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  • 11th Circuit: Constitutional to Bar Doctors from Asking Patients About Firearm Ownership

    07/29/2014 2:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 28, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 25 the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit "eliminated the injunction" against the enforcement of Florida's "gun gag" law, which restricts doctors from asking patients if they own a firearm unless asking is necessary to a patient's treatment. According to Law360.com, the 11th Circuit ruled that barring doctors from asking about firearms "doesn't violate the First Amendment." Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed the NRA-backed "gun gag" legislation in 2011. Suit was brought against the State of Florida over the law by "the Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of...
  • 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 parliament’s 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.
  • Snitch nation

    07/17/2014 12:21:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 16, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    We are fast becoming a nation of Pavlik Morozovs. Little Pavlik, you may recall, was the 13-year-old subject of a dubious Soviet story about how a young boy’s loyalty to the state trumped his love for his parents. Pavlik was supposedly witness to his father, the chair of his local Soviet, giving aid to enemies of the people. The boy turned his own father in to Stalinist authorities, the story went. Enraged by the betrayal, Pavlik was killed by his own family and was posthumously dubbed a martyr for socialist values. Though the tale was later proven to have been...
  • Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State

    07/11/2014 11:31:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    Time.com ^ | 7/11/2014 | Justin Lynch
    Advancements in technology have fueled this White House's obsession with controlling the message. Jay Carney is free. But not loose – at least so far. After resigning as the press secretary for President Obama on June 20, Carney gave insight into the Obama administration’s handling of classified documents, and responded to criticism that this administration has been the most Orwellian in recent history. “I know — because I covered them — that this was said of Clinton and Bush, and it will probably be said of the next White House,” said Carney in a recent New York Times Magazine interview....
  • In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    07/05/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT · by Cato in PA · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani
    Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.
  • Secret code indicates NSA tracks privacy tool users

    07/04/2014 4:55:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Computer World ^ | 7/4/2014 | Jeremy Kirk
    A NSA spying tool is configured to snoop on an array of privacy programs used by journalists and dissidents, according to an analysis of never-before-seen code leaked by an unknown source.The code, published as part of investigation by two German broadcasters on Thursday, contains tracking specifications for XKeyScore, a powerful NSA program that collects and sorts intercepted data.XKeyScore came to light in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, but some observers believe the latest information -- which adds greater detail on how the agency monitors people trying to protect their privacy online -- may have not come from...
  • Greenwald Delays Biggest Snowden Story Yet Over Government Claims

    07/03/2014 8:45:31 AM PDT · by dware · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07.02.2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    The Snowden leak that journalist Glenn Greenwald has described as the biggest story yet was delayed prior to publication this week, after the U.S. government made last-minute claims about the forthcoming disclosure.
  • 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...
  • U.S. top court rejects Google bid to drop Street View privacy case [illegal Wi-Fi wiretap]

    06/30/2014 10:07:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2014 | BY LAWRENCE HURLEY
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google Inc's bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal wiretap law when it accidentally collected emails and other personal data while building its popular Street View program. The justices left intact a September 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which refused to exempt Google from liability under the federal Wiretap Act for having inadvertently intercepted emails, user names, passwords and other data from private Wi-Fi networks to create Street View, which provides panoramic views of city streets. The lawsuit arose soon after the Mountain...
  • Named persons: spies in the family home

    06/27/2014 9:57:49 AM PDT · by D_Idaho · 11 replies
    Spiked ^ | June 25, 2014 | Josie Appleton
    Those concerned about state surveillance and intervention should direct their sights less to CIA bunkers, than to Edinburgh, and specifically to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act. This act – one of the most significant of the past decade – will mean the state appointment of a ‘named person’ for every child, from birth to the age of 18. These have been dubbed ‘state guardians’, which is not a bad description of their role. They are not practicing a particular profession or service, such as education or healthcare, but instead will have a general interest in the ‘wellbeing’ of...
  • Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches, updates privacy laws (for 21st century)

    06/25/2014 7:59:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Updated: 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights. Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental. The ruling amounts to a 21st century update to legal understanding of privacy rights. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the...
  • DRUDGE: SUPREMES STRIKE DOWN POLICE CELLPHONE SNOOPING

    06/25/2014 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    http://drudgereport.com/ ^ | 06-25-2014 | Staff
    http://live.scotusblog.com/Event/Live_Blog_of_opinions__June_25_2014
  • Seattle Woman Sees Drone Peeping Into Her Apartment Window

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police are investigating a report of a drone peeping into a woman’s apartment window. Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on Sunday morning after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside the building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment. After calling police, an employee of her apartment building says he went outside and saw two men piloting the drone. They packed up their gear, which included a video camera, and drove off before police arrived. Authorities say they are checking for surveillance video that may...
  • Holder’s ‘terrorism committee’ targets America

    06/19/2014 3:52:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 19, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    Think the National Security Agency is doing enough snooping in “The Homeland?” A federal spying coalition aims to drill deeper under the Orwellian title, Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee. “Call it massive surveillance of the U.S. population,” said John Whitehead, president of the civil libertarian Rutherford Institute. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder soft-pedaled DTEC earlier this month. He said the committee — whose members are not yet known — would “coordinate closely with U.S. attorneys and other key public safety officials across the country to promote information-sharing and ensure an effective, responsive and organized joint effort.” Whitehead and other skeptics are...
  • NSA Says It Has No Control Over Its Data

    06/16/2014 10:44:02 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2014 | John Semmens
    Pressed to supply information in response to lawsuits charging that its widespread surveillance of US citizens is illegal, NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett contends that his agency cannot comply because “we’ve lost control over our computer system. We couldn’t retrieve the subpoenaed information if we wanted to. It’s like some kind of ‘Skynet’–alien and artificial intelligence has blocked access to all our data.” Ledgett told US District for the Northern District of California Judge Jeffrey White “we’re as scared about this as anyone. We don’t know who’s side the computer is on. We’d like to think that since we programmed...
  • U.S. pushing local cops to stay mum on cellular surveillance

    06/13/2014 6:06:30 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    U.S. pushing local cops to stay mum on cellular surveillance Thu, 06/12/2014 Sun-Times wires WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment. Federal...
  • Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

    06/06/2014 12:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 5, 2014 | Juliette Garside
    Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond. The company has broken its silence on government surveillance in order to push back against the increasingly widespread use of phone and broadband networks to spy on citizens, and will publish its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report on Friday. At 40,000 words, it is the most comprehensive survey yet of how governments monitor...
  • New NSA chief seeks to reassure public on surveillance

    06/04/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT · by Iced Tea Party · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/3/14 | Ellen Nakashima
    The new director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday acknowledged that the agency uses facial-recognition tools but said the intent is primarily to identify terrorists and help prevent attacks — adding that such technologies are not broadly directed against Americans. “We do not do this on some unilateral basis against U.S. citizens,” said Adm. Michael S. Rogers, in some of his first public remarks since taking the helm of the embattled spy agency two months ago. A year after the first leaks emerged about the scope of NSA surveillance programs, Rogers is seeking to reframe the public debate that...
  • N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

    06/01/2014 3:59:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31, 2014 | James Risen and Laura Poitras
    The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show....
  • Snowden journalist set to make ‘biggest’ disclosure yet (Names of Americans Being Spied Upon)

    05/28/2014 10:24:05 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 26, 2014 | Danika Fears
    Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden expose state secrets to the world, is set to make his “biggest” disclosure yet — the names of Americans the government spied on, he told The Sunday Times.Greenwald added that Snowden’s legacy will be “shaped in large part” by this “finishing piece,” which is based on information obtained in the nearly 2 million documents the former NSA contractor secretly stole from the government.
  • Government Plan Would Transform Israel Into The World’s First Cashless Society

    05/27/2014 5:44:52 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 21 replies
    End Of The American Dream ^ | 2/26/14 | Michael Snyder
    Will Israel be the first cashless society on the entire planet? A committee chaired by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff has come up with a three phase plan to “all but do away with cash transactions in Israel”. According to a study conducted by MasterCard, approximately 80 percent of all consumer transactions in the United States are now cashless. If a government can track all of your transactions, it will essentially be able to monitor everywhere you go and pretty much keep track of virtually everything that you do.
  • Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

    05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley
    It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements. The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
  • Federal ‘Biosurveillance’ Plan Seeking Direct Access to Americans’ Private Medical Records

    05/20/2014 5:53:16 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The federal government is piecing together a sweeping national “biosurveillance” system that will give bureaucrats near real-time access to Americans’ private medical information in the name of national security, according to Twila Brase, a public health nurse and co-founder of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is currently seeking public comment on a 52-page draft of the proposed “National Health Security Strategy 2015-2018” (NHSS). The deadline for comment is 5 pm EST on May 21st. (See Draft National Health Security Strategy 2015-2018.pdf) “Health...
  • FBI Chief: ‘Be Suspicious’ of Government Power

    05/22/2014 10:07:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/14 | Julian Hattem
    The head of the FBI says he understands why people worry about the scope of the government's powers, and in fact, he agrees with them. “I believe people should be suspicious of government power. I am,” Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. “I think this country was founded by people who were worried about government power so they divided it among three branches,” he added. In the months since Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing the country’s intelligence programs, Comey said that “it’s hard for me, sometimes, to find the space and time to talk about...
  • Facebook Launches NSA-Style Auto-Eavesdropping Feature

    05/22/2014 8:57:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 5/21/2014 | Tyler Durden
    I hope there are people who love the feature and post more," says Facebook's product manager excitedly about the new feature they just added. We suspect people will not... As The WSJ reports, starting Wednesday, the app has the ability to recognize music and television shows playing in the vicinity of users. Read that again... 'in the vicinity of users'. In other words, Facebook is unveiling its own NSA-style eavesdropping feature (on you and all your friends). Don't worry though... even if users decide not to share what they’re hearing or watching, Facebook will hold onto the data in anonymous...
  • Obama Backs New Surveillance Legislation, but Tech Companies Reject (big loophole)

    05/22/2014 3:44:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    CIO ^ | 5/22/2014 | John Ribeiro
    A tech industry group that has Facebook and Google as participants has rejected the latest draft of a U.S. legislation that aims to put curbs on surveillance by the National Security Agency.The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said it supported swift passage of the USA Freedom Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, and urged the Senate to follow suit."Overall, the bill's significant reforms would provide the public greater confidence in our programs and the checks and balances in the system," the White House said in a statement.But the tech companies, which also include Yahoo, AOL, Apple,...
  • The slightly disturbing ‘joke’ made by Valerie Jarrett on online privacy (VIDEO)

    05/20/2014 9:41:44 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 20 2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Full Title: The slightly disturbing ‘joke’ made by Valerie Jarrett on online privacy in a college commencement speech During her commencement speech at Pomona College, a leading liberal arts institution located in Claremont, California, President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett made remarks about the president’s focus on the so-called “pay gap” between men and women (repeating the dubious claim that women make 77% of what men make), Obamacare and other administration agenda items. But it was when Jarrett deviated to talking more generally about political service that she let loose a joke that some might find a bit unsettling (though...
  • Michelle Obama Instructs Children of Oceania: Monitor Your Parents For Thoughtcrime

    05/20/2014 9:55:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 19, 2014 | Ed Driscoll
    “There can be no aspect of your daily life that’s removed from politics,” Jim Treacher writes at the Daily Caller, “Now you will be monitored by your own children for expressing unapproved opinions. You’d better watch what you say at the dinner table, Mom and Dad.” Jim links to this post at The Blaze: First lady Michelle Obama is encouraging students to monitor their older relatives, friends and co-workers for any racially insensitive comments they might make, and to challenge those comments whenever they’re made. The first lady spoke on Friday to graduating high school students in Topeka, Kansas,...
  • "You're being watched"

    05/19/2014 6:50:29 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 15 replies
    Click on small front-page photo to left that's titled "You're being watched."
  • Cisco CEO asks Obama to curtail surveillance, according to reports

    05/18/2014 3:43:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2014 | BY KATIE ZEZIMA
    Cisco CEO John Chambers has sent a letter to President Obama calling for rules ensuring that both needs of national security and product integrity are met, according to reports. The Financial Times and Re/code are reporting that Chambers sent a letter dated May 15 to Obama, warning that confidence in an open Internet is being "eroded by revelations of governments' surveillance" and asking him to create new standards of conduct about how the government collects data. "Absent a new approach where industry plays a role, but in which you, Mr. President, can lead, we are concerned that our country's global...
  • The United States Of Secrets

    05/18/2014 8:18:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/17/14 | tyler durned
    Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation regarding the US surveillance leviathan's reach. In the following (part 1 of a 2-part series), PBS' FrontLine reveals the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world - and the lengths they went to trying to hide the massive surveillance program from the public. From 9/11 to Edward Snowden and on to NSA reform - what must be done... a must-watch for all US citizens (if they can spare some time away from The Voice or Flappy...
  • Get Ready for Regulators to Peer Into Your Portfolio

    05/03/2014 9:08:48 AM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | jason Zweig
    In December, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which oversees how investments are sold, proposed what it calls Cards, an electronic system that would regularly collect data on balances and transactions in brokerage accounts. But some critics think it could endanger the privacy and security of investors’ confidential data. Under Cards (which stands for Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System), Finra would collect—probably weekly—a record of activity at all of the more than 4,100 brokerage firms nationwide.
  • White House seeks legal immunity for firms that hand over customer data

    05/02/2014 6:39:57 AM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5-2-14 | Spencer Ackerman
    The White House has asked legislators crafting competing reforms of the National Security Agency to provide legal immunity for telecommunications firms that provide the government with customer data, the Guardian has learned. In a statement of principles privately delivered to lawmakers some weeks ago to guide surveillance reforms, the White House said it wanted legislation protecting “any person who complies in good faith with an order to produce records” from legal liability for complying with court orders for phone records to the government once the NSA no longer collects the data in bulk. The brief request, contained in a four-page...
  • New NSA Chief Michael Rogers: Agency Has Lost Americans' Trust

    05/01/2014 6:55:43 AM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-30-14 | Shaun Waterman
    The NSA has lost the trust of the American people as a result of the Edward Snowden leaks, and needs to be more transparent to gain it back, the NSA's new director said Wednesday in his first public comments since taking control of the embattled spy agency. "I tell the [NSA] workforce out there as the new guy, let’s be honest with each other, the nation has lost a measure of trust in us," Admiral Michael Rogers told a conference of the Women in Aerospace conference in Crystal City, Va.... Rogers didn't lay complete responsibility at the doorstep of the...
  • So who is listening to me?

    04/22/2014 6:04:00 AM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 31 replies
    self | 4/22/14 | ThunderSleeps
    Something odd happened last Friday and it has been bugging me for a few days now. I needed to pick something up at an address in town. Wife called me (cell phone to cell phone) and read me the address. A few minutes later I happened to be on the computer and went to Google Maps (using Chrome). I started to type the address in, just the first two digits of the four digit street number and up came the list of suggestions...with that exact address as the first one!? WTF? Seriously, there must be a hundred addresses in town...
  • Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about surveillance

    04/17/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | April 17, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about whether Russia uses its own mass surveillance system, in a video during a question-and-answer session on Russian television.
  • NYPD drops surveillance of mosques (Thank you Mayor De Blasio)

    04/16/2014 7:15:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Candidate Bill de Blasio was “deeply troubled” by NYPD surveillance of mosques, and now his police commissioner is dropping the program. Matt Apuzzo and Joseph Goldstein report ion the New York Times: The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said. The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the controversial surveillance program represents the first sign that William J. Bratton, the department’s new commissioner, is backing away from some of the post-9/11 intelligence-gathering practices...
  • New York police end Muslim surveillance program

    04/15/2014 3:29:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 6:18 PM EDT | Tom Hays and Jake Pearson
    The New York Police Department said Tuesday it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage. The surveillance program by the NYPD Intelligence Division had come under fire by community activists who accused the department of abusing civil rights. The program relied on plainclothes officers to eavesdrop on people in bookstores, restaurants and mosques. The tactic was detailed in a series of stories by The Associated Press and became the subject of two federal lawsuits. In a series of articles that began in August 2011, the AP...
  • Prepare for drones that ‘perch’ on power lines to recharge, never have to land

    04/09/2014 10:11:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Imagine a world where drones never have to touch the ground after takeoff. That’s what MIT PhD. candidate Joseph Moore did, and now he’s on the cusp of creating a drone that can “perch” on power lines just like birds to recharge its batteries. Mr. Moore gave Business Insider a demonstration of the technology he’s perfecting by using a glider as proof of concept. In short, if a drone is equipped with the a magnetometer it should be possible to make the aircraft capable of identifying magnetic fields given off by power lines, home in on the signal they emit,...
  • Eric Holder: ATF Planning to Use Drones

    04/08/2014 6:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 8, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Attorney General Eric Holder admitted Tuesday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was in the process of looking at the use of domestic drones. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, questioned Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, asking the Attorney General if he believed if the Federal Aviation Administration or Congress should regulate of drone use. “Would you think that it would be better that Congress intervene and employ legislation safeguarding the Fourth Amendment, right of privacy basically on citizens or do you suggest as Attorney General that the FAA still control who gets a drone or not?”...
  • White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades

    03/30/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 89 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Damage to U.S. national security caused by NSA contractor Edward Snowden will take decades to repair, the White House official in charge of cyber security said Friday. Snowden’s treachery is especially grave because he exposed how all the parts fit together—the blueprints for how America’s most significant intelligence enterprise actually works—which is also the blueprint for how to defeat it,” she said. “So what does this mean in real terms? It means that the president may not have the intelligence he needs to have for crucial decisions. Nor will the Congress. We may not see threats we should have seen,...
  • Senator Complains about CIA Spying

    03/15/2014 11:56:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2014 | John Semmens
    This week Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif), a long time supporter of the intelligence community, expressed outrage upon discovering that the CIA has been spying on members of Congress. “I have backed every budget request the CIA has put forward,” Feinstein declared. “I have defended them against their detractors from both sides of the ideological spectrum. Now we find out that they have been surreptitiously breaking into the emails of members of Congress—including mine. It is one thing to spy on ordinary people. It is quite another for them to spy on a separate branch of government.” CIA Director John Brennan...
  • NSA pretended to be Facebook to infect millions of computers

    03/13/2014 10:53:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    foxnews ^ | March 12, 2014 | Andrew Couts
    As part of its efforts to install malware on “millions” of computers worldwide, the National Security Agency impersonated Facebook to trick targets into downloading malicious code. “In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive,” reports The Intercept in its latest expose based on top-secret documents obtained by Edward Snowden. “[The NSA] has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots...
  • Obama Acolyte, Facebook Founder, Shocked By Spying

    03/15/2014 5:57:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    Now you're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company, Mr. Obama. OK, maybe not Coke, but, you’ll have to answer to today’s bubbly equivalent, which can also rot you from the inside out: Facebook. Yeah. So be warned “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called President Barack Obama Wednesday night to complain about U.S. government actions that are undermining trust in the Internet,” reports Politico, “after a report that described how the National Security Agency posed as a Facebook server to inject malicious software into targets’ computers.” I wonder if Zuck’s voice broke when he talked to Obama. I wonder if...
  • U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

    03/15/2014 6:58:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    The Washington comPost ^ | March 14, 2014 | Craig Timberg
    U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web. Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
  • The CIA Reminds Us Who's Boss

    03/13/2014 4:27:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart ally of the nation's intelligence agencies, says she is appalled to learn they have been spying on her committee, ignoring federal law and possibly trampling on the Constitution in a heavy-handed targeting of innocent people. Hey! Maybe now she knows how the rest of us feel. Getting Feinstein to denounce the CIA is like trying to get Texas Republicans to disown Ted Nugent. As head of the Intelligence Committee, the California Democrat normally defends the spymasters no matter what. But even the longest rope is finite in length, and Feinstein has hit the end of...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Calls US Government ‘Threat to the Internet’

    03/13/2014 4:22:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Alyssa Newcomb
    Mark Zuckerberg lashed out at the government for its surveillance practices in a rant today on his Facebook page. “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.,” Zuckerberg wrote. Zuckerberg and other major tech CEOs have called on the Obama administration to be more transparent about spying efforts. The Facebook co-founder, 29, said he vented about his concerns in a phone call to the president. “The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing,...
  • New study shows NSA phone metadata can reveal EVERYTHING about your life

    03/13/2014 7:45:41 PM PDT · by gooblah · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:41 PM 03/13/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    New research published by Stanford Univeristy Wednesday reveal phone and Internet metadata collected by the NSA can expose far more information about an individual than the agency admits, including, “medical conditions, financial and legal connections, and even whether they own a gun.” Two of the school’s computer science graduate students were able to uncover the sensitive personal details of individuals from phone data details, like the numbers of callers and recipients, the location of callers, phone serial numbers and the length of conversations — all of which are data the signals intelligence agency collects in bulk both domestically and internationally....
  • NSA's Malware Methods Outed in Latest Leak

    03/13/2014 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Aqua Buddhist · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | March 12, 2014 | Devin Coldewey
    The latest report from the top-secret documents that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made off with describes the agency's efforts to infect and monitor PCs much in the way ordinary hackers do. The methods aren't particularly original, but the scale of the operations is huge. Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald reported on the revelations in great detail, but the takeaway is fairly straightforward. The NSA is employing hacking tools that will sound familiar to anyone in the security field: browser exploits, man-in-the-middle attacks and plain old spam....
  • Disney’s Billion Dollar Theme Park Gamble (MyMagic+ System)

    03/12/2014 8:08:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 12, 2014 | Chris Queen
    Guests travel to Walt Disney World seeking the ultimate vacation experience, and Disney continues to develop new ways to deliver the best possible vacation. The company has invested over a billion dollars in their MyMagic+ system, which employs wearable technology and RFID (radio frequency identification) chips to fine tune and customize guests’ experiences. Disney has high hopes for MyMagic+, but so far many guests aren’t sold on the idea.