Government monitoring citizens at ‘alarming rates’

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On radio this morning, Glenn read the disturbing statistics today coming from the Department of Justice that claim the number of people whose telephones were the subject of pen register and trap and trace surveillance more than tripled between 2009 and 2011. The trend is only getting worse – so where are those on the left who called out President George W. Bush for ‘warrant-less wiretaps’?

The Daily Caller reported:

Documents obtained by the ACLU through a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that under President Obama between 2009 and 2011, warrantless electronic surveillance requests by the Justice Department to spy on phone communications increased 60 percent from 23,535 to 37,616.

The number of people whose phone calls were subject to such surveillance during that same time period tripled.

Phone numbers called and received, emails sent and received, and other Internet communications were all monitored by the federal government via “pen register” and “trap and trace devices” — systems that measure the data, not the content, about the communication.

“Where are all the people, ‘Warrantless wiretaps!  The Bush administration, warrantless wiretaps, where’s our freedoms!?’,” Pat wondered after Glenn read the story.

The guys played the famous clip of Keith Olbermann who said: “Mr. Bush, you’re a fascist.  Get them to print you a T‑shirt with fascist on it.”

Glenn didn’t seem to be surprised by the news, noting that people on his team had reached out to the White House about whether or not they monitored members of the media.

“I have been told in no uncertain terms, and everybody in the media should know this: We have contacted the White House. No denial of this. They just won’t say specifically who. But they are monitoring media people,” he explained.

Pat and Glenn were both skeptical of the claim that the government was not monitoring any content in the communications.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    So even the MSM are being monitored?

    Excellent, let them understand clearly what they are supporting with their collusion with Obama. They have made a deal with the devil, selling out their integrity for the dubious gains on the field of politics and ideology.

    Welcome to the new era comrades; these people howled at Bush, and now, how long until the administration, makes their intent of absolute control clear and direct as the voices fall silent one after another?

  • landofaahs

    Your papers please. We will long for the days when that was all we had to be paranoid about.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Why are the monitoring of friends and foes a surprise to anyone who knows even the most basic methodology of Obama? He rules as a union boss does – intimidation, bribes, threats, and blackmail.

    Knowledge is power, and with that power comes control – control access to who knows what, and you have the power over all.

    This is why Sun-Tzu spoke of knowing self and knowing your opposition; for in the knowing of both, no one can gain complete control over you unless you allow them to do so.

  • landofaahs

    Sorry if I double post again, there seems to be problems yet again.
    Your papers please. We will long for the day that statement was the only source of our paranoia.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The site is acting up again; it looks to be running about five minutes slow.

  • landofaahs

    Oh well, I notice myself slowing down a little too. There must be some cyber attacks going on. That is usually when we see a big slowdown.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    It could also be from too much activity on the site, maintenance, or a simple software glitch. I receive alerts from disqus when their system runs into any situations; so it happens.
    If a hacker attack occurs, most likely it will be a denial-of-service one; though with the Obama-trolls out there, such an attack means posting more than once per minute…takes them that long to figure out what to say.

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    So where is the fascist t-shirt bit for Obama MSNBC oh yah that’s right he is a god to you guys.

  • Anonymous

    Back in the day when I was foolish and actually listened to what Bill Maher had to say, I remember him going on a Chris Matthews-sized rant about Bush and illegal wire taps. I don’t hear Bill Maher screaming now. I suppose he’s too busy donating money to the Obama campaign.

    It’s scarey how long this game has been going on. With God’s help, it will end very, very soon.

  • greywolfrs

    After Republicans, with plenty of help from Democraps, passed the Patriot Act, what did anyone think was going to happen? After the Democraps, with plenty of help from Republicans, passed NDAA, what do you think is going to happen? Tell me how there is a huge difference between Democraps and Republicans…

  • greywolfrs

    Bill Maher is a complete idiot. Here is what he said about the Kings winning the Stanley Cup:
    He told his Twitter followers to stop congratulating him on the Kings
    Stanley Cup win. His exact quote: “No one here gives a shit about a
    winter sport played by Russians and Canadians in June.”

    I guess no one told him that our Captain, Dustin Brown, is an American or our
    goaltender, Quick, is an American. I don’t think he knows that half our
    defense are Americans, Scuderi, Green and Martinez. He also does not
    realize that we only have 2 Russians, Loktionov and Voynov. In the end,
    he was born in NY and who the hell is he to speak for people from L.A.

    He is a moron, just like all people on the left.

  • Anonymous

    ALL CITIZENS MUST BE BRANDED / BALL AND CHANED BY TH END OF OBAMAS NEXT TERM — MISSION ACCOMPLISHED BARRY.

  • Anonymous

    I am having problems posting an original post. Anyone else having this problem? I can reply only.

  • Anonymous

    It won’t allow me to post an original post, I can only reply. Do you think someone is stopping us from speaking our mind? It has been acting up for days.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    If your using IE then you will not be able to put an original post; it may be something with the site or IE or both. It’s not likely a hacker has struck; we had problems like this a few months ago, and it took time to fix.

  • Anonymous

    I have Safari.

  • SoThere

    I have Chrome and it’s doing the same thing to me. I’ve found a way to work around it but it’s complicated.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Here is the contact for the webmaster of GlennBeck:

    cbrady@glennbeck.com

    I would suggest everyone having problems send a e-mail to alert them; the site may be getting ready to go down for a time.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Snowleopard.

  • new2la

    We all wake up sometime E. For me, it was 20 years ago and I bet I am older than you!

  • new2la

    Does he even know what an American? Apparently not. He is an idiot though.

  • new2la

    Yup, it’s been weeks now I haven’t been able to. They are targeting & monitoring us. Let’em. They don’t like what we are saying. I say they, because I am convinced Disqus is duplicitous.

  • new2la

    I don’t know Snow. The problems began when they changed systems. It has to be a month already. Why change something that worked well before? Yet they did. Maybe, better to monitor us?

  • new2la

    Oh, so very true..the idiots!

  • Anonymous

    “1984″ Big Brother. Soylant Green. Death Panels. Gestapo. Communism. WAKE UP AMERICA. The writing is on the wall. Need I say more?

  • greywolfrs

    I didn’t even name the other Americans on the Kings…
    Maher is a buffoon.

  • landofaahs

    Just a delay in posting, but I did have that problem once. It’s like if you start posting at the wrong time, you get locked into a circularroundabout with no exit.

  • ValueSet

    I was not able to post on another thread about a totally different story. There are major problems with Disqus : and at this juncture I really can’t subscribe to the “glitch” or “coincidence” explanation.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm. From ’09-’11? And just who are those being monitored? “Enemies of the state?” Political opponents? Suspected jihadists? (“Look, Ma! No major attack in the country!”) People from the media? Sure is an outcry from the LSM about this. Do they figure if they ”play nice”, then, they will be protected?

  • Anonymous

    I was having problems too, w.i.t. Solved it, I think, by starting over again and registering once more.

  • Anonymous

    What I want to know, new21a, why is there a logo of what is on our desktop at our sign in? Also here in the reply box.

  • Anonymous

    the Left are oxyMORONs!They Do Not Stand For Anything first two letters in Liberal is Li,all they know is how to Lie! That explain the World City of NY,there two main roads are LIE and SOB! The Truth Has No Agenda as Glenn elegantly reports read for yourself take no one at their words! anything liberal-progressives complain about others is what they themselves know and do! Glenn Mark Rush Aaron are our only link to the truth, the truth reporters! Clinton Global Initiative,Nazi Soros New WOrld OrderOneWorld Government …free stuff isn’t made to help it is meant to make US dependent-sunservient to the dictator-in-chief. you’re right about 1984,soylent green it is all coming….unless we get all back to the One True God and Vote all the commies out starting with the antiAmerican Islamist Terrorist-in-Chief Hussein-Obama!!

  • Anonymous

    Democraps are pretenders they pretend they are for the working man and against the rich but the are the rich against small business that built America, using idiots to get their way. the only reason dem voted for bush the second time so that they could use that to blame Bush to get their puppet in office they had control of congress and bush had no control unlike unmoral Hussein-obama who isn’t even using congress he is using executive order thru his adviCzars to pass his communistic agenda.republicans are afraid to step on anyone they are the ones with a conscience but fear rejection. BHO has no fear he is a spoiled child who had gotten everything he has ever wanted.trained by terrorist bill ayes at 8yrs to create ACORN,worked under marxist like frank marshal davis,churched under commieRevWrong oops Wright…the list goes on his own parents and grandparents were antiAMerican…subMom of Iranian ValerieJarret,
    his friends Hugo Chavez and Achmidinijad claim he is the 12th IMAM which might be right,12th imam have the same qualities as the christian antichrist we do know BHO is anti Christ and anti Jew….by everything he has done and plan to do and is in the works …for his Dictatorship kingdom of the World. his re-election will bring on the end of the world! so vote and get ALL to vote him and his phoney dem commies OUT!!Save America and Her Freedoms. Put The KIND back in mankind!for without America where will we all go..for freedom?!

  • new2la

    Wow…one thumbs down. Who could that be from? Now I know.

  • Anonymous

    Did you register again to Disqus or Glenn Beck newsletter?

  • MarsBarsTru7

    Government intrusion into the private lives of Americans is so self-evident that to comment about it happening is like saying the sky is blue. Anyone blind to the fact is willfully ignorant or in a severe state of denial.

  • greywolfrs

    Unfortunately, there are plenty of those people, look at sticky chin or Matt “the moron” driscoll.

  • Anonymous

    w.i.t., I registered again at Disqus—anyone of these threads ”should” be OK. If, for some reason, that doesn’t work, contact Glenn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581834054 Ginny Auldridge

    so, does anyone wonder why I refused to accept a “free cell phone” from the government? Yes, disabled people, poor people and others deemed to be “useless eaters” are automatically tracked by the powers that be, thanks to these devices. I won’t own ANY cell phone, and if I ever get a car, NO GPS!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I kind of see what you mean. Why would anyone give your post a thumbs down? It’s only about how the system is not working properly. Weird. Unless it is one of the trolls. I’ve been seeing a lot of thumbs down on posts that shouldn’t even warrant one from a lib. It seems to be directed at certain posters.

  • new2la

    Yes, That seems to be the case. Good, this means someone is paying attention!