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(Washington Post)   Paranoid journalist father said the CIA was wiretapping his house. He was right   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 56
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2013-03-04 08:50:50 AM
Better rev up the tinfoil hats, the gubbmint's gun git yuh!
 
2013-03-04 08:54:07 AM
In a free society, the government must use secret police and stealthily spy on all its citizens.

In a communist dictatorship, the government can use these tools in the open.
 
2013-03-04 08:56:49 AM
It ain't paranoia when they actually are watching you, subby.
 
2013-03-04 08:59:35 AM
 
2013-03-04 09:02:02 AM

The Repeated Meme: It ain't paranoia when they actually are watching you, subby.


Just because they're watching you, doesn't mean you're not paranoid.

(they watch everyone)
 
2013-03-04 09:06:35 AM
"Sometimes the paranoid really are being followed"
 
2013-03-04 09:08:42 AM
That was the 60s
things are different now.
they have satellites that can count the fleas on your dog now.
 
2013-03-04 09:14:34 AM
And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.
 
2013-03-04 09:25:32 AM
While the idea of being tracked my any government agency is creepy, I live such an uninteresting life, those following my day to day would be bored to tears.
 
2013-03-04 09:33:18 AM

vudukungfu: That was the 60s
things are different now.
they have satellites that can count the fleas on your dog now.


Are those satellites equipped with "rods from god" that can destroy the leas?
 
2013-03-04 09:34:11 AM
Beware farkers, the CIA is watching you masturbate.
 
2013-03-04 09:36:00 AM
Love how these articles always frame this sort of thing as 'long ago'... as if suddenly somehow all these agencies became virtuous and NEVER EVER do this sort of thing anymore.
 
2013-03-04 09:51:17 AM
Regarding the US government: If you're not paranoid, you should be.
 
2013-03-04 09:53:13 AM

TofuTheAlmighty: And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.


There is No Such Agency...
 
2013-03-04 10:01:38 AM

heinrich66: Love how these articles always frame this sort of thing as 'long ago'... as if suddenly somehow all these agencies became virtuous and NEVER EVER do this sort of thing anymore.


They instantly became virtuous when Obama became president.

/they were criminals hell-bent on imposing thought control on the American military dictatorship when Bush was President
//if a Republican ever gets elected president again, they will become bad guys again
 
2013-03-04 10:08:48 AM
Navy public relations officer, surprised about government secretly doing stuff that is questionable.  Now that is funny.  It will downright silly if this guy was part of the 'blame one sailor of being gay when his gun blows up scandal'.
 
2013-03-04 10:09:06 AM
This guy knows the feeling.

www.virtual-history.com
 
2013-03-04 10:14:57 AM
Just because you're paranoid does not mean that they aren't out to get you.
 
2013-03-04 10:15:38 AM
On the rare occasions that someone does win a suit against one of these three-letter agencies, there should be jail time for the officials who obstructed public access to the information. Maybe that'll start them, just the tiniest bit, on playing fairly.

Unfortunately, the Justice Department is under the Executive and the Executive has a lot of skeletons to keep hidden. We could seriously use some whoop-ass from the Judicial branch.
 
2013-03-04 10:16:45 AM
Paranoia is the only thing that the government cannot take away from me.
 
2013-03-04 10:16:50 AM
As with most FOIA requests, this one could probably be dealt with if the subject agency would just ask the guy what he really wants to know and then figure out how to get him that answer in a direct manner rather than giving him the "national secrets" runaround.

It seems like he really wants to know WHY his father was being monitored.  The answer seems pretty clear based on the article - they wanted to know who his source was because his articles and questions appeared to indicate access to insider information.  That's a pretty legit concern (investigated in a totally non-legit and incompetent manner).

But the agencies aren't just SAYING it, which makes them look silly and makes the whole thing keep spinning.
 
2013-03-04 10:16:57 AM

belhade: This guy knows the feeling.

[www.virtual-history.com image 800x533]


get the pig.
 
2013-03-04 10:18:11 AM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-03-04 10:47:10 AM
www.dreamagic.com

/what are the odds of the Russians attacking on a Thursday night?
 
2013-03-04 11:01:36 AM

TofuTheAlmighty: And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.


"Land of the free" is a song lyric. That's all. People convince themselves otherwise when repeating phrases, sayings and song lyrics etcetera without giving thought.
 
2013-03-04 11:08:38 AM

Farce-Side: Beware farkers, the CIA is watching you masturbate.


They are?

Damn, their lives are as sad and boring as mine is then.
 
2013-03-04 11:08:45 AM
 
2013-03-04 11:17:37 AM

Farce-Side: Beware farkers, the CIA is watching you masturbate.


I'm sure that's the assignment they get for screwing up really seriously bad. Nobody wants to see that. Hell, I even cover the mirrors first. Have to.
 
2013-03-04 11:19:55 AM

KrispyKritter: TofuTheAlmighty: And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.

"Land of the free" is a song lyric. That's all. People convince themselves otherwise when repeating phrases, sayings and song lyrics etcetera without giving thought.


Oops, I did it again.
 
2013-03-04 11:23:58 AM
The papers detailed the agency's unlawful activities from long ago

Everything is on up and up now though, right?
 
2013-03-04 11:29:56 AM

KrispyKritter: TofuTheAlmighty: And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.

"Land of the free" is a song lyric. That's all. People convince themselves otherwise when repeating phrases, sayings and song lyrics etcetera without giving thought.


Also makes a nice album title...

Link
 
2013-03-04 11:34:45 AM

EdNortonsTwin: The papers detailed the agency's unlawful activities from long ago

Everything is on up and up now though, right?


I think that it would just be much easier for them to release the 5 or 6 pages detailing the lawful activity that they have been involved with historically and just let it go at that.

/SETEC ASTRONOMY
 
2013-03-04 11:36:29 AM

cefm: But the agencies aren't just SAYING it, which makes them look silly and makes the whole thing keep spinning.


Given that the CIA has admitted the operations were illegal, it's possible that the records justifying the taps weren't maintained properly either, remaining in the head of the agent that made the request(who has since passed away).

Or yeah, it's so stupid that even the CIA types of today are embarrassed at the actions of their predecessors.
 
2013-03-04 11:40:56 AM

TofuTheAlmighty: And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.


That is not what the SCOTUS ruled.
 
2013-03-04 11:43:33 AM

Tatterdemalian: heinrich66: Love how these articles always frame this sort of thing as 'long ago'... as if suddenly somehow all these agencies became virtuous and NEVER EVER do this sort of thing anymore.

They instantly became virtuous when Obama became president.

/they were criminals hell-bent on imposing thought control on the American military dictatorship when Bush was President
//if a Republican ever gets elected president again, they will become bad guys again


It is astounding watching the same people up in arms regarding FISA wiretaps defend non court reviewed drone attacks. Warrants for wiretaps are suddenly worse than targeted drone strikes. Dont get it at all.
 
2013-03-04 11:51:24 AM

vudukungfu: That was the 60s
things are different now.
they have satellites that can count the fleas on your dog now.


Is there some way to sign up for this? Can they text me when she has fleas? I could nip it in the bud.
 
2013-03-04 12:22:45 PM
I can't believe nobody has made a "family jewel" comment yet. So disappointed.
 
2013-03-04 12:27:43 PM

MyRandomName: Tatterdemalian: heinrich66: Love how these articles always frame this sort of thing as 'long ago'... as if suddenly somehow all these agencies became virtuous and NEVER EVER do this sort of thing anymore.

They instantly became virtuous when Obama became president.

/they were criminals hell-bent on imposing thought control on the American military dictatorship when Bush was President
//if a Republican ever gets elected president again, they will become bad guys again

It is astounding watching the same people up in arms regarding FISA wiretaps defend non court reviewed drone attacks. Warrants for wiretaps are suddenly worse than targeted drone strikes. Dont get it at all.


It's not hard to understand, the left just wants to live in a world where reality is subjective and imagination is objective, because it's the only way to make miracles occur reliably and create perfect societies.

/the fact that it's impossible is what inevitably drives them to madness and destruction, blaming reality for sabotaging their dreams
//or they grow up, learn to work within the limits of reality, and become successful
///well, used to, before the left made success so socially unacceptable it borders on criminal
 
2013-03-04 12:40:04 PM
If you haven't been wiretapped by at the CIA or FBI, you're probably just wasting your life.
 
2013-03-04 12:48:10 PM

MyRandomName: t is astounding watching the same people up in arms regarding FISA wiretaps defend non court reviewed drone attacks.


It's not the least bit surprising to watch the Politics Tab types suddenly defend everything they once claimed to abhor.

Frankly, the only thing truly near and dear to their heart is the defense whatever their favorite political party happens to be doing today, and to hell with what they claimed to believe yesterday.

dl.dropbox.com
However, there are still quite a few farkers whose opinions don't change with the political winds.
 
2013-03-04 12:58:35 PM
In my youth, I knew girls whose dad claimed to be wiretapped by the CIA. If you'd talk on their phone for a certain amount of time, you'd be able to hear a click. That was usually their cue to end the conversation.

It never stopped them from using that phone to contact their weed guys.
 
2013-03-04 01:30:26 PM

oryx: Regarding the US government: If you're not paranoid, you should be.


Something, something, Somalian Utopia, something, something.
 
2013-03-04 01:32:44 PM

Tatterdemalian: heinrich66: Love how these articles always frame this sort of thing as 'long ago'... as if suddenly somehow all these agencies became virtuous and NEVER EVER do this sort of thing anymore.

They instantly became virtuous when Obama became president.

/they were criminals hell-bent on imposing thought control on the American military dictatorship when Bush was President
//if a Republican ever gets elected president again, they will become bad guys again



You mean how we went from high gas prices being Bush/Cheney/Haliburton's fault to how the President cannot do anything about  gas prices?
 
2013-03-04 01:34:30 PM

Happy Hours: The Repeated Meme: It ain't paranoia when they actually are watching you, subby.

Just because they're watching you, doesn't mean you're not paranoid.

(they watch everyone)


"The paranoid fear of government is an extremist position, and every one of us ought to say that" -- Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo.
 
2013-03-04 01:39:25 PM

super_grass: Better rev up the tinfoil hats, the gubbmint's gun git yuh!


"When you hear somebody doing it [criticizing the federal government], you ought to stand up and double up your fist and stick it in the sky and shout them down."
Bill Clinton, Billings, Montana, 1 June '95
 
2013-03-04 02:27:28 PM

Tatterdemalian: It's not hard to understand, the leftright just wants to live in a world where reality is subjective and imagination is objective, because it's the only way to make miracles occur reliably and create perfect societies.

/the fact that it's impossible is what inevitably drives them to madness and destruction, blaming reality for sabotaging their dreams
//or they grow up, learn to work within the limits of reality, and become successful
///well, used to, before the leftright made success so socially unacceptable it borders on criminal


The comment still works. Huh. Wonder what that means.
 
2013-03-04 03:01:21 PM

Happy Hours: The Repeated Meme: It ain't paranoia when they actually are watching you, subby.

Just because they're watching you, doesn't mean you're not paranoid.

(they watch everyone)


I know it was probably humor... but you do realize this statement is entirely false?
 
2013-03-04 03:13:18 PM
How does Tyrone Slothrop feel about this?
 
2013-03-04 05:28:00 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: In a free society, the government must use secret police and stealthily spy on all its citizens.

In a communist dictatorship, the government can use these tools in the open.


Yes, and I guess free societies must have secret operatives who must traffic in drugs, guns, girls and little boys, all in Freedom's name.  And bump off foreign heads of state who don't do as instructed, or domestic politicians and reformers who want America to live up to its founding creeds......
 
2013-03-04 05:30:35 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.


After the Church hearing debacle of the 1970s, the CIA had the White House sign off on a law in the 1980s basically making whistleblowers who inform on the CIA go directly to jail.
 
2013-03-04 05:44:57 PM

Noticeably F.A.T.: Tatterdemalian: It's not hard to understand, the leftright just wants to live in a world where reality is subjective and imagination is objective, because it's the only way to make miracles occur reliably and create perfect societies.

/the fact that it's impossible is what inevitably drives them to madness and destruction, blaming reality for sabotaging their dreams
//or they grow up, learn to work within the limits of reality, and become successful
///well, used to, before the leftright made success so socially unacceptable it borders on criminal

The comment still works. Huh. Wonder what that means.


And here we have our first example, a typical FARKer who thinks he's channeling a "deeper" subjective reality by replacing a word with its opposite, and proclaiming it "still works."

/it means you're as silly as the guy who thinks he can fly by switching the words "down" and "up" in his science textbooks
 
2013-03-04 06:01:29 PM

Tatterdemalian: And here we have our first example, a typical FARKer who thinks he's channeling a "deeper" subjective reality by replacing a word with its opposite, and proclaiming it "still works."


Ok. You keep telling yourself that the right is completely rational, and if it wasn't for the left everything would be sunshine and unicorns.

/The side that came up with the 'trickle down' theory of economics is the one that doesn't believe in pipe dreams? Riiiight.
 
2013-03-04 06:17:43 PM
did the guy have clearance?

then he signed a document at some point authorizing this.
You'd think the 4th amendment would cover it, but until a test case comes up it's wide open
 
2013-03-04 08:56:10 PM

Tellingthem: KrispyKritter: TofuTheAlmighty: And now the NSA can wiretap you with impunity while SCOTUS just ruled you can't sue if the feds don't admit you were being wiretapped.

Land of the free.

"Land of the free" is a song lyric. That's all. People convince themselves otherwise when repeating phrases, sayings and song lyrics etcetera without giving thought.

Also makes a nice album title...Link


I love you...

/and Pennywise!
 
2013-03-04 09:57:21 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: In a free society, the government must use secret police and stealthily spy on all its citizens.

In a communist dictatorship, the government can use these tools in the open.


you say "must" like there's nothing we can do about it.. like it's so hard to have out-of-band comms. it's really not. We get the rubes  - and that's fine with the money making apparatus that all that stuff ultimately becomes.
 
2013-03-04 10:18:43 PM
hm..
 
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