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Triggered New York Snowflakes File Lawsuit Against Trump Over Presidential Alert Notifications #Trump #Snowflake #Democrats

Three New Yorkers have filed suit against President Donald Trump and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seeking to halt Presidential Alert notifications.

“Plaintiffs are American citizens who do not wish to receive text messages, or messages of any kind, on any top or subject, from defendant Trump,” the lawsuit reads. Trump’s “rise to power was faciliated by weaponized disinformation that he broadcast into the public information sphere via Twitter in addition to traditional mass media.”

A test message for the new alert system went out at 2:18 p.m. Wednesday.

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They system sends messages to mobile devices in the United States in a format similar to Amber Alerts for missing children and weather alerts. The new alerts are mandatory and cannot be turned off.

The suit, which names Trump and FEMA administrator Brock Long, was filed Sept. 26 in the Southern District Court of New York. It seeks to halt the system.

Edward Snowden, a former U.S. defense contractor who leaked information about the National Security Agency’s spying methods, warned the public on Twitter about the new alerts.

“The same centralized infrastructure that lets them send something to everyone enables them to read anything from anyone,” Snowden said.

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“Upstream surveillance represents a new surveillance paradigm, one in which computers constantly scan our communications for information of interest to the government,” the article states. “As the legislative debate gets underway, it’s critical to frame the technological and legal issues that Congress and the public must consider — and to examine far more closely the less intrusive alternatives available to the government.”

The alert went to millions of Americans but some reported not getting it. Mobile devices in airplane mode or that were turned off wouldn’t get notifications. Also phones that WEA compatible didn’t get it. And some carriers don’t participate.

“A very important reason to test, and why we initiated it to test locally, state-level, and then ultimately testing at the presidential level is to discover the actual results versus what should happen theoretically,” said David Simpson, former chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

The message was sent via the FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System to the wireless carriers, who distributed it to their customers.

Some people took the messages and had some fun with them.


At a business meeting last Friday, the House intelligence committee voted to release transcripts of 53 interviews conducted as part of the Trump-Russia investigation, after they are reviewed by the intelligence community.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a member of the intelligence committee, told “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo he’s eager for the public to read the questions that were asked of people, including various Trump associates (Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Jr., Hope Hicks, Steve Bannon, Roger Stone) and various Obama administration officials (James Clapper, Sally Yates) and others.


Well, you’re going to see that (Reps.) Tom Rooney, Mike Conaway and I asked collusion, coordination, conspiracy questions of every single witness, from Jared Kushner to Donald Trump Jr. to Steve Bannon to Susan Rice, Samantha Power. I want — I want your viewers and my fellow citizens to see every question that was asked.

And what they will learn is, Republicans were just as interested in finding out what happened with respect to collusion, coordination, conspiracy as anyone else.

And what they will also learn is that Adam Schiff wanted to go back 25 years and ask questions of witnesses while they were in junior high school. And then he goes and gets the Spark notes from the “Brothers Karamazov” and decides to ask about Russian — ominous-sounding Russian names that none of the witnesses had ever heard of.

So I can’t wait for the transcripts to come out and defeat this narrative that Adam Schiff is the only one that is concerned about collusion. You can rest assured this, Maria. If there were evidence of collusion, Adam would have leaked it a long time ago. But there is not. And I can’t wait for the transcripts to be public.

In a statement released on Friday, Schiff said, “This is not transparency, only a further subterfuge.”

For the last six months, we (Democrats) have urged the Chairman and Majority to release all of the transcripts of our interviews and proceedings as they committed to do when the Russia investigation began. They refused. Now, on the last day of session before the election, Republicans claim to have discovered a newfound commitment to transparency. When the Chairman was pressed on whether the timing of this sudden decision was directed by the White House or the President’s legal defense team, he refused to answer.

However, as has often been the case, even this claim does not withstand scrutiny: The GOP does not want ALL of the transcripts released and wish to conceal certain interviews from the public, including key interviews with Director Comey, Admiral Rogers, Director Brennan, and Rep. Rohrabacher. Apparently, the Majority does not want the public to see the testimony of these agency heads, as well as that of (Rep. Dana) Rohrabacher.

As reported by The Hill, Rep. Mike Conaway, who led the House intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia probe after Devin Nunes recused himself, “later told reporters that the transcripts of interviews with Rohrabacher and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had been withheld as a courtesy because they are members of Congress. He said the other transcripts were from closed hearings with agency heads.”


Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has said he wants the transcripts to be released before the election.

“I think full transparency is in order here, so I expect to make those available from our committee to the American public here in the next few weeks,” Nunes told “Fox News Sunday” last month.


James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 4th, 2018


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