Spying and Surveillance

Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Ryan Gallagher reported for the Intercept that the National Security Agency (NSA) has developed a “Google-like” search engine called ICREACH, which has the capacity to gather personal information. This search engine can access over 850 million personal records, including private e-mails, chats, and some phone locations.

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FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

Responding to announcements by Apple and Google that they would make customers’ smartphone and computer data more secure, in October 2014 the FBI’s director James Comey announced the Bureau was seeking to enlarge its data collection capabilities to include direct access to cell phones, tablets, and computers through an expansion of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in the interest of “public safety”

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Here’s Proof That the U.S. Government Wanted ISIS To Emerge In Syria

Posted by on November 21, 2015 in Government, Military, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 43 Comments
Here’s Proof That the U.S. Government Wanted ISIS To Emerge In Syria

There is so much debate over how the U.S. and other nations will stop ISIS but can these leaders be trusted? Ben Swann exposes secret DOD documents that prove the U.S. wanted ISIS to emerge in Syria.

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Wikipedia is Suing the NSA For Their Surveillance of US Citizens

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Government, Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 6 Comments
Wikipedia is Suing the NSA For Their Surveillance of US Citizens

Wikipedia filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its users by performing bulk surveillance and searching.

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Greenwald: It Would Be Shocking If the Government WASN’T Spying on You

Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 4 Comments
Greenwald: It Would Be Shocking If the Government WASN’T Spying on You

We know from decades of history that actually it’s almost impossible for human beings to avoid abusing surveillance power. It would be shocking if they weren’t abusing it, I think is the lesson of history.

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Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Since Estonia regained independence in 1991, its government has sought to redesign the nation’s entire information infrastructure with goals of openness, privacy, and security. The technology platform that Estonia built to serve its citizens sets an example for the rest of the world. Each citizen has one identification number to use across all systems, from paper passport to bank records to any government office or medical care. This includes giving electronic signatures, filing taxes, and voting. Estonians elect their parliament online, and get their taxes back in two days.

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ALERT: Department of Justice Creates New Position to Target “Anti-Government Views”

Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 11 Comments
ALERT: Department of Justice Creates New Position to Target “Anti-Government Views”

“Americans motivated by anti-government views and racist ideologies” will be the focus of a new Department of Justice position.

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‘Minority Report’ Police State is Already Happening – Way Ahead of Schedule

Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 23 Comments
‘Minority Report’ Police State is Already Happening – Way Ahead of Schedule

Increasingly, the world around us resembles Dick’s dystopian police state in which the police combine widespread surveillance to capture would-be criminals before they can do any damage.

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‘The Snowden Treaty’: Pact to End Mass Spying Would Honor NSA Whistleblower

Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Government, Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 7 Comments
‘The Snowden Treaty’: Pact to End Mass Spying Would Honor NSA Whistleblower

Edward Snowden’s efforts have been credited by renowned whistleblowers like Daniel Ellsberg and Thomas Drake for helping change American surveillance law.

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Chelsea Manning May Face Solitary For Questionable Reasons

Chelsea Manning May Face Solitary For Questionable Reasons

Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier serving a 35-year military prison sentence for leaking official secrets, has been threatened with indefinite solitary confinement for having an expired tube of toothpaste in her cell and being found in possession of the Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair issue, according to her lawyers and supporters.

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Propaganda: Do You Know You’re Soaking In It?

Propaganda: Do You Know You’re Soaking In It?

“There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.” Noam Chomsky

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The U.S. Government Admits to Spying On the Public With Fake Companies

The U.S. Government Admits to Spying On the Public With Fake Companies

The Associated Press recently reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been flying at least 100 planes across the country that are equipped with video and audio surveillance equipment. This includes the controversial StingRay cellphone surveillance technology. Even more interesting is the fact that these planes are operated by fake front companies used by the government and are rarely given judicial approval.

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Victory for Privacy, Vindication for Snowden as NSA Phone Dragnet Sunsets

Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 1 Comment
Victory for Privacy, Vindication for Snowden as NSA Phone Dragnet Sunsets

Nearly two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first revealed the U.S. government was secretly operating mass surveillance programs against the American public, including bulk collection of telephone data, privacy advocates and civil libertarians are celebrating—at least temporarily—after the U.S. Senate on Sunday failed to extend authorities for key portions of those programs before a midnight deadline.

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Julian Assange: Despite Congressional Standoff, NSA Has Secret Authority to Continue Spying Unabated

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Julian Assange: Despite Congressional Standoff, NSA Has Secret Authority to Continue Spying Unabated

The Obama administration’s authority to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk will likely expire next week after senators from both parties rejected attempts to extend it… From his place of refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange weighs in on the NSA standoff.

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‘Fake’ Reform: Little to Celebrate as USA Freedom Act Passes House

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Government, Policies, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
‘Fake’ Reform: Little to Celebrate as USA Freedom Act Passes House

Though the overwhelming and bipartisan passage of the USA Freedom Act in the House of Representatives on Wednesday portends the end of the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ private telephone records, civil liberties groups found little else to celebrate as the ultimate passage of the bill, which now heads to the Senate, would re-authorize a number of worrisome programs by extending the life of the controversial Patriot Act.

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