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Wednesday February 12th, 2014
UK: 13-year-old defies 'big brother' and refuses to be fingerprinted posted 02/12/2014, 7:12 AM (Digital Journal)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Since 2012, over 800,000 children have had their biometric data taken by the government in the United Kingdom via the school system. One 13-year-old girl is refusing to comply with the demands. ... (more)


Maryland bill would cut water, electricity to NSA headquarters posted 02/12/2014, 7:12 AM (Fox News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A group of legislators in Maryland has introduced legislation that would deny state support to federal agencies engaged in warrantless electronic surveillance in a move aimed at curtailing the National Security Agency's power to monitor and track citizens.... (more)


Tuesday February 11th, 2014



NSA 'Exploiting' U.S. Citizens Online Porno Viewing Habits: James Bamford posted 02/11/2014, 6:06 AM (MoxNews)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


The NSA is here to control you, not to keep you safe.


New Bill Would Mandate 'Kill Switch' For Smartphones posted 02/11/2014, 6:06 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A bill has been introduced in California that would mandate a kill switch for cellphones that have been stolen, prompting concerns that such a system could be abused by authorities in order to stifle dissent.

SB 962 would require that all cellphones sold in the state include software or hardware, “that can render inoperable the essential features of the device, as defined, w
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New Photos of the NSA and Other Top Intelligence Agencies Revealed for First Time posted 02/11/2014, 6:02 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
What does a surveillance state look like?

Over the past eight months, classified documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have exposed scores of secret government surveillance programs. Yet there is little visual material among the blizzard of code names, PowerPoint slides, court rulings and spreadsheets that have emerged from the National Security Agency’s files.
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Jeremy Scahill "This Is Effectively What Amounts To DEATH BY META DATA" posted 02/11/2014, 6:01 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


Monday February 10th, 2014

Florida Ordinance Makes It Illegal For Homeless To Use Blankets posted 02/10/2014, 6:49 AM (The Libertarian Republic)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Living in Florida, we don’t often have the opportunity to use the heat setting on our thermostat, but this winter we got the chance in a big way. And as a matter of fact, so many people in my neighborhood were using heaters that it blew out the transformer.

So there I was with my wife and three kids, all of us huddled under blankets with the fireplace roaring, watching the temperature continue to drop from a comfortable 65 degrees down to 45. But outside it was 17 degrees and rain
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Friday February 7th, 2014

Former Cop Proposes Law That Would Allow Officers To Ticket You Without Ever Leaving The 'Safety' Of Their Vehicles posted 02/07/2014, 4:01 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Well, we know for sure that one person thinks this is a good idea, but if this bill passes intact, it will only further confirm the theory that legislators are unable to think more than one step ahead. (via The Consumerist)
An Oklahoma state senator has filed a bill to allow law enforcement officers to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinanc... (more)


Former CIA director: In order to spy on domestic dissidents, just call them terrorists posted 02/07/2014, 4:00 AM (ACLU.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Back in 2012, the ACLU of Massachusetts published a report called 'Policing Dissent', exposing the Boston Police Department's 'red squad' surveillance operations, directed at antiwar and economic justice organizers. Among thedocuments we obtained through a public records lawsuit were so-called 'intelligence reports' from the Boston police fusion center, the Boston Regional Intel... (more)


Police will have 'backdoor' access to health records despite opt-out, says MP posted 02/07/2014, 4:00 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The "pride of Brittan" NHS government-run British health care system's database will be used against it's citizens by the police and assorted "government bodies."... (more)




FBI Checks Wrong Box, Places Student on No-Fly List posted 02/07/2014, 4:00 AM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The government contested a former Stanford University student’s assertion that she was wrongly placed on a no-fly list for seven years in court despite knowing an FBI official put her on the list by mistake because he checked the “wrong boxes” on a form, a federal judge wrote today.... (more)


Wednesday February 5th, 2014

NSA 'tapped phone of ex-german chancellor' over Iraq war opposition posted 02/05/2014, 1:43 AM (The Local)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The US National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly tapped the phone of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder over his opposition to the Iraq War, according to reports on Tuesday.... (more)


New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom posted 02/05/2014, 1:40 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
GCSB appears to have deleted key evidence in the case in a hamfisted attempt to cover up its illegal activities. Even more ridiculous, GCSB is trying to cover this up by claiming that the material had "aged off" -- implying that it was deleted automatically. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key claims that they had to delete the information under the law.... (more)


Spanish woman found guilty of 'glorifying terrorism' on Twitter posted 02/05/2014, 1:40 AM (Al Jazeera)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A 21-year-old woman in Spain has been found guilty of glorifying terrorism after spreading what prosecutors called "highly radicalized and violent content" from her Twitter account. Alba Gonzalez Camacho's tweets mostly referred to the First of October Anti-Fascist Resistance Group (GRAPO), an inactive Maoist armed group from the 1970s and 1980s that carried out dozens of assassinations. ... (more)


Tuesday February 4th, 2014

Parallel Construction Revealed: How The DEA Is Trained To Launder Classified Surveillance Info posted 02/04/2014, 12:21 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last summer, Reuters revealed how the NSA and other surveillance organizations would share info with the DEA and other law enforcement agencies, but then tell them to reconstruct the evidence via a process called "parallel construction," so that the surveillance would not then be discussed in court. This is highly questionable, and proba... (more)


Are CIA Cyber-Spooks Hacking Americans' Computers? posted 02/04/2014, 12:21 AM (ACLU.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
At Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, titled "Global Security Threats," Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) hinted that CIA agents might be engaging in abusive cyber operations against Americans. And CIA Director John Brennan did little to dispel the notion.

At the hearing, Wyden asked Brennan point-blank whether CIA activities are covered by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which pr
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German Television Interview With Edward Snowden posted 02/04/2014, 12:21 AM (LiveLeak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


Here's the video copyright fascism took down from YouTube.


Monday February 3rd, 2014

UK Government Plans to "Ensure" That Google Hinders Online Piracy posted 02/03/2014, 4:41 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Continued debate on the UK's Intellectual Property Bill has made it clear that Google and other tech companies are likely to be forced into dealing with the issue of online piracy. Three months after the Bill goes live the Secretary of State will be required to report back on proposals that "will have the purpose of ensuring technology companies hinder access via the internet to copyright infringing material."... (more)


Thursday January 30th, 2014

Chilling Effects: James Clapper Tells Congress That Journalists Are Ed Snowden's 'Accomplices' posted 01/30/2014, 6:36 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
While there have been some occasional nutty attempts to paint journalists reporting on the documents that Ed Snowden revealed as being somehow legally at risk for doing so, for the most part, US officials have recognized that we do respect the freedom of the press in this country. This has been in stark contrast to the UK, where a whole investig... (more)


AT&T Develops Credits System to Limit File-Sharing Bandwidth posted 01/30/2014, 6:36 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A patent application by telecoms giant AT&T details a traffic management system set to add a little more heat to the net neutrality debate. Rather than customers using their Internet connections to freely access any kind of data, the telecoms giant envisions a system in which subscribers engaged in “non-permissible” transfers, such as file-sharing and movie downloading, can be sanctioned or marked for increased billing.... (more)


Wednesday January 29th, 2014

Bitcoin Exec Arrested posted 01/29/2014, 5:25 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Charlie Shrem, who ran bitcoin (BTC) exchange BitInstant, has been arrested. It looks like he’s one of the bonus busts from the feds’ shutdown of the Silk Road website.

He’s charged, in effect, with not spying enthusiastically enough for the government. Formally, of course, he’s charged under money-laundering laws—which is a nice way to imply he was doing something nasty. Then again, BTC offers competition with the State’s currency, and if there’s one thing the State can’t abide,
... (more)


Monday January 27th, 2014

Secret Audit Of Baltimore's Speed Cams Says Up To 70,000 Tickets Were Issued In Error In 2012 Alone posted 01/27/2014, 3:41 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
God bless the drivers of Maryland, whose government officials have been experimenting on them for years by placing their driving records and insurance rates in the hands of unreliable private contractors for years. We've already covered one major traffic camera firm (ATS - American Traffic Solutions) in the Maryland-DC area whose response to questionable photos captured by its cameras was to crop out anything that might make the ticket challengeable, like calibration lines or other vehicles.... (more)


NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data posted 01/27/2014, 3:39 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.... (more)
...And this is exactly why Google needs to restore it's privacy feature in Android which allowed you to deny apps certain permissions.


Edward Snowden Speaks in Half-Hour Televised Interview posted 01/27/2014, 3:39 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
German television station NDR News on Sunday night aired an in-person interview with American whistleblower Edward Snowden in which he speaks both broadly and specifically about the NSA surveillance programs his actions have helped expose to the world.

Conducted in Mosow, this is the first such interview with the former NSA contractor since journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras met and interviewed him in a Hong Kong hotel room last June.
... (more)
How appropriate the video of the interview was censored due to copyright fascism.


Sunday January 26th, 2014

Tor Developer Suspects NSA Interception of Amazon Purchase posted 01/26/2014, 9:37 PM (Story Leak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Andrea Shepard, a Seattle-based core developer for the Tor Project, suspects her recently ordered keyboard may have been intercepted by the NSA.

Following the purchase of a new IBM Thinkpad Keyboard from Amazon.com, Shepard discovered her package to be taking a strange detour to the East Coast, revealed by a screenshot of her shipment tracking information.
... (more)


Friday January 24th, 2014

Snowden: "I think a person should be able to dial a number, make a purchase, send an SMS, write an e-mail, or visit a Web site without having to think about what it's going to look like on their permanent record." posted 01/24/2014, 4:12 PM (CNET)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
That's the word from NSA whistle-blower and leaker Edward Snowden, who today answered questions tweeted by the public as part of a live Web chat, his first since June of last year. ... (more)


Obama ‘Disagrees’ With Oversight Report on NSA Illegality posted 01/24/2014, 4:12 PM (Antiwar)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is just the latest in a series of reports from experts issuing a report declaring thje NSA’s telephone metadata program illegal, unconstitutional, and totally unnecessary.... (more)


Thursday January 23rd, 2014

TV News Programs Seem Focused On Making Sure NSA Defenders Get Nearly All Air Time posted 01/23/2014, 3:40 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Remember back when CBS's John Miller defended his laughably bad propaganda piece for the NSA on 60 Minutes by claiming that "the NSA story has been a fairly one-way dialogue..." in which only critics are having a voice? ... (more)


Wednesday January 22nd, 2014

"Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance." -- Orwellian text message sent to thousands of Ukrainian protesters posted 01/22/2014, 12:07 PM (VICE)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”

That's a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell phones today, as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect. It was the regime's police force, sending protesters the perfectly dystopian text message to accompany the newly minted, perfectly dystopian legislation. In fact, it's downright Orwellian (and I hate that adjective, and only use i
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Tuesday January 21st, 2014

Poll: Most Americans now oppose the NSA program posted 01/21/2014, 11:53 AM (USA Today)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans now disapprove of the NSA's sweeping collection of phone metadata, a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds, and they're inclined to think there aren't adequate limits in place to what the government can collect.

President Obama's announcement Friday of changes in the surveillance programs has done little to allay those concerns: By 73%-21%, those who paid attention to the speech say his proposals won't make much difference in protecting people's
... (more)


Wednesday January 15th, 2014

N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers posted 01/15/2014, 10:46 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
... (more)


South Carolina Senator Aims To Criminalize The Recording Of Criminal Activity posted 01/15/2014, 10:46 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
HOT BUTTON TOPIC + BRIEFLY CONCERNED LEGISLATOR - COMMON SENSE = A proposed amendment so brain dead, its author should be immediately hooked up to an EEG. ... (more)


RIAA Wants Google to Implement Five-Point Anti-Piracy Plan posted 01/15/2014, 10:45 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
This week the global music industry sent its 100 millionth DMCA takedown request to Google. According to the RIAA, this staggering number has done very little to keep the most blatant pirate sites out of search results. Together with IFPI, the RIAA urges Google to up its anti-piracy efforts, which includes demoting pirate sites, or removing them altogether.... (more)


Monday January 13th, 2014

NSA Surveillance Rarely Useful, Study Shows posted 01/13/2014, 1:28 PM (Antiwar)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A review of government claims by the New America Foundation has come to the conclusion that NSA chief Keith Alexander’s testimony as to the utility of NSA bulk surveillance was “overblown” and “misleading.”

The study showed that virtually all of the 225 terrorism investigations run by the US since 9/11 have centered on “traditional investigation methods.”

T
... (more)


Friday January 10th, 2014

TSA Kids Video (Now With Truth) posted 01/10/2014, 8:44 AM (JoshLeCash)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


On December 12, 2013 the TSA made a cartoon aimed at indoctrinating our kids into submission.

We thought it lacked some truth.

FLASHBACK: TSA Launches 'Fun' Website For Kids

Original…
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What It's Like When The FBI Asks You To Backdoor Your Software posted 01/10/2014, 8:43 AM (PC Magazine)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
At a recent RSA Security Conference, Nico Sell was on stage announcing that her company—Wickr—was making drastic changes to ensure its users' security. She said that the company would switch from RSA encryption to elliptic curve encryption, and that the service wouldn't have a backdoor for anyone.

As she left the stage, before she'd even had a chance to take her microphone off, a man approached her and introduced himself as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He th
... (more)


Australian Teen Alerts Transit Department To Security Hole On Website... Gets Reported To Police posted 01/10/2014, 8:42 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For years and years, we've been stumped by why website owners try to kill the messenger when someone discovers a hole on their website. It's happened yet again. ... (more)


Wednesday January 8th, 2014

Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation's many problems. ... (more)


7 Things You Missed If You Didn't Read Wired's Big Story On How The NSA Is Killing The Internet posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Steven Levy, who specializes in massive articles looking into aspects of the tech industry, has a new one for Wired, called How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet. It basically looks at how the NSA legally coerced the tech companies into having to comply with certain court orders to hand over information, and how the tech companies have been gagged from explaining what's going on. And then... he gets the NSA's side of the story. ... (more)


Liberals And Conservatives Switch Positions On NSA Surveillance Depending On If 'Their Guy' Is In Power posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Orin Kerr has pointed out that people who self-identify themselves as "liberals" or "conservatives" seem to shift their opinion on NSA surveillance depending on whether or not it's "their guy" in the White House. That is, back when George W. Bush was President, "Democrats" disapproved of the NSA's surveillance activities, with only 27... (more)


Monday January 6th, 2014

Mainstream Media's Vilification Of Edward Snowden And Glenn Greenwald posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (Al Jazeera)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Excellent run down on the Snowden case and the media's attack on him and Greenwald from Al Jazeera.


Greenwald to Bolling: Gov't Labels People Like Snowden 'Traitors,' History Calls Them 'Patriots' posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Journalist Glenn Greenwald joined Eric Bolling on Hannity Friday night to talk about the continuing debate over the NSA and Edward Snowden, especially the question of whether Snowden is a patriot or a traitor. Bolling and Greenwald took note of how this debate does not fall neatly along political lines, and Greenwald said "the breakdown is do you have primary allegiance to the government... or is y
... (more)


NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US Congress to whom it says it is accountable.... (more)


Ninth Circuit Rules Innocent Driving Is Suspicious posted 01/06/2014, 6:00 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A combination of non-suspicious driving characteristics can give rise to the suspicion of criminal activity in the opinion of the full Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals. In a Christmas Eve ruling, the judges weighed whether Border Patrol agents were right to conduct a "border stop" of a red Ford F-150 pickup truck on Interstate 15 while 70 miles north of the border with Mexico.... (more)


Billion Dollar French-UAE Intel Satellite Deal in Doubt Due to US Backdoors posted 01/06/2014, 5:57 AM (Defense News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) deal to purchase two intelligence satellites from France worth almost 3.4 billion dirhams (US $930 million) is in jeopardy after the discovery of what was described as “security compromising components.”

A high-level UAE source said the two high-resolution Pleiades-type Falcon Eye military observation satellites contained two specific US-supplied components that provide a back door to the highly secure data transmitted to the ground station.
... (more)


Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I'm Really Mad posted 01/06/2014, 5:56 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We recently discovered that thanks to Sky’s Broadband Shield filtering system, TorrentFreak is now blocked on one of the UK’s largest ISPs by users who think they are protecting their kids.... (more)


Friday January 3rd, 2014

Glenn Greenwald Rips Wash. Post Reporter Ruth Marcus posted 01/03/2014, 5:06 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Glenn Greenwald calls out Washington Post writer Ruth Marcus for being a hypocrite. It's an epic rebuking.


Ed Snowden's ACLU Attorney SCHOOLS Attorney-Presstitute Jeffrey Toobin AGAIN! posted 01/03/2014, 5:05 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

State-supremacist Jeffrey Toobin continues his propaganda extravaganza.


Breaking the Code: NSA Working on Quantum Computer to Defeat Encryption posted 01/03/2014, 5:05 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
According to a story published today by the Washington Post, documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal an effort by the NSA to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer" capable of breaking any kind of encryption... (more)


NBC's Chief Medical Editor Forced Her Kids to Sign Up for Obamacare as Their 'Patriotic Duty' posted 01/03/2014, 5:05 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

On Morning Joe Monday, NBC's chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, after arguing that the "biggest fix" for the American healthcare system would be single-payer, proudly declared that she had forced her own kids to sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty." (MSNBC 12.30.2013)


Thursday January 2nd, 2014

Feds May Require Vehicle Location Tracking in New Cars posted 01/02/2014, 1:23 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a few weeks, federal officials may require new vehicles to have trackable GPS “safety” devices which could be hacked to cause automobile accidents and may even usher in mileage taxes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is spending the next couple of weeks to mull over its decision to install vehicle-to-vehicle communications – known as V2V for short – into new vehicles which would allow them to “talk” to each other through GPS data under the guise of “accident p
... (more)


Wednesday January 1st, 2014

Washington Post Columnist Says 'Complainers' Will Be At Fault For Next Terrorist Attack posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
When last we wrote about Washington Post columnist and knee-jerk defender of the surveillance state, Walter Pincus, he was writing bizarre, factually incorrect claims about Glenn Greenwald (claiming Greenwald was associated with Wikileaks when he was not). When this massive error (on which Pincus based his entire c... (more)


iSpy? Apple Denies Assisting NSA with iPhone "Back Door" posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Apple, the company giant behind the iconic iPhone, declared on Monday that is has never assisted the NSA in its efforts to create "back doors" to its signature mobile phone or any of its other products.

The declaration by the computer giant comes in response to revelations made public by the German newspaper Der Spiegel in recent days, based on internal documents provided by Edward Snowden, which revealed secret units within the NSA that have created and reportedly installed sophi
... (more)


Court Says Border Searches Of Your Computer Are Okay Because You Shouldn't Keep Important Info On Your Computer posted 01/01/2014, 3:38 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
This one is hardly a surprise, given how many (though not all) courts have ruled concerning searches of computing devices at the border. The government's general theory is that there is no 4th Amendment right at the border, and thus custo... (more)


Scary Site Blocking Announcement Threatens 750,000+ Sites posted 01/01/2014, 3:38 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Scary noises coming out of the Russian telecoms regulator responsible for the blocking of file-sharing and other ‘banned’ content suggest that it will target a number of foreign ISPs with total censorship if they fail to take down unfavorable content. In addition to European file-sharing friendly hosts and DDoS protection companies, US-based CloudFlare – a company servicing at least 750,000 sites – is also on the blacklist.
... (more)


Tuesday December 31st, 2013

Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can 'Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make' posted 12/31/2013, 1:51 AM (Democracy Now!)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

The German publication Der Spiegel has revealed new details about a secretive hacking unit inside the National Security Agency called the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. The unit was created in 1997 to hack into global communications traffic. Hackers inside the TAO have developed a way to break into computers running Micros
... (more)


Ruling In Favor Of NSA's Program Relied On Claims In 9/11 Report That Aren't Actually In That Report posted 12/31/2013, 1:51 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The more people look at the ruling last week by Judge William Pauley saying that the NSA's bulk metadata collection is legal, the more perplexed they become. We noted multiple problems with the ruling last week, but at almost every turn is evidence that Judge Pauley not only came into the court with his decision al... (more)


Sunday December 29th, 2013

It Was Never About The Money, Stupid: The Similarities Between Copyright Monopoly Madness & Boston Tea Taxes posted 12/29/2013, 11:28 PM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
“You are just spoiled brats who don’t want to pay”, said the copyright industry as people shared culture and knowledge online. “You are just spoiled brats who don’t want to pay”, said the English after the Boston Tea Party. The underlying mechanisms are basically the same.

With every new breakthrough, old scarcities are turned into abundances, and new scarcities appear around the new abundances. When households were electrified, household food cooling became abundant, the icemaki
... (more)


NSA Intercepting Laptops Bought Online to Install Spy Malware posted 12/29/2013, 11:28 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
This National Security Agency complex in San Antonio, Texas, located in a former Sony chip factory, is one of the central offices of the intelligence agency's Tailored Access Operations, the NSA's top operative unit. It's something like a squad of plumbers that can be called in when normal access to a target is blocked.

Germany's Der Spiegel is reporting Sunday that the US National Security Agency (NSA), working with the CIA and FBI, has been intercep
... (more)


Wednesday December 25th, 2013

RedTube Wins Injunction to Stop Anti-Piracy Lawsuit Threats posted 12/25/2013, 9:21 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Many thousands of Internet users set to be targeted by an adult content copyright troll can today breathe a sigh of relief. Streaming video portal RedTube, the site where targets were said to have viewed unauthorized content, has obtained an injunction to stop the lawfirm involved sending out any more threats. Company vice president Alex Taylor says such invasions of privacy for monetary gain can never be accepted.... (more)
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