Who Needs a No-Fly List When You Can Just Ground 91 Million Citizens?
TechdirtDec 30
Great news for people who think there's just too damn much freedom in this country: the government's "no-fly" list is about to get much, much longer.
The citizens of several US states may soon find that they can't use their drivers' licenses to get into federal facilities or even board planes.

Enforcement of a 2005 federal l
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California: City Report Shows No Red Light Cam Benefit
TheNewspaperDec 29
Red light cameras have been issuing tickets in San Francisco, California for more than a decade, but their impact on safety has been mixed. Earlier this year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency released its annual report on automated ticketing. While the document claims red-light related collisions throughout San Francisco dropped after photo enforcement began, a closer look at the data shows other engineering factors are at work.

"Red light running collisions have
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Legal Experts Suggest Fines & Imprisonment For Viewing ISIS Propaganda Online
InfowarsDec 28
A New York Times article on Sunday cites a number of legal experts and scholars who suggest placing limits on the First Amendment in response to Islamic State propaganda.

The article follows remarks by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both have said the government might work with technology companies to shut down internet websites and s
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NYC Will Fine You $250,000 For 'Misgendering' a Transsexual
BreitbartDec 28


Now The TSA Can Force You to Go Through The Body-Scanner
SlashgearDec 24


Maine Teacher Forced to Say Goodbye to Pink Hello Kitty Christmas Tree in Classroom
Boston.comDec 23
The decision was reversed after mass outrage.

A Whistleblower Just Exposed How The Government Spies On Your Cell Phone
The Anti-MediaDec 22
The release of a secret U.S. government catalog of cell phone surveillance devices has revealed the names and abilities of dozens of surveillance tools previously unknown to the public. The catalog shines a light on well-known devices like the Stingray and DRT box, as well as new names like Cellbrite, Yellowstone, Blackfin, Maximus, Stargrazer, and Cyberhawk.

The Intercept reports:
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Error 451: There's Now An HTTP Code For Internet Censorship
TorrentFreakDec 22
Increasingly, Internet providers are being instructed by courts to block access to websites. This measure is often applied against copyright infringing sites, but not always with a proper explanation. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) just approved a special HTTP status code for these type of legal demands, Error 451.

Domain name blocking has become one of the entertainment industries' go-to methods for reducing online copyright infringement.

Blocking reque
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VIDEO: Yale Students Eagerly Sign Petition to Repeal the First Amendment
The Daily SheepleDec 17
Sometimes it's hard not to begin a story with the line "this country is going to Hell in a hand basket".

The safe-spaces-political-correctness cancer is spreading across this country at an alarming rate. It's metastasizing. Soon it's going to infect every inch of the Bill of Rights like termites feasting on a foundation.

The dumbed down, Idiocracy society is real. It's here. Now.

Below is a video that shows the ivy leaguers at Yale not just signin
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China's 'Social Credit' System Assigns Credit Scores to Citizens Based on Govt Loyalty
The Free Thought ProjectDec 17
No regime, however ruthless its leaders, vast its ambitions, or extensive its resources, can tyrannize its subjects without their active cooperation. Every police state ultimately requires the public to regiment themselves--and each other. In the age of social media, successful totalitarians will have to crowd-source state coercion -- and China's new "social credit" system, which will encompass that country's entire population in 2020, is pioneering an approach that, if successful, will ... (more)

Cox Is Liable For Pirating Subscribers, Ordered to Pay $25 Million
TorrentFreakDec 17
Internet provider Cox Communications is responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Virginia federal jury has ruled. The ISP is guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement and must pay music publisher BMG $25 million in damages.

Today marks the end of a crucial case that will define how U.S. Internet providers deal with online piracy in the future.<
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"Unauthorized Code" in Juniper Firewalls Decrypts Encrypted VPN Traffic
Ars TechnicaDec 17


Congress Slips Cisa Into a Budget Bill That's Sure to Pass
WiredDec 17


A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone
The InterceptDec 17


Congress Drops All Pretense: Quietly Turns CISA Into a Full On Surveillance Bill
TechdirtDec 16
Remember CISA? The "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act"? It's getting much, much worse, with Congress and the administration looking to ram it through -- in the process, dropping any pretense that it's not a surveillance bill.

As you may recall, Congress and the White House have been pushing for a "cybersecurity" bill, for a few years now, that has never actually been a cybersecurity bill. Senator Ron Wyden was one of the on
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Politically Correct School Bans Huckleberry Finn -- The Mark Twain Classic That Critiqued Slavery -- For Use of The "N" Word
The Daily SheepleDec 16
Wow. Just when you began to wonder how the politically correct agenda could get any more pathetic than calling Star Wars racist because Darth Vader is black, its purveyors go and aspire.

That's right. History is being rewritten left and right to avoid hurting anyone's feelings in this country.

Now a school in Philadelphia recently announced
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Student Gets 6 Month Suspension For Saying Black Women Are "Not Hot"
InfowarsDec 15
A student was suspended from college for six months for saying that black women are "not hot," while another individual who commented that white people have "small dicks" and are always f**king their cousins" was not punished.

Colorado College took the action against Thaddeus Pryor after he was publicly shamed and outed for making the remarks on the social-media app Yik Yak.

Pryor responded to someone else who posted the hashtag "#blackwomenmatter" by saying, "They
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Driver Leaves Scene of Accident, Gets Turned in by Her Car
TechdirtDec 10
It's no secret today's vehicles collect tons of data. Or, at least, it shouldn't be a secret. It certainly isn't well-known, despite even some of the latest comers to the tech scene -- legislators -- having questioned automakers about their handling of driver data.

More than one insurance compa
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Lucasfilm Uses DMCA to Kill Star Wars Toy Picture
TorrentFreakDec 10


Eric Schmidt Suggests Building a 'Spell Checker' For Online Harassment and Other Bad Things Online
TechdirtDec 09
Google's executive chairperson Eric Schmidt has an opinion piece in the NY Times, in which he advocates partly for an internet that is more widely available and enabling greater freedom of expression... but also one where there are "spell-checker" like tools to identify bad stuff online like harassment and ISIS videos:
Authoritarian governments tell their citizen... (more)

Comey Calls on Tech Companies Offering End-to-End Encryption to Reconsider “Their Business Model”
The InterceptDec 09


French Law Enforcement 'Wishlist' Includes Banning Open Wifi, Tor Connections and Encrypted Communications
TechdirtDec 07
More bad news for French citizens. Not only were they recently attacked by terrorists, but now their government is using these attacks against them to strip away civil liberties and shift more power to police and intelligence agencies.

A document viewed by Le Monde contains several very concerning suggestions
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After Illegally Censoring Websites For Five Years On Bogus Copyright Charges, US Gov't Quietly 'Returns' Two Domains
TechdirtDec 04
One of the craziest stories of outright censorship by the US government isn't getting any attention at all. Five years ago, ICE -- Immigrations and Customs Enforcement -- a part of the Department of Homeland Security, illegally seized a group of domain names, claiming that they were violating copyright law. As we noted soon after this, the affidavit tha... (more)

Scope of FBI Data Collection Revealed For First Time After Gag Order Removed
Police State DailyDec 02
Requiring no approval by a judge, so-called “National Security Letters” are a type of administrative subpoena issued by the federal government for “national security” purposes.

Used since the late 1970s, the use of the Letters was vastly expanded following the authorization of the Patriot Act in 2001, and will continue to be issued in their present form under the newly adopted Freedom Act – whic
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Maryland: Speed Camera Tickets Stationary Bus
TheNewspaperDec 02


Life in The Electronic Concentration Camp: The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well
The Rutherford InstituteDec 01
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order [...] and the like.” ― William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice

Bottle up the champagne, pack away the noisemakers, and toss out the party hats.

There is no cause for celebration.

We have secured no major victories against tyrann
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The Mathematical Paradox That Destroys The Argument For NSA Surveillance
Police State DailyNov 30
In the wake of the NSA “Ending” Its Bulk Phone Surveillance Program But Not Really, the reality of the effectiveness of the agency must be scrutinized.

For the sake of argument, let us say one out of every million people is a terrorist (an overestimate). Let us also imagine there exists a ma
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Aussie Police Join In 'Sovereign Citizens' Fearmongering Campaign
ABC NewsNov 30
One 73-year-old retired dentist who claims the state has no authority over him has them shivering in their boots. - Chris

France Seeks to Outlaw Conspiracy Theories
Thierry MeyssanNov 30


Cox ISP Has No DMCA Safe Harbor Protection, Judge Rules
TorrentFreakNov 25



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