“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
“Wow,wow”- Dianne Feinstein upon hearing that the FBI uses the NSA data for “backdoor” searches to dig dirt on American citizens, and pass the information along to LE’s and others who participate in organized stalking.
Great quote for her legacy.
Rita Dianne Feinstein
Is a movie about a third wave feminist with major investments in privatized prisons and weapons manufacturing who gets an education, and then realizes that her pervy professors at the NSA, the FISA court, and in the Senate Intelligence committee really just want her to stay charmingly stupid in that “first they came for my neighbor” kind of way.
Here’s a key exchange from the movie, where Dianne Feinstein- California’s hard working, gun toting, anti-free speech, anti-Constitutionalist who thinks warrantless surveillance actually catches terrorists and plotz, delivers an amazingly insightful, brilliant line, and I quote her “Wow,wow.”
From the article:
The Intelligence Committee—seemed taken aback by Ms. Goitein’s mention of “backdoor searches.”
Feinstein: Wow, wow. What do you call it? What’s a backdoor search?
Goitein: Backdoor search is when the FBI or any other agency targets a U.S. person for a search of data that was collected under Section 702, which is supposed to be targeted against foreigners overseas.
Feinstein: Regardless of the minimization that was properly carried out.
Goitein: Well the data is searched in its unminimized form. So the FBI gets raw data, the NSA, the CIA get raw data. And they search that raw data using U.S. person identifiers. That’s what I’m referring to as backdoor searches.
It’s deeply concerning that any member of Congress, much less a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, might not be aware of the problem surrounding backdoor searches. In April 2014, the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged the searches of this data, which Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall termed “the ‘back-door search’ loophole in section 702.” The public was so incensed that the House of Representatives passed an amendment to that year’s defense appropriations bill effectively banning the warrantless backdoor searches. Nonetheless, in the hearing today it seemed like Senator Feinstein might not recognize or appreciate the serious implications of allowing U.S. law enforcement agencies to query the raw data collected through these Internet surveillance programs. Hopefully today’s testimony helped convince the Senator that there is more to this topic than what she’s hearing in jargon-filled classified security briefings.”
Regardless of how many people are tapped en toto, we do know thanks to whistle blower William Binney, that in 2013 there were at least 500,000 to 1million “targeted” individual phone numbers:
“…there are about 3 billion phone calls made within the USA every day. And then around the world, there are something like 10 billion a day. But, while they may not record anywhere near all of that, what they do is take their target list, which is somewhere on the order of 500,000 to a million people. They look through these phone numbers and they target those and that’s what they record.”
Further reading: The synopsis for Educating Rita upon which the Feinstein cartoon is based.