No Warrant, No Problem: How The Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data


IP ADDRESSES: What Computers You Used, PHONE RECORDS: Who You Called, When You Called, LOCATION DATA: Your Phone Is a Tracker, EMAILS: Messages You Sent Months Ago, EMAIL DRAFTS: Drafts Are Different, TEXT MESSAGES: As With Emails, So With Texts, CLOUD DATA: Documents, Photos, and Other Stuff Stored Online, SOCIAL MEDIA:The New Privacy Frontier

Our world is so technology wired today.  We try to be as secure as possible so hackers can’t get into our private, personal information but that isn’t enough to stop the government.

The U.S. government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena. Usually you won’t even be notified.The Senate last week took a step toward updating privacy protection for emails, but it’s likely the issue will be kicked to the next Congress. Meantime, here’s how police can track you without a warrant now:
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Christmas Bazaar

St. John’s Grace church will present its Christmas Bazaar in the Elmwood Village at Richmond and Lafayette on Sat, Dec. 15th from 11am-4pm.

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Pogressive Democrats Party

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Billionaires Warn Higher Taxes Could Prevent Them From Buying Politicians

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Introducing a new wrinkle into the already fraught fiscal cliff showdown, a consortium of billionaires today warned that if their taxes are raised they will no longer have enough money to buy politicians.

The group, led by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, commissioned a new study showing that the cost of an average politician has soared exponentially over the past decade.

While the American family has seen increases in the cost of food, health care and education, Mr. Adelson says, “those costs don’t compare with the cost of buying a politician, which has gone through the roof.”

The casino billionaire points to his group’s study, which puts the cost of purchasing an average House member at two million dollars and an average senator at several times that.

“And let’s say you buy a Senator like [South Carolina Senator] Jim DeMint and he decides to quit,” Mr. Adelson says. “Good luck trying to get your money back.”

The Vegas magnate complains that the media has ignored billionaires’ essential role in giving jobs to politicians who would otherwise have difficulty finding “honest work of any kind.”

“Billionaires are providing employment for a group of seriously incompetent and marginal people,” Mr. Adelson says. “You raise taxes on us, and who’s going to create those jobs? I really don’t think people have thought this through.”

Adding insult to injury for America’s billionaires, he says, “the simple dream of someday owning a President is slipping out of reach.”

“People think a billion dollars buys you a President, but they’re wrong,” he says. “It barely gets you a lemon like Mitt Romney.”

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Great News for Western New York

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo traveled to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, where he made significant announcements that will jumpstart economic growth for the entire region. As The Buffalo News editorial put it, the announcements show the Governor’s ‘commitment to WNY.’ Click here to read the editorial.

Learn more about Tuesday’s announcements:

  • The Governor has committed a historic $1 billion to the region to create thousands of jobs and spur billions in new investments, and on Tuesday, he was presented with a detailed plan from the Western New York Council to maximize the state’s unprecedented investment. Click here to read more about the Buffalo Billion.
  • New York will invest $50 million in state of the art biomedical research equipment and has secured an agreement from a private company, Albany Molecular Research Inc (AMRI), to relocate in Western New York at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BMNC). The state’s investment will leverage $200 million in private investment and create 250 jobs. Click here to read more.
  • A multilateral agreement spearheaded by the Governor will save the Maid of the Mist scenic boat excursions from shutting down and enhance recreation options for residents and tourists visiting the region. Click here to read more about the agreement.

“These are tremendously heartening moves for a region that has seen more than its share of economic disappointments,” says The Buffalo News. And with these announcements, the paper thanks the Governor for “sticking by his promise to Western New York.”

The new New York works for all New Yorkers.

Sincerely,

The Office of the Governor

P.S. – Check out photos from the Buffaflo Billion announcement here, and photos from the Maid of Mist announcement here.

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Happy Hanukkah

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Tonight, Jews in New York and around the world will celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah – “the festival of lights” – commemorates the courage and perseverance of a small group of warriors who never lost faith in the face of danger and the miracle they witnessed when all hope had been lost.

Given that so many New Yorkers are still recovering from the storm, this message of determination and endurance is more important than ever. Our communities have found strength by coming together during this difficult time. We are grateful for the outpouring of support to our state from all over the country and the world.

During this special time, we are committed to working together as we rebuild a strong and vibrant New York, one that continues to shine its light of hope and progress throughout the nation and throughout the world.

I wish all those celebrating Hanukkah a joyous and happy holiday.

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Tomorrow, Jews in New York and around the world will celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah – “the festival of lights” – commemorates the courage and perseverance of a small group of warriors who never lost faith in the face of danger and the miracle they witnessed when all hope had been lost.

Given that so many New Yorkers are still recovering from the storm, this message of determination and endurance is more important than ever. Our communities have found strength by coming together during this difficult time. We are grateful for the outpouring of support to our state from all over the country and the world.

During this special time, we are committed to working together as we rebuild a strong and vibrant New York, one that continues to shine its light of hope and progress throughout the nation and throughout the world.

I wish all those celebrating Hanukkah a joyous and happy holiday.
Sincerely,

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Career Navy Man From Buffalo Accused Of Espionage


Robert Patrick Hoffman, a 20-year veteran who retired last year as a petty officer first class, leaves U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va., after arraignment on Thursday.

A Buffalo native who spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy found himself in federal court in Norfolk, Va., Thursday facing an indictment that accuses him of wanting to spill secrets to spies from Russia.

A federal grand jury indicted Robert Patrick Hoffman II, 39, on a charge of attempted espionage. Authorities said he tried to pass classified information to people who he thought were Russian agents – but who turned out to be FBI agents on a sting operation.

Hoffman, who retired from the Navy in November of 2011 as a petty officer first class with the rank of E-6, was trained as a “cryptologic technician-technical.” That means he gathered and analyzed electronic intelligence.
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Another Voice Who Cares

Submitted on 2012/12/08 at 6:24am.  This comment is from Speakupwny.com

It’s too bad that these same residents sat on their hands (and pens) when all of the residential properties on the northwest corner of Maple/Ayer almost to Youngs were rezoned to commercial. They now don’t have an argument that this other development would be out of character in the neighborhood. The footprint of the ‘medical office building’ McGuire plans to build across the street has enabled the further destruction of this four corner area. Now it will be commercial from Ayer to Youngs on Maple because they can. The comprehensive plan was amended to ensure this. Sad, but they’re just a couple of years too late.

I wonder how many of these residents voted for Weinstein, Sanders, Anderson and Nuchereno…. and just reelected Marlette and Manna. I guess you get what you pay for, in Amherst.

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Rumor On The Street: Jerry Schad Comes Out With His Truth.

Rumor On The Street :  Jerry Schad, lawyer and Chairman of the Amherst Democratic Committee, has made it clear in court that the Amherst Democratic Committee doesn’t really exist. It is more of a club. It doesn’t have any written rules or a Constitution .

Many people have offered to write a Constitution but  were told by Dennis Ward, NO.

The “rules”, if there are any, are made up by Dennis Ward and Jerry Schad.  The rules are often broken by both of these men to maintain control of this Democratic club.

A Concern Citizen Who Is Deeply Hurt.

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Amherst Police Department

On 11/30/2012 between noon and 2:00 pm the suspects shown on security footage broke into a vehicle in the parking lot near the Target store on Niagara Falls Blvd. The suspects stole items from inside the vehicle.

The Amherst Police are looking for help in identifying the two white male suspects. If you recognize these suspects for have any information related to this crime call the Amherst Police Detective Bureau at 689-1339 or email to tips@apdny.org.

CLICK HERE to see security footage of the two suspects.

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