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Tuesday December 17th, 2013
In Historic Ruling, Federal Judge Declares NSA Mass Phone Surveillance is Likely Unconstitutional posted 12/17/2013, 6:44 AM (
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In a historic decision, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. today declared that the NSA's mass phone records surveillance is likely unconstitutional, ruling that the plaintiff's data should be purged from the system and prohibiting the NSA from collecting further phone records from the plaintiffs.

The case, Klayman v. Obama, undermines the government
... (more)

Glenn Greenwald "It's A Very Important Vindication Of Our Fellow Citizen Edward Snowden!" posted 12/17/2013, 6:43 AM (YouTube)
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Interview starts at 3:00.

Glenn Greenwald "US Govt Is Doing Things So Against The Core Guarantees Of The Constitution..." posted 12/17/2013, 6:43 AM (YouTube)
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Glenn Greenwald vs. Jeffrey Toobin.

NSA cracked cellphone 'A5/1' encryption code, can decode private conversations posted 12/17/2013, 6:43 AM (Washington Post)
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The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions of calls and texts that travel over public airwaves every day.... (more)

Boston Bomber Believed He Was a Victim of Mind Control posted 12/17/2013, 6:41 AM (Infowars)
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“He believed in majestic mind control, which is a way of breaking down a person and creating an alternative personality with which they must coexist,” Donald Larking, a 67-year-old who attended a Boston mosque with Tamerlan, told the Globe. “You can give a signal, a phrase or a gesture, and bring out the alternate personality and make them do things. Tamerlan thought someone might have done that to him.”... (more)

CBS Airs NSA Propaganda Informercial Masquerading As 'Hard Hitting' 60 Minutes Journalism By Reporter With Massive Conflict Of Interest posted 12/17/2013, 6:41 AM (Techdirt)
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Last night I started seeing a bunch of folks on Twitter absolutely trashing 60 Minutes. We had mentioned last week that 60 Minutes would be doing something about the NSA, including the revelation that some NSA officials favored granting Snowden asylum, and that Keith Alexander ridiculously stated that people should be held accountable for their actions -- without recognizing the irony of that statement when pointed at himself. What we didn't realize was that the episode of 60 Minutes would be a ... (more)

NSA Director Alexander Has to Ask Permission to Answer a Question posted 12/17/2013, 6:41 AM (Infowars)
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One of the more jaw-dropping moments to emerge out of 60 Minutes’ profile piece on the National Security Agency yesterday was when NSA Director Keith Alexander had to ask permission from his superiors on whether or not he could answer a question.... (more)

Monday December 16th, 2013

Arrested because he joked about Mandela: Police hold shopkeeper for eight hours, take his DNA and seize his computer - after local councillor objects to off-colour internet comments posted 12/16/2013, 5:43 AM (The Daily Mail)
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A sandwich shop owner endured eight hours of questioning by police and had his computer seized for three weeks – after making tasteless Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet.

Neil Phillips, who runs Crumbs in Rugeley, Staffordshire, says he was also finger-printed and DNA-swabbed after officers received complaints about what he insists were harmless gags.

In one online post, the 44-year-old wrote: 'My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mande
... (more)

AT&T Invents New Technology to Detect and Ban Filesharing posted 12/16/2013, 5:36 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Internet provider AT&T has expanded its portfolio of anti-piracy patents with a new technology that can detect file-sharers on its network. Based on a network activity score users are assigned to a so-called “risk class,” and as a result alleged pirates may have their access to file-sharing sites blocked. Whether AT&T has plans to implement the technology in the real world remains unknown. ... (more)

A medical collision with a child in the middle posted 12/16/2013, 5:36 AM (Boston Globe)
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Justina has a metabolic disease. Or does she? Her parents and Children’s Hospital deadlocked, she was placed in state custody.... (more)

Friday December 13th, 2013

Government Spies Are Forcing Privacy Email Services To Shut Down Because They Can't Spy On Emails posted 12/13/2013, 1:50 AM (Infowars)
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GCHQ, the British counterpart and facilitator to the NSA, has forced a privacy focused email service to shut down because it could not effectively spy on the encrypted emails people were sending.

As the blog IT Security Guru reports, a beta version of the PrivateSky service from London-based web security firm CertiVox was shut down early in 2013 following a government order.

The secure email encryption service, w
... (more)

Backpacker stripped of tech gear at NZ, Auckland Airport posted 12/13/2013, 1:46 AM (NZ Herald News)
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A backpacker coming home for Christmas had every bit of electronic equipment stripped from him at the airport.

A Customs officer at Auckland International Airport took law graduate Sam Blackman's two smartphones, iPad, an external hard drive and laptop - and demanded his passwords.
... (more)

Scumbag Revenge Porn Site Operator Arrested... But Many Of The Charges Are Very Problematic posted 12/13/2013, 1:46 AM (Techdirt)
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A fair amount of attention has been paid to the announcement from Kamala Harris, the attorney general for California, that Kevin Bollaert, the operator of a revenge porn site, and corresponding "pay me to take down the revenge porn" site, has been arrested and charged with a variety of crimes, including extortion. Make no mistake about it: Bollaert is a scumbag and these revenge porn sites -- especially those with the extortionate concept of "pay us to take down those nude photos you never wante... (more)

Thursday December 12th, 2013

Secretive US kill switch strategy challenged posted 12/12/2013, 1:58 AM (DW.DE)
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Not much is known about the US government's policy and ability to shut down wireless communications in case of national emergencies, such as terrorist attacks. That could change come January. ... (more)

Pirate Bay Founder Held in Solitary Confinement Without a Warrant posted 12/12/2013, 1:56 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Since his arrival in Denmark to face hacking charges Gottfrid Svartholm has sat in solitary confinement, denied free access to mail and denied access to his books. The situation has outraged Wikileaks’ Julian Assange who says Gottfrid is now a political prisoner. Meanwhile Gottfrid’s mother Kristina has written to Amnesty hoping that they will take notice of her son’s plight.... (more)

Awesome Privacy Tools in Android 4.3+ posted 12/12/2013, 1:56 AM (
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To date, there has been no way to run apps on Android with real and reliable privacy controls. Android version 4.3 and higher take a huge step in the right direction, letting users install apps while denying some of the apps' attempts to collect the user's data.... (more)

Wednesday December 11th, 2013

Sacramento, California To Shorten Red Light Camera Ticket Timing posted 12/11/2013, 2:15 AM (TheNewspaper)
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The Sacramento County, California Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on a plan to boost the number of $500 red light camera tickets issued at intersections. County officials quietly changed the wording of its memorandum of understanding with Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company in charge of the program, so that the camera flash would trigger in half the time. Under the new proposal, the Redflex camera will issue a ticket 0.1 second after the signal changes -- faster than the blink... (more)

The Pirate Bay Moves to .AC After Domain Name Seizure posted 12/11/2013, 2:14 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Following pressure from the entertainment industry the domain registry of Sint Maarten appears to have seized The Pirate Bay’s .SX domain name. The torrent site itself hasn’t been taken down and has quickly relocated to a new address on Ascension Island’s .AC ccTLD. The Pirate Bay team informs TorrentFreak that this UK-controlled domain isn’t their final destination and they will sail to a safer haven in the near future.... (more)

Monday December 9th, 2013

Giant, Earth-Devouring Octopus Is New U.S. Mascot In Spy Satellite Launch posted 12/09/2013, 10:44 PM (Police State USA)
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The top of the ATLAS-V rocket in the NROL-39 launch. (Source: Twitter)

Last night, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) launched an ATLAS V rocket to haul a dozen mini spy satellites up into orbit.  The choice for of the official logo of the missio
... (more)

Newest Leak Shows NSA, GCHQ Infiltrated World Of Warcraft, Second Life posted 12/09/2013, 10:43 PM (Techdirt)
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Apparently, there's nowhere our intelligence agencies won't go in ostensibly in search of terrorists. The latest leak from Snowden, as published by ProPublica, New York Times and The Guardian, shows the NSA and GCHQ are actively infiltrating MMOs and other online gatherings in order to fight terrorism. ... (more)

NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say posted 12/09/2013, 10:42 PM (Washington Post)
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Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency’s surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support.... (more)

Thursday December 5th, 2013

NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show posted 12/05/2013, 1:11 AM (Washington Post)
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The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.... (more)

British news staff may face terrorism charges over Snowden leaks posted 12/05/2013, 1:10 AM (Reuters)
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British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain's senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.... (more)

Wednesday December 4th, 2013

Secret Patent Applications on the Rise posted 12/04/2013, 2:12 AM (AllGov)
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Among the thousands of patents reviewed and approved each year by the federal government, a select group is kept secret from the public—a group that has grown in number lately.

During the previous fiscal year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved 139 new “secrecy orders” on patent applications, according to data obtained by Secrecy News.

This secret classifying of inventions has been around since Congress adopted the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951
... (more)

Activists say legislation can cut water, kill snooping at Utah Data Center posted 12/04/2013, 2:09 AM (US News)
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The National Security Agency has an Achilles heel, according to some anti-surveillance activists. The key vulnerability, according to members of the OffNow coalition of advocacy groups: The electronic spy agency's reliance on local utilities.

The activists would like to turn off the water to the NSA's $1.5 billion Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, and at other facilities around the country.
... (more)

Monday December 2nd, 2013

Child Taken From Womb By Social Services posted 12/02/2013, 12:26 AM (The Telegraph)
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Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.... (more)

Friday November 29th, 2013

Swedish Regime To Give Police, Customs, Tax Authorities Realtime Access to Citizens' Phone, Mail, More posted 11/29/2013, 12:32 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
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The Swedish citizens will get all their phone calls and e-mail traffic wiretapped in real time not just by the Swedish NSA branch, but also by police, customs, the tax authority, and others. These plans were revealed today by the Ny Teknik magazine, sending shockwaves among civil rights activists. This follows a previous law change that gave the Swedish NSA branch, the FRA, realtime access to all Internet traffic that crossed the country borders – effectively wiretapping everybody warrantlessly ... (more)

Wednesday November 27th, 2013

NSA's Plan to Use Porn Habits to Discredit 'Radicalizers' posted 11/27/2013, 12:12 PM (Common Dreams)
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New documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and leaked to journalist Glenn Greenwald and the Huffington Post show that the spy agency made plans to use the online activities, including visits to pornographic sites and other habits, of so-called Muslim "radicalizers" in order to discredit their standing.

According to the reporting:
The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to porno... (more)

Tuesday November 26th, 2013

D.C. cops go ‘nuclear’ with traffic cameras posted 11/26/2013, 1:21 PM (Washington Times)
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A drivers’ advocacy group is decrying the latest expansion of the District’s automated traffic enforcement program.

D.C. police activated 100 new “next-generation” traffic cameras Saturday to target a growing number of motorist violations ranging from failure to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks to blocking the box.
... (more)

MPAA Revenue Up 50% As "War on Piracy" Cranks Up posted 11/26/2013, 1:20 PM (TorrentFreak)
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The MPAA is enjoying a healthy budget increase as the group intensifies its anti-piracy operations worldwide. Over a period of two years Hollywood has significantly upped its payments to the anti-piracy group, from $41.5 million to $59.7 million. Of all 200 employees MPAA boss and former Senator Chris Dodd is the best compensated, with a salary of $3.3 million including bonuses.... (more)

Insanity Rules In East Texas: Jury Finds Newegg Infringes On Ridiculous Encryption Patent posted 11/26/2013, 1:20 PM (Techdirt)
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There's a reason why patent trolls love east Texas -- and big part of that is that the juries there have a long history of favoring patent holders, no matter how ridiculous or how trollish.... (more)

Monday November 25th, 2013

California: Court Rejects Confrontation Argument Against Cameras posted 11/25/2013, 11:50 AM (TheNewspaper)
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Appellate decision in California denies motorists the right to confront the private company that generates red light camera tickets.... (more)

Philadelphia Votes to Ban 3-D Printed Guns posted 11/25/2013, 11:50 AM (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
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The Philadelphia City Council voted on Thursday to ban the use of 3-D printers to create firearms.... (more)

NSA's Has A 50,000 Computer Botnet From Secretly Installing Malware Around The Globe posted 11/25/2013, 11:50 AM (Techdirt)
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Over the weekend, the Dutch media operation NRC published yet another Ed Snowden slide, showing how the NSA had infected 50,000 computer networks with malware. ... (more)

Wednesday November 20th, 2013

NHTSA May Mandate That New Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed posted 11/20/2013, 12:46 PM (CNS News)
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( - Before the end of this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether or not to begin the rulemaking process to mandate that newly manufactured cars include what is being called “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) communications technology that constantly broadcasts via radio wave the car’s location, direction, speed and, possibly, even the number of passengers it is carrying. ... (more)

Tuesday November 19th, 2013

US Government Says CIA Black Site Prisoners' Memory Of Their Own Torture Is Classified And Cannot Be Revealed posted 11/19/2013, 11:06 AM (Techdirt)
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I'd missed this story when it came out a few weeks ago, but thanks to Rob Hyndman for calling it to my attention. There was plenty of press around the fact that one of the guys being held by US forces in Guantanamo, and who faces trial as one of the co-conspirators for 9/11, supposedly sustained head injuries while being held by the CIA. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg ... (more)

LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG servers posted 11/19/2013, 11:06 AM (DoctorBeet's Blog)
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"...This information appears to be sent back unencrypted and in the clear to LG every time you change channel, even if you have gone to the trouble of changing the setting above to switch collection of viewing information off.

It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps. I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive. To demonstrate this, I created a mock avi
... (more)

Monday November 18th, 2013

TSA's $1 Billion 'Behavioral Detection' Program Only Slightly More Accurate Than A Coin Flip posted 11/18/2013, 8:07 AM (Techdirt)
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I have yet to see a Government Accountability Office report that can't be described as "highly negative" -- at minimum. Most tend to fall somewhere between "brutal" and "scathing." This is a good thing, although I imagine any agency that is the subject of these reports strongly feels otherwise. ... (more)

The MPAA's Plan To Piss Off Young Moviegoers And Make Them Less Interested In Going To Theaters posted 11/18/2013, 8:07 AM (Techdirt)
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Given how important teenagers and those in their 20s are to the movie industry, you'd think one day they'd learn to stop being complete assholes to that demographic. For example, you'd think that they'd realize that young folks today really, really like their smartphones, and one of the main things they do with those smartphones is snap pictures or videos of just about anything and everything and share it with their friends via whichever platform they prefer, be it SnapChat, WhatsApp, Instagram,... (more)

Thursday November 14th, 2013

Benjamin Franklin, Terrorist Lover posted 11/14/2013, 9:03 AM (Will Grigg)
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According to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, Benjamin Franklin was an irresponsible extremist for placing a higher value on liberty than security.

In an interview with NewsMax, Dershowitz declared:

“Benjamin Franklin was wrong when he said those who give up any privacy or rights in the name of security deserved neither. That’s nonsense. That’s hyperbole. That’s extremism.”

... (more)

DRM in Cars Will Drive Consumers Crazy posted 11/14/2013, 9:03 AM (
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Forget extra cupholders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that contract with digital rights management (DRM) restrictions that can r... (more)

TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms posted 11/14/2013, 9:03 AM (
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After years of secret trade negotiations over the future of intellectual property rights (and limits on those rights), the public gets a chance to looks at the results. For those of us who care about free speech and a balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation, creativity, and access to knowledge, it's not a pretty picture.

Today Wikileaks published a complete draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement's chapter on "intellectual property
... (more)

Seattle Police Deactivate Wi-Fi Spy Grid After Privacy Outcry posted 11/14/2013, 9:02 AM (Infowars)
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Following a privacy outcry concerning a wi-fi “mesh network” being installed in Seattle with DHS funding that has the capability of recording the last 1,000 locations of anyone in its vicinity, the Seattle Police Department announced last night that it is temporarily deactivating the network.... (more)

Boston Police Department Claims Contacting Its Public Affairs Number Is A Criminal Act posted 11/14/2013, 8:43 AM (Techdirt)
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Most long-term Techdirt readers will be familiar with Carlos Miller, the man behind the Photography Is Not A Crime blog (usually shorthanded to simply "PINAC"). Miller, along with several other citizen photographers, have challenged local law enforcement officials repeatedly on their baseless claims that recording them is a crime.

Miller himself has been repeatedly arrested, harassed and charged with various dubious misdemeanors in an effort to curb his First Amendment rights. Now
... (more)

Boston Boondoggle Hearing Postponed Until Next Week as Internet Criticism Grows posted 11/14/2013, 8:43 AM (PINAC)
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On a day when multiple news outlets and websites harshly criticized Boston police for bringing up felony charges against myself and a PINAC associate for attempting to hold them accountable, a police attorney asked for a continuance in the hearing.... (more)

Wednesday November 13th, 2013

The Fictionalized Surveillance State posted 11/13/2013, 7:02 AM (Anthony Gregory)
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Recent polling conducted by Amy Zegart at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation reveals an unsurprising degree of public uncertainty and confusion regarding the NSA. We should expect that, flooded with news reports, most Americans don’t know the exact contours of the program.

What caught my eye, however, was this little nugget, as reported in The Washington Post:
-Ź A majority of people who in the past year watched at least... (more)

The House Intelligence Committee's Misinformation Campaign About the NSA posted 11/13/2013, 7:00 AM (
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Rep. Mike Rogers, Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), is a busy man. Since June, he (and HPSCI) have been all over the media with press statements, TV appearances, and tweets, relentlessly trying to persuade the public that the National Security Agency (NSA) is merely doing its job when it collects innocent Americans' c... (more)

Govt Documents Reveal DHS Domestic Spy Takeover posted 11/13/2013, 6:58 AM (Infowars)
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Government documents obtained exclusively by Infowars expose massive DHS domestic spy grid designed to track citizens in real time through mega government databases.... (more)

Tuesday November 12th, 2013

Facial recognition, once a battlefield tool, lands in San Diego County posted 11/12/2013, 7:03 AM (The Center for Investigative Reporting)
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On a residential street in San Diego County, Calif., Chula Vista police had just arrested a young woman, still in her pajamas, for possession of narcotics. Before taking her away, Officer Rob Halverson paused in the front yard, held a Samsung Galaxy tablet up to the woman’s face and snapped a photo.
... (more)

Company Admits New 'Smart' Street Lights Can Analyze Voices, Track People posted 11/12/2013, 7:03 AM (Infowars)
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The company behind a new ‘smart’ street lighting system which is being rolled out in major cities like Las Vegas admits that the technology has the capability of analyzing voices and tracking people, features that will aid the Department of Homeland Security in “protecting its citizens.”
... (more)

California forces porn stars to wear goggles posted 11/12/2013, 7:02 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

A new measure, Measure B, passed in Los Angeles, Calif. this past Election Day. The measure states that actors in the pornography industry must wear condoms while filming sex scenes. Now a draft regulations under consideration in the California Senate would require porn stars wear a new type of protection: goggles. The goggles would prevent "ocular contact with male bodily fluids." RT's Meghan Lopez ta
... (more)

Monday November 11th, 2013

Government Asks Court To Bar Opposing Lawyer From Calling It 'The Government'; Hilarity Ensues posted 11/11/2013, 6:36 AM (Techdirt)
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Reader Willard Seehorn sends in a fantastic example of both ridiculous government requests in a legal matter, as well as one of the best snarky responses to such an overreach. It starts with a Tennessee state Assistant District Attorney General who, in the midst of a case, asked the court to order the defense counsel to refrain from referring to the prosecution as "the government."... (more)

Guardian editor to face lawmakers on Snowden leaks posted 11/11/2013, 6:33 AM (Associated Press)
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LONDON (AP) -- The editor of the Guardian newspaper will be questioned by British lawmakers over his paper's publication of files leaked by ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.... (more)

Friday November 8th, 2013

Cops Swap Patrol Cars For Big Rigs to Catch Texters posted 11/08/2013, 6:55 AM (Prison Planet)
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Illustrating once again how police are now little more than revenue generators for a state which vampirically feeds on the public, cops in Knoxville, Tennessee are swapping patrol cars for big rigs in a bid to catch texters.

The swap is “part of a sting to catch people texting and driving,” and gives the Highway Patrol police an advantage in spotting “violators” because the semi-trucks sit much higher.

According to the report, dozens of drivers were ticketed du
... (more)

San Diego Gets in Your Face With New Mobile Identification System posted 11/08/2013, 6:55 AM (
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The San Diego regional planning agency, SANDAG, has been quietly rolling out a new mobile face recognition system that will sharply change how police conduct simple stops on Americans. The system, which allows officers to use mobile devices to collect face images out in the field, already has a database of 1.4 million images and serves nearly 25 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the region.

Over the summer, EF
... (more)

Red Light Cameras Losing Ground Nationwide posted 11/08/2013, 6:51 AM (TheNewspaper)
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Setbacks in the automated enforcement industry have have reached the point where the total number of red light camera and speed camera installations in the United States is on the decline. Redflex Traffic Systems, the second largest provider of automated ticketing machines in America, reported the first ever drop in the number of automated ticketing machines since it entered the market. For more than a dozen years, the Australian firm has enjoyed an unbroken streak, adding cameras year after yea... (more)

Thursday November 7th, 2013

As Rest Of The World Considers Cutting Back Aggressive Surveillance, New Zealand Legalizes Massive Spying posted 11/07/2013, 3:03 AM (Techdirt)
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The ongoing release of various leaks from Ed Snowden have drawn lots of attention and criticism of the activities of various parties in the intelligence community -- especially those who partner closely with the NSA, the so-called "Five Eyes" countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. And while there appears to be real momentum in the US behind limiting this surveillance, apparently New Zealand has decided to go in the other direction, and has passed a very broad new snooping law that... (more)

FBI monitored website in error for six years, documents show posted 11/07/2013, 3:03 AM (The Guardian)
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The FBI monitored a prominent anti-war website for years, in part because agents mistakenly believed it had threatened to hack the bureau’s own site.... (more)

Tuesday November 5th, 2013

'Bin Laden has won, they confiscated my honey': Outspoken academic Richard Dawkins in airline security Twitter row over jar of honey posted 11/05/2013, 1:30 AM (The Independent)
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World famous English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and unrelenting critic of religion and the religious, Richard Dawkins, has turned his anger on airport security rules after he had a jar of honey confiscated.... (more)

Monday November 4th, 2013

TSA will now "pre-screen" your taxes, car registration, passport, employment history, and more posted 11/04/2013, 3:24 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Travelers are now being subjected to even more invasive screening procedures by the infamous Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before “allowing” people to travel, the TSA is performing unwarranted checks of a wide variety of personal documents, going further than ever before into the lives of innocent passengers. As expected, Americans will roll over for the new intrusions and accept that they are necessary to protect the Homeland.... (more)

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