Authorities Are Using Paris Attacks To Rush New Mass Surveillance Laws

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The CIA and government officials around the world are using the Paris attacks to push brand new surveillance laws. And it was all planned in advance.

While democratic systems usually take months (if not years) to pass new laws and legislation, it only took a few days after the Paris attacks to slap honest citizens with more surveillance laws. Several organizations are indeed capitalizing on the fear and panic caused by the attacks to bring forth a brand new agenda that takes a bold new step towards total government surveillance. What’s worse: Leaked information proves that authorities were waiting on a terror attack to go forward with their plan.

In a leaked e-mail written by Robert S. Litt, the intelligence community’s top lawyer during the month August, the plan is clearly outlined: There is a lack of support for the banning of encrypted communications but a terror attack could quickly turn the tide.

“Although the legislative environment is very hostile today, it could turn in the event of a terrorist attack or criminal event where strong encryption can be shown to have hindered law enforcement.

There is value keeping our options open for such a situation.”
– Washington Post, Obama faces growing momentum to support widespread encryption

Only a few months after this e-mail, a terror attack occurs in Paris. Only a few hours after the attacks, news  strangely blamed “encrypted communications”. Only days after the attacks, officials are calling for…the banning of encrypted communications.

The New York police commissioner, Bill Bratton, called it a “game changer” and, insinuated new legislation that would outlaw encryption was necessary by adding: “[Encryption] is something that is going to need to be debated very quickly because we cannot continue operating where we are blind.
– The Guardian, Intelligence agencies pounce on Paris attacks to pursue spy agenda

CIA Director John Brennan is also using the terror attacks to plead for unrestricted government surveillance of all communications, blaming “privacy groups” for hindering their job.

Then on Monday, in an epic episode of blame shifting, the CIA director, John Brennan, reportedly said privacy advocates have undermined the ability of spies to monitor terrorists. He explained:

“Because of a number of unauthorized disclosures and a lot of hand-wringing over the government’s role in the effort to try to uncover these terrorists, there have been some policy and legal and other actions that are taken that make our ability collectively, internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging”, adding that there is a “misrepresentation of what the intelligence security services are doing”.

Read Brennan’s comments carefully because they are very revealing. When he says “legal actions”, he’s referring to the fact that multiplefederal courts have ruled that the government’s secret mass surveillance on millions of Americans is illegal. So it sounds like the CIA director is saying it’s a shame that intelligence agencies can’t operate completely above the law any more, and is scapegoating any failings on his agency’s part on accountability that is the hallmark of any democracy. (Though he still can apparently operate above the law.)

More importantly, Brennan’s comments are incredibly dishonest. The post-Snowden USA Freedom Act passed by Congress reformed exactly one of the countless mass spying programs the US runs. It was the one that sucked up the phone calls of Americans only, and here’s the thing: it has been active this whole time and isn’t scheduled to shut down until the end of the month.
– Ibid.

Government officials in the UK are also capitalizing on fear to rush sweeping new laws.

On the other side of the Atlantic, politicians in the United Kingdom, which already has the most expansive surveillance laws in the western world, are using the tragedy to attempt to rush through their even more invasive, new mass-spying bill that aims at allowing police to see the websites every citizen visits and to force companies like Apple to backdoor their encrypted tools.
– Ibid.

Not Effective

None of these laws have proven effective in preventing terror attacks. In fact, the Paris attacks took place six months after the enactment of a massive (and controversial) surveillance law in France.

Passed by the French Parliament in May in response to the attacks on the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo, the law allows the government to monitor phone calls and emails of people suspected of connections to terrorism without the authorization of a judge.

But it goes further than that. The law requires Internet service providers to install “black boxes” that are designed to vacuum up and analyze metadata on the Web-browsing and general Internet use habits of millions of people using the Web and to make that data available to intelligence agencies.

In exceptional cases, the law allows the government to deploy what are called “ISMI catchers” to track all mobile phone communications in a given area. These catchers are basically designed to impersonate cell towers, but they intercept and record communications data from phones within its range, and can also track the movements of people carrying the phones.

Finally, the law allows government agents to break into the homes of suspected terrorists for the purpose of planting microphone bugs and surveillance cameras and installing keyloggers on their computers, devices that capture data on every keystroke and mouse click.
– Recode, France Has a Powerful and Controversial New Surveillance Law

In short, after each traumatic event in the Western world (manufactured or not), attention is turned towards a very specific and targeted item that “needs to be addressed as soon as possible”. This item is, in fact, part of controversial law that is sitting on shelves until in can be passed insidiously, while the masses are struck with horror. It happened with the Patriot Act and, almost 15 years later, it is happening again. Their formula is “Order Out of Chaos” and it keeps working.

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NoWeaponShallProsper
6 months 7 days ago

This world is getting more insane by the day. It wont be too long now. I'm thinking at least 2 or 3 decades till the end. But that's just me being hopeful. Christ is coming back sooner than we all think.

The One
4 months 1 day ago

” I’m thinking at least 2 or 3 decades till the end.”

I can tell you for a fact that the earliest the Apocalypse will come is 2023, but most likely sometime around 2025-26, or maybe 2027, but I can’t imagine much later than that. I can’t be more specific but this is the most accurate/truthful calculation that you are going to get. Peace, love and all praise to the Lord!

Muslima
6 months 7 days ago
I want to shed some light on something else many people seem confused about. Just like there are so many people from different countries and religions around the world that are absolutely clueless of what is going on, most Muslims around the world are also clueless. I say this as a Muslim with family and friends in many countries. The brainwashing of the masses is in every country, so you find most people struggling to live the "ideal" life they have been sold through Hollywood. As a result, the majority of Muslims are your average joe or Jane, unaware and… Read more »
CaptainMontereyJack
6 months 6 days ago
Please stop posting misinformation. Christianity is not like Islam. Christianity/Judaism is the story of how God created man, man fell and the God sent His Son to die as ransom for our sins. Yet Islam says Jesus was only a prophet and that He was not the Christ. Islam says that the church changed the message of Christ. This is what is called a copout, a blanket excuse that requires no forethought to nullify any and everything in the Gospel they do not agree with. You would think that such a bold claim would have even a shred of proof… Read more »
anon
6 months 6 days ago

Lighten up, Cappy.

CaptainMontereyJack
6 months 6 days ago

Yes?

turnkey
6 months 5 days ago
MUSLIMA, ignore CMJ, please keep sharing your view and good will. i have found more people of any faith (and without) are glad that another has some kind of faith that sustains them, rather than it is different from their own. this is for G-d to judge, whomever that is to you. keep talking to others in your communities, meet people outside your neighborhood or realm of experience, and you will see how alike we all are!!! and yes, CMJ, i am a "real" Christian, but i am forbidden to stand in judgement, only live in a way that hopefully… Read more »
turnkey
6 months 3 days ago

CMJ,

you’re right, i’m wrong–NOW i get into heaven, yes?

peace to you.

CaptainMontereyJack
6 months 5 days ago
Turnkey, you think it is good for your claimed faith to be untruthfully compared to a false religion? Is it not written that "32"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33"But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. 34Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Matthew 10:32-34) You call yourself a Christian and then you claim solidarity with someone who denies Jesus Christ… Read more »
Lin
5 months 18 days ago

Thank you for this analysis, VC. Keep up the great work!

BluBoy
5 months 20 days ago

Lies on top of lies on top of lies. Its never ending. I mean do people even know who the REAL Isis is? I'll give y'all a little clue – Look just below the singer Rihanna's breasts.

SYSTEM_FAILED
5 months 21 days ago

OO7: SPECTRE IS ALL ABOUT IT. NO WONDER THE WON'T BE MAKING ANY FILMS! NO GREATER VILLIANS TO TAKE DOWN.

Mikee
5 months 25 days ago

And all they will have to do later is to expand the definition of 'Terrorist' to anybody that opposes the views of the government and use that definition to bug, track and monitor any citizen and every citizen.

fleurdamour
5 months 25 days ago

Did anyone else notice that the French authorities used the attacks as a reason to forbid a protest at the climate change talks? Looks like a pretext to take away French citizens' rights to assembly and peaceful protest, at least for energy industry related concerns.

Madi
5 months 28 days ago

Wow. I couldn't think of much else to say to this post other than 'wake up, people!' Another article well-written, VC. Keep up the good work.

Top Dolla
6 months 1 day ago

This article really put everything in perspective. I watched 007 Spectra the other day and this is exactly what happened in the movie! verbatim! there was a secret meeting, one of the countries didn't want the world wide surveillance and the next week they were bombed! Its crazy how they put everything that is in the agenda world wide for us to see, but the masses are just to blind or just turn the other cheek away from the real truth

BothEyesOpen
5 months 10 days ago

Indeed. A late friend of mine, who was ex-military with a high-level security clearance and in civilian life an avid and stalwart seeker of truth who had a more thorough and far-reaching grasp of the "Big Picture" than anyone else I've ever met or followed (and that includes the "big names" of the alternative media), once made this unforgettable statement – "You will get more truth from Hollywood, than you ever will from the nightly news."

Wow
6 months 1 day ago

Lol I think Im more impressed with the fact that these high operating peices of garbage with nice suits on…..well I'll let you all draw your own conclusions 😉

turnkey
6 months 2 days ago

COMMENT TO NO ONE IN PARTICULAR BUT ANYONE WHO NEEDS IT:

when attending a magic performance, DON’T watch the hand the magician wants you to see, watch his other one…

the show isn’t what is SEEN, the magic is in what is UNSEEN, real or not.

where are YOU looking at?

gambeir
6 months 3 days ago

CIA Director John Brennan is the same basket case who talked about firing upon the American people. That guy is a fruit loop kook, they are all fruit loop kooks, every one of them.

Sara
6 months 5 days ago

I really think the video footage looks entirely fake. No comments about that? Why NO ameteur footage? Even the scene with the bodies looks staged, with few visible injuries. Problem, solution. Looks like it was all planned to me.

turnkey
6 months 5 days ago

hacking yer wiring, yessir, they be tapping into primal stuff, better know yer own mind

Ed Snappy
6 months 6 days ago

How would you go about banning SSL encrypted communications? Would we no longer be able to shop online securely and have all our account data transmitted in plain text format like in the 80's and 90's? This is ridiculous and would never happen. Business and innovation always trumps over lawmakers. It's a proven fact.

turnkey
6 months 5 days ago

unless, like with the Mafia-like Insurance industry a way is to find to use the government and laws to protect their investments and grow profit, including compulsory participation…

turnkey
6 months 3 days ago

see: CRONY CAPITALISM

Ed Snappy
6 months 4 days ago

I am not sure how your comment even relates to my comment?

Muslima
6 months 7 days ago
Great article VC and not surprising at all. They are getting more and more bold as the people are more and more clueless. I find that a lot of people are way too busy to think, because of the system, and that is why they just accept whatever they're told and think "big brother knows best." I worked in corporate for a little bit before I said screw and left, and I had no time for anything other than work, some sleep, basic hygiene, and some errands/chores. No extra time for thinking. And considering most people work 9-5 and have… Read more »
Madi
5 months 28 days ago

I kne my father was right the minute he said 'these are interesting times we are living in. It's important for you to rain vigilant.' Now, he doesn't really follow website's like this one or NWO related stuff, but he does believe it's important to stay informed…and he has suggested that I do the same.

turnkey
6 months 5 days ago

i enjoy your heartlfelt thoughts, Muslima.

Peace be with you and yours.

allbollocks
6 months 7 days ago

now since the "enemy" (ISIS) is within the country, there would be more street patrolling which means a step towards the police state agenda.

Muslima
6 months 7 days ago

Definitely a good excuse for them. Every time a terror attack happens, have military all over so people get used to them. In NYC soldiers were all over penn station just standing… But nowhere else… Sort of like getting the millions of ppl who walk through penn station each day to be used to this many soldiers around… So when they pull their militarized state for whatever reason, it's no surprise to people and they are accustomed to the soldiers. It's like everything else they get the people "used to" via tv, media, etc.

turnkey
6 months 1 day ago

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and

CONQUER

turnkey
6 months 5 days ago

MONEYPOWERMONEYPOWERMONEYPOWERMONEYPOWERMONEYPOWERMONEYPOWER!!!!!!

Dixie
6 months 7 days ago
Just waiting for the attacks to hit. Mass chaos will cause people to panic and the overlording government will sweep in with a solution for our safety and security – a microchip under the skin that will keep you safe from hackers and identity thieves. It will also house all your medical records and bank accounts… for your safety, of course. All for your safety. And people will gladly take it, because who doesn't want to be protected? The govt already has vans capable of looking into your home with x-ray vision. They can see what you're doing, how many… Read more »
turnkey
6 months 5 days ago

"… for your safety, of course. All for your safety. And people will gladly take it…"

" Only those strong in Christ will be the ones weeded out. It's sad."

this sight, too will make Believers of the unbelieving! hold fast to your faith, all, for it is not just for you, but your brother and sister, even if they do not know yet they are His…

jumper ronald
6 months 7 days ago
Firefox and chrome are putting so many hidden surveillance backdoors in their updates that my 10yr old computer cant handle it- it freezes every 10 seconds. Only a year ago I used to be able to operate 100+ tabs in firefox simultaneously, now it crashes with 5! They even say on the popup that they need to install “security updates” – and its no coincidence that these updates always just happen to be incompatible with the blocker addons like anti-spyware etc! Theyre making it so the only option I have is to get one of these modern computesr that are… Read more »
D D d
5 months 26 days ago

Outlook/hotmail/live is being dumbed down and made unrealisticly malfunctioning on tablets. And I think that is to stear us towards using the all-holy and controllable (but not by the user) apps.
For you I think maybe an a.d-k-iller will do wonders?

SunGaze
5 months 20 days ago

Use k-meleom browser – lite, completely open source, based on old mozilla core but enhanced to open most modern sites. Unfortunately you have to use an older version if you want adblock plus, and its installation is "extract these files and these filters in this folder" but it works. I think script block and flash block work with the newest version.

turnkey
6 months 5 days ago

sing it, JR

William De Sousa
6 months 7 days ago

Never let a crisis go to waste, huh? Yep – while we're living through a Hegelian dialectic inferno, the military industrial complex stocks are rocketing high in the sky. That's it, folks… the elitist bastards are turning this world into a ball of fire. BUT… we are awakening a little faster… those new mass surveillance laws were predicted. The ruling elite modus operandi became so obvious. I smell desperation.

dogg
6 months 7 days ago

Good job reporting, VC.

maciej
6 months 7 days ago

the white genocide is started, and greated israell will created . the /syrian refugee/ come and displace white ppl [ouch they did it almost] and the /muslim/ in ME will become and jewish country. this is why every neighbor are attacked [lybia, egypt, syria, iraq] and they [muslim] are coming to take control europe.

Patriot
6 months 7 days ago

Stupid comment. You're missing the point!!

talesfromthelou
6 months 7 days ago

Good one, thank you. Re-blogging.

Dewmanthy
6 months 7 days ago

They act so quickly as if everything was prepared a long time ago. It seems all these police laws are preplanned.

turnkey
6 months 1 day ago

Yes, curious that these governmental bureaucracies can act so quickly when it suits THEM…

Martin
6 months 7 days ago

Isn't it interesting timing for Charlie Sheen to come out as HIV+. Right as all this is happening. Distraction much?

anon
6 months 7 days ago

If you'll recall, Charlie "winning" Sheen's cracked-out face was all over CNN the weekend of the Fukushima catastrophe. The (unresolved) ecological disaster went totally unmentioned while we were treated to a once-serious news organization tracking the every move of this sociopathic Malibu basehead.

talya2312
6 months 7 days ago

My thoughts exactly.

ghost
6 months 7 days ago

Once the government has their hands in something getting them to let go is near impossible. For example marijuana and our privacy. There has been a shift from Christian values to some twisted ideology. Seems like the beginning of the end. God help us.

Wow
6 months 1 day ago
Not entirely a bad thing. We'll be taken. They'll comtinue to fail at life as their ancestors have, die and burn forever with their failures, oh and as an added bonus they'll get to see those who've failed moserably just as they have.. I think God sometimes has a sense of humor sometimes…putting that lake of fire so close to home 😉 Sounds cold but the truth of the matter is that they had a concious decision. Just not strong enough to do the right thing =/ Cant really feel bad for em at that point. We all know quite… Read more »
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