Spying and Surveillance

Obama Signs Executive Order On Cyber Security Ahead of State of the Union Address

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Obama Signs Executive Order On Cyber Security Ahead of State of the Union Address

Barack Obama has signed an executive order on cybersecurity following rumors that he would do so. In his State of the Union address he cited “growing threat from cyber-attacks” as the reason he used his executive power against the will of lawmakers.

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CISPA’s Back: Hacking, Online Espionage Resurrect Cybersecurity Bill

Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
CISPA’s Back: Hacking, Online Espionage Resurrect Cybersecurity Bill

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act (CISPA) will be reintroduced before the US House next week following a spate of cyber espionage and hacking attacks. Civil liberties advocates have criticized the bill for violating privacy laws.

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VICTORY: Wyoming Anti-NDAA Bill passes Committee 6-3, on its way to the House

Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
VICTORY: Wyoming Anti-NDAA Bill passes Committee 6-3, on its way to the House

Wyoming House Bill 114, the Wyoming Liberty Preservation Act, passed committee 6-3 and will now advance to the House floor. Our battle however, is not yet over. HB 114 will be debated on the House floor within the next few days. The deadline for bills to be heard on the house floor is Monday, February 4th,and, if the bill has not come up in committee of the whole by then, it will die due to lack of time left in the session.

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Kim Dotcom Wants To Encrypt Half Of the Internet To End Government Surveillance (Full RT Interview)

Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Kim Dotcom Wants To Encrypt Half Of the Internet To End Government Surveillance (Full RT Interview)

Everyone who uses the Internet knows what’s going on here. They don’t like what’s going on here. They saw it with SOPA and you will see it with our case. People will come together and fight this kind of aggression against innovation and Internet freedom.

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FBI’s Abuse Of the Surveillance State Is the Real Scandal Needing Investigation

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Agencies & Systems, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
FBI’s Abuse Of the Surveillance State Is the Real Scandal Needing Investigation

The US operates a sprawling, unaccountable Surveillance State that – in violent breach of the core guarantees of the Fourth Amendment – monitors and records virtually everything even the most law-abiding citizens do. Just to get a flavor for how pervasive it is, recall that the Washington Post, in its 2010 three-part “Top Secret America” series, reported: “Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications.”

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James Corbett: FISA, Facebook, and the End of Privacy

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
James Corbett: FISA, Facebook, and the End of Privacy

On Dec 28, 2012, the US Senate quietly voted to approve a renewal of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The 2008 FISA Amendments Act represented a fundamental change to the US government’s official, on-the-record approach to the collection of personal data on its own citizens and others around the world. Find out more about the FISA Amendments Act, Facebook, and the end of privacy in this installment of The Last Word.

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Whistleblowers: Public Enemy #1

Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Whistleblowers: Public Enemy #1

Ex-CIA official John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the agency’s use of waterboarding and revealed the identity of interrogation program chief Thomas Donahue Fletcher, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. His lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, talks about his case as well as recent developments in the Bradley Manning trial.

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President Obama Authorizes Five More Years of Warrantless Wiretapping

Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
President Obama Authorizes Five More Years of Warrantless Wiretapping

Federal detectives won’t need a warrant to eavesdrop on the emails and phone calls of Americans for another five years. President Obama reauthorized an intelligence gathering bill on Sunday that puts national security over constitutional rights.

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Activists Voice Dismay as Senate Renews Government Surveillance Measure

Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Activists Voice Dismay as Senate Renews Government Surveillance Measure

“We’re actually pleased that so many [Senate] members today want more transparency,” Richardson said, pointing to the 43 votes for Wyden. “There were more members voting for transparency and accountability than there were in 2008. The amendments did better this time.”

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Senate Convenes in DC to Discuss Renewal of FISA Spying Bill

Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Senate Convenes in DC to Discuss Renewal of FISA Spying Bill

With less than a week until a powerful legislation expires that lets the government eavesdrop on the phone and email conversations of Americans, the Senate has convened in DC to discuss whether or not to renew the FISA Amendment Act.

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Merry Christmas From the Feds, Who Can Still Read Your Emails Without a Warrant

Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Merry Christmas From the Feds, Who Can Still Read Your Emails Without a Warrant

It’s no secret that the CIA and FBI can read your emails for any old reason they choose without having to clear it with anyone first (because you’re a terrorist). That was on track to change with an amendment attached to an upcoming bill… before said amendment was quietly dropped from said bill.

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Revealed: NSA Targeting Domestic Computer Systems in Secret Test

Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Revealed: NSA Targeting Domestic Computer Systems in Secret Test

Newly released files show a secret National Security Agency program is targeting the computerized systems that control utilities to discover security vulnerabilities, which can be used to defend the United States or disrupt the infrastructure of other nations.

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FBI Investigated ‘Occupy’ As Possible ‘Terrorism’ Threat, Internal Documents Show

Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Agencies & Systems, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
FBI Investigated ‘Occupy’ As Possible ‘Terrorism’ Threat, Internal Documents Show

According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a “criminal activity” or even “domestic terrorism.”

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Your Cellphone Is Spying On You

Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Spying and Surveillance with 3 Comments
Your Cellphone Is Spying On You

Big Brother has been outsourced. The police can find out where you are, where you’ve been, even where you’re going. All thanks to that handy little human tracking device in your pocket: your cellphone.

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Government Seeks to Shut Down NSA Wiretapping Lawsuit

Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Government Seeks to Shut Down NSA Wiretapping Lawsuit

“The mass dragnet surveillance the government is conducting is completely unprecedented in the history of the republic,” said Wiebe. “At the AT&T facility, right here in San Francisco—at Second and Folsom—all of the traffic between AT&T and other providers is split. An exact copy of all of that traffic is sent to a room under the control of the NSA.”

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