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Friday October 24th, 2014
Connecticut's Homeschooling Crackdown posted 10/24/2014, 8:43 AM (Mises Canada)
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Never to let a good crisis go to waste, the state is using this as a chance to crack down on a practice it has long disapproved of: homeschooling.

Reportedly as a response to the high profile shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a commission of experts (one of the most terrifying phrases in the English language) under the supervision of the governor is recommending greater government oversight for homeschooled children with "social, behavioral, and emotional challenges." The first question that immediately springs to mind upon hearing this ludicrously vague phrase is, "has there ever been an adolescent, anywhere, who has not experienced social, behavioral, and emotional challenges?"

Essentially, what this commission wants to do is to give state-appointed bureaucrats veto power over parents who want to withdraw their, perhaps slightly abnormal or troubled children from the rigid, dogmatic, crowded, violent, ineffective, compulsory leftist-brainwashing asylums we euphemistically call public schools.

In the first place, the commissions findings that appear to blame Adam Lanza's decision to murder his classmates on the fact that he was briefly homeschooled is ludicrous and offensive. It promotes the stereotype of the homeschooled child as isolated, alienated, and weird. To the extent that there are examples of homeschoolers like this, why does no one ever consider the fact that maybe homeschoolers are not weird because they are homeschooled, but that maybe they are homeschooled because they are weird, and thus have greater difficulty excelling in a setting that stresses uniformity than do other, more "normal" children? Why does no one ever consider that, if Adam Lanza had continued to be homeschooled, maybe he would have had no classmates to murder, much less a reason to murder them?

It's far better to let people facing m
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Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Mission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement' posted 10/23/2014, 7:40 AM (InformationLiberation)
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Homeland security's mission has transformed from fighting terrorists to stealing women's underwear for supposed intellectual property violations.

From the Kansas City Star:
Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts.... (more)

NY Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Latest To Complain About Phone Encryption posted 10/23/2014, 7:37 AM (Techdirt)
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The latest law enforcement official to enter into the "debate" over phone encryption is none other than NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, most famous around Techdirt for being "not Ray Kelly." Bratton sees eye-to-eye with pretty much every other critic of Google's and Apple's move to provide encryption by default: this is bad for us (meaning "law enforcement"), therefore new laws.
Police Comm... (more)

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

British Spy Chief Calls For Crackdown On Internet Freedom posted 10/22/2014, 6:29 AM (Infowars)
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The outgoing head of the GCHQ, the NSA’s UK equivalent, has slammed proponents of a free internet as ‘dreamers’, and defended those who spy on the communications of everyday people, saying they do “an extraordinary job.”

In a farewell speech at the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, Sir Iain Lobban demanded that GCHQ needs the power to “acce
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Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Apple May Want To Protect Your Phone Data From Snooping, But It's Snarfing Up Your Local Desktop Searches posted 10/21/2014, 5:51 AM (Techdirt)
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So, Apple got plenty of kudos from security and privacy folks in deciding to encrypt mobile phone data, but over on the desktop side, apparently the message hasn't quite gotten through. Instead, it appears that the latest Mac operation system has the company automatically sending all of your desktop searches back to Apple. These aren't i... (more)

Friday October 17th, 2014

FBI Director Continues His Attack On Technology, Privacy And Encryption posted 10/17/2014, 12:48 AM (Techdirt)
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FBI Director James Comey has doubled down on his basic attack on technology and privacy with a speech at the Brookings Institution entitled "Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course." He admits that he wants "every tool" available to law enforcement, and he's worried about that darn tech industry for wishing to keep users' in... (more)

Florida Appeals Court Strikes Down Red Light Cameras posted 10/17/2014, 12:48 AM
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In a dramatic reversal of a decision handed down six months ago, the Florida Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that the way red light cameras are operated throughout the state is unlawful. A three-judge panel unanimously set aside its April 23 opinion, replacing it with a decision that represents bad news for automated ticketing vendors and cities that rely upon them.

"For the reasons set forth herein, we... find that the city is not authorized to delegate police power by enterin
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Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Silk Road Judge Won't Examine FBI's Warrantless Server Hacking; Dismisses Suppression Motion On 'Privacy Interest' Technicality posted 10/14/2014, 8:31 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Judge Katherine Forrest has shot down Ross Ulbricht's defense team's motion to suppress evidence it claims was acquired illegally by the FBI. The FBI asserted in its response to the motion that Ulbricht had expressed no privacy interest in the alleged Silk Road servers located in Iceland. The FBI further claimed that it nee... (more)

Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany posted 10/14/2014, 8:31 PM (The Intercept)
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The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use "physical subversion" to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used "under cover" operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have ev
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Monday October 13th, 2014

School Makes 5-Yr-Old Sign Contract Saying She Won't Kill Herself Nor Murder Others posted 10/13/2014, 6:33 PM (InformationLiberation)
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From WPMI:
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A Mobile mother is not happy about a controversial Mobile County School contract her daughter signed without her consent. The contract promises that her daughter will not kill or injure herself and o... (more)

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

CDC’s Ebola Advice to Airline Crews: Watch for Passengers 'Using Restroom Many Times’ posted 10/08/2014, 5:17 PM (CNS News)
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( -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a video designed to instruct commercial airline crews on what they need to know and do considering that someone suffering from Ebola might end up on one of their flights.... (more)

Monday October 6th, 2014

Spy(ware) Vs. Spy(ware): Indictments For One Creator, Law Enforcement Plaudits For The Other posted 10/06/2014, 4:04 PM (Techdirt)
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One of these products is handed out by law enforcement agencies. One just had its creator arrested after an FBI investigation. ... (more)

Saturday October 4th, 2014

TSA Kangaroo Court Rubber Stamps TSA Fining Guy Who Stripped Naked, Completely Dismissing Court Ruling Finding It Legal posted 10/04/2014, 7:20 PM (Techdirt)
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A couple years ago, we wrote about a guy named John Brennan (who, we're pretty damn sure is not the John Brennan who is now director of the CIA) who decided to strip naked at a TSA screening area in an airport to protest the screening process. As we noted, a federal judge acquitted Brennan on First Amendment grounds, noting that he was eng... (more)

Thursday October 2nd, 2014

9/11 Activist Surrenders To Police After Cameron's UN Speech Deemed Truthers as Extremists posted 10/02/2014, 12:44 PM (Press TV)
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A 9/11 British activist hands himself in to UK’s counter terrorism police following British Prime Ministers David Cameron’s speech at the UN General Assembly last week, Press TV reports.

In response to Cameron’s remarks equating people, who question 9/11 and 7/7 attacks in the US and UK as well as the West’s policy towards the Middle East, with Takfiri preachers who radicalize ex
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ComputerCOP: The Dubious 'Internet Safety Software' That Hundreds of Police Agencies Have Distributed to Families posted 10/02/2014, 12:44 PM (
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For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the "first step" in protecting their children online.

Police chiefs, sheriffs, and district attorneys have handed out hundreds of thousands of copies of the disc to families for free at schools, libraries, and community events, usually as a part of an "Internet Safety" outreach initiative. The packaging typically features the
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Wednesday October 1st, 2014

Eric Holder Implies That Mobile Encryption Will Lead To Dead & Abused Kids posted 10/01/2014, 1:18 PM (Techdirt)
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Well, you knew it was coming. First, law enforcement trotted out random low level "law enforcement officials" to freak out about Apple and Google's announced plans to make encryption the default on mobile phones. Then it got taken up a notch when FBI boss James Comey lashed out at the idea, bizarrely arguing that merely encrypting... (more)

Terrorists Win Under Australia's New Spy Laws posted 10/01/2014, 1:16 PM (Sydney Morning Herald)
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Today, the terrorists have won. The rights and freedoms of Australian citizens have been sacrificed.... (more)

Cato Institute Scholar: NSA Spying Is Good For You posted 10/01/2014, 1:15 PM (Libertarian News)
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In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Roger Pilon, the VP for legal affairs at the Cato Institute and director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, had this to say about NSA surveillance...... (more)

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Thought Crime: UK Leadership Wants To Ban Predicted 'Extremists' From Social Media, TV, Events posted 09/30/2014, 2:35 PM (Techdirt)
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Theresa May, the current UK Home Secretary, has announced that, if re-elected, her party (the Conservatives) will push for "extremist disruption orders" which would effectively ban people declared "extremist" (using a very broad definition) from using social media or appearing on TV.
Extremists will have to get... (more)

Monday September 29th, 2014

David Cameron Says Non-Violent Conspiracy Theorists Are Just As Dangerous As ISIS posted 09/29/2014, 1:53 PM (Activist Post)
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David Cameron told the U.N. that "non-violent extremism" is just as dangerous as terrorism and must be eradicated using all means at the government's disposal. He references 9/11 and 7/7 Truthers as examples of the type of extremism that must be dealt in a similar fashion to ISIS.

If you thought Obama's War is Peace speech to the U.N. was creepy, wait until you get a load
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Sunday September 28th, 2014

Aussie Teenager Fearful For His Life After Newspaper Misidentifies Him As A Terrorist With Wrong Facebook Photo posted 09/28/2014, 3:00 PM (Techdirt)
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Traditional newspapers: they're the best. In stark contrast with so-called "new media" on the internet, they're the professionals. They write the important stories, give us unbiased reports on all the things, and, most importantly, they have a monopoly on fact-checking. Except, of course, when they don't. Take the case of one young Australian, Abu Bakar Alam, who was incorrectly identified on the front page of The Age in the land down under as a terrorist.
Abu Bakar Al... (more)

Government Plan to Stop School Shootings: Monitor Homeschoolers posted 09/28/2014, 3:00 PM (The New American)
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A government advisory commission assembled in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting has issued a proposal for preventing similar events that is raising eyebrows:

Monitor certain homeschoolers.
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GM Warns Chevrolet Corvette Spy Feature May Break Law posted 09/28/2014, 3:00 PM (USA Today)
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General Motors is warning Chevrolet Corvette buyers and owners not to use one of the car's most exotic high-tech features because it could inadvertently result in committing a crime in some states.... (more)
You're not allowed to record what happens in your own car? BS, there is no way this is illegal as Government Motors is warning (also, it's another great market innovation, cheers to Chevy). - Chris

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference to Stop Internet Anarchy posted 09/28/2014, 2:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Since last year City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit have been working with copyright holders to tackle online piracy. The police have already booked some successes but according to PIPCU head Andy Fyfe, more state interference may be needed to stop Internet anarchy.... (more)

Tuesday September 16th, 2014

FBI's Facial Recognition Program Hits 'Full Operational Capability' posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (RT)
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Next Generation Identification System, a biometric database reliant on tens of millions of facial-recognition records, is now fully operational, the agency announced Monday.

The NGI system, after three years of development, is billed by the FBI as a new breakthrough for criminal identification and data-sharing between law enforcement agencies.

"This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utili
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Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance posted 09/16/2014, 2:23 AM (The Intercept)
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Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB engages in mass surveillance, mostly as a means of convincing the country to enact a new law vesting the agency with greater powers. This week, as a national election approaches, Key repeated those denials in anticipation of a report in The Intercept ... (more)

Thursday September 11th, 2014

U.S. Threatened Massive Fine to Force Yahoo to Release Data posted 09/11/2014, 9:00 PM (Washington Post)
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The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program.... (more)

Wednesday September 10th, 2014

DHS Will Ask Stores to Watch Customers' Buying Habits for Terrorist Clues posted 09/10/2014, 7:45 PM (Washington Times)
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department will be issuing new guidance to retailers this week giving them pointers on how to spot potential terrorists among their customers by looking at what they’re buying.... (more)
Meanwhile, they're loading up on tanks, guns and ammunition.

France: Facebook Users Stand Trial For Anti-Speed Camera Posts posted 09/10/2014, 7:44 PM (TheNewspaper)
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Fifteen Facebook users in France will have to wait until December to find out whether a criminal court judge deems them to be illegal radar detectors. A packed courtroom in the southern town of Rodez heard the case against the leaders of the 10,000-member page "The group that tells you where the police are in Aveyron on Tuesday. Officials were infuriated by the memes posted on the page mocking automated ticketing and warning members where speed traps in the area are lurking. The charges were fil... (more)

Thursday September 4th, 2014

U.S. Government Wants Kim Dotcom's Cash and Cars posted 09/04/2014, 3:45 PM (TorrentFreak)
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The U.S. Government is going after Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property. In a complaint filed at a Virginia federal court the Department of Justice argues that the property of the Megaupload and its founder should be forfeited as it was obtained through criminal means.... (more)

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

'Fake' Cellphone Towers Found In U.S. posted 09/02/2014, 2:28 PM (WeLiveSecurity)
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Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science. ... (more)

Tuesday August 26th, 2014

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google posted 08/26/2014, 8:41 AM (The Intercept)
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The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.... (more)

EU Bans Powerful Vacuum Cleaners posted 08/26/2014, 8:41 AM (The Guardian)
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The European commission believes the new regulations will mean better vacuum cleaners for consumers. European commission spokeswoman for energy Marlene Holzner said in a blog: "As a result of the new EU eco-design and labelling regulations, consumers will also get better vacuum cleaners. In the past, there was no legislation on vacuum cleaners and companies could sell poorly performing vacuum cleaners."... (more)

Friday August 22nd, 2014

Your Silence Confesses Your Guilt posted 08/22/2014, 6:18 AM (Wendy McElroy)
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On June 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) further eroded one of the most potent protections Americans had against unfettered authority: the right to remain silent. In Salinas v. Texas, SCOTUS ruled that a defendant's refusal to answer police questions before his arrest and before being Mirandized could be admitted into court as substantive evidence of his guilt. If such a defendant did not explicitly invoke the Fifth Amendment, then he had effectively waived it.

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Thursday August 21st, 2014

Student Suspended For Saying 'Bless You' After Classmate Sneezed posted 08/21/2014, 4:24 AM (Fox 6 Now)
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DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (CNN) -- A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.

When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church.

"She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said
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Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll: Even With A Strong Case And $500k In The Bank, It's Too Expensive To Fight posted 08/20/2014, 1:50 AM (Techdirt)
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A few weeks ago, we noted that Personal Audio, the patent troll that ridiculously pretended to own a patent on "podcasting" had put out a press release saying that it had tried to settle with Adam Carolla, the podcasting giant that the Personal Audio had sued a while ago. But Carolla had refused to settle. ... (more)

Monday August 4th, 2014

Feds' Silk Road Investigation Broke Privacy Laws, Defendant Tells Court posted 08/04/2014, 12:25 AM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Department of Justice sees its takedown of the billion-dollar Silk Road black market as a massive, victorious drug bust. Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of that anonymous contraband bazaar, now wants to cast the case in a different light: as a landmark example of the government trampling privacy rights in the digital world.

In a pre-trial motion filed in the case late Friday night, Ulbricht’s lawyers laid out a series of
... (more)

Tuesday July 29th, 2014

Spain Likely To Pass 'Google Tax'; Makes Paying For News Snippets An 'Inalienable Right' And A New Bureaucracy To Collect It posted 07/29/2014, 8:56 AM (Techdirt)
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The situation over in Spain just got even more ridiculous.... (more)

Thursday July 24th, 2014

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist posted 07/24/2014, 7:08 AM (The Intercept)
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The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.... (more)

Texas Dept. Of Public Safety Quietly Starts Demanding Full Set Of Prints From Drivers License Applicants posted 07/24/2014, 7:08 AM (Techdirt)
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The Texas Dept. of Public Safety has apparently decided that if you'd like to be allowed to drive a vehicle in the state, you'd also perfectly fine with a criminal booking-style fingerprinting and having those immediately uploaded to a criminal database (that reps swear isn't a criminal database). ... (more)

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Airlines, Travel Sites Hand Over Your Full Booking Credit Card, IP Info To Feds, Who Keep It Stored With No Encryption posted 07/22/2014, 1:52 AM (Techdirt)
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Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar filed a FOIA request for the Passenger Name Records (PNRs) that had been stored by the federal government concerning his own travel history. PNRs are created by travel companies (airlines, hotels, cruise lines) whenever you book a reservation, and are then handed over to the government. After an appeal, Customs and Border Patrol turned over the records, showing that airlines (1) rec... (more)

Federal Judge Gives Government Open-Ended Access To All Content In A Suspect's Gmail Account posted 07/22/2014, 1:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Even though the government hates to get warrants for searches, sometimes it has no choice. But just because there's a warrant involved doesn't mean the search will be any less invasive. Warrant applications are supposed to contain specifics about what is being sought and where it likely resides based on the sworn statements of investigators. Unfortunately, this often doesn't seem to be the case, especially when it comes to electronic data. ... (more)

Monday July 21st, 2014

Study: California Cell Phone Ban Fails To Reduce Accidents posted 07/21/2014, 4:39 AM (TheNewspaper)
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Six years ago, California began enforcing a ban on the use of cell phones behind the wheel. In the latest edition of the journal Transportation Research, a study found that issuing tens of thousands of $170 tickets each year for this new offense failed to yield measurable safety benefits.... (more)

FBI Warns Driverless Cars Could be Used as 'Lethal Weapons' posted 07/21/2014, 4:36 AM (The Guardian)
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Google’s driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high-speed car chases within a matter of years. The report also warned that autonomous cars may be used as "lethal weapons".... (more)
Of course, government drones being used as lethal weapons are A-OK.

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

The Worst Trolls On The Internet Are The Government Trolls posted 07/16/2014, 1:46 AM (Michael Snyder)
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We have all run into them.  All over the Internet, there are horrible trolls that seem to delight in making life miserable for other people.  But the worst trolls of all are the government trolls.  And thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have some startling new evidence of what really goes on behind the scenes.  According to newly revealed documents, British spy agency GCHQ is manipulating online discussions, infiltrating the computers of specific targets, purposely destroying reputations, altering... (more)
I wonder if US government view bots had anything to do with the Kony 2012 campaign?

Thursday July 3rd, 2014

NSA Targets The Privacy-Conscious: 'Web Search For Privacy-Enhancing Software Triggers Permanent NSA Tracking' posted 07/03/2014, 3:54 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The investigation discloses the following:

- Two servers in Germany - in Berlin and Nuremberg - are under surveillance by the NSA.
- Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search. Not only are German privacy software users tracked, but the source code shows that privacy software users worldwide are tracked by the NSA.
- Among
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Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

Feds Ignore First Amendment, Supreme Court Precedent In Seizing Domain Of Social Network For Sex Workers posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Techdirt)
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The disturbing trend of the federal government seizing domain names without regard to the First Amendment continues. The FBI, along with the IRS, apparently seized a number of websites associated with, and arrested the operator of the site. The FBI notes that the site, which was a social network and resource fo... (more)

Friday June 27th, 2014

US Supreme Court Rules Cops Need Warrants to Search Cell Phones posted 06/27/2014, 6:37 AM (
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In an unusual unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that police in almost all cases must obtain a search warrant before searching cell phones or other mobile devices. The ruling brings the huge amounts of data Americans store on cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices under the umbrella of constitutional privacy protections.

The decision came in two cases, one involving a drug bust and the other a weapons charge. The two cases were consolidated in the
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Tuesday June 17th, 2014

State Legislators Discussing Laws That Will Put Law Enforcement Surveillance Cameras Inside Private Businesses posted 06/17/2014, 1:23 AM (Techdirt)
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The government does enjoy installing cameras pretty much everywhere it can do so with a minimum of complaints. If it thinks there might be some controversy, it just buries the details until after the fact.

Eugene Volokh has a roundup of new places state governments are planning to install cameras -- only the govern
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Monday June 16th, 2014

Obama Admin Seeks Authority To Ruin All GPS Navigation Systems posted 06/16/2014, 1:06 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
From The New York Times:
Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars. The apps are also a gray area when it comes to laws banning the use of cellphones or texting while driving.

The Transportation Department wants to enter the argument.

... (more)

Sunday June 15th, 2014

Man who beat NSA in T-shirt parody case wins against Ready for Hillary posted 06/15/2014, 12:57 PM (Ars Technica)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Ready for Hillary organization, a group that's laying the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign by Hillary Clinton, has backed down from its demand that a parody T-shirt and related items be removed from an online store.... (more)

Monday June 9th, 2014

Judge Says NSA Can Continue To Destroy Evidence posted 06/09/2014, 8:31 AM (Techdirt)
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Well, this is unfortunate. After yesterday's back and forth between the DOJ and the EFF over the ongoing destruction of key evidence in the Jewel v. NSA case, the court ordered an emergency hearing for this afternoon. About an hour before the hearing, the DOJ presented its opposition to the temporary restraining order, argu... (more)

Friday June 6th, 2014

Vodafone admits governments use 'secret cables' to tap citizens' phones posted 06/06/2014, 10:07 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Government agencies are able to listen to phone conversations live and even track the location of citizens without warrants using secret cables connected directly to network equipment, admits Vodafone today.... (more)
Remember when saying all this made you a "paranoid conspiracy theorist"? - Chris

Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

The Top 5 Claims That Defenders of the NSA Have to Stop Making to Remain Credible posted 06/03/2014, 7:29 AM (
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Over the past year, as the Snowden revelations have rolled out, the government and its apologists have developed a set of talking points about mass spying that the public has now heard over and over again. From the President, to Hilary Clinton to Rep. Mike Rogers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and many others, the arguments are often eerily similar.

But as we approach the one year anniversary, it's time to call out the key claims that have been thoroughly debunked and insist that the NSA
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Monday June 2nd, 2014

Victory for Involuntary Servitude in Colorado posted 06/02/2014, 6:25 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Pictured: No longer valid in the USSA

The State of Colorado actively discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation by refusing to recognize same-sex marriages. As a matter of religious conviction, Denver businessman Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, declines make wedding cakes for homosexual couples.

Government has no authority to define ma
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Thursday May 29th, 2014

TrueCrypt Page Says It's Not Secure, All Development Stopped posted 05/29/2014, 7:07 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
TrueCrypt's SourceForge page suddenly announced that " WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" and furthermore: "The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP." ... (more)
Gov definitely got to them and this is their way of telling the public w/o violating a gag order.

The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat PTSD posted 05/29/2014, 7:07 AM (Defense One)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
How well can you predict your next mood swing? How well can anyone? It’s an existential dilemma for many of us but for the military, the ability to treat anxiety, depression, memory loss and the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder has become one of the most important battles of the post-war period.

Now the Pentagon is developing a new, innovative brain chip to treat PTSD in soldiers and veterans that could bring sweeping new changes to the way depression and an
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More accurate title would be military wasting taxpayer money on brain chips to maybe, possibly treat PTSD, after a few more million, perhaps. A better solution would be stop sending the soldiers to fight in wars where they're the bad guys. - Chris

Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Do Personal Computers Come With NSA Surveillance Devices Built-In As Standard? posted 05/28/2014, 2:21 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As Techdirt reported last year, one of the most bizarre episodes in the unfolding story of the Snowden leaks was when two experts from the UK's GCHQ oversaw the destruction of the Guardian's computers that held material provided by Snowden. As everyone -- including the Guardian's editor Alan Rusbridger -- pointed out, this... (more)

Saturday May 24th, 2014

WikiLeaks names Afghanistan as second country where NSA records all mobile phone calls posted 05/24/2014, 5:48 PM (South China Morning Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WikiLeaks has announced that Afghanistan is the second country to have been targeted by the NSA's massive cellphone data spying programme, defying warnings that the revelation would endanger lives.... (more)

Thursday May 22nd, 2014

TSA's Mothballed Naked Body Scanners End Up Being Used In Prisons posted 05/22/2014, 8:00 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Over 150 radiation spewing body scanners, previously used by the TSA in the nation’s airports, have been redeployed into environments much more fitting of their use – prisons.

The machines, previously used to digitally strip search people who have had all their rights taken away by the authorities, are now being used to… digitally strip search people who have had all their rights taken away by the authorities.

However, because the subjects of the radiation firing sc
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