Posted on November 17, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
‘We have now seen that secret, domestic surveillance programs at the National Security Agency have crossed the line’
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Along with colleagues from Wisconsin and Oregon, Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is leading a new effort to curb overly eager spy agencies from invading the privacy and abusing the civil liberties of people who have absolutely no connection with terrorism.
Udall and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013, legislation that strengthens transparency, oversight and accountability on National Security Agency domestic surveillance.
“Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we learned about the importance of sharing information about international terrorism between intelligence agencies and law enforcement,” Udall said. “But we need to ensure that any personal information collected on innocent Americans with no connection to terrorism or espionage is shared appropriately with law enforcement entities. We need strong, appropriate privacy protections,” he said. Continue reading
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Posted on July 29, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
A Cold War listening station near Berlin.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The so-called war on terror has resulted in a fundamental change in U.S. policies on interrogations and surveillance, with most civil rights advocates claiming that the government has gone too far in the name of security.
Those excesses include 2008 provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that enable the government to conduct warrantless surveillance and searches of communications like emails and phone calls.
Because the operations conducted by the government under those provisions is shrouded in secrecy, nobody really knows how many communications have been intercepted and read. Continue reading
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Posted on September 23, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Sen. Mark Udall.
$31 billion in U.S. aid dollars lost to fraud and corruption; concerns remain that some of the money is funding terrorism
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Sen. Mark Udall continued to push on foreign policy issues during a Senate Armed Services Committee this week, pressing Pentagon leaders on issues related to military involvement in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Udall expressed concerns about providing military aid to Pakistan and questioned Pakistan’s commitment to shared security goals with the U.S. In a discussion with newly appointed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, Udall said Pakistan has often played both sides, and highlighted recent reports of blatant corruption and fraud in the country.
“At times it appears that Pakistan and its leadership are playing the roles of both arsonist and fireman, and that’s problematic,” Udall said. “Our mission in Afghanistan relies on the Pakistanis in many ways, but we cannot tolerate actions that jeopardize our efforts or place our personnel and the mission at risk.” Continue reading
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