A short (8:27) documentary by Laura Poitras DEFINITELY worth your time:
The Stellar Wind program was considered so illegal by the Justice Department and FBI agents who knew about it, there was a belief that then-Attorney General John Ashcroft would be indicted for allowing the interception program to operate. Known also as the “Terrorist Surveillance Program,” the warrantless wiretapping was authorized by President George W. Bush in the wake of 9/11 and had to be recertified every 45 days. In March 2004, Deputy Attorney General James Comey, upon the determination of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, decided that certification would not occur because the program was deemed illegal.
How many “Stellar Wind/Fusion Spy Centers” exist? Read, TOP SECRET AMERICA/A Washington Post Investigation. The report (which is shocking) determines that the “secret world” the government created has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.
About the “Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center” HERE.
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Article by WIRED HERE
Privacy Is Not Secrecy; Debunking The ‘If You’ve Got Nothing To Hide…’ Argument Article by TechDirt HERE