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The Evil Empire At Work

A journalist who used to cover music for Forbes – and who currently writes for several other publications – received an unexpected visit from representatives of a joint terrorism task force this week. In fact six agents descended on Michele Catalano’s Long Island, N.Y. home on July 31 – conducting…

A journalist who used to cover music for Forbes – and who currently writes for several other publications – received an unexpected visit from representatives of a joint terrorism task force this week. In fact six agents descended on Michele Catalano’s Long Island, N.Y. home on July 31 – conducting a warrantless search of the premises and asking all sorts of invasive questions of her husband.

Catalano was at work when the raid took place, but got an alarmed phone call from her spouse …

“At about 9:00 am, my husband, who happened to be home yesterday, was sitting in the living room with our two dogs when he heard a couple of cars pull up outside,” she wrote. “He looked out the window and saw three black SUVs in front of our house; two at the curb in front and one pulled up behind my husband’s Jeep in the driveway, as if to block him from leaving.”

“Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house, two toward the backyard on one side, two on the other side, two toward the front door,” Catalano continued.

What prompted this show of force? According to her Twitter timeline, weeks earlier Catalano and her husband had been searching the internet (independent of each other) for two items which both happened to have been used in the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year.

Wait … how on earth did a joint terrorism task force know what Catalano and her husband had been looking at on the internet? Oh wait … that’s right … we’re a nation under surveillance, aren’t we?

“This is where we are at,” Catalano wrote. “Where you have no expectation of privacy. Where trying to learn how to cook some lentils could possibly land you on a watch list. Where you have to watch every little thing you do because someone else is watching every little thing you do.”

Exactly … and according to Catalano, the snoops who visited her home said they “do this about 100 times a week.”

Amazing …

Catalano’s story broke on the same day that the federal government’s massive spy system – dubbed “XKeyscore” – was exposed. According to documents obtained by The (U.K.) Guardian,“XKeyscore” is used by the government’s National Security Agency (NSA) to track internet searches, emails, online chats and “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.”

And while the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama continues to deny the existence of such a program (or acknowledge the fact it is being used on American citizens), Catalano’s case is proof positive that Big Brother is indeed watching – just like NSA leaker Edward Snowden said.

Wake up, Sheeplethis is happening.

And for the record, this is why we call the federal government an “Evil Empire,” and why we refer to its statist spy supporters Nazis.

“If the jackboot fits …”

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56 comments

Jackie Chiles August 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

Interesting that they do this 100 times a week, but still failed to catch the actual bombers.

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

I’m sure those keywords were instituted about 20 minutes after they found the pot.

Question is when do Backpack and Pressure Cooker come off of the list? It won’t be long before ‘the definition of is, is’ is a key phrase.

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Smirks August 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

They’re hoping for the law of averages I suppose.

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Jackie Chiles August 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

Interesting that they do this 100 times a week, but still failed to catch the actual bombers.

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

I’m sure those keywords were instituted about 20 minutes after they found the pot.

Question is when do Backpack and Pressure Cooker come off of the list? It won’t be long before ‘the definition of is, is’ is a key phrase.

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Smirks August 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

They’re hoping for the law of averages I suppose.

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

If we say these keywords enough will … NVM. :P

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shifty henry August 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

KJV – ASV-DOUAY-RHEIMS -ESV – ESVA – JUBILEE – LEXHAM – MOUNCE RINT – RSVCE – NLV – SCHLACTER – DARBY – WYCLIFFE, and last for this list one of my favorites — HAWAI’I PIDGIN

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Where’s the Rosetta stone. Where where?

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shifty henry August 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Rosetta is upstairs taking a shower. She said to tell you not to call her anymore.

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Those are bible translations!! You use Esword?? Awesome!! Good Job Henry. Nice.

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shifty henry August 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Bible Gateway – I listed those to screw up the peepers if they are monitoring this site, It was the first thing that came to mind. Most folks would catch it especially since I threw in Wycliffe. The last one was just a throw in. I’m now waiting for the knock on my doors! Congratulations !!

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Actually Darby is what I queued in on.

Soft Sigh from Hell August 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Darby used to make handcuffs.
“Clap tha darbies on ‘im, Paddy me boy, and pitch ‘im in tha hoosegow.”

Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

If we say these keywords enough will … NVM. :P

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shifty henry August 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

KJV – ASV-DOUAY-RHEIMS -ESV – ESVA – JUBILEE – LEXHAM – MOUNCE RINT – RSVCE – NLV – SCHLACTER – DARBY – WYCLIFFE, and last for this list one of my favorites — HAWAI’I PIDGIN

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Where’s the Rosetta stone. Where where?

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shifty henry August 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Rosetta is upstairs taking a shower. She said to tell you not to call her anymore.

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Those are bible translations!! You use Esword?? Awesome!! Good Job Henry. Nice.

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shifty henry August 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Bible Gateway – I listed those to screw up the peepers if they are monitoring this site, It was the first thing that came to mind. Most folks would catch it especially since I threw in Wycliffe. The last one was just a throw in. I’m now waiting for the knock on my doors! Congratulations !!

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Actually Darby is what I queued in on.

Soft Sigh from Hell August 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Darby used to make handcuffs.
“Clap tha darbies on ‘im, Paddy me boy, and pitch ‘im in tha hoosegow.”

Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Seeing that XKeyscore seems to be alive and well… NVM :P

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Well what if I… NVM :P

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Maybe…. CRAP. GIVE ME MY FRACKING HARD DRIVE BACK YOU SOB’S.

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Seeing that XKeyscore seems to be alive and well… NVM :P

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Well what if I… NVM :P

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Frank Pytel August 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Maybe…. CRAP. GIVE ME MY FRACKING HARD DRIVE BACK YOU SOB’S.

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Smirks August 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Learning how to cook lentils doesn’t put you on a watch list if they are already watching everyone, bro.

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Smirks August 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Learning how to cook lentils doesn’t put you on a watch list if they are already watching everyone, bro.

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Curious August 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

That really is some disturbing shit. Excuse me, stuff. Trying to stick with the new “clean theme” here. But it’s still disturbing.

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Curious August 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

That really is some disturbing shit. Excuse me, stuff. Trying to stick with the new “clean theme” here. But it’s still disturbing.

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Bullgerbil August 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Wow. Just wow.

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Bob White August 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Wow. Just wow.

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darksied calling August 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

This country has truly gone to hell when the people fear their goverment and not the other way around.

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darksied calling August 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

This country has truly gone to hell when the people fear their goverment and not the other way around.

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

“If the jackboot fits …”
I really do like that one, and will freely steal it. I may modify it occasionally to “hob-nailed boot.”

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

“If the jackboot fits …”
I really do like that one, and will freely steal it. I may modify it occasionally to “hob-nailed boot.”

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Johann Most August 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Someone should compile a long list of the freely-available names of every major terrorist and terrorist organization, every major military and nuclear facility, every weaponizable microbe and chemical, every explosive and craftable-explosive component, every national capital, and the like. Reduce it to the smallest font possible and make the letters white (invisible). Then get vast numbers of American-rights traditionalists to include or attach it invisibly to each and every innocuous email.
Flood the system. It would be the same tactic used (in only a legend, alas) by the brave King of Denmark when Nazis ordered Danish Jews to don yellow Stars of David and he and all Danes did so too.

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Johann Most August 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Someone should compile a long list of the freely-available names of every major terrorist and terrorist organization, every major military and nuclear facility, every weaponizable microbe and chemical, every explosive and craftable-explosive component, every national capital, and the like. Reduce it to the smallest font possible and make the letters white (invisible). Then get vast numbers of American-rights traditionalists to include or attach it invisibly to each and every innocuous email.
Flood the system. It would be the same tactic used (in only a legend, alas) by the brave King of Denmark when Nazis ordered Danish Jews to don yellow Stars of David and he and all Danes did so too.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm Reply
Frank Pytel August 2, 2013 at 4:45 am

Gawker. Really?

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

It was late. But the point is a valid one.

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Frank Pytel August 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

Nah

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GreenvilleLwyr August 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm Reply
Frank Pytel August 2, 2013 at 4:45 am

Gawker. Really?

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

It was late. But the point is a valid one.

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Frank Pytel August 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

Nah

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BinxBolling August 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

“Wait … how on earth did a joint terrorism task force know what Catalano and her husband had been looking at on the internet?”

In this case, they didn’t. You should probably update the piece…though the outcome was still scary, this had nothing to do with monitoring Catalano’s home Internet usage.

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Jan August 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

No need to update. Fitsnews, like its older distant cousin, Faux News, would rather write a story than report the news.

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BinxBolling August 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

“Wait … how on earth did a joint terrorism task force know what Catalano and her husband had been looking at on the internet?”

In this case, they didn’t. You should probably update the piece…though the outcome was still scary, this had nothing to do with monitoring Catalano’s home Internet usage.

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Jan August 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

No need to update. Fitsnews, like its older distant cousin, Faux News, would rather write a story than report the news.

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9" August 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Don’t worry about phone calls or emails;too much stuff.If you’re working in music over the net ,art,editing tapes,reproduction,etc,be careful with ‘snail mail’ packages,from odd places like,Korea(North or South),China,Japan,which IS questionable,it’s no big deal.

I’ve dealt with the big bad government,and they are actual human beings.
People like Fits ,who continue this paranoia and propaganda,are the real problem.
Go build yourself a fallout shelter,chicken little.

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9" August 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Don’t worry about phone calls or emails;too much stuff.If you’re working in music over the net ,art,editing tapes,reproduction,etc,be careful with ‘snail mail’ packages,from odd places like,Korea(North or South),China,Japan,which IS questionable,it’s no big deal.

I’ve dealt with the big bad government,and they are actual human beings.
People like Fits ,who continue this paranoia and propaganda,are the real problem.
Go build yourself a fallout shelter,chicken little.

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