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How the Government Came to Spy on Millions of Americans

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Investigative filmmaker Michael Kirk tells the inside story of how the government came to spy on millions of Americans—from September 11, 2001, up through the present. His Frontline documentary “United States of Secrets” explores the secret history and scope of the government's unprecedented post-9/11 surveillance program (and the lengths the government went to keep the program secret from the public). “United States of Secrets” premieres May 13 on PBS.

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Michael Kirk

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Sarah

Obama's War on civil liberties
http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/26/drones-yemen-fbi-occupy-terrorism

http://www.salon.com/2010/05/13/citizens_2/

Noam Chomsky: Obama's Attack on Civil Liberties Has Gone Way Beyond Imagination
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/noam-chomsky-obamas-attack-civil-liberties-has-gone-way-beyond-imagination?paging=off

Obama is Bad on Civil Liberties, But That Shouldn't Surprise Anyone
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/06/obama-bad-civil-liberties-shouldnt-surprise-anyone

“Obama voted for the 2008 FISA amendments, a position that outraged liberals at the time. He continued the Bush-era surveillance of communications networks. He ramped up the war in Afghanistan. He vastly increased drone use overseas. He's declared a war on leakers. He participated in the assault on Libya. He's approved the assassination of American citizens abroad. His DOJ has aggressively made use of the state secrets privilege. He's fought relentlessly to block lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses.”

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/19/obama-administration-asks-supreme-court-to-allow-warrantless-cellphone-searches/

May. 12 2014 05:50 PM
Tony from Maheah nj

FYI folks Obama is the president, but your not holding him accountable? Talk about lies? Did Hillary and Obama lie about behngazi? You betcha

May. 12 2014 12:49 PM

Go back and check the ABC evening new with Peter Jennings of Sept. 10th 200l;on that program Peter Jennings ends his show by saying that the intelligence agencies [I forget which one was mentioned specifically] are reporting that bin laden claims that an attack on the US is "imminent".I definitely recall him using the words "bin laden" and "attack" being "imminent". He then closes the program by saying "good night" or what ever. I remember hearing him end the program that way and thinking there goes the media propaganda ,leaving us with fear at the bogey man bin laden. I recalled Peter Jennings words the following morning when the attacks did take place. I expected Peter Jennings and others would allude to his previous programs' mentioning of exactly that; that he had reported the intelligence claim of bin Laden's statement that an attack was coming. Instead to my surprise and shock neither Peter Jennings or any one ever mentioned the Sept. 10th evening news broadcast where he ,Jennings specifically and concretely reported the threat! If you go back and check that archived program ,that next to last statement has been deleted and all we hear is the "good night" or whatever he said that followed. Please check it out!

May. 12 2014 12:32 PM
Tony from Suffern NY

I guess liberals will blame Bush and Cheney for this, while Obama propagates the spying ten fold. Leonard doesn't have the integrity to hold Obama accountable for anything, and report accordingly.

May. 12 2014 12:22 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought the different pre-9/11 intelligence agencies *were* allowed to share info w/each other but misinterpreted the law/reg's. as saying they couldn't.

(And I didn't know FISA went back that far!)

May. 12 2014 12:18 PM

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