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NSA Intercepting Laptops Bought Online to Install Spy Malware posted 12/29/2013, 11:28 PM (Common Dreams)
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This National Security Agency complex in San Antonio, Texas, located in a former Sony chip factory, is one of the central offices of the intelligence agency's Tailored Access Operations, the NSA's top operative unit. It's something like a squad of plumbers that can be called in when normal access to a target is blocked.

Germany's Der Spiegel is
... (more)

Wednesday December 25th, 2013

RedTube Wins Injunction to Stop Anti-Piracy Lawsuit Threats posted 12/25/2013, 9:21 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Many thousands of Internet users set to be targeted by an adult content copyright troll can today breathe a sigh of relief. Streaming video portal RedTube, the site where targets were said to have viewed unauthorized content, has obtained an injunction to stop the lawfirm involved sending out any more threats. Company vice president Alex Taylor says such invasions of privacy for monetary gain can never be accepted.... (more)
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday December 24th, 2013

US sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into ocean posted 12/24/2013, 8:20 AM (Tampa Bay Times)
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For up to 15 years after World War II, the crew of Albernaz's ship, the USS Calhoun County, dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into the Atlantic Ocean, often without heeding the simplest health precautions, according to Navy documents and Tampa Bay Times interviews with more than 50 former crewmen.... (more)
These are the same people who don't want you to take showers "for the environment."

Monday December 23rd, 2013

N.S.A. Spied on Allies, Aid Groups and Businesses posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (New York Times)
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Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses. ... (more)

White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (New York Times)
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets. ... (more)

NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (NationalJournal)
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Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of President Obama's task force on surveillance, said in an interview on Sunday that a controversial telephone data-collection program conducted by the National Security Agency should be expanded to include emails. He also said the program, far from being unnecessary, could prevent the next 9/11.... (more)

Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (Reuters)
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As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA created and promulgated a flawed formula for generating random numbers to create a "back door" in encryption products, the N
... (more)

Google reveals sharp rise in requests for removal of political content posted 12/23/2013, 5:37 AM (The Guardian)
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“Over the past four years, one worrying trend has remained consistent: governments continue to ask us to remove political content. Judges have asked us to remove information that’s critical of them, police departments want us to take down videos or blogs that shine a light on their conduct, and local institutions like town councils don’t want people to be able to find information about their decision-making processes,” Susan Infantino, legal director, said in a blogpost.... (more)

Friday December 20th, 2013

Government Using NSA to Change Amount in Bank Accounts, Warns Panel posted 12/20/2013, 8:22 AM (Infowars)
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A White House review panel report into the activities of the NSA suggested that the government was using the spy agency to launch cyber attacks against financial institutions and change the amounts held in bank accounts.

The 300 page report prepared for President Barack Obama by the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology called for the NSA to be stripped of its power to obtain bulk collections of telephone records.
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TSA Launches 'Fun' Website For Kids posted 12/20/2013, 8:22 AM (Infowars)
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The TSA has launched a new “fun” website for kids in order to “help all passengers understand what to expect when going through airport security.”

The extent of the “fun” is an animated YouTube video which depicts TSA agents as polite, cuddly dog cartoon characters, a word search, and a print out of a TSA badge which can be colored in.

The mother and father charac
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Red Light Cameras On The Decline, As Everyone Realizes They Don't Make Roads Safer, They Just Make Money posted 12/20/2013, 8:22 AM (Techdirt)
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For many years we've written about the problems of red light cameras. Installed over the past few years in many cities, the public statements supporting them were always about increased safety on our roads. However, as we've noted, plenty of studies showed that the cameras actually tended to increase accidents, showed little to no safety benefit, and were almost always driven by monetary incentives. ... (more)

Thursday December 19th, 2013

Texas Court Rules Warrants Can be Obtained on 'Predictions of Future Crimes' posted 12/19/2013, 10:12 AM (Infowars)
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A ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last week opens the door for Texas law enforcement to obtain search warrants "based on predictions of the commission of future crimes," an appeals judge has stated.

The ruling came in the 2010 case of a man who police allege was "fixing to" cook methamphetamine.

Parker County police had been staking out suspect Michael Fred Wehren’s house for over a month.

When an informant tipped them off that Wehren an
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Ohio Bill Would Require Background Check, Social Services Investigation to Homeschool posted 12/19/2013, 10:12 AM (Infowars)
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In a coordinated attack on families, a Democratic state senator in Ohio introduced a bill this month that requires parents to submit to a social services investigation, including background checks, before being “permitted” to homeschool their own children.

Introduced by Sen. Capri Cafarao, Senate Bill 248 effectively requires homeschooling parents to be licensed by the state through an application process which includes an investigation, background checks and in-person interviews
... (more)

Appeals Court Upholds Life Prison Sentence For Iraqi 'Terrorist' Caught In One Of The FBI's Own Terrorist Plots posted 12/19/2013, 10:12 AM (Techdirt)
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"...the FBI's "anti-terrorism" strategy appears to be setting up its own fake terrorist plots, convincing gullible young men to "join", and then arresting them for participating in a terrorist plot where there was no chance of any actual terrorism happening..."... (more)

Why Did Reddit Mods Ban Climate Change Deniers From Commenting In Their Science Forums? posted 12/19/2013, 10:11 AM (IBTimes)
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The latest to be banished from the Reddit realm are not an organization, but a certain type of commenter. The online magazine Grist reports that Reddit will no longer accept comments to science forums, including the most notable,, from people who deny climate change.... (more)

Wednesday December 18th, 2013

Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama posted 12/18/2013, 7:25 AM (The Guardian)
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In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.... (more)
That's an insult to the Stasi, they weren't nearly as radical.

Snowden: 'I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice' posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (Common Dreams)
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A day after a ruling by a federal judge was seen to vindicate the whistleblowing of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor published "an open letter" to the people of Brazil offering to help the government there with its investigation into U.S. spying in the country.... (more)

Snowden wore anti-NSA hoodie to work, kept copy of constitution on desk to cite during arguments, says coworker posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (The Verge)
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...While it wasn't until spring this year that Snowden's leaked NSA documents came out, he reportedly voiced his concerns over the agency's activities before then — albeit much more quietly. Forbes reports that Snowden used to wear a sweatshirt to work that satirized the agency's activities: sold by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the sweatshirt's back depicted a parody NSA logo that replaced the American shield with an AT&T data box that had wires spilling out of it and into the talons of a... (more)

Wall Street Journal Calls Snowden A Sociopath; Argues For Even Less NSA Oversight posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (Techdirt)
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It's no surprise that the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal would be apologists for the surveillance state, but even they have reached new depths in discussing the recommendations to President Obama from his NSA review panel/task force.... (more)

NSA Official Says First Amendment Should Be "Reformed" posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (Infowars)
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An unnamed official with the NSA told a reporter during a recent media “open day” that President Obama should crack down on the free press, and that the First Amendment should be reformed.... (more)

Customs Asked to Leak Kim Dotcom Secrets to FBI for "Brownie Points" posted 12/18/2013, 7:22 AM (TorrentFreak)
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The ongoing case against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload continues to reveal unusual levels of surveillance. This week an email released after a freedom of information request reveals that a customs official offered “brownie points” for leaking sensitive information about Kim Dotcom to the FBI. The scandal follows on from last week’s news that Dotcom is still being spied on.... (more)

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's assertions that its bulk surveillance program, which col
... (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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
“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
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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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
( - 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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
"...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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
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)

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