Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders…

Microsoft tries to thread the needle of transparency by telling its consuming audience as much about governmental collection of data as possible. Toward that end Microsoft releases a biannual transparency report.

Within the latest transparency release Microsoft reports in the first half of 2016 they received a massive increase in FISA orders; primarily from U.S. governmental agencies.

• “For the latest Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) data reported, Microsoft received 1,000-1,499 FISA orders seeking content disclosures affecting 12,000-12,499 accounts, compared to the 0-499 FISA orders seeking disclosure of content impacting 17,500-17,999 accounts reported for the previous period.

We received 0-499 National Security Letters in the latest reporting period, which remains unchanged from the previous period.” (link)

Why would there be such a significant spike in FISA orders during the first six months of 2016?

Due to legal compliance restrictions Microsoft cannot divulge the actual number of FISA Court Orders, only the range. As you can see there was at least a doubling of requests (Prior: 0-499 ~vs~ Now: 1,000-1,499) perhaps much more.

However, simultaneous to the increase in the number of FISA orders, the requests were on fewer accounts. So FISA using agencies were seeking more total data but on a smaller number of accounts.

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179 Responses to Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders…

  1. bulwarker says:

    There should be enough evidence by now to empanel a grand jury…

    Liked by 43 people

    • Big Nick says:

      Amen!!

      Liked by 4 people

    • mopar2016 says:

      Those pictures of Clapper, Comey, Rogers, and Brennan are pretty scary.
      Brennan can’t hide the evil for the cameras.
      I’d do away with a bunch of those so called “Intelligence” agencies. 16 is too many.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Fe says:

        Brennan gives me the creeps, followed by Comey.

        Liked by 12 people

        • Maquis says:

          Brennan should have been banned from US intelligence work at any level the moment he converted to Islam. He is literally the enemy of America, in so many ways.

          It’s like an American diplomat joins the Communist Party while on an embassy assignment in the Soviet era.

          Does he get a pass?

          Does he get PROMOTED TO THE TOP INTELLIGENCE JOB DURING THE COLD WAR?

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          • Jeremiah Johnson says:

            Brennan should have been barred for voting Communist Party USA in 1976. It’s absolute madness.

            Liked by 3 people

            • Maquis says:

              Dear Lord, I didn’t know that!

              What a mess. What an awful mess.

              Liked by 1 person

              • TheLastDemocrat says:

                Yes – and tangential – but similar- In his college days, Eric Holder participated in a student take-over of his campus ROTC building, and the school eventually responded by creating a safe space for African Americans: in the man’s own words, from a commencement speech he gave:

                “I was among a large group of students who felt strongly about the way we thought the world should be, and we weren’t afraid to make our opinions heard. I did not take a final exam until my junior year at Columbia — we were on strike every time finals seemed to roll around — but we ran out of issues by that third year.

                “I also recall one day when we got together and decided to peacefully occupy one of the campus offices. We felt passionately about the need for a place where black students could gather and we went ahead and staged our sit-in. This became the black student’s lounge in what was then Hartley Hall. The person who we had to negotiate with, and whose office we also occupied later, was Dean Henry Coleman. In the ultimate display of chutzpah I later asked Dean Coleman to write my law school recommendations. This being Columbia of course he agreed. He was a great, generous man. This College allowed an impetuous, testosterone laced youngster to express himself in ways that other institutions would have considered unacceptable. Not Columbia. This is why I love this place.”

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            • John VI says:

              No. Your vote is a secret ballot. No one can tell you how you should vote. If you choose to broadcast your vote you still shouldn’t pay a penalty.

              How many Trump voters lied to avoid the penalty in the last election?

              How many people would create a lie about your secret, and unverifiable vote in order to see you penalized? We see that happening now with the social justice warriors demanding your voting history so they can destroy your life and livelihood?

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          • Billy Dunn says:

            Is the DOJ afraid to turn these people over to grand juries?
            It is so obvious even to a dummy like me….these people have broken the law !
            They have to be brought to justice, or else there is no law.

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      • eagle1965 says:

        The 16 agencies included foreign intelligence agencies, believe it or not!

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      • Considering the only Constitutional secret service / intelligence gathering agency is the Navy aka the Silent Service – yeah.

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      • Jane in Florida says:

        What agency would you like to reform?
        You may go to the link to fill out form, complete with room for submitting your ideas.
        https://www.whitehouse.gov/reorganizing-the-executive-branch
        Reorganizing the Executive Branch: We Need Your Input! THE WHITE HOUSE
        On March 13th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that will make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you, the American people.
        This Executive Order directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to present the President with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary agencies.
        President Trump wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized to work for the American people.
        Share your ideas below by June 12th.

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    • R-C says:

      Oooh! Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!

      Liked by 1 person

    • William Westchester says:

      Empty Danbury Federal Prison for them (or break out the guillotine, perhaps a more appropriate tool for against agents of tyranny).

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  2. FofBW says:

    I think another MOAB just went off.

    Liked by 19 people

  3. Sundance
    Has this info been sent too the Trump Administration ?

    Liked by 4 people

  4. amwick says:

    Why would there be such a significant spike in FISA orders during the first six months of 2016?

    Curse those Russians Democrats!

    Liked by 19 people

  5. Aqua says:

    I would like to. Know who they surveilled. Guessing that most may not have been used to actually investigate crimes. I don’t recall Obama actually ever worrying about crime, come to think of it.

    Liked by 14 people

  6. mikebrezzze says:

    I have this image of Valerie jarret saying to obama “if they start shooting at you just run, RUN FOREST RUN”

    Liked by 7 people

  7. SoCal Patriot says:

    You guys are so conspiratorial. Our former exalted leader would never allow that…he was a law professor. Didn’t you know that?

    Liked by 17 people

  8. average Joe says:

    I have to give a tinfoil hat alert for this one,I just got a security alert ,just trying to read this. ?!?@%&@-+()/!?!!!!!!???

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    • Fe says:

      My tinfoil hat is on, here’s why. A couple of nights ago, I could not post one of Sundance’s articles to FB, kept getting an error claiming FB couldn’t post the URL. I tried my phone, my husbands phone, and my big computer, same results. Just tried to post the Wilburine article, same thing happened.

      Growing frustrated, the light bulb went off. I have 4 IP addresses, so I switched to a different one and voila, article posted. So yes, I am being banned from posting CTH articles on FB. Some rude liberal “friend” must be complaining.

      Off to post this article…FB needs to be investigated for violating our right to free speech. People have a right to know what our former “fearless” leader was up to. Grrrrr

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    • and the third result when you get here via google is “snopes.com – mostly false” provided without asking for it on the search results.

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  9. First I thought, “What does Microsoft have to do with the number of FISA orders?” Then I read the transparency report itself. These are requests, pursuant to FISA orders, for information regarding Microsoft customers, NOT an indication of how many total FISA orders were issued.

    It only means that more of those persons using Microsoft.net, Microsoft.com or hotmail happened to be under examination through FISA orders than in previous periods. People using gmail or any other non-Microsoft services would not be counted in the report, so we still don’t know how many FISA orders existed, or if there was any increase in their total number.

    It also states in the report that Microsoft fought many of the requests successfully in court. So we don’t know how many accounts were actually compromised either, or how many people were under examination.

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    • progpoker says:

      Does Google report this same kind of information??

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    • Chewbarkah says:

      How do you know that orders related to the FISA surveillance are not sent to ALL the service providers the government knows of? Since the target could hop from one provider to another, and open new accounts in seconds, my guess is that the government covers notifies all possible sources for each surveillance target approved by the FISA court. That would make the Microsoft fluctuations representative of overall FISA volume. To really see if this was an election year anomaly, it would be useful to see the FISA volume for lots of periods — perhaps swings of this magnitude are normal over a longer time period, perhaps not. And maybe a similar bulge occurred in 2008…

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      • I’m sure those orders ARE sent to other providers. That was my whole point. Unless we get data from the others, especially Google, we can’t draw any conclusions from the Microsoft report alone. They are a minority service provider in terms of number of users.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Mikey, it means a bit more than what you said, and also involves the 2015 USA USA Freedom Act, which appears to have been circumvented/abused under Obama for the 18 months prior, if not longer.

      Posted April 14, 2016 by Brad Smith – President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
      “But based on the many secrecy orders we have received, we question whether these orders are grounded in specific facts that truly demand secrecy. To the contrary, it appears that the issuance of secrecy orders has become too routine.”

      “The urgency for action is clear and growing. Over the past 18 months, the U.S. government has required that we maintain secrecy regarding 2,576 legal demands, effectively silencing Microsoft from speaking to customers about warrants or other legal process seeking their data. Notably and even surprisingly, 1,752 of these secrecy orders, or 68 percent of the total, contained no fixed end date at all. This means that we effectively are prohibited forever from telling our customers that the government has obtained their data.”
      https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2016/04/14/keeping-secrecy-exception-not-rule-issue-consumers-businesses/#sm.000190npf3yarf6st8f28s0obchab

      “Microsoft today filed a federal lawsuit against the Department Of Justice, challenging restrictions that prevent the tech company from disclosing to its customers when the government issues a warrant seeking users’ email content or other sensitive information.”
      https://www.scmagazine.com/microsoft-sues-doj-to-challenge-restrictions-on-data-collection-disclosures/article/650571/

      Microsoft-DOJ Lawsuit
      https://mscorpmedia.azureedge.net/mscorpmedia/2016/04/ECPA-Complaint.pdf

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  10. C. Lowell says:

    Nice picture of Ben “Rat Face” Rhodes,

    And the rest of Obama’s traitors…

    Liked by 4 people

  11. andi lee says:

    “Microsoft received 1,000-1,499 FISA orders seeking content disclosures affecting 12,000-12,499 accounts”

    1,000-1,499 “Bloggers”?
    12,000-12,499 “Blog Commenters”?

    😂

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    • Daniel says:

      If Obama was going after political targets, it’s illegal and should be prosecuted. If it is because we’re importing a bunch of terrorists, then we are risking lives and spending a LOT more money than we should be. Either way, it’s tremendously bad.

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  12. wheatietoo says:

    Right.
    What this tells us is that the Obama administration tripled their attempts to snoop on people…in the first half of 2016.

    Which was an Election Year.

    Just a ‘coincidence’, I’m sure.

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    • It doesn’t tell us anything of the kind. It only tells us that more of those under consideration via FISA orders (in that period) were Microsoft customers. The transparency report only counted requests sent to Microsoft, NOT the total number of FISA orders. The headline of this article is misleading.

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      • Shadrach says:

        You make a good point, but had you considered that a spike of Microsoft users may either be: 1) reflective of an overall trend of an increase in FISA requests for technology users overall or 2) a spike in requests for Microsoft users specifically.

        Unless Microsoft did something different suddenly, then surely #1 is the right interpretation? Do you know if Microsoft did something back then that would result in the spike just being related to Microsoft?

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        • Curry Worsham says:

          IOW, Microsoft is a representative sampling of the whole.

          Liked by 7 people

        • deanbrh says:

          Everybody who uses a computer uses Microsoft, don’t they?

          Liked by 1 person

          • distracted2 says:

            No. There are a heck of a lot of MAC users.

            I agree with the assertion that it is a representative of the whole. If the number of Microsoft warrants have increased, when the number of Microsoft users has decreased, I think it’s reasonable to deduce that the number of warrants increased across the board.

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          • Maquis says:

            Don’t forget X-box game consoles are Microsoft products, with microsoft accounts, with, wait for it… microphones and and cameras, depending on your peripherals.

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          • Gmail is by far the largest provider, but there’s also iCloud, Zoho, Yahoo, AOL and thousands of local-regional providers besides Microsoft. Don’t confuse operations systems (Windows/Mac/Linux) with what company handles your data when it leaves your computer. You could be a Windows/Android user but be connected to the nets and LANs via a non-Microsoft service.

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            • Sean Brown says:

              Don’t forget though, that in order to operate Windows 10, one needs a Microsoft account of some kind, and that your W10 settings are saved to the Cloud so that they transfer from platform to platform. In fact, when I bought a new laptop and signed into it for the first time with my Microsoft account, it was as if I hadn’t left my desktop. So these search warrants could go beyond simply email and extend to all of the data contained in users’ Clouds, which contains far more information than an email account…

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              • That’s interesting. I didn’t know that. Thanks, Sean. I’m one of those who never had Windows (any edition) at home or for email. Apple user since 1978. I only used Windows computers working in retail. Once I went into health care it was all Unix/Linux.

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                • Sean Brown says:

                  No problem. It started with Windows 8, then when 10 came out it was a standard feature. You either need a hotmail or microsoft email address to even be able to access the desktop. I hadn’t really thought about how the government could exploit it until reading your post above and connecting the dots with Sundance’s article. Basically all of your stored browser history, your computer settings, and anything that isn’t a file you created is saved in the cloud so it’s more “convenient” when you get a new device. It’s basically the same thing as an Apple ID, but MS is doing it too. Like when I bought an iPad and signed into it, all of my iPhone settings were already there from the cloud, which I’m sure you’ve experienced being a Mac user, but I wanted to mention it in case someone read this who hasn’t been.

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            • deanbrh says:

              The ISP matters more than the OS?

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              • It could. Suppose I was the subject of a FISA-based investigation. I’ve owned and/or operated (at work) several computers that were never connected to an outside ISP, only LANs. It would require physical possession of those computer’s drives to get info. Microsoft would not have had a way to “look in”, nor would any other provider. But at home I’ve used Gmail, local regional ISPs, and AOL before that. Activity through those avenues would be searchable via the ISPs. It wouldn’t matter what the OS was.
                WordPress account activity would also be searchable, regardless of the originating OS of our computers, but they would have to get that in a report from the WordPress Foundation.

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      • John says:

        Bullshit.

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    • Esperanza says:

      What makes me angry is there they STILL can’t catch Islamic terrorists. Too busy snooping on normal people and political adversaries.

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    • fred5678 says:

      As I read the report, it says:

      July 2016 to Dec 2016 — 1,000-1,499 FISA orders … affecting 12,000-12,499 accounts

      Jan 2016 to June 2016 — 0-499 FISA orders … impacting 17,500-17,999 accounts

      Jan 2017 to now — 0-499 National Security Letters in the latest reporting period

      Thus a YUGE spike in last 6 months of 2016, when DJT was the nominee.

      But article says “are largely consistent with previous reports” of overall LE and FISA requests!!!

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      • fred5678 says:

        My response is to Wheetietoo, who says the increase was in the first six months of 2016, whereas I interpret the increase to be in last half of 2016, AFTER they realized DJT was the nominee.

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  13. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Those numerous “Government Oversight and Accountability” Committees will get right on this, rest assured. /s

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  14. missmarple2 says:

    Sundance,

    I had the radio on in the car briefly and Hannity said that the Sharon Carter reporter who has been investigating this said there was a huge amount of PERSONAL information.

    Idon’t know for sure if I heard this right but thought I would alert you to it.

    I always felt that President Trump’s tweets in early March indicated true outrage, not simply a staged anger. You know, if there were reports on something like Melania having to have a repeat mammogram or something about Eric’s wife’s pregnancy, that would cause that type of reaction.

    And, unfortunately, I can see those creeps passing that stuff around and snickering.

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    • jackphatz says:

      Barron.

      Never go after another person’s child.

      Liked by 6 people

      • jackphatz says:

        I was to quick. A short while ago I said I had read a little blurb about Melania and Barron living with Eric ( still can’t find it either). I believe this started about the time Trump stopped using Trump Tower for his ‘interviews’. And remember when Trump used Camp David for something, which seemed totally out of the realm for Trump? These people are evil sick, they could have been spying on Barron. Don Jr lives in the city but Eric and Lara live elsewhere, north of the city. This would further explain why Trump signed into law that his children would get SS protection. Extra protection for Barron.
        Evil spawn!

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        • singingsoul says:

          I wonder if Tiffany also has SS or has been spied on..? We always speake about the three older kids and Baron but not s much about Tiffany..?

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          • justfactsplz says:

            All of the children have SS protection. Unfortunately they are targets of the paparazzi and rag magazines and sick people that might harm them. I think it is terrible they cannot have a normal life and privacy.

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  15. mikebrezzze says:

    I’d like to check those FISA court judges bank accounts

    Liked by 7 people

  16. Just_me says:

    Is there no way to know how many FISA warrants have been issued? Who, if anyone, oversees the warrents?

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  17. TONYA PARNELL says:

    OHOMO IS STILL HIDING OUT IN TAHITI-NO EXTRADITION, HMM.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. starfcker says:

    Kinda makes you go, hmmmm…..

    Liked by 3 people

  19. NJF says:

    Saw for the first time, people speculating if Bernie was “wiretapped too.”

    I’m thinking we’re going to find out Obozzo spied on everyone, except Shillary.

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  20. M. Mueller says:

    I just listened to this 30 Min. video. I really do like her sarcasm as she goes through Pompeo’s speech. His speech upset me too. I bet if we put up to a national vote whether we’d like to keep Snowden and Assange safe here, or Pompeo and his CIA, Snowden and Assange would win hands down. If you need something to listen to while making ham, or deviled eggs give this a try.

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  21. Donna in Oregon says:

    Interesting issue: Microsoft filed a lawsuit Apr 2016: “Microsoft sues US government, asks court to declare secrecy orders unconstitutional” By Joel Hruska on April 14, 2016 at 4:46 pm.

    “Microsoft isn’t arguing that the government should be forbidden to access information in exceptional cases, but that Section 2705(b) gives too much power to the government. It sets no limits on surveillance, does not require the government to justify its actions, and does not allow for a review of the surveillance order in the event that circumstances change. The company is also arguing that Section 2705(b) violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure…….”

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    • Blade says:

      That was simply one of many kabuki shows put on by the companies to convince the public to trust them. There have been many of these actions by alleged private sector companies to clawback their reputations because of backlash to their defacto partnership with big brother. FedGov in turn throws them some bones, tweaks these laws giving the alleged private companies some “wins” to take back to their customers and especially stockholders. This FISA warrant reporting itself is one such win because they were never mentioned a few years back. Next, they will change the granularity to allow slightly more detailed reports and everyone will slap their backs in victory.

      The interesting question few have asked themselves is this. One of the few big revelations from Snowden ( to me anyway ) was the partial list of PRISM partners, and that Microsoft was the first and primary partner. We’re talking about post-9/11 to mid-2000’s before smartphones and while we were in the Windows XP to Longhorn/Vista transition period. [ If you are really deep into these weeds you may know that Longhorn underwent a sudden lengthy rewrite in beta ]. People involved in these fields firmly believe that because of that early date of co-operation ( likely facilitated by the DoJ persuasion of the anti-trust blackmail action and judgment/settlement ) every single point in Microsoft’s product line is thoroughly compromised already.

      So that interesting question is, exactly what do they even need any warrants for at this point with Microsoft ( and Apple and Google … )? Well, in the case of Microsoft, it’s a good guess to assume that they have 100% access to everything from Windows Phone hardware and software, SQL, networking, cloud, email down to Windows NT file encryption. What might be the answer is that they are getting all the info they need in realtime … and then they go back for warrants retrofitted to legalize the earlier action and make it usable by other agencies and countries not in the shadows.

      How can such penetration ever be rolled back? God knows. It will take many more Snowdens of course but that is only on one end of the problem. It would take a better Supreme Court and below, and a simultaneous election of 535 Constitutional Congressmen and then a blitzkrieg on the US Code and finally massive arrest and prosecutions of those clearly enumerated Fourth Amendment violations ( and never forgetting that the Ninth Amendment says we retain infinite more rights than those few mentioned already which means they are violating far more than the Fourth Amendment ). Of course the biggest problem of all is that there are many sheeple who do not care a wit. And the FedGov exploits this by importing potential terrorist aliens into our midst, then tell the sheeple: Hey you sheeple, you have all these potential terrorists in your midst so we need to spy on you to keep you safe. Another chicken and egg self-fulfilling prophecy.

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      • missmarple2 says:

        “If you have something important to say, write it down and send it by courier.”

        President Donald J. Trump as candidate , Fall, 2016.

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      • Daniel says:

        I see I’m not alone in having followed all of that. Do you run Microsoft anything (or Apple anything) in your private affairs and communication?

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        • missmarple2 says:

          Anything personal I have I don’t do through internet. There isn’t much, as I am 68 and a grandmother, without any political contacts nor money which the government would be interested in..

          I do think, however, that President Trump (owner of a multi-billion dollar business) is wise about this. I am continually astounded by the personal information that people freely post on the internet.

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      • ^^^THIS^^^

        A post filled with truth and the understanding in the last paragraph says it ALL.

        That, and with the “Fed” still in place none of the above would ever happen either.

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      • Esperanza says:

        How can penetration be rolled back? Well as Carter does use the post. Still very tight legs on that. And you can tell if it’s been opened. Or Battlestar Galactica your stuff.

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      • Maquis says:

        Back dating FISA’s to make already captured data sharesble/actionsble, and importing muslims/terrorists (same-same) to justify spying…

        Brilliant suppositions Blade, and I don’t doubt you are entirely correct.

        No wonder every religion seems to feature an apocalypse, or at least an END, there is no possible way to untangle and make right all the schemes and crimes of mankind. Just erase it all, and don’t try it again… Humanity is doomed, by the wicked amongst us, and over us.

        Okay, wrong weekend for such talk, sorry, but, wow, do we need a Redeemer or what?

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  22. Red Echos says:

    “Why would there be such a significant spike in FISA orders during the first six months of 2016?”

    I’m thinking….

    I got nuthin.

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  23. rsanchez1990 says:

    Wild guess: was Obama compiling a political enemies list for Hillary?

    There has been a lot of hubris with their decisions. Susan Rice probably never dreamed Hillary wouldn’t be president when she unmasked Trump associates. Obama probably thought Hillary’s victory was certain when he requested British intelligence on Trump.

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    • The Ghost formerly known as Prince says:

      They must have been astounded at o discover absolutely NOTHING. Obama is dirty. Hillary is corrupt.

      They cant even imagine that Donald Trump is something they don’t believe exists – an honest man.

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  24. WeThePeople2016 says:

    This is why the Patriot Act is especially dangerous when you get a President like our previous one in the W.H. whose main intention is to abuse laws. He used the premise of the Patriot Act to conduct unconstitutional surveillance on American citizens and others and he got away with it for 8 years.

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    • Curry Worsham says:

      And only for eight years.

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    • Bubba says:

      The Patriot Act was a Bush creation passed conveniently after 911. Binney resigned from the NSA because of what the Bush admin was doing to subvert the law and spy on Americans. I’m no fan of the despicable Obama but lets distribute the blame accordingly.

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  25. Daniel says:

    Most people here run a Microsoft or MacOSX based computer. But did you know the US intelligence agencies have a say is which vulnerabilities get patched in those operating systems? Back when I was deep in those circles of industry (computer not intelligence) this was widely known and discussed and for many, its the reason we run Linux or BSD.

    I think it’s great people are finally understanding this stuff, But I know very well that probably ZERO people who read this will change the way they communicate over the internet because of what they can come to understand about the things they use.

    “Smart TV”? Just say no. Microsoft? Sure, use it but don’t do your personal stuff with it — business only. MacOSX? Sorry, but on average, people don’t use OSX because they are intellectually superior. Nothing can distract them from the consumer “shiny” that is Apple iThings.

    I’m running a Linux which is patched and updated VERY frequently and without the control or oversight of the US or other government intelligence agencies. I still see video and hear audio and can view web pages and not a single financial interface blocks, limits or warns me…. so far. I can do absolutely ALL of my personal stuff and there’s no reason at all anyone else cannot make that change.

    “But I don’t know how to…” So you’re telling me you have the capacity and interest to follow what goes on here and somehow lack the ability to run a search on “how to Linux/BSD”? If you want to keep doing what you’re doing, fine. But be honest about it. Just say “I don’t care as much about my security as some people do” or perhaps it’s “I’m simply too lazy or tired or ____ to make such a drastic change.”

    Don’t think that I’m saying I’m invulnerable. I’m not. But I’m not making it easy either. I drive a car with a manual transmission not just because I can squeeze better gas mileage out of it or more power when I need it, but also because I know no one will hack my car unless it is to turn it off. I still control the breaks, the steering and the transmission. The same goes for my computing and telephony. They own the wires and there’s nothing I can do about that. But the endpoints are mine.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      A friend put a Linux computer on a hospital network, somewhere back near 2000. In very short order, just a week or two later, the hospital figured out it had been hacked and was being used to penetrate their security.

      If you don’t do your homework, and know what you are doing, you can be more vulnerable on Linux than just putting standard security programs on PCs.

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      • I have it on good authority that if you want to totally eliminate any possibility of penetration, UNIX are the only way to go.

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        • I agree as far as operating systems goes. It also matters how your LAN servers are set up as far as encryption. For example, it’s quite hard to crack a typical medical records system unless you go in physically. Most of the records storage and backups are to stations with no internet access. The appointments records are on different LANs than the patient charts.

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  26. The Ghost formerly known as Prince says:

    Eh, don’t be a cynic! I’m sure our fearless leader and his faithful public servants were looking out for our best interests and protecting public safety. Probably from those dreadful Russians!

    /sarc

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  27. ALEX says:

    I always liked this one on the day he exposed everything

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  28. andi lee says:

    Umm…who needs FISA warrants when we have the CIA working hand-n-hand…

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  29. Drainit says:

    Does anyone have the timelines for Trump’s tweets and also announcements by Obama and his people regarding his Tahiti trip?

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  30. Joe Collins says:

    One of these days we will begin to see the indictments. No one is above the law.

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  31. Laura Wesselmann says:

    Busy “surveilling” folks on the wrong side of 2008 and 2012 elections. Unlike 1968 it’s the progressives harassing the right and the populists! FBI, NSA, CIA weaponized. This is the swamp that will never be drained.

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  32. Drainit says:

    Seems closer, but I will believe it when I see them

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  33. Millwright says:

    I caution everyone IMNSHO these “clandestine events and abuses ” involve both sides of the congressional aisle and extend to every level of the federal ( and probably state ) bureaucracies . IOW, we have a government warring against its citizens on manifold levels across a broad spectrum of society ! This is precisely the combat the founding fathers foresaw and worked diligently to armor us for !

    This weekend Christians pay homage to the first man, ( be it fiction, fable or fact ), to give “the last full measure of devotion” to creating an ethos guiding all to aspire to rise above their base impulses and drives .

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