Spying and Surveillance

First in the nation: Arizona senate committee passes 4th Amendment Protection Act to thwart NSA spying

Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
First in the nation: Arizona senate committee passes 4th Amendment Protection Act to thwart NSA spying

On Monday, an Arizona state senate committee became the first legislative body in the country to pass a bill designed to thwart surveillance programs from the National Security Agency (NSA). Senate Bill 1156 (SB1156), the Arizona 4th Amendment Protection Act, was introduced by Sen. Kelli Ward and 14 other sponsors and co-sponsors.

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Environmental Groups “Shocked” by Reports of NSA Spying of U.N. Climate Talks

Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Environmental Groups “Shocked” by Reports of NSA Spying of U.N. Climate Talks

In one of the latest revelations based on the leaks of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency spied on foreign governments before and during the 2009 U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen. An internal NSA document says its analysts and foreign partners briefed U.S. negotiators on other countries’ “preparations and goals,” saying, “signals intelligence will undoubtedly play a significant role in keeping our negotiators as well informed as possible throughout the two-week event.” We speak to Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth.

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Snowden Leak: Canada Spied on Airport Travelers Who Used Wi-Fi For Days After They Left the Terminal

Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Snowden Leak: Canada Spied on Airport Travelers Who Used Wi-Fi For Days After They Left the Terminal

The Canadian version of the National Security Agency used information from airport Internet hotspots to track the wireless devices of thousands of airline passengers for days after they left the airport, according to the latest leaks by former government contractor Edward Snowden.

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Exposed: Covert, Real-Time Spying on Youtube, FaceBook, Blogs

Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Exposed: Covert, Real-Time Spying on Youtube, FaceBook, Blogs

The British government gave the U.S. lessons in how to spy on users of popular websites, including YouTube and Facebook, in real-time and without the consent of users or cyber companies. This is according to a report released Monday afternoon by a team of NBC journalists, including Glenn Greenwald who is listed as a special contributor, based on NSA documents exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Snowden Addresses Obama’s NSA Reforms

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Snowden Addresses Obama’s NSA Reforms

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden held an online question-and-answer session on Thursday. Many people asked Snowden about his response to President Barack Obama’s speech that outlined his proposals to reform the NSA.

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One Planet, One Internet: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 2 Comments
One Planet, One Internet: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance

On February 11, the world will demand an end to mass surveillance in every country, by every state, regardless of boundaries or politics. The SOPA and ACTA protests were successful because we all took part, as a community. As Aaron Swartz put it, everybody “made themselves the hero of their own story.” We can set a date, but we need everyone, all the users of the Global Internet, to make this a movement.

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Chris Hedges: What Obama Really Meant Was …

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: What Obama Really Meant Was …

Chris Hedges on what Obama really meant in his NSA speech: Throughout American history, intelligence services often did little more than advance and protect corporate profits and solidify state repression and imperialist expansion. War, for big business, has always been very lucrative and used as an excuse to curtail basic liberties and crush popular movements.

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Microsoft, Facebook: Obama’s NSA Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Microsoft, Facebook: Obama’s NSA Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough

President Barack Obama announced reforms to the way the National Security Agency collects digital information in a speech at the Justice Department on Friday. The proposed changes include more oversight by the Executive Branch, reworking national security letters that force private companies to turn over customers’ information to the NSA and an end to Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows for bulk metadata collection.

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Obama’s NSA Reforms Are “A Bouquet of Roses” to the Intelligence Agencies; Julian Assange Responds To NSA Reforms Speech

Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Obama’s NSA Reforms Are “A Bouquet of Roses” to the Intelligence Agencies; Julian Assange Responds To NSA Reforms Speech

Earlier today, President Obama outlined reforms of America’s controversial surveillance tactics – which had ensnared millions of people’s phone calls, texts and emails around the globe. After praising the NSA and its importance to security, he admitted it made mistakes in its collection of private data. President Obama also asked the Congress to establish an independent privacy defender in the federal courts, to increase the supervision of intelligence work. Michael Ratner: By portraying NSA surveillance as “patriotic,” President Obama ignores the violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. Julian Assange: This president has been dragged kicking and screaming to today’s address. He’s been very reluctant to make any concrete reforms. Unfortunately today, we also see very few concrete reforms…

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NSA Collects Millions of SMS Messages Worldwide

Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
NSA Collects Millions of SMS Messages Worldwide

Newly leaked documents reveal the NSA collects hundreds of millions of text messages a day. The NSA and its UK sister-agency, the GCHQ, pair two previously unreported and top-secret national security programs to collect in bulk and then analyze millions of SMS text messages and other digital data sent around the world each day by mobile phones. Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who left the US last year with a trove of sensitive intelligence documents, supplied the news agencies with the evidence, both outlets reported on Thursday.

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500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they do it to crush dissent and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it.

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