stationing an agent outside every home in the country to track who goes in and who comes out,” said Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director. The organization’s Legislative Counsel, Michelle Richardson, bluntly branded the surveillance “unconstitutional” and insisted that “the government should end it and disclose its full scope, and Congress should initiate a full investigation.”

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/us-govt-secretly-collecting-data-millions-verizon-users-013542225.html

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Man Claims Unarmed Son Was Executed During 8 Hour FBI Interrogation

man claims unarmed son was executed during 8 hour fbi interrogation execution style in his apartment
 Man Claims Unarmed Son Was Executed During 8 Hour FBI Interrogation

ORLANDO, FL — After an 8 hour interrogation, FBI agents shot an UNARMED man 6 times in the chest and once in the back of the head. The man was Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen immigrant being investigated because he was an acquaintance of one of the suspects of the marathon bombing last month in Boston.

Todashev’s father says his son was killed “execution style.” During a press conference in Moscow, he held up pictures of his son’s autopsy. The suspect was clearly shot in the back of the head.

FBI agents originally claimed that the suspect came after them with a knife after 8 hours of interrogation. But they later changed their story and said that there was no knife. The man was unarmed in his apartment.

 “Maybe my son knew some sort of information that the police didn’t want to get out,” said the victim’s father. “They shut him up. That’s my opinion.”

He suggested that the FBI didn’t want his son to return to Russia.Incidentally, during a previous interview with the FBI, Todashev told agents that he believed Tamerlan Tsarnaev was set up to take the blame for the Boston bombing.

man claims unarmed son was executed during 8 hour fbi interrogation execution style in his apartment

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/father-of-chechen-killed-in-florida-says-fbi-murdered-him/2013/05/30/f3d7f80c-c936-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_story.html

http://news.yahoo.com/father-man-fbi-shot-claims-son-executed-143828926.html

http://news.yahoo.com/whyd-fbi-kill-tamerlan-tsarnaevs-accomplice-unarmed-130805832.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/05/why-did-the-fbi-kill-an-unarmed-man-and-clam-up/276369/

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