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Thursday June 25th, 2015
Authorities Can't Find Anything To Charge Alleged 'Extremist' With But Still Insist On 24-Hour Monitoring, Computer Restrictions posted 06/25/2015, 3:52 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Canada's civil liberties-trampling anti-terrorism law (C-51) only recently passed, but authorities have been nothing if not proactive in combating the threat posed by radicalized citizens. Co-... (more)

ICANN's War On Whois Privacy posted 06/25/2015, 3:51 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
If you follow internet governance issues at all, you know that ICANN is a total freaking mess. It's a dysfunctional organization that has always been dysfunctional, but remains in charge because of the lack of any reasonable alternatives. ICANN frequently seems to be driven by powerful interests that are just focused on squeezing as much money as possible out of the domain system, and appears to have little appetite for being what it should be: an independent body protecting the core of t... (more)

NSA Spied On French Presidents: WikiLeaks posted 06/25/2015, 3:50 AM (Reuters)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.... (more)

Tech Company Finds Stolen Government Log-Ins All Over Web posted 06/25/2015, 3:50 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A CIA-backed technology company has found logins and passwords for 47 government agencies strewn across the Web - available for hackers, spies and thieves.... (more)
These are the same people who clamor for more power in the name of "cyber security."

Wednesday June 24th, 2015

Australia Passes Its Own SOPA, Ignores All Concerns About It posted 06/24/2015, 12:28 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As was widely expected after getting the greenlight to move forward with the bill, the Australian palirament has now approved its version of SOPA, allowing courts to issue censorship orders to block entire foreign websites outright, with no real recourse... (more)

California Professors Instructed Not to Say 'America is the Land of Opportunity' posted 06/24/2015, 12:27 AM (The College Fix)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
That’s one of several phrases deemed a ‘microaggression’ at faculty leader training sessions initiated by University of California President Janet Napolitano.

“America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are among a long list of alleged microaggressions faculty leaders of the University of California system have been instructed not to say.

These so-called microaggressions
... (more)

Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks posted 06/24/2015, 12:27 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligenc
... (more)

LA School District Wants to Destroy the World’s Greatest Teacher Over Harmless Joke posted 06/24/2015, 12:27 AM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Why was Rafe Esquith--a celebrated Los Angeles teacher with numerous achievements--suspended from class and forced to cancel his annual Shakespeare production? I previously reported that his alleged infraction was reading a colorful passage from Mark Twain, but according to new details in this Washington Post story, it's actually a harmless, wholly inoffensive joke that got him in trouble.

... (more)

Monday June 22nd, 2015

Confirmed: DOJ Obtained Gag Order To Keep Reason From Informing Affected Commenters Or Discussing Subpoena posted 06/22/2015, 5:03 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A DOJ subpoena leaked to Ken "Popehat" White showed the government was more than willing to stomp all over free speech to "protect" unthreatened federal ... (more)

Friday June 19th, 2015

Evidence Suggests DOJ Got A Gag Order Silencing Reason Over Its Bogus Subpoena posted 06/19/2015, 4:47 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A week and a half ago, we wrote about a story from Ken "Popehat" White revealing a highly questionable subpoena from the DOJ sent to the Libertarian website, concerning some silly comments made by users there. The comments were talking about killing the judge who was presiding over the Ross Ulbricht/Silk Road trial, but were th... (more)

Thursday June 18th, 2015

Australian Lawmakers Rush Through Copyright Censorship Bill That Won't Work, And Will Do Harm posted 06/18/2015, 4:29 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Scarcely a week after the release of a legislative committee report on Australia's copyright censorship bill, the bill is gathering speed on its roll through Parliament. Although reports that the law has already passed are premature-... (more)

Tuesday June 16th, 2015

News Corp. Sends DMCA Notice Over Glenn Greenwald Trashing The Sunday Times' Ridiculous Snowden Story posted 06/16/2015, 2:21 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We already wrote this morning about the ridiculous claims by The Sunday Times that Snowden's documents had been either given to the Russians and Chinese or that they had cracked the encryption to get them -- and that, because of this, the UK had to move intelligence "agents" out of Moscow for their safety. We pointed to numerous problems with the ar... (more)

Monday June 15th, 2015

Virginia Teenager Charged With Providing 'Material Support' For ISIS Through Tweets, Blog Posts About Privacy And Bitcoin posted 06/15/2015, 1:16 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Wherein the Justice Department declares instructions on how to use Bitcoin to be "material support for terrorism."
Ali Shukri Amin, 17, admitted Thursday that he was behind the the now-suspended Twitter account @Amreekiwitness, which at one point had over 4,000 followers. Through it, according to a Department of Justice statement on Amin, he provided instructions on how to use the ... (more)

Friday June 12th, 2015

Australian States Consider Internet Ban For "Potential Jihadists" posted 06/12/2015, 11:59 AM (
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Police in two Australian states are considering a radical move to combat terrorism online: identifying "potential jihadists" and subjecting them to stringent measures that include restricting their movements, establishing curfews, and banning them from using the Internet entirely.

The measures, proposed by Victoria Police, are a troubling and deeply flawed attempt at addressing the problem of radicalization. Under the proposal, counterterrorism officers would be able to apply
... (more)

Thursday June 11th, 2015

Man Receives Sex Act While Blacked Out, Gets Accused Of Sexual Assault posted 06/11/2015, 11:38 AM (Washington Examiner)
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An Amherst College student blacked out, accompanied a fellow student back to her dorm room after drinking in February 2012. While he was blacked out, she performed oral sex on him.

Nearly two years later, she would accuse him of sexual assault. And under Amherst's guilty-until-proven-innocent (and even then, as we'll see, still guilty) hearing standards, the accused student was expelled.

The accused student — using the pseudonym John Doe — is suing the university fo
... (more)

Aussie 'Pirate' Site-Blocking Bill Given the Green Light posted 06/11/2015, 11:38 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Australian parliamentary committee investigating the government's 'pirate' site-blocking Bill has given the legislation the green light. In a report published this morning the committee recommends that following several amendments the Bill should be passed. As a result, sites such as The Pirate Bay will soon by off-limits to Aussie subscribers.... (more)

Tuesday June 9th, 2015

Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters on a Silk Road Post at posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (Popehat)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The United States Department of Justice is using federal grand jury subpoenas to identify anonymous commenters engaged in typical internet bluster and hyperbole in connection with the Silk Road prosecution. DOJ is targeting, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery.... (more)

Scott A. Horstemeyer Abandons Defamation Case Against EFF posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (
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Earlier this week, we announced that an Atlanta-based patent attorney, Scott A. Horstemeyer, had sued EFF for defamation. Horstemeyer alleged that he was defamed by the April Stupid Patent of the Month blog post. We explained that there were no false facts in the post to retract or correct, and the opinions we expressed are founded on the undisputed facts and... (more)

Monday June 8th, 2015

You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History posted 06/08/2015, 7:51 AM (The Nation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Khairullozhon Matanov is a 24-year-old former cab driver from Quincy, Massachusetts. The night of the Boston Marathon bombings, he ate dinner with Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev at a kebob restaurant in Somerville. Four days later Matanov saw photographs of his friends listed as suspects in the bombings on the CNN and FBI websites. Later that day he went to the local police. He told them that he knew the Tsarnaev brothers and that they’d had dinner together that week, but he lied about whose ide... (more)

It Begins! Montana Man Being Prosecuted for 'Hate Speech' and Holocaust Denial posted 06/08/2015, 7:50 AM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Via Volokh Conspiracy, a disturbing criminal case out of Montana, where Flathead County resident David Lenio, 28, is being prosecuted for making disparaging remarks about Jews on Twitter and denying that the Holocaust happened. ... (more)

Friday June 5th, 2015

New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying posted 06/05/2015, 8:17 AM (ProPublica)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents.

In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abr
... (more)

Americans Think 'USA Freedom Act' Gives Them Freedom posted 06/05/2015, 8:14 AM (RT)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

For In The NOW with Anissa Naouai, The Resident hits Times Square to ask people whether or not they know about The Patriot Act turning into the USA Freedom Act and what the ramifications might be. Most haven't heard of the acts, but none of them trust the government anyway.

Thursday June 4th, 2015

Secret Aerial FBI Program Uncovered By 23-Year-Old Journalist posted 06/04/2015, 5:35 AM (CBS Minneapolis)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The FBI has admitted to flying secret surveillance flights over American cities in recent weeks.

And records show that includes the Twin Cities.

Screen grabs from the flight-tracking website show a small Cessna circled the Mall of America, Southdale Center in Edina, and downtown Minneapolis less than two weeks ago.

The story was first reported by Sam Richards who put out information under the twitter handle @Minn
... (more)

Google Takes MPAA to Court Over Secret Censorship Plans posted 06/04/2015, 5:33 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Hoping to find out more about the secret Internet censorship plans Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood was pushing, Google is now taking the MPAA to court. After several subpoenas remained largely unanswered, the search giant is now asking a New York federal court to ensure that the MPAA other parties hand over the requested information.... (more)

Kim Dotcom Thwarts Huge U.S. Government Asset Grab posted 06/04/2015, 5:33 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Kim Dotcom has booked a significant victory in his battle against U.S. efforts to seize assets worth millions of dollars. In a decision handed down this morning, Justice Ellis granted Dotcom interim relief from having a $67m forfeiture ordered recognized in New Zealand. Dotcom informs TF that the victory gives his legal team new momentum.... (more)

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

Maoist Shaming Tactics Spread from Shanghai to Santa Monica and Silicon Valley posted 06/03/2015, 5:58 AM (Cato @ Liberty)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Ariana Eunjung Cha reports on the newest target of public shaming in China:
Long before the Internet was invented, China’s Communist Party was already skilled in the art of public shaming.

Dissidents have been known to disappear and then reappear after having published essays of self-criticism. On state-run tele
... (more)

EFF Sued for Defamation by Patent Lawyer Behind April's Stupid Patent of the Month, Scott Horstemeyer posted 06/03/2015, 5:55 AM (
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On May 26, 2015, Atlanta-based attorney Scott A. Horstemeyer sued the Electronic Frontier Foundation alleging that he was defamed by the April Stupid Patent of the Month blog post. Horstemeyer has demanded that EFF remove the post and publish an editorial repudiating it. EFF has declined this request and stands by the opinions expressed in the post. ... (more)

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

FBI Spying On Americans With 'Small Air Force' Of Low-Flying Planes: AP Report posted 06/02/2015, 10:28 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology - all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI sai
... (more)

US Government Making Another Attempt To Regulate Code Like It Regulates International Weapons Sales posted 06/02/2015, 5:16 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
When code is treated like weapons, bad things happen. Governing bodies have previously treated encryption as weaponry, ensuring that only the powerful will have access to strong encryption while the general public must make do with weaker or compromised variants.

More recently, the US government went after the creator of a 3D-pri
... (more)

Florida Appeal Court Punts On Reliability Of Camera Evidence posted 06/02/2015, 5:13 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The second highest court in Florida decided last Friday that it would not decide whether red light camera evidence was good enough to be used in a court of law. The problem, a three-judge panel reasoned, is that the state's red light camera statute is so ambiguous that reasonable people could read the law and come to opposite conclusions as to its meaning.... (more)

LA Gap in Surveillance, but Ways Around It posted 06/02/2015, 5:13 AM (New York Times)
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A few hours before the Senate convened on Sunday, John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, warned on the CBS program “Face the Nation” that if lawmakers let those laws lapse, the F.B.I. would “not have the ability then to track these various elements that we are looking at who are trying to carry out attacks here in the homeland.”

But interviews with law enforcement and intelligence officials about what they will do in the interim suggest there are multiple workarounds to the gap.... (more)

Police Shut Down Yet More 'Pirate' Sites in Ongoing Sweep posted 06/02/2015, 5:13 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Police say they have smashed "a criminal group" involved with the unauthorized distribution of video online. Three men in their twenties and thirties have been arrested by Polish police and up to three sites are reported down. The action follows the shutdown of several 'pirate' sites in Poland last month and the arrest of a millionaire businessman.... (more)

Monday June 1st, 2015

NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Expires After Senate Fails to Reach Deal posted 06/01/2015, 6:24 AM (ABC News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The NSA's domestic surveillance program expired at midnight after the Senate failed to reach a deal to pass legislation Sunday evening.

The expiration came after the Senate convened for a rare Sunday session to deal with the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.

Before adjourning without reaching a deal, the Senate made some progress, clearing a key procedural hurdle on the USA Freedom Act, but due to procedural objections by Sen. Rand Paul, the Senate was unable
... (more)

Sunday May 31st, 2015

Russian Court Orders VPN, TOR & Proxy Advice Site to be Blocked posted 05/31/2015, 8:32 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In the wake of a UN report urging the protection of encryption and anonymity, a website run by a human rights organization that monitors web-censorship and pirate site blockades in Russia has been ordered to be blocked. The portal, which offers advice on how to use tools such as VPNs, TOR and Pirate Browser, has been declared illegal by a court.... (more)

Friday May 29th, 2015

California Adult Film Regulations Mandate 'Protective Eye Gear,' Vaccines posted 05/29/2015, 5:42 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
From the filthy minds of government bureaucrats:
After five years of public hearings and heated debates, a proposed set of safety standards for all California porn production sets is edging closer to being finalized, but adult film performers say if passed, the new regulations would make sex scenes look like medical dramas.

The 21-pag
... (more)

Tennessee And Texas: Traffic Camera Industry Blocks Automated Ticketing Reform posted 05/29/2015, 5:40 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Tennessee limits new cities from installing new speed cameras. Texas Senate passes measure to limit new red light cameras.... (more)

Tuesday May 26th, 2015

North Carolina: Audit Finds Flaws In One Out Of Five Speeding Tickets posted 05/26/2015, 6:21 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Nearly one out of five speeding tickets issued by police in Asheville, North Carolina between 2011 and 2014 were invalid. After being questioned by WLOS-TV and the district attorney's ofice, the Asheville Police Department hired a firm to conduct an independent audit of the citations. The results, released earlier this month, found discrepancies that rendered the evidence inadmissible.... (more)

Monday May 25th, 2015

County Sheriff Has Used Stingray Over 300 Times With No Warrant posted 05/25/2015, 5:28 PM (Ars Technica)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The sheriff in San Bernardino County—east of Los Angeles County—has deployed a stingray hundreds of times without a warrant, and under questionable judicial authority.... (more)

Muslims Who Stop Shopping at Marks & Spencer Could be Radicals, Warns Top Cop posted 05/25/2015, 5:28 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Muslims who suddenly stop shopping at Marks & Spencer could be victims of radicalisation, Britain’s most senior Muslim policeman has warned.

Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said that teenagers who unexpectedly stop drinking, socialising with friends or wearing western clothes could also be becoming extremists.

Mr Chishty said the danger of radicalisation in Britain today is so steep that he fears even his own children could be influenced by propaganda from terr
... (more)

Rightscorp Offered Internet Provider a Cut of Piracy Settlements posted 05/25/2015, 5:28 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Rightscorp, the piracy monetization company that works with Warner Bros. and other prominent copyright holders, goes to great lengths to reach allegedly pirating subscribers. The company offered Cox Communications a cut of the piracy settlements if they agreed to forward their notices, the ISP revealed in court.... (more)

Thursday May 21st, 2015

Man Helps Boy Retrieve Ball. Don't Worry, The Police Are Investigating posted 05/21/2015, 6:05 PM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Alexandria, Virginia: In a world gone crazy with mandemonium (pandemonium sparked by seeing a man near a child), this all points bulletin may be a new low. Notice that while “at no time did the unknown man attempt to leave the area with the child,” the police nonetheless give a detailed description of the suspect… er… Good Samaritan… er… suspect. And they are looking for leads.... (more)

New Leak Shows NSA's Plans To Hijack App Store Traffic To Implant Malware And Spyware posted 05/21/2015, 3:29 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Proving there's nowhere spy agencies won't go to achieve their aims, a new Snowden leak published jointly by The Intercept and Canada's CBC News shows the NSA, GCHQ and other Five Eyes allies looking for ways to insert themselves between Google's app store and end users' phones.
The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hij... (more)

Minnesota: Land Of 30,000 Cameras posted 05/21/2015, 3:29 PM (Cop Block)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
State and local government agencies in Minnesota have installed over 30,000 surveillance cameras in cities across the state, capable of networking and interacting with each other.

Dubbed the “ring of protection,” at least 25 metro area municipalities and t
... (more)

Pirate Domain Seizures Are Easy in the United States posted 05/21/2015, 3:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's taken more than two years for Swedish authorities to seize two key Pirate Bay domains but over in the United States the process is dramatically quicker. A TV company has just achieved similar aims against 11 'pirate' streaming domains after being granted a comprehensive ex parte restraining order by a Florida court.... (more)

Google Fiber Sends Automated Piracy 'Fines' to Subscribers posted 05/21/2015, 3:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Google Fiber is forwarding copyright infringement notices to its subscribers including controversial and automated piracy fines. Through these notices, rightsholders demand settlements of up to hundreds of dollars. Google's decision to forward these emails is surprising, as the company generally has a good track record of protecting consumer interests.... (more)

Tuesday May 19th, 2015

NSA Transfers Spy Gadgets to Local Police Departments posted 05/19/2015, 2:45 PM (AllGov)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For those of a certain generation, one of the best childhood memories is the day the Sears Christmas catalog arrived in the mail. Kids eagerly grabbed the book, which was at least an inch thick, and started their holiday gift lists.

Now local law enforcement agencies can experience that same sense of anticipation and unbridled joy as they choose which spy equipment they want from Uncle Sam’s Big Technology Wish Book, or as it’s officially known, the National Security Agency 2014
... (more)

Key Pirate Bay Domains Must Be Seized, Court Rules posted 05/19/2015, 2:44 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a decision handed down minutes ago the Stockholm District Court has ordered two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay to be seized. While the ruling means that the site will lose its famous domain, don't expect the site to simply disappear. TPB informs TorrentFreak that they have plenty more domains left in store.... (more)

Monday May 18th, 2015

Secret Files Reveal Police Feared That Trekkies Could Turn On Society posted 05/18/2015, 2:22 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For years Star Trek fans – known as Trekkies – have been the butt of jokes about their penchant for wearing pointy ears and attending science fiction conventions.

But the police feared British fans of the cult American show might boldly go a little too far one day.

It has emerged that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek, The X-Files, and other US sci fi shows amid fears that British fans would go mad and kill themselves, turn against society or start a
... (more)

Thursday May 14th, 2015

Welcome, High School Freshman! Pee in This Cup! posted 05/14/2015, 2:27 PM (The Beacon)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
High school is rough for a lot of kids. As the captain of my high school's academic team (we took tests competitively and competed weekly with other students in academic competitions--yes, this is real thing), you can imagine I wasn't on the ballot for "Ms. Popular." Others undoubtedly experience worse. Between parents, puberty, and prom, it's a wonder we don't leave our high school years with PTSD in addition to our diplomas.

During a recent visit to my parents, I heard a news re
... (more)

Friday May 8th, 2015

The FBI's Stingray Secrecy May Be Aimed At Preventing Law Enforcement From Overusing A Key 'Exploit' posted 05/08/2015, 7:31 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
An interesting angle on the FBI's Stingray secrecy has emerged from -- of all places -- a Princeton gathering of cryptographers that included Edward Snowden via his "Snobot."

Generally speaking, the FBI is a very secretive agency, as can be readily gleaned from its tendency to answer FOIA requests with page
... (more)

Thursday May 7th, 2015

Huge Win: Appeals Court Says NSA's Bulk Phone Records Collection Not Actually Authorized By PATRIOT Act posted 05/07/2015, 11:48 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Whoa. In a huge ruling, the Second Circuit appeals court has ruled that the NSA's bulk phone records collection is not authorized by the PATRIOT Act. In other words, for all the debate about the renewal of Section 215 this month, which the government insists enables such bulk collection, this appeals court says "nope." The ruling is important on a number of different points, even th... (more)

Town Installs License Plate Scanning Cameras in Cactuses posted 05/07/2015, 11:48 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The town of Paradise Valley in Arizona has installed license plate scanning cameras in fake cactuses with no public consultation whatsoever, just days after the DHS announced its intention to revive a nationwide version of the program.

Residents were alarmed to see the cactus cameras popping up throughout the town over the last few days with no indication of what they were being used for as city officials refused to explain their purpose until all the cameras were installed.
... (more)

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit From Redditor Who Found An FBI Tracking Device On His Car posted 05/07/2015, 11:48 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Back in 2010, Redditor Yasir Afifi found an unusual device on his car while taking it in for an oil change.

Other Redditors surmised it was some sort of tracking device -- something that was confirmed a few days later w
... (more)

Encryption: What The FBI Wants It Can Only Have By Destroying Computing And Censoring The Internet posted 05/07/2015, 7:44 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI -- and by extension, every law enforcement agency it partners with -- wants holes carved in cellphone encryption. The problem is that it doesn't even know what specifically it wants.
When asked directly if the FBI wants a backdoor, [Amy] Hess [Asst. Director of FBI's Science & Technology branch] d... (more)

Missouri House To Allow Voters To Decide On Traffic Cams posted 05/07/2015, 7:41 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Voters in Missouri would decide at the ballot box whether red light cameras should be banned under a bill that passed the state House.... (more)

Wednesday May 6th, 2015

Despite Civil Liberties Uproar, Canada Set to Ram Through Mass Surveillance Bill posted 05/06/2015, 6:34 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday is poised to pass Bill C-51, a so-called "anti-terror" law, despite widespread outcry from civil liberties advocates who say the legislation would allow law enforcement to spy on civilians and violate Canadians' constitutional rights with little or no accountability.

The bill, introduced by the Conservative Party and backed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, would give up to 17 government agencies access to Canadian citizens' private informa
... (more)

One of the Biggest Privacy Wins in Recent Memory Has Been Reversed posted 05/06/2015, 6:34 AM (VICE)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Cops no longer need a warrant when seeking cellphone records from wireless carriers in the US a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday—reversing its own decision from last year.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that citizens have no expectation of privacy when it comes to records held by a third party, such as a cellphone company.
... (more)

Gaming Agents Infiltrated Bitcoin Poker Site To Bring Criminal Case posted 05/06/2015, 6:33 AM (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A special agent with the Nevada Gaming Control Board infiltrated a Bitcoin-fueled poker website to help launch what authorities on Tuesday said was the first state-level criminal prosecution of illegal online poker.

“The industry must be licensed and controlled,” Attorney General Adam Laxalt said at a news conference, while flanked by A.G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, and Tony Alamo, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

An arrest
... (more)

Monday May 4th, 2015

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

In 1996, a young woman named Angie Dodge was murdered in her apartment in a small town in Idaho. Although the police collected DNA from semen left at the crime
... (more)

Saturday May 2nd, 2015

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

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Cocaine Production Plummets After DEA Kicked Out of Bolivia - 08/28FDA Says Tobacco Manufacturers Can No Longer Call Additive-Free & Natural Cigarettes Additive-Free & Natural - 08/29This Cop Killed 6 People & Retired, Now He Trains Cops By Shocking Them When They Hesitate to Shoot - 08/29Austrian Economics Is Now Equivalent To Terrorism Thanks To Latest Islamic State "Gold Standard" Propaganda Clip - 08/31SWAT Team Raids Home, Kills Man Over $2 Worth of Pot -- Informant Exposes Police Cover-Up - 08/31TSA Agent Forced College Student into Bathroom for 'Security Search' and Sexually Assaulted Her - 08/29Guns, Drugs, and Booze: Why Both Political Parties Love Prohibition - 08/31Oakland Cop Spits On Man Filming Him, Claims It Is Not Assault (It Is) - 08/31

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