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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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The Hidden iPhone App That Secretly Records Your Every Move (Video)

Posted by on November 13, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 8 Comments
The Hidden iPhone App That Secretly Records Your Every Move (Video)

Is your iPhone tracking you without your permission?

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6 Reasons Robots May Be the Future of Sex

6 Reasons Robots May Be the Future of Sex

If you think you can’t live without your devices now, just wait.

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Growing Evidence Links Wireless Tech With Cancer

Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Censorship, Corruption, Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Growing Evidence Links Wireless Tech With Cancer

Wireless phones emit radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) when in use. In May 2011, after the consideration of laboratory studies, studies of long-term use of wireless phones, and data on the incidence of brain tumors, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined RF-EMFs to be a “possible” human carcinogen. Other studies have shown an association between long-term mobile and cordless phone use with glioma and acoustic neuroma. In October 2013, Powerwatch, a United Kingdom–based watchdog focused on the health risks posed by electromagnetic fields, reported that two new research articles provide further evidence of mobile phone use as a cause of increased brain tumors.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Maintaining Extensive Database on NSA Spying

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Maintaining Extensive Database on NSA Spying

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org), a public interest technology watchdog group, is maintaining an extensive database on NSA surveillance that it is making available for public research. The site includes NSA primary sources, information on key officials and agencies involved in the creation and perpetuation of NSA surveillance, legality authorizations, a surveillance timeline, and much, much more.

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Feeding the Flame of Revolt

Feeding the Flame of Revolt

Journalist Chris Hedges was present in the federal courtroom for the sentencing of hacktivist Jeremy Hammond. His crime: revealing to the people of the United States the truth about their government’s collaboration with the corporate elite toward the goal of replacing democracy with elite capitalist tyranny.

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The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

28-year-old political hacktivist Jeremy Hammond spends his days and nights in jail. His hack of private security firm Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Stratfor) revealed the company’s “infiltration, monitoring and surveillance of protesters and dissidents, especially in the Occupy movement, on behalf of corporations and the national security state.” Although he does not at present have his liberty, Hammond still maintains his courage and resolve.

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Congress introduces USA Freedom Act to limit NSA’s domestic phone spying

Congress introduces USA Freedom Act to limit NSA’s domestic phone spying

Patriot-Act penitents Sensenbrenner and Leahy offer belated retribution to the American people in the form of the USA Freedom Act. The Senate bill requires the NSA to halt the metadata collection of Americans’ phone records, provides for a public advocate to represent the interests of private citizens in the FISA courts, and allows for increased public scrutiny of FISA court rulings.

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American Whistleblower Tour: Livestreaming TODAY from Florida International University

American Whistleblower Tour: Livestreaming TODAY from Florida International University

Today (24 October 2013) the American Whistleblower Tour – a project of the Government Accountability Project (GAP) – will present a livestreamed event from 2:30-4:00pm ET, live from Florida International University. Included in the program will be national security whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack. Don’t miss it!

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The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother

The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother

We willingly hand over information to the big data companies and in return they facilitate our communications and provide us with diversions. Take Google, which offers free email, data storage, and phone calls to many of us, or Verizon, which charges for smartphones and home phones. We can withdraw from them anytime, just as we believe that we can delete our day-to-day social activities from Facebook or Twitter.

But there is a second kind of data company of which most people are unaware: high-tech outfits that simply help themselves to our information in order to allow U.S. government agencies to dig into our past and present. Some of this is legal, since most of us have signed away the rights to our own information on digital forms that few ever bother to read, but much of it is, to put the matter politely, questionable.

This second category is made up of professional surveillance companies. They generally work for or sell their products to the government — in other words, they are paid with our tax dollars — but we have no control over them.

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Communications Media and Privacy: Destroying the Right to be Left Alone

Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Corporate Controlled Media, Media & Arts with 1 Comment
Communications Media and Privacy: Destroying the Right to be Left Alone

In the U.S. these days, privacy is so been-there-done-that. Just this week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret outfit that hears only the government side of any argument and has generally been a rubberstamp for surveillance requests, declassified an opinion backing the full-scale collection and retention of the phone records (“metadata”) of American citizens. That staggering act was, the judge claimed, in no way in violation of the Fourth Amendment or of American privacy. She also gave us a little peek at corporate courage in our brave new surveillance world, writing that “no holder of records [i.e., telecommunications company] who has received an order to produce bulk telephony metadata has challenged the legality of such an order.”

That story, like so many others in recent months, arrived thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden about the ever-widening powers of the National Security Agency (NSA), led by a general who, we now know, lives in a world of intergalactic fantasies of power and control out of Star Trek: The Next Generation and once even worked in an Army intelligence war room created by a Hollywood set designer in the style of that show. As Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood indicate today, however, gigantic as the NSA’s intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

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Noam Chomsky On the Era Of the Drone

Noam Chomsky On the Era Of the Drone

Noam Chomsky is the Institute Professor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. The most cited living source in the world, his theories have been extremely influential in the fields of analytic philosophy, psychology, modern language, and computer science. He has written over 100 books examining the media, US foreign policy, social issues, Latin American and European history, and more.

We met with Professor Chomsky in Cambridge in May to discuss the development of the drone era under president Obama.

Noam Chomsky: Just driving in this morning I was listening to NPR news. The program opened by announcing, very excitedly, that the drone industry is exploding so fast that colleges are trying to catch up and opening new programs in the engineering schools and so on, and teaching drone technology because that’s what students are dying to study because of the fantastic number of jobs going on.

And it’s true. If you look at the public reports, you can imagine what the secret reports are. It’s been known for a couple of years, but we learn more and more that drones, for one thing, are already being given to police departments for surveillance. And they are being designed for every possible purpose. I mean, theoretically, maybe practically, you could have a drone the size of a fly which could be buzzing around over there [points to window] listening to what we’re talking about. And I’d suspect that it won’t be too long before that becomes realistic.

And of course they are being used to assassinate. There’s a global assassination campaign going on which is pretty interesting when you look into how it’s done. I presume everyone’s read the front page of the New York Times story, which is more or less a leak from the White House, because they are apparently proud of how the global assassination campaign works. Basically President Obama and his national security advisor, John Brennan, now head of the CIA, get together in the morning. And Brennan’s apparently a former priest. They talk about St. Augustine and his theory of just war, and then they decide who is going to be killed today.

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Bruce Schneier: NSA Spying Is Making Us Less Safe

Bruce Schneier: NSA Spying Is Making Us Less Safe

Bruce Schneier: “The NSA’s actions are making us all less safe. They’re not just spying on the bad guys, they’re deliberately weakening Internet security for everyone—including the good guys. It’s sheer folly to believe that only the NSA can exploit the vulnerabilities they create. Additionally, by eavesdropping on all Americans, they’re building the technical infrastructure for a police state.

“We’re not there yet, but already we’ve learned that both the DEA and the IRS use NSA surveillance data in prosecutions and then lie about it in court. Power without accountability or oversight is dangerous to society at a very fundamental level”

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The Dead Rhetoric of War – Chris Hedges

The Dead Rhetoric of War – Chris Hedges

The myth of war, as each generation discovers over the corpses of its young and the looting of its national treasury by war profiteers, is a lie. War is no longer able to divert Americans from the economic and political decay that is rapidly turning the nation into a corporate oligarchy, a nation where “the consent of the governed” is a cruel joke. War cannot hide what we have become. War has made us a nation that openly tortures and holds people indefinitely in our archipelago of offshore penal colonies. War has unleashed death squads—known as special operations forces—to assassinate our enemies around the globe, even American citizens. War has seen us terrorize whole populations, including populations with which we are not officially at war, with armed drones that circle night and day above mud-walled villages in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as well as Iraq and Afghanistan. War has shredded, in the name of national security, our most basic civil liberties. War has turned us into the most spied-upon, monitored, eavesdropped and photographed population in human history.

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