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“The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act website, which according to the Pentagon receives more than 2.3 billion searches a year, is mean to be used by authorized institutions like banks to confirm the active duty status that entitles service members to certain protections.
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Discussing President Trump’s weekend tweets accusing President Obama of wiretapping his phone calls during the campaign, Chuck Todd declared: “If it’s true, it’s an extraordinary political scandal, and if it’s not true, it’s an extraordinary political scandal.” In other words, either the Obama administration shredded the Constitution by eavesdropping on a candidate for the presidency, or there was no surveillance at all and the current president is hurling explosive lies.These, however, are not the only possibilities.
Over his two terms, Obama has created the most powerful surveillance state the world has ever seen. Although other leaders may have created more oppressive spying regimes, none has come close to constructing one of equivalent size, breadth, cost, and intrusiveness. From 22,300 miles in space, where seven Advanced Orion crafts now orbit; to a 1-million-square-foot building in the Utah desert that stores data intercepted from personal phones, emails, and social media accounts; to taps along the millions of miles of undersea cables that encircle the Earth like yarn, U.S. surveillance has expanded exponentially since Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.
Let’s repeat that last part: “no digital communication is secure”, by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications – meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact. To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is.
The exposed data includes sensitive information of millions of customers, including their names, phone numbers, and account PINs (personal identification numbers), which is enough for anyone to access an individual’s account, even if the account is protected by two-factor authentication.
The error, a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server, made customer phone numbers, names and some PIN codes publicly available online, CNN Tech reported. PIN codes are used to confirm the identity of people who call for customer service, the media outlet said.
The peculiar question and Coats’ response recalled Wyden’s 2013 questioning of James Clapper, Coats’ predecessor, who lied to Wyden by saying “no sir” and “not wittingly” in response to a question about mass surveillance. Clapper did not admit misleading lawmakers until after whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks.
Mike Pompeo gave few details about his vision for the ‘comprehensive, searchable’ database including ‘financial and lifestyle information.’