How to tell if a person is being monitored by security agencies
Posted On August 4, 2021
The Guardian is warning that the United States has become a country that monitors people’s movements, emails, texts and social media.
According to a new report by the Washington Post, US law enforcement has been using electronic surveillance and other tools to monitor people’s online activities for years, particularly for things such as political or religious expression.
The surveillance tools are used to target people, including journalists and dissidents, who are deemed to pose a threat to national security.
The new report comes on the heels of revelations that US law-enforcement officials have used the tools on a much wider scale than previously disclosed, including targeting hundreds of thousands of people.
The government has previously acknowledged using these tools on hundreds of people, according to the report.US President Donald Trump, who has been pushing to roll back civil liberties in the wake of the revelations about his associates, has called for the end of the surveillance.
Trump has also called for new surveillance powers and new surveillance methods, including new warrants and “surveillance czars” who would be empowered to order mass surveillance of Americans.
“We have an enemy who is spying on us and we’re not going to let that be tolerated,” Trump said in his first address to a joint session of Congress in February.
“And we will find out who is doing it, and we will shut down this enemy.”
President Trump and his wife Melania arrive for the State Dinner at the White House in Washington on March 3, 2021.
But the report does not say how many people the US has monitored in the past and, of those, who were targeted, who have been prosecuted, or who have died.
“The surveillance is being used by US law and justice officials and intelligence agencies on a far-reaching scale,” the report said.
“These tools are being used to gather information on Americans, including on their family members, associates and co-workers, their work, and their online activities.”
The US Justice Department has not responded to CNN’s request for comment on the new report.
The report, titled ” The new threats of mass surveillance ,” comes after a series of revelations about US surveillance practices and the potential for them to be used to spy on US citizens.
In the wake the publication of the New York Times’ explosive revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, Congress passed a law to ban the use of domestic eavesdropping by the US government.
“In the aftermath of the disclosures about the NSA’s bulk collection of US telephone records, the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended legislation that would prohibit the government from conducting bulk collection or bulk collection under any circumstances,” the New Republic reported on Monday.
“While this bill was being considered, the NSA also began collecting domestic phone records, including the number of calls made to and from American citizens, and the length of the calls.”
The legislation also included a provision that would have allowed the NSA to access Americans’ internet browsing history and call logs.
The bill was introduced by Senator Ron Wyden, the Democratic ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Wyden said in a statement that “we must stop the mass surveillance by our government.
The new legislation we are introducing today is a first step in that direction.””
Americans deserve better,” he said.
“The Senate Judiciary is taking an important first step toward restoring the rule of law.”
Trump has said the surveillance program will not stop and that it has nothing to do with national security, but he has also said he will seek new surveillance authority if Congress does not act.
“There will be a lot of other things,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday.
“I will ask for new authority.”
He added, “If they don’t get it, I will get more authority.
And then I will ask the senators that are with me.
And they will do it.
I am very confident that we will get it.”
The Washington Post report comes as the US prepares to host the G7 summit, an international gathering of major economies in early 2021.
Trump will be at the summit with his new national security adviser, retired Lt.
Gen. Michael Flynn, and other senior administration officials.
Flynn, a former military officer who has served as a top adviser to Trump, is expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
Russia has been accused of using its influence over the summit to undermine Trump’s administration, according the Washington Times, which also said the meeting will likely involve discussions on Syria.
The US is expected also to meet again with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump is also expected to attend the G8 summit in Italy in May 2021, which is expected with other world leaders from the United Nations and other countries, and is also likely to host a summit with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.