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  • The Internet Of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone And Everything Will Be Monitored

    03/05/2015 9:06:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/05/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Can you imagine a world where your home, your vehicles, your appliances and every single electronic device that you own is constantly connected to the Internet? This is not some grand vision that is being planned for some day in the future. This is something that is being systematically implemented right now. In 2015, we already have “smart homes”, vehicles that talk to one another, refrigerators that are connected to the Internet, and televisions that spy on us. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and that opens up some wonderful possibilities. But there is also a downside. What if we...
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/28/2015 6:46:47 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 69 replies
    National Reivew Online ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCCs muscling of the Internet Todays vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through net neutrality, or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. Net...
  • Germans balk at new Soviet snitch Barbie [with video]

    02/27/2015 6:57:21 AM PST · by Maceman · 20 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2-24-15 | Unknown
    Toy maker Mattel has unveiled a new Barbie that talks and remembers kids unique preferences. "Hello Barbie" is being marketed as a cutting-edge toy that builds relationships, but one German magazine says she is more like a Soviet-era informant. The latest incarnation of Mattels flagship doll was curtly re-baptised Barbie IM by German weekly Stern. The initials stand for Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter, informants who worked for East Germanys infamous secret police, the Stasi, during the Cold War. The toy and game manufacturer highlights Hello Barbies voice recognition and wifi capabilities, which allow the company to store information and use it to...
  • The Internet: Nothing lasts forever, say goodbye

    02/27/2015 5:41:51 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 50 replies
    Potent News ^ | 2/26/2015 | Shepard Ambellas
    WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on and approved the end of the Internet as we know it. That’s right the ‘information superhighway’ has just been obliterated by the passage of “Net Neutrality” which allows the FCC to regulate the once free and independent Internet. Essentially it’s like putting a person or a checkpoint between point A and point B in which one may eventually have to check in with. Call me a conspiracy theorist but that would be a “gatekeeper” which proponents of the plan promised wouldn’t exist. Although this analogy may seem far-fetched...
  • Save the Internet: FCC Net Neutrality rules worst example of government intervention... ever

    02/26/2015 4:38:03 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 53 replies
    FoxNews.com Opinion ^ | February 26, 2015 | David Asman
    ... The two Republican FCC Commissioners (out of a total of five) know exactly how important this new plan really is. Commissioner Ajit Pai has called the new FCC plan a massive shift in favor of government control of the Interneteverything from your wireless service plan, to your wire line connection at home. These new rules would not only affect your services, it would also give FCC regulators the power to decide what content on the Internet was just and reasonable. Commissioner Tom Wheeler makes the absurd comment that the FCC would never use those powers. But in a February...
  • Landmark Internet rules approved

    02/26/2015 10:08:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 272 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/26/2015 | Julian Hattem
    Federal regulators voted Thursday to impose sweeping net neutrality rules that supporters say are critical to protecting the freedom of the Internet. In a party-line 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission moved to embrace an approach advocated by President Obama to treat the Web like a utility in order to prevent major companies such as Comcast or Verizon from slowing, blocking or creating “toll roads” for people’s access to the Internet. "We cannot have gatekeepers who tell us what we can and cannot do and where we can and cannot go online," said Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the FCC's three...
  • Cuban: FCC Net Regs Will Spill Over, "TV As You Know It Is Over"

    02/26/2015 9:42:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban predicted that proposed FCC Internet regulations will end up impacting TV and your TV as you know it is over on Thursdays Squawk Alley on CNBC.
  • Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

    02/26/2015 6:46:30 AM PST · by shove_it · 79 replies
    Rooters ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | ALINA SELYUKH
    (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more. The vote, expected along party lines with Democrats in favor, comes after a year of jostling between cable and telecom companies and...
  • SECRET NEW INTERNET RULES LOOM FOR AMERICANS

    02/26/2015 5:34:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 55 replies
    Pamela Geller. Com ^ | 2/25/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Feds look to adopt 322 pages of fresh taxes, regulations; FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress Another wild power-grab. Power without accountability. The net is the very last frontier for free speech. Despite google algorithms that consistently render day in day out, year in year out always render left-wing sites on first page search results; Despite filters that block my site and sites like mine (Jihad Watch, The Religion of Peace, Creeping Sharia, Sharia Unveiled, et al) at work, school, and even US army bases and government agencies; Despite search engines refusing to include...
  • Dear FCC: Rethink The Vague "General Conduct" Rule

    02/25/2015 9:23:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 2/24/15 | corynne mcsherry
    we are deeply concerned that the FCCs new rules will include a provision that sounds like a recipe for overreach and confusion: the so-called general conduct rule. According to the FCC's own "Fact Sheet," the proposed rule will allow the FCC to review (and presumably punish) non-neutral practices that may harm consumers or edge providers.
  • FREEP THIS PETITION: Say 'NO!' to the FCC Internet Takeover

    02/17/2015 7:50:20 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    On February 4, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed that the federal government reclassify the Internet from an information service to a telecommunications service in the name of keeping it 'fair' --a plan that came straight from Barack Obama's desk.Of course, this is nothing more than a pass for Big Government to expand its regulatory power at the expense of digital freedom. Like all innovation, the Internet wasnt created by government and government certainly has no power to control it. Nowhere in the Constitution is there a provision providing the federal government with power to regulate the free-flow...
  • FCC, FEC look to ruin the Internet

    02/16/2015 11:17:32 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/16/15 | Tammy Bruce
    The left lifts its boot toward the free flow of information We knew this was coming. Within the last couple of weeks, both the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Election Commission declared their intention to regulate the Internet. Fascists always explain their actions as efforts to either make something more efficient, fair, or to supposedly protect their target. Sometimes they simply lie, like saying theyre nationalizing health insurance to make it more affordable and to increase access to health care. Now, with the feds latest effort, their new slogan might as well be, If you like your Internet, you...
  • Net neutrality: 26 ways Obama has already proven himself incompetent when it comes to the internet

    02/16/2015 10:45:42 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 16, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Even before adopting net neutrality, here are 26 actions by which the Obama administration has already proven itself to be incompetent when it comes to the internet The fact that Obama refuses to allow the public to see his 332 page net neutrality plan until after its implementation is voted on is, by itself, reason enough for me to oppose the plan.I would think that even the biggest supporters of net neutrality would be curious as to why Obama won’t let people see his plan until after it is implemented.However, in addition to that, here are...
  • "Most transparent administration in history" wont let public see 332 page net neutrality plan...

    02/13/2015 7:47:34 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 12, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog The “most transparent administration in history” says it won’t let the public see its 332 page net neutrality plan until after the FCC votes on its implementation The Obama administration has just said that it won’t let the public see its 332 page proposal for net neutrality until after the FCC votes on its implementation.Which reminds me of this Nancy Pelosi gem regarding Obamacare:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoE1R-xH5ToRepublican FCC Commissioner Ajit Paisaid has seen the proposal. Paisaid said Obama’s net neutrality plan was 332 pages long, and that:“It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how...
  • Big Internet Firms May Regret Pushing Net Neutrality

    02/13/2015 6:51:46 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/13/2015 | John Merline
    Google, Facebook and other big Internet companies might very well come to wish they'd never agitated for federal net neutrality rules. That's the message Richard Waters, writing in the Financial Times, delivers in a must-read column this week.
  • Feds Hope to Regulate Political Speech on the Internet

    02/12/2015 3:23:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Federal Election Commission is considering expanding their regulatory power to include political speech online… Yeah, let’s regulate the internet. I mean, free speech can’t just be expected to run wild or anything, right? The FEC held an open hearing yesterday to determine if they will move forward on clamping down on political content online (such as blogs, YouTube videos, and other “free” messaging). According to CNS News:Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.Right… Because I know I’m terrified that the feds...
  • Surf's Up: Internet Regulation Is Government's Biggest Power Grab Under Obama

    02/12/2015 1:53:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Matt Towery
    It sounds so fair and so right. Just like health care for everyone, under a plan in which "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." But so-called "Net neutrality," being pushed by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is likely another power grab that will give the federal government vast control over the Internet. Years from now, this could make the Obama administration's efforts to control banks, health care and other major components of our economy look like small potatoes. After having been "persuaded" by representatives of the White House, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler finally announced...
  • Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

    02/11/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 24 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    (CNSNews.com) -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report. The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FECs previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle. Before the decision, individuals were limited to a combined total of $46,200 in contributions to all...
  • Michelle Obama: Eating healthy will keep government out of your life

    02/10/2015 11:12:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    First lady Michelle Obama believes Americans can keep the federal government from meddling with their lives by eating healthy foods and maintaining an active lifestyle. In an interview with Cooking Light magazine published Monday, Mrs. Obama said the best way to avoid dealing with the system is to take care of ones own body. Doing so, she said, will eliminate trips to the doctor and the need to deal with Obamacare. Its just making sure people understand that the most powerful thing that they can do for their overall health is feed their bodies good nutritious food, the first lady...
  • Republican FCC Member Warns Net Neutrality Is Not Neutral

    02/09/2015 4:46:12 PM PST · by Crazieman · 60 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 2/9/2015 | Chriss W Street
    Ajit Pai, the sole Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a Tweet that President Barack Obamas secret, 332-page Net Neutrality document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.
  • Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

    02/05/2015 8:08:24 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 4 Feb 2015 at 02:36 | theregister.co.uk
    A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant but must tell the courts about it when they do. The ruling stems from a case brought by the Feds against Malaysian poker player Wei Seng Phua and his son, whom the agency accused of running an illegal betting syndicate from a luxury Las Vegas villa during last year's FIFA World Cup. The duo hired the house in the grounds of Caesars Palace casino on the famous Strip, and asked for large-screen monitors, laptops,...
  • IRS Seeks 9,000 New Employees as It Prepares to Enforce Obamacare

    02/05/2015 9:54:29 AM PST · by PapaNew · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 05, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    As millions of Americans brace for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is requesting a $2 billion boost to its budget and 9,000 new employees as it prepares to enforce Obamacares tax provisions. President Obama released his $4 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 this week, which includes $13.9 billion for the Internal Revenue Service. The agency asked Congress for close to $2 billion more for operations than last yeara 16 percent increase. The billions of dollars will help the agency bolster its staff by adding more than 9,280 full-time employees. The proposed jump in employment at the IRS...
  • BND collects 220 million phone records a day (Germanys intel agency)

    01/30/2015 9:08:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 Jan 2015 14:12 GMT+01:00
    Germanys foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) collects 220 million pieces of information about foreign phone calls and SMS every day, Zeit Online reported on Friday. According to BND documents seen by journalists, five locations around Germany are used to collect the millions of so-called metadata about foreigners phone calls. It is not yet clear where the BND obtains this much data. But the parliamentary committee at the Bundestag (German parliament) investigating surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has established that the BND taps satellite communications and internet cables.
  • EU wants internet firms to hand over encryption keys

    01/22/2015 2:22:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 01/22/2015 09:30 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A top EU official wants internet and telecommunication companies to hand over encryption keys to police and spy agencies as part of a wider crackdown on terrorism. The EUs counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, in a document leaked by London-based civil liberties group Statewatch, says the European Commission should come up with rules that require the firms to help national governments snoop on possible suspects. Since the Snowden revelations, internet and telecommunications companies have started to use often decentralized encryption, which increasingly makes lawful interception by the relevant national authorities technically difficult or even impossible, notes de Kerchove in the...
  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 116 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it cant bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerners missing emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • Venezuela's Ruling Socialists Set Up Hotline to Nab 'Infiltrators'

    11/14/2014 5:07:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2014 | Staff
    Venezuela's ruling socialists have set up a telephone hotline to denounce "infiltrators" they say are jeopardizing the legacy of beloved late leader Hugo Chavez by seeking to destroy the government. "The enemy who most harms us is the enemy within our ranks. It's the one who calls himself 'Chavista' but is not 'Chavista,' " said Francisco Ameliach, governor of the state of Carabobo and a high-ranking member of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV.
  • Drone army seeks to redefine 'neighborhood watch'

    11/07/2014 9:41:50 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    WMC Action News 5 Desoto County, MS ^ | November 5, 2014 | Unattributed
    DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - You might expect to find an army in DeSoto County ... an army of drones, that is. A Southaven man has an army of hand-crafted drones, all controlled from inside of his customized command center. Estes built drones that provide infrared thermal imaging; they also detect human movement inside of a home or car. And what he is doing is legal. "You can do good things with this, or you can do bad things with this," Estes acknowledged. Estes wrote letters to the Federal Aviation Administration about his drone capabilities. Right now, the FAA requires...
  • IRS notches legal victory in tea party cases

    10/23/2014 4:07:51 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | October 23, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place tax-exempt status. That was a major reason a Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday threw out two lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal, a victory for the IRS.
  • Land Of The Free? 1 In 3 Americans Are On File With The FBI In The US Police State

    10/21/2014 3:52:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/21/14 | Tyler Durden
    The sickening transformation of these United States into an authoritarian police state with an incarceration rate that would make Joseph Stalin blush, has been a key theme of my writing since well before the launch of Liberty Blitzkrieg. American Police Make an Arrest Every 2 Seconds in 2012. In the event you never read it, I suggest taking a look before tackling the rest of this piece. Fast forward to fall 2014, and the Wall Street Journal has a powerful article about how children in schools systems across the U.S. are being arrested or turned over to police custody for...
  • Annise Parker Doubles Down on Subpoena of Sermons

    10/16/2014 11:00:23 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 49 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/14/2014 | Annise Parker
    If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) October 15, 2014
  • Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants for Drone Surveillance

    09/30/2014 6:30:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/29/14 | Zusha Elinson
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have required police to obtain warrants for surveillance by drone, making California the latest state to weigh on an issue that is dividing lawmakers across the country. Mr. Brown's decision comes as the nation grapples with how to balance concerns over privacy and civil liberties with a technology that police departments say can serve as a powerful law-enforcement tool.
  • Spying Together: Germany's Deep Cooperation with the NSA

    09/26/2014 11:12:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    SPIEGEL ^ | June 18, 2014 04:20 PM | SPIEGEL Staff
    Cooperation between Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, and America's NSA is deeper than previously believed. German agents appear to have crossed into constitutionally questionable territory.
  • Press Helps Obama Censor The News

    09/25/2014 7:00:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    It's not often that the press exposes its own bias. But a Washington Post story this week reveals both the Obama administration's attempts to censor the news and the media's complicity in that effort.
  • Senate Dems seek to rewrite First Amendment

    09/08/2014 7:26:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | Rick Moran
    The Democrat's attack on political speech will come to a point this week when the Senate votes on a measure that would overturn the Citizens United decision and give federal authorities the power to regulate all manner of political speech including books and pamphlets.
  • Justice Dept. announces Ferguson police probe

    09/04/2014 1:01:58 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 42 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 4, 2014 2:46 PM (ET) | ERIC TUCKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department is launching a broad investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. That's according to Attorney General Eric Holder. He announced the investigation following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb.
  • Super: Federal grant funds plan to detect misinformation, hate speech on social media

    08/26/2014 6:25:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 25, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Well, this sounds interesting and probably sinister and open to manipulation: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track misinformation and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor suspicious memes and what it considers false and misleading ideas, with a major focus on political activity online. The Truthy database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution. The university has received $919,917 so far for the project. The project stands...
  • Government to track political speech on internet [Is FreeRepublic next?]

    08/26/2014 9:40:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    This is a real headshaker that should send chills down your spine.Washington Free Beacon: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project....
  • Retaliation: Docs show state prosecutors launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives

    08/24/2014 7:53:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    MADISON, Wis. Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric OKeefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from at least eight phone companies believed to serve the targets of the investigation. OKeefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives...
  • Sarah Palin's new site is being blocked by Microsoft

    07/29/2014 7:51:19 AM PDT · by EternalHope · 67 replies
    Me | July 29, 2014 | EternalHope
    Microsoft's "SmartScreen Filter" is blocking Sarah Palin's new website (sarahpalinchannel.com). When I went to the site anyway (it's hard to do), the videos would not play. Whatever is wrong may have been caused by a deliberately orchestrated group of people reporting the site as unsafe to Microsoft, or it may simply be that Microsoft simply does not like Sarah Palin. Regardless of the cause, it may help if people go to the site and click on the "Report this site does not contain threats" choice.
  • Old technology in NSA age: Typewriter sales surge in Germany

    07/23/2014 7:09:30 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 48 replies
    RT.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Unknown
    Earlier in July, German politicians said they were considering going back to old-fashioned manual typewriters for confidential documents, in order to protect national secrets from American NSA spooks. Patrick Sensburg, chair of the German parliaments inquiry into alleged NSA spying, said committee members are considering new security measures and are seriously thinking about abandoning email and returning to old school typewriters.
  • Glitch or Censorship? Connecticut school blames software for selective blocking conservative sites.

    07/18/2014 7:01:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | July 17, 2014 6:12 PM | Spencer Case
    Weeks after an apparent case of politically motivated Internet censorship at a Connecticut high school, officials are still blaming the incident on technical malfunctions even though evidence suggests human culpability. On May 27, shortly before his graduation, Andrew Lampart, an 18-year-old senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., set out to research gun control on a school computer in order to fulfill an assignment for a basic law course. He found that the website for the National Rifle Association was blocked, while websites supporting gun control remained accessible. Over the next five days, Lampart spent more time on...
  • Obama Advisor John Podesta: Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line

    07/01/2014 4:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 30, 2014 02:30 PM | Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach
    Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a Spiegel interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. [] (W)ith respect to what German citizens think, the United States has a pretty good track record of standing up for values of global democracy, of free expression, of protecting the rights of individuals, of trying to ensure that people are not discriminated against, of not suppressing free speech. Every country has a history...
  • German spies step up social network checks

    06/27/2014 3:18:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jun 2014 09:03 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germanys domestic intelligence service wants to increase surveillance on users of social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, but stressed it would only target terrorists and extremists. [] But the Sddeutsche Zeitung had reported that the BfVs chief, Hans-Georg Maaen, wanted to develop a system which collected large amounts of online data.
  • The Merger of the Party and the State

    06/25/2014 5:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Here at SteynOnline every cutting-edge pop culture reference has to be at least three-quarters of a century old. So, watching the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, I found him a dead ringer for Guy Kibbee, the beaming befuddled sugar daddy who was a mainstay at Warner Brothers in the early Thirties. Mr Koskinen is a Democrat sugar daddy who has given generously to his party since the Seventies: He's not the kind of sober civil servant you'd appoint if you were looking to signal to America that King Barack's revenue collectors are cleaning house and returning, chastened, to their previous role...
  • Police to perform warrantless beverage inspections on anybody visiting Fla. beaches

    06/06/2014 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Altariel · 50 replies
    PoliceStateUSA ^ | June 6. 2014 | SiteStaff
    HOLMES BEACH, FL With the help of new technology and federal grant money, police are preparing to warrantlessly search peoples refreshments as they visit the beaches of Florida. New passive alcohol detectors can simply be hovered above a persons beverage to detect whether it contains alcohol. Similar devices can detect alcohol on someones breath. We can go up to anybody we want, OK? If we see something that looks like alcohol. On Holmes Beach, even the mere possession of sealed alcohol containers is illegal. Police are using that as an excuse to inspect anyones beverage they choose. We can...
  • Michelle Obama Wants Students to Monitor Family Members for Racial Insensitivity

    06/06/2014 4:03:41 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 70 replies
    Top Right News ^ | May 19, 2014 | by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
    First lady Michelle Obama wants students to police their families for any racially insensitive comments they might make, and to challenge those comments whenever theyre made, asking them to drag their presumably racist relatives into the fight against racism. Huh? You heard right. The lady whose husband has taken every opportunity to fan the flames of racism, from the Cambridge police, to Arizonas immigration law, to the Trayvon Martin case, and on and on, wants everyone else to stop being so racist.
  • Holder announces task force on 'homegrown' terrorists

    06/04/2014 11:40:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/2/2014 | Timothy M. Phelps
    Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder, Jr. on Monday announced the creation of a task force within the Justice Department to combat an escalating danger from homegrown terrorists within the United States.. The Justice Department, in a news release accompanying Holders weekly video address, cited a Congressional Research Service report last year that said domestic terrorists were responsible for more than two dozen incidents in the U.S. since 9/11. [....] The task force will chiefly comprise leaders from the FBI, the Justice Departments National Security Division and U.S. Attorneys. Called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, it is a recreation of a...
  • Legislation Would Allow Family, Friends To Notify Authorities Of Potential Gunman [to confiscate]

    05/28/2014 11:53:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 28, 2014 8:17 AM
    SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA.com) State lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that would give family or friends of a potential gunman the ability to ask law enforcement to prevent them from owning or buying a firearm. The proposed bill from California State Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) would create a gun violence restraining order, which would grant authority to concerned family members, friends and intimate partners to intervene and potentially prohibit the purchase of firearms and/or remove the firearms already in possession. Williams told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO law enforcement would in turn have the ability to...
  • Is America Starting To Target Thought Crime?

    05/27/2014 11:42:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/26/14 | Scott Greer
    Last week, Michelle Obama made headlines when she exhorted graduating high schoolers in a commencement address to monitor their families for politically incorrect thoughts and behaviors. To one journalist, this was more than an off-hand comment made by the first lady. In the opinion of Cheryl Chumley, a reporter for The Washington Times and the author of Police State USA, Michelle Obamas remark reflects a growing trend in America to target and attack individuals for committing thought crime.
  • 7th Circuit upholds warrantless entry, seizure of gun rights activist

    05/14/2014 9:55:15 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 05/13/2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Milwaukee police who forced their way into a gun rights advocate's home without a warrant, took her for an emergency mental evaluation and seized her gun were justified under the circumstances and protected from her civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ruled. "The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel. "At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home." But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other...