More bad news for French citizens. Not only were they recently attacked by terrorists, but now their government is using these attacks against them to strip away civil liberties and shift more power to police and intelligence agencies.
One of the craziest stories of outright censorship by the US government isn't getting any attention at all. Five years ago, ICE -- Immigrations and Customs Enforcement -- a part of the Department of Homeland Security, illegally seized a group of domain names, claiming that they were violating copyright law. As we noted soon after this, the affidavit tha... (more)
Requiring no approval by a judge, so-called “National Security Letters” are a type of administrative subpoena issued by the federal government for “national security” purposes.
Used since the late 1970s, the use of the Letters was vastly expanded following the authorization of the Patriot Act in 2001, and will continue to be issued in their present form under the newly adopted Freedom Act – whic... (more)
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order [...] and the like.” ― William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice
Bottle up the champagne, pack away the noisemakers, and toss out the party hats.
There is no cause for celebration.
We have secured no major victories against tyrann... (more)
United Kingdom -- Seven British women have won substantial damages and an extraordinary apology from the Metropolitan Police after being deceived into forming relationships with undercover police officers.
The unprecedented apology and admittance of "abusive, deceitful, manipulative and wrong behaviour" by the Met comes four years after the women launched legal action against the force.
Since the exposure of undercover police officer Mark Kennedy in 2... (more)
In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest news of him confirming with 20 separate individuals in France that WeAreChange.org is blocked in that country. We go over new laws that have emerged in France from the Paris attack and how the whole war on terror is a sham.
Pew Research recently surveyed a broad selection of Americans on the subject of offensive speech, and their findings do not bode well for the future of America. The respondents were asked if the government should step in to prevent speech that is offensive toward minorities, to which 28% of Americans agreed. Mind you, this wasn't about speech that calle... (more)
The attacks in Paris were a horrible and tragic event -- and you can understand why people are angry and scared about it. But, as always, when politicians are angry and scared following a high-profile tragedy, they tend to legislate in dangerous ways. It appears that France is no exception. It has pushed through some kneejerk legislation that includes a plan to censor the internet. Specifically the Minister of the Interior will be given the power to block any website that is deemed to be "pr... (more)
In the wake of the tragic events in Paris last week encryption has continued to be a useful bogeyman for those with a voracious appetite for surveillance expansion. Like clockwork, numerous reports were quickly circulated suggesting that the terrorists used incredibly sophisticated encryption techniques, despite no evidence by investigators that this... (more)
Students at Claremont McKenna College in California who are demanding a racially segregated "safe space" for "marginalized identities," silenced and embarrassed an Asian woman when she described how she had been racially harassed by an African-American man.
The exchange is damning because it illustrates how the "safe space" students don't really... (more)
At today's colleges, Martin Luther King Jr. would be hissed at for saying people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. - Chris, InfoLib
In a story that perfectly encapsulates the insane degree to which our society has been neutered by political correctness, a nine year old child has been threatened with sexual harassment charges for writing a love letter to his classmate.
This is hardly a surprise, but the DC Appeals Court has issued a stay on Judge Richard Leon's ruling from earlier this week that the NSA's bulk phone record collection program was unconstitutional. This is the same appeals court that overturned Leon's earlier ruling finding the program unconstituti... (more)
The state of Maryland, which has some of the most stringent gun laws in the US, has scrapped a scheme it has been operating for fifteen years allowing police to keep a gun tracking database, because it has failed to contribute anything to a single criminal case.
The system worked by storing photographs of spent casings fired by every gun sold in the state, which manufacturers were mandated to provide.
The idea behind the registry is that every firearm leaves unique... (more)