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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 (
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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)
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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)
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Retweet if you want to go to jail! And not regular county jail, but federal prison! ... (more) Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites posted 01/21/2015, 12:59 PM (
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The Associated Press reports that 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)
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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)
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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)
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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.”

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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 (
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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)
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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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ACLU Accuses NSA Of Using Holiday Lull To ‘Minimise Impact’ Of Documents posted 12/27/2014, 3:49 AM (The Guardian)
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The National Security Agency used the holiday lull to “minimise the impact” of a tranche of documents by releasing them on Christmas Eve, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Friday.

The documents, which were released in response to a legal challenge by the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily – in some places totally –redacted versions of reports by the NSA to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board dating back to 2007.
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Friday December 26th, 2014

NSA Reports It May Have Broken Laws With Decade of Spying on U.S. Citizens posted 12/26/2014, 4:48 PM (Business Week)
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The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.

The NSA, responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, released a series of required quarterly and annual reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board that cover the period from the fourth quarter of 200
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Wednesday December 24th, 2014

Is Sony's Crackdown A Bigger Threat To Western Free Speech Than North Korea? posted 12/24/2014, 10:29 PM (Trevor Timm)
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After a pre-Christmas week full of massive backlash for caving to a vague and unsubstantiated threat by hackers supposedly from North Korea, Sony has reversed course and decided it will allow The Interview to be shown after all -- thus all but ending what Senator John McCain abs... (more)

Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

UK Cinema Calls Police on Kids With iPhones Over Piracy Concerns posted 12/23/2014, 1:22 PM (TorrentFreak)
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A group of 12-year-old girls had the police called on them after they decided to bring their iPhones and iPads to a showing of The Hunger Games at a local cinema. The police officers who rushed to the scene were unable to find any recorded footage, but by then the children were too distressed to watch the rest of the film.... (more)

Monday December 22nd, 2014

Gun Control Advocate Urges Kids to Inform on Parents, Turn in Their Firearms posted 12/22/2014, 12:14 PM (Infowars)
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A gun control advocate is attracting controversy after she released a PSA video encouraging children to inform on their parents by stealing their firearms and bringing them to school, an act that would result in numerous felony charges.

The video, which is the work of director Rejina Sincic of Rejina Productions, shows a nervous boy sneaking up to his parent’s bedroom before rif
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Bring your parent's gun to school! More great advice from state supremacists! - Chris

Google Slams Secret Hollywood Attempt To 'Censor The Internet' posted 12/22/2014, 12:10 PM (The Guardian)
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Google has accused Hollywood of attempting to "secretly censor the internet" by reviving the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) to enable wholesale site-blocking.

The search company alleges that Hollywood studios, through the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), conspired to push through the effects of Sopa through non-legislative
... (more)

Friday December 19th, 2014

Sony Hack Reinvigorates Support for Privacy-Busting CISPA-Style Legislation posted 12/19/2014, 9:07 AM (Infowars)
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The Sony hack attack has reinvigorated support for privacy-busting CISPA-style cybersecurity legislation that was previously considered dead, prompting calls to make the issue a top priority in 2015.

With the White House declaring the hack to be a “national security issue” yesterday, numerous prominent lawmakers jumped on the issue to push a “zombie” cybersecurity bill – the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – which failed to make the Senate floor in July.

... (more)

Illinois Woman Files For Trademark On Phrase 'I Can't Breathe' Because This Is America Damn It posted 12/19/2014, 9:07 AM (Techdirt)
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An Illinois woman is seeking to trademark the dying last words of the New York City man who gasped “I can’t breathe” while being arrested by NYPD cops for selling loose cigarettes. In a December 13 application, Catherine Crump petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the phrase for use on hoodies and t-shirts for men, women, boys, girls, and infants.... (more)

Tuesday December 16th, 2014

Government Wastes Taxpayers' Money On Crappy "Shark-Like Spy Drone" posted 12/16/2014, 11:26 AM (InformationLiberation)
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Here's the latest scam the government is burning your money on: a "shark-like spy drone" that looks somewhat like a shark and swims like a physically disabled fish.

UPI reports:
The U.S. Navy has been testing a GhostSwimmer u... (more)

Saturday December 13th, 2014

MPAA Prepares to Bring Pirate Site Blocking to the U.S. posted 12/13/2014, 6:38 AM (TorrentFreak)
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The MPAA is in discussions with the major movie studios over ways to introduce site blocking to the United States. TorrentFreak has learned that the studios will try to achieve website blockades using principles available under existing law. Avoiding another SOPA-style backlash is high on the agenda.... (more)

Leaked Emails Reveal MPAA Plans To Pay Elected Officials To Attack Google posted 12/13/2014, 6:38 AM (Techdirt)
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Okay, it's no secret that the MPAA hates Google. It doesn't take a psychology expert to figure that out. But in the last few days, some of the leaks from the Sony Pictures hack have revealed the depths of that hatred, raising serious questions about how the MPAA abuses the legal process in corrupt and dangerous ways. The most serious charge -- unfortunately completely buried by this report at The Verge -- is that it appears the MPAA and the major Hollywood studios directly f... (more)

Silk Road Judge: I Won't Reveal Witnesses Because Ulbricht Could Have Them Killed posted 12/13/2014, 6:38 AM (Wired)
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When alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht’s trial begins in less than a month, he’ll face charges of narcotics conspiracy, money laundering, and computer fraud—not murder. But the specter of violence is creeping into Ulbricht’s trial nonetheless. The prosecution and judge in his case have now refused to let him know which witnesses will be testifying against him for fear that he might orchestrate their killing from his jail cell.... (more)

Thursday December 11th, 2014

Silk Road Prosecutors Rely on Slander As Trial Approaches posted 12/11/2014, 5:58 AM (Activist Post)
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What does a prosecutor do when their primary "evidence" was likely gathered through parallel construction of illegally hacked data, and support for the defendant is gaining whether he's innocent or not? They slander him, of course.

Since Silk Road prosecutors have no actual victims to parade in front of the public or the jury to bolster their case against its alleged mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, they have to invent victims by rehashing unsubstantiated claims of "murder-for-hire" plo
... (more)

Google News Shuttered in Spain Thanks to "Ancillary Copyright" Law posted 12/11/2014, 5:57 AM (
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Today, Google has announced that it will be permanently shutting down the Spanish version of Google News, effective from December 16, 2014. The shutdown comes in direct response to amendments to the Spanish intellectual property law (Ley De Propiedad Intelectual) imposing a compulsory fee for the use of snippets of text to link to news articles, by o... (more)

Wednesday December 10th, 2014

NSA Warrantless Bulk Phone Metadata Spying Continues Unabated posted 12/10/2014, 4:35 AM (Ars Technica)
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The NSA's bulk phone metadata spying program was renewed for another 90 days, the fourth time the warrantless snooping has been reauthorized following President Barack Obama promising reform last January, the government said Monday.

That means the nation's telecoms will continue forwarding a database to the government that includes the phone numbers of all calls, the international mobile subscriber identity number of mobile callers, the calling card numbers used in calls, and the
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Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline posted 12/10/2014, 4:34 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB.... (more)

Thursday December 4th, 2014

Operation AURORAGOLD: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide posted 12/04/2014, 8:22 PM (The Intercept)
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In March 2011, two weeks before the Western intervention in Libya, a secret message was delivered to the National Security Agency. An intelligence unit within the U.S. military’s Africa Command needed help to hack into Libya’s cellphone networks and monitor text messages.

For the NSA, the task was easy. The agency had already obtained technical information about the cellphone carriers’ internal systems by spying on documents sent among company employees, and these details would pr
... (more)

Wednesday December 3rd, 2014

Copyright Law as a Tool for State Censorship of the Internet posted 12/03/2014, 11:16 PM (
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When state officials seek to censor online speech, they're going to use the quickest and easiest method available. For many, copyright takedown notices do the trick. After years of lobbying and increasing pressure from content industries on policymakers and tech companies, sending copyright notices to take media offline is easier than ever.

The copyright law that state actors most often invoke is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA was the first maj
... (more)

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Feds Dig Up Law From 1789 To Demand Apple, Google Decrypt Smartphones, Slabs posted 12/02/2014, 6:44 PM (The Register)
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The FBI has made it no secret that it hates Apple and Google's efforts to encrypt files in your smartphones and tablets.

Now court documents have emerged showing just how far the Feds are willing to go to decrypt citizens' data.
... (more)

Monday December 1st, 2014

FDA Recruits Minors For Online Cigarette Purchases posted 12/01/2014, 4:21 PM (The Weekly Standard)
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently solicited quotes from contractors to recruit minors ages sixteen and seventeen to purchase "regulated tobacco products" on the Internet. The purchase attempts must be made from a facility located in Virginia and shipped to a P.O. Box provided by the FDA for purposes of this probe. The FDA is careful to note that the contractor must "debrief minors on the dangers of tobacco use" and that the minors "[agree] NOT to attempt to purchase tobacco product... (more)

The US/UK Campaign to Demonize Social Media Companies as Terrorist Allies posted 12/01/2014, 4:21 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
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In May, 2013, a British Army soldier, Lee Rigby, was killed on a suburban London street by two Muslim British citizens, who said they were acting to avenge years of killings of innocent Muslims by the British military... (more)

The TSA Will Be Unwrapping Your Gifts This Christmas posted 12/01/2014, 4:21 PM (Infowars)
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An Infowars reader out of San Francisco sent us this image showing how TSA agents had unwrapped a book about herbs during a baggage inspection.... (more)

Friday November 21st, 2014

Bill Aimed At Shutting Off NSA's Water Starts Moving Forward Again posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Techdirt)
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The attempt to nerf the NSA's new data center in Utah continues. As we covered here at the beginning of this year, legislators and activists began pushing a bill that would cut off the NSA's water supply if it continued to gather data on American citizens. It's an interesting move, one that leverages the states' abilities to combat o... (more)

Baltimore Prosecutors Withdraw Evidence Rather Than Talk About Police Department's Stingray Usage posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Techdirt)
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They justify the use of Stingray devices (IMSI catchers/cell tower spoofers) by pointing out how great they are at catching criminals. They justify the secrecy surrounding them by claiming the release of any details will compromise investigations. And then they pull something like this. ... (more)

Md. County To Churches: Preach Environmentalism, Get Tax Break posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (The Daily Caller)
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Prince George’s Country is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the state's unpopular rain tax — preach “green” to their parishioners. ... (more)

Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (
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Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users' computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer's camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International have all had experience assisti... (more)

Thursday November 20th, 2014

Court: $30,000 for Sharing a Pirated Movie is Excessive Punishment posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and said the requested amount would be "excessive punishment."... (more)

Tuesday November 18th, 2014

2nd Grader's Homework Teaches 'The Government GIVES Us Our Rights' posted 11/18/2014, 5:56 AM (Truthstream Media)
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Apparently this homework sheet given out to 2nd graders about “Being a Good Citizen” is teaching them that the government GIVES us our rights.

And the government doesn’t just give us our rights, but the government specifically gives us “special privileges called rights.”
2. When you are a citizen you have rights. Rights are special privileges the government gives you. In our country, you have free speech. You are also given the right to chooes a religion. In Ame... (more)

Friday November 14th, 2014

Feds Put Fake Cell Towers On Planes, Spied On Tons Of Innocent Americans posted 11/14/2014, 9:12 PM (Techdirt)
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The Wall Street Journal broke the news that the DOJ has been spying on tons of innocent Americans by putting fake mobile phone towers on airplanes and scooping up all sorts of data from people who thought they were connecting to regular mobile phone towers.
The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional arou... (more)

Thursday November 6th, 2014

FBI Arrests SpaceX Employee, Alleging He Ran The 'Deep Web' Drug Marketplace Silk Road 2.0 posted 11/06/2014, 2:25 PM (Business Insider)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI and Europol have conducted a joint operation to take down the internet’s thriving “deep web” drug marketplaces.

The official FBI New York Twitter account just confirmed the seizure of Silk Road 2.0, saying that the site’s alleged operator, Blake Benthall, was arrested in San Francisco on Wednesday. He now potentially faces life in prison, the FBI says.
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber posted 11/06/2014, 2:25 PM (Slashdot)
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German newspaper FAZ reports (google translated version) that, after facing... (more)

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