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  • Army spied on lockdown critics: Sceptics, including our own Peter Hitchens, long suspected they were under surveillance. Now we've obtained official records that prove they were right all along [ UK ]

    01/31/2023 3:20:22 PM PST · by ransomnote · 20 replies ^ | January 28, 2023 | Glen Owen
    Military operatives were part of an operation that targeted politicians and high-profile journalists who raised doubts about the official pandemic responseREAD MORE: Critics slam £14.9bn of 'extraordinary waste' on overpriced, faulty or unused pandemic-era equipment A shadowy Army unit secretly spied on British citizens who criticised the Government's Covid lockdown policies, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.Military operatives in the UK's 'information warfare' brigade were part of a sinister operation that targeted politicians and high-profile journalists who raised doubts about the official pandemic response.They compiled dossiers on public figures such as ex-Minister David Davis, who questioned the modelling behind alarming...
  • Fashion firm claims its clothing can hide you from surveillance cameras by tricking them into thinking you're an animal

    01/25/2023 3:18:08 PM PST · by fruser1 · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 1/25/2023 | James Callery
    The company uses a technological system capable of transposing images, called adversarial patches, onto a knitted fabric that can be used to dupe people detectors in real time. Wearing one of the items with the adversarial image woven in can protect the biometric data of a person's face. It means that it will either be undetectable, or associated with an incorrect category, such as animals. Examples used include dogs, zebras and giraffes. the fabric has been tested with YOLO, the most common and fastest real-time object detection system.
  • Police seize on COVID-19 tech to expand global surveillance Millions worldwide believed government officials who said they needed confidential data for new tech tools to help stop coronavirus’ spread early on in the pandemic

    01/21/2023 4:57:46 AM PST · by DoodleBob · 8 replies
    ...In the U.S., which relied on a hodge-podge of state and local quarantine orders to ensure compliance with COVID rules, the federal government took the opportunity to build out its surveillance toolkit, including two contracts in 2020 worth $24.9 million to the data mining and surveillance company Palantir Technologies Inc. to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ pandemic response. Documents obtained by the immigrant rights group Just Futures Law under the Freedom of Information Act and shared with AP showed that federal officials contemplated how to share data that went far beyond COVID-19. The possibilities included integrating...
  • FBI reveals it uses CIA and NSA to spy on Americans

    01/12/2023 6:37:00 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 48 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/10/2023 | Ryan Lovelace
    The FBI revealed how the bureau uses the CIA and National Security Agency to probe the private lives of Americans without a warrant in its updated rulebook, which is the first version made public since the Obama administration. The handbook, rewritten in 2021, confirms a decade-old leak showcasing the bureau’s collaboration with the CIA and NSA for FBI probes that may involve surveillance without court orders against people not accused of any crimes. Such probes are known as “assessments” at the FBI. The revelations will fuel critics who have long accused the FBI of abusing its national security surveillance powers.
  • ACLU calls for crackdown on FBI use of intel community to spy on Americans

    01/11/2023 8:18:27 PM PST · by Enterprise · 41 replies ^ | January 11, 2023 | Ryan Lovelace
    The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for an overhaul of FBI rules after The Washington Times reported that agents used the CIA and National Security Agency to spy on Americans. The ACLU urged the bureau to impose new limits on agents’ power to investigate Americans without warrants. The FBI’s rule book, rewritten in 2021, revealed details about how the FBI tasks the CIA and NSA for help on matters including assessments, which are investigations that can involve surveillance without a court order against people not accused of a crime.
  • What to Expect from the Government in 2023? More of the Same

    01/07/2023 10:18:37 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    Rutherford Institute ^ | 01/05/2023 | John & Nisha Whitehead
    “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”—Montesquieu, Enlightenment philosopherFor those wondering what to expect from the government in 2023, it looks like we’re going to be in for more of the same in terms of the government’s brand of madness, mayhem, corruption and brutality.Digital prisons. Unceasingly, the government and its corporate partners are pushing for a national digital ID system. Local police agencies have already been given access to facial recognition software and databases containing 20 billion images, the precursor to a digital ID. Eventually,...
  • The Infrastructure Of Antichrist: Living In The Age Of Surveillance

    12/31/2022 7:57:21 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 20 replies
    Harbingers Daily ^ | 11/28/22 | Hal Lindsay
    We live in the age of surveillance. Cameras (attached to facial recognition systems), satellites, street sensors, license plate readers, drones, credit cards, computers, phones, televisions, “smart” devices, and other technologies watch every move we make. Corporations use this avalanche of data to make money. But does it work? Not always. According to Business Insider, Amazon is on track to lose $10 billion dollars on its Alexa division this year. That’s billion… with a “B.” Amazon is big, but the loss of that kind of money still hurts. According to Macrotrends, “Amazon net income for the twelve months ending September 30,...
  • JUST IN: Another Twitter Files Drop: Twitter and “Other Government Agencies”

    12/24/2022 11:09:00 AM PST · by bitt · 22 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 12/24/2022 | Cristina Laila
    Another round of Elon Musk’s Twitter files were released on Saturday. The latest Twitter files were released by journalist Matt Taibbi on Christmas Eve. 1.THREAD: The Twitter Files TWITTER AND “OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES” — Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 24, 2022 After weeks of “Twitter Files” reports detailing close coordination between the FBI and Twitter in moderating social media content, the Bureau issued a statement Wednesday. 2. It didn’t refute allegations. Instead, it decried “conspiracy theorists” publishing “misinformation,” whose “sole aim” is to “discredit the agency.” 3. They must think us unambitious, if our “sole aim” is to discredit the FBI....
  • Did The FBI Violate The First Amendment When It Colluded With Twitter?

    12/24/2022 9:57:38 AM PST · by bitt · 62 replies
    The FBI may have violated the First Amendment rights of Twitter users when it flagged accounts for the social media platform to review, several legal experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Twitter became an “agent of the government” when it worked with the FBI to silence specific accounts at the agency’s request, Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow, told the DCNF. Ari Cohn, free speech counsel at TechFreedom, told the DCNF that while the findings of the Twitter Files were “interesting,” he doesn’t believe there are “many legal...
  • BARR: Banks Might Start Closing Accounts Of Customers Who Buy Too Many Guns Or Too Much Ammo

    12/23/2022 9:46:19 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 78 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/20/2022 | Fmr. Rep. Bob Barr
    For more than half-a-century, Uncle Sam has been giving banks the legal tools to snoop into the otherwise-private affairs of their customers. Now, they are monitoring the exercise of their Second Amendment rights. Thanks to a recent move by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO, headquartered in Switzerland), U.S. banks are starting to build databases on their customers’ purchases of firearms and ammunition. And, of course, they are ready and quite willing to share that information with federal law enforcement in the name of providing a public service to identify “mass shooters.”This invasion of privacy began in earnest with enactment...
  • If Big Brother And Big Tech Can Team Up To Violate Political Opponents’ Privacy Over J6, They Can Do The Same To You

    12/18/2022 11:06:36 AM PST · by bitt · 8 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 11/30/2022 | margot cleveland
    What the Rhine case reveals is the danger that a partnership between an equally politicized federal government and Big Tech presents to disfavored groups. Google gave the feds the personal data of nearly 1,500 individuals based on cell phone location data indicating their presence near the Capitol complex on Jan. 6, 2021. The Department of Justice sought substantially more information, as well, according to a recent court filing, including data on Jan. 6 cell phone users wholly outside the Capitol. These facts, coupled with Google’s apparent disregard for the privacy rights of its customers, expose the potential for the government...
  • Social Media Coordination Between DOJ and FBI Is Not Limited to Twitter: Devin Nunes

    12/16/2022 1:01:28 PM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | December 15, 2022 | By Katie Spence
    The social media coordination between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI isn’t limited to Twitter, former Congressman and current CEO of President Trump’s Truth Social, Devin Nunes, alleged in an interview that aired on Newsmakers by NTD and The Epoch Times on Dec. 14. The Twitter Files, a collection of internal emails and communications made public by Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, confirmed what many Conservatives have alleged for years. Namely, Twitter was shadow-banning accounts that didn’t fit a specific ideology and suspending accounts that bucked the chosen political narrative, Nunes claimed. But, the most concerning revelation in...
  • Documents Reveal Secret Twitter Portal US Government Used to Censor COVID-19 Content..Elon Musk calls it 'extremely concerning'

    12/16/2022 12:07:52 PM PST · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | By Patricia Tolson December 15, 2022 Updated: December 16, 2022
    New documents reveal how the United States government used a secret Twitter portal to censor COVID-19 content that contradicted the government’s narrative. In its ongoing probe into Twitter’s censorship practices, America First Legal has obtained a fourth set of documents (pdf) exposing a secret Twitter portal, which U.S. government officials used to censor dissenting COVID-19 views in violation of the First Amendment. It’s a revelation Elon Musk described as “extremely concerning.” The documents reveal that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was collaborating with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and Mafindo to mitigate “disinformation.” Mafindo is a Facebook...
  • House Democrats Push Legislation To Analyze Social Media Posts For Future Mass Shootings

    12/10/2022 7:12:40 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 12/9/2022 1306 hrs est | Bronson Winslow
    House Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday known as the “Identifying Mass Shooters Act” that will direct the National Institute of Justice to collect, study and analyze online content to identify potential mass shooters before they act, according to a copy of the bill obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The bill, introduced by Democratic Maryland Rep. Kweisi Mfume along with several other Democrats, will require the director of the NIJ to create and submit a report to Congress detailing the “content patterns” of mass shooters within two years of the legislation’s enactment. The bill claims that existing oversight and...
  • China the Model for Others to Emulate [semi-satire]

    11/30/2022 10:04:07 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 November 2022 | John Semmens
    Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and advocate for the "Great Reset" transformation of the entire world into a collectivist anthill society, is recommending China as the model for other countries to emulate. "They have a great idea for the perfect society and the ruthless courage required to impose it on their own citizens," Schwab said. "Just take a look at what they have done in just the last few years. They have invented a new disease that has the potential to significantly reduce the planet's overpopulation problem. At the same time they have taken the extreme...
  • Bank Accounts of Election Protesters Frozen [semi-satire]

    11/27/2022 10:13:33 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 November 2022 | John Semmens
    In the wake of a close victory for leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva over President Jair Bolsonaro in the recent election, tens of thousands of Bolsonaro supporters have been marching in the streets protesting what they contend was a fraudulent outcome. In a bid to end the protests, Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered the bank accounts of the leaders of these "anti-democratic protesters" frozen. Lula praised the Court for "helping save our democracy. Ultimately, seizing the assets from those who wrongly possess them is fundamental to our program to fully socialize Brazil. By targeting the enemies...
  • Foreboding Signals Amid Discovery the FBI Can Launch Pegasus Cell Phone Targeting With Appointment of Special Counsel

    11/22/2022 1:17:17 PM PST · by Bratch · 16 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | November 22, 2022 | sundance
    Foreboding Signals Amid Discovery the FBI Can Launch Pegasus Cell Phone Targeting With Appointment of Special CounselNovember 22, 2022 | Sundance | 39 CommentsIf you read the article about the “Pegasus Project”, spyware created to infect cell phones that was marketed by Israeli intelligence through a company called NSO {Go Deep Here}, then you essentially know the background. Pegasus is “no click” targeting spyware that can be deployed against cellular phones, simply by inputting the phone number and transmitting to it.The Guardian previously reported,“Claudio Guarnieri, who runs Amnesty International’s Security Lab, said once a phone was infected with Pegasus, a...
  • Business group sues over new corporate ownership database

    11/17/2022 10:00:45 PM PST · by blueplum · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 15 Nov 2022 | FATIMA HUSSEIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A small business lobbying group filed suit Tuesday to block the Treasury Department’s upcoming requirement that tens of millions of small businesses register with the government as part of an effort to prevent the criminal abuse of anonymous shell companies. The National Small Business Association argues that the new reporting rule violates the U.S. Constitution...
  • Rand Paul scolds FBI Director Wray over whistleblower claims that the feds are monitoring Americans' speech by working with Big Tech: "It's against the law!"

    11/18/2022 6:28:40 AM PST · by RandFan · 55 replies
    twitter ^ | Nov 17 | YAL:
    @YALiberty Sen. @RandPaul tears into FBI Director Chris Wray over whistleblower claims that the feds are monitoring Americans' speech by working with big tech companies: "It is against the law!" Clip...
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health SECRETLY Colluded With Google To Auto-Install Contact-Tracing SPYWARE On Your Phone

    11/16/2022 7:50:19 PM PST · by bitt · 9 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 11/16/2022 | alicia powe
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is facing a class action lawsuit after colluding with Google to repeatedly auto-install contact-tracing spyware on the smartphones of over a million Massachusetts residents without their permission or consent. According to a class action lawsuit filed by the New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan nonprofit civil rights organization, the Department of Public Health rolled out the contact tracing app it worked with Google to create in April 2021. “The App causes an Android mobile device to constantly connect and exchange information with other nearby devices via Bluetooth and creates a record of such other...