Spying and Surveillance

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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Court Rules NSA Bulk Spying Illegal: New Vindication for Snowden, and Uncertainty for PATRIOT Act

Court Rules NSA Bulk Spying Illegal: New Vindication for Snowden, and Uncertainty for PATRIOT Act

A federal appeals court has ruled the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal. The program was exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden; the ACLU filed its lawsuit based largely on Snowden’s revelations. In a unanimous decision Thursday, a three judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York called the bulk phone records collection “unprecedented and unwarranted.” The ruling comes as Congress faces a June 1st deadline to renew the part of the Patriot Act that authorizes the NSA’s bulk data surveillance. Another measure, the USA Freedom Act, would lead to limited reforms of some of the NSA’s programs.

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Education Departments Are Now Spying on Students Through Social Media

Education Departments Are Now Spying on Students Through Social Media

One of the globe’s biggest publishers of textbooks and other educational materials has taken to monitoring the social media accounts of students to see if they discuss their exams.

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NSA Review Committee Finds ‘No Significant Value’ in Mass Phone Surveillance

NSA Review Committee Finds ‘No Significant Value’ in Mass Phone Surveillance

A former member of President Obama’s National Security Agency review committee said there is no significant value in mass surveillance programs… A January 2014 analysis of 225 terrorism cases inside the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks found that the bulk collection of phone records by the NSA “has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.” The study by the New America Foundation found that traditional law enforcement and investigative methods were used in most of the cases and the monitoring did little to help.

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‘This Must End Now’: Web Companies, Rights Groups Call for Immediate Halt to Bulk Data Collection

Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
‘This Must End Now’: Web Companies, Rights Groups Call for Immediate Halt to Bulk Data Collection

More than 50 technology companies, privacy and human rights advocates on Wednesday sent a letter (pdf) to U.S. President Barack Obama, members of Congress, and other executive and intelligence officials demanding immediate curbs to government surveillance and an end to the bulk collection of citizens’ communications under the U.S. Patriot Act.

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10 Reasons to Vote Against Use of Military Force

10 Reasons to Vote Against Use of Military Force

[Dennis Kucinich to Congress:] Why would Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, be so ready to give up its constitutional power to this president with an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), which represents a wholesale appropriation of war power? This could be one of the most important votes you will ever cast, so I want to share with you, collegially, information that I hope will be of use in your deliberations. I present some thoughts for your consideration as you enter into a momentous, new debate over the authorization of military force, this time against the Islamic State.

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Why a Growing Number of Americans Are Leaving the U.S.

Why a Growing Number of Americans Are Leaving the U.S.

Many Americans are renouncing their citizenship and moving overseas. Could this be due to an increasingly oppressive government?

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The Locations of Global Spy Stations Have Now Been Exposed

The Locations of Global Spy Stations Have Now Been Exposed

An NSA map shows it is one of a global network of oddly-named satellite interception stations. These stations are the eyes of the Five Eyes alliance.

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New Snowden Archive Offers Public Access to Surveillance Docs

New Snowden Archive Offers Public Access to Surveillance Docs

The Snowden Archive will allow us to better understand the scope and scale of mass surveillance programs, and help the public engage in conversation about government surveillance practices.

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More Surveillance Won’t Protect Free Speech

Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
More Surveillance Won’t Protect Free Speech

Following a terrorist attack, it is not uncommon to hear calls from politicians and government officials for increased surveillance. That’s why what we’re hearing this week—in the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo—alarms us. On Friday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls suggested that “it will be necessary to take further measures” to address the threat of terrorism, despite the fact that French intelligence had collected “reams of intelligence” on the terror suspects, and despite a draconian anti-terror law established last November. As our German colleagues point out in a joint statement, France already has some of the strictest security measures in Europe.

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DARPA’s Autonomous Microdrones Designed to Enter Houses

Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
DARPA’s Autonomous Microdrones Designed to Enter Houses

As drone expert, P.W. Singer said about microdrones, “At this point, it doesn’t really matter if you are against the technology, because it’s coming.” According to Singer, “The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they’re being watched.”

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