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  • Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of NSA Surveillance

    04/21/2015 6:18:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 4/21/15 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a massive National Security and Penal State, the two parties are in full agreement on the bulk of the most significant D.C. policies (which is why the leading candidates of the two parties (from America’s...
  • McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

    04/22/2015 7:30:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
  • The Nationwide Network Working to Bring Mobile Biometrics to Your Community (FirstNet)

    04/18/2015 6:33:58 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 7 replies
    Public Intelligence ^ | December 18, 2013 | Public Intelligence
    A federal law passed in February 2012 to help middle class families by creating jobs and cutting payroll taxes included a section mandating the creation of a nationwide interoperable broadband communications system for law enforcement and first responders. The system, which is being created under the direction of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), seeks to create a nationwide broadband network capable of being used for a variety of law enforcement purposes including remote surveillance, mobile biometric applications like field fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, as well as automated license plate reading. The system is currently in a pilot phase...
  • Is NYC’s new gunshot detection system recording private conversations?

    As Tyrone Lyles lay dying from a gunshot wound on an East Oakland street in 2007, he let out a few last words that would ultimately help authorities convict his killer. “Why you done me like that, Ar?” he pleaded. “Ar, why you do me like that, dude?” The exchange, which was used in court, was recorded by ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system that has been installed in over 90 cities across the country. By placing a series of microphones around high-crime neighborhoods, the system is able to pinpoint the location of where a gunshot took place with surprising accuracy,...
  • How your smart TV is watching you

    03/27/2015 6:50:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 74 replies
    ABC7 Chicago ^ | 03/27/2015 | Consumer Reports
    CHICAGO -- When you sit down to watch television, you probably don't imagine that your TV is also watching you. But Consumer Reports says that new models of some popular brands of smart TVs can record and share information about everything you watch. It's likely you don't think you've invited a spy into your home when setting up a new TV. But this Samsung can record and share everything that's viewed, whether it's a broadcast or streaming from the Internet. And some smart TVs can even track what DVD you're watching.
  • Texas 'Cop Watcher' bill under fire from legal experts, law enforcement groups

    03/26/2015 5:07:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fox News
    A Texas lawmaker's proposal to establish a 25-foot "buffer zone" around police engaged in keeping the peace is drawing fire from both legal experts and law enforcement groups, but for different reasons. Dallas-area House representative Jason Villalba introduced HB 2918, which would make it a misdemeanor to photograph police within 25 feet -- raising serious concerns that the bill, if passed, would violate the First Amendment and prevent individuals from holding police accountable. For Texans legally carrying a firearm, the buffer zone required would be 100 feet under Villalba's proposal. Villalba reportedly said police approached him about creating the legislation,...
  • Support for Government Surveillance Could Imperil GOP's 2016 Hopefuls

    03/23/2015 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaled · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03-16-2015 | Dustin Volz
    Most of the likely Republican presidential candidates are supportive of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. But Americans who identify as Republican or lean that way appear to disagree. That’s according to a new survey from Pew Research, released on Monday, gauging post-Snowden attitudes on digital privacy and surveillance. Of respondents who were familiar with the NSA spying revelations, 70 percent of Republicans and those leaning Republican said they were losing confidence that the agency’s surveillance programs served the public interest. Just 55 percent of Democrats and those leaning Democratic said they had lost faith.... But the strong majority of...
  • Postal Inspectors Reported to be Collecting License Plate Info, Agents Deny Broad Surveillance

    03/14/2015 11:31:43 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 31 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/14/2015 | Ronnie Schreiber
    The Truth About Cars has followed the use of license plate recognition and storage technology by local law enforcement agencies, a practice that has raised alarms from civil liberties activists because of constitutional concerns over broad surveillance and the ability to reconstruct one’s movements from license plate data. Now it appears that United States Postal Inspection Service, the USPS’ own law enforcement agency has also, at least at one post office in Colorado, been collecting similar data from drivers. Though the device had apparently been operating for at least a few months, within an hour of Chris Halsne, of Denver’s...
  • Video: Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at Denver post offices

    03/12/2015 5:55:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    DENVER — Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ripped from the ground and disappeared.FOX31 Denver investigative reporter Chris Halsne confirmed the hidden camera and recorder is owned and operated by the United State Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service.The recording device appeared to be tripped by any vehicle leaving the property on Johnson Road, but the lens was not positioned to capture images of the front door,...
  • Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at post offices

    Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ripped from the ground and disappeared. FOX31 Denver investigative reporter Chris Halsne confirmed the hidden camera and recorder is owned and operated by the United State Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service. The recording device appeared to be tripped by any vehicle leaving the property on Johnson Road, but the lens was not positioned to capture images of the front door,...
  • Wikimedia Launches Suit Against NSA, DoJ

    03/10/2015 11:06:07 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    kioskea.net ^ | 3-10-2015 | Nicole Motta
    On Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation announced that it is suing the US National Security Agency and Department of Justice over surveillance. The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind web-based encyclopedia Wikipedia, has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union and eight other organizations to fight the NSA's mass surveillance program. The suit was filed on Tuesday at a Maryland federal court claiming the NSA and DoJ violated the First and Fourth Amendments with "large-scale search and seizure of internet communications" or "upstream surveillance." This surveillance tactic allows the NSA to collect data on Internet users who communicate with "non US...
  • BRIEF: York woman reports seeing drone outside her window

    02/23/2015 9:59:54 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    TheState.com (South Carolina) ^ | 02/22/2015 | BRISTOW MARCHANT
    YORK --- A woman in York called law enforcement last week to report a very unusual peeping tom. The woman told the York County Sheriff's Office she woke up around 2 a.m. on Feb. 11, and saw a light outside her window on Lomita Road. When she got up to investigate, she saw that the light was attached to what the incident report describes as a flying "drone." The drone then flew away from the woman's home toward a Duke Energy building. By the time the woman contacted sheriff's deputies on Monday, she said she had already contacted Duke as...
  • Creepy, Calculating, And Controlling: All The Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

    02/19/2015 5:28:49 PM PST · by upchuck · 24 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 2/19/15 | John W. Whitehead
    Unfortunately, privacy as we once knew it is dead. “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 None of us are perfect. All of us bend the rules occasionally. Even before the age of overcriminalization, when the most upstanding citizen could be counted on to break at least three laws a day without knowing it, most of us have knowingly flouted the law from time to time.Indeed, there was a time when most Americans thought nothing of driving a few...
  • Official: Bulk collection would halt without Patriot Act extension

    02/06/2015 5:25:20 PM PST · by Dalek
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/15 | Mario Trujillo
    We at Walking In The Desert would like to let our readers know about a documentary that a friend and I are working on. This is our first documentary but we hope that this documentary will be a success and will promote the usage of the Tridentine Mass (Extraordinary Form) A friend and I are in the process to create a documentary that will promote the usage of the Latin Mass. We want to be able to do a video documentary that will interview priests and lay people who attend or celebrate the Latin Mass. We want to ask them...
  • Panama’s ex-president’s hunger for gossip at center of wiretap probe

    01/30/2015 12:47:42 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Tim Johnson
    When the United States rejected former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli’s request for spying equipment to eavesdrop, U.S. diplomats feared, on his political enemies, the former supermarket baron turned to another source: Israel.Now scores of Panama’s political and social elite are learning that the eavesdropping program that Martinelli’s security team set in place sprawled into the most private aspects of their lives – including their bedrooms. Rather than national security, what appears to have driven the wiretapping was a surfeit of the seven deadly sins, particularly greed, pride, lust and envy.Nearly every day, targets of the wiretapping march to the prosecutors’...
  • DEA Planned to Track Cars Parked Near Gun Shows

    01/29/2015 7:53:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Are you starting to forget just how creepy government agencies can be when they decide to spy on average (law abiding) citizens? Well, this should help refocus your distrust of big government. According to AP News:The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.Um, good… Also: “What the heck?”So the DEA was planning on tracking everyone that went to a gun show? Wow… Nothing like being innocent until proven guilty, right? It might be time to start borrowing...
  • WSJ Report: “U.S. Spies on Millions of Cars” – Aligns With Our 2013/2014 Maryland MCAC Hub Research…

    01/27/2015 12:04:30 PM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    The Conserative Treehouse ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Sundance
    Over a year ago we brought you the story of Mr. Filippidis and his family, a Florida Driver who was pulled over by law enforcement in Maryland. The traffic stop would have been typical except for the fact the responding officer demanded, at random, Mr. Filippidis’s firearm. Mr. Filippidis did not have his legally owned -CCW permitted- hand gun, it was home in Florida. Nor did Mr. Filippidis ever say he had a firearm – yet the officer was insistent Mr. Filippidis owned one, handcuffed Mr. Filippidis, and strip searched his vehicle on the side of the road. Numerous Maryland...
  • Progressive Want to Track (and Tax) Your Cars Too...Really

    01/27/2015 6:21:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | John Ransom
    In the race for more tax money-- and government solutions-- the Feds and the states are invading your privacy with increasing regularity. Several states, including Colorado, Oregon and California are studying proposals today to equip cars with GPS tracking devices so that they can tax drivers by the mile they drive. In part this is happening as gas tax revenues are going down because the government insists on: 1) raising the gas tax to discourage driving and 2) establishing fuel efficiency standards that have people using less gasoline. So states, which use gas tax money to build roads, now claim...
  • MAN SPEAKS OUT AFTER FINDING CAMERA HIDDEN IN SMOKE DETECTOR IN BUCKTOWN APARTMENT

    01/23/2015 2:44:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    abc7chicago.com ^ | january 22, 2015
    Eyewitness News has learned of a second investigation underway involving a hidden camera discovered in a Chicago bedroom.  The camera was hidden inside a smoke alarm in the man's Bucktown apartment. The victim, who wished to conceal his identity, says he found a card containing recordings of 56 separate incidents over the previous two months, including numerous private and intimate moments. "I don't know where the videos went, what's being done with them, so it's extremely upsetting," the victim said. He was new to Chicago when he moved into the Bucktown apartment last November. But in a matter of days,...
  • Obama And Cameron Fail To See Eye To Eye On Surveillance [Obama: Don't "Respond With Hammer"]

    01/17/2015 8:18:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | January 17, 2015
    Barack Obama And David Cameron Fail To See Eye To Eye On Surveillance British prime minister takes tougher line on internet companies than US president at White House talks on Islamist threats Barack Obama and David Cameron struck different notes on surveillance powers after the president conceded that there is an important balance to be struck between monitoring terror suspects and protecting civil liberties. As Cameron warned the internet giants that they must do more to ensure they do not become platforms for terrorist communications, the US president said he welcomed the way in which civil liberties groups hold them...
  • Doe possessed: ‘They have information about every aspect of our lives’

    01/13/2015 10:11:40 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | January 12, 2015 | By M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Almost five months after the Government Accountability Board quietly ended its role in a politically charged investigation into dozens of Wisconsin conservative groups, the agency has yet to return property seized from people caught up in the probe. “I would think that because it’s not an ongoing investigation, then it seems to me they should get their stuff back,” said constitutional law expert Rick Esenberg. Investigators seized paper files, computers and other electronic devices, including the electronic equipment of targets’ family members, among other property, in raids in October 2013. They aren’t likely to see their things...
  • Former CBS News reporter sues Justice Department for $35 million alleging her family was put...

    01/06/2015 7:20:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/06/15 | Zoe Szathmary
    Former CBS News reporter sues Justice Department for $35 million alleging her family was put under surveillance while she covered Benghazi A former reporter with CBS News is suing the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging she was illegally spied on and digitally monitored. Sharyl Attkisson's lawsuit alleges that the illegal surveillance took place while she covered stories on Benghazi and the Fast and Furious gunwalking case and refers to three forensic exams conducted on computers. She is suing over alleged violations of the First and Fourth Amendments, and her husband and daughter are named as co-plaintiffs. Attorney General Eric Holder,...
  • 30,000 Surveillance Cameras Monitor D.C.-Area Public Schools

    01/02/2015 2:19:41 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    4 NBC Washington ^ | 01/05/2015 | http://www.nbcwashington.com/results/?keywords=%22Scott+MacFarlane%22&byline=y&sort=date
    Washington, D.C.-area public school districts have deployed more than 30,000 surveillance cameras inside school buildings, according to a review of security records by News4.
  • Reports Show Irregular (illegal) Surveillance Of US Citizens

    12/25/2014 12:59:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Kukil Bora
    The National Security Agency may have violated U.S. law for over a decade with the unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens' overseas communications, according to new reports on the agency's intelligence collection practices released by the NSA on Wednesday. The U.S. spy agency released the highly confidential reports in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). According to documents posted on the NSA website on Christmas Eve, the examples of violations include sending data on Americans to unauthorized recipients, storing such data on unprotected computers and retaining them after they were meant...
  • We Need A List of Jihadists Open To The Public Just Like The One For Sex Offenders

    12/15/2014 8:58:49 AM PST · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    Self | December 15, 2014 | Self(vanity)
    In light of the KNOWN Jihadist in Australia taking hostages and using a gun (guns are banned there) causing innocent people to be killed and wounded, we need a list of known Jihadists to be immediately set up and accessible to the public (including gun owners) just like the list of sex offenders. The American people have a right to know who all of these evil people are and where they live just like the right we have to know all of the sex offenders are and where they live. It is time to out all of these bastards so...
  • The 2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

    11/27/2014 6:36:34 AM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 11 replies
    Cato.org ^ | December 12, 2014 | The Cato Institute
    Never in human history have people been more connected than they are today — nor have they been more thoroughly monitored. Over the past year, the disclosures spurred by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have drawn public attention to the stunning surveillance capabilities of the American intelligence community, and the unprecedented volume of data they collect from hundreds of millions of people around the world. But the growth of government surveillance is by no means restricted to spies: Even ordinary law enforcement agencies increasingly employ sophisticated tracking technologies, from face recognition software to “Stingray” devices that can locate...
  • Network of Secret Chinese Military Attack US on Daily Basis: Costs trillions of $$, millions of jobs

    11/21/2014 11:25:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | Joshua Philipp
    An army is attacking the United States. Its war is being waged without bullets or fanfare. Denied by its government, these soldiers operate in shadows and in silence. Yet, glimpses of their operations are seen on a daily basis—hackers and spies attacking and stealing from U.S. businesses and the U.S. government. Until now, a complete view of their operations and of the military department that gives them their orders remained hidden. Yet, China’s spy and cyberoperations all share one thing in common: they’re all orchestrated under the People’s Liberation Army General Staff Department (GSD), the Chinese military’s top-level department dedicated...
  • FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance

    11/03/2014 11:08:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/29/14 | Ed Pinkton
    The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world. Civil liberties groups warn that the proposed rule change amounts to a power grab by the agency that would ride roughshod over strict limits to searches and seizures laid out under the fourth amendment of the US constitution, as well as violate first amendment privacy rights. They have protested that the FBI is seeking to transform its cyber capabilities...
  • 6 Ways The Cops Know You're Texting (advice for coping with the surveillance state)

    11/02/2014 11:34:16 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 65 replies
    yahoo.com via insurance.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Mark Vallet
    1. The panhandler on the corner Canadian cops dress up as panhandlers in order to get up close and personal with drivers. Officers in Ontario and British Columbia have slipped on hoodies, donned baseball caps and clutched tattered cardboard signs (complete with misspellings) before hitting busy street corners. Their cardboard signs offer an upbeat message on one side and a clear warning on the other. One read, "My name is Constable Mike Cairns. If you are reading this sign you are about to get a cell phone ticket." 2. The trucker in the next lane Last year, New York Gov....
  • Drones posing global security issues

    10/28/2014 9:09:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jonathan Eyal
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones as they are often called, have had a good press recently: from humanitarian rescues to the promotion of free trade, these remote-controlled, pilotless robots are the heroes of the moment. Still, their biggest use continues to be for military purposes. And although the deployment of drones in military operations is nowhere near as morally objectionable as some critics allege, the inevitable proliferation of UAVs does raise some serious security questions. The real challenge is not to prevent nations or corporations from acquiring them but, rather, to adopt international safeguards on how independent such drones...
  • Automated Mass Surveillance is Unconstitutional, EFF Explains in Jewel v. NSA

    10/24/2014 6:01:27 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | October 24, 2014 | Andrew Crocker and Cindy Cohn and Jamie Lee Williams
    Today EFF filed our latest brief in Jewel v. NSA, our longstanding case on behalf of AT&T customers aimed at ending the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ communications. The brief specifically argues that the Fourth Amendment is violated when the government taps into the Internet backbone at places like the AT&T facility on Folsom Street in San Francisco. As it happens, the filing coincides with the theatrical release of Laura Poitras’ new documentary, Citizenfour. The Jewel complaint was filed in 2008, and there’s a scene early in the film that shows the long road that case has...
  • NSA Isn't Interested in Your Pumpkin-Pie Recipes, Says Senior Official

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerTown
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • Patient With Ebola-Like Symptoms Being Treated at Howard University Hospital

    10/03/2014 8:54:25 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    NBCWashington ^ | 10/03/14
    A patient with Ebola-like symptoms is being treated at Howard University Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirms. The patient had traveled to Nigeria recently.
  • Patient Nigeria admitted to Howard Univ Hospital in DC with possible Ebola symptoms

    10/03/2014 8:50:45 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 84 replies
    NBC4 ^ | 10/03/14 | Mark Segraves
    Patient traveling from Nigeria admitted to Howard Univ Hospital in DC with possible Ebola symptoms. From Howard Univ : "we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient" Howard Univ: a patient ​has been admitted in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria w/ symptoms that could be associated with Ebola.
  • CDC chief on Ebola: We can’t shut the border

    10/03/2014 6:11:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/3/2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday said restricting travel between the U.S. and West Africa would likely “backfire” and put Americans more at risk of contracting Ebola. Appearing on MSNBC, Frieden was asked about potentially prohibiting air travel between the U.S. and West Africa, where the Ebola outbreak is most widespread. He said that such a restriction would likely be ineffective and would make it harder for health officials to root out the virus. “The only way we’re going to get to zero risk is by stopping the outbreak at the source” in...
  • 2 Colorado Adults Die From Complications Of Enterovirus

    10/03/2014 4:06:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    KCNC ^ | 10/2/2014
    At least two Colorado adults have died from complications from what may be enterovirus-68, the same strain that has afflicted hundreds, mostly children, across the country. Dr. Phil Emrie, a critical care pulmonologist at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, says he treated adult patients who suffered from conditions similar to the virus. “We don’t know for sure that it’s the enterovirus-68, but we do know that it’s consistent with the illness that they’re seeing in children,” Emrie said. That specific virus has been diagnosed primarily in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported approximately 500 cases...
  • Ebola patient arrives in Germany from Sierra Leone: local officials

    10/03/2014 2:42:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/3/2014
    A Ugandan doctor suffering from Ebola has arrived in Frankfurt from Sierra Leone for treatment in the city's University Hospital, local government officials said. The worst outbreak of the virus on record has killed at least 3,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, overwhelming health systems and crippling fragile economies. A case in the United States has heightened concerns that Ebola could spread globally and could raise further questions about travel restrictions from the affected countries.
  • Thirst, hemorrhagic fever in Sudan’s Red Sea state [gov't cover-up]

    10/03/2014 2:36:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Radio Dabanga ^ | 10/1/2014
    People living in the eastern Sudanese Red Sea state are complaining of a shortage of drinking water that has lasted for nearly nine months.“There is no indication that the water problem will be solved soon,” activist Amin Sinada told Radio Dabanga from the Port Sudan, the capital of Red Sea state. “The crisis may become even worse, as the commercial water prices are increasing.”He accused state officials of being behind the interruption of drinking water supplies to residential districts. “They are using the water for their personal benefits.” Sinada also reported that hemorrhagic fever has re-emerged in the state. “The...
  • Government’s Demand For Data Truly Is Insatiable

    10/01/2014 9:39:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bob Barr
    The launch of the new iPhone 6 late last month set a record for Apple, selling 10-million units in the first three days. In spite of the record-setting sales, it was not long before consumer enthusiasm for the new technology dulled with reports of alleged problems, including a potential for bending if sat on for long periods; a phenomenon quickly dubbed “Bendgate.” The release of the iPhone 6 presented another, more serious problem for a much different demographic: government snoops. Rather than continuing to be the rope in a tug-of-war between consumer privacy and warrantless government requests for consumer data,...
  • 1954: Should Wiretapping Be Legalized? (Video)

    09/30/2014 12:04:41 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1954 | Washington Spotlight
    American television show, "Washington Spotlight", debating the topic of private telephone wiretapping. Guests are two United States Congressmen: Senator Wayne Morse (Independent, formerly both Republican and Democrat) of Oregon, and Representative Kenneth Keating (Republican) from New York. The ideas of national security and communist infiltration are brought up, of course. This during the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the debate continues today with President Barack Obama, especially after the revelations from Edward Snowden & Glenn Greenwald. Video Link
  • What is the Pentagon’s secret space drone doing?

    09/28/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Sharon Weinberger
    For almost two years, an unmanned space plane bearing a remarkable resemblance to NASA’s space shuttle has circled the Earth, performing a top-secret mission. It’s called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle — but that’s pretty much all we know for certain. Officially, the only role the Pentagon acknowledges is that the space plane is used to conduct experiments on new technologies. Theories about its mission have ranged from an orbiting space bomber to an anti-satellite weapon. The truth, however, is likely much more obvious: According to intelligence experts and satellite watchers who have closely monitored its orbit, the X-37B is...
  • Snowden honored with 'alternative Nobel'

    09/24/2014 7:53:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    My Fox New York / The Associated Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Karl Ritter
    STOCKHOLM (AP) - Edward Snowden was among the winners Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel," for his disclosures of top secret surveillance programs. The decision to honor the former National Security Agency contractor with the Right Livelihood Award appeared to cause a diplomatic headache for Sweden's Foreign Ministry, which withdrew the prize jury's permission to use its media room for the announcement....
  • Chinese Student Spies Overwhelm US

    09/21/2014 8:06:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joshua Philipp
    Intelligence agencies around the world typically regard China’s approach to spying as sloppy and unprofessional. While many other countries focus on stealth and finesse for espionage, China’s focus is on mass numbers. While regarded as unprofessional, China’s approach has also been extremely effective. The challenge posed by China comes down to a simple fact: it has too many spies for foreign intelligence agencies to keep track of. “Our nation is overwhelmed. The problem is too big,” said Paul Williams in a phone interview. Williams is chief information officer at BlackOps Partners Corporation, which does counterintelligence and protection of trade secrets...
  • CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    09/18/2014 12:24:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Business Journal's Startups and Venture Capital Blog ^ | September 17, 2014 | David Harris, Tech Editor
    Danvers-based CyPhy Works, a maker of flying robots led by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, said today that it was awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force for a new miniature drone that could help improve search-and-rescue operations. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Funded under the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund, CyPhy Works' Extreme Access Pocket Flyer — which can fit into the cargo pants of a military member and weighs 2.3 ounces — will focus on the remote inspection of small passageways and tunnels that are often blocked by debris and rubble. The drone...
  • Green Group Suggested Video Cameras to Spy on Farmer

    09/04/2014 10:55:19 AM PDT · by Henry Hnyellar · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 25, 2014 | Kevin Mooney
    An environmental group that stands accused of overstepping its inspection authority and trespassing across a Virginia farm also tried to have video cameras installed to monitor the property. An officer of the Piedmont Environmental Council proposed that one of that group’s board members “runs a security company and could offer the use of security cameras to record visitors,” according to documents examined by The Daily Signal. Martha Boneta, who owns Liberty Farm in Paris, Va., last year sued the Piedmont Environmental Council and others because, she said, PEC encouraged Fauquier County officials to harass her with citations of zoning violations...
  • Tacoma Police Using StingRay to gather cell phone data - without warrants

    08/27/2014 3:37:04 PM PDT · by Bobka · 21 replies
    The Tacoma News Tribune ^ | August 26, 2014 | Kate Martin
    The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away. You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone. Police Chief Don Ramsdell, through a spokeswoman, declined an interview request to talk about the police department’s apparent purchase of a Stingray device and associated technology. The department cited a nondisclosure agreement it has with...
  • Destroying Privacy News: DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

    08/27/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 33 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when.
  • 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...
  • What Happens When Police Officers Wear Body Cameras?

    08/19/2014 2:28:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/18/2014 | Christopher Mims
    Sometimes, like the moments leading up to when a police officer decides to shoot someone, transparency is an unalloyed good. And especially lately, technology has progressed to a point that it makes this kind of transparency not just possible, but routine. So it is in Rialto, Calif., where an entire police force is wearing so-called body-mounted cameras, no bigger than pagers, that record everything that transpires between officers and citizens. In the first year after the cameras' introduction, the use of force by officers declined 60%, and citizen complaints against police fell 88%. It isn't known how many police departments...
  • Not #Ferguson: Elderly White Woman Hospitalized After Brutal Robbery in Ocoee

    08/16/2014 8:21:55 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 16,2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    WFTV in Orlando, Florida reported Friday about a callous, violent robbery of an elderly white woman by three young black men that left the woman hospitalized with a serious brain injury and a broken clavicle. The Publix surveillance videos released to the media show rare, clear before, during and after video of the victim, the perps and the robbery. There will be no protests, no candlelight vigils, no statement by President Barack Obama, no Justice Department investigation, no visits by Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. The race ‘healers’ won’t descend on Ocoee like they are doing in Ferguson this week...