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Thursday July 24th, 2014
Texas Dept. Of Public Safety Quietly Starts Demanding Full Set Of Prints From Drivers License Applicants posted 07/24/2014, 7:08 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Texas Dept. of Public Safety has apparently decided that if you'd like to be allowed to drive a vehicle in the state, you'd also perfectly fine with a criminal booking-style fingerprinting and having those immediately uploaded to a criminal database (that reps swear isn't a criminal database). ... (more)

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Airlines, Travel Sites Hand Over Your Full Booking Credit Card, IP Info To Feds, Who Keep It Stored With No Encryption posted 07/22/2014, 1:52 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar filed a FOIA request for the Passenger Name Records (PNRs) that had been stored by the federal government concerning his own travel history. PNRs are created by travel companies (airlines, hotels, cruise lines) whenever you book a reservation, and are then handed over to the government. After an appeal, Customs and Border Patrol turned over the records, showing that airlines (1) rec... (more)

Federal Judge Gives Government Open-Ended Access To All Content In A Suspect's Gmail Account posted 07/22/2014, 1:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Even though the government hates to get warrants for searches, sometimes it has no choice. But just because there's a warrant involved doesn't mean the search will be any less invasive. Warrant applications are supposed to contain specifics about what is being sought and where it likely resides based on the sworn statements of investigators. Unfortunately, this often doesn't seem to be the case, especially when it comes to electronic data. ... (more)

Monday July 21st, 2014

Study: California Cell Phone Ban Fails To Reduce Accidents posted 07/21/2014, 4:39 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Six years ago, California began enforcing a ban on the use of cell phones behind the wheel. In the latest edition of the journal Transportation Research, a study found that issuing tens of thousands of $170 tickets each year for this new offense failed to yield measurable safety benefits.... (more)

FBI Warns Driverless Cars Could be Used as 'Lethal Weapons' posted 07/21/2014, 4:36 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Google’s driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high-speed car chases within a matter of years. The report also warned that autonomous cars may be used as "lethal weapons".... (more)
Of course, government drones being used as lethal weapons are A-OK.

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

The Worst Trolls On The Internet Are The Government Trolls posted 07/16/2014, 1:46 AM (Michael Snyder)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We have all run into them.  All over the Internet, there are horrible trolls that seem to delight in making life miserable for other people.  But the worst trolls of all are the government trolls.  And thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have some startling new evidence of what really goes on behind the scenes.  According to newly revealed documents, British spy agency GCHQ is manipulating online discussions, infiltrating the computers of specific targets, purposely destroying reputations, altering... (more)
I wonder if US government view bots had anything to do with the Kony 2012 campaign?

Thursday July 3rd, 2014

NSA Targets The Privacy-Conscious: 'Web Search For Privacy-Enhancing Software Triggers Permanent NSA Tracking' posted 07/03/2014, 3:54 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The investigation discloses the following:

- Two servers in Germany - in Berlin and Nuremberg - are under surveillance by the NSA.
- Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search. Not only are German privacy software users tracked, but the source code shows that privacy software users worldwide are tracked by the NSA.
- Among
... (more)

Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

Feds Ignore First Amendment, Supreme Court Precedent In Seizing Domain Of Social Network For Sex Workers posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The disturbing trend of the federal government seizing domain names without regard to the First Amendment continues. The FBI, along with the IRS, apparently seized a number of websites associated with, and arrested the operator of the site. The FBI notes that the site, which was a social network and resource fo... (more)

Friday June 27th, 2014

US Supreme Court Rules Cops Need Warrants to Search Cell Phones posted 06/27/2014, 6:37 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In an unusual unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that police in almost all cases must obtain a search warrant before searching cell phones or other mobile devices. The ruling brings the huge amounts of data Americans store on cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices under the umbrella of constitutional privacy protections.

The decision came in two cases, one involving a drug bust and the other a weapons charge. The two cases were consolidated in the
... (more)

Tuesday June 17th, 2014

State Legislators Discussing Laws That Will Put Law Enforcement Surveillance Cameras Inside Private Businesses posted 06/17/2014, 1:23 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The government does enjoy installing cameras pretty much everywhere it can do so with a minimum of complaints. If it thinks there might be some controversy, it just buries the details until after the fact.

Eugene Volokh has a roundup of new places state governments are planning to install cameras -- only the govern
... (more)

Monday June 16th, 2014

Obama Admin Seeks Authority To Ruin All GPS Navigation Systems posted 06/16/2014, 1:06 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
From The New York Times:
Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars. The apps are also a gray area when it comes to laws banning the use of cellphones or texting while driving.

The Transportation Department wants to enter the argument.

... (more)

Sunday June 15th, 2014

Man who beat NSA in T-shirt parody case wins against Ready for Hillary posted 06/15/2014, 12:57 PM (Ars Technica)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Ready for Hillary organization, a group that's laying the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign by Hillary Clinton, has backed down from its demand that a parody T-shirt and related items be removed from an online store.... (more)

Monday June 9th, 2014

Judge Says NSA Can Continue To Destroy Evidence posted 06/09/2014, 8:31 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Well, this is unfortunate. After yesterday's back and forth between the DOJ and the EFF over the ongoing destruction of key evidence in the Jewel v. NSA case, the court ordered an emergency hearing for this afternoon. About an hour before the hearing, the DOJ presented its opposition to the temporary restraining order, argu... (more)

Friday June 6th, 2014

Vodafone admits governments use 'secret cables' to tap citizens' phones posted 06/06/2014, 10:07 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Government agencies are able to listen to phone conversations live and even track the location of citizens without warrants using secret cables connected directly to network equipment, admits Vodafone today.... (more)
Remember when saying all this made you a "paranoid conspiracy theorist"? - Chris

Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

The Top 5 Claims That Defenders of the NSA Have to Stop Making to Remain Credible posted 06/03/2014, 7:29 AM (
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Over the past year, as the Snowden revelations have rolled out, the government and its apologists have developed a set of talking points about mass spying that the public has now heard over and over again. From the President, to Hilary Clinton to Rep. Mike Rogers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and many others, the arguments are often eerily similar.

But as we approach the one year anniversary, it's time to call out the key claims that have been thoroughly debunked and insist that the NSA
... (more)

Monday June 2nd, 2014

Victory for Involuntary Servitude in Colorado posted 06/02/2014, 6:25 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Pictured: No longer valid in the USSA

The State of Colorado actively discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation by refusing to recognize same-sex marriages. As a matter of religious conviction, Denver businessman Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, declines make wedding cakes for homosexual couples.

Government has no authority to define ma
... (more)

Thursday May 29th, 2014

TrueCrypt Page Says It's Not Secure, All Development Stopped posted 05/29/2014, 7:07 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
TrueCrypt's SourceForge page suddenly announced that " WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" and furthermore: "The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP." ... (more)
Gov definitely got to them and this is their way of telling the public w/o violating a gag order.

The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat PTSD posted 05/29/2014, 7:07 AM (Defense One)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
How well can you predict your next mood swing? How well can anyone? It’s an existential dilemma for many of us but for the military, the ability to treat anxiety, depression, memory loss and the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder has become one of the most important battles of the post-war period.

Now the Pentagon is developing a new, innovative brain chip to treat PTSD in soldiers and veterans that could bring sweeping new changes to the way depression and an
... (more)
More accurate title would be military wasting taxpayer money on brain chips to maybe, possibly treat PTSD, after a few more million, perhaps. A better solution would be stop sending the soldiers to fight in wars where they're the bad guys. - Chris

Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Do Personal Computers Come With NSA Surveillance Devices Built-In As Standard? posted 05/28/2014, 2:21 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As Techdirt reported last year, one of the most bizarre episodes in the unfolding story of the Snowden leaks was when two experts from the UK's GCHQ oversaw the destruction of the Guardian's computers that held material provided by Snowden. As everyone -- including the Guardian's editor Alan Rusbridger -- pointed out, this... (more)

Saturday May 24th, 2014

WikiLeaks names Afghanistan as second country where NSA records all mobile phone calls posted 05/24/2014, 5:48 PM (South China Morning Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WikiLeaks has announced that Afghanistan is the second country to have been targeted by the NSA's massive cellphone data spying programme, defying warnings that the revelation would endanger lives.... (more)

Thursday May 22nd, 2014

TSA's Mothballed Naked Body Scanners End Up Being Used In Prisons posted 05/22/2014, 8:00 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Over 150 radiation spewing body scanners, previously used by the TSA in the nation’s airports, have been redeployed into environments much more fitting of their use – prisons.

The machines, previously used to digitally strip search people who have had all their rights taken away by the authorities, are now being used to… digitally strip search people who have had all their rights taken away by the authorities.

However, because the subjects of the radiation firing sc
... (more)

Wednesday May 21st, 2014

Will & Jada Pinkett Smith Under Investigation By CPS After Picture Of Daughter Willow, 13, In Bed With 20-Year-Old Causes Controversy posted 05/21/2014, 6:14 PM (Radar Online)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith have seen their parenting skills come under fire after a picture of their daughter, Willow, 13, in bed with actor Moises Arias, 20, was posted on social media. Now, has exclusively learned that the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services has officially opened an investigation into the incident.... (more)

Tuesday May 20th, 2014

Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas posted 05/20/2014, 5:06 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas.

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government. Instead, the agency appears to have used access legally obtained in cooperation with the U.S
... (more)

WikiLeaks vows to reveal second country where NSA is recording all mobile phone calls posted 05/20/2014, 5:06 PM (South China Morning Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
WikiLeaks to name second country where the NSA is said to be recording the content of phone calls, despite warnings from Glenn Greenwald that this could “lead to deaths.”... (more)

Monday May 19th, 2014

The Connection Between The Copyright Industry And The NSA posted 05/19/2014, 12:35 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
There is a direct connection between copyright monopoly enforcement and mass surveillance, and between mass surveillance and lack of free speech. If you want to keep free speech, the copyright monopoly must be reduced sharply.... (more)

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: how the NSA tampers with US-made internet routers posted 05/13/2014, 10:07 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas – even though the US government has warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons, says Glenn Greenwald, in an extract from his new book about the Snowden affair, No Place to Hide.... (more)

Sunday May 11th, 2014

Federal Agents Seek to Loosen Rules on Hacking Computers posted 05/11/2014, 9:52 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A U.S. proposal to expand the U.S. Justice Department’s ability to hack into computers during criminal investigations is furthering tension in the debate over how to balance privacy rights with the need to keep the country safe.... (more)

Wednesday May 7th, 2014

Adult Photography Record-Keeping and Inspection Law Threatens Free Speech posted 05/07/2014, 6:23 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
EFF and the ACLU of Pennsylvania have joined forces to file an amicus brief in a long-running challenge to two criminal statutes that unconstitutionally limit the free expression of millions of adults who use the Internet and other electronic forms of communication. These statutes bring the threat of criminal sanctions for private, lawful speech and also violate important privacy rights, including both the First and the Fou... (more)

Tuesday May 6th, 2014

US Government Begins Rollout Of Its 'Driver's License For The Internet' posted 05/06/2014, 7:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
An idea the government has been kicking around since 2011 is finally making its debut. Calling this move ill-timed would be the most gracious way of putting it.
A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government service... (more)

California City Achieves New Lows In Anti-Bullying Laws, Makes Public Entirely Subject To Other People's 'Feelings' posted 05/06/2014, 7:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Just stop.

"Fixing" bullying through rushed, stupid, reactionary laws does nothing to address the issue and generally just make
... (more)

Monday May 5th, 2014

Two Illinois children charged with felonies for 'sexting' posted 05/05/2014, 3:17 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
BATAVIA, IL — Two middle-school students are facing felony child-pornography charges after they were discovered ‘sexting.’... (more)

Thursday May 1st, 2014

President of Drug-Testing Company Is Brother of St. Edward High School President posted 05/01/2014, 5:15 AM (Cleveland Scene)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of the big news items this week has to do with St. Edward High School, St. Ignatius High School and Gilmour Academy all kicking off a mandatory drug-testing program for their students in the fall. It's an interesting story because no other schools in Northeast Ohio presently test their students for drug use.

Another interesting point of fact is that the president and CEO of Massachusetts-based Psychemedics - the company that will be conducting the tests - is Raymond Kubacki, b
... (more)

Monday April 28th, 2014

State Dept Launches 'Free the Press' Campaign Same Day DOJ Asks Supreme Court To Jail Reporter posted 04/28/2014, 7:53 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The US State Department announced the launch of its third annual "Free the Press" campaign today, which will purportedly highlight "journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened, or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting." A noble mission for sure. But maybe they should kick off the campaign by criticizing their own Justice Department, which, on the very same day, has asked the Supreme Court to h... (more)

Thursday April 17th, 2014

'Kill switch' will come to U.S. phones in 2015 posted 04/17/2014, 10:07 AM (CNN)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
(CNN) -- The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.

Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group.
... (more)

Wednesday April 16th, 2014

Los Angeles Law Enforcement Looking To Crowdsource Surveillance posted 04/16/2014, 10:35 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The LAPD wants you, Joe Citizen, to help it out with its surveillance. It has enlisted the help of a crowdsourcing tool called LEEDIR to collect photos and recordings from everyday people who may have additional footage of natural disasters or civil unrest that could help out both emergency responders and cops looking to put a few more demonstrators in jail.
In today's announcement, earthquakes, terrorist ... (more)

Tuesday April 15th, 2014

TSA Ejects Mute, Disabled Woman From Flight Because She Couldn't Speak posted 04/15/2014, 9:39 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
LOS ANGELES, CA –  Federal checkpoint agents refused to let a woman board her flight when they interpreted her disabilities and inability to speak as a sign of terrorism.

Sherry Wright and her sister Heidi were scheduled to fly from Los Angeles International Airport to Phoenix.  Things started to go badly for the pair when TSA agents asked to see their papers.

Heidi, 58, had a driver’s license that was expired.   This was because she had not driven in years due to a
... (more)

Monday April 14th, 2014

NSA Exploited Heartbleed for Own Use posted 04/14/2014, 7:34 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Not only did the NSA know about the Heartbleed internet bug—found to have exposed the sensitive information of countless web users—but they exploited it for their own intelligence gathering purposes for years, sources charge.

Bloomberg News reported late Friday that the agency found Heartbleed shortly after its introduction in early 2012, according to a person "famil
... (more)

Wednesday April 9th, 2014

European ISPs Can Stop Logging User Data, Court Rules posted 04/09/2014, 3:07 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The European Court of Justice has overturned Europe's data retention directive, arguing that it's disproportionate and a violation of people's privacy. The decision has far-reaching consequences for the collection of data from European internet users, including their IP-addresses.... (more)

Snowden Says NSA Is Lying When It Claims He Didn't Raise Concerns Through The Proper Channels posted 04/09/2014, 3:07 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a new interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Ed Snowden seems to be hitting back at nearly every bogus claim made by his critics. He kicks it off by responding to the claims that if he were a real whistleblower, he should have just gone through "official channels." He claims that he did that and nothing happened. In fact, he suggests that Congress ought to ask the NSA about that. ... (more)

Yale University Drops Threat to Kick Out Student for Being Too Skinny posted 04/09/2014, 3:06 AM (Yahoo Shine)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A 92-pound Yale University student has finally ended her face-off with school officials who spent months insisting that she either gain weight or be suspended. And Frances Chan, 20, who contends she never had an eating disorder to begin with but is simply genetically thin, could not be more relieved.... (more)

Tuesday April 8th, 2014

Teen Suspended For Helping Students Opt-Out Of Common Core English Test posted 04/08/2014, 1:33 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
An eighth-grade student in New York says she was suspended from school last week after informing classmates that they could opt-out of an upcoming Common Core English test.... (more)

Thursday April 3rd, 2014

An NSA 'Reform Bill' of the Intelligence Community, Written by the Intelligence Community, and for the Intelligence Community posted 04/03/2014, 12:31 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, introduced HR 4291, the FISA Transparency and Modernization Act (.pdf), to end the collection of all Americans' calling records using Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Both have vehemently defended the program since June, an... (more)

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails -- Clapper posted 04/03/2014, 12:31 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a "back door" in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications.... (more)

Tuesday April 1st, 2014

Britain to Jail Parents Who Don't Love Their Children Enough posted 04/01/2014, 11:02 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
British government will determine what is an acceptable degree of love and affection. Photo: Dorothea Lange, the United States Library of Congress

Not loving a child to the degree mandated by a new standard established by the British state will result in a prison term for parents, according to The Telegraph.

Under a new "Cinder
... (more)

Clapper Confesses: NSA Searching Americans' Calls and Emails posted 04/01/2014, 11:01 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Despite professions by intelligence officials that "backdoor" searches have been strictly limited to foreign individuals, reporting Tuesday has revealed that the NSA has also conducted warrantless searches of Americans' calls and emails.

In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Friday, the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged,
... (more)

NSA Blows Its Own Top Secret Program in Order to Propagandize posted 04/01/2014, 1:30 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
John “Chris” Inglis just revealed to the world that the NSA was–is?–intercepting every single email, text message, and phone-location signal in real time for the entire country of Iraq. Obviously, the fact that the NSA has this capability, and used it, is Top Secret. What authority did Chris Inglis have to disclose this? Should a Department of Justice leak investigation be commenced?... (more)

Monday March 31st, 2014

After seven years, exactly one person gets off the gov't no-fly list posted 03/31/2014, 12:14 AM (Ars Technica)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A hearing in federal court Tuesday has apparently marked the conclusion of a drawn-out, costly, and, to use the judge’s own term, “Kafkaesque” legal battle over the government no-fly list. Malaysian college professor Rahinah Ibrahim sued the government back in 2006, after Dr. Ibrahim’s name mistakenly ended up on a federal government no-fly list.... (more)

Friday March 28th, 2014

‘Guardian’ reporting of Snowden leaks threatened with closure, conference told posted 03/28/2014, 8:18 AM (Irish Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson has clarified his statement at a radio conference in Dublin that the British Government would close down the newspaper over the Edward Snowden spying affair.... (more)

Wednesday March 26th, 2014

Google Takedown Notices Surge 711,887 Percent in Four Years posted 03/26/2014, 2:58 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A new paper published in the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology shows that the number of DMCA notices received by Google increased 711,887 percent in four years. The increase can be credited to a few copyright holders and industry groups such as the RIAA, who started an avalanche of takedown requests after the SOPA and PIPA bills died in Congress.... (more)

Monday March 24th, 2014

Anti-Piracy Group Steals Photo For "Snitch On a Pirate" Campaign posted 03/24/2014, 1:44 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, has been caught using a "stolen" photo in one of their anti-piracy campaigns. The group is running various Facebook ads to convince people to snitch on pirates, but this effort has backfired terribly.... (more)

Leak Shows NSA Breached Huawei's Internal Servers, Grabbed Executive Emails And Source Code posted 03/24/2014, 1:43 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Over the weekend, Der Spiegel and the New York Times published another leaked document, this one detailing the NSA's breach of Huawei's servers. The end game, however, seems to be less targeted at monitoring the company for ... (more)

Thursday March 20th, 2014

"You Can Keep Your Doctor. Oh, And We're Not Listening To Your Phone Calls." posted 03/20/2014, 12:38 PM (Becky Akers)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Maybe they aren’t. But the NSA is storing them — all of them, every word. In monthly cycles, i.e., recordings of new calls replace those  that are 30 days old.*

The NSA claims to be universally eavesdropping on only one “foreign” country, but remember that 1) the
... (more)

Tuesday March 18th, 2014

Professor Calls For Climate Change ‘Deniers’ To Be Imprisoned posted 03/18/2014, 10:18 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A professor with Rochester Institute of Technology has called for the incarceration of any American who actively disagrees that climate change is solely caused by human activity.

Lawrence Torcello, a philosophy professor with a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, published the comments as part of an essay submitted to the academic website The Conversation.

Torcello argues that malignant individuals, who he does not identify, are collectively organising a "camp
... (more)

Where is the Support for the Alleged Dread Pirate Roberts? posted 03/18/2014, 10:17 AM (Activist Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Murder-for-hire charges dropped against Ross Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts), the alleged founder of the Silk Road. Now, at worst, he may be guilty of being an innovative computer geek. He needs our support.... (more)

Popcorn Time Shuts Down, Then Gets Resurrected by YTS (YIFY) posted 03/18/2014, 10:16 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A roller-coaster week for controversial movie application Popcorn Time hit a huge low last evening with the news that the creators of the software were throwing in the towel. Well people, not so fast. The people behind YTS (YIFY) inform TorrentFreak that they are taking over the project with immediate effect.... (more)

Monday March 17th, 2014

The Rebranding Of SOPA: Now Called 'Notice And Staydown' posted 03/17/2014, 5:23 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
On Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee held its latest in a long series of hearings concerning potential copyright reform -- sometimes referred to as "the Next Great Copyright Act" after the Copyright Office kicked off the process with a talk on that topic (I'd quibble with the word "great" in there given how things are going so far). The latest hearing focused on Section 512 of the DMCA, better known as the "notice and takedown" provisions, or, more broadly, as the "safe harbor... (more)

Thursday March 13th, 2014

NSA Aiming To Infect 'Millions' Of Computers Worldwide With Its Malware; Targets Telco/ISP Systems Administrators posted 03/13/2014, 7:53 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The NSA is still working hard to make the world's computer usage less safe. The latest leak published by The Intercept shows the agency plans to infect "millions" of computers worldwide with malware, making it ... (more)

Wednesday March 12th, 2014

Government Employees Suddenly Worried About Surveillance As New Plans To Stop The Next Snowden Strip All Privacy posted 03/12/2014, 6:46 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Associated Press has a story about how the US intelligence community is ramping up efforts to stop the next Ed Snowden by basically monitoring nearly everything that government employees and contractors with security clearance do:
Stung by internal security lapses, U.S. intelligence officials plan to use a sweeping electronic system to continually monitor workers with secret c... (more)

Tuesday March 11th, 2014

Legislators Rush To Patch Hole In 'Secret Photography' Law; 'Succeed' In Making It Make It Much, Much Worse posted 03/11/2014, 4:11 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The law is an ass. This has been true since well before Charles Dickens cranked out Oliver Twist in order to fulfill his four-book contract with Penguin Classics. We also hear quite frequently how the law's ass-ish gears (sorry, some metaphors are going be forcibly combined here) grind slowly, eventually birthing justice itself or, far more frequently, suffering a miscarriage.

Sometimes, however
... (more)

CBS Journalist Resigns After Being Pressured Over 'Anti-Obama' Reporting posted 03/11/2014, 4:11 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
CBS journalist Sharyl Attkisson resigned today after facing pressure over reports she filed that were deemed to be overly critical of President Obama, but don’t expect the mainstream media to create a circus around Attkisson’s resignation like they did that of RT host Liz Wahl.

“Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedicati
... (more)

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This is What a High School Football Game Looks Like In a Police State - 11/21No Charges For Cop Filmed Breaking Man's Face For Failure To ID, "Shoulder Thrust" Made Cop Fear For His Safety - 11/21Baltimore Prosecutors Withdraw Evidence Rather Than Talk About Police Department's Stingray Usage - 11/21Political Relativity and the Infinite Cynicism of Prohibitionists - 11/18Very Large Cop Waylays High School Girl, Chaos Ensues After Students Become Angry at the Deputy - 11/21Cops Assault And Arrest Woman for No Reason, Leave Her Cuffed and Naked in Public for 30 Minutes - 11/19One-Dimensional Thinking on Drug Legalization - 11/18This One Police Department Shot 92 Dogs in Three Years. One of the Officers Has Killed 25 By Himself - 11/19

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