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Wednesday February 26th, 2014
YouTube Ordered to Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices posted 02/26/2014, 12:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Music collecting society and anti-piracy group GEMA has scored a big victory in its long-running battle with Google-owned YouTube. A court has ordered the video giant to remove blocking messages which claim GEMA is to blame for thousands of videos being unavailable in Germany on copyright grounds.
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Tuesday February 25th, 2014

How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations posted 02/25/2014, 12:38 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.... (more)




Was Apple security 'flaw' actually a NSA backdoor? posted 02/25/2014, 12:38 PM (The Raw Story)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Among the first documents leaked by onetime government contractor Edward Snowden was a slide listing companies the National Security Agency tapped into to help them conduct their secret PRISM spying program. Not surprisingly, the list is rich with giant tech firms: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook — and Apple. According to the slide, the NSA broke into Apple’s data in October 2012.... (more)


Sunday February 23rd, 2014

Dem Says Cellphone ‘Kill Switch’ Fears Baseless, ‘Conspiratorial’ posted 02/23/2014, 8:04 AM (US News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., tells U.S. News there’s no reason to fear legislation that would force cellphone makers to incorporate a “kill switch” in devices, allowing stolen or lost phones to be remotely disabled and wiped of personal information.... (more)


RapidShare Stops Washington Lobbying Efforts and Regains Pirate Stamp posted 02/23/2014, 8:04 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Popular file-hosting service RapidShare has stopped its lobbying efforts in Washington. The company invested over a million dollars in recent years to upgrade its image, an effort that initially paid off. However, just a few months after RapidShare's lobbyists left Washington and despite huge changes to the company's operations, the U.S. Government has now rebranded the service as a notorious market.... (more)


Friday February 21st, 2014



Zero Tolerance Nets Two 11-Year Old Boys Juvenile Criminal Charges For Bringing A Toy Gun To School posted 02/21/2014, 12:02 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Zero tolerance weapons policies at schools continue to be ridiculous. Between Pop Tarts bitten into gun-like shapes and drawings of guns being treated as severely as the real thing, schools enforcing these policies (f... (more)


Meet Jack. Or, What The Government Could Do With That Location Data posted 02/21/2014, 11:58 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


Law enforcement is taking advantage of outdated privacy laws to track Americans like never before. New technologies can record your every movement, revealing detailed information about how you choose to live your life. Without the right protections in place, the government can gain access to this information -- and to your private life -- with disturbing ease. As long as it is turned on, your
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Wednesday February 19th, 2014

NSA Authorized Monitoring of Pirate Bay and Proxy Users posted 02/19/2014, 9:01 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
New leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA authorized the monitoring of torrent sites including "malicious foreign actor" The Pirate Bay. The internal discussions further indicate that tracking people through multiple proxies is possible and suggest that once a release is made on Pirate Bay it's possible to go back over old traffic to see where it originated from.... (more)


Tuesday February 18th, 2014

Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters posted 02/18/2014, 8:01 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks and other activist groups with tactics ranging from covert surveillance to prosecution.... (more)


Friday February 14th, 2014

Homeland Security to Activate 'National License Plate Recognition Database' posted 02/14/2014, 8:13 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Department of Homeland Security is set to activate a national license plate tracking system that will be shared with law enforcement, allowing DHS officers to take photos of any license plate using their smartphone and upload it to a database which will include a “hot list” of “target vehicles”.

The details are included in a PDF attachment uploaded yesterday to the Federal Business Opportunities website under a solicitation entitled “National License Plate Recognition Data
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Thursday February 13th, 2014



US Government Targets Pirate Bay and Other "Notorious" Sites posted 02/13/2014, 6:17 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The US Government has today classified some of the largest websites as notorious piracy venues. The USTR list draws heavily on recommendations from copyright holders and includes popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and cloud-hosting service RapidShare. DVD ripping software vendor Aiseesoft is also mentioned, even though its products are perfectly legitimate in many countries.
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Wednesday February 12th, 2014

Putting Big Brother in the Driver's Seat: V2V Transmitters, Black Boxes & Drones posted 02/12/2014, 7:15 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
“It’s a future where you don’t forget anything…In this new future you’re never lost…We will know your position down to the foot and down to the inch over time…Your car will drive itself, it’s a bug that cars were invented before computers…you’re never lonely…you’re never bored…you’re never out of ideas… We can suggest where you go next, who to meet, what to read...What’s interesting about this future is that it’s for the average person, not just the elites.”—Google CEO Eric Schmidt ... (more)


Why Teaching How to Beat Polygraphs Can Land You in Jail posted 02/12/2014, 7:15 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


Last September, Chad Dixon was sentenced to 8 months in a federal prison for teaching clients counter-measures for polygraph tests. Federal prosecutors charged Dixon with obstructing justice--they view his business as undermining an important tool used to check the credibility of government employees and prosecute criminals.

The information Dixon was selling wasn't new. Books on
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US Customs Broke Broke My Phone For Filming Them posted 02/12/2014, 7:13 AM (Travis McCrea)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Yesterday upon returning to the United States from Canada, the United States Customs and Border Protections ruined my HTC One by breaking off the charger inside the phone. This was after I refused to delete recordings I had of them from the device.

As you may know if you read this blog and my personal stuff regularly, in the past I have had issues at the US border.

My girlfriend and I were detained for hours and interrogated by a couple of guys starting wit
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UK: 13-year-old defies 'big brother' and refuses to be fingerprinted posted 02/12/2014, 7:12 AM (Digital Journal)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Since 2012, over 800,000 children have had their biometric data taken by the government in the United Kingdom via the school system. One 13-year-old girl is refusing to comply with the demands. ... (more)


Maryland bill would cut water, electricity to NSA headquarters posted 02/12/2014, 7:12 AM (Fox News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A group of legislators in Maryland has introduced legislation that would deny state support to federal agencies engaged in warrantless electronic surveillance in a move aimed at curtailing the National Security Agency's power to monitor and track citizens.... (more)


Tuesday February 11th, 2014

NSA 'Exploiting' U.S. Citizens Online Porno Viewing Habits: James Bamford posted 02/11/2014, 6:06 AM (MoxNews)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


The NSA is here to control you, not to keep you safe.


New Bill Would Mandate 'Kill Switch' For Smartphones posted 02/11/2014, 6:06 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A bill has been introduced in California that would mandate a kill switch for cellphones that have been stolen, prompting concerns that such a system could be abused by authorities in order to stifle dissent.

SB 962 would require that all cellphones sold in the state include software or hardware, “that can render inoperable the essential features of the device, as defined, w
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New Photos of the NSA and Other Top Intelligence Agencies Revealed for First Time posted 02/11/2014, 6:02 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
What does a surveillance state look like?

Over the past eight months, classified documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have exposed scores of secret government surveillance programs. Yet there is little visual material among the blizzard of code names, PowerPoint slides, court rulings and spreadsheets that have emerged from the National Security Agency’s files.
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Jeremy Scahill "This Is Effectively What Amounts To DEATH BY META DATA" posted 02/11/2014, 6:01 AM (YouTube)
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Monday February 10th, 2014

Florida Ordinance Makes It Illegal For Homeless To Use Blankets posted 02/10/2014, 6:49 AM (The Libertarian Republic)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Living in Florida, we don’t often have the opportunity to use the heat setting on our thermostat, but this winter we got the chance in a big way. And as a matter of fact, so many people in my neighborhood were using heaters that it blew out the transformer.

So there I was with my wife and three kids, all of us huddled under blankets with the fireplace roaring, watching the temperature continue to drop from a comfortable 65 degrees down to 45. But outside it was 17 degrees and rain
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Friday February 7th, 2014

Former Cop Proposes Law That Would Allow Officers To Ticket You Without Ever Leaving The 'Safety' Of Their Vehicles posted 02/07/2014, 4:01 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Well, we know for sure that one person thinks this is a good idea, but if this bill passes intact, it will only further confirm the theory that legislators are unable to think more than one step ahead. (via The Consumerist)
An Oklahoma state senator has filed a bill to allow law enforcement officers to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinanc... (more)


Former CIA director: In order to spy on domestic dissidents, just call them terrorists posted 02/07/2014, 4:00 AM (ACLU.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Back in 2012, the ACLU of Massachusetts published a report called 'Policing Dissent', exposing the Boston Police Department's 'red squad' surveillance operations, directed at antiwar and economic justice organizers. Among thedocuments we obtained through a public records lawsuit were so-called 'intelligence reports' from the Boston police fusion center, the Boston Regional Intel... (more)


Police will have 'backdoor' access to health records despite opt-out, says MP posted 02/07/2014, 4:00 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The "pride of Brittan" NHS government-run British health care system's database will be used against it's citizens by the police and assorted "government bodies."... (more)


FBI Checks Wrong Box, Places Student on No-Fly List posted 02/07/2014, 4:00 AM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The government contested a former Stanford University student’s assertion that she was wrongly placed on a no-fly list for seven years in court despite knowing an FBI official put her on the list by mistake because he checked the “wrong boxes” on a form, a federal judge wrote today.... (more)


Wednesday February 5th, 2014

NSA 'tapped phone of ex-german chancellor' over Iraq war opposition posted 02/05/2014, 1:43 AM (The Local)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The US National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly tapped the phone of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder over his opposition to the Iraq War, according to reports on Tuesday.... (more)


New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom posted 02/05/2014, 1:40 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
GCSB appears to have deleted key evidence in the case in a hamfisted attempt to cover up its illegal activities. Even more ridiculous, GCSB is trying to cover this up by claiming that the material had "aged off" -- implying that it was deleted automatically. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key claims that they had to delete the information under the law.... (more)


Spanish woman found guilty of 'glorifying terrorism' on Twitter posted 02/05/2014, 1:40 AM (Al Jazeera)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A 21-year-old woman in Spain has been found guilty of glorifying terrorism after spreading what prosecutors called "highly radicalized and violent content" from her Twitter account. Alba Gonzalez Camacho's tweets mostly referred to the First of October Anti-Fascist Resistance Group (GRAPO), an inactive Maoist armed group from the 1970s and 1980s that carried out dozens of assassinations. ... (more)


Tuesday February 4th, 2014

Parallel Construction Revealed: How The DEA Is Trained To Launder Classified Surveillance Info posted 02/04/2014, 12:21 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last summer, Reuters revealed how the NSA and other surveillance organizations would share info with the DEA and other law enforcement agencies, but then tell them to reconstruct the evidence via a process called "parallel construction," so that the surveillance would not then be discussed in court. This is highly questionable, and proba... (more)


Are CIA Cyber-Spooks Hacking Americans' Computers? posted 02/04/2014, 12:21 AM (ACLU.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
At Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, titled "Global Security Threats," Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) hinted that CIA agents might be engaging in abusive cyber operations against Americans. And CIA Director John Brennan did little to dispel the notion.

At the hearing, Wyden asked Brennan point-blank whether CIA activities are covered by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which pr
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German Television Interview With Edward Snowden posted 02/04/2014, 12:21 AM (LiveLeak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


Here's the video copyright fascism took down from YouTube.


Monday February 3rd, 2014

UK Government Plans to "Ensure" That Google Hinders Online Piracy posted 02/03/2014, 4:41 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Continued debate on the UK's Intellectual Property Bill has made it clear that Google and other tech companies are likely to be forced into dealing with the issue of online piracy. Three months after the Bill goes live the Secretary of State will be required to report back on proposals that "will have the purpose of ensuring technology companies hinder access via the internet to copyright infringing material."... (more)


Thursday January 30th, 2014

Chilling Effects: James Clapper Tells Congress That Journalists Are Ed Snowden's 'Accomplices' posted 01/30/2014, 6:36 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
While there have been some occasional nutty attempts to paint journalists reporting on the documents that Ed Snowden revealed as being somehow legally at risk for doing so, for the most part, US officials have recognized that we do respect the freedom of the press in this country. This has been in stark contrast to the UK, where a whole investig... (more)


AT&T Develops Credits System to Limit File-Sharing Bandwidth posted 01/30/2014, 6:36 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A patent application by telecoms giant AT&T details a traffic management system set to add a little more heat to the net neutrality debate. Rather than customers using their Internet connections to freely access any kind of data, the telecoms giant envisions a system in which subscribers engaged in “non-permissible” transfers, such as file-sharing and movie downloading, can be sanctioned or marked for increased billing.... (more)


Wednesday January 29th, 2014

Bitcoin Exec Arrested posted 01/29/2014, 5:25 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Charlie Shrem, who ran bitcoin (BTC) exchange BitInstant, has been arrested. It looks like he’s one of the bonus busts from the feds’ shutdown of the Silk Road website.

He’s charged, in effect, with not spying enthusiastically enough for the government. Formally, of course, he’s charged under money-laundering laws—which is a nice way to imply he was doing something nasty. Then again, BTC offers competition with the State’s currency, and if there’s one thing the State can’t abide,
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Monday January 27th, 2014

Secret Audit Of Baltimore's Speed Cams Says Up To 70,000 Tickets Were Issued In Error In 2012 Alone posted 01/27/2014, 3:41 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
God bless the drivers of Maryland, whose government officials have been experimenting on them for years by placing their driving records and insurance rates in the hands of unreliable private contractors for years. We've already covered one major traffic camera firm (ATS - American Traffic Solutions) in the Maryland-DC area whose response to questionable photos captured by its cameras was to crop out anything that might make the ticket challengeable, like calibration lines or other vehicles.... (more)


NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data posted 01/27/2014, 3:39 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.... (more)
...And this is exactly why Google needs to restore it's privacy feature in Android which allowed you to deny apps certain permissions.


Edward Snowden Speaks in Half-Hour Televised Interview posted 01/27/2014, 3:39 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
German television station NDR News on Sunday night aired an in-person interview with American whistleblower Edward Snowden in which he speaks both broadly and specifically about the NSA surveillance programs his actions have helped expose to the world.

Conducted in Mosow, this is the first such interview with the former NSA contractor since journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras met and interviewed him in a Hong Kong hotel room last June.
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How appropriate the video of the interview was censored due to copyright fascism.


Sunday January 26th, 2014

Tor Developer Suspects NSA Interception of Amazon Purchase posted 01/26/2014, 9:37 PM (Story Leak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Andrea Shepard, a Seattle-based core developer for the Tor Project, suspects her recently ordered keyboard may have been intercepted by the NSA.

Following the purchase of a new IBM Thinkpad Keyboard from Amazon.com, Shepard discovered her package to be taking a strange detour to the East Coast, revealed by a screenshot of her shipment tracking information.
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Friday January 24th, 2014

Snowden: "I think a person should be able to dial a number, make a purchase, send an SMS, write an e-mail, or visit a Web site without having to think about what it's going to look like on their permanent record." posted 01/24/2014, 4:12 PM (CNET)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
That's the word from NSA whistle-blower and leaker Edward Snowden, who today answered questions tweeted by the public as part of a live Web chat, his first since June of last year. ... (more)


Obama ‘Disagrees’ With Oversight Report on NSA Illegality posted 01/24/2014, 4:12 PM (Antiwar)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is just the latest in a series of reports from experts issuing a report declaring thje NSA’s telephone metadata program illegal, unconstitutional, and totally unnecessary.... (more)


Thursday January 23rd, 2014

TV News Programs Seem Focused On Making Sure NSA Defenders Get Nearly All Air Time posted 01/23/2014, 3:40 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Remember back when CBS's John Miller defended his laughably bad propaganda piece for the NSA on 60 Minutes by claiming that "the NSA story has been a fairly one-way dialogue..." in which only critics are having a voice? ... (more)


Wednesday January 22nd, 2014

"Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance." -- Orwellian text message sent to thousands of Ukrainian protesters posted 01/22/2014, 12:07 PM (VICE)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”

That's a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell phones today, as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect. It was the regime's police force, sending protesters the perfectly dystopian text message to accompany the newly minted, perfectly dystopian legislation. In fact, it's downright Orwellian (and I hate that adjective, and only use i
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Tuesday January 21st, 2014

Poll: Most Americans now oppose the NSA program posted 01/21/2014, 11:53 AM (USA Today)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans now disapprove of the NSA's sweeping collection of phone metadata, a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds, and they're inclined to think there aren't adequate limits in place to what the government can collect.

President Obama's announcement Friday of changes in the surveillance programs has done little to allay those concerns: By 73%-21%, those who paid attention to the speech say his proposals won't make much difference in protecting people's
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Wednesday January 15th, 2014

N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers posted 01/15/2014, 10:46 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
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South Carolina Senator Aims To Criminalize The Recording Of Criminal Activity posted 01/15/2014, 10:46 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
HOT BUTTON TOPIC + BRIEFLY CONCERNED LEGISLATOR - COMMON SENSE = A proposed amendment so brain dead, its author should be immediately hooked up to an EEG. ... (more)


RIAA Wants Google to Implement Five-Point Anti-Piracy Plan posted 01/15/2014, 10:45 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
This week the global music industry sent its 100 millionth DMCA takedown request to Google. According to the RIAA, this staggering number has done very little to keep the most blatant pirate sites out of search results. Together with IFPI, the RIAA urges Google to up its anti-piracy efforts, which includes demoting pirate sites, or removing them altogether.... (more)


Monday January 13th, 2014

NSA Surveillance Rarely Useful, Study Shows posted 01/13/2014, 1:28 PM (Antiwar)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A review of government claims by the New America Foundation has come to the conclusion that NSA chief Keith Alexander’s testimony as to the utility of NSA bulk surveillance was “overblown” and “misleading.”

The study showed that virtually all of the 225 terrorism investigations run by the US since 9/11 have centered on “traditional investigation methods.”

T
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Friday January 10th, 2014

TSA Kids Video (Now With Truth) posted 01/10/2014, 8:44 AM (JoshLeCash)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


On December 12, 2013 the TSA made a cartoon aimed at indoctrinating our kids into submission.

We thought it lacked some truth.

FLASHBACK: TSA Launches 'Fun' Website For Kids

Original…
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What It's Like When The FBI Asks You To Backdoor Your Software posted 01/10/2014, 8:43 AM (PC Magazine)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
At a recent RSA Security Conference, Nico Sell was on stage announcing that her company—Wickr—was making drastic changes to ensure its users' security. She said that the company would switch from RSA encryption to elliptic curve encryption, and that the service wouldn't have a backdoor for anyone.

As she left the stage, before she'd even had a chance to take her microphone off, a man approached her and introduced himself as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He th
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Australian Teen Alerts Transit Department To Security Hole On Website... Gets Reported To Police posted 01/10/2014, 8:42 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For years and years, we've been stumped by why website owners try to kill the messenger when someone discovers a hole on their website. It's happened yet again. ... (more)


Wednesday January 8th, 2014

Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation's many problems. ... (more)


7 Things You Missed If You Didn't Read Wired's Big Story On How The NSA Is Killing The Internet posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Steven Levy, who specializes in massive articles looking into aspects of the tech industry, has a new one for Wired, called How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet. It basically looks at how the NSA legally coerced the tech companies into having to comply with certain court orders to hand over information, and how the tech companies have been gagged from explaining what's going on. And then... he gets the NSA's side of the story. ... (more)


Liberals And Conservatives Switch Positions On NSA Surveillance Depending On If 'Their Guy' Is In Power posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Orin Kerr has pointed out that people who self-identify themselves as "liberals" or "conservatives" seem to shift their opinion on NSA surveillance depending on whether or not it's "their guy" in the White House. That is, back when George W. Bush was President, "Democrats" disapproved of the NSA's surveillance activities, with only 27... (more)


Monday January 6th, 2014

Mainstream Media's Vilification Of Edward Snowden And Glenn Greenwald posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (Al Jazeera)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Excellent run down on the Snowden case and the media's attack on him and Greenwald from Al Jazeera.


Greenwald to Bolling: Gov't Labels People Like Snowden 'Traitors,' History Calls Them 'Patriots' posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Journalist Glenn Greenwald joined Eric Bolling on Hannity Friday night to talk about the continuing debate over the NSA and Edward Snowden, especially the question of whether Snowden is a patriot or a traitor. Bolling and Greenwald took note of how this debate does not fall neatly along political lines, and Greenwald said "the breakdown is do you have primary allegiance to the government... or is y
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NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US Congress to whom it says it is accountable.... (more)


Ninth Circuit Rules Innocent Driving Is Suspicious posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A combination of non-suspicious driving characteristics can give rise to the suspicion of criminal activity in the opinion of the full Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals. In a Christmas Eve ruling, the judges weighed whether Border Patrol agents were right to conduct a "border stop" of a red Ford F-150 pickup truck on Interstate 15 while 70 miles north of the border with Mexico.... (more)


Billion Dollar French-UAE Intel Satellite Deal in Doubt Due to US Backdoors posted 01/06/2014, 5:57 AM (Defense News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) deal to purchase two intelligence satellites from France worth almost 3.4 billion dirhams (US $930 million) is in jeopardy after the discovery of what was described as “security compromising components.”

A high-level UAE source said the two high-resolution Pleiades-type Falcon Eye military observation satellites contained two specific US-supplied components that provide a back door to the highly secure data transmitted to the ground station.
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Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I'm Really Mad posted 01/06/2014, 5:56 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We recently discovered that thanks to Sky’s Broadband Shield filtering system, TorrentFreak is now blocked on one of the UK’s largest ISPs by users who think they are protecting their kids.... (more)

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