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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)
Merry Christmas!


Tuesday December 24th, 2013

US sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into ocean posted 12/24/2013, 8:20 AM (Tampa Bay Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For up to 15 years after World War II, the crew of Albernaz's ship, the USS Calhoun County, dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into the Atlantic Ocean, often without heeding the simplest health precautions, according to Navy documents and Tampa Bay Times interviews with more than 50 former crewmen.... (more)
These are the same people who don't want you to take showers "for the environment."


Monday December 23rd, 2013

N.S.A. Spied on Allies, Aid Groups and Businesses posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses. ... (more)


White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets. ... (more)


NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (NationalJournal)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of President Obama's task force on surveillance, said in an interview on Sunday that a controversial telephone data-collection program conducted by the National Security Agency should be expanded to include emails. He also said the program, far from being unnecessary, could prevent the next 9/11.... (more)


Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer posted 12/23/2013, 5:39 AM (Reuters)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA created and promulgated a flawed formula for generating random numbers to create a "back door" in encryption products, the N
... (more)


Google reveals sharp rise in requests for removal of political content posted 12/23/2013, 5:37 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
“Over the past four years, one worrying trend has remained consistent: governments continue to ask us to remove political content. Judges have asked us to remove information that’s critical of them, police departments want us to take down videos or blogs that shine a light on their conduct, and local institutions like town councils don’t want people to be able to find information about their decision-making processes,” Susan Infantino, legal director, said in a blogpost.... (more)


Friday December 20th, 2013

Government Using NSA to Change Amount in Bank Accounts, Warns Panel posted 12/20/2013, 8:22 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A White House review panel report into the activities of the NSA suggested that the government was using the spy agency to launch cyber attacks against financial institutions and change the amounts held in bank accounts.

The 300 page report prepared for President Barack Obama by the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology called for the NSA to be stripped of its power to obtain bulk collections of telephone records.
... (more)


TSA Launches 'Fun' Website For Kids posted 12/20/2013, 8:22 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]


The TSA has launched a new “fun” website for kids in order to “help all passengers understand what to expect when going through airport security.”

The extent of the “fun” is an animated YouTube video which depicts TSA agents as polite, cuddly dog cartoon characters, a word search, and a print out of a TSA badge which can be colored in.

The mother and father charac
... (more)


Red Light Cameras On The Decline, As Everyone Realizes They Don't Make Roads Safer, They Just Make Money posted 12/20/2013, 8:22 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For many years we've written about the problems of red light cameras. Installed over the past few years in many cities, the public statements supporting them were always about increased safety on our roads. However, as we've noted, plenty of studies showed that the cameras actually tended to increase accidents, showed little to no safety benefit, and were almost always driven by monetary incentives. ... (more)


Thursday December 19th, 2013

Texas Court Rules Warrants Can be Obtained on 'Predictions of Future Crimes' posted 12/19/2013, 10:12 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last week opens the door for Texas law enforcement to obtain search warrants "based on predictions of the commission of future crimes," an appeals judge has stated.

The ruling came in the 2010 case of a man who police allege was "fixing to" cook methamphetamine.

Parker County police had been staking out suspect Michael Fred Wehren’s house for over a month.

When an informant tipped them off that Wehren an
... (more)


Ohio Bill Would Require Background Check, Social Services Investigation to Homeschool posted 12/19/2013, 10:12 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a coordinated attack on families, a Democratic state senator in Ohio introduced a bill this month that requires parents to submit to a social services investigation, including background checks, before being “permitted” to homeschool their own children.

Introduced by Sen. Capri Cafarao, Senate Bill 248 effectively requires homeschooling parents to be licensed by the state through an application process which includes an investigation, background checks and in-person interviews
... (more)


Appeals Court Upholds Life Prison Sentence For Iraqi 'Terrorist' Caught In One Of The FBI's Own Terrorist Plots posted 12/19/2013, 10:12 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
"...the FBI's "anti-terrorism" strategy appears to be setting up its own fake terrorist plots, convincing gullible young men to "join", and then arresting them for participating in a terrorist plot where there was no chance of any actual terrorism happening..."... (more)


Why Did Reddit Mods Ban Climate Change Deniers From Commenting In Their Science Forums? posted 12/19/2013, 10:11 AM (IBTimes)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The latest to be banished from the Reddit realm are not an organization, but a certain type of commenter. The online magazine Grist reports that Reddit will no longer accept comments to science forums, including the most notable, reddit.com/r/science, from people who deny climate change.... (more)


Wednesday December 18th, 2013

Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama posted 12/18/2013, 7:25 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.... (more)
That's an insult to the Stasi, they weren't nearly as radical.


Snowden: 'I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice' posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A day after a ruling by a federal judge was seen to vindicate the whistleblowing of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor published "an open letter" to the people of Brazil offering to help the government there with its investigation into U.S. spying in the country.... (more)


Snowden wore anti-NSA hoodie to work, kept copy of constitution on desk to cite during arguments, says coworker posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (The Verge)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
...While it wasn't until spring this year that Snowden's leaked NSA documents came out, he reportedly voiced his concerns over the agency's activities before then — albeit much more quietly. Forbes reports that Snowden used to wear a sweatshirt to work that satirized the agency's activities: sold by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the sweatshirt's back depicted a parody NSA logo that replaced the American shield with an AT&T data box that had wires spilling out of it and into the talons of a... (more)


Wall Street Journal Calls Snowden A Sociopath; Argues For Even Less NSA Oversight posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's no surprise that the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal would be apologists for the surveillance state, but even they have reached new depths in discussing the recommendations to President Obama from his NSA review panel/task force.... (more)


NSA Official Says First Amendment Should Be "Reformed" posted 12/18/2013, 7:23 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
An unnamed official with the NSA told a reporter during a recent media “open day” that President Obama should crack down on the free press, and that the First Amendment should be reformed.... (more)


Customs Asked to Leak Kim Dotcom Secrets to FBI for "Brownie Points" posted 12/18/2013, 7:22 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The ongoing case against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload continues to reveal unusual levels of surveillance. This week an email released after a freedom of information request reveals that a customs official offered “brownie points” for leaking sensitive information about Kim Dotcom to the FBI. The scandal follows on from last week’s news that Dotcom is still being spied on.... (more)


Tuesday December 17th, 2013

In Historic Ruling, Federal Judge Declares NSA Mass Phone Surveillance is Likely Unconstitutional posted 12/17/2013, 6:44 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a historic decision, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. today declared that the NSA's mass phone records surveillance is likely unconstitutional, ruling that the plaintiff's data should be purged from the system and prohibiting the NSA from collecting further phone records from the plaintiffs.

The case, Klayman v. Obama, undermines the government's assertions that its bulk surveillance program, which col
... (more)


Glenn Greenwald "It's A Very Important Vindication Of Our Fellow Citizen Edward Snowden!" posted 12/17/2013, 6:43 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Interview starts at 3:00.


Glenn Greenwald "US Govt Is Doing Things So Against The Core Guarantees Of The Constitution..." posted 12/17/2013, 6:43 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

Glenn Greenwald vs. Jeffrey Toobin.


NSA cracked cellphone 'A5/1' encryption code, can decode private conversations posted 12/17/2013, 6:43 AM (Washington Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions of calls and texts that travel over public airwaves every day.... (more)


Boston Bomber Believed He Was a Victim of Mind Control posted 12/17/2013, 6:41 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
“He believed in majestic mind control, which is a way of breaking down a person and creating an alternative personality with which they must coexist,” Donald Larking, a 67-year-old who attended a Boston mosque with Tamerlan, told the Globe. “You can give a signal, a phrase or a gesture, and bring out the alternate personality and make them do things. Tamerlan thought someone might have done that to him.”... (more)


CBS Airs NSA Propaganda Informercial Masquerading As 'Hard Hitting' 60 Minutes Journalism By Reporter With Massive Conflict Of Interest posted 12/17/2013, 6:41 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last night I started seeing a bunch of folks on Twitter absolutely trashing 60 Minutes. We had mentioned last week that 60 Minutes would be doing something about the NSA, including the revelation that some NSA officials favored granting Snowden asylum, and that Keith Alexander ridiculously stated that people should be held accountable for their actions -- without recognizing the irony of that statement when pointed at himself. What we didn't realize was that the episode of 60 Minutes would be a ... (more)


NSA Director Alexander Has to Ask Permission to Answer a Question posted 12/17/2013, 6:41 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of the more jaw-dropping moments to emerge out of 60 Minutes’ profile piece on the National Security Agency yesterday was when NSA Director Keith Alexander had to ask permission from his superiors on whether or not he could answer a question.... (more)


Monday December 16th, 2013

Arrested because he joked about Mandela: Police hold shopkeeper for eight hours, take his DNA and seize his computer - after local councillor objects to off-colour internet comments posted 12/16/2013, 5:43 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A sandwich shop owner endured eight hours of questioning by police and had his computer seized for three weeks – after making tasteless Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet.

Neil Phillips, who runs Crumbs in Rugeley, Staffordshire, says he was also finger-printed and DNA-swabbed after officers received complaints about what he insists were harmless gags.

In one online post, the 44-year-old wrote: 'My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mande
... (more)


AT&T Invents New Technology to Detect and Ban Filesharing posted 12/16/2013, 5:36 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Internet provider AT&T has expanded its portfolio of anti-piracy patents with a new technology that can detect file-sharers on its network. Based on a network activity score users are assigned to a so-called “risk class,” and as a result alleged pirates may have their access to file-sharing sites blocked. Whether AT&T has plans to implement the technology in the real world remains unknown. ... (more)


A medical collision with a child in the middle posted 12/16/2013, 5:36 AM (Boston Globe)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Justina has a metabolic disease. Or does she? Her parents and Children’s Hospital deadlocked, she was placed in state custody.... (more)


Friday December 13th, 2013

Government Spies Are Forcing Privacy Email Services To Shut Down Because They Can't Spy On Emails posted 12/13/2013, 1:50 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
GCHQ, the British counterpart and facilitator to the NSA, has forced a privacy focused email service to shut down because it could not effectively spy on the encrypted emails people were sending.

As the blog IT Security Guru reports, a beta version of the PrivateSky service from London-based web security firm CertiVox was shut down early in 2013 following a government order.

The secure email encryption service, w
... (more)


Backpacker stripped of tech gear at NZ, Auckland Airport posted 12/13/2013, 1:46 AM (NZ Herald News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A backpacker coming home for Christmas had every bit of electronic equipment stripped from him at the airport.

A Customs officer at Auckland International Airport took law graduate Sam Blackman's two smartphones, iPad, an external hard drive and laptop - and demanded his passwords.
... (more)


Scumbag Revenge Porn Site Operator Arrested... But Many Of The Charges Are Very Problematic posted 12/13/2013, 1:46 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A fair amount of attention has been paid to the announcement from Kamala Harris, the attorney general for California, that Kevin Bollaert, the operator of a revenge porn site, and corresponding "pay me to take down the revenge porn" site, has been arrested and charged with a variety of crimes, including extortion. Make no mistake about it: Bollaert is a scumbag and these revenge porn sites -- especially those with the extortionate concept of "pay us to take down those nude photos you never wante... (more)


Thursday December 12th, 2013

Secretive US kill switch strategy challenged posted 12/12/2013, 1:58 AM (DW.DE)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Not much is known about the US government's policy and ability to shut down wireless communications in case of national emergencies, such as terrorist attacks. That could change come January. ... (more)


Pirate Bay Founder Held in Solitary Confinement Without a Warrant posted 12/12/2013, 1:56 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Since his arrival in Denmark to face hacking charges Gottfrid Svartholm has sat in solitary confinement, denied free access to mail and denied access to his books. The situation has outraged Wikileaks’ Julian Assange who says Gottfrid is now a political prisoner. Meanwhile Gottfrid’s mother Kristina has written to Amnesty hoping that they will take notice of her son’s plight.... (more)


Awesome Privacy Tools in Android 4.3+ posted 12/12/2013, 1:56 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
To date, there has been no way to run apps on Android with real and reliable privacy controls. Android version 4.3 and higher take a huge step in the right direction, letting users install apps while denying some of the apps' attempts to collect the user's data.... (more)


Wednesday December 11th, 2013

Sacramento, California To Shorten Red Light Camera Ticket Timing posted 12/11/2013, 2:15 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Sacramento County, California Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on a plan to boost the number of $500 red light camera tickets issued at intersections. County officials quietly changed the wording of its memorandum of understanding with Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company in charge of the program, so that the camera flash would trigger in half the time. Under the new proposal, the Redflex camera will issue a ticket 0.1 second after the signal changes -- faster than the blink... (more)


The Pirate Bay Moves to .AC After Domain Name Seizure posted 12/11/2013, 2:14 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Following pressure from the entertainment industry the domain registry of Sint Maarten appears to have seized The Pirate Bay’s .SX domain name. The torrent site itself hasn’t been taken down and has quickly relocated to a new address on Ascension Island’s .AC ccTLD. The Pirate Bay team informs TorrentFreak that this UK-controlled domain isn’t their final destination and they will sail to a safer haven in the near future.... (more)


Monday December 9th, 2013

Giant, Earth-Devouring Octopus Is New U.S. Mascot In Spy Satellite Launch posted 12/09/2013, 10:44 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

The top of the ATLAS-V rocket in the NROL-39 launch. (Source: Twitter)

Last night, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) launched an ATLAS V rocket to haul a dozen mini spy satellites up into orbit.  The choice for of the official logo of the missio
... (more)


Newest Leak Shows NSA, GCHQ Infiltrated World Of Warcraft, Second Life posted 12/09/2013, 10:43 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Apparently, there's nowhere our intelligence agencies won't go in ostensibly in search of terrorists. The latest leak from Snowden, as published by ProPublica, New York Times and The Guardian, shows the NSA and GCHQ are actively infiltrating MMOs and other online gatherings in order to fight terrorism. ... (more)


NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say posted 12/09/2013, 10:42 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency’s surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support.... (more)


Thursday December 5th, 2013

NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show posted 12/05/2013, 1:11 AM (Washington Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.... (more)


British news staff may face terrorism charges over Snowden leaks posted 12/05/2013, 1:10 AM (Reuters)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain's senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.... (more)


Wednesday December 4th, 2013

Secret Patent Applications on the Rise posted 12/04/2013, 2:12 AM (AllGov)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Among the thousands of patents reviewed and approved each year by the federal government, a select group is kept secret from the public—a group that has grown in number lately.

During the previous fiscal year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved 139 new “secrecy orders” on patent applications, according to data obtained by Secrecy News.

This secret classifying of inventions has been around since Congress adopted the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951
... (more)


Activists say legislation can cut water, kill snooping at Utah Data Center posted 12/04/2013, 2:09 AM (US News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency has an Achilles heel, according to some anti-surveillance activists. The key vulnerability, according to members of the OffNow coalition of advocacy groups: The electronic spy agency's reliance on local utilities.

The activists would like to turn off the water to the NSA's $1.5 billion Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, and at other facilities around the country.
... (more)


Monday December 2nd, 2013

Child Taken From Womb By Social Services posted 12/02/2013, 12:26 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.... (more)


Friday November 29th, 2013

Swedish Regime To Give Police, Customs, Tax Authorities Realtime Access to Citizens' Phone, Mail, More posted 11/29/2013, 12:32 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Swedish citizens will get all their phone calls and e-mail traffic wiretapped in real time not just by the Swedish NSA branch, but also by police, customs, the tax authority, and others. These plans were revealed today by the Ny Teknik magazine, sending shockwaves among civil rights activists. This follows a previous law change that gave the Swedish NSA branch, the FRA, realtime access to all Internet traffic that crossed the country borders – effectively wiretapping everybody warrantlessly ... (more)

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