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  • New law would let the FBI read your email without a court order

    05/26/2016 9:46:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    BGR ^ | May 26, 2016 at 11:34 AM | By Chris Smith
    Image Source: yournewswire.com A new Senate bill would let the FBI and other law enforcement agencies access the contents of any US citizen’s email without a court order during investigations. Instead, the FBI would need just a National Security Letter, which would force companies to provide email access to the agency without alerting the person who’s being investigated. The FBI can already access phone records without a court order, but that law doesn’t apply to email conversations. The Senate Intelligence Committee approved the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act on Tuesday, CNET reports. The bill will head to the full Senate now that...
  • What's Driving Silicon Valley To Become "Radicalized

    05/25/2016 8:26:18 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/24/2016 | Elizabeth Dwoskin
    Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Larry Gadea's company collects heaps of sensitive data from his customers. Recently, he decided to do something with that data trove that was long considered unthinkable: He is getting rid of it. The reason? Gadea fears that one day the FBI might do to him what it did to Apple in their recent legal battle: demand that he give the agency access to his encrypted data. Rather than make what he considers a Faustian bargain, he's building a system that he hopes will avoid the situation entirely. "We have to keep as little [information] as...
  • UAE deal drives interest in Saab's GlobalEye

    05/24/2016 10:55:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 24 MAY, 2016 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Saab has begun work to modify a pair of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets to its swing-role GlobalEye configuration for lead customer the United Arab Emirates. We are building as we speak, Saab chief executive Hkan Buskhe told journalists during a 17 May briefing in Stockholm. Its full speed ahead in our workshop. The Swedish company signed a $1.27 billion deal with the UAE at the Dubai air show in November, with the heavily adapted Global 6000s to be capable of conducting airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), maritime and land surveillance and electronic intelligence duties. Saab Speaking during a...
  • Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area

    05/14/2016 3:42:41 PM PDT · by thecodont · 79 replies
    CBS Local via The Drudge Report ^ | May 13, 2016 6:24 PM | Jackie Ward
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed. Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. It happens all the time, and the FBI doesnt even need a warrant to do it. Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations. Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, theres...
  • Is the U.S. Government Now TRACKING Right-Wing Extremists?

    05/10/2016 10:25:48 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 39 replies
    PJ Media ^ | MAY 10, 2016 | ROBERT SPENCER
    Is the Obama administration keeping tabs on right-wing extremists? This question comes up because Ive been informed that someone certainly is keeping tabs on me. It started last summer. I dont consider myself a right-wing extremist -- but the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) does, and the FBI uses the SPLC as a resource. Since then, every time I fly -- and I fly almost weekly I cant check in online. I am always directed to go to the airline counter. There -- as soon as I present my identification -- the trouble starts. It generally proceeds like...
  • Spy agencies are pushed to reveal extent of US surveillance

    05/07/2016 7:59:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2016 10:21 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    Even though the bulk collection of Americans telephone records has ended, calls and emails are still being swept up by U.S. surveillance work targeting foreigners. Congress is making a renewed push to find out how many. Six Republicans and eight Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have asked the nations top intelligence official for the number of Americans emails and phone calls collected under programs authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. [] Intelligence officials have tried to assuage concerns of Congress and others by saying that any domestic communications collected are incidental to the targeting of...
  • Why Is The Federal Government Installing Mysterious Boxes On Utility Poles? (3 Videos)

    At the end of the first week in April, a mysterious box was spotted on a Phoenix utility pole that aroused the suspicions of a homeowner in the area who believed the box had surveillance cameras inside. After the homeowner involved the media, several days later the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives came forward, admitting that the box reported belonged to them, and that it was part of an ongoing investigation. Apparently the box was part of what has come to be known as a typical "Top Secret Obama" investigation, because neither local law enforcement, nor the...
  • Snowden: We Are Like Tagged Animals

    05/04/2016 5:03:38 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    In a new piece out in The Intercept, whistleblower Edward Snowden has summed up what smart phones really are: By preying on the modern necessity to stay connected, governments can reduce our dignity to something like that of tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and theyre in our pockets. It sounds like fantasist paranoia, but on the technical level its so trivial to implement that I cannot imagine a future in which it wont be attempted. It will be limited to the war zones at first, in accordance with our customs, but surveillance technology...
  • Bi-Partisan Anti-Encryption Bill in the Works [semi-satire]

    04/18/2016 11:51:41 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) have introduced a draft bill that would effectively bar any private parties from owning encrypted phones, computers, or other devices that are not accessible to government surveillance. Burr emphasized the important law enforcement objectives we are attempting to protect through this legislation. Criminals must not be allowed to hide their nefarious schemes from duly appointed police authorities. We cannot protect the general public if police are hampered by the inability to pierce any communication between criminal co-conspirators. Partnering-sponsor Feinstein alleged that there is no legitimate need for anyone to insist upon privacy...
  • Putin creates new law enforcement body, the National Guards

    04/05/2016 5:42:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 1:43 PM EDT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new law enforcement agency, the National Guards. The new agency, which will be formed on the basis of Interior Ministry troops, will be led by their commander, Putins former chief bodyguard, Viktor Zolotov. [] In a conference call with reporters, Putins spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the National Guards could also be involved in disbanding unsanctioned rallies. He said the move had no relation to Septembers parliamentary elections.
  • Free Political fiction book for Kindle at Amazon!

    03/26/2016 7:04:22 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 11 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 03-26-16 | Paul Ibbetson
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  • The Feckless Mismanagement Of John Brennan, CIAs Captain Unreality

    03/22/2016 2:54:43 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    AIM ^ | March 22, 1986 | Fred Fleitz
    Hotels.com has an amusing TV character called Captain Obvious who makes humorous commercials by saying clearly obvious things. The CIA has a director who is the exact opposite a Captain Un-Reality who constantly makes absurd claims contrary to facts and common sense. During an National Public Radio interview [1] last month, for example, CIA Director John Brennan made what may be the most bizarre statement ever by an U.S. intelligence official: We dont steal secrets, he said. Everything we do is consistent with U.S. law. We uncover, we discover, we reveal, we obtain, we elicit, we solicit.
  • Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do

    03/10/2016 4:43:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/10/16 | Radley Balko
    <p>What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages. FBI agents dont need to have any national security related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other selector into the NSAs gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called national security will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we dont have to guess whos going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally. Itll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra special attention.</p>
  • Apple: FBI could force us to turn on iPhone camera, mic (FBI could force us to turn on iPh

    If the FBI wins in its case against Apple to help it unlock the San Bernardino killers iPhone 5C, it wont be long before the government forces Apple to turn on users iPhone cameras and microphones to spy on them, according to the companys head of services Eddy Cue. The FBI has demanded that Apple creates custom software that bypasses certain security features of the companys iOS to allow law enforcement to brute force the passcode of the gunmans iPhone 5C. But according to Apple, making the modifications necessary in this case would set a dangerous precedent in offering backdoors...
  • Pentagon spy drones sometimes flown over U.S.: USA Today

    03/09/2016 8:51:23 AM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar 9, 2015
    The Pentagon has deployed drones several times over U.S. territory on non-military spy missions, but the flights have been rare and lawful, according to a Defense Department report obtained by USA Today under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • FAA Reveals 63 Drone Launch Sites On US Territory

    03/09/2016 8:51:13 AM PST · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Eloise Lee
    (Apr 24, 2012) The Pentagon is launching drones and spy planes from at least 63 locations within the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration released the data following a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. But this information is bound to ruffle the feathers of privacy activists, who are concerned that unmanned aerial drones could be used to spy over residential areas.
  • Is your smartphone listening to you?

    03/02/2016 6:23:29 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 March 2016 | Zoe Kleinman
    It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up popped the name of our friend, and the words, "Motorbike accident, Thailand" and the year in the suggested text below the search box.
  • Donald Trump Urges Boycott of Apple Until Apple Gives Gov SB Terrorist Info

    One of the things here I've noticed is that there's a debate going on about this topic. Donald Trump is right and I've said it, but come under fire. See the tweet below: Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2016 It would be one thing to talk about doing this to people who are alive. But the Radical Islamic Terrorists who carried out San Bernadino are dead. I don't care about their civil liberties. Keep America safe, which will...
  • Hard-coded password exposes up to 46,000 video surveillance DVRs to hacking

    02/17/2016 8:44:52 PM PST · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    IDG News Service ^ | Feb 17, 2016 10:25 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Up to 46,000 Internet-accessible digital video recorders (DVRs) that are used to monitor and record video streams from surveillance cameras in homes and businesses can easily be taken over by hackers. According to security researchers from vulnerability intelligence firm Risk Based Security (RBS), all the devices share the same basic vulnerability: They accept a hard-coded, unchangeable password for the highest-privileged user in their software -- the root account. Using hard-coded passwords and hidden support accounts was a common practice a decade ago, when security did not play a large role in product design and development. That mentality has changed in...
  • US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

    02/09/2016 4:59:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/09/2016 | Spencer Ackerman and Sam Thielman in New York
    As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind. ... James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States. "In the...
  • Bombshell: Obama to cut border surveillance in half

    02/05/2016 11:30:24 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Leo Hohmann
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to cut 50 percent of the budget for aerial surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border, agents revealed at a congressional hearing Thursday. In an effort to understand why DHS is cutting funding, Texas's Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, wrote a bi-partisan letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. "Any decrease in aerial observation is not only imprudent, but contradicts the very mission of border security enforcement," the letter states. The lawmakers' letter also asks for detailed information about the reduction aerial-based border security, also known as Operation Phalanx. Abbott and...
  • The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’

    01/10/2016 6:42:30 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 46 replies
    The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’ - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/the-new-way-police-are-surveilling-you-calculating-your-threat-score/2016/01/10/e42bccac-8e15-11e5-baf4-bdf37355da0c_story.html A national debate has played out over mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, a new generation of technology such as the Beware software being used in Fresno has given local law enforcement officers unprecedented power to peer into the lives of citizens. Nabarro said the fact that only Intrado — not the police or the public — knows how Beware tallies its scores is disconcerting. He also worries that the system might mistakenly increase someone’s threat level by misinterpreting innocuous activity on social...
  • White House Launches 'Task Force' To Combat 'Violent Extremism' [Aborting the 1st Amendment]

    01/09/2016 7:40:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/08/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The White House announced Friday afternoon that it is launching an inter-agency task force to counter the sharp growth in violent extremism in America, according to an announcement. As senior members of the Obama administration's national security team meet with technology leaders in Silicon Valley, the White House’s National Security Council announced that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security would team up to launch a Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, according to the announcement. The White House background document accompanying the announcement does contain any specific reference to the types of "violent extremism" the administration seeks to counter. The...
  • Bad Santa: John Doe prosecutor delivers letters to the people he spied on

    01/07/2016 1:35:36 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 1-6-16 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 315 of 314 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wis. - He walked into work Tuesday morning to find he had received an "unbelievable" notice. Opening the manila envelope, the Wisconsin conservative learned that government agents had secretly seized his emails - professional and personal - sent and received over a two-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2009. He found out he had, without his knowledge, been dragged into Wisconsin's notorious John Doe investigation, one of perhaps dozens of individuals who in recent days have received similar notices from former John Doe special prosecutor Francis D. Schmitz. Some, like...
  • LEAKED: The secret catalog American law enforcement orders cellphone-spying gear

    12/18/2015 6:31:45 AM PST · by walford · 33 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Cory Doctorow
    The Intercept has obtained a secret government catalog that law enforcement agencies use to source even-more-secret cellular spying devices, mostly variants on the Stingray/Dirtbox, which pretend to be cellular towers in order to harvest the subscriber details of all the people within range (up to an entire city, for the airplane-mounted Dirtboxes). The catalog details the capabilities and costs of the different devices in use in at least 60 law enforcement agencies in the US, most of whom will not admit to owning them (this can go to absurd lengths, such as lying in court, or police-on-police raids to confiscate...
  • Cruz v. Rubio on Surveillanc: Who has the Better Security Policy?

    12/16/2015 9:51:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/15/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    I'm for Ted Cruz but there is a lot to like about Marco Rubio, so I'm of two minds about the clashes between the two that highlighted Tuesday night's debate. On the one hand, I'm buoyed by how good they are. We haven't had candidates of this quality for a very long time. (On that score, while I am not a Chris Christie guy for substantive reasons, his talent cannot be denied.) On the other hand, I'm dismayed to see the exchanges between the two senators get so bitter. I think some combination of the two of them is ultimately...
  • Looking for terrorism in all the wrong places (mass spying does not keep us safe)

    12/13/2015 5:39:47 PM PST · by Moseley · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 11, 2015 | Larry Klayman
    Once again our national security agencies failed at detecting dangerous terrorists. ... Who knew that collecting massive amounts of irrelevant data on tens of millions of innocent Americans unrelated to terrorism does not prevent terrorist attacks? Actually, making the data haystack bigger makes it harder to find the needle. Like the country music song “Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places,” our country is determined to look for terrorists in all the wrong places. Our government responded by patting down grandmothers and young children at airport security screening, after the trauma of the terrorist attacks on September 11, while...
  • Holiday Surveillance Shows Need for More Executive Action [semi-satire]

    11/27/2015 3:16:05 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    Despite urging from a variety of left-wing luminaries, discussions in most households over the Thanksgiving holiday did not pan out as hoped. Early summations of conversations picked up from eavesdropping by "smart TVs" revealed that the vast majority leaned toward right-wing views. "The President asked Americans to talk about gun control," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "They did, but the gist of the sentiment was that more people wanted to arm themselves. Likewise, conversations about immigration evinced a preference for less of it. And practically no one seemed concerned about global climate change. Obviously, American opinion is not where it...
  • Donald Trump Rips ‘Dishonest Media,’ Wants ‘Surveillance of Certain Mosques’

    11/22/2015 3:41:02 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/21/2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama–GOP front runner Donald Trump is tearing into the media, and vowing to fight terrorists. Before an enthusiastic crowd of 10,000 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Saturday, Trump told the crowd, "They’re dishonest people. The media is so dishonest." Trump then set the record straight on how he wants to deal with the ISIS terrorist threat to America. "I want surveillance of certain mosques," he told the crowd. "You know what? We've had it before and we'll have it again." The New York real estate billionaire mocked how the media will react to this announcement. "Oh, they’re going...
  • Your Data: If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear

    11/21/2015 8:45:10 AM PST · by poconopundit · 5 replies
    Domestic Surveillance Directorate ^ | November 20,2014 | Domestic Surveillance Directorate
    ...Thanks to secret interpretations of the PATRIOT ACT, top-secret Fourth Amendment exceptions allowed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and broad cooperation at the local, state, and federal level, we can! ...Every day, people leave a digital trail of electronic breadcrumbs as they go about their daily routine. They go to work using electronic fare cards; drive through intersections with traffic cameras; walk down the street past security cameras; surf the internet; pay for purchases with credit/debit cards; text or call their friends; and on and on. ...In the spirit of openness and transparency, here is a partial list of...
  • Paris attacks show U.S. surveillance of Islamic State may be ‘going dark’

    11/16/2015 7:03:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/16/2015 | By Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman
    The Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the Paris attacks that killed 129 people -- including one American college student -- has potential to dramatically alter U.S. intelligence assessments of the group's capabilities to carry off well-orchestrated, mass casualty attacks. At the same time, the attacks underscore the mounting difficulties U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are having in tracking the terror group, resulting in repeated warnings that their efforts to conduct surveillance of Islamic State suspects were "going dark." Over the past year, current and former intelligence officials tell Yahoo News, IS terror suspects have moved to increasingly sophisticated methods...
  • It is Time to Knock off the [BS] About Surveillance for Terrorism

    11/15/2015 8:46:36 AM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 16 replies
    The worldwide collection of phone calls, emails, text messages and our total loss of privacy is all about taxes – NOT terrorism. With all this power and the demand that encryption be outlawed, not any of this surveillance has stopped one terrorist act. There was the Boston bombers, two kids using cell phones. They didn’t catch that either.
  • Michigan Moves to Ban Red Light Ticket Cameras

    11/11/2015 11:04:59 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While the debate over road funding has been a prominent story in news outlets lately, few people have noticed that cameras on highways and at traffic lights could be a way for governments to take in more money from motorists. While governments may financially benefit from the cameras, the companies that lease them to governments lobby heavily for their use. But now a bill in the Michigan Legislature seeks to clarify the state's position on traffic cameras. Senate Bill 593, introduced by State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, bans the use of unmanned traffic monitoring devices to detect or enforce violations...
  • ACLU: Documents prove FBI flew surveillance planes during Baltimore (/Ferguson) riots

    11/01/2015 3:11:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WBAL ^ | 10/30/15 | Kate Amara, George Lettis
    BALTIMORE —The FBI was flying spy and surveillance planes over west Baltimore during the April riots. Two surveillance planes were spotted flying over west Baltimore during the riots, circling for days. "We've done it in Baltimore, we did it in Ferguson as well, as I recall," FBI Director James Comey told members of Congress this week. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said Friday that it has obtained reams of documents through a Freedom of Information request from the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration that detail the flights.
  • Need some help - mobile CCTV/DVR rig.

    10/24/2015 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Chasaway · 12 replies
    10/24/2015 | Me
    I need some help. Im a private investigator. Im trying to build a self-contained, 12-volt surveillance camera rig that I can set up in a vehicle. I want to be able to either run it off of the vehicles power or off of a battery pack. [Ive already got the battery pack set up].
  • Agencies Say They Need Access to Americans Emails Without a Warrant [FTC and SEC]

    09/16/2015 5:45:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 9/16/15 | Kaveh Waddell
    A bipartisan bid to reform an electronic-privacy law has the support of the tech community and the White House, but federal law enforcement officials tell Congress the changes would hamper civil prosecution. Civil law enforcement agencies like the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission would not be able to obtain critical information if the law were changed to require criminal warrants for access to data stored on cloud services, according to witnesses from those agencies testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. The law enforcement officials were reacting to bills from Sens. Mike Lee and...
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agencys most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • Big Secret Makes FBI's Anti-Encryption Campaign a Big Lie

    09/29/2015 6:17:31 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 32 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | Jenna McLaughlin
    To hear FBI Director James Comey tell it, strong encryption stops law enforcement dead in its tracks by letting terrorists, kidnappers and rapists communicate in complete secrecy. But thats just not true. In the rare cases in which an investigation may initially appear to be blocked by encryption and so far, the FBI has yet to identify a single one the government has a Plan B: its called hacking.
  • The Tragedy of Rand Paul

    09/19/2015 7:26:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 18, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    You dont have to agree with all or even most of Senator Rand Pauls brand of libertarianism to concede that his candidacy once held so much promise. Paul entered the race buoyed by what seemed like a burgeoning libertarian moment. From the conduct of the global war on terrorism to massive comprehensive reform packages, American political culture had grown suspicious of the federal governments ability to avert the unforeseen negative consequences of its good intentions. For several weeks in the summer of 2014, Rand Paul led a field of nine prospective Republican presidential candidates in the polls. It was a...
  • NSA surveillance bill passes after weeks-long showdown (Big Brother/1984 Alert)

    09/08/2015 9:40:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/07/15 | Jeremy Diamond
    The National Security Agency lost its authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, thanks to a new reform measure Congress passed on Tuesday. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on Tuesday evening. It is the first piece of legislation to reform post 9/11 surveillance measures. "It's historical," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, one of the leading architects of the reform efforts. "It's the first major overhaul of government surveillance in decades." The weeks-long buildup to the final vote was full of drama. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul assailed the NSA in a 10-hour speech that roused...
  • FBI testing 'intelligence collecting' technology at the Burning Man event in Nevada

    09/08/2015 7:29:08 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies
    NationalSecurity.news ^ | 09/07/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    (NationalSecurity.news) The FBI will send undercover agents to the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada to test new intelligence collecting technology aimed at combating terrorist activities, something the agency has admitted it has done since 2010. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in 2012, the FBI said its Special Events Management unit has been maintaining files on attendees of the alternative lifestyle festival, who are known as burners, in an attempt to aid in the prevention of terrorist activities and intelligence collection. However, much of the FBIs 16-page response to the FOIA request is heavily redacted, the...
  • StingRay surveillance prompts Baltimore attorneys to review nearly 2,000 cases

    08/29/2015 8:58:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Andrew Blake
    Attorneys in Baltimore are reviewing hundreds of convictions after an investigation revealed that police there have secretly used cell phone surveillance tools in nearly 2,000 criminal cases. Following a report in USA Today that exposed the extent of the Baltimore Police Departments use of cell-tracking technology to locate suspects sought in connection with low-level crimes, lawyers in the citys public defender office now tell the paper they plan to ask the court to toss out a large number of convictions.
  • [June 1, 2015 Video] Donald Trump on the need for NSA phone data collection

    08/17/2015 4:49:48 PM PDT · by JediJones · 103 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 1, 2015 | FOX News
    "security has to preside...and be pre-eminent" "if anyone wants to listen to my phone calls, it's fine" "I think we have to err on the side of security" "we don't love it, but we have probably not much of a choice" "it doesn't seem to be very popular, what [Rand Paul's] doing" "Most people seem to feel the way I do" "My best trait will be security"
  • AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

    08/16/2015 2:46:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08/15/15 | The National Security Agencys ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through
    The National Security Agencys ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as highly collaborative, while another lauded the companys extreme willingness to help. AT&Ts cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...
  • Googles robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Googles broader military contracting ambitions especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DODs Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DODs in-house moon-shot idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy

    08/04/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 4 August 2015 | Alex Hern
    How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy A group of researchers have demonstrated how to track users with nothing more than their remaining battery power, which could compromise privacy Alex Hern Tuesday 4 August 2015 08.18 BST A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online. The battery status API is currently supported in the Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers, and...
  • FBI spy plane reportedly making flights above Muslim-concentrated Dearborn

    08/05/2015 5:19:34 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 47 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | August 05, 2015 | Gus Burns
    DEABORN, MI -- Robert Snell of the Detroit News analyzed flight data that shows a single-engine, 2010 Cessna tied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by an Associated Press investigation this June spent a good amount of time in the skies above the Muslim-concentrated city of Dearborn this weekend. The flight data showed the plane on Saturday and Sunday made 19 slow-speed, several-mile-wide loops above Dearborn, as well as neighboring cities of Allen Park, Melvindale, Dearborn Heights and Taylor. "The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times,...
  • Cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns

    08/05/2015 7:13:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/3/2015 | Sam Thielman
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away important privacy protections, a move that bodes ill for the measures return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with appropriate Federal entities, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in...
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

    07/29/2015 3:46:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7-29-2015 | Michael Liedtke, AP
    Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her...