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Thursday March 5th, 2015
Florida City Wages Soviet-Style Crackdown On Churches posted 03/05/2015, 9:10 PM (Fox News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.... (more)


Wednesday March 4th, 2015

Florida Legislators Introduce Bill That Would Strip Certain Site Owners Of Their Anonymity posted 03/04/2015, 8:36 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A few Florida legislators are looking to do some serious damage to both free speech and the internet.
This week, the Florida state legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to run any website or service anonymously, if the site fits a vague category of “disseminat[ing]” “... (more)




U.S. Govt Files For Default Judgment on Dotcom's Cash and Cars posted 03/04/2015, 8:34 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
After a U.S. court ruled that Kim Dotcom is not entitled to contest the forfeiture of his assets because he is a "fugitive" facing extradition, the government has just tightened the noose. In a filing before the same court yesterday, the U.S. requested a default judgment to seize the assets of Dotcom, his co-defendants, and their Megaupload empire.... (more)


Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

8th Grader Suspended for Informing Classmates of Standardized Test 'Opt-Out' posted 03/03/2015, 9:58 PM (Fox News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A New Mexico eighth-grader said on "Fox and Friends" she was suspended from school for letting her classmates know that they could opt out of the state's new online standardized test.

12-year-old Adelina Silva printed out the forms from her own school's website and was rewarded with a trip to the principal's office.
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Monday March 2nd, 2015

'Officer Awareness' Memo: Police Accountability Recording App Could Lead To Dangerous 'Flash Mobs' posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Your law enforcement panic of the day: an app that automatically uploads recorded footage and forwards it to the ACLU.

New Jersey's ACLU branch put together "Police Tape" back in 2012, an app which allowed anyone to record cops with a press of a button. The app then hid itself while the recording continued. If the recording was interrupted, the app would automatically s
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Are Your Devices Hardwired For Betrayal? posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's an interesting time to be a computer security researcher. Last week, Kaspersky Lab released a report about a new family of malware from an entity they called "The Equation Group". The report demonstrated for the first time that firmware-based attacks, previously only demonstrated in lab settings, have been used in the wild by malware authors. This should serve... (more)


How the NSA's Firmware Hacking Works and Why It's So Unsettling posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (WIRED)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of the most shocking parts of the recently discovered spying network Equation Group is its mysterious module designed to reprogram or reflash a computer hard drive’s firmware with malicious code. The Kaspersky researchers who uncovered this said its ability to subvert hard drive firmware—the guts of any computer—“surpasses anything else” they had ever seen.

The hacking tool, believed to be a product
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US Court Rules That Kim Dotcom Is A 'Fugitive' And Thus DOJ Can Take His Money posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In the long, convoluted and complex legal battles facing Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, there was some bizarre stuff that happened late last year. As you may recall, early on, the US government seized basically all of his stuff and money. Dotcom has made efforts to get some of it returned, as it's tough to fight the most powerful government in the world when it's holding onto all of your money. Keep in mind from our previous discussions on asset seizure and forfeiture, the government can basical... (more)


Missouri Boy Put Into Foster Care After Parents Sought Second Opinion On Medical Diagnosis posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
KANSAS CITY, MO — A sickly eight-year-old boy was taken from his family and foisted into foster care after his parents sought a second medical opinion and recourse for alleged medical malpractice against their son.

This is what happened to Jaxon Adams, now 8, who had suffered chronic illness since his youth. Over the years he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, ADHD, severe food allergies, and eventually, epilepsy. He began having seizures. In June of 2013, his appetite su
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Friday February 27th, 2015

Under U.S. Pressure, PayPal Nukes Mega For Encrypting Files posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... (more)


Friday February 20th, 2015



GCHQ and NSA Collaborate to Steal the Keys to Your Cellphone posted 02/20/2015, 1:55 PM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Anyone interested in privacy and security should think twice about their cell phone dependence right now. That's because today, The Intercept revealed that British spy agency GCHQ led successful efforts to hack into the internal networks of Gemalto, "the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications" made on the world's largest telecommun... (more)


Innocent College Student Subject to Restraining Order for Resembling Alleged Rapist posted 02/20/2015, 1:55 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
An innocent male student was reportedly banned from entering large areas of his liberal-arts school in Oregon after a female classmate accused him of slightly resembling a rapist she encountered months prior in another state.

According to Professor Janey Halley, who detailed the incident in an article for the Harvard Law Review, the unnamed male student was forced to abide by the restraining order despite being found innocent during an extensive school investigation.
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Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone's Power Use posted 02/20/2015, 1:52 PM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal information about your location to every app on your device through a different, unlikely data leak: the phone’s power consumption.... (more)


Thursday February 19th, 2015

Google Joins Civil Liberties Groups To Oppose Expansion of FBI Spy Powers posted 02/19/2015, 1:13 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Internet giant Google and the American Civil Liberties Union are among the various groups who have objected to a rule change by the U.S. Department of Justice that would give the FBI and other agencies sweeping new powers to perform search and seize private data from online users across the nation and the globe.

According to a brief submitted by Richard Salgado, Google's director for law enforcement, against a pending DOJ proposal, the changes to law enforcement's ability to searc
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Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy posted 02/19/2015, 1:12 PM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A year ago, the Department of Justice threatened to put Fidel Salinas in prison for the rest of his life for hacking crimes. But before the federal government brought those charges against him, Salinas now says, it tried a different tactic: recruiting him.... (more)


Wednesday February 18th, 2015

State License Plate Reader Bans Pick Up Steam posted 02/18/2015, 10:56 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For years, police agencies around the country have deployed automated license plate reader cameras (ALPR, also known as ANPR) without seeking public input or approval. Often the federal government picks up the tab for the cameras in the form of homeland security grants that support an effort to centralize a repository of the driving histories of motorists. The scope of the effort has inspired a legislative backlash.

State lawmakers in Florida, India
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Tuesday February 17th, 2015

Russia Reaches The Censorship Endgame: Banning VPNs, Tor And Web Proxies posted 02/17/2015, 10:25 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We have been tracking for some time the increasingly repressive measures that the Russian authorities have brought in to censor and control the Internet. Of course, Techdirt readers know that an easy way to circumvent both censorship and control is to use tools like VPNs and Tor. Unfortunately, the Russian authorities also know this, and are now calling for acti... (more)


Monday February 16th, 2015

Cyber-Security Firm: NSA-Linked Spyware Found in Hard Drives Worldwide posted 02/16/2015, 9:12 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A top technology security firm announced on Monday that they have uncovered evidence that sophisticated spying software, likely linked to the National Security Agency, was implanted in the hard drives of personal computers across the globe.

Researchers with the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab introduced their findings while presenting at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun, Mex
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Friday February 13th, 2015

Law & Order SVU Portrays GamerGaters As ISIS-Style Terrorists posted 02/13/2015, 10:02 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


NBC's Law & Order SVU took on the "GamerGate" controversy by portraying GamerGaters as ISIS-style terrorists who hate and rape women. If you think most government propaganda is overboard, watch and marvel at what the private sector can create.


Go to Prison for Sharing Files? That's What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal posted 02/13/2015, 10:01 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States' excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten th... (more)


'Privacy Critical to Human Freedom': Snowden, Poitras, and Greenwald Talk NSA posted 02/13/2015, 10:01 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
During a unique conversation hosted by the New School and the New York Times on Thursday, the three people most responsible for bringing the story of mass global surveillance programs orchestrated by the U.S. National Security Agency were brought together for the first time since they first met in a Hong Kong hotel in 2013.... (more)


Thursday February 12th, 2015

Court Rules Details of DHS Cellphone Service Kill Switch Can Remain Secret posted 02/12/2015, 9:17 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC has ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s procedure for shutting down cell phone service during a declared emergency can remain secret.

The lawsuit was brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) after the DHS failed to release its criteria for network shutdowns following an incident in 2011 when government officials in S
... (more)


Government Wonders: What's in Your Old Emails? posted 02/12/2015, 9:13 AM (McClatchy DC)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON — If you’ve been remiss in cleaning out your email in-box, here’s some incentive: The federal government can read any emails that are more than six months old without a warrant.

Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure only to electronic communications sent or received fewer than 180 days ago.

The language, known as the “180-day r
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Can't Make This Up: Katy Perry's Lawyers Use Left Shark Photo Taken By Guy They're Threatening In Trademark Application posted 02/12/2015, 9:13 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The story of Katy Perry and the 3D printed Left Shark keeps getting more and more bizarre.... (more)


Tuesday February 10th, 2015

Is Your Child a Terrorist? U.S. Government Questionnaire Rates Families at Risk for Extremism posted 02/10/2015, 7:06 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Are you, your family or your community at risk of turning to violent extremism? That’s the premise behind a rating system devised by the National Counterterrorism Center, according to a document marked For Official Use Only and obtained by The Intercept.

The document–and the rating system–is part of a wider strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, which calls for local community and religious leaders to work together with law enforcement and other government agencies. The White
... (more)


FBI Monitored and Critiqued African American Writers for Decades posted 02/10/2015, 7:06 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Newly declassified documents from the FBI reveal how the US federal agency under J Edgar Hoover monitored the activities of dozens of prominent African American writers for decades, devoting thousands of pages to detailing their activities and critiquing their work.... (more)


Monday February 9th, 2015

Doctor That Said "Don't Vaccinate" Targeted for Investigation posted 02/09/2015, 5:36 AM (The Daily Sheeple)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
"In a very obvious and full-throttle move, the Arizona Medical Board is now investigating the doctor for what he said. At the same time, there are calls from “experts” to have such doctors’ licenses revoked because somehow, they are creating harm."... (more)


Friday February 6th, 2015

Two out of Three Investigative Journalists in US Believe They're Being Spied On posted 02/06/2015, 7:16 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In the wake of the NSA mass surveillance scandal, an overwhelming majority of investigative journalists believe that the U.S. government is spying on them, and large numbers say that this belief impacts the way they go about their reporting, a Pew Research Center poll released Thursday reveals.

The findings are based on a December online survey, conducted in association with Columbia
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DEA Using License-Plate Readers to Take Photos of US Drivers, Documents Reveal posted 02/06/2015, 7:16 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using license-plate reader technology to photograph motorists and passengers in the US as part of an official exercise to build a database on people’s lives.

According to DEA documents published on Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the agency is capturing images of occupants in the front and rear seats of vehicles in a programme that monitors Americans’ travel patterns on a wider scale than previously thought.
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Thursday February 5th, 2015

Silk Road Mastermind Ross Ulbricht Convicted of All 7 Charges posted 02/05/2015, 5:42 AM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A jury has spoken, and the mask is off: Ross Ulbricht has been convicted of being the Dread Pirate Roberts, secret mastermind of the Silk Road online narcotics empire.

On Wednesday, less than a month after his trial began in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, 30-year-old Ulbricht was convicted of all seven crimes he was charged with, including narcotics and money laundering conspiracies and a “kingpin” charge usually reserved for mafia dons and drug cartel leaders. It took the jury o
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Sunday February 1st, 2015

She Fought For Patients' Rights, Then She Was Committed Against Her Will posted 02/01/2015, 8:56 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The morning of the recommitment hearing, Alison Hymes sat in a small waiting area of a Virginia mental hospital in a navy blue sweatsuit, clutching a green composition book to her chest.

She’d scribbled down a list of arguments in favor of releasing her from Western State Hospital in Staunton, Va. They included: “Been here too long” and “Becoming institutionalized.”

“I don’t think they will listen to them,” she said.

Hymes had said similar things at t
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Friday January 30th, 2015

DEA Caught Scheming to Monitor Gun Show Participants Using License Plate Readers posted 01/30/2015, 10:02 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
According to emails recently obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), worked in concert to... (more)


New Regs Say Passengers Cannot Fly Without Biometric ID Card posted 01/30/2015, 10:02 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The ability to travel in the United States is about to become more restrictive as the TSA announces it will soon be enforcing new identification standards in American airports.

Beginning in 2016, passengers attempting to pass through a federal TSA checkpoint will be subject to the requirements of the REAL ID Act. To that end, the TSA will put higher scrutiny on travelers’ identities, and will only accept a federal passport or a “REAL-ID” card, which is issued by the states to mee
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Drug Dealers Swapping Down To Old Cellphones To Stay One Step Ahead In The 'Tech Arms Race' posted 01/30/2015, 10:02 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI, along with seemingly every law enforcement agency in the country, wants a backdoor into every new, encrypted-by-default cellphone, arguing that wit... (more)


Bill To Keep Police Body Cam Video Private Raises Alarm posted 01/30/2015, 10:02 PM (Minnesota Public Radio News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A bill introduced in the Minnesota House on Thursday would keep any videos recorded by police body cameras private, alarming those who say it would hinder efforts to hold police accountable.

Sponsors say the cameras are likely to record embarrassing personal information about people dealing with police at extremely traumatic points in their lives.

But others say if the videos are kept secret it defeats the purpose of the cameras, which is to record how officers inte
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Wednesday January 28th, 2015

Revealed: Canadian Spy Program Illustrates "Giant X-Ray Machine Over All Our Digital Lives" posted 01/28/2015, 6:39 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Newly released documents contained in the archive of materials leaked to journalists by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that Canada's spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, has been operating a covert, mass surveillance program designed to monitor the downloads of millions of Internet users around the world.

Reported jointly by The Intercept and the CBC on Wednesday, the revelations center on a slide presentation detailing a CSE program called LEVI
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Tuesday January 27th, 2015

US Engaged in Massive Car Spying Program posted 01/27/2015, 4:43 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) operates a massive secret government database that tracks the movement of motorists across the country, documents reveal.

The documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through the Freedom of Information Act, cast further light on the scope of government surveillance and raise significant privacy concerns, the organization says.
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France Announces Plans To Hold The Internet Responsible For Terrorism posted 01/27/2015, 4:43 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
And on it goes. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, much of the world rallied around a French magazine's free speech right to publish controversial text and images concerning Islam, a major world religion. Since that solidarity was expressed, France has strategically sought to undermine its own support of free expression through some of the most arcane law enforcement actions concerning speech to date. From arresting comedians, to threats against news organizations, all the way to ... (more)


Je Suis Disappoint: French Court Convicts Idiots For Homophobic Stupidity posted 01/27/2015, 4:43 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We're going to have to repeat this until the point sinks in: advocates of free speech don't get to pick and choose what speech is free based on whether that speech is likable or not. It might seem cruel to continue hammering France in particular on this point, given their most recent experience with Islamic extremists using terror tactics to try to silence protected parody, but the point will be made, cruel or not. The wake of the attacks on a satirical magazine saw many in the world come... (more)


Monday January 26th, 2015

The Many Problems with the DEA's Bulk Phone Records Collection Program posted 01/26/2015, 12:42 PM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Think mass surveillance is just the wheelhouse of agencies like the NSA? Think again. One of the biggest concerns to come from the revelations about the NSA's bulk collection of the phone records of millions of innocent Americans was that law enforcement agencies might be doing the same thing. It turns out this concern was valid, as last week the government let slip for the first time that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had also been collecting the phone records of Americans in bulk since... (more)


Friday January 23rd, 2015

Bakery Under Government Investigation For Refusing To Write Anti-Gay Message On A Cake posted 01/23/2015, 2:55 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Denver, Colorado – Marjorie Silva, a bakery owner in Colorado, is currently under investigation for religious discrimination after she refused to write an anti-gay message on a cake for one of her customers.

The incident happened back in March when a customer named Bill Jack ordered several cakes that he wanted to feature an anti-gay message on.
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Wednesday January 21st, 2015

If The DOJ Gets Its Way, Tweeting Out A List Of The 'Worst Passwords On The Internet' Will Be A Felony posted 01/21/2015, 12:59 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Retweet if you want to go to jail! And not regular county jail, but federal prison! ... (more)


HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites posted 01/21/2015, 12:59 PM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Associated Press reports that healthcare.gov--the flagship site of the Affordable Care Act, where millions of Americans have signed up to receive health care--is quietly sending personal health information to a number of third party websites. The information being sent includes one's zip code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status and more.... (more)


Tuesday January 20th, 2015

How Hollywood Plans to Seize Pirate Site Domain Names posted 01/20/2015, 3:01 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last December a leaked document from the MPAA exposed Hollywood's global anti-piracy priorities for the coming years.

The leak listed the mysterious term “Fujian” as one of the top priorities, without explaining what the name of a Chinese province has to do with online piracy.

Additional documents seen by TF shed more light on the issue. It turns out that the MPAA is sl
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New Snowden Leak Reveals GCHQ Collected Emails Of Journalists At NYT, WaPo, Guardian, BBC And Elsewhere posted 01/20/2015, 11:35 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's eighteen months since Edward Snowden revealed his trove of secret NSA and GCHQ documents, but it seems that there are still some big surprises lurking there. Here's a pretty shocking story from the Guardian:
GCHQ's bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working ... (more)


You'll Never Guess Who's Trying to Hack Your iPhone posted 01/20/2015, 11:35 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI wants to search through your electronic life. You may think it’s a given that the government is in the business of collecting everyone’s personal data — Big Brother run amok in defiance of the Constitution. But under the limits of the Fourth Amendment, nothing it finds can be used to prosecute its targets. Now the FBI is taking steps to carry out broad searches and data collection under the color of authority, making all of us more vulnerable to “fishing expeditions.”

The
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Monday January 19th, 2015

Most People Easy To Convince They Committed A Crime That Never Happened - Study posted 01/19/2015, 11:11 AM (RT)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
With enough personal background information about someone’s past, an interviewer can quite easily manipulate that person into confessing to a crime that he or she did not commit – or which never even happened, alleges a new study.

Researchers from Britain's University of Bedfordshire and Canada's University of British Columbia based their study on a questionnaire filled out by the primary caregivers of 60 university students. The relatives were requested to describe events that th
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Saturday January 17th, 2015

Obama Sees Need for Encryption Backdoor posted 01/17/2015, 2:03 PM (BankInfoSecurity)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
lthough President Obama said he sees the need for law enforcement to gain access to encrypted data on a suspected terrorist's digital device, he stopped short of calling for a law to require manufacturers to provide a so-called "backdoor" to break encryption on mobile devices.

At a Jan. 16 White House joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama said his administration is discussing with device manufacturers and software providers ways for authorities to
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Friday January 16th, 2015

CPS Investigating Parents for Letting Kids Walk Home Alone posted 01/16/2015, 5:07 PM (The Daily Sheeple)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
By all appearances, Daniel and Alexander Meitiv are smart, responsible parents who want to instill independence in their children. They don’t like to throw caution to the wind, but they do believe that kids should be granted some freedom, so that they may learn how to take care of themselves from an early age.

They practice what’s known as “free range parenting” as opposed to hovering over their kids and showering them with fear and paranoia like most parents do these d
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Tuesday January 13th, 2015

In Silk Road Trial, Defense Claims Ulbricht Was The 'Fall Guy' For the 'Real' Dread Pirate Roberts posted 01/13/2015, 5:18 PM (WIRED)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For the past year, the FBI and federal prosecutors have told and retold the story of how Ross Ulbricht created, owned and operated the massive, anonymous online drug empire known as the Silk Road. But as his trial began Tuesday, Ulbricht’s defense lawyers for the first time told their own version of that story. And while their’s also begins with Ulbricht creating the Silk Road, it ends with Ulbricht being framed by the “real” operators of the site to whom he’d handed over control.

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Chilling Effects On Chilling Effects As DMCA Archive Deletes Self From Google posted 01/13/2015, 8:21 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Over the weekend, TorrentFreak noted that the website Chilling Effects had apparently removed itself from Google's search index after too many people complained. ... (more)


Monday January 12th, 2015

UK Intelligence Boss: We Had All This Info And Totally Failed To Prevent Charlie Hebdo Attack... So Give Us More Info posted 01/12/2015, 6:55 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We already wrote about surveillance state opportunists like Michael Hayden using the Charlie Hebdo attacks as evidence for why the surveillance state should be allowed to spy on everyone, and now the head of the UK's MI5 intelligence agency has similarly used the attack as an excuse to demand more surveillanc... (more)


Friday January 9th, 2015

One-Third of Americans - and 51 Percent of Democrats - Favor Hate Speech Laws posted 01/09/2015, 7:09 AM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A YouGov poll taken just last fall found that equal amounts of Americans support and oppose "hate speech laws," defined as laws that would "make it a crime for people to make comments that advocate genocide or hatred against an identifiable group based on such things as their race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.” Thirty-six percent said sure and 38 percent said no way. That's disturbing enough on its own, but here's something even more unsettling: Fully 51 percent of sel... (more)


Tuesday January 6th, 2015

MPAA Wants Regulators To Force ISPs To Block Sites 'At The Border' posted 01/06/2015, 5:23 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
When SOPA died its inglorious death, the MPAA's best shot at ISP-level site blocking died with it. But the MPAA is nothing if not stubborn and is still willing to wreak havoc on the internet in exch... (more)


FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use “Stingrays” In Public Places posted 01/06/2015, 5:22 AM (Ars Technica)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places. Nicknamed "stingrays," the devices are decoy cell towers that capture locations and identities of mobile phone users and can intercept calls and texts.

The FBI made its position known during private briefings with staff members of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). In response,
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Friday January 2nd, 2015

Canadian ISPs and VPNs Now Have to Alert Pirating Customers posted 01/02/2015, 9:53 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Starting today Canadian Internet providers are required to forward copyright infringement notices to their subscribers. This notification scheme provides a safe harbor for ISPs but is also expected to result in a surge in piracy settlement schemes. The new law further causes trouble for VPN providers, who are now required to log customers for at least six months.... (more)


Thursday January 1st, 2015

FBI Bypasses Denial In FISA Court By Writing Its Own Search Warrants posted 01/01/2015, 6:55 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI has proven that it can legally dodge even the sparse amount of judicial checks and balances on its ability to search the records of Americans.  After being denied twice in FISA Court for an order to collect records from an individual, a secret report reveals that the Bureau subsequently wrote its own order and went through with the surveillance, regardless of the court rejection.

This revelation was found in a recently declassified document, titled “A Review of the FBI’s U
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Monday December 29th, 2014

License Plate Reader Technology Looks At Faces posted 12/29/2014, 3:31 PM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The leading suppler of automated license plate reader technology in the US (ALPR, also known as ANPR in Europe) is expanding its offerings to law enforcement. Vehicle owners have already had their movements tracked by the company Vigilant Solutions, which boasts 2 billion entries in its nationwide database, with 70 million additional license plate photographs being added each month. Now passengers can also be tracked if they hitch a ride with a friend and are photographed by a camera aimed at th... (more)


Inside The NSA's War On Internet Security posted 12/29/2014, 3:29 PM (SPIEGEL.de)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
When Christmas approaches, the spies of the Five Eyes intelligence services can look forward to a break from the arduous daily work of spying. In addition to their usual job -- attempting to crack encryption all around the world -- they play a game called the "Kryptos Kristmas Kwiz," which involves solving challenging numerical and alphabetical puzzles. The proud winners of the competition are awarded "Kryptos" mugs.... (more)


Saturday December 27th, 2014

Snowden Docs Lead to Discovery NSA Employees Spied on Spouses, Girlfriends posted 12/27/2014, 3:49 AM (Newsweek)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As news slowed on the 24th and people joined their families for Christmas Eve celebrations, the National Security Agency (NSA) released hundreds of pages of heavily redacted reports detailing various ways in which its intelligence gathering violated U.S. law over the past decade.

The pages describe scenarios in which the agency unlawfully collected phone records, emails and other data on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, then shared the information with unauthorized recipients.
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