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Monday May 4th, 2015
How Private DNA Data Led Idaho Cops on a Wild Goose Chase and Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case posted 05/04/2015, 6:20 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The New Orleans Advocate recently published a shocking story that details the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases and familial DNA searching.

In 1996, a young woman named Angie Dodge was murdered in her apartment in a small town in Idaho. Although the police collected DNA from semen left at the crime
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Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Cops Visit Parents After Boy, 4, Takes Off Clothes and Runs Outside posted 05/02/2015, 8:52 AM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Somehow, seeing a naked 4-year-old running around in front of his own house conjured up worst-first thoughts in a neighbor, even though—if the neighbor paused for a second—he’d have a hard time articulating exactly what “crime” he thought he was witnessing.... (more)




American Psychological Association Bolstered C.I.A. Torture Program, Report Says posted 05/02/2015, 8:52 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident health professionals and human rights activists.... (more)


Friday May 1st, 2015

Grooveshark Shuts Down & Apologizes to the RIAA posted 05/01/2015, 9:16 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
To conclude a massive copyright infringement lawsuit launched by the major recording labels, Grooveshark shut down a few hours ago. Acknowledging mistakes had been made and apologizing profusely, the company said that it would delete all stored music and hand over its website and intellectual property to the RIAA.... (more)
Another beloved business destroyed by the MAFIAA, this is their punishment for running their business out of Amerika. - Chris


Thursday April 30th, 2015

Law Enforcement's Cluelessness On Display In Congressional Hearing On Undermining Encryption posted 04/30/2015, 10:17 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing over this whole stupid kerfuffle about mobile encryption. If you don't recall, back in the fall, both Apple and Google said they would start encrypting data on mobile devices by default, leading to an immediate freakout by law enforcement types, laun... (more)




Movie Studios Give 'Pirate' Sites a 24h Shutdown Ultimatum posted 04/30/2015, 10:17 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
On behalf of the major Hollywood movie studios the Motion Picture Association (MPA) is demanding that pirate site operators shut down within 24 hours, or else. The recent push targets a wide variety of services, including some of the top torrent sites. Thus far, the only casualty appears to be a rather small linking site.... (more)


Mom Says She Was 'Lunch Shamed' by School for Packing Oreos for Daughter posted 04/30/2015, 7:04 AM (ABC News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Leeza Pearson was out of fruit and vegetables one day last week, so she tucked a pack of Oreos in her daughter Natalee's lunch and sent her off to school at the Children's Academy in Aurora, Colorado.

Pearson said she was stunned when her 4-year-old came home later in the day with the cookies untouched and a sternly worded note from the school.

"Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all c
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Wednesday April 29th, 2015

New York: E-ZPass Used To Spy On Motorists posted 04/29/2015, 5:50 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Motorists who use E-ZPass are being tracked on streets that are not tolled. The New York Civil Liberties Union revealed the program last week after receiving documents from New York City, New York's transportation department describing the $5 million federally funded surveillance program.

"The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is seeking to identify and observe trends in travel time congested areas of the city," a 2012 city proposal explained. "As part of the stu
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Music Industry 'Shuts Down' Top Torrent Trackers posted 04/29/2015, 5:49 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A regional court in Hamburg has ordered a hosting company to shut down three iconic BitTorrent trackers that together coordinated dozens of millions of transfers per day. The order is the result of a complaint from German music group BVMI, but is a bit late since the trackers have been offline for a while.... (more)


Monday April 27th, 2015

Senior Police Officer Suggests Companies Allowing People To Use Strong Crypto Are 'Friendly To Terrorists' posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last November, we ran through the list of senior law enforcement officers on both sides of the Atlantic who all came out with suspiciously similar whines about how strong crypto was turning the internet into a "dark and ungoverned" place. Judging by this story in Reuters, others want to join the choir:
Some technology and communication firms are hel... (more)




White House Pushes to Keep Power to Shut Down Cellphone Networks posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (Antiwar.com)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In 2005, amid reports that the London subway bombers had used cellphones as detonators, the White House secretly established the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303, which granted the government the ability to unilaterally shut down all cellphone service in an area of its choosing when it feels it needs to.

The details of the procedure are still not public, and a series of lawsuits aiming to at the very least get the basics of how the law even theoretically works have faced mas
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Friday April 24th, 2015

In Deal To Get Loretta Lynch Confirmed As Attorney General, Senate Agrees To Undermine Free Speech On The Internet posted 04/24/2015, 3:26 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Two versions of bills aimed at sex trafficking are being kicked around by legislators. The SAVE Act (Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation) passed out of the House last year. The Senate version -- the much-less-acronymically-catchy JVTA (Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act) is lookin... (more)


Miami Police Set to Launch Federally-Funded Pre-Crime System posted 04/24/2015, 3:26 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Miami Police Department is preparing to launch a new federally-funded software program aimed at stopping crime even before it occurs. Purchased with the help of a $600,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the “Hunchlab” predictive policing system will reportedly allow officers to “best forecast when and where crimes are likely to emerge.”

Utilizing years worth of local crime data, the program will use mathematical algorithms to create maps of areas likely to produc
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Police Have Asked Dropcam For Video From People's Home Cameras posted 04/24/2015, 3:26 PM (Fusion)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
"Like any responsible father, Hugh Morrison had installed cameras in every room in the flat,” is the opening line of Intrusion, a 2012 novel set in the near future. Originally installed so that Hugh and his wife can keep an eye on their kids, the Internet-connected cameras wind up being used later in the novel by police who tap into the feeds to monitor the couple chatting on their couch when they are suspected of anti-societal behavio... (more)


Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

Clueless Publicist Doubles Down On Claiming Fair Use Has 'Expired' On Walter Scott Video; Brags About Profiting From Police Killing posted 04/22/2015, 2:27 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last week, we wrote about how the bystander who shot the video of police officer Michael Slager shooting and killing Walter Scott had apparently brought on a publicist, Max Markson, who was demanding that the media start paying for the video. As we noted, this situation was classic fair use, and the reasoning made by th... (more)


Tuesday April 21st, 2015

CIA-Backed Company May Be Reading Your Facebook Chats posted 04/21/2015, 1:26 PM (Sputnik International)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
While sending a web link over Facebook Chat, a group of app developers noticed a curious amount of activity. Pulling at the thread, they discovered a mysterious company known as Recorded Future, and a potential CIA conspiracy.

Facebook Chat seems innocuous enough. So thought Bosnadev, a group of coders and bloggers, when they used the communication program to send a link. But something seemed amiss.

"During the testing of an application we’ve set up in a non-publish
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Monday April 20th, 2015

Report: 'Nearly Every' FBI Forensics Expert Gave Flawed Testimony In 'Almost All Trials' Over A 20-Year Period posted 04/20/2015, 1:52 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI seems to be more interested in securing convictions than finding the truth. An investigation into questions about the agency's hair analysis commenced in 1996, but years of foot dragging by the FBI means the full truth has only come to light over the past couple of years. What's detailed in a report compile... (more)


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
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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
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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
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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
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Edward Snowden Talks Government Spying and 'Dick Pics' with John Oliver posted 04/07/2015, 5:14 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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
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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 reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, 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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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 Ryushare.com 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
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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 (EFF.org)
[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 (EFF.org)
[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
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