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Category: Big Brother/Orwellian - Browse by Category - News - Analysis - Highlights - Multimedia - Latest Comments Sunday April 19th, 2015
Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland Away From The NSA posted 04/19/2015, 2:20 PM (BetaNews)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Twitter has updated its privacy policy, creating a two-lane service that treats US and non-US users differently. If you live in the US, your account is controlled by San Francisco-based Twitter Inc, but if you're elsewhere in the world (anywhere else) it's handled by Twitter International Company in Dublin, Ireland. The changes also affect Periscope.... (more)

Thursday April 16th, 2015

TSA's Investigation Into Groping Agents Ensured They Wouldn't Be Prosecuted posted 04/16/2015, 11:01 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
By now, you may have heard the story about how two TSA agents at Denver International Airport were fired recently after it was revealed that they had worked out a scam by which one agent was able to grope and fondle the genitals of male passengers he found attractive. The plan involved him signalling to a colleague who was working the scanning com... (more)

Tuesday April 14th, 2015

One Year Ago, FBI Insisted That 'Terrorist' Guy It Arrested Last Week Was No Threat At All posted 04/14/2015, 10:56 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last week, we wrote about the FBI arresting John Booker, who was involved in yet another of the FBI's own plots. At the beginning of our post (and the criminal complaint) against Booker, we noted how a year ago Booker had tried to join the army, and had then been denied after posting stuff to his ... (more)

UK Government Can Now Hand Out Two-Year Sentences For Revenge Porn, Online Trolling posted 04/14/2015, 10:55 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Revenge porn is now officially a crime in the UK, as last year's amendments to the Criminal Justice and Court Acts come into effect. This particular amendment targeting revenge porn was proposed last October.
The change will cover the sharing of images both online and offline. It will mean that images pos... (more)

Monday April 13th, 2015

Want to See Domestic Spying's Future? Follow the Drug War posted 04/13/2015, 9:41 AM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The NSA isn’t the only three-letter agency that’s been quietly collecting Americans’ data on a mind-boggling scale. The country learned this week that the Drug Enforcement Agency spied on all of us first, and with even fewer privacy protections by some measures. But if anyone is surprised that the DEA’s mass surveillance programs have been just as aggressive as the NSA’s, they shouldn’t be. The early targets that signal shifts in America’s domestic surveillance techniques aren’t activists and po... (more)

Sunday April 12th, 2015

Middle Schooler Charged With Felony For Hacking Into School's Network To Change Teacher's Desktop Background posted 04/12/2015, 11:39 AM (Tampa Bay Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
HOLIDAY — A middle school student who said he was just trying to play a prank on a teacher he didn't like was charged with a cybercrime Wednesday after authorities said he hacked into his school's secure computer network.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has charged Domanik Green, an eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School, with an offense against a computer system and unauthorized access, a felony. Sheriff Chris Nocco said Thursday that Green logged onto the school's networ
... (more)

Friday April 10th, 2015

Philly PD Declares All Drivers To Be 'Under Investigation' While Denying Request For License Plate Reader Data posted 04/10/2015, 9:49 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We've all heard nasty things about the citizens of the apparently ironically-named "City of Brotherly Love." They'll boo Santa Claus. They throw batteries at opposing baseball players... and their own. And that's just the sports fans.

More bad news has just arr
... (more)

Baltimore PD Has Deployed Stingray Devices Over 4,300 Times, Instructed By FBI To Withhold Info From Courts posted 04/10/2015, 7:20 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Say what you will about the Baltimore PD and its cell tower spoofers (like... "It would rather let accused criminals go than violate its [bogus] non-disclosure agreement with the FBI…" or "It hides usage of these devices behind pen register/trap and trace warrants and then argues the two collection meth... (more)

Conspiracy Theorist Arrested After Calling Sandy Hook Shooting 'Fake' posted 04/10/2015, 7:19 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A conspiracy theorist was arrested and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation after he called several schools in Newtown to claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings were “fake”.

30-year-old Timothy Rogalski called the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Tuesday morning and left four messages on the school’s answering machine before speaking to an administrative assistant. Using his father’s name, Rogalski said he wanted to enroll a child in the school but wanted to make sure n
... (more)

Thursday April 9th, 2015

New Documents Show FBI Instructing Law Enforcement To Throw Out Cases Rather Than Give Up Info On Stingray Use posted 04/09/2015, 6:10 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Documents obtained by the New York ACLU (via a lawsuit, naturally) provide more details on the FBI's efforts to cover up usage of Stingray devices. Back in February, an FBI memo obtained by the Minnes... (more)

U.S. Secretly Tracked Billions Of Calls For Decades posted 04/09/2015, 6:08 AM (USA Today)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government started keeping secret records of Americans' international telephone calls nearly a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, harvesting billions of calls in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader National Security Agency surveillance that followed.

For more than two decades, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA to as many as 116 countries link
... (more)

The US Gov Can Download the Entire Contents of Your Computer at Border Crossings posted 04/09/2015, 6:06 AM (Motherboard)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Hundreds of thousands of travelers cross US borders every day. And none of them—save the precious few with diplomatic immunity—have any right to privacy, according to Department of Homeland Security documents recently obtained by MuckRock.... (more)

Tuesday April 7th, 2015

Judge Shoots Down 'FOIA Terrorist' Jason Leopold; Says 'Panetta Review' Documents Can Be Withheld In Full posted 04/07/2015, 5:16 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
DC District Court judge James E. Boasberg has ruled the CIA can continue to withhold the "Panetta Review" documents in full, thanks to widely-abused FOIA exemption b(5). (via Unredacted)
District Court Ju... (more)

The NSA is Phoning it in Again posted 04/07/2015, 5:15 AM (Nick Ford)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A recent headline from The Week says “NSA: We were just about to stop spying on everyone before Snowden spoke out” (March 30, 2015). At first glance this may seem like a good imitation of an Onion headline but truth is stranger than fiction.

The Associated Press tells us, “The proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers but had not yet reached the de
... (more)

Edward Snowden Talks Government Spying and 'Dick Pics' with John Oliver posted 04/07/2015, 5:14 AM (Common Dreams)
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In a sit-down interview with John Oliver, host of HBO's comedy news show Last Week Tonight, that aired on Sunday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that people should not curb their online habits just because the U.S. government is conducting mass surveillance across the internet.

Asked jokingly by Oliver about whether or not Americans should worry that the National Security Agency is collecting "dick pics" of internet users, Snowden said that people shouldn't change their beh
... (more)

Saturday April 4th, 2015

FBI Uncovers Another Of Its Own Plots, Senator Feinstein Responds By Saying We Should Censor The Internet posted 04/04/2015, 5:47 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As you may have heard, yesterday the FBI "uncovered" yet another of its own terrorist plots, the latest in a very long line of "terrorist plots" the FBI has "uncovered" -- in which the details always show that it was an undercover FBI "informant" (often doing this to get off leniently for some other issue), who more or less goads hap... (more)

Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Police Chief Unable To Simply Do Nothing Over Reported Teen Sexting, Brings Child Porn Charges Against Four Minors posted 04/02/2015, 8:26 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Good, old-fashioned "sexting" has netted more teens some child pornography charges. Despite the teens involved claiming the photographed behavior was consensual, Joliet's (IL) police chief still believes the only way to address a situation he and the laws he enforces aren't built to handle, is to handle it as poorly as possible. (via Ars Technica)
Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton sai... (more)

Twitter Suspends Climate Skeptic For Using Word 'Crap' posted 04/02/2015, 8:25 PM (Tom Nelson)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
I think my suspension is a result of warmists abusing Twitter's "report abuse" function. I suspect that at least one of these people knows more specifics about my case: Gavin Schmidt, Katharine Hayhoe, Michael Mann.... (more)

Tuesday March 31st, 2015

Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum posted 03/31/2015, 4:59 PM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing, many brazenly discussing anonymous online sales on the open internet. ... (more)

Monday March 30th, 2015

Schools To Parents: If You Let Your Kid Play 'Call Of Duty' We'll Call CPS On You posted 03/30/2015, 6:29 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Several schools in England are threatening to call child protective services and have parents arrested by police if they allow their children to play video games such as ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Call Of Duty’.

The London Times reported that a group of Principals from 16 schools penned a letter to parents stating that in their belief, the games were directly responsible fo
... (more)

Publishers Actively Monitoring Testing Students' Social Media Posts For Possible Cheating posted 03/30/2015, 6:29 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Major corporations are actively monitoring social media during standardized tests. This is being done to "protect" the "integrity" of test questions and answers. None of this is particularly surprising, other than the fact that a member of school administration was the one to blow the whistle on it.
Students in New Jersey are in the middle PARCC te... (more)

Students Told They Cannot Lampoon U.S. Presidents Because Campus Forbids 'Mocking' posted 03/30/2015, 6:52 AM (The College Fix)
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Students at Dixie State University have filed a lawsuit against their school after administrators refused to approve their request to distribute flyers to promote their libertarian club, hand outs that rebuked big government by playfully lampooning George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Campus officials denied the flyers on the grounds that they violated school policy, which does not allow stu
... (more)

Irish High Court Orders ISP to Disconnect Internet Pirates posted 03/30/2015, 6:51 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The High Court in Ireland has told ISP UPC that it must introduce a "three strikes" scheme to deal with subscribers who pirate music online. The ruling is a major victory for Sony, Universal and Warner who will only be required to pay 20% of the installation and running costs, with UPC picking up 80% of the tab.... (more)

Wednesday March 25th, 2015

New Bill Would Have Teachers Diagnose Psychological Issues in Children and Report them to Police posted 03/25/2015, 3:40 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Dallas, Texas -- Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) is once again in the spotlight after submitting yet another Orwellian proposal, H.B. 985.

Villalba first raised the ire of civil libertarians by proposing a bill, H.B. 2006, which would have eliminated the religious exemption for vaccination, essentially creating a forced government vaccination program without exception.
... (more)

Five Cyberlocker Operators Jailed For Spreading "Depraved Culture" posted 03/25/2015, 3:34 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Five key operators of the cyberlocker site have this week been jailed for spreading "depraved content". After making available masses of pornographic videos the popular file-hosting site is said to have illegally generated close to $7m in profits. Site founder Nguyen Duc Nhat was sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars.... (more)

Tuesday March 24th, 2015

How The Copyright Industry Wants To Undermine Anonymity & Free Speech: 'True Origin' Bills posted 03/24/2015, 3:57 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As we've noted many times in the past, the entertainment industry likes to take a multi-pronged approach to its quixotic efforts to "stop piracy" (which could be much better dealt with by simply giving the public more of what they want). Working on federal copyright law to continually expand it is one main strategy, but there are a lot of others as well, including pressuring private companies to voluntarily censor content, getting international trade agreements to force laws to change and... get... (more)

Even If Congress Lets Section 215 Expire, The NSA May Be Able To Keep On Collecting Phone Metadata posted 03/24/2015, 3:57 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The NSA's bulk phone metadata program is unstoppable. Despite being called out by legislators and the administration's civil liberties oversight board as unconstitutional and illegal -- and despite being targeted by several of the administration's surveillance reforms -- it continues un... (more)

Monday March 23rd, 2015

Report: Feds Urge Banks to Call Cops on Customers Who Withdraw $5,000 or More posted 03/23/2015, 6:20 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Justice Department is ordering bank employees to consider calling the cops on customers who withdraw $5,000 dollars or more, a chilling example of how the war on cash is intensifying.

Banks are already required to file ‘suspicious activity reports’ on their customers, with threats of fines and even jail time for directors if financial institutions don’t meet quotas.

But as investor and financial blogger Simon Black points out, last week, “A senior official f
... (more)

UK Police Can't Confirm Or Deny Investigation Of Journalists It Publicly Confirmed In 2013 posted 03/23/2015, 6:19 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
If you're a UK-based journalist who's reported on the Snowden leaks, it's safe to say you're under investigation. Not only are you being investigated, but that investigation itself is so secret, it can't be discussed. The Intercept's Ryan Gallagher sent a Freedom of Information request to London's Metropolitan Police (the Met) for more information about the investigation -- something twice publicly confirmed by Met representatives.

But when asked specifically for informati
... (more)

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations posted 03/23/2015, 1:12 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Canada's spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE), is a major player in global hacking operations and boasts a vast array of cyberwarfare tools, revealed in news reports on Monday, that rivals that of the United States' National Security Agency.

Documents initially leaked to the Intercept by Edward Snowden and now reported on in collaboration with the CBC show that the NSA and its northern counterpart "cooperate closely" in "computer network access and ex
... (more)

Friday March 20th, 2015

Senate Intelligence Committee Advances Terrible Surveillance Bill in Secret Session posted 03/20/2015, 2:00 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Senate Intelligence Committee advanced a terrible cybersecurity bill called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) to the Senate floor last week. The new chair (and huge fan of transparency) Senator Richard Burr may have set a record as he kept the bill secr... (more)

US Threatened to 'Cut Off' Germany Over Snowden posted 03/20/2015, 2:00 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (above) said this week in Homburg that the U.S. government threatened to cease sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin offered asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel to that country. “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said.

Leaked Document Reveals Upcoming Biometric Experiments at US Customs posted 03/20/2015, 1:59 PM (Motherboard)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The facial recognition pilot program launched last week by US Customs and Border Protection, which civil liberties advocates say could lead to new potentially privacy-invading programs, is just the first of three biometric experiments that the feds are getting ready to launch.

The three experiments involve new controversial technologies like iris and face scanner
... (more)

Thursday March 19th, 2015

French Government Starts Blocking Websites With Views The Gov't Doesn't Like posted 03/19/2015, 12:14 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We had been noting, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, how the country that then held a giant "free speech" rally appeared to be, instead, focusing on cracking down on free speech at every opportunity. And target number one: the internet. Earlier this week, the Interior Minister of France -- with no court review or adversarial process -- ordere... (more)

What's Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in its Name? posted 03/19/2015, 12:14 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The French Interior Ministry on Monday ordered that five websites be blocked on the grounds that they promote or advocate terrorism. “I do not want to see sites that could lead people to take up arms on the Internet,” proclaimed Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.... (more)

Wednesday March 18th, 2015

The Wolf Is Guarding the Hen House: The Government's War on Cyberterrorism posted 03/18/2015, 10:44 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The game is rigged, the network is bugged, the government talks double-speak, the courts are complicit and there’s nothing you can do about it.”—David Kravets, reporting for Wired

Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. As constitutional law professor Garrett Epps points out, “Big Brother is watching…. Big Brother may be watching you right now, and you may never
... (more)

Obscure California Committee Moves to Expand How Police Access and Use DMV Photos posted 03/18/2015, 10:42 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Attention California: the privacy and security of your driver licenses are under threat from a new scheme to massively expand how photo IDs are shared and analyzed by law enforcement agencies.... (more)

Police Arrest World's Most Prolific UFC and WWE Pirate posted 03/18/2015, 10:41 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit says it has arrested the world's most prolific uploader of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) content. The 55-year-old, who TorrentFreak believes it has identified, was arrested at his home in Leicestershire this morning.... (more)

Tuesday March 17th, 2015

Judicial Committee Gives FBI The First OK It Needs To Hack Any Computer, Anywhere On The Planet posted 03/17/2015, 5:18 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI and DOJ are one step closer to having one of their "keeping up with the digital Joneses" requests granted. While the default phone encryption offered by Apple (and at some point in the future by Google) still remains free of law enforcement/intelligence "Golden Backdoors," the agencies are one step closer t... (more)

Aussie 'Pirate' Site Blocking Law Could Be Passed This Week posted 03/17/2015, 5:18 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill was today cleared for introduction into the Australian parliament. In a whirlwind of activity it's expected to be passed this week and will herald the ISP-level blocking of "overseas pirate sites". The body representing the country's ISPs has expressed disappointment at the complete lack of consultation.... (more)

Monday March 16th, 2015

The Sting: How the FBI Created a Terrorist posted 03/16/2015, 12:29 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
IN THE VIDEO, Sami Osmakac is tall and gaunt, with jutting cheekbones and a scraggly beard. He sits cross-legged on the maroon carpet of the hotel room, wearing white cotton socks and pants that rise up his legs to reveal his thin, pale ankles. An AK-47 leans against the closet door behind him. What appears to be a suicide vest is strapped to his body. In his right hand is a pistol.

“Recording,” says an unseen man behind the camera.

“This video is to all the Muslim
... (more)

New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner posted 03/16/2015, 12:28 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
New Zealand’s eavesdropping agency used an Internet mass surveillance system to target government officials and an anti-corruption campaigner on a neighboring Pacific island, according to a top-secret document.... (more)

A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It’s Secret posted 03/16/2015, 12:28 PM (The New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology.

Any disclosure about the technology, which tracks cellphones and is often called StingRay, could allow criminals and terrorists to circumvent it, the F.B.I. has said in an affidavit. But the tool is adopted in such secrecy
... (more)

Saturday March 14th, 2015

US Senate Committee Advances Cyber-Surveillance Bill, Lone Dissenter Calls Measure "A Surveillance Bill By Another Name" posted 03/14/2015, 6:41 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Senate intelligence committee advanced a priority bill for the National Security Agency on Thursday afternoon, approving long-stalled cybersecurity legislation that civil libertarians consider the latest pathway for surveillance abuse.

The vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, 14 to 1, occurred in a secret session inside the Hart Senate office building. Democrat Ron Wyden was the dissenter, calling the measure “a surveillance bill by another name”.

... (more)

#StopC51: Protests Grow Against Expansive Canadian Surveillance Bill posted 03/14/2015, 6:40 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Canadian activists are taking part in a weekend of action against the controversial C-51 surveillance bill currently making its way through Parliament.

Supporters of the bill say it would protect the nation against terrorist attacks, but critics charge that it would give the government ever more expansive and invasive spying powers.

If passed, C-51 would give up to 17 government agencies access to Canadian citizens' private info
... (more)

Friday March 13th, 2015

Report Says UK Citizens Must Give Up Right To Privacy Because 'Terrorism', Reveals Huge Secret Government Databases posted 03/13/2015, 8:51 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As Techdirt has noted previously, the UK body nominally responsible for overseeing the intelligence services, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC), does little more than rubber-stamp what has taken place. The new ISC report "Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework" (pdf) is more of t... (more)

Thursday March 12th, 2015

EFF Files Brief In Support Of 'Cannibal Cop' To Keep The CFAA From Becoming Even MORE Abusive posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The US legal system took a step towards criminalizing thought when a New York court convicted a former NYPD officer of conspiring to kidnap, rape, kill and eat 100 women. The evidence against Gilberto Valle included chat logs and internet searches.

The details uncovered were nightmarish. But at the end of it all, it only amounted to Valle giving his very vi
... (more)

California Proposes Bill To Ban All Unlicensed Bitcoin Businesses, Without Even Defining What That Means posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
California, the state that prides itself as the birthplace of modern technology and whose policies such as the unenforceability of non-competes contributed substantially to the innovation ecosystem, recently proposed a law that requires innovators to get permission from the state, or be banned.

Last week CA's State Assembly announced AB 1326, a bill that would ban any unlicensed bitcoin or cryptocurrency bus
... (more)

The Blurred Lines Copyright Verdict is Bad News for Music posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Yesterday, a jury found that the 2013 song "Blurred Lines" was an infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" composition from 1977. Following the 7-million-dollar verdict, professional musicians are waking up to a fact that ordinary Internet users have long known: our overbearing copyright laws are a threat to creativity.

Numerous musicians are exp
... (more)

Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens posted 03/11/2015, 6:35 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, announced Tuesday that it--alongside a host of civil liberty advocates, news outlets, and privacy rights organizations--has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its users by performing bulk surveillance and searching, without specific cause or warrant, the international Inter... (more)

NZ Prime Minister: 'I'll Resign If GCSB Did Mass Surveillance'; GCSB: 'We Did Mass Surveillance'; NZPM: 'Uh...' posted 03/11/2015, 6:35 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Back in the summer of 2013 as the various "Five Eyes" countries were still reeling from the initial Snowden disclosures, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key promised to resign if it was ever proven that the GCSB (New Zealand's equivalent to the NSA) had engaged in mass surveillance of New Zealanders -- but with some caveats. He later said that he meant if it was proven that there was illegal surveillanc... (more)

Two Teens Have Sex. Neither Could Legally Consent, But Only the Boy Gets a Felony Charge posted 03/11/2015, 6:34 AM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
If two people are equally unable to give consent, but have sex anyway, should either be charged with a crime? It's a question that many college administrators wrestle with when drugs and alcohol are factors in sexual assault disputes. The verdict often seems to be that male students are uniquely responsible for ascertaining that their sexual partners are in a state of mind to consent, even when the female is the initiator and both are intoxicated.... (more)

Tuesday March 10th, 2015

iSpy: How the CIA Targeted Apple posted 03/10/2015, 8:06 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
New reporting by The Intercept published Tuesday reveals a decades-long effort by the Central Intelligence Agency, alongside partners both inside and outside of government, to crack the digital security systems of the Apple's signature iPhone and iPad products.

Citing top-secret documents leaked to journalists by Edward Snowden, the latest reporting by Jeremy Scahill and Josh Be
... (more)

Saturday March 7th, 2015

CPS Charges Parents With 'Neglect' For Allowing Kids to Walk Home From Playground posted 03/07/2015, 5:18 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Child Protective Services have charged two parents in Maryland with “unsubstantiated child neglect” after they allowed their 10-year-old and 6-year old to walk home one mile from their local playground.

Police were called after someone spotted the two children making their way home on December 20 in Silver Spring, a suburb outside Washington, D.C.

“Police had also
... (more)

Thursday March 5th, 2015

Florida City Wages Soviet-Style Crackdown On Churches posted 03/05/2015, 9:10 PM (Fox News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.... (more)

Wednesday March 4th, 2015

Florida Legislators Introduce Bill That Would Strip Certain Site Owners Of Their Anonymity posted 03/04/2015, 8:36 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A few Florida legislators are looking to do some serious damage to both free speech and the internet.
This week, the Florida state legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to run any website or service anonymously, if the site fits a vague category of “disseminat[ing]” “... (more)

U.S. Govt Files For Default Judgment on Dotcom's Cash and Cars posted 03/04/2015, 8:34 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
After a U.S. court ruled that Kim Dotcom is not entitled to contest the forfeiture of his assets because he is a "fugitive" facing extradition, the government has just tightened the noose. In a filing before the same court yesterday, the U.S. requested a default judgment to seize the assets of Dotcom, his co-defendants, and their Megaupload empire.... (more)

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

8th Grader Suspended for Informing Classmates of Standardized Test 'Opt-Out' posted 03/03/2015, 9:58 PM (Fox News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A New Mexico eighth-grader said on "Fox and Friends" she was suspended from school for letting her classmates know that they could opt out of the state's new online standardized test.

12-year-old Adelina Silva printed out the forms from her own school's website and was rewarded with a trip to the principal's office.
... (more)

Monday March 2nd, 2015

'Officer Awareness' Memo: Police Accountability Recording App Could Lead To Dangerous 'Flash Mobs' posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Your law enforcement panic of the day: an app that automatically uploads recorded footage and forwards it to the ACLU.

New Jersey's ACLU branch put together "Police Tape" back in 2012, an app which allowed anyone to record cops with a press of a button. The app then hid itself while the recording continued. If the recording was interrupted, the app would automatically s
... (more)

Are Your Devices Hardwired For Betrayal? posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's an interesting time to be a computer security researcher. Last week, Kaspersky Lab released a report about a new family of malware from an entity they called "The Equation Group". The report demonstrated for the first time that firmware-based attacks, previously only demonstrated in lab settings, have been used in the wild by malware authors. This should serve... (more)

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Documents: National Guard Ordered To Consider Americans As 'Enemy Forces' And 'Adversaries' - 04/17Video: Armed National Guard Troops Patrol Residential Streets in California - 04/17Cops Raid Cannabis Oil Activist Because Her Son Discussed Medical Pot Facts at School - 04/14Protecting The Vicious, Punishing The Virtuous: Marijuana Prohibition And Idaho's Prison-Industrial Complex - 04/19Massachussetts Cop Admits that Police Don't Really Care About Public Safety - 04/17Worse than Sandusky: School Cop Whose Job was to 'Protect' Students, Repeatedly Raped 22 Boys - 04/17Cops Charge Man With 'Destruction Of Police Property' For Bleeding On Their Uniforms After They Beat Him - 04/19Insane Video: Cops go to Wrong House to Make Arrest, Let Dog Out, Shoot at Dog in Crowded Area - 04/19

Man Follows Speeding Cop, Finds Out He Was Speeding To Buy PeanutsMission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement'Cop Shoots Couple's Dog, Threatens Jail For Trying To Save Dog's LifeSWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong HomeDurham, NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military VehicleTampa Cops Surveil Pot Dealer, Catch Him Selling Pot, Raid His Home & Kill Him"You Just Shot An Unarmed Man!": Witness Says Police Shot His Friend With His Hands UpCop Receives 'Silver Valor Award' For Shooting Man With Cell Phone He Mistook For GunAnonymous Cop Pens Bizarre Editorial Calling for 'End of Anonymity on the Internet,' Says All Internet Posters Should be Forced to Register with the Government for 'Public Safety'