Will Your Car Obey You or the Police?
The Daily BellSep 03

Movie Studio & Copyright Troll Claim 'Mere Possession' Of Popcorn Time Is Illegal And Could Result In A Year In Jail
TechdirtSep 03

American Teen Gets 11 Year Sentence For Pro-ISIS Tweets That Taught People How To Use Bitcoin
TechdirtSep 01
Earlier this summer, the DOJ proudly announced that a Virginia teenager, Ali Shukri Amin, had taken a plea deal for "providing material support to ISIL" (the terrorist organization that everyone outside of the US government calls ISIS). This is back in the news now that Amin has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Let's get this out of the way: ISIS is clearly a horrific ... (more)

Here's How Law Enforcement Agencies Impersonate Your Friends
ACLU.orgSep 01
We recently received a handbook from the DEA, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, seeking information about the use of impersonation as an investigative technique. While the 1999 handbook, titled Online Investigative Principles for Federal Law Enforcement Agents, was almost identical to a version of the handbook that is available online, there is one notable difference: the version that the DEA sent us includes a copy of the DEA's Consent to Assume Online Identity: Adult Consen... (more)

Austrian Economics Is Now Equivalent To Terrorism Thanks To Latest Islamic State "Gold Standard" Propaganda Clip
ZeroHedgeAug 31
What better way to mute demands for a return to sound money and the gold standard, than by making them equivalent to jihadist terrorism? Why, there are none, which is why some were thoroughly amused to see that yesterday the Islamic State's so called media center, the al Hayat, released a video whose production qualities are nothing short of Hollywood (or San Fernando valley at worst), in which the latest and greatest "jihadist terrorist group" that was a byproduct of US intervention in the Midd... (more)

Windows 10 Automatically Sends Parents Detailed Dossier of Their Children's Internet History and Computer Use
The IndependentAug 31

FDA Says Tobacco Manufacturers Can No Longer Call Additive-Free & Natural Cigarettes Additive-Free & Natural
InformationLiberationAug 29
In their ongoing quest to justify their existence, bureaucrats at the FDA have decreed three makers of cigarettes which are additive-free and natural can no longer call them additive-free and natural, because it may give consumers the impression the cigarettes "present a lower risk" of tobacco related illness.

From the FDA:
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to three tobacco manufacturers — ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe... (more)

Appeals Court Strikes Down Ruling Finding NSA Phone Records Collection Unconstitutional
TechdirtAug 29
Back in December of 2013, judge Richard Leon of the DC district court, ruled that the NSA's bulk metadata collection under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act was unconstitutional and issued an injunction against it (though, recognizing the inevitable appeal, Judge Leon stayed the injunction). This was in the case brought by Larry Klayman and FreedomWor... (more)

City of San Jose Looking To Attach Automatic License Plate Readers To Garbage Trucks
TechdirtAug 28
Because automatic license plate readers just aren't efficient enough -- what with their ability to capture hundreds, if not thousands, of plate scans per hour -- San Jose's city government is looking to deputize other businesses and their vehicles in its quest to achieve 100% coverage of the city.
M... (more)

Windows 10 Reserves The Right To Block Pirated Games And 'Unauthorized' Hardware
TechdirtAug 27

Nebraska Teachers Sign Pledge Promising To Propagandize Students
The Anti-MediaAug 24
Hastings School District in Nebraska recently caught the attention of the ACLU by forcing teachers to sign a pledge promising to propagandize children with nationalistic propaganda.

The pledge demanded that teachers mold students to have "love and devotion" for the U.S. government, giving a glimpse into the true motive of government education.

The issue was quickly noticed by the ACLU, which deemed the policy unconstitutional and demanded the school district stop fo
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Singer Morrissey: TSA Worker 'Put His Finger Down My Rear Cleavage'
TheHillAug 21

Wisconsin High School To Randomly Drug Test Students
InfowarsAug 20
A Wisconsin high school district has been caught up in controversy over a new policy to randomly drug test students, much like a prison would inmates.

The Crivitz school district will usher in the new policy in the fall, claiming that it is to “protect” students.

"We have a growing drug problem in Marinette County and in talking with the police force and talking with school administrators and other conference athletic directors, I just felt that as a school we coul
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Rightscorp's DMCA Subpoena Effort Crashes and Burns
TorrentFreakAug 20

Police Arrest Men For Spreading Popcorn Time Information
TorrentFreakAug 19

Chicago, Los Angeles Police Departments Have Been Using 'Stingrays On Steroids' For Over A Decade
TechdirtAug 18
More evidence has surfaced showing local law enforcement agencies are using high-powered surveillance equipment -- equipment originally designed for the military and highly-recommended by the NSA. Ali Winston and the Center for Investigative Reporting have obtained documents showing both Chicago and Los Angeles have used "dirt boxes" (D... (more)

Study Shows More Americans Than Ever Support Banning Books
The Free Thought ProjectAug 17
Although the tyrants in government are the ones who enforce the insane laws that are thrust upon the general population, the masses who loudly support the oppression are the ones who are responsible for its continuation. As a recent study revealed, the average American is more tyrannical than ever.
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AT&T Helped N.S.A. Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic
New York TimesAug 15

EU Printing Comics Full Of Pro-EU Propaganda For Children
RTAug 11

EU has launched cartoons for children promoting its policy in funding, health care and free movement. The cartoons are to improve the EU image in kids eyes.

Top Chinese TV Presenter to Face 'Severe Punishment' for Mao Insult
The GuardianAug 11

Comcast Sends Spongebob 'Pirate' 44 Letters For One Download
TorrentFreakAug 10
A Comcast subscriber was bombarded with 44 copyright infringement notices after his brother downloaded a Spongebob torrent. The notices, which were mailed to the subscriber's house in individual envelopes, warn of a possible account termination but are thus far without consequence.

Like many large Internet providers in the United States, Comcast forwards DMCA notices to subscribers who have allegedly downloaded pirated material.

These copyright infringement warning
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Judge Orders Man to Either Marry or Go to Jail, Forces Him to Write Bible Verses as Probation Requirement
The Free Thought ProjectAug 09
Smith County, Tx — A Texas man, Josten Bundy, 21, was given an absolutely ludicrous ultimatum by a judge after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for punching his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend.

The charges stem from an incident in which Bundy had gotten into a physical altercation after the ex allegedly made disparaging remarks about the woman, Elizabeth Jaynes.

The Smith County Judge, Randall Rogers, gave Bundy the choice to either accept 15 days in jail or two ye
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Resident Calls 911 Over Man Walking ‘Very Deliberately’ With Confederate Flag
InfowarsAug 09

TPP Leaks Shows US Stands Firm That Companies Should Be Free To Abuse Patents & Copyrights
TechdirtAug 06
Last week, as you might have heard, negotiators on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement gathered in Maui to try to finalize the agreement. Many believed that negotiators would more or less finish things up in that meeting. Earlier reports had suggested that everyone was "weeks away" from finishing, and many had said that the only thing holding back a final agreement was fast track authority (officially "trade promotion authority") from the US government to make sure that the USTR could ... (more)

Copyright Troll Asks Court to Ban the Term 'Copyright Troll'
TorrentFreakAug 04

David Cameron Wants To Shut Down Porn Sites Because Kids Are Clever Enough To Defeat Age Restrictions
TechdirtAug 03
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been using "porn" moral panics as a wedge issue to ramp up censorship and control over the internet in the UK. He's been pushing aspects of it for years, including demands for the impossible: filters that block "bad content" but allow "good content." Yes, it does seem bizarre that someone in as powerful a position as Dav... (more)

Feds Hand Out Funds To Be Used For 'Traffic Safety;' Local Agencies Buy License Plate Readers Instead
TechdirtJul 31
The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) is supposed to be focused on one thing: safety. For crying out loud, it's right in the middle of its cumbersome name. But the federal funding it hands out to state and local governments is being used for surveillance devices with no discernible "safety" purpose: automatic license plate reader... (more)

University of New Hampshire: Using the Word "American" is Offensive
InfowarsJul 30
Using the words “American,” “obese,” “normal,” “mothering,” “fathering,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “senior citizens,” is offensive and should be discouraged, according to a “Bias-Free Language Guide” posted on the University of New Hampshire website.

The guide, first uncovered by Campus Reform, “is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.”

The word “American” is “problematic” accordin
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Sweden's Largest Streaming Site Will Close After Raid
TorrentFreakJul 29

3-Year-Old London Child Deemed 'Extremist' and Placed in Government Reeducation Program
Liberty BlitzkriegJul 28
The United Kingdom has gone batshit crazy. There’s simply no other way to put it. I warned about Britain’s “war on toddler terrorists” earlier this year in the post: The War on Toddler Te... (more)

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