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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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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.
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Company Admits New 'Smart' Street Lights Can Analyze Voices, Track People posted 11/12/2013, 7:03 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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.”
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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
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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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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 (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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 Antiwar.com website in error for six years, documents show posted 11/07/2013, 3:03 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)


Tube-Fed 3-Year-Old Treated Like Terrorist By TSA, Family Misses Flight posted 11/04/2013, 3:24 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
ApolloSEATTLE, WA — A disabled child was harassed by government agents and his family was caused to miss their flight, all because inept security screeners thought that his medical equipment may have been a bomb. Even children with debilitating medical conditions set off paranoiac ideations and inhumane treatment from the Transportation Security Administration.... (more)


'Predictive Policing' Company Uses Bad Stats, Contractually-Obligated Shills To Tout Unproven 'Successes' posted 11/04/2013, 3:22 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We're not quite at the stage where pre-crime divisions are being formed by forward-looking law enforcement agencies. Not yet. But we're on our way.

SF Weekly has a very thorough report on PredPol, another entry in the "predictive policing" field. According to its website, PredPol's software ("developed by a team of PhD mathematicians and social scientists" from a variety of California universities) algorithmically determines where crime is likely to occur and cranks out a map high
... (more)


RIAA and BPI Use "Pirated" Code on Their Websites posted 11/04/2013, 3:19 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It turns out that even the most vocal anti-piracy advocates are guilty of infringing the copyrights of others on the Internet. TorrentFreak has discovered that the websites of the music industry groups RIAA and BPI have removed the copyright notices from popular web software, violating the open source licenses these scripts are distributed under. ... (more)


Friday November 1st, 2013

Feinstein Releases Fake NSA Reform Bill, Actually Tries To Legalize Illegal NSA Bulk Data Collection posted 11/01/2013, 1:45 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Despite Dianne Feinstein's supposed "conversion" earlier this week about the NSA being out of control with its spying, and the associated performance of NSA folks claiming that they were screwed, it's quickly become apparent that this was all pure theater to make people think that real reform might be coming. ... (more)


UK Government Funds Anti-Piracy Outfit With Taxpayer Money posted 11/01/2013, 1:45 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board has awarded £250,000 to the London-based anti-piracy outfit MUSO. The company will use the public funding to develop one of their new anti-piracy tools, which it says will benefit rightsholders and the local tech industry. Interestingly, a quick look at MUSO’s clients shows that despite the public funding, the company’s most prominent customers are not based in the UK.... (more)


Thursday October 31st, 2013

School Test Teaches Kids: "Commands Of Government Officials Must Be Obeyed By All" posted 10/31/2013, 12:23 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A parent of a ten year old was shocked to discover a grammar and writing test paper that their child brought home from school reads more like document from an authoritarian country such as China.

The parent sent a portion of the test paper to Infowars, revealing that it contains sentences such as “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.”

The paper uses such sentences and asks school children to replace certain words in order to make the sentence
... (more)


Free Speech T-shirt Maker Threatened By NSA, DHS Fights Back With Lawsuit posted 10/31/2013, 12:22 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Back in August Infowars and Ben Swann broke the story of the NSA threatening online t-shirt makers because users of their sites were creating parody shirts denouncing the agency and selling them on the internet. Now one t-shirt designer, who was specifically targeted is suing both the NSA and The Department of Homeland Security, for violating his First Amendment rights.

Dan McCall
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The Whole Surveillance State Must Go posted 10/31/2013, 12:17 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The NSA surveillance scandal has awakened Americans to their dwindling privacy rights. Now is the time to stand up and consistently defend the Fourth Amendment.

For years, the government has spied on all our financial dealings, our medical records, our bank transactions. Liberals shrugged because it all served to build the regulatory state they wanted. Meanwhile, the government claimed ever greater authority to search people as they went about their business or drove in their cars
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TSA: 75% of Domestic Travelers A Flight Risk posted 10/31/2013, 12:17 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Transportation Security Agency believes that 75% of Americans are suspect. One indicator that you are a "risk" while flying? Owning a passport.

And so, what does the TSA do about it?

Even for domestic flights, they scan government and private databases including car registration and employment information.

Does your DM
... (more)


Shoppers Submit to Naked Body Scans to Enter Candy Store posted 10/31/2013, 12:16 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A prank set up by a comedian and a film crew in which shoppers were told that they would have to undergo a full body scan in order to enter a candy store shockingly illustrates how a majority of Americans will willingly submit to draconian invasions of their privacy with barely a thought for the consequences.

The prank, which took place in San Luis Obispo, California, utilized a real mobile body scanner as well as a model who acted as a plant by being scanned repeatedly. A man wi
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NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say posted 10/31/2013, 12:16 AM (Washington Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.... (more)


US 'spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave' posted 10/31/2013, 12:16 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
NSA spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI ... (more)


California Cop tickets woman for driving with Google Glass posted 10/31/2013, 12:16 AM (PH Android)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We’ve seen private establishments like bars ban glass. We’ve seen social backlash about Google Glass being for being “Glassholes” (the term is lamer than the tech). But one place Google Glass hasn’t been banned yet, although it’s in the works: your car.

Not anymore. Glass Explorer +Cecilia Abade was just issued a ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass.
... (more)


Tuesday October 29th, 2013

Federal Prosecutors, in a Policy Shift, Cite Warrantless Wiretaps as Evidence posted 10/29/2013, 12:05 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department for the first time has notified a criminal defendant that evidence being used against him came from a warrantless wiretap, a move that is expected to set up a Supreme Court test of whether such eavesdropping is constitutional.... (more)


RIAA Rogue Site Report Reveals Major Site Blocking in 48 Hours posted 10/29/2013, 12:02 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The RIAA’s brand new “notorious sites” submission to the United States Trade Representative reveals that in two days time some of the world’s largest file-sharing sites will become blocked by Internet service providers in the UK. On October 30, meta-search engine Torrentz.eu, torrent indexes ExtraTorrent and BitSnoop, and cyberlocker search site FilesTube will all be blocked at the ISP level.... (more)


Monday October 28th, 2013

Ten Steps You Can Take Right Now Against Internet Surveillance posted 10/28/2013, 12:04 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of the trends we've seen is how, as the word of the NSA's spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. But where to start?

The bad news is: if you're being personally targeted by a powerful intelligence agency like the NSA, it's very, very difficult to defend yourself. The good news, if you can call it that, is that much of what the NSA is doing is mass surveillance on everybody. With a few small
... (more)


NSA chief says government must stop media posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed.... (more)


A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Los Angeles Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The devices would track every mile you drive —possibly including your location — and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill.... (more)
This could also be used to automatically ticket you for exceeding the speed limit. - Chris


Comcast, Verizon and Co. Want to Stop Mass Piracy Lawsuits posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner and Cox are hoping to protect their customers from the unfair practices of various copyright trolls. The ISPs are appealing a district court decision ordering them to reveal the identities of 1,058 subscribers accused of pirating movies, with the goal of ending these mass BitTorrent piracy lawsuits. The providers point out that they are merely a cheap way for copyright holders to extract money from subscribers through settlements, with minimal oversight. ... (more)


Thursday October 24th, 2013

Infamous Viral 'Goblin Toppler' Video Taken Down In Copyright Claim posted 10/24/2013, 1:17 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
"...He's using copyright claims to take down as many copies of the video as he can, apparently not understanding how fair use -- especially for news reporting works. While he did film it, and likely does have the copyright, taking down the video and arguing it's a copyright violation is pretty damn questionable."... (more)


OK, I defended these morons' right to be morons, but this is absolutely indefensible! - Chris


Texas Judge Forced To Resign After Being Caught Texting Instructions To Assistant DA During Trial posted 10/24/2013, 1:06 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Oh, the hilarity that is the phrase "criminal justice system." Talk to any defense attorney and they'll tell you how the deck is stacked against defendants and defense lawyers. The ideal of "innocent until proven guilty" has become little more than a disclaimer tacked onto cop-centered reality shows. Defendants are guilty until the jury is somehow tricked by the defense into handing down a "not guilty" verdict. A lot of effort goes towards dissuading defendants from even making it this far, as ... (more)


Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

Police mail targeted letters without any evidence of wrongdoing posted 10/23/2013, 10:58 AM (Digital Journal)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
From Oakland, California to Sanford, Florida law enforcement agencies are beginning to mail letters to those suspected of looking for prostitutes without any evidence that they have ever committed a crime.... (more)


YouTube MP3 Converter Loses Court Battle But The Music Plays On posted 10/23/2013, 10:58 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of the world’s largest sites dedicated to converting YouTube videos to downloadable MP3s has lost a court battle with representatives from the music industry. YouTube-MP3, a site that was also threatened by Google in 2012, agreed to cease and desist from its current mode of operation after it was revealed it was not only ripping music from YouTube, but also archiving the MP3s for future download. Despite the loss, the site remains online – legally.... (more)


Tuesday October 22nd, 2013

Another US 'Secure' Service Shuts Down: CryptoSeal VPN Goes Dark To Protect Against US Surveillance posted 10/22/2013, 1:03 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The full details here aren't clear, but it looks like another "secure" service based in the US has felt the need to shut down over fears about US surveillance efforts compromising actual security. VPN provider CryptoSeal has announced that it's shuttered the service.... (more)


FDA considers latest prohibition boondoggle: banning menthol cigarettes posted 10/22/2013, 1:02 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
MentholCigarettesWhen something is “bad” for us, is it a legitimate role of government to ban it? And if so, what are the implications of such a ban? These are the fundamental questions that need to be asking as we approach the issue of the FDA pushing to ban menthol cigarettes.... (more)


New Google technology ‘uProxy’ to provide uncensored Internet for global activists posted 10/22/2013, 1:02 PM (RT)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Internet privacy advocates and activists suffering under repressive government regimes may now have a new avenue for free expression with uProxy, a tool developed by Google that is expected to bypass censorship and invasive government monitoring.... (more)


Monday October 21st, 2013

Nintendo Shuts Down Recreation Of Original Super Mario Bros. For No Reason Other Than It Can posted 10/21/2013, 10:53 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Thanks again, copyright, for standing in the way of us all having a little harmless fun.... (more)


Game Devs Abuse Copyright to Censor Negative YouTube Review posted 10/21/2013, 10:53 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Millions of gamers around the world rely on the hard work of professional reviewers in order to decide where to spend their hard-earned cash. Of course, opinions can swing both ways but these days it’s apparently possible for companies to censor the ones they don’t like, Over the weekend TotalBiscuit, a top reviewer with more than a million subscribers, was subjected to a bogus copyright complaint from Wild Games Studio which silenced his highly critical review of their game Day One: Garry’s Inc... (more)


IsoHunt Agrees To Shut Down And 'Pay' $110 Million posted 10/21/2013, 10:53 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
That'll show em' to innovate alongside new technology!... (more)


Thursday October 17th, 2013

Two Florida Students Charged In Connection With A Bullied 12-Year-Old's Suicide posted 10/17/2013, 11:12 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Two alleged cyberbullies have been arrested in Florida, but not because as a result of hastily erected cyberbullying laws. Not that Lakeland could have been blamed for rushing some legislation into existence. ... (more)


Increasing Data Collection and Surveillance in the North American Homeland posted 10/17/2013, 11:12 AM (Dana Gabriel)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Some of the corporate interests that are steering the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border integration agenda are not quite satisfied with its progress so far and they would like the implementation process to be accelerated. The bilateral initiative which was launched almost two years ago promotes a shared vision for perimeter security. It seeks to improve information sharing between security agencies. Under the agreement, both countries are moving towards a coordinated entry/exit system and are develo... (more)


Tuesday October 15th, 2013

Facial Recognition Software That Returns Incorrect Results 20% Of The Time Is Good Enough For The FBI posted 10/15/2013, 11:04 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
When deploying technology that has the potential to put actual human beings behind bars, what should be the acceptable margin of error? Most human beings, especially those who haven't committed any crime due to their natural aversion to being housed with actual criminals, would prefer (as if they had a choice) this number to be as close to zero as humanly (and technologically) possible. ... (more)


Monday October 14th, 2013

Meet Donald Miller, "Un-Person" posted 10/14/2013, 7:16 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In the totalitarian lexicon invented by George Orwell, there is no more frightening term than “un-person.” That expression described a living human being of whom the State took no official notice, and who had no rights the government would recognize.

That term has been applied to tens of millions of people – from inmates of the Soviet gulag, to victims of official “disappearances” in Third World dictatorships, to detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Ohio resident Donald Eugene Miller Jr.
... (more)


Forget Glee Club and Football – This High School Has a Death Panel! posted 10/14/2013, 7:12 AM (The Daily Sheeple)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Illinois students are taught to decide who should live and who should die.... (more)


Cops: 15-Year-Old Charged with Kidnapping After Impersonating Deputy and Attempting to Strip Search a Woman posted 10/14/2013, 7:11 AM (Breitbart)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Investigators say a 15-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly impersonating a Kershaw County Sheriff's deputy, entering a woman's home and demanding she strip down.  Sheriff Jim Matthews says the unidentified teen has been charged with impersonating a police officer, kidnapping, and third degree attempted criminal sexual conduct. He is currently in the ... (more)
If only he waited a few years and actually became a deputy, then he could have done the same without consequence!


Hollywood Gets A $500K Grant to Weave Obamacare into TV Storylines posted 10/14/2013, 7:10 AM (Breitbart)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Hey, guess what is coming soon to one of your favorite TV shows? People who know better than you do, are going to sneak pro-ObamaCare messaging into TV plot lines because as one Hollywood bigwig put it - "people learn from TV."... (more)


Minister: Government Will Censor All 160 Russian 'Pirate' Sites posted 10/14/2013, 7:10 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Government of Russia has signaled it is about to take the broadest anti-piracy action seen anywhere on the planet. In response to dealing with the problematic issue of sending notices to take down individual infringing URLs, Russia’s communications minister says the country will order local Internet service providers to completely censor around 160 identified ‘pirate’ sites.... (more)


Friday October 11th, 2013

Silk Road: suspicions grow that server was hacked ahead of arrests posted 10/11/2013, 7:43 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
How do you find a site that's hosted on the Tor system? In theory, you can't - which is why there are questions over how the FBI could image it and take it down last week... (more)


Committee to Protect Journalists issues scathing report on Obama administration posted 10/11/2013, 7:43 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Obama's anti-press measures 'are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration'... (more)


ExtraTorrent Threatens Legal Action Over Police-Ordered Domain Seizure posted 10/11/2013, 7:42 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
This week the Internet found itself part of a new reality in which website domains can be suspended by registrars based on the accusations of a third party and with no due process. One of the sites affected was ExtraTorrent, one of the world’s largest torrent indexes. Its operators now inform TorrentFreak that following the suspension of their .com domain they will take legal action if necessary in order to have it returned.... (more)


Seized Torrent Domains Must Be Released Says Domain Registrar posted 10/11/2013, 7:42 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As the fallout from this week’s seizure of file-sharing domains continues, it’s now been revealed that the registrars involved could now be exposing themselves to disciplinary action by IP address and DNS body ICANN. With the police now confirming to TorrentFreak that the action by the registrars was voluntary and based only on a “potential” breach of terms and conditions, it now appears that affected registrars must allow seized domains to be released.... (more)


'Restore The 4th' Anti-NSA Activists 'Adopt' The Highway Right Outside NSA's New Utah Datacenter posted 10/11/2013, 7:42 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We've written about the "Restore the 4th" activist effort to curtail NSA surveillance and "restore" the 4th Amendment a few times. Apparently, the local Restore the 4th group in Utah came up with a hilarious way to get their point across in that state: they "adopted" the highway that runs right by the NSA's infamous new datacenter in Bluffdale Utah. ... (more)


Thursday October 10th, 2013

Nanny State: Mandatory Helmets For Walking posted 10/10/2013, 8:15 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Should the government enforce the mandatory use of helmets while walking? 14 out of 20 people we asked at the University of Texas supported the draconian measure, emphasizing once again how the majority of the general public will accept almost any nanny state measure no matter how ludicrous.

The petition was entitled "Compelled Helmet Use for Misfortunate Public' (CHUMP), and called for
... (more)


UK Police Orders Registrars to Suspend Domains of Major Torrent Sites posted 10/10/2013, 8:15 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The newly founded Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police has scored its first victories. Several domain names of major torrent sites have been suspended by their registrars following an urgent request from the unit. SumoTorrent and MisterTorrent lost control over their domains and ExtraTorrent had its .com domain suspended. Not all registrars are caving in that easily though, as easyDNS is refusing to comply and sees the requests as abuse of power.... (more)


Wednesday October 9th, 2013

NSA's Massive Utah Datacenter Having Serious Electrical Problems: Has Already Had 10 Fiery Explosions posted 10/09/2013, 4:55 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's no secret that government computing projects tend to be something of a boondoggle for government contractors. There are way too many stories of projects that are massively over-budget while never actually working. It's almost to be expected these days. Still, when it came to the NSA's infamous Utah data center they've been building over the p... (more)


James Clapper Thinks That NSA Employees Will Sell Out Our Nation After A Few Days Without A Paycheck posted 10/09/2013, 4:53 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
With the government shutdown entering its second week, there's been a lot of discussion (and disagreement -- mostly disagreement) as to what constitutes an "essential" service. To many in the intelligence field, that question has already been answered -- anything related to "national security" remains essential.


15 Technologies The Legacy Content Companies Have Sued In The Past 15 Years posted 10/09/2013, 4:52 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Many are familiar with the Sony Betamax case, the landmark Supreme Court decision which nearly 30 years ago ruled that selling videocassette recorders to consumers was not copyright infringement. Not as well known, but equally important, was the case of the Diamond Rio. ... (more)


Silk Road Arrests In Seattle, Britain, Sweden As Crackdown Continues posted 10/09/2013, 4:52 AM (Gawker)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The takedown of the underground drug market Silk Road was apparently just the beginning. Since then, authorities have arrested Silk Road customers and dealers in Seattle, the UK, and Sweden—and promise more to come.... (more)

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