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Tuesday March 17th, 2015
Judicial Committee Gives FBI The First OK It Needs To Hack Any Computer, Anywhere On The Planet posted 03/17/2015, 5:18 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI and DOJ are one step closer to having one of their "keeping up with the digital Joneses" requests granted. While the default phone encryption offered by Apple (and at some point in the future ... (more)


Aussie 'Pirate' Site Blocking Law Could Be Passed This Week posted 03/17/2015, 5:18 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill was today cleared for introduction into the Australian parliament. In a whirlwind of activity it's expected to be passed this week and will herald the ISP-level blocking of "overseas pirate sites". The body representing the country's ISPs has expressed disappointment at the complete lack of consultation.... (more)


Monday March 16th, 2015



The Sting: How the FBI Created a Terrorist posted 03/16/2015, 12:29 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
IN THE VIDEO, Sami Osmakac is tall and gaunt, with jutting cheekbones and a scraggly beard. He sits cross-legged on the maroon carpet of the hotel room, wearing white cotton socks and pants that rise up his legs to reveal his thin, pale ankles. An AK-47 leans against the closet door behind him. What appears to be a suicide vest is strapped to his body. In his right hand is a pistol.

“Recording,” says an unseen man behind the camera.

“This video is to all the Muslim
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New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner posted 03/16/2015, 12:28 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
New Zealand’s eavesdropping agency used an Internet mass surveillance system to target government officials and an anti-corruption campaigner on a neighboring Pacific island, according to a top-secret document.... (more)


A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It’s Secret posted 03/16/2015, 12:28 PM (The New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology.

Any disclosure about the technology, which tracks cellphones and is often called StingRay, could allow criminals and terrorists to circumvent it, the F.B.I. has said in an affidavit. But the tool is adopted in such secrecy
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Saturday March 14th, 2015



US Senate Committee Advances Cyber-Surveillance Bill, Lone Dissenter Calls Measure "A Surveillance Bill By Another Name" posted 03/14/2015, 6:41 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Senate intelligence committee advanced a priority bill for the National Security Agency on Thursday afternoon, approving long-stalled cybersecurity legislation that civil libertarians consider the latest pathway for surveillance abuse.

The vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, 14 to 1, occurred in a secret session inside the Hart Senate office building. Democrat Ron Wyden was the dissenter, calling the measure “a surveillance bill by another name”.

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#StopC51: Protests Grow Against Expansive Canadian Surveillance Bill posted 03/14/2015, 6:40 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Canadian activists are taking part in a weekend of action against the controversial C-51 surveillance bill currently making its way through Parliament.

Supporters of the bill say it would protect the nation against terrorist attacks, but critics charge that it would give the government ever more expansive and invasive spying powers.

If passed, C-51 would give up to 17 government agencies access to Canadian citizens' private info
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Friday March 13th, 2015

Report Says UK Citizens Must Give Up Right To Privacy Because 'Terrorism', Reveals Huge Secret Government Databases posted 03/13/2015, 8:51 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As Techdirt has noted previously, the UK body nominally responsible for overseeing the intelligence services, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC), does little more than rubber-stamp what has taken place. The new ISC report "Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework" (pdf) is more of t... (more)


Thursday March 12th, 2015

EFF Files Brief In Support Of 'Cannibal Cop' To Keep The CFAA From Becoming Even MORE Abusive posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The US legal system took a step towards criminalizing thought when a New York court convicted a former NYPD officer of conspiring to kidnap, rape, kill and eat 100 women. The evidence against Gilberto Valle included chat logs and internet searches.

The details uncovered were nightmarish. But at the end of it all, it only amounted to Valle giving his very vi
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California Proposes Bill To Ban All Unlicensed Bitcoin Businesses, Without Even Defining What That Means posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
California, the state that prides itself as the birthplace of modern technology and whose policies such as the unenforceability of non-competes contributed substantially to the innovation ecosystem, recently proposed a law that requires innovators to get permission from the state, or be banned.

Last week CA's State Assembly announced AB 1326, a bill that would ban any unlicensed bitcoin or cryptocurrency bus
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The Blurred Lines Copyright Verdict is Bad News for Music posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Yesterday, a jury found that the 2013 song "Blurred Lines" was an infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" composition from 1977. Following the 7-million-dollar verdict, professional musicians are waking up to a fact that ordinary Internet users have long known: our overbearing copyright laws are a threat to creativity.

Numerous musicians are exp
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Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens posted 03/11/2015, 6:35 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, announced Tuesday that it--alongside a host of civil liberty advocates, news outlets, and privacy rights organizations--has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its users by performing bulk surveillance and searching, without specific cause or warrant, the international Inter... (more)


NZ Prime Minister: 'I'll Resign If GCSB Did Mass Surveillance'; GCSB: 'We Did Mass Surveillance'; NZPM: 'Uh...' posted 03/11/2015, 6:35 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Back in the summer of 2013 as the various "Five Eyes" countries were still reeling from the initial Snowden disclosures, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key promised to resign if it was ever proven that the GCSB (New Zealand's equivalent to the NSA) had engaged in mass surveillance of New Zealanders -- but with some caveats. He later said that he meant if it was proven that there was illegal surveillanc... (more)


Two Teens Have Sex. Neither Could Legally Consent, But Only the Boy Gets a Felony Charge posted 03/11/2015, 6:34 AM (Reason)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
If two people are equally unable to give consent, but have sex anyway, should either be charged with a crime? It's a question that many college administrators wrestle with when drugs and alcohol are factors in sexual assault disputes. The verdict often seems to be that male students are uniquely responsible for ascertaining that their sexual partners are in a state of mind to consent, even when the female is the initiator and both are intoxicated.... (more)


Tuesday March 10th, 2015

iSpy: How the CIA Targeted Apple posted 03/10/2015, 8:06 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
New reporting by The Intercept published Tuesday reveals a decades-long effort by the Central Intelligence Agency, alongside partners both inside and outside of government, to crack the digital security systems of the Apple's signature iPhone and iPad products.

Citing top-secret documents leaked to journalists by Edward Snowden, the latest reporting by Jeremy Scahill and Josh Be
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Saturday March 7th, 2015

CPS Charges Parents With 'Neglect' For Allowing Kids to Walk Home From Playground posted 03/07/2015, 5:18 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


Child Protective Services have charged two parents in Maryland with “unsubstantiated child neglect” after they allowed their 10-year-old and 6-year old to walk home one mile from their local playground.

Police were called after someone spotted the two children making their way home on December 20 in Silver Spring, a suburb outside Washington, D.C.

“Police had also
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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.
... (more)


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
... (more)


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
... (more)


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
... (more)


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
... (more)


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
... (more)


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.
... (more)


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.
... (more)


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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