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Congress Passes Bill Which Grants “Unlimited Access to Communications of American”

Posted by Anonymous on December 11, 2014

According to Congressman Justin Amash, Congress just passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”.

When the Michigan lawmaker discovered that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 had been amended with a provision that authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data from U.S. citizens, he desperately attempted to organize a roll call vote on the bill.

However, the legislation was passed yesterday 325-100 via a voice vote, a green light for what Amash describes as “one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative”.

The bill allows the private communications of Americans to be scooped up without a court order and then transferred to law enforcement for criminal investigations.

The legislation effectively codifies and legalizes mass warrantless NSA surveillance on the American people, with barely a whimper of debate.

Read the full text of Congressman Amash’s letter below, which was sent out before the bill was passed.

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Dear Colleague:

The intelligence reauthorization bill, which the House will vote on today, contains a troubling new provision that for the first time statutorily authorizes spying on U.S. citizens without legal process.

Last night, the Senate passed an amended version of the intelligence reauthorization bill with a new Sec. 309 – one the House never has considered. Sec. 309 authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of nonpublic communications, including those to and from U.S. persons. The section contemplates that those private communications of Americans, obtained without a court order, may be transferred to domestic law enforcement for criminal investigations.

To be clear, Sec. 309 provides the first statutory authority for the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of U.S. persons’ private communications obtained without legal process such as a court order or a subpoena. The administration currently may conduct such surveillance under a claim of executive authority, such as E.O. 12333. However, Congress never has approved of using executive authority in that way to capture and use Americans’ private telephone records, electronic communications, or cloud data.

Supporters of Sec. 309 claim that the provision actually reins in the executive branch’s power to retain Americans’ private communications. It is true that Sec. 309 includes exceedingly weak limits on the executive’s retention of Americans’ communications. With many exceptions, the provision requires the executive to dispose of Americans’ communications within five years of acquiring them – although, as HPSCI admits, the executive branch already follows procedures along these lines.

In exchange for the data retention requirements that the executive already follows, Sec. 309 provides a novel statutory basis for the executive branch’s capture and use of Americans’ private communications. The Senate inserted the provision into the intelligence reauthorization bill late last night. That is no way for Congress to address the sensitive, private information of our constituents – especially when we are asked to expand our government’s surveillance powers.

I urge you to join me in voting “no” on H.R. 4681, the intelligence reauthorization bill, when it comes before the House today.

/s/

Justin Amash
Member of Congress

Welcome to Chinamerica. Listening to a former head of the NSA, a big problem is that they can and do manufacture and insert false incriminating information into anyone’s record that they want to attack.

The end of privacy is the end of democracy.

Why? Because criminals in government can use this power to make it a crime to have knowledge of their crimes. In other words, this is a license to kill, steal from, or frame any American for those few government elite with the keys to this atomic bomb of electronic information gathering.

Don’t let this stand. Take your damn country back and let’s have a democracy once again. Here is the full text, for those of you who can read. Emphasis added below is mine.

SEC. 309. PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED 
              COMMUNICATIONS.
(1) Covered communication.--The term ``covered communication'' 
means any nonpublic telephone or electronic communication acquired 
without the consent of a person who is a party to the communication, 
including communications in electronic storage.
... 
The procedures required by paragraph (1) shall apply to
 any intelligence collection activity not otherwise authorized by court order 
(including an order or certification issued by a court 
established under subsection (a) or (b) of section 103 of the 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803)), 
subpoena, or similar legal process that is reasonably 
anticipated to result in the acquisition of a covered 
communication to or from a United States person and shall 
permit the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of 
covered communications subject to the limitation in 
subparagraph (B).

Full text: 
https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4681/text

Why the hell are Americans so stupid and apathetic? Did they stop teaching history in our schools? Do we not all realize that it is our personal responsibility as citizens to watch for and stop government corruption? The government “solution” to illegal spying by the NSA as revealed by inside whistle-blowers was to change the law to make it legal? WTH?? Well, they can’t do this without being traitors because they swore an oath to uphold the US Constitution. Our electronic data is part of our “effects” protected against unreasonable search without probable cause:

Amendment IV
(Privacy of the Person and Possessions)
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Get out your pitchforks and march! Who voted for this? Here’s who, everyone on this list who voted ‘Yea’ should be fired:

MA 7 Not Voting Michael Capuano Democrat
TX 4 Not Voting Ralph Hall Republican
CA 31 Not Voting Gary Miller Republican
FL 1 Not Voting Jeff Miller Republican
WA 9 Not Voting Adam Smith Democrat
CA 45 Not Voting John Campbell III Republican
OR 5 Not Voting Kurt Schrader Democrat
CA 35 Not Voting Gloria Negrete McLeod Democrat
IL 8 Not Voting Tammy Duckworth Democrat

AL 4 Yea Robert Aderholt Republican
AL 6 Yea Spencer Bachus III Republican
TX 6 Yea Joe Barton Republican
CA 34 Yea Xavier Becerra Democrat
UT 1 Yea Rob Bishop Republican
GA 2 Yea Sanford Bishop Jr. Democrat
NY 1 Yea Timothy Bishop Democrat
TN 7 Yea Marsha Blackburn Republican
TX 8 Yea Kevin Brady Republican
PA 1 Yea Robert Brady Democrat
FL 5 Yea Corrine Brown Democrat
CA 42 Yea Ken Calvert Republican
MI 4 Yea Dave Camp Republican
WV 2 Yea Shelley Capito Republican
CA 24 Yea Lois Capps Democrat
TX 31 Yea John Carter Republican
OH 1 Yea Steve Chabot Republican
MO 1 Yea Lacy Clay Jr. Democrat
SC 6 Yea James'Jim' Clyburn Democrat
NC 6 Yea Howard Coble Republican
OK 4 Yea Tom Cole Republican
TN 5 Yea Jim Cooper Democrat
FL 4 Yea Ander Crenshaw Republican
NY 14 Yea Joseph Crowley Democrat
TX 7 Yea John Culberson Republican
IL 7 Yea Danny Davis Democrat
CA 53 Yea Susan Davis Democrat
CO 1 Yea Diana DeGette Democrat
CT 3 Yea Rosa DeLauro Democrat
FL 25 Yea Mario Diaz-Balart Republican
MI 12 Yea John Dingell Democrat
NY 16 Yea Eliot Engel Democrat
PA 2 Yea Chaka Fattah Democrat
VA 4 Yea Randy Forbes Republican
AZ 8 Yea Trent Franks Republican
NJ 11 Yea Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican
PA 6 Yea Jim Gerlach Republican
GA 11 Yea Phil Gingrey Republican
VA 6 Yea Bob Goodlatte Republican
TX 12 Yea Kay Granger Republican
MO 6 Yea Sam Graves Republican
TX 29 Yea Gene Green Democrat
WA 4 Yea Doc Hastings Republican
TX 5 Yea Jeb Hensarling Republican
TX 15 Yea Rubén Hinojosa Democrat
MD 5 Yea Steny Hoyer Democrat
NY 3 Yea Steve Israel Democrat
CA 49 Yea Darrell Issa Republican
TX 30 Yea Eddie Johnson Democrat
TX 3 Yea Sam Johnson Republican
WI 3 Yea Ron Kind Democrat
NY 2 Yea Peter 'Pete' King Republican
IA 4 Yea Steve King Republican
MN 2 Yea John Kline Republican
RI 2 Yea James 'Jim' Langevin Democrat
WA 2 Yea Rick Larsen Democrat
CT 1 Yea John Larson Democrat
IA 3 Yea Tom Latham Republican
MI 9 Yea Sander Levin Democrat
NJ 2 Yea Frank LoBiondo Republican
NY 17 Yea Nita Lowey Democrat
OK 3 Yea Frank Lucas Republican
MA 8 Yea Stephen Lynch Democrat
NY 12 Yea Carolyn Maloney Democrat
UT 4 Yea Jim Matheson Democrat
NY 4 Yea Carolyn McCarthy Democrat
NC 7 Yea Mike McIntyre Democrat
CA 25 Yea Howard 'Buck' McKeon Republican
NY 5 Yea Gregory Meeks Democrat
ME 2 Yea Michael Michaud Democrat
MI 10 Yea Candice Miller Republican
CA 11 Yea George Miller Democrat
VA 8 Yea James 'Jim' Moran Jr. Democrat
PA 18 Yea Tim Murphy Republican
CA 32 Yea Grace Napolitano Democrat
MA 1 Yea Richard Neal Democrat
CA 22 Yea Devin Nunes Republican
NJ 9 Yea Bill Pascrell Jr. Democrat
AZ 7 Yea Ed Pastor Democrat
NM 2 Yea Stevan 'Steve' Pearce Republican
CA 12 Yea Nancy Pelosi Democrat
MN 7 Yea Collin Peterson Democrat
WI 6 Yea Thomas 'Tom' Petri Republican
PA 16 Yea Joseph Pitts Republican
NC 4 Yea David Price Democrat
WV 3 Yea Nick Rahall II Democrat
KY 5 Yea Harold 'Hal' Rogers Republican
AL 3 Yea Mike Rogers Republican
MI 8 Yea Mike Rogers Republican
FL 27 Yea Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican
CA 40 Yea Lucille Roybal-Allard Democrat
CA 39 Yea Edward 'Ed' Royce Republican
MD 2 Yea A. Dutch Ruppersberger Democrat
IL 1 Yea Bobby Rush Democrat
WI 1 Yea Paul Ryan Republican
OH 13 Yea Tim Ryan Democrat
CA 38 Yea Linda Sánchez Democrat
CA 46 Yea Loretta Sanchez Democrat
CA 28 Yea Adam Schiff Democrat
GA 13 Yea David Scott Democrat
VA 3 Yea Robert 'Bobby' Scott Democrat
TX 32 Yea Pete Sessions Republican
CA 30 Yea Brad Sherman Democrat
IL 15 Yea John Shimkus Republican
ID 2 Yea Michael 'Mike' Simpson Republican
NY 25 Yea Louise Slaughter Democrat
NJ 4 Yea Christopher 'Chris' Smith Republican
TX 21 Yea Lamar Smith Republican
NE 2 Yea Lee Terry Republican
MS 2 Yea Bennie Thompson Democrat
CA 5 Yea Mike Thompson Democrat
TX 13 Yea Mac Thornberry Republican
OH 12 Yea Patrick 'Pat' Tiberi Republican
OH 10 Yea Michael Turner Republican
MI 6 Yea Fred Upton Republican
MD 8 Yea Chris Van Hollen Jr. Democrat
IN 1 Yea Peter Visclosky Democrat
OR 2 Yea Greg Walden Republican
CA 33 Yea Henry Waxman Democrat
KY 1 Yea Ed Whitfield Republican
SC 2 Yea Joe Wilson Republican
VA 10 Yea Frank Wolf Republican
AK 0 Yea Don Young Republican
TX 19 Yea Randy Neugebauer Republican
NC 1 Yea George “G.K.” Butterfield Jr. Democrat
CA 16 Yea Jim Costa Democrat
FL 23 Yea Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democrat
GA 6 Yea Tom Price Republican
GA 3 Yea Lynn Westmoreland Republican
GA 12 Yea John Barrow Democrat
IL 3 Yea Daniel Lipinski Democrat
LA 3 Yea Charles Boustany Jr. Republican
MO 5 Yea Emanuel Cleaver II Democrat
NE 1 Yea Jeff Fortenberry Republican
NY 26 Yea Brian Higgins Democrat
NC 5 Yea Virginia Foxx Republican
NC 10 Yea Patrick McHenry Republican
PA 8 Yea Michael Fitzpatrick Republican
PA 13 Yea Allyson Schwartz Democrat
PA 15 Yea Charles Dent Republican
TX 9 Yea Al Green Democrat
TX 10 Yea Michael McCaul Republican
TX 11 Yea Michael Conaway Republican
TX 24 Yea Kenny Marchant Republican
TX 28 Yea Henry Cuellar Democrat
WA 5 Yea Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican
WA 8 Yea David Reichert Republican
MN 8 Yea Richard Nolan Democrat
PA 9 Yea Bill Shuster Republican
NJ 8 Yea Albio Sires Democrat
CA 9 Yea Jerry McNerney Democrat
CA 23 Yea Kevin McCarthy Republican
CO 5 Yea Doug Lamborn Republican
CO 7 Yea Ed Perlmutter Democrat
CT 2 Yea Joe Courtney Democrat
FL 14 Yea Kathy Castor Democrat
FL 16 Yea Vern Buchanan Republican
GA 4 Yea Henry 'Hank' Johnson Jr. Democrat
IL 6 Yea Peter Roskam Republican
IA 1 Yea Bruce Braley Democrat
IA 2 Yea David Loebsack Democrat
MD 3 Yea John Sarbanes Democrat
MI 7 Yea Tim Walberg Republican
MN 1 Yea Timothy Walz Democrat
MN 5 Yea Keith Ellison Democrat
MN 6 Yea Michele Bachmann Republican
NE 3 Yea Adrian Smith Republican
NH 1 Yea Carol Shea-Porter Democrat
FL 12 Yea Gus Bilirakis Republican
MA 3 Yea Niki Tsongas Democrat
VA 1 Yea Robert Wittman Republican
OH 5 Yea Robert Latta Republican
IL 11 Yea Bill Foster Democrat
IN 7 Yea André Carson Democrat
LA 1 Yea Steve Scalise Republican
MD 4 Yea Donna Edwards Democrat
LA 6 Yea Bill Cassidy Republican
UT 3 Yea Jason Chaffetz Republican
CO 6 Yea Mike Coffman Republican
VA 11 Yea Gerald Connolly Democrat
LA 4 Yea John Fleming Republican
KY 2 Yea Brett Guthrie Republican
MS 3 Yea Gregg Harper Republican
CT 4 Yea James Himes Democrat
CA 50 Yea Duncan Hunter Republican
KS 2 Yea Lynn Jenkins Republican
AZ 1 Yea Ann Kirkpatrick Democrat
NJ 7 Yea Leonard Lance Republican
MO 3 Yea Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican
NM 3 Yea Ben Luján Democrat
NY 24 Yea Daniel Maffei Democrat
TX 22 Yea Pete Olson Republican
MN 3 Yea Erik Paulsen Republican
MI 14 Yea Gary Peters Democrat
ME 1 Yea Chellie Pingree Democrat
FL 17 Yea Thomas Rooney Republican
IL 18 Yea Aaron Schock Republican
PA 5 Yea Glenn Thompson Republican
NV 1 Yea Dina Titus Democrat
NY 20 Yea Paul Tonko Democrat
OH 11 Yea Marcia Fudge Democrat
IL 5 Yea Mike Quigley Democrat
NY 21 Yea William Owens Democrat
FL 21 Yea Theodore Deutch Democrat
IN 3 Yea Marlin Stutzman Republican
NY 23 Yea Tom Reed II Republican
AL 2 Yea Martha Roby Republican
AL 7 Yea Terri Sewell Democrat
AZ 6 Yea David Schweikert Republican
AR 1 Yea Eric “Rick” Crawford Republican
AR 2 Yea Tim Griffin Republican
AR 3 Yea Steve Womack Republican
CA 10 Yea Jeff Denham Republican
CO 4 Yea Cory Gardner Republican
DE 0 Yea John Carney Democrat
FL 2 Yea Steve Southerland Republican
FL 10 Yea Daniel Webster Republican
FL 15 Yea Dennis Ross Republican
FL 24 Yea Frederica Wilson Democrat
IL 16 Yea Adam Kinzinger Republican
IL 14 Yea Randy Hultgren Republican
IN 4 Yea Todd Rokita Republican
IN 8 Yea Larry Bucshon Republican
IN 9 Yea Todd Young Republican
KS 3 Yea Kevin Yoder Republican
KS 4 Yea Mike Pompeo Republican
LA 2 Yea Cedric Richmond Democrat
MD 1 Yea Andy Harris Republican
MA 9 Yea William Keating Democrat
MI 1 Yea Dan Benishek Republican
MI 2 Yea Bill Huizenga Republican
MS 1 Yea Alan Nunnelee Republican
MS 4 Yea Steven Palazzo Republican
MO 4 Yea Vicky Hartzler Republican
MO 7 Yea Billy Long Republican
NV 3 Yea Joseph Heck Republican
NJ 3 Yea Jon Runyan Republican
NY 11 Yea Michael Grimm Republican
NY 22 Yea Richard Hanna Republican
NC 2 Yea Renee Ellmers Republican
OH 6 Yea Bill Johnson Republican
OH 15 Yea Steve Stivers Republican
OH 16 Yea James Renacci Republican
OH 7 Yea Bob Gibbs Republican
OK 5 Yea James Lankford Republican
PA 3 Yea Mike Kelly Republican
PA 7 Yea Patrick Meehan Republican
PA 10 Yea Tom Marino Republican
PA 11 Yea Lou Barletta Republican
RI 1 Yea David Cicilline Democrat
SD 0 Yea Kristi Noem Republican
TN 3 Yea Charles 'Chuck' Fleischmann Republican
TN 6 Yea Diane Black Republican
TN 8 Yea Stephen Fincher Republican
TX 17 Yea Bill Flores Republican
TX 27 Yea Blake Farenthold Republican
VA 2 Yea Edward 'Scott' Rigell Republican
VA 5 Yea Robert Hurt Republican
WA 3 Yea Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican
WV 1 Yea David McKinley Republican
WI 7 Yea Sean Duffy Republican
NV 2 Yea Mark Amodei Republican
AZ 2 Yea Ron Barber Democrat
NJ 10 Yea Donald Payne Jr. Democrat
AR 4 Yea Tom Cotton Republican
AZ 9 Yea Kyrsten Sinema Democrat
CA 1 Yea Doug LaMalfa Republican
CA 7 Yea Ami Bera Democrat
CA 8 Yea Paul Cook Republican
CA 21 Yea David Valadao Republican
CA 26 Yea Julia Brownley Democrat
CA 29 Yea Tony Cárdenas Democrat
CA 36 Yea Raul Ruiz Democrat
CA 51 Yea Juan Vargas Democrat
CA 52 Yea Scott Peters Democrat
CT 5 Yea Elizabeth Esty Democrat
FL 6 Yea Ron DeSantis Republican
FL 18 Yea Patrick Murphy Democrat
FL 22 Yea Lois Frankel Democrat
GA 9 Yea Doug Collins Republican
HI 2 Yea Tulsi Gabbard Democrat
IL 10 Yea Bradley Schneider Democrat
IL 12 Yea William Enyart Democrat
IL 13 Yea Rodney Davis Republican
IL 17 Yea Cheri Bustos Democrat
IN 2 Yea Jackie Walorski Republican
IN 5 Yea Susan Brooks Republican
IN 6 Yea Luke Messer Republican
KY 6 Yea Garland 'Andy' Barr Republican
MA 4 Yea Joseph Kennedy III Democrat
MD 6 Yea John Delaney Democrat
MO 2 Yea Ann Wagner Republican
MT 0 Yea Steve Daines Republican
NC 8 Yea Richard Hudson Republican
NC 9 Yea Robert Pittenger Republican
NC 13 Yea George Holding Republican
ND 0 Yea Kevin Cramer Republican
NH 2 Yea Ann Kuster Democrat
NM 1 Yea Michelle Lujan Grisham Democrat
NV 4 Yea Steven Horsford Democrat
NY 6 Yea Grace Meng Democrat
NY 8 Yea Hakeem Jeffries Democrat
NY 18 Yea Sean Maloney Democrat
NY 27 Yea Chris Collins Republican
OH 2 Yea Brad Wenstrup Republican
OH 3 Yea Joyce Beatty Democrat
OH 14 Yea David Joyce Republican
OK 2 Yea Markwayne Mullin Republican
PA 12 Yea Keith Rothfus Republican
PA 17 Yea Matthew Cartwright Democrat
SC 7 Yea Tom Rice Republican
TX 20 Yea Joaquin Castro Democrat
TX 23 Yea Pete Gallego Democrat
TX 25 Yea Roger Williams Republican
TX 33 Yea Marc Veasey Democrat
TX 34 Yea Filemon Vela Democrat
UT 2 Yea Chris Stewart Republican
WA 6 Yea Derek Kilmer Democrat
IL 2 Yea Robin Kelly Democrat
MO 8 Yea Jason Smith Republican
LA 5 Yea Vance McAllister Republican
AL 1 Yea Bradley Byrne Republican
FL 13 Yea David Jolly Republican
NJ 1 Yea Donald Norcross Democrat
NC 12 Yea Alma Adams Democrat

These people can keep their jobs for voting Nay

OR 3 Nay Earl Blumenauer Democrat
TX 26 Nay Michael Burgess Republican
MI 13 Nay John Conyers Jr. Democrat
MD 7 Nay Elijah Cummings Democrat
OR 4 Nay Peter DeFazio Democrat
TX 35 Nay Lloyd Doggett Democrat
PA 14 Nay Michael 'Mike' Doyle Jr. Democrat
TN 2 Nay John 'Jimmy' Duncan Jr. Republican
CA 18 Nay Anna Eshoo Democrat
CA 20 Nay Sam Farr Democrat
NJ 5 Nay Scott Garrett Republican
AZ 3 Nay Raúl Grijalva Democrat
IL 4 Nay Luis Gutiérrez Democrat
FL 20 Nay Alcee Hastings Democrat
NJ 12 Nay Rush Holt Democrat
CA 17 Nay Michael 'Mike' Honda Democrat
TX 18 Nay Sheila Jackson Lee Democrat
NC 3 Nay Walter Jones Jr. Republican
OH 9 Nay Marcy Kaptur Democrat
GA 1 Nay Jack Kingston Republican
CA 13 Nay Barbara Lee Democrat
GA 5 Nay John Lewis Democrat
CA 19 Nay Zoe Lofgren Democrat
MN 4 Nay Betty McCollum Democrat
WA 7 Nay Jim McDermott Democrat
MA 2 Nay James 'Jim' McGovern Democrat
FL 7 Nay John Mica Republican
NY 10 Nay Jerrold Nadler Democrat
NJ 6 Nay Frank Pallone Jr. Democrat
NY 13 Nay Charles 'Charlie' Rangel Democrat
CA 48 Nay Dana Rohrabacher Republican
IL 9 Nay Janice 'Jan' Schakowsky Democrat
WI 5 Nay James Sensenbrenner Jr. Republican
NY 15 Nay José Serrano Democrat
MA 6 Nay John Tierney Democrat
NY 7 Nay Nydia Velázquez Democrat
CA 43 Nay Maxine Waters Democrat
AZ 5 Nay Matt Salmon Republican
SC 1 Nay Marshall 'Mark' Sanford Republican
TX 1 Nay Louie Gohmert Jr. Republican
TX 2 Nay Ted Poe Republican
WI 4 Nay Gwen Moore Democrat
CA 6 Nay Doris Matsui Democrat
TX 36 Nay Steve Stockman Republican
KY 3 Nay John Yarmuth Democrat
NY 9 Nay Yvette Clarke Democrat
OH 4 Nay Jim Jordan Republican
TN 9 Nay Steve Cohen Democrat
VT 0 Nay Peter Welch Democrat
GA 10 Nay Paul Broun Jr. Republican
CA 14 Nay Jackie Speier Democrat
FL 9 Nay Alan Grayson Democrat
WY 0 Nay Cynthia Lummis Republican
CA 4 Nay Tom McClintock Republican
CO 2 Nay Jared Polis Democrat
FL 8 Nay Bill Posey Republican
TN 1 Nay David “Phil” Roe Republican
CA 27 Nay Judy Chu Democrat
CA 3 Nay John Garamendi Democrat
GA 14 Nay Tom Graves Republican
AL 5 Nay Mo Brooks Republican
AZ 4 Nay Paul Gosar Republican
CA 37 Nay Karen Bass Democrat
CO 3 Nay Scott Tipton Republican
FL 11 Nay Richard Nugent Republican
GA 7 Nay Rob Woodall Republican
GA 8 Nay Austin Scott Republican
HI 1 Nay Colleen Hanabusa Democrat
ID 1 Nay Raúl Labrador Republican
KS 1 Nay Tim Huelskamp Republican
MI 3 Nay Justin Amash Republican
NY 19 Nay Christopher Gibson Republican
SC 3 Nay Jeff Duncan Republican
SC 4 Nay Trey Gowdy Republican
SC 5 Nay Mick Mulvaney Republican
TN 4 Nay Scott DesJarlais Republican
VA 9 Nay Morgan Griffith Republican
WI 8 Nay Reid Ribble Republican
CA 44 Nay Janice Hahn Democrat
OR 1 Nay Suzanne Bonamici Democrat
KY 4 Nay Thomas Massie Republican
WA 1 Nay Suzan DelBene Democrat
CA 2 Nay Jared Huffman Democrat
CA 15 Nay Eric Swalwell Democrat
CA 41 Nay Mark Takano Democrat
CA 47 Nay Alan Lowenthal Democrat
FL 3 Nay Ted Yoho Republican
FL 26 Nay Joe Garcia Democrat
MI 5 Nay Daniel Kildee Democrat
MI 11 Nay Kerry Bentivolio Republican
NC 11 Nay Mark Meadows Republican
OK 1 Nay Jim Bridenstine Republican
PA 4 Nay Scott Perry Republican
TX 14 Nay Randy Weber Republican
TX 16 Nay Beto O'Rourke Democrat
WA 10 Nay Denny Heck Democrat
WI 2 Nay Mark Pocan Democrat
MA 5 Nay Katherine Clark Democrat
FL 19 Nay Curtis 'Curt' Clawson Republican
VA 7 Nay David 'Dave' Brat Republican

Source: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h558#

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Monkeys killed by Airborne Ebola

Posted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014

Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.

After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.

“We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,” the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. “Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.”

“Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.”

The study also referred to the 1989 Ebola outbreak at a primate quarantine facility in Reston, Va., in which the virus rapidly spread between unconnected rooms.

“While infections in adjacent cages may have occurred by droplet contact, infections in distant cages suggests aerosol transmission, as evidence of direct physical contact with an infected source could not be established,” the study added.

It is interesting to note this outbreak occurred in December 1989, when temperatures in Reston were usually below freezing, and it’s unlikely the indoor temperature in the vast quarantine facility was much higher.

A 2012 study also by the USAMRIID, which exposed monkeys to an airborne filovirus similar to Ebola, reached a similar conclusion to the 1995 study.

“There is no strong evidence of secondary transmission by the aerosol route in African filovirus outbreaks; however, aerosol transmission is thought to be possible and may occur in conditions of lower temperature and humidity which may not have been factors in outbreaks in warmer climates,” the study entitled A Characterization of Aerosolized Sudan Virus Infection in African Green Monkeys, Cynomologus Macaques and Rhesus Macaques stated.

The study pointed out that filoviruses, which include Ebola and the Sudan virus used in this particular study, have stability in aerosol form comparable to influenza.

“Filoviruses in aerosol form are therefore considered a possible, serious threat to the health and safety of the public,” it added.

And the Pentagon took this threat of airborne filoviruses so seriously that it organized a Filovirus Medical Countermeasures Workshop with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.

“The DoD seeks a trivalent filovirus vaccine that is effective against aerosol exposure and protective against filovirus disease for at least one year,” the executive summary of the workshop stated.

The Pentagon’s concern with airborne Ebola runs contrary to health officials who claim the disease can’t spread through coughing and sneezing, but according to the Army studies, that may only be true in tropical climates.

“How much airborne transmission will occur will be a function of how well Ebola induces coughing and sneezing in its victims in cold weather climates,” the web site potlblog.com suggested. “Coughing and nasal bleeding are both reported symptoms in Africa, so the worst should be expected.”

Via infowars

Thought you should know. No doubt governments are weaponizing it.

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The internet hit 512K BGP routes today, causing widespread network issues.

Posted by Anonymous on August 12, 2014

http://www.renesys.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/plot2.png

BGP is a routing protocol that coordinates routes to blocks of IP addresses. … all edge routers across the Internet keep a full routing table; for example, your ISP’s edge router has a map of the entire Internet in its memory and knows where to forward one of your packets … The issue today is that routers only have a certain amount of memory for these routes. Router memory size compared to the Internet’s BGP routes has been an issue for [a long time]. One way to fix it is by “aggregating,” which is taking two smaller routes and combining them into one, thereby turning two announcements into merely one. …

BGP is a routing protocol that advertises routes externally, each large organization advertises some BGP routes at the edge of their network. Each edge device has a routing table with all the advertised BGP routes from around the internet. By the sounds of it there are hardware limitations on these edge routers that can only hold 512k routes in their routing table, which is the number we hit today.

http://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/2dcol3/the_internet_hit_512k_bgp_routes_today_causing/

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LAPD to get Stealth Motorcycle

Posted by Anonymous on June 24, 2014

http://hw.infowars.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/lapd-stealthbike.jpgThe LAPD recently announced the purchase of a Zero MMX, an eletronic military-grade motorcycle developed for the U.S. Special Operations Forces.

Well, that’s kinda terrifying.

Santa Cruz-based Zero Motorcycles has said that it was only one bike as part of a “pilot program,” according to Wired. Zero has been supplying police departments across the country with electric motorcycles since 2011, with the biggest advantage of these bikes being their stealthiness. With no gas engine, it is easy to avoid being heard.

“Our officers have an added tactical advantage while on patrol,” said Officer Steve Carbajal of the LAPD Off-Road Unit in a press release. Among these tactical advantages aside from the quiet engine include the ability to go zero-to-60 in 4.4 seconds and ford water over three feet deep. The bike is designed for off-road use, but can even be used in indoor pursuits down with zero emissions. It has a top speed of 85 MPH.

via infowars

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A map of human problems

Posted by Anonymous on June 21, 2014

20140621-135253-49973427.jpgI want something I can’t find on the net, something big and important. I want a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to be able to interact with it, add to it, vote on it!

We have all this information, so organize it! Who can help? Google? I want a globe where the continents are categories.

Here is a great planet maker: http://planetmaker.wthr.us/# I’d like something like terrestrial planet X.0 with randomly generated continents like this:
http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~amitp/game-programming/polygon-map-generation/demo.html

I want to zoom in on a problem to see the bleeding edge technology with details explained so anyone could understand it.

Update:

“At this year’s CeBIT exhibition, the team from Fraunhofer IGD / Fraunhofer IDM@NTU, Singapore, presents a new, exciting, X3DOM-based prototype for fast, intuitive exploration of information, which is entitled InfoLand. Information is presented on a multi-touch interface through a graphical representation, serving as an information or marketing tool for industry partners and collaborators, researchers, and students. Information is presented in the form of text, images, videos and 3D models, which can be accessed intuitively.”

Sounds like the InfoLand engine is close to being capable of what I’m imagining, but it doesn’t seem to be available for anyone to use.  What are the big categories?

Here’s a nice model as a start, but replace the Earth continents with the human problem continents, let them take different shapes as people add content and as old ideas erode.

http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/projects/armsglobe/

Posted in Alt Energy, Do stuff, Earth, Education, Health, human rights, Money, Physics, Survival, Technology, War | 5 Comments »

U.S. charges Chinese military officers with cyberespionage

Posted by Anonymous on May 23, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department issued an indictment on Monday charging five Chinese military officers with hacking into the computer networks of American companies and stealing proprietary information. The move — which was swiftly repudiated by the Chinese government — “represents the first ever charges against a state actor” for hacking, Attorney General Eric Holder said. According to the indictment, the infiltrations began in 2006 and targeted organizations including Westinghouse Electric, U.S. Steel and the United Steel Workers Union. Los Angeles Times

Yeah, no muscling in on the NSA’s territory will be tolerated. Infiltrations, eh? How about the US charging the NSA with cyberespionage, then?

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NASA open sources more than 1,000 computer codes in bid to spark innovation

Posted by Anonymous on April 14, 2014


In an effort to spur innovation inside and outside the space industry, NASA is releasing more than 1,000 of its computer codes to the public Thursday through a new open-access software catalog.

As far as inventions go, the space agency is perhaps most famous for its hardware — its rockets, spaceships and telescopes — but many sophisticated software systems were born at NASA, too, from the primitive codes that guided the first astronauts to the moon to the codes that Earth-bound drivers of the Mars Curiosity rover write to get the robot to travel across the Red Planet.

“Software is an increasingly important element of the agency’s intellectual asset portfolio, making up about a third of our reported inventions every year,” Jim Adams, NASA’s deputy chief technologist, said in a statement. “We are excited to be able to make that software widely available to the public with the release of our software catalog.”

Many of the codes made available through the so-called Tech Transfer program will be free to use for U.S. citizens, though some systems will only be available to other federal agencies because of access restrictions, NASA officials said. …

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/04/10/nasa-releases-more-than-1000-computer-codes-to-spark-innovation/

… DARPA posted a similar catalog earlier this year. NASA will also start hosting the code online by next year; while all the code is free of copyright, people will need special clearance to get their hands-on projects like the rocket guidance system.Many of the projects are already available online, but they are spread out across many sites and difficult to find. One of the main purposes of NASA is to develop technology that can be transferred to other industries, but it is difficult to transfer technology if no one knows where to find the details.

“Our design software has been used to make everything from guitars to roller coasters to Cadillacs,” Technology Transfer Program executive David Lockney told Wired.

“Scheduling software that keeps the Hubble Space Telescope operations straight has been used for scheduling MRIs at busy hospitals and as control algorithms for online dating services.”The new code database is the result of a 2011 order from President Barack Obama that federal agencies increase the pace of technology transfer. Lockney told Wired that he would not be surprised to see many more projects added to the database after its release.

via NASA plans to open source its code in a searchable database — Tech News and Analysis.

Thanks to NASA codes I upgraded the intelligence of every electric appliance in my home. My garage door opener started opening at random, but it wasn’t random. Turned out to be morse code. “N-E-E-D O-I-L”

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Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet (video | TED talk)

Posted by Anonymous on March 20, 2014

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he says, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee. >
> http://www.ted.com/talks/edward_snowden_here_s_how_we_take_back_the_internet

Time for change. I find it interesting that Snowden can appear virtually at this event without being traced to his location by the NSA.

If you are in the camp that thinks Snowden is a traitor, be aware that the inventor of the Web disagrees with you.

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NASA Study: Civilization collapse difficult to avoid on current course

Posted by Anonymous on March 18, 2014

20140319-213029.jpgA new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to “precipitous collapse – often lasting centuries – have been quite common.”

The research project is based on a new cross-disciplinary ‘Human And Nature DYnamical’ (HANDY) model, led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, in association with a team of natural and social scientists. The study based on the HANDY model has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Elsevier journal, Ecological Economics.

It finds that according to the historical record even advanced, complex civilisations are susceptible to collapse, raising questions about the sustainability of modern civilisation:

“The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent.”

By investigating the human-nature dynamics of these past cases of collapse, the project identifies the most salient interrelated factors which explain civilisational decline, and which may help determine the risk of collapse today: namely, Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy.

These factors can lead to collapse when they converge to generate two crucial social features: “the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity”; and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor]” These social phenomena have played “a central role in the character or in the process of the collapse,” in all such cases over “the last five thousand years.”

Currently, high levels of economic stratification are linked directly to overconsumption of resources, with “Elites” based largely in industrialised countries responsible for both:

“… accumulated surplus is not evenly distributed throughout society, but rather has been controlled by an elite. The mass of the population, while producing the wealth, is only allocated a small portion of it by elites, usually at or just above subsistence levels.”

The study challenges those who argue that technology will resolve these challenges by increasing efficiency:

“Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use.”

Productivity increases in agriculture and industry over the last two centuries has come from “increased (rather than decreased) resource throughput,” despite dramatic efficiency gains over the same period.

Modelling a range of different scenarios, Motesharri and his colleagues conclude that under conditions “closely reflecting the reality of the world today… we find that collapse is difficult to avoid.” In the first of these scenarios, civilisation:

“…. appears to be on a sustainable path for quite a long time, but even using an optimal depletion rate and starting with a very small number of Elites, the Elites eventually consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society. It is important to note that this Type-L collapse is due to an inequality-induced famine that causes a loss of workers, rather than a collapse of Nature.”

Another scenario focuses on the role of continued resource exploitation, finding that “with a larger depletion rate, the decline of the Commoners occurs faster, while the Elites are still thriving, but eventually the Commoners collapse completely, followed by the Elites.”

In both scenarios, Elite wealth monopolies mean that they are buffered from the most “detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners”, allowing them to “continue ‘business as usual’ despite the impending catastrophe.” The same mechanism, they argue, could explain how “historical collapses were allowed to occur by elites who appear to be oblivious to the catastrophic trajectory (most clearly apparent in the Roman and Mayan cases).”

Applying this lesson to our contemporary predicament, the study warns that:

“While some members of society might raise the alarm that the system is moving towards an impending collapse and therefore advocate structural changes to society in order to avoid it, Elites and their supporters, who opposed making these changes, could point to the long sustainable trajectory ‘so far’ in support of doing nothing.”

However, the scientists point out that the worst-case scenarios are by no means inevitable, and suggest that appropriate policy and structural changes could avoid collapse, if not pave the way toward a more stable civilisation.

The two key solutions are to reduce economic inequality so as to ensure fairer distribution of resources, and to dramatically reduce resource consumption by relying on less intensive renewable resources and reducing population growth:

“Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion.”

The NASA-funded HANDY model offers a highly credible wake-up call to governments, corporations and business – and consumers – to recognise that ‘business as usual’ cannot be sustained, and that policy and structural changes are required immediately.

… a number of other more empirically-focused studies – by KPMG and the UK Government Office of Science for instance – have warned that the convergence of food, water and energy crises could create a ‘perfect storm’ within about fifteen years. But these ‘business as usual’ forecasts could be very conservative.

Continuity of Government, if the elites want it, is not going to be had by digging underground cities, stockpiling food, gas and water and waiting out the storm. The current fragile pyramid will not be maintained by the persecution of whistleblowers. Instead, the way to fix things is to get everyone to understand that we all fail if we don’t pull together. Teamwork or die.

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Inventor of Web: A “Magna Carta” is needed

Posted by Anonymous on March 13, 2014

20140313-125412.jpgThe inventor of the world wide web believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee told the Guardian the web had come under increasing attack from governments and corporate influence and that new rules were needed to protect the “open, neutral” system.

Speaking exactly 25 years after he wrote the first draft of the first proposal for what would become the world wide web, the computer scientist said: “We need a global constitution – a bill of rights.”

Berners-Lee’s Magna Carta plan is to be taken up as part of an initiative called “the web we want”, which calls on people to generate a digital bill of rights in each country – a statement of principles he hopes will be supported by public institutions, government officials and corporations.

“Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door, we can’t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It’s not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.”

Berners-Lee has been an outspoken critic of the American and British spy agencies’ surveillance of citizens following the revelations by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. In the light of what has emerged, he said, people were looking for an overhaul of how the security services were managed.

His views also echo across the technology industry, where there is particular anger about the efforts by the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ to undermine encryption and security tools – something many cybersecurity experts say has been counterproductive and undermined everyone’s security.

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Principles of privacy, free speech and responsible anonymity would be explored in the Magna Carta scheme. “These issues have crept up on us,” Berners-Lee said. “Our rights are being infringed more and more on every side, and the danger is that we get used to it. So I want to use the 25th anniversary for us all to do that, to take the web back into our own hands and define the web we want for the next 25 years.”
The web constitution proposal should also examine the impact of copyright laws and the cultural-societal issues around the ethics of technology.

While regional regulation and cultural sensitivities would vary, Berners-Lee said he believed a shared document of principle could provide an international standard for the values of the open web.

He is optimistic that the “web we want” campaign can be mainstream, despite the apparent lack of awareness of public interest in the Snowden story.

“I wouldn’t say people in the UK are apathetic – I would say that they have greater trust in their government than other countries. They have the attitude that we voted for them, so let them get on and do it.

“But we need our lawyers and our politicians to understand programming, to understand what can be done with a computer. We also need to revisit a lot of legal structure, copyright law – the laws that put people in jail which have been largely set up to protect the movie producers … None of this has been set up to preserve the day to day discourse between individuals and the day to day democracy that we need to run the country,” he said.

Berners-Lee also spoke out strongly in favour of changing a key and controversial element of internet governance that would remove a small but symbolic piece of US control. The US has clung on to the Iana contract, which controls the dominant database of all domain names, but has faced increased pressure post-Snowden.

He said: “The removal of the explicit link to the US department of commerce is long overdue. The US can’t have a global place in the running of something which is so non-national. There is huge momentum towards that uncoupling but it is right that we keep a multi-stakeholder approach, and one where governments and companies are both kept at arm’s length.”

Berners-Lee also reiterated his concern that the web could be balkanised by countries or organisations carving up the digital space to work under their own rules, whether for censorship, regulation or commerce.

We all have to play a role in that future, he said, citing resistance to proposed copyright theft regulation.

He said: “The key thing is getting people to fight for the web and to see the harm that a fractured web would bring. Like any human system, the web needs policing and of course we need national laws, but we must not turn the network into a series of national silos.”

Berners-Lee also starred in the London 2012 Olympics, typing the words “this is for everyone” on a computer in the centre of the arena. He has stuck firmly to the principle of openness, inclusivity and democracy since he invented the web in 1989, choosing not to commercialise his model. Rejecting the idea that government and commercial control of such a powerful medium was inevitable, Berners-Lee said it would be impossible: “Not until they prise the keyboards from our cold, dead fingers.” …

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/12/online-magna-carta-berners-lee-web

Sign up here https://webwewant.org and get to work on your own draft of the Web Bill of Rights, if you are so inclined.

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