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Former NSA Senior Analyst Blasts Obama and Bush for Enabling Deep State Crisis

March 12, 2017

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A good case could be made that we have a national political crisis today because people previously in power did not care about protecting the 4th Amendment Constitutional right of Americans to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The US Constitution is a great blueprint. Let’s get back to having the freedoms as well […]

20 million face famine. Declassified US plan to help 

March 12, 2017

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While browsing the National Archives, I found a 10 step plan to prevent third world hunger emergencies in declassified US documents. The plan was dated July 9, 1984. More than 30 years later, most of the wealthy world watches while millions are about starve to death. What can we do? Here’s my rough paraphrase of […]

Police body cams will recognize all faces

February 20, 2017

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Keep this in mind if you happen to like your supposed American freedoms: Without privacy you have no other rights.  Saying you don’t care about your right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is as clueless as saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. With a […]

Top FBI Official Says Tech Companies Need To ‘Prevent Encryption Above All Else’

June 6, 2015

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While testifying before Congress, Michael Steinbach, assistant director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, just went to the levels of pure insanity, in arguing that above all else companies should work to prevent encryption. This was during a ridiculous grandstanding hearing held by the House Homeland Security Committee entitled “Terrorism Gone Viral”, and Steinbach didn’t waste […]

A map of human problems

June 21, 2014

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I want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to be able to interact with it, add to it, vote on it! We have all this information, so organize it! Who can help? Google? I […]

LA Police: ALL Cars Under Criminal Investigation As Part Of License Plate Reader Surveillance

March 21, 2014

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Police in LA have attempted to justify an Automatic License Plate Reader surveillance program by claiming that every single car in the city is part of a criminal investigation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently acquired documents under the Freedom Of Information Act that show the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department in LA argued […]

Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet (video | TED talk)

March 20, 2014

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Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he says, “because you never […]

Inventor of Web: A “Magna Carta” is needed

March 13, 2014

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The inventor of the world wide web believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide. Sir Tim Berners-Lee told the Guardian the web had come under increasing attack from governments and corporate influence and that new rules were […]

Glasses will identify faces in crowd

March 12, 2014

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A company has developed glasses that will give users not only an interactive, virtual 3-D display, but also the ability to spot individual faces among a crowd of people, something the company says will aid police in predicting and thwarting “future” crimes. Capitalizing on the popularity of Apple’s soon-to-be-released techie eyewear, Atheer Labs has created […]

Police Dept. Covers Up Its NSA-Style, Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking with Fake Cell Towers

March 3, 2014

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Device captures private cell data from innocent third-parties not involved in investigation … Florida police used a cell phone tracking device at least 200 times without a warrant because they conspired with the device manufacturer to keep its use a secret, according to the ACLU. The stingray cell tracking device works by mimicking a real […]

Government watchlist puts computer parts orders on hold

February 25, 2014

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A secret U.S. government watchlist is forcing companies to place orders on hold, according to an Australian named David Jones, whose name was flagged up as suspicious when he tried to purchase computer parts. After Jones processed an “innocuous” order with Element 14, a large distributor of electronic and computer parts in Australia, he arrived […]

New Law: Prison for being gay in Uganda

February 24, 2014

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Last week, it seemed like Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was delaying taking action on the infamous anti-homosexuality bill, suggesting he was interested in hearing from more U.S. scientists about the nature of homosexuality. On Monday, though, he signed the bill into law. The law, often referred to as the “Kill the Gays” bill because previous […]

NSA Can Hack and Spy on Any iPhone Any Time

February 22, 2014

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Everything you do on your iPhone may be open to NSA snooping thanks to a covert software the agency can install without user’s knowledge. Apparently the app, called Dropout Jeep, can remotely send all of your text messages, contacts and voicemails to the NSA, and can activate your iPhone’s camera or mic for real time […]

Venezuela, here is my voice.

February 22, 2014

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Originally posted on bvgonzal:
A very close SU friend from Venezuela told me one of her friends from home was murdered today. I have been preparing for some days to write this post, and I have asked many fellow SU students if they know about the situation in Venezuela and most people have no idea.…

Austin TX police arrest woman for jaywalking, “failure to identify”

February 21, 2014

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Footage capturing an aggressive arrest by Austin police of a non-violent jaywalker yesterday near the University of Texas campus is spurring outrage. Witnesses say a jogger wearing headphones ran past an officer and was quickly subdued for failing to produce identification. “I was sitting at the Starbucks at 24th and San Antonio,” one witness told […]

Nanobot “kill switch” in bodies of 98% of US population?

February 18, 2014

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Here’s a horrific claim being made by someone on the Alex Jones web site: the government has introduced a killer Nanobot into the bodies of 98% of the US population (predicted infection rate by last month, Jan 2014). When activated by a military radio signal from cell towers or drones, the nanobot creates a runaway […]

Feb 11: The Day We Fight Back + Easy File Encryption and Sharing

February 11, 2014

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Join in “The Day We Fight Back”: A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms holding a worldwide day of activism to oppose mass spying by elements of the US government February 11th. The day marks the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest honors him and celebrates the victory […]

Stalker’s Dream: Google Glass and Facial Recognition for the Common Man

February 7, 2014

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Google Glass, the wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display, just got a little creepier. It is an app called NameTag and is billed as the “first real-time facial recognition app for Google Glass.” According to the NameTag web page, the app “will allow users of Google Glass to capture images from their live video […]

Industrial Band Bills DoJ For Using Its Music as a Torture Device

February 6, 2014

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“What really bothers us is that they played our songs at an intolerable volume for hours on end” … Industrial band Skinny Puppy is billing the U.S. Justice Department after finding out their tunes were used as a means of torturing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The band recently invoiced the […]

Georgia Police Strip Search Drivers During Minor Traffic Stops

February 1, 2014

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An investigation out of Georgia has uncovered multiple police departments engaged in strip searches as well as searches inside the pants of drivers pulled over for minor traffic violations. A driver argues against an officer’s illegal search off camera as he is forced to unbuckle his pants (2:05). “He was like, ‘Just unbuckle all your […]

The Angry Birds site usurped by hackers over spying

January 31, 2014

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The Angry Birds site was defaced by hackers, the company behind the game has confirmed, after revelations that America’s National Security Agency and the UK’s GCHQ have been targeting the site’s “leaky” user data. An image employing the NSA logo and a “spying birds” caption replaced the official Angry Birds website for a brief time […]

EU has secret plan for police to ‘remote stop’ cars

January 31, 2014

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The European Union is secretly developing a “remote stopping” device to be fitted to all cars that would allow the police to disable vehicles at the flick of a switch from a control room. Confidential documents from a committee of senior EU police officers, who hold their meetings in secret, have set out a plan […]

Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize + How to Add Your Own Nomination

January 30, 2014

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Saying that Edward Snowden has “contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order” by exposing U.S. surveillance practices and forcing a new debate over security and privacy, two Norwegian politicians nominated the former intelligence contractor for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday. If he were to win the award, Snowden, who gave a trove of […]

NSA Using Google Maps, Angry Birds to Monitor Phone Users

January 27, 2014

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The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users’ private information across the internet, according to top secret documents. The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android […]

Apple Wants to Serve You Ads Using Mood-Reading Tech

January 24, 2014

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While Google wants to get all up in your home appliances and your eyeballs, it looks like Apple’s pushing to get straight to the heart of their users. A patent application from the tech giant that was published today and picked up by Apple Insider describes a technology that would infer a user’s mood at […]

Snowden: ‘Not all spying bad’ but NSA program ‘divorced from reason’

January 24, 2014

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During a live Web chat, NSA whistle-blower/leaker Edward Snowden emphasizes the need for the rule of law. He also strikes, at one point, a tone you might be forgiven for taking as conciliatory. “I think a person should be able to dial a number, make a purchase, send an SMS, write an e-mail, or visit […]