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  • A Digital Coup d’Etat

    02/22/2024 6:45:02 AM PST · by Heartlander · 11 replies
    Brownstone Institute ^ | Feb 22, 2024 | Jeffrey A. Tucker
    A Digital Coup d’EtatThere was a time. What seemed to be unfolding was a huge intellectual error for the history books. A new virus had come along and everyone was freaking out and smashing all normal social functioning. The excuse turns out just to be the cover story. Still, it bears examination. Even though plenty of outside commentators said the pathogen should be handled in the normal way – with known treatment and calm while those most susceptible stayed cautious until endemicity – some people on the inside fell prey to a great fallacy. They had come to believe computer...
  • Facial Recognition: Coming Soon to an Airport Near You Biometrics are transforming the way we travel. The technology,... is becoming more common at airports in the United States.

    02/19/2024 2:13:22 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/18/24, | Christine Chung
    Biometrics are transforming the way we travel. The technology, which identifies travelers using unique physical traits like fingerprints and faces, is becoming more common at airports in the United States. As a result, time-consuming rituals that once required repeated ID checks — such as bag dropping, security screening and boarding — are getting easier and faster. Some experts believe that this will be the year that biometric use, primarily facial recognition, becomes standard at many airports. The technology offers several advantages: enhanced security, quicker processing of passengers and a more convenient airport experience. It also raises concerns about privacy, ethics...
  • GitHub leak exposes Chinese offensive cyber operations – researchers

    02/19/2024 10:50:15 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    The leaked documents supposedly discuss spyware developed by I-Soon, a Chinese infosec company, that’s targeting social media platforms, telecommunications companies, and other organizations worldwide. Researchers suspect the operations are orchestrated by the Chinese government. Unknown individuals allegedly leaked a trove of Chinese government documents on GitHub. The documents reveal how China conducts offensive cyber operations with spyware developed by I-Soon, Taiwanese threat intelligence researcher Azaka Sekai claims. While several researchers have analyzed the supposedly leaked documents, no official confirmation of their veracity exists as of the writing of this article. We have reached out to I-Soon but did not receive...
  • Still Looking at You, Kids: Congress Aims to Extend Warrantless Surveillance for the Foreseeable Future...These measures have no place in a free and democratic society.

    02/18/2024 6:53:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 16, 2024, 11:05 PM | by LLOYD BILLINGSLEY
    Late last year, Congress extended Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and, in doing so, secured “the nation’s warrantless surveillance powers” until April 2024. With that month fast approaching, House Republicans have unveiled a new package to reauthorize those same powers, within limits. As the Hill reports, the new package “focus[es] on more reforms at the FBI to address misuse of the powerful spy tool,” but the deal does not include requirements for a warrant, which is “deemed a red line for the intelligence community but nonetheless a top priority for privacy advocates in Congress.” The new...
  • 4 red flags for an IRS tax audit — and how to avoid the ‘audit lottery,’ according to tax pros

    02/15/2024 7:47:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | FEB 13 20241:49 PM EST | Kate Dore
    As Americans file returns this season, some worry about IRS audits amid agency efforts to ramp up service, technology and enforcement. Recent IRS enforcement has targeted high-income individuals, large corporations and complex partnerships. But everyday filers could still face an audit — and certain issues are more prone to IRS scrutiny, experts say. You don’t want to face the “audit lottery,” warned Ryan Losi, a certified public accountant and executive vice president of CPA firm Piascik. Audit rates of individual income tax returns decreased for all income levels from tax years 2010 to 2019, largely due to lower IRS funding,...
  • JUST IN: House Delays Vote For FISA Reform On Warrantless Surveillance Powers

    02/15/2024 6:22:42 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    100 Percent Fed Up ^ | Feb 14, 2024 | Danielle
    The House of Representatives have delayed a vote on reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and Section 702. “In order to allow Congress more time to reach consensus on how best to reform FISA and Section 702 while maintaining the integrity of our critical national security programs, the House will consider the reform and reauthorization bill at a later date,” Raj Shah, a spokesman for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) stated on X. ... “Just as we were winning the debate on requiring warrants for domestic spying in the FISA 702 reauthorization, the Speaker yanked the bill and cancelled...
  • Conservatives renew call for FISA reform without warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens

    02/13/2024 12:34:58 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    Just the News ^ | February 13, 2024 2:59pm Updated: February 13, 2024 3:01pm | Nicholas Ballasy
    House conservatives are renewing their call for an end to the warrantless surveillance of Americans as Congress considers reforming Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The short-term extension of the controversial federal government surveillance program expires April 19. "Under no circumstance should the federal government spy on the American people without a warrant! Congress shouldn't waste its time on meaningless FISA 'reform' but work to abolish this unconstitutional abuse of power!" wrote Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., Monday on X. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said this will be a "big week for FISA reform" in Congress. "The FBI has...
  • Mike Johnson Aiming to Vote on Deep State Spy Powers Reauthorization Next Week

    02/11/2024 7:43:00 AM PST · by CFW · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/9/24 | Sean Moran
    Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is aiming to vote on reauthorizing and potentially reforming deep state powers next week, according to a report. Politico reported compromise legislation is still being drafted between Republicans on the more privacy-minded Judiciary Committee, more intelligence-community-friendly members on the Intelligence Committee, and representatives from Republican leadership. The bill would largely mirror a bill drafted by Intelligence Committee Republicans, and Judiciary Committee members and other privacy “hawks” would then be allowed to offer amendments, including one that would require a warrant before searching Americans’ private information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Section...
  • Biden Admin Confirms Using Financial Surveillance To Help Feds Catch Jan6'ers as Dozens of Detainees are Still Languishing in Jail Awaiting Trial Three Years After the Capitol Incident.

    02/10/2024 10:11:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 02/10/2024 | Tom Ozimek
    The Treasury Department has admitted that it helped law enforcement catch people involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach by urging banks to comb through the private transactions of customers using terms like “MAGA” and “Trump” as part of a surveillance scheme intended to fight money launderers but used to hunt Jan. 6-ers.In January, The Epoch Times reported on allegations that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)—the U.S. Treasury Department’s financial crime-fighting unit—was accused of engaging in “pervasive financial surveillance” by circulating materials to banks that listed keywords that could be used to flag private financial transactions of potential Jan....
  • Outrage as Biden administration admits surveilling Americans' private financial transactions for words like 'MAGA' 'Trump' and 'Kamala' in wake of Jan. 6 riots...with people buying BIBLES on top of their watchlist

    02/10/2024 3:04:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/09/24 | Kamal Sultan
    The Biden Administration has admitted to surveilling the private financial transactions of Americans for words including 'MAGA', 'Trump' and 'Kamala' following the January 6 riots. Federal investigators in the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) instructed banks to comb through records to look for 'extremists'. A letter from the Treasury Department, seen by Fox News, was sent to Senator Tim Scott on Friday which states 'Exchange events' began 'shortly after January 6 under the prior Administration'. It said it 'included terms such as "antifa," "MAGA," "Trump," "Biden," "Kamala," "Schumer," and "Pelosi."' The federal government was specifically 'watching' Trump supporters and...
  • Why Data Privacy Matters

    02/08/2024 1:02:34 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 5 replies
    Taking steps to manage your privacy settings and data is an important part of emergency preparedness actions we all should take.Why Data Privacy Matters Take Control During Data Privacy Week [It's a matter of personal responsibility]
  • Federal Government Warned Banks About ‘Extremists’ Who Bought Bibles

    02/02/2024 6:37:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | February 1, 2024 | Joshua Mercer
    CV NEWS FEED // An agency of the federal government “flagged” Bible purchases as an indication of “extremism” in communications with banks following the events of January 6, 2021. “We now know the federal government flagged terms like ‘MAGA’ and ‘TRUMP,’ to financial institutions if Americans completed transactions using those terms,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH, wrote on X. “What was also flagged? If you bought a religious text, like a BIBLE, or shopped at Bass Pro Shop.” Jordan serves as the chairman of both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal...
  • N.S.A. Buys Americans’ Internet Data Without Warrants, Letter Says

    01/28/2024 9:42:12 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 25, 2024 | Charlie Savage
    The disclosure comes amid congressional scrutiny and a Federal Trade Commission crackdown on commercial data brokers. ... The letter by the National Security Agency, obtained by The New York Times, is the latest disclosure to highlight a legal gray zone on privacy ... The National Security Agency buys certain logs related to Americans’ domestic internet activities from commercial data brokers ... Intelligence and law enforcement agencies sometimes purchase potentially sensitive and revealing domestic data from brokers that would require a court order to acquire directly. ... The U.S. government should not be funding and legitimizing a shady industry whose flagrant...
  • Google to warn users they can be tracked while in Chrome's 'Incognito' mode

    01/26/2024 2:55:03 PM PST · by Enterprise · 19 replies
    https://www.abc.net.au ^ | 18 Jan 2024 | ABC site
    Google's Chrome web browser will soon include a warning that "private" browsing does not prevent users from being tracked, a move that comes months after Google settled a related privacy lawsuit. In December, Google settled a $5 billion privacy lawsuit, which alleged that it spied on people who used Chrome's private browsing — or 'Incognito' — mode. A pre-release version of the browser has been found to include an updated privacy warning that addresses a key piece of evidence in the settled lawsuit — that users "overestimate" the privacy protection features in Chrome. When the change is rolled out, users...
  • Florida advances law banning children under 16 from using social mediaBill would prohibit teenagers from creating an account, and is now headed to the state’s Republican-controlled senate

    01/26/2024 5:31:12 AM PST · by V_TWIN · 121 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thu 25 Jan 2024 | Sam Levine
    Florida lawmakers advanced a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit social media platforms from allowing young teens to have an account while requiring everyone else to verify their age. The measure prohibits anyone under 16 from creating a new social media account and requires platforms to delete existing accounts held by minors who are younger than 16. It also would require social media companies to delete any personal information from the accounts and for the platforms to use a “nongovernmental, independent, third-party not affiliated with the social media platform” to verify users’ age. The bill passed the Florida house with...
  • Watchlisted: You're Probably Already On A Government Extremism List

    01/25/2024 9:00:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Rutherford Institute ^ | 01/25/2024 | John & Nisha Whitehead
    “In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught.”- Hunter S. ThompsonAccording to the FBI, you may be an anti-government extremist if you’ve:a) purchased a Bible or other religious materials,b) used terms like “MAGA” and “Trump,”c) shopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabela’s, or Bass Pro Shops,d) purchased tickets to travel by bus, cars, or plane,e) all of the above.In fact, if you selected any of those options in recent years, you’re probably already on a government watchlist.That’s how broadly the government’s net is being cast in its pursuit of domestic extremists.We’re all fair game now, easy...
  • Watchlisted: You’re Probably Already on a Government Extremism List

    01/24/2024 9:09:30 AM PST · by Heartlander · 46 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | January 23, 2024 | John & Nisha Whitehead
    Watchlisted: You’re Probably Already on a Government Extremism List“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught.”—Hunter S. ThompsonAccording to the FBI, you may be an anti-government extremist if you’ve:a) purchased a Bible or other religious materials,b) used terms like “MAGA” and “Trump,”c) shopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabela’s, or Bass Pro Shops,d) purchased tickets to travel by bus, cars, or plane,e) all of the above.In fact, if you selected any of those options in recent years, you’re probably already on a government watchlist.That’s how broadly the government’s net is being cast in its pursuit of...
  • Global Deployment of AI Cameras Raises Privacy and Control Worries

    01/23/2024 6:09:15 AM PST · by davikkm · 9 replies
    In a news alert, multiple countries are implementing an extensive rollout of new AI cameras designed to automatically detect various violations. This development has raised concerns about the potential misuse of such surveillance systems. Speculations suggest that these AI cameras might be leveraged for enforcing health protocols like mask rules, social distancing, and even vaccine mandates. Explore the implications of this technology in this unfolding scenario.
  • REPORT: Feds Teaming Up With Big Banks To Target Conservatives

    01/23/2024 7:42:19 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 22 replies
    AMAC Newsline ^ | 23 Jan, 2024 | Neil Banerji
    According to a new bombshell report from Fox News, just shopping at popular sporting goods stores or buying a “MAGA” hat is now enough to get you on a government watch list. On January 17, Fox reported that, following the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, “Federal investigators asked banks to search and filter customer transactions by using terms like ‘MAGA’ and ‘Trump.’” In addition, the Treasury Department’s Office of Stakeholder Integration and Engagement in the Strategic Operations of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, told financial institutions that purchasing “religious texts” – like the Bible – could be an...
  • Federal Government Wants Banks to Report: Did you buy at Bass Pro or at the Bible Book Store?

    01/23/2024 8:51:32 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 48 replies
    U.S. Congress ^ | January 23, 2024 | John Leland 1789
    Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan says, "We now know the federal government flagged terms like “MAGA” and “TRUMP,” to financial institutions if Americans completed transactions using those terms. "What was also flagged? If you bought a religious text, like a BIBLE, or shopped at Bass Pro Shop." https://x.com/Jim_Jordan/status/1747718053365010737?s=20 https://x.com/Jim_Jordan/status/1747718064374730900?s=20