Posted on October 20, 2013 by swisspinoy Posted in Issues regarding US persons abroad 66 Comments Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...
I noted this in the article linked below.
Is owing taxes going to prevent people from flying? Actually, the NYT reports that the TSA will be reporting their findings to “a debt collection agency for the purpose of debt collection.”
There is no end to the Control they want. And to think, it was the Airline executives that went to Congress after 9/11 begging the government to take over the security which they had been responsible for prior to that time. We get what we deserve, it seems.
@Just Me, the best security is a balanced foreign policy. But, that is inexpensive, doesn’t need a big government and doesn’t require much control. Thus, it is politically undesirable.
@Em, I note the commonality between the powers and conduct of the TSA in the article you describe, and the powers and conduct of the IRS and Treasury re FBARs and FATCA – even in the absence of any actual crime – merely because we live – and so bank, outside the US.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/TSA_will_now_%E2%80%9Cpre-screen%E2%80%9D_your_taxes%2C_car_registration%2C_passport%2C_employment_history%2C_and_more/30049/0/38/38/Y/M.html with FBAR and FATCA for those abroad:
…”“I think the best way to look at it is as a pre-crime assessment ….,” said Edward Hasbrouck to the New York Times….”
……..”“The default will be the highest, most intrusive level of search……”
…”the constitution ensures that the federal government will not perform these kinds of searches without probable cause or a warrant….”
“….And what will the ….. do with this information?…”
No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A
But it was emblematic of an agency that for decades has operated on the principle that any eavesdropping that can be done on a foreign target of any conceivable interest — now or in the future — should be done. After all, American intelligence officials reasoned, who’s going to find out?
From thousands of classified documents, the National Security Agency emerges as an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, eavesdropping and hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets, all the while enforcing the utmost secrecy about its own operations. It spies routinely on friends as well as foes, as has become obvious in recent weeks; the agency’s official mission list includes using its surveillance powers to achieve “diplomatic advantage” over such allies as France and Germany and “economic advantage” over Japan and Brazil, among other countries.
The N.S.A. seems to be listening everywhere in the world, gathering every stray electron that might add, however minutely, to the United States government’s knowledge of the world.
German Media Spies on US Spies
Last June, President Obama was blunt at a press conference in Berlin: “We do not use Germany as a launching point for unmanned drones to go after, as a part of our anti-terrorism activities.” The Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) and Norddeutsche Rundfunk (North German Radio, which despite the name, is also a television operation) have teamed up to look into this claim, and they beg to differ. A lot.
Indeed, their research has shown this to be a lie, and they are in the midst of publishing a multi-part series called “Secret War” that lays this all out. (The full series is in German, but various parts of it have also appeared in English.)
From the New York times…
Spying Scandal Alters U.S. Ties With Allies and Raises Talk of Policy Shift
But they will still let FATCA access via the back door.
Secret Deal Gave NSA Access to Data of UK Citizens
I watched this video last night — a forum held about NSA surveillance. The moderator was Suzanne Nossel and panelists were James Bamford, Ariel Dorfman, Glenn Greenwald and Bruce Schneier. If anyone, like me, is not doing Christmassy things and would like to kill an hour and a half, this might be interesting.
Thnks. It is Christmas eve here, and so I am watching. 🙂
Here’s a Christmassy little NSA video from Mark Fiore — “Spying Claus is Coming to Town”.
So, it should have said…
He sees you when your sleeping. He hears the calls you make. He knows your foreign deposits, so be good for FATCA sake!
Yes, better, Just Me. 🙂 You are 3 half clocks ahead of us so Happy Christmas Day!
Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can “Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make”
Paul Craig Roberts has a poignant reminder about what is lost when privacy is lost. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Hope for the best in 2014 but prepare for the worst.
NSA slogan: “We know everything and learn nothing…”
NSA, Benghazi and the Monsters of Our Own Creation