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Google Is About to Start Tracking Your Offline Behavior, Too - It’s no secret that Google already monitors its users’ online shopping activity, but now it will follow them out of their homes and keep a close eye on every interaction they make. The tech giant announced a new system to track users’ in-store credit card purchases Tuesday in a statement published on the company’s official blog.
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Amazon Wants to Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom - Motherboard - The newly announced Echo Look is a virtual assistant with a microphone and a camera that's designed to go somewhere in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the hell you get dressed.
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The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to bu - The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them
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Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections - Thx Republicans, thx Trump.
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What Is the CIA Hack All About? - The WikiLeaks exposure of thousands of documents relating to the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) hacking program, which was expanded dramatically under President Barack Obama between 2013 and 2016, has created something of a panic in the users of cell phones, online computers and even for smart television viewers. The documents describe “more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses and other ‘weaponized’ malware” and one document even identifies attempts to enable CIA controllers to take control of automobiles that have “On Star” or similar satellite interactive features.
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Welcome Aboard, But First US Marshals Will Scan Your Retina | Foundation for Economic Education - For some 15 years, airport security has become steadily more invasive. There are ever more checkpoints, ever more requests for documents as you make your way from the airport entrance to the airplane. Passengers adapt to the new changes as they come. But my latest flight to Mexico, originating in Atlanta, presented all passengers with something I had never seen before.
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Facebook algorithms 'will identify terrorists' - BBC News - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a plan to let artificial intelligence (AI) software review content posted on the social network.In a letter d
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How easy is it to securely leak information to some of Americas top news organi - How easy is it to securely leak information to some of Americas top news organizations? This easy

The Trump administration, in its first full week in office, moved to restrict how a number of federal agencies communicate with the public, including the media. And while at least some of those restrictions appear to have been loosened, the new administrations stance on the media is quite clear. The media here is the opposition party, chief White House strategist and longtime New York Times reader Steve Bannon said Thursday, adding that the media should keep its mouth shut for a while.
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This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult - Bloomberg - Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior.
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How an obscure rule lets law enforcement search any computer - With today's amendments to Rule 41, the statute that regulates legal search and seizure, the US Department of Justice has a new weapon to fight cyber crime -- but it's a double-edged sword. The changes expand the FBI's ability to search multiple computers, phones and other devices across the country, and even overseas, on a single warrant. In an increasingly connected world, amending the rules is both necessary for law enforcement agencies and deeply concerning for digital privacy advocates. And for everyday citizens, it's a little bit of both.
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DHS Wants New Facial Recognition Cameras in Airports - Nextgov.com - The Homeland Security Department wants to install more cameras for facial recognition in airports.Customs and Border Protection is looking for sources to provide "mounted facial recognition cameras" to be deployed in an "airport environment," according to a solicitation posted earlier this month.
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Yes, 17 intelligence agencies really did say Russia was behind hacking - Donald Trumps claim that the United States has "no idea" who is behind recent email hacks is just not true.
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Your city is spying on you: From iPhones to cameras, you are being watched right - When sensors are used without our knowledge or against our will, they become instruments of surveillance. Most of the sensors to create a seamless snooping system are already in place, but the data credit-card transactions, passport scans at borders, emails, and phone calls are held by a scattered array of organizations. Linking it all together,
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Edward Snowden Shows Just How Fast The FBI Could Read Hillary Clintons Emails - Edward Snowden says the FBI could have scanned the newly uncovered emails for duplicates in minutes to hours.
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MassPrivateI: Highway Bluetooth detectors are spying on motorists and pedestrians - DHS and the Dept., of Transportation are using 'Bluetooth detectors' to spy on motorists and pedestrians.Beginning in late 2007 the University of Maryland, with support from the Maryland SHA, developed an anonymous probe technique to monitor the travel time on highways and arterials based on signals available from the point‐to‐point networking protocol commonly referred to as Bluetooth.
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US border control could start asking for your social media accounts | Technology | The Guardian - US Customs and Border Protection proposal would see Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts requested on landing and visa forms
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The FBI Is Developing Software to Track and Sort People by Their Tattoos - An Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) investigation just revealed an awfully Orwellian fact: the FBI is working with government researchers to develop advanced tattoo recognition technology. This would allow law enforcement to sort and identify people based on their tattoos to determine “affiliation to gangs, sub-cultures, religious or ritualistic beliefs, or political ideology.”
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NSA phone records collection 'likely violates constitution', US judge rules - Edward Snowden hails victory after federal judge rules agency must stop collecting defendants information in a program that is likely unlawful A federal judge ruled against the National Security Agency on Monday, saying that its bulk collection of telephone metadata likely violates the constitution.
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American Police State: Cops Have Killed 1,000 People So Far This Year - Only Third World dictatorships have numbers like this.
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Australia to allow Facebook photos to be used in national surveillance database - report %u2014 RT News - Photos from social media websites like Facebook could be used in an Australian counter-terrorism database. Critics are concerned about the system’s lack of “transparency,” but the new legislation can come into effect without being passed by parliament.
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Banned: Complete list of 857 porn websites blocked in India - New Delhi: The government of India has banned access to at least 857 websites it considers pornographic in a bid to protect social decency. The order was directed to the internet service providers (ISPs) citing that they violate morality and decency of Article 19 (2) of the Constitution and Section 79(3)(b) of the IT Act.
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Apple, in refusing backdoor access to data, may face fines - This week, The New York Times reported that the Justice Dept. served Apple with a court order in a case "involving guns and drugs," demanding it provide real-time access to iMessage, Apple's proprietary service for sending messages between iPhones. Apple refused -- not because it necessarily wanted to, but because it couldn't comply.
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Nine Liberties Lost Since 9/11 - The America where I grew up is gone.
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Windows 10 Worst Feature Now Installing On Windows 7 And Windows 8 - Last week came the warning, now comes the roll out. The most criticised aspect of Windows 10 is coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8 after Microsoft released upgrades which enable the company to extensively track what users are doing. The releases bring good and bad news
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The three updates in question KB3075249, KB3080149 and KB3068708 (which replaces KB3022345) all add customer experience and diagnostic telemetry to Windows 7 and Windows 8. This is shorthand for monitoring how you use Windows and sending that data back to Microsoft HQ for evaluation.
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United States Just Passed up Old Soviet Union Gulags For Largest Prison System - It comes as a surprise to many Americans, but slavery was never actually abolished in the United States. Thats not a metaphor, its a matter of careful reading of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. That amendment often lauded for abolishing slavery actually makes an exception for prisons. Slavery is still completely legal as punishment for a crime.
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TSA spent $160 million on body scanners - The TSA has spent over $160 million on body scanners at US airports since 2008, according to a classified audit leaked to the public. The agency has been under increased scrutiny by Congress over its failure to detect threats during secret internal tests.
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Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth - Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.
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US Prison Population Soars to 2.3Mln People - The United States has only five percent of the worlds population but it incarcerates 25 percent of the global prison population, making the country the worlds largest jailer, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Don't forget. They hate us for our freedom.
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FBI lets suspects go to protect 'Stingray' secrets - The FBI has a secret device to locate criminal suspects, but it would apparently rather let suspects go free than reveal in court any details of the high tech tracker. The device, called a "Stingray," tricks cell phones into revealing their locations. A judge's court order this week threatens to reveal closely guarded details about how police use Stingrays.
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US Prisons House More Inmates Than Stalin's Gulags - Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today, writes the New Yorkers Adam Gopnik. Over all, there are now more people under correctional supervision in America - more than 6 million - than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.
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Google: Our new system for recognizing faces is the best one ever - Fortune - New advances in facial recognition are a step forward for an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. I never forget a face, some people like to boast. Its a claim that looks quainter by the day as artificial intelligence research continues to advance. Some computers, it turns out, never forget 260 million faces.
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Yahoo Executive Confronts NSA Director Over Backdoors - In one of the most public confrontations of a top U.S. intelligence official by Silicon Valley in recent years, a senior Yahoo Inc.YHOO -0.34% official peppered the National Security Agency director, Adm. Mike Rogers, at a conference on Monday over digital spying. The exchange came during a question and answer session at a daylong summit on cybersecurity hosted by the think tank New America. Mr. Rogers spent an hour at the conference answering a range of questions about his agencys practices and the global cyber threat.
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Your private Instagrams werent as private as you thought they were - A privacy hole was publicly exposing an untold number of photographs Instagram users believed were private, until Instagram fixed it this weekend in apparent response to queries by Quartz.
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Police in the US Kill Citizens at over 70 Times the Rate of Other Nations - Fewer soldiers were killed in war than citizens back home in the land of the free in 2014, by a large margin. Remember, they hate us for our freedom.
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UK govt wants nurseries to report potential terrorist toddlers - It may become a duty of nurseries and elementary schools in the UK to track and report any child that shows signs of sympathy with terrorists or is a risk of potential radicalization, according to the governments plans aimed at preventing extremism.
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New York Police Accidentally Show People They Are Not Needed nor Wanted - In other words, tens of thousands of victimless crimes were actually treated the way they should be not as crimes at all. There is plenty of precedent of how police have stopped enforcing victimless crimes and it having improved the lives of people in the community.
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Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty - I didn't go looking for grief this afternoon, but it found me anyway, and I have designers and programmers to thank for it. In this case, the designers and programmers are somewhere at Facebook.
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U.K. police force accidentally admits it spied on journalists - A U.K. police force has accidentally released documents revealing that it has used controversial anti-terror laws to spy on journalists who had not committed any crimes.
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Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice - tech - 29 October 2014 - New Scientist - TALKING to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime. That's no longer the case – researchers have eavesdropped on our internal monologue for the first time. The achievement is a step towards helping people who cannot physically speak communicate with the outside world.
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Edward Snowdens Privacy Tips: Get Rid Of Dropbox, Avoid Facebook And Google - According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google. Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what we can do to protect our privacy. His first answer called for a reform of government policies. Some people take the position that they dont have anything to hide, but he argued that when you say that, Youre inverting the model of responsibility for how rights work: When you say, I have nothing to hide, youre saying, I dont care about this right. Youre saying, I dont have this right, because Ive got to the point where I have to justify it. The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights.
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FBI - Next Generation Identification - Driven by advances in technology, customer requirements, and growing demand for Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) services, the FBI has initiated the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. This program will further advance the FBI’s biometric identification services, providing an incremental replacement of current IAFIS technical capabilities, while introducing new functionality. NGI improvements and new capabilities will be introduced across a mu
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems - In some ways the higher echelons of Google seemed more distant and obscure to me than the halls of Washington. We had been locking horns with senior U.S. officials for years by that point. The mystique had worn off. But the power centers growing up in Silicon Valley were still opaque and I was suddenly conscious of an opportunity to understand and influence what was becoming the most influential company on earth. Schmidt had taken over as CEO of Google in 2001 and built it into an empire.
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Biggest rises & falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index - The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed. This trend constitutes a growing threat worldwide and is even endangering freedom of information in countries regarded as democracies. Finland tops the index for the fourth year running, closely followed by Netherlands and Norway, like last year. At the other end of the index, the last three positions are again held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, three countries where freedom of information is non-existent. Despite occasional turbulence in the past year, these countries continue to be news and information black holes and living hells for the journalists who inhabit them. This year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than last year. The new entry, Belize, has been assigned an enviable position (29th). Cases of violence against journalists are rare in Belize but there were some problems: defamation suits involving demands for large amounts in damages, national security restrictions on implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and sometimes unfair management of broadcast frequencies.
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WooWork.com: In Yo' Face, Facial Recognition! - I've been in hiding for the past five months. Specifically, I've been hiding my face...Have you read the news about Facial Recognition systems? This technology uses cameras and computers to automatically identify people by comparing their facial features to a database.
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Sophisticated trojan virus targets HK protesters' iPhones - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security has said.
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License plate scanner networks capture millions of vehicles' movements across the US | PennLive.com - A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.
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Spy court renews NSA metadata program | TheHill - With a surveillance reform bill stuck in the Senate, the federal court overseeing spy agencies on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
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The U.S. Government Can Brand You a Terrorist Based on a Facebook Post - As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agencys database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.
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US: Stop And Seize - Aggressive Police Take Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From Motorists Not Charged With Crimes
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US trained Alaskans as secret stay-behind agents - Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.
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Google tracking android phones! - If you have an android phone and you use GPS, then Google tracks your movements, heres the website that shows you whats recorded.
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1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? : All Tech Considered : NPR - 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users with Malware to Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps - Tor's had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organization made the difficult announcement that an attack on their system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually unchecked by the courts.
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How spy agencies keep their toys from law enforcement - The Washington Post - A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at his trial.The technique was classified and FBI technicians warned prosecutors that if the case went to trial, details about the tool could get disclosed in court.
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Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept - The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
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Hackers use Snowden leaks to reverse-engineer NSA surveillance devices - Over the past year, we've learned of the many techniques the NSA has used to tap into global communications. However, Edward Snowden's document leaks didn't just uncover the gadgets the agency used, they also gave security researchers the necessary insights to develop their own. After the NSA's classified Advanced Network Technology catalogue was published, Michael Ossmann and his team set about recreating two of its approved radio-based surveillance devices: one that could be fixed to a computer's monitor connector to send on-screen images and another that can be fixed to a keyboard cable to collect keystrokes.
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The United Kingdom can manipulate major communication services, from Facebook to phone calls - British intelligence agency GCHQ is able to not just monitor, but also modify many of the world's most widely-used communications services: Facebook, YouTube, and phone calls are just a few of the services affected. The Intercept revealed the documents today (which can be read here), continuing reporter Gleen Greenwald's year-plus of working with whistleblower Edward Snowden on exposing the clandestine surveillance tactics of the United States and Britain.
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Nude photos of strangers are a 'fringe benefit' for NSA employees, says Snowden - Gadgets and Tech - Life and Style - The Independent - Nude photos intercepted by the National Security Agency (NSA) are regularly passed around by young employees as a “fringe benefit”, Edward Snowden has revealed.
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New TSA fees to make airfare more expensive starting this month - MarketWatch - Between shelling out hundreds of dollars in airfare and forking over even more for ancillary fees, travelers are already spending more than they have in years for plane tickets. And that’s about to get worse.
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Desert Wolf - Skunk Riot Control Copter - The Skunk is equipped with 4 high-capacity paint ball barrels releasing at up to 20 paint balls per second each, with 80 Pepper balls per second stopping any crowd in its tracks.The current hopper capacity of 4000 balls and with a High Pressure Carbon Fiber Air system it allows for real stopping power. Bright strobe lights, blinding Lasers and with on-board speakers enables communication and warnings to the crowd.
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops to Deceive Judges | Threat Level | WIRED - Police in Florida have, at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, been deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of a controversial surveillance tool to track suspects, according to newly obtained emails.
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Lee Harvey Oswald Quietly Added To CIA Memorial Wall - A spokesman from the CIA refused to comment or elaborate on why the agency has added Oswalds name to the memorial, only saying that after 50 years several documents had been declassified, which have finally allowed the Agency to set the record straight. And people who believe conspiracy theories are nuts?
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Hackers reverse-engineer NSA's leaked bugging devices - RADIO hackers have reverse-engineered some of the wireless spying gadgets used by the US National Security Agency. Using documents leaked by Edward Snowden, researchers have built simple but effective tools that can be attached to parts of a computer to gather private information in a host of intrusive ways.
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Judge orders DOJ to turn over FISA surveillance documents | ITworld - A federal judge's order on Friday could force the U.S. government to reveal more information about its widespread collection of citizens' phone records.
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Police officer safety or surplus zeal: Military equipment spurs debate - In a pole barn in Franklin, sharing space with a motorcycle and a boat, sat an imposing military vehicle designed for battlefields in Iraq or Afghanistan, not the streets of Johnson County.
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EFF Dismayed by House's Gutted USA FREEDOM Act | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Since the introduction of the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that has over 140 cosponsors, Congress has been clear about its intent: ending the mass collection of Americans' calling records. Many members of Congress, the President's own review group on NSA activities, and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board all agree that the use of Section 215 to collect Americans' calling records must stop. Earlier today, House Leadership reached an agreement to amend the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act in ways that severely weaken the bill, potentially allowing bulk surveillance of records to continue.
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The NSA records EVERY cell phone call in the Bahamas - The NSA is listening in on every cell phone call made within or to the Bahamas, according to revelations contained with the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.As part of a program codenamed SOMALGET, the National Security Agency is recording millions of communications in the nation of 370,000 and they're even able to replay a given conversation for a month after it happens.
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NSA data-gathering may run into California roadblock | Reuters - The federal government would need a warrant from a judge if it wants the cooperation of California officials in searching residents' cellphone and computer records, under a bill making its way through the state legislature.
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Americans Are More Afraid of Being Tortured By Our Government - Amnesty International conducted a global survey to find out how afraid people were of being tortured by their own governments if they are taken into custody. The survey shows that the British, Australian, Canadian and even Chinese people are less afraid of being tortured than Americans. Remember-they hate us because we are free.
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US Crime Rates Have Fallen 45% While Incarceration Rates Jumped 222% - United States imprisons at a rate six times greater than most peer nations, including those of the European Union, Japan, Israel, and Mexico. Can you say Police State?
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Reports of the execution of Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend turn out to be false - Whenever I see the American public reacting to another propaganda story about NK I think of the peasants with pitchforks and torches in the movie "Frankenstein". Anything you read in the MSM these days is vetted by Washington, often written by them.
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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro %u2022 The Register - Smart tellies with built-in microphones and storage can be turned into bugging devices by malware and used to record conversations, security experts at NCC Group said. And they demonstrated exactly that just down the road from the Infosec Europe conference, held in London.
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Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else - CNET - Uncomfortable with surveillance cameras? "Identity replacement tech" in the form of the Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic gives you a whole new face.
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Arms Cache Most Likely Kept in Texas by the C.I.A. - NYTimes.com - In passing references scattered through once-classified documents and cryptic public comments by former intelligence officials, it is referred to as “Midwest Depot,” but the bland code name belies the role it has played in some of the C.I.A.’s most storied operations.From the facility, located somewhere in the United States, the C.I.A. has stockpiled and distributed untraceable weapons linked to preparations for the Bay of Pigs invasion and the arming of rebels and resistance fighters from Angola to Nicaragua to Afghanistan.
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Internet Privacy and What Happens When You Try to Opt-Out - TIME - Here's what happened when I tried to hide my pregnancy from the Internet and marketing companies.
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US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams - "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.
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FBI to have 52 million photos in its NGI face recognition database by next year | Ars Technica - New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.The EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one-third of the US population.
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NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails %u2013Clapper | World news | The Guardian - US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a "back door" in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications.
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A Close Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool | Wired Opinion | Wired.com - We already knew that the NSA has weaponized the internet, enabling it to “shoot” exploits at anyone it desires. A single web fetch, imitated by an identified target, is sufficient for the NSA to exploit its victim.
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CIA accused: Senator sees torture probe meddling - The Washington Post - WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary public accusation, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee declared on Tuesday that the CIA interfered with and then tried to intimidate a congressional investigation into the agency’s possible use of torture in terror probes during the Bush administration.
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US: The Entrapment Of Jesse Snodgrass - He was a friendless high school loner struggling with autism.So why did an undercover cop target him as a drug dealer?
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Snowden: I raised NSA concerns internally over 10 times before going rogue - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said he repeatedly tried to go through official channels to raise concerns about government snooping programs but that his warnings fell on the deaf ears. In testimony to the European Parliament released Friday morning, Snowden wrote that he reported policy or legal issues related to spying programs to more than 10 officials, but as a contractor he had no legal avenue to pursue further whistleblowing.
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Tucson police officer loses gun during foot chase - Someone is shamed in the squad room.
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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm - NYTimes.com - The list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: American lawyers.
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Feb. 11 Is 'The Day We Fight Back' Against NSA Surveillance - More than 5,300 web-based companies and other organizations, including Reddit, Imgur, Tumblr, Mozilla the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, have joined forces to protest National Security Agency surveillance on Feb. 11. "In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history," the site's letter to Internet users reads. "In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th."
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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps' %u2022 The Register - At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online intelligence unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances.
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How Hackers and Software Companies are Beefing Up NSA Surveillance - Nowone more moment of imaginingwhat if every one of your transactions in that world was infiltrated? What if the government had paid developers to put trapdoors and secret passages into the structures that are being built in this new digital world to connect all of us all the time? What if they had locksmiths on call to help create master keys for all the rooms? And what if they could pay bounty hunters to stalk us and build profiles of our lives and secrets to use against us? Well, check your imagination at the door, because this is indeed the brave new dystopian world that the US government is building, according to the latest revelations from the treasure trove of documents released by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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The Internet is Owned--Act Accordingly | Threatpost | The first stop for security news - PUNTA CANA–Costin Raiu is a cautious man. He measures his words carefully and says exactly what he means, and is not given to hyperbole or exaggeration. Raiu is the driving force behind much of the intricate research into APTs and targeted attacks that Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team has been doing for the last few years, and he has first-hand knowledge of the depth and breadth of the tactics that top-tier attackers are using.So when Raiu says he conducts his online activities under the assumption that his movements are being monitored by government hackers, it is not meant as a scare tactic. It is a simple statement of fact.
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Reports: NSA gets under 30 percent of phone data - Reports: NSA collects under 30 percent of US phone data despite effort to amass it all
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EU has secret plan for police to 'remote stop' cars - Telegraph - The EU is developing a secret plan to give the police the power to control cars by switching the engine off remotely
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NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data | World news | The Guardian - 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.
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Facebook can now read your texts - Facebook sucks!!!!
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Brisbane woman accused of being a motorcycle gang participant charged after meeting two men at pub | The Courier-Mail - A BRISBANE woman accused of being a Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gang "participant" is the first female to be charged under the State Government's new anti-association laws after she and two men allegedly went inside a pub, north of Brisbane.Police allege the trio went to the Crown Hotel in Dayboro on December 19, all wearing colours inside the licensed premises.
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Obama%u2019s restrictions on NSA surveillance rely on narrow definition of spying - The Washington Post - President Obama said Friday, in his first major speech on electronic surveillance, that “the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security.”Obama placed restrictions on access to domestic phone records collected by the National Security Agency, but the changes he announced will allow it to continue — or expand — the collection of personal data from billions of people around the world, Americans and foreign citizens alike.
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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World | Global Research - The goal is control. They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns. Since the elite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works.
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Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries - Yahoo News - TAO NSA AND Hacking!!! ;)
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Catalog Reveals NSA Has Back Doors for Numerous Devices - These NSA agents, who specialize in secret back doors, are able to keep an eye on all levels of our digital lives -- from computing centers to individual computers, and from laptops to mobile phones. For nearly every lock, ANT seems to have a key in its toolbox. And no matter what walls companies erect, the NSA's specialists seem already to have gotten past them.This, at least, is the impression gained from flipping through the 50-page document. The list reads like a mail-order catalog, one from which other NSA employees can order technologies from the ANT division for tapping their targets' data. The catalog even lists the prices for these electronic break-in tools, with costs ranging from free to $250,000.
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NSA Uses Windows Error Messages To Spy On People - Thx Snowden for this bit of trivia.

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Usually an annoying popup brushed aside with a click, error messages on Microsoft's Windows operating system may also serve as a way for the National Security Agency to spy on you. When a Windows program seizes up, someone using a PC can choose to send an error report to Microsoft for review. But Windows owners may inadvertently be sending those error reports to the NSA too, according to a report on Sunday by German magazine Der Spiegel detailing the work of the Tailored Access Operations division of the NSA, which is considered the agency's top hacking unit. The revelations come from the latest document leaks of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War Read more at - The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What is even more frightening is that this figure is generally included in "gun deaths" to try to make the citizen give up his guns and be more defenseless against the police.
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OUTRAGEOUS: Texas Police Can Now Obtain Search Warrants Based On 'Prediction Of A Future Crime' - No Army Can Stop An Idea - Last week, an appeals court in Texas ruled that police may obtain a search warrant based on the prediction of a future crime, heightening public fears that we may be heading toward a predictive policing era in which we see police powers rapidly growing at the cost of our constitutional rights

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Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections - Criminal investigations often use photographic evidence to identify suspects. Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes.
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7 Reasons the TSA Sucks (A Security Expert's Perspective) - For a bunch of people in snappy uniforms patting down crotches, the TSA is remarkably unpopular. Nobody likes going through security at the airport, but you probably figured most of it had a point. All those hours spent in line with other shoeless travelers are a necessary precursor to safe flying. It's annoying, but at least it wards off terrorism. That's all bullshit. The TSA couldn't protect you from a 6-year-old with a water balloon. What are my qualifications for saying that? My name is Rafi Sela, and I was the head of security for the world's safest airport. Here's what your country does wrong. (If only we could go back to the uber-safe days of the Wild West, where the biggest annual gun death toll in any town was five people.
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Matt Blaze: How Law Enforcement Tracks Cellular Phones - Just how how does all this tracking and interception technology work? There are actually a surprising number of different ways law enforcement agencies can track and get information about phones, each of which exposes different information in different ways. And it's all steeped in arcane surveillance jargon that's evolved over decades of changes in the law and the technology. So now seems like a good time to summarize what the various phone tapping methods actually are, how they work, and how they differ from one another.
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Lawsuit: Woman Faced Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement CBS Las Vegas - Federal agents wrongfully strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital where she was forced to undergo illegal body cavity probes in an attempt to find drugs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
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Nothing is beyond our reach: Evil octopus strangling the world becomes latest US intelligence seal %u2014 RT USA - Billions of dollars annually are being used to fund operations conducted by the United States intelligence community, the likes of which allow the government to eavesdrop on emails, listen to world leaders’ phone calls and about everything in-between.
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FBI%u2019s search for %u2018Mo,%u2019 suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance - The Washington Post - The man who called himself “Mo” had dark hair, a foreign accent and — if the pictures he e-mailed to federal investigators could be believed — an Iranian military uniform. When he made a series of threats to detonate bombs at universities and airports across a wide swath of the United States last year, police had to scramble every time.
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NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show - The Washington Post - The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
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New Snowden leaks reveal US, Australia's Asian allies - Singapore and South Korea are playing key roles helping the United States and Australia tap undersea telecommunications links across Asia, according to top secret documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. New details have also been revealed about the involvement of Australia and New Zealand in the interception of global satellite
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Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers' - The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.
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Anonymous Declares Global Cyber War on U.S. Government against Hammonds Sentenc - The online hacktivist group Anonymous has released a video, according to which the group has declared global cyber war on the government of United States against injustice, NSAs spying and 10 year sentence of a cyber activist Jeremy Hammond.
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US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11 - When do we say Police State?
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Facebook Hasn't Even Begun To Exploit Everything It Knows About You - Facebook's mission to "understand the world" underscores its growing rivalry with Google and attempt to position itself as a social search engine. With a more thorough grasp of what we're saying about the world, Facebook could also answer more of our questions about the world. And that, in turn, would be a sweet deal for advertisers, who interpret "searching" as "shopping."

What we do not want NSA to know we give freely out to companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google
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John Kerry admits: some US surveillance has gone too far - Kerry says certain practices occurred 'on autopilot' and vows to meet allies to repair damage caused by NSA spying revelations

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NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained - What the revelations mean for you.
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The NSA%u2019s giant Utah data center will probably hold a bunch of spam - The NSA's data-collection activities are so resource-intensive, the agency can't complete its new server farms fast enough. But when it does, a significant share of what gets held on those servers could wind up being worthless spam. Ever wonder why? Remember in the old days when untraceable communication were in the form of weird classified ads in Solder Of Fortune, wall street journal, newspaper, etc... ???? think about it.
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This Is the NYPD's Secret Spy Cab - According to Apuzzo, the cab—medallion number 6Y11—is outfitted with state-of-the-art surveillance gear, and is routinely parked outside of New York mosques in an effort to keep tabs on New York's Muslims—all of whom, in the NYPD's estimation, are potential threats to the public order.
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N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens - NYTimes.com - Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.
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US: ATF misplaced 420 million cigarettes in stings - Yahoo News - WASHINGTON (AP) — Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday.
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NSA Sends Letter to Its %u2018Extended%u2019 Family to Reassure Them That They Will %u2018Weather%u2019 This %u2018Storm%u2019 | The Dissenter - The National Security Agency sent out a letter to all of its employees and affiliates, including contractors, that could be printed and shared with family, friends and colleagues. It was intended to reassure them that the NSA is not really the abusive and unchecked spying agency engaged in illegal activity that someone reading former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures might think it happens to be.
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US: Holder Drug-Sentencing Policy Made Retroactive - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that he has directed federal prosecutors across the country to review and possibly refile charges in ongoing drug cases so that low-level, nonviolent offenders will not face severe mandatory sentences. ummm.... This is empty rhetoric - fed's don't get involved with low-level offenders.
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Bristol Cryptography Blog: Open Letter From UK Security Researchers - he first set of publications based on Edward Snowden’s files were concerned with surveillance of internet communication happening more indiscriminately and on a much larger scale than previously thought. The more recent publications, presenting the systematic undermining of cryptographic solutions and standards, are the cause of much more substantial worry. As some of the leading UK researchers in the field of cryptography and computer security we feel compelled to comment on the recent revelations.
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UK Cryptographers Call For Publication of Deliberately Weakened Protocols, Products | Threatpost - A group of cryptographers in the UK has published a letter that calls on authorities in that country and the United States to conduct an investigation to determine which security products, protocols and standards have been deliberately weakened by the countries’ intelligence services. The letter, signed by a number of researchers from the University of Bristol and other universities, said that the NSA and British GCHQ “have been acting against the interests of the public that they are meant to serve.”
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NSA surveillance: how to stay secure - The NSA has huge capabilities – and if it wants in to your computer, it's in. With that in mind, here are five ways to stay safe
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California poised to implement first electronic license plates | Ars Technica - The idea is that rather than have a static piece of printed metal adorned with stickers to display proper registration, the plate would be a screen that could wirelessly (likely over a mobile data network) receive updates from a central server to display that same information. In an example shown by a South Carolina vendor, messages such as “STOLEN,” “EXPIRED,” or something similar could also be displayed on a license plate.
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N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption - NYTimes.com - The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.
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NRA joins ACLU lawsuit, claims NSA starting 'gun registry' (Video) - The Hill's Hillicon Valley - The National Rifle Association joined the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit on Wednesday to end the government's massive phone record collection program.In a brief filed in federal court, the NRA argues that the National Security Agency's database of phone records amounts to a "national gun registry."
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Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.%u2019s - NYTimes.com - For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT
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NSA bugged UN headquarters - newspaper 2014 RT News - The US National Security Agency (NSA) successfully cracked the encryption code protecting the United Nations’ internal videoconferencing system, according to documents seen by Germany’s Der Spiegel.
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Chicago police use heat list as strategy to prevent violence - Officials generate analysis to predict who will likely be involved in crime, as perpetrator or victim, and go door to door to issue warnings
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Encrypted email linked to US leaker closes - FRANCE 24 - An encrypted email service believed to have been used by US leaker Edward Snowden shut down on Thursday apparently as a result of pressure from US authorities.
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New Snowden leak: NSA program taps all you do online - You've never heard of XKeyscore, but it definitely knows you. The National Security Agency's top-secret program essentially makes available everything you've ever done on the Internet browsing history, searches, content of your emails, online chats, even your metadata all at the tap of the keyboard. The Guardian exposed the program on Wednesday in a follow-up piece to its groundbreaking report on the NSA's surveillance practices. Shortly after publication, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former Booz Allen Hamilton employee who worked for the NSA for four years, came forward as the source.
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Another Ugly Moment For US' War Against Marijuana Consumers | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform - Daniel Chong, the self-confessed pot smoker who was caught up in a drug sweep last year and nearly died after federal agents inadvertently abandoned him in a holding cell for five days without food or water, is now a millionaire.
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NSA chief: Snooping is crucial to fighting terrorism - CNN.com - Speaking before a capacity crowd of hackers and security experts Wednesday at the Black Hat computer-security conference, Alexander defended the NSA's embattled programs, which collect phone metadata and online communications in an effort to root out potential terrorists. The secret programs have come under fire since their existence was revealed in June by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details about them to several newspapers.
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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software - CNET has learned the FBI has developed custom "port reader" software to intercept Internet metadata in real time. And, in some cases, it wants to force Internet providers to use the software.
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Spying to continue, House votes down plan to defund the NSA - As sickening as it is if you value privacy, the spying, prying and possibly lying will continue as Rep. Justin Amashs proposal to defund the NSA was narrowly defeated. The vote was 205 217. Be sure you check out how your representative voted, if he or she was for the NSA to continue hoovering data and surveillance business as usual, or against it. Either way, were possibly screwed when it comes to reining in the surveillance state.
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FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones - WASHINGTON (AP) — People who fire guns at drones are endangering the public and property and could be prosecuted or fined, the Federal Aviation Administration warned Friday.The FAA released a statement in response to questions about an ordinance under consideration in the tiny farming community of Deer Trail, Colo., that would encourage hunters to shoot down drones. The administration reminded the public that it regulates the nation's airspace, including the airspace over cities and towns.
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With mood shifting, Congress may move to limit NSA spying - WASHINGTON - Congress is growing increasingly wary of controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, a concern likely to erupt during legislative debate - and perhaps prod legislative action - as early as this week.
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No Clear Direction on Cellphone Location Tracking - The question of whether law enforcement officials need a warrant to track individuals using their cellphones remains open, but the prospects for legislation on the issue are murky at best in Congress. - haha!!! one more for "the list" of "I told you so"
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License Plate Readers Track You for Profit - Land of the free? Yeah right ... Police state more likely
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What the government pays to snoop on you - WASHINGTON (AP) — How much are your private conversations worth to the U.S. government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology.In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.
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How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages - Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.
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BlackBerry, GoI settle on email, BBM interception - The longstanding stalemate between the Government of India and BlackBerry (formerly RIM) is over after the GoI reportedly accepted the solution provided by BlackBerry regarding lawful interception of messages sent using BBM and internet emails sent using BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS).
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Mastercard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers - Following the introduction of restrictions against file-sharing services, Mastercard and Visa have now started to take action against VPN providers. This week, Swedish payment provider Payson cut access to anonymizing services after being ordered to do so by the credit card companies. VPN provider iPredator is one of the affected customers and founder Peter Sunde says that they are considering legal action to get the service unblocked. - guess what? I have my own VPN provider, registered to... you guessed it... my ex-wife (LOL)
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Swat Team Bursts Into Wrong Mans Home Over Student Loan - SWAT team bursts into mans home, keeps him handcuffed for six hours over the collection of a student loan. Land of the free, home of the brave. Remember-they hate us for our freedom.
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15 Ways Google Monitors You - Google can and does monitor people – perhaps upwards of 90 percent of Internet users worldwide – whether they use a Google product or not, and most people have no idea they're being monitored.To make my point, I pursued a hunch. I expanded the header of the last email the editor had sent me. The header you normally see contains just four fields: From, To, Date, and Subject. But most email systems allow you to see much more. When you expand a header, you see many lines of technical information, including the names of the various computer servers through which the email passed on its way to you.Sure enough, the editor's email had been routed through a Google server. How and why this routing was put in place, I don't know, but it appears that all outgoing emails from the magazine's staff run through Google, a company that has been known to scan email content. If you've ever received targeted ads that seem related to recent emails you've sent, you were probably scanned. The company can hardly deny that it scans; Buzz, the failed social network Google launched in 2010, was built entirely around information in Gmail messages that revealed who was friends with whom.
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NSA Building $860 Million Data Center in Maryland - As its current data collection makes headlines, the National Security Agency is continuing to expand its data storage and processing capabilities. The agency recently broke ground on an $860 million data center at Fort Meade, Maryland that will span more than 600,000 square feet, including 70,000 square feet of technical space.
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Report: NSA Was Granted Order to Snag Millions of Verizon Call Records for 3 Months | Threat Level | Wired.com - The National Security Agency obtained a court order to collect the call records of millions of Verizon customers, according to a secret document obtained by the Guardian.The sweeping order, issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, requires Verizon to give the NSA metadata on all calls within the U.S. and between the U.S. and foreign countries on an “ongoing, daily basis” for three months.
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Some Wash. police dogs not smelling pot anymore - Who says you can't teach an old dog new trix.
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TSA Eliminates All Invasive, 'Gumby' X-Ray Machines - The Transportation Security Administration announced it has finished removing from all airports the X-ray technology that produced graphic and controversial images of passengers passing through security screening checkpoints.
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Xbox One's Always-On Kinect A Twisted Nightmare, Says Germany's Federal DPC - There has been a lot of controversy spewing across the internet communities involving the Xbox One's consumer policies. There are three very big issues everyone is talking about: Used game/license fees, the 24 hour mandatory check-in and Kinect always being on. The German Federal Data Protection Commissioner was not at all pleased with that last piece of info.
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Cotati California is a brutal police state - Police are called out to an apartment for a noise compliant by the neighbors. The three occupants inside non-aggressively exercise their fourth amendment right, refusing the police entry as they demand at gun point to let them inside without a search warrant or probable cause.As the police quickly holster their weapons after the camera turns on, the three occupants continue to exercise their rights non-aggressively. The police respond by going into "over-the-top" aggressive mode, utilizing excessive force by kicking in the door, assaulting the female and tazing the cameraman four times causing the camera to short out. All three occupants are arrested/cited for obstruction.
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Tipping law enforcement to possible terrorist activity is purpose of 13-county program - Sheriffs in 13 Northeast Florida counties announced an online system Thursday for residents to report suspicious activity they think may be terrorism-related.
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You're More Likely to Die from... - What a country of frightened old women Americans have become!
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U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance | Politics and Law - CNET News - ustice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT
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Facebook Updated Its Main Android App with Permission to Collect Data on What Apps You Use - Allows the app to retrieve information about currently and recently running tasks. This may allow the app to discover information about which applications are used on the device.
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The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) | Threat Level | Wired.com - Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.
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Guantanamo dogged by new controversy after mishandling of e-mails - The Washington Post - The military justice system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has been dogged by charges of secret monitoring of proceedings and defense communications, became embroiled in a fresh controversy Thursday when it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of defense e-mails were turned over to the prosecution.
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Bird shaped UAV - SHEPHERD-MIL, a UAV with different applications for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions will be featured along with other products and systems at the exhibition.EXPAL will participate in HOMSEC 2013, displaying some of its most innovative solutions in the security area. Among other products, SHEPHERD-MIL, an UAV which looks like a native bird with the same flight performance, will be featured. This UAV is characterized by the glide-ratio and noiseless motor that make it invisible, silent and unobtrusive in sensitive missions. SHEPHERD-MIL was initially developed as a bird strike avoidance system, and currently is used in situations where the safety and protection are key. -- I thought of this 10 years ago and was told "you're crazy" ;)
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The ATF Wants 'Massive' Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are - If you want, I can get your name removed from the database ;)
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Ex-CNN Reporter: I Received Orders to Manipulate News to Demonize Syria and Iran - SANA, Syria - Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon revealed that during her work for the channel she received orders to send false news and exclude some others which the US administration did not favor with the aim to create a public opinion in favor of launching an aggression on Iran and Syria.
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Opinion: The Internet is a surveillance state - CNN.com - Add it to the list of "I told you so's" :p~~
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EXCLUSIVE - U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances | Reuters - The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.
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It's Now Illegal to Unlock Your Cellphone - You likely have a cellphone that you bought from a carrier, like AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, and that phone only works on that carrier's cellular and data network -- unless you "unlock" it. That is a software process that allows the phone to work on other carriers if you put in a new SIM card or want to take the phone to another carrier for service. If that sounds complicated to you and like something you wouldn't bother with, then today's news won't matter to you. But if that's something you've done before or have thought about doing, then you should know that starting today it is illegal to unlock a subsidized phone or tablet that's bought through a U.S. carrier.
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'Privacy visor blocks facial recognition software' - The prototype spectacles have been designed by scientists at Tokyo's National Institute of Informatics. The glasses are equipped with a near-infrared light source, which confuses the software without affecting vision.
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TSA to remove controversial X-ray scanners - Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away. The Transportation Security Administration says the scanners that used a low-dose X-ray will be gone by June because the company that makes them can't fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners, which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying.
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Oliver Stone to RT: US has become an Orwellian state - Americans are living in an Orwellian state argue Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, as they sit down with RT to discuss US foreign policy and the Obama administrations disregard for the rule of law. Both argue that Obama is a wolf in sheeps clothing and that people have forgiven him a lot because of the nightmare of the Bush presidency that preceded him. He has taken all the Bush changes he basically put them into the establishment, he has codified them, Stone told RT. It is an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the surface, but there is no place to hide. Some part of you is going to end up in the database somewhere.
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Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages - AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans' private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress. CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations." They want an SMS retention requirement to be "considered" during congressional discussions over updating a 1986 privacy law for the cloud computing era -- a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians.
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Assange to RT: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule %u2014 RT - Assange to RT: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule
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Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants - Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
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Political activists sue Met over relationships with police spies - Undercover police officers had long-term sexual relationships with political activists and joined them at family gatherings and on holidays to make their targets "emotionally dependent" on them, according to papers submitted to the high court.
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Creepy Cameraman pushes limits of public surveillance - People have come to accept surveillance cameras as a part of everyday life. But what happens when someone is carrying the surveillance camera instead?
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Man sentenced to jail for collecting rainwater in Oregon - An Oregon man is expected to spend a month in jail after being convicted on nine misdemeanor charges related to his illegal use of…water. Gary Harrington was sentenced after being found guilty of illegally collecting water on his own rural property.
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Post-9/11 effort gathered intel on citizens, not terrorists - A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program created in the aftermath of 9/11 has improperly collected information about innocent Americans and produced little valuable intelligence on terrorism, a Senate report concludes. It portrays an effort that ballooned far beyond anyone's ability to control.
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Facebook: snitchgate! Paul Bernal's Blog - Facebook: snitchgate! A story about Facebook went around twitter last night that provoked quite a reaction in privacy advocates like me: Facebook, it seems, is experimenting with getting people to snitch on any of their friends who dont use their real names. Take a look at this:
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FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America %u2014 RT - Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars.The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program and is now implementing the intelligence database in unidentified locales across the country, New Scientist reports in an article this week. The FBI first outlined the project back in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 document (.pdf) that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America .
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FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America - Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program and is now implementing the intelligence database in unidentified locales across the country, New Scientist reports in an article this week. The FBI first outlined the project back in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 document (.pdf) that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America .
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SRC / Multi-Sensor Surveillance Unit, or VantagePoint%u2122 System - Drugs!!! $100 million contract to defend our borders against ultralights used to ferry drugs.
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'What?' Confused 911 caller outs NYPD spying in NJ - Yahoo! News - It's an audiotape the New York Police Department hoped you would never hear.A building superintendent at an apartment complex just off the Rutgers University campus called the New Brunswick Police 911 line in June 2009. He said his staff had been conducting a routine inspection and came across something suspicious.
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9 Intriguing Excerpts From Old FBI Files - Mental Floss - Our favorite scientist’s file is over 1800 pages long. Einstein’s German roots always made the Bureau nervous. It didn’t help that he was an outspoken pacifist and socialist (not to mention a harsh critic of Sen. Joseph McCarthy). When Einstein was asked to join the Manhattan project in 1939, the FBI concluded that, “In view of his radical background, this office would not recommend the employment of Dr. Einstein on matters of a secret nature without a very careful investigation, as it seems unlikely that a man of his background could, in such a short time, become a loyal American citizen.”
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FAA Has Authorized 106 Government %u2018Entities%u2019 to Fly Domestic Drones | CNSNews.com - Since Jan. 1 of this year, according to congressional testimony presented Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized 106 federal, state and local government “entities” to fly “unmanned aircraft systems,” also known as drones, within U.S. airspace........GAO testified that the FAAs long-term goal is to permit drones to operate in U.S. airspace to the greatest extent possible.
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Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 164 Feet Away - Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you.
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Mobile-Phone Surveillance by Police Targets Millions Annually | Threat Level | Wired.com - Mobile carriers responded to a staggering 1.3 million law enforcement requests last year for subscriber information, including text messages and phone location data, according to data provided to Congress.
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The TSA Blog: Random Testing of Liquids at Departure Gates. Nothing new... - While browsing the web this morning, I saw that the topic de jour was that TSA was now screening liquids at the gate. We've talked about random gate screening here before, and if you travel frequently, you've likely experienced a gate screening. Not a big deal really... Heck, even I have been pulled aside for random gate screening.
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Unplugged metal detector triggers JFK chaos: sources - These fools are keeping us safe?!? The TSAs bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The Post.
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Hey, Brother, Can You Spare a Hubble? DOD: Sure! Have Two - The U.S. government's secret space program has decided to give NASA two telescopes as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope. Designed for surveillance, the telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office were no longer needed for spy missions and can now be used to study the heavens.
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Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you - The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'.
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Students will be tracked via chips in IDs - San Antonio Express-News - Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.District officials said the Radio Frequency
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Diabetic teen upset with TSA screeners at Salt Lake City Airport - SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Colorado teen is upset with screeners at Salt Lake City International Airport. The type one diabetic says TSA agents were abrupt, rude and were responsible for breaking her $10,000 insulin pump. A pump she has to have to survive.
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Henry Kissinger Pat Down By TSA: Former Secretary Of State Given 'Full Monty' By - If TSA harass Kissinger, Rand Paul, Donald Rumsfeld and Geraldo Rivera, how can the average US citizen get by?

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In the screening area, Kissinger was subjected to "the full Monty", Cole told the paper. He stood with his suit jacket off, and he was wearing suspenders. They gave him the full pat-down. None of the agents seemed to know who he was, Cole said.
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FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now - The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance.
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TSA Takes Its Sweet Time Considering My Claim, Rejects It When Don't Reply Immediately - The Consumerist - Consumerist reader P.L. has a bone to pick with the Transportation Security Administration. Seems they're of the belief that they can take six months to decide whether or not it's their fault his video camera went missing from his luggage, but when P.L. takes a few weeks to answer their questions — well, that's just not acceptable.
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What To Keep In Mind When Recording Police - Before you pull out your phone to take a video of law enforcement officers at work, you should brush up of the legal ramifications of what you're about to do and take care to protect yourself. A misstep could get you in trouble.Gizmodo suggests several factors to keep in mind. Here are some standouts:
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Your cell phone is telling your secrets - its also a tracking device that your family, your favorite retailer and virtually any law-enforcement agency in the world can use to find you. And youre complicit in helping them do so. By keeping your phone on and who doesnt do that, except, of course, on airplanes? you are letting any number of people and places have access to private information about you that you might not think youre giving out.
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US Police Can Copy Your iPhones Contents In Under Two Minutes - It has emerged that Michigan State Police have been using a high-tech mobile forensics device that can extract information from over 3,000 models of mobile phone, potentially grabbing all media content from your iPhone in under two minutes.
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Government Surveillance Crackdown On Internet Goes Into Overdrive Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind! - former government cybersecurity czar Richard A. Clarke has called for the creation of customs checks on all data leaving and entering US cyberspace.Clarke makes the call in relation to Chinese hackers stealing information and intellectual property from US firms.“If given the proper authorization, the United States government could stop files in the process of being stolen from getting to the Chinese hackers.” Clarke writes.“If government agencies were authorized to create a major program to grab stolen data leaving the country, they could drastically reduce today’s wholesale theft of American corporate secrets.”While Clarke may well be coming at this subject well intentioned, the fact that government has a long history of attempting to crackdown on internet freedom and control the web will mean his words are a cause of concern for many
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Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense - NYTimes.com - WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.
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Police Tracking of Cellphones Raises Privacy Fears - NYTimes.com - Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.
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Big Brother just got scarier: Japanese CCTV camera can scan 36 million faces per - Biometric camera stores details of everyone who walks past it Stores 'library' of face info Can scan through 36 million faces per second searching for people Will be on sale to governments within next year
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Employers ask job seekers for Facebook passwords - When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.
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UK teenager arrested for anti-war Facebook post - A British teenager has been arrested and is expected to appear in a UK court after he posted about the injustice of the occupation of Afghanistan on his Facebook page.
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TSA Nude Body Scanners Rendered Worthless By Blogger (VIDEO) - In the rush to provide the illusion of safety, the TSA has beefed up security at airports by banning drinks and removing shoes. They introduced enhanced pat downs which, by any rational standards, would be considered legislated molestation. They spent a billion dollars of tax payer dollars to deploy a system that is so untested and odious that Israeli airport security, at once both the highest risk for terrorist attacks and the among the safest in the world, refuses to use it.
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Mom With Breast Pump 'Humiliated' by TSA - A mother in Hawaii was "humiliated" when she felt she needed to pump breast milk in the open area of an airport bathroom in order for a TSA agent to permit her to get through security with her breast pumping equipment.
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How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did - Charles Duhigg outlines in the New York Times how Target tries to hook parents-to-be at that crucial moment before they turn into rampant and loyal buyers of all things pastel, plastic, and miniature. He talked to Target statistician Andrew Pole before Target freaked out and cut off all communications about the clues to a customers impending bundle of joy.
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TSA Forces Woman To Use Naked Body Scanner Three Times Because of Cute Figure - Female passengers say they are being targeted by TSA screeners for sexual harassment, with one Texas woman being forced to pass through a naked body scanner three times so chuckling male TSA workers in a back room could get a good look at her cute figure.
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Muslim businessman becomes 'terror suspect' after he texts staff he's going to 'blow away' the competition - A Moroccan-born Canadian businessman says he became a terror suspect because of a text message he sent to sales staffers saying he was going to ‘blow away’ the competition.According to a religious association, Saad Allami, who is Muslim, sent the message last month and was detained for more than a day while police searched his Quebec home.
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Internet Is A Fertile Breeding Ground For Terrorism, Warns Home Affairs Committee - The internet has become the most significant vehicle in promoting extremism, according to a report released by the Home Affairs Committee.The report says the internet has become a "fertile breeding ground" for terror and is more involved in radicalisation than prisons, universities or places of worship.
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Japan's Nuclear Exclusion Zone Shows Few Signs of Life - Don't worry. Everything is fine and completely under control.

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Few Signs of Life in Fukushima Exclusion Zone

"There are police cars patrolling every corner," we were warned. "As soon as they spot your camera, you will be arrested."
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FBI: Interest in Privacy Indicates a Terrorist - A new flyer released by the Department of Justice and the FBI (emblazoned with the logos of each) and being circulated to Internet cafes and other businesses warns them of "potential indicators of terrorist activities."
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Mythbusters Banned From Discussing RFID By Visa And Mastercard - Host Adam Savage of Mythbusters tells how Visa, Mastercard, and Discover had the Discovery Channel put the kibosh on an episode that would have revealed just how trackable and hackable the RFID chips found in many credit cards are. Its a telling example of how corporate advertisers serve as the gatekeepers of mainstream media/entertainment:
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Federal officials: Security precautions for Super Bowl 2012 'unprecedented' - From the minute they get on a plane, visitors to Indianapolis should expect to be watched, sniffed and pawed as security around the Super Bowl XLVI host city tightens.Air marshals will be on flights, and bloodhounds will roam the airport. Cameras line the streets, and helicopters hover in the sky. Cops at every corner; security at every stop.
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Emily Bunting and Leigh Van Bryan: UK tourists arrested over 'destroy America' Twitter jokes - Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to 'destroy America' and 'dig up Marilyn Monroe'.Leigh Van Bryan, 26, was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.
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FBI will Monitor Social Media using Crawl Application - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a better way to spy on Facebook and Twitter users. The Bureau is asking companies to build software that can effectively scan social media online for significant words, phrases and behavior so that agents can respond.A paper posted on the FBI website asks for companies to build programs that will map sentiment and wrongdoing.
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Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back Read More http://www.wir - A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.
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Feds Shut Down Megaupload.com File-Sharing Website - One of the world's largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.
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Drug-Friendly Netherlands to Close 8 Prisons -- Not Enough Crime - When you live in a country where everything is illegal, you need a lot of prisons. And don't forget. They hate us for our freedom!
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Federal grants pay to militarize local cops - So why is the government supplying cops with these dangerous toys? The much-touted threat of terrorism is no justification. The National Safety Council notes: You are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.
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Cohasset cupcake deemed security threat at Las Vegas airport - It appears that the cupcakes from a Cohasset bakery may be just as dangerous as they are delicious. A cupcake from the popular Cohasset bakery Wicked Good Cupcakes was deemed a potential security threat and confiscated by a TSA agent at the Las Vegas International airport earlier this week. Rebecca Hains, of Peabody, says that she tried to take the cupcake on her flight back to Boston, but a TSA agent pulled her aside and said the cupcake's frosting was "too gel-like", constituting a security risk.
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Indefinite military detention for U.S. citizens now in the hands of a secretive conference committee - If Congress does not pass a Department of Defense Authorization bill that Obama will sign by the end of the year, almost all of the U.S. military’s activities around the world would be jeopardized. At this point, the House and Senate have both passed their versions of the bill (H.R.1540 and S.1867), but they have disagreement on several provisions, including a provision opposed by the Obama Administration that would require the military to indefinitely detain terrorism suspects, including American citizens living in the U.S., without charge or trial.
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Police Arrest People For Dancing - YouTube - You can be arrested for dancing at the Jefferson memorial, a monument to freedom and democracy.
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Infographic Of The Day: The Mega Companies Behind 90% Of Media - The media landscape is dominated by a mere six companies. Should we be worried? Nah.We all know that everything you see on TV, and much of what you read online, is ultimately owned by a few mega corporations. But if you were pressed about how much those companies actually own, I'd bet you'd be off by about a factor of 2.
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Military A Growing Terrorist Target, Lawmakers Warn | Fox News - There is growing evidence that homegrown terrorists see military personnel and bases as legitimate, high-value targets, lawmakers said ahead of a joint session of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees on Wednesday,.

YES more Homeland Security! More controls less rights in the land of the free ... It's on Fox, so it's gotta be true
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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps - An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users.
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Google: Governments seek more about you than ever | Security - CNET News - The latest Google Transparency Report, released today, also shows historic traffic patterns on Google services via graphs with spikes and drops indicating outages that, in some cases, indicate attempts by governments to block access to Google or the Internet. For instance, all Google servers were inaccessible in Libya during the first six months of this year, as was YouTube in China.
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Drug-sniffing dogs come to Wolcott High School, with a twist. - At Wolcott High School one morning this week, an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students were told to immediately take refuge in classrooms.Doors were locked and police, with dogs, moved in. Students stayed huddled in classrooms where they were told to stay away from the windows.But what sounded like a frightening situation was just a search for narcotics. Drug-sniffing dogs combed the school while students stayed in locked classrooms, believing that an attacker was roaming the halls.
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Net Neutrality - PBS NOW - Is the wild west culture of the Internet about to become a thing of the past? Big business is staking its claim on the information superhighway, lobbying Congress for an exclusive faster lane, which consumers could end up paying for. This week on NOW we look at a major battle brewing in Washington D.C. over the future of the Internet.
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Japanese Relocation : U.S. Office of War Information - Japanese Relocation (ca. 1943) U.S. government-produced film defending the World War II internment of Japanese American citizens.
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Facebook tracks you online even after you log out - Facebook has had privacy issues for a long time, and while the company has been working to improve its image, today's episode will likely set it back once again. Thanks to a modified cookie, Facebook knows what you're doing online even when you're not logged in.
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Yahoo Blocked Emails About Wall Street Protests - People trying to email information about the Wall Street protests on Monday using Yahoo mail, found themselves on the receiving end of messages from Yahoo claiming 'suspicious activity'. ThinkProgress.org has a YouTube video of users trying to send emails that mention the 'OccupyWallSt.org' web site, which seemed to be the magic phrase to get your email blocked. Via Twitter, Yahoo announced the blockage was now fixed, but 'there may be residual delays.'"
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Homeland Security recruits jittery coffee drinkers to spot t - Big Brother is watching you while you drink your coffee, or at least imploring you to watch others while you drink your coffee.Coffee addicts getting their morning fix may notice an advertisement on their coffee-cup sleeves with a helpful message from the Department of Homeland Security. “If you see something, say something,” the ad says. “Report unattended bags and unusual behavior to police or transit personnel.”
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Mobile Surveillance Towers to be Showcased to Congress (Video) - This type of prison-style tower system has in fact been recorded already in places such as mall parking lots and sporting events. Here is the advanced form of just such a tower, as shown in the Terrahawk video below -- it's even touted as "green," meeting EPA emission standards:
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New speed cameras trap motorists from space on trial in UK - Speed cameras which communicate with each other by satellite are being secretly tested on British roads.The hi-tech devices can follow drivers’ progress for miles to calculate whether they have broken speed limits.Combining number plate recognition technology with global positioning satellites, they can be set up in a network to monitor tens of thousands of cars over huge areas for the smallest breach.
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DHS Proposes Secret Watchlist Database - The Department of Homeland Security is planning to duplicate the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database to expand an extensive database called Watchlist Service -- and no one can know if they're on the list
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Kill This Bill - Lofgren said the data retention requirements are easily avoided because they only apply to commercial providers. Criminals would simply go to libraries or Starbucks coffeehouses and use the Web anonymously, she said, while law-abiding Americans would have their activities recorded
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Everything You Need To Know About The Secret Bilderberg Meeting Taking Place In Switzerland - The first thing you need to know about the annual Bilderberg Meeting is that none of the attendees can say what was discussed in the meeting.Every year, top economists, financiers, industrialists, CEOs and politicians meet in private to have open and frank discussion about world affairs without worrying about how it will be spun in the media.So it's off the record and you'll never know what was said. But not everything about the meeting is a secret.
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10 Things the TSA Won't Tell You - "We still have some room to grow."
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Autos Insider | U.S. to propose mandatory vehicle 'black boxes' - The U.S. Transportation Department said today it will propose making vehicle "black boxes" mandatory in all vehicles by the end of the year.The department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has long considered whether to make black boxes, officially called event data recorders, or EDRs, mandatory. They collect data about the seconds leading up to a crash and can help investigators determine the cause.

USA land of the (not so) free ... add black box to cellphone records and they know where when and how fast
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There%u2019s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says - You think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden says it’s worse than you know.Congress is set to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the surveillance law as early as Thursday. Wyden (D-Oregon) says that powers they grant the government on their face, the government applies a far broader legal interpretation — an interpretation that the government has conveniently classified, so it cannot be publicly assessed or challenged. But one prominent Patriot-watcher asserts that the secret interpretation empowers the government to deploy ”dragnets” for massive amounts of information on private citizens; the government portrays its data-collection efforts much differently.
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Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama - Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate and House came after lawmakers rejected attempts to temper the law enforcement powers to ensure that individual liberties are not abused.
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Cameras in Texas schools to keep eyes on fries | Reuters - The next time children in some elementary schools in Texas try to sneak extra french fries onto their tray in the cafeteria line, the eye in the sky will be watching them.Using a $2 million grant from the Department of Agriculture, the schools in San Antonio are installing sophisticated cameras in the cafeteria line and trash area that read food bar codes embedded in the food trays.
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Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home - Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry.

Bye bye Freedom and liberty LOL
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AP: Pa. lawsuit: Rental firm spies on users - A major furniture rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes, screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent "device and/or software" inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron's Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22.
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Facebook Facial Recognition Could Get Creepy - Yahoo! News - In early April, Engadget posted a short article confirming a rumor that Facebook would be using facial recognition to suggest the names of friends who appeared in newly uploaded photos. You’d be allowed to opt out of tagging, and only friends would be able to tag each other in albums. Nevertheless, a commenter beneath the story quipped, “Awesome! Now I can take pictures of cute girls at the grocery store or at the park, upload them and Facebook will tell me who they are! (I'm pretty sure that’s not [how] it works but I’m sure it will get there.)”The commenter’s confidence says a lot: Facial recognition may be just one more way for Facebook to push the visual part of the social graph (photos of us) toward being more public and far less private. Facebook has a history of asking for forgiveness after the fact instead of asking for permission in advance, and its new face-recognition feature could become the latest example of a seemingly innocuous development morphing into a serious threat to the privacy of our (visual) data. And as usual, some Facebook users will like the convenience of the new features so much that they will forget the privacy trade-off altogether, or just choose not to worry about it.

Facebook is already creepy!
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Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - Today at Where 2.0 Pete Warden and I will announce the discovery that your iPhone, and your 3G iPad, is regularly recording the position of your device into a hidden file. Ever since iOS 4 arrived, your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps. We're not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it's clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.
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Researchers: Apple's iPhone Keeps Track Of Every Little Place You Go - Researchers at the University of Exeter discovered that iPhones using the latest operating system keeps detailed records of where you've been.
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Coming Soon From the Air Force: Mind-Reading Drones - I'm not worried. I lined all my hats with tinfoil.
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US Centcom targets online violent propaganda - According to a report from Global Voices, Russian bloggers have recently uncovered a job description looking for someone to leave seventy comments per day from up to fifty accounts on a single blog.It appears that the United States has been won over by the idea. Not only does the department of state employ paid commenters, but a new $2.75 million initiative led by US Central Command would allow for the creation of sock puppets in order to combat online extremism.
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Broadcaster ProSieben kills nuclear-themed Simpsons episodes - Uncertain if I should categorize this under "STUPID", "Big Brother" or "Funny

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The German broadcaster ProSieben said Monday it had decided not to show any episodes of the satirical US cartoon series "The Simpsons" depicting nuclear disasters out of consideration for Japan's atomic catastrophe.
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What Location Tracking Looks Like | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Your cell phone company knows everywhere you go, twenty-four hours a day, every day. How concrete is this fact for you?It's very concrete for Malte Spitz, a German politician and privacy advocate. He used German privacy law — which, like the law of many European countries, gives individuals a right to see what private companies know about them — to force his cell phone carrier to reveal what it knew about him. The result? 35,831 different facts about his cell phone use over the course of six months.

This is fucking freaky! I suggest you check out the interactive map!
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Cellphones Track Your Every Move, and You May Not Even Know - The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin.
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Rights Are Curtailed for Terror Suspects - New rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.

Question, when are you considered a domestic terror suspect? Up to the arresting officer? So much for a FREE country!
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E-mail on interfaith marriage gets St. Charles man on no-fly list - FBI agents questioned him at Midway Airport, then at his home. Finally, he was summoned to a hotel in Schaumburg, where more FBI agents told him he'd been placed on the no-fly list because of an e-mail he had sent to an imam a Muslim cleric whom they'd been watching. Mashal said he had sought the imam's advice about raising children in a mixed-religion household. Mashal is Muslim; his wife is Christian.He said the agents offered to get him off the list if he would become an undercover informant at mosques. He refused and said he feels he was being blackmailed.
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Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media - The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.
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Data Mining: How Companies Know Your Personal Information - Three hours after I gave my name and e-mail address to Michael Fertik, the CEO of Reputation.com, he called me back and read my Social Security number to me. "We had it a couple of hours ago," he said. "I was just too busy to call."In the past few months, I have been told many more-interesting facts about myself than my Social Security number. I've gathered a bit of the vast amount of data that's being collected both online and off by companies in stealth — taken from the websites I look at, the stuff I buy, my Facebook photos, my warranty cards, my customer-reward cards, the songs I listen to online, surveys I was guilted into filling out and magazines I subscribe to.
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Undercover TSA Agent Makes It Through Full-Body Scanners With Gun In Her Undies - Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Security Theatre: An undercover TSA agent was able to slip through the full-body scanners at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a handgun stashed in her undies... And not just once, but five times.
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Us homeland security mistakenly takes down 84,000 websites - US AUTHORITIES mistakenly took down 84,000 websites as part of its Operation Save the Children campaign.You can't make this stuff up.The US Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Cyber Crimes Center took control of a number of domains as part of its campaign against child pornography. While it was taking down domains it suspected of participating in the dissemination of child pornography, it took down legitmate web hosting outfit Mooo.com.
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WikiLeaks row intensifies as US makes 'privacy' move against Twitter - The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, praised the role of social networks such as Twitter in promoting freedom at the same time as the US government was in court seeking to invade the privacy of Twitter users.
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Better in than out: African country set to make Farting a crime - Causing a stink: The government of Malawi, led by Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, are planning to outlaw breaking wind
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12 Sexiest Backscatter X-Ray Images Taken at American Airports - If lost luggage, lack of food and sticky seats werent enough, security checkpoints have created an uproar with their recent use of body imaging machines. Now, most big city airports require that you either agree to a physical pat down or walk through a Backscatter (Body Imaging) Machine. This machine takes a 360 degree image of your body, detecting hard and soft materials thus creating a naked x-ray picture. Although the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) swears they do not keep the images nor do they link names with images, there is still something eerie about having a stranger see a naked x-ray picture of you. There is an awful lot you can see from these Backscatter images. In fact, some of them are kinda sexy. (If youre into that kind of stuff.) Check out these pictures taken at Americas busiest airports.
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Obama administration moves forward with unique internet ID for Americans, Commer - President Obama has signaled that he will give the United States Commerce Department the authority over a proposed national cybersecurity measure that would involve giving each American a unique online identity. Other candidates mentioned previously to head up the new system have included the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security, but the announcement that the Commerce Department will take the job should please groups that have raised concerns over security agencies doing double duty in police and intelligence work. So anyway, what about this unique ID we'll all be getting? Well, though details are still pretty scant,
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Guernica / William D. Hartung: Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You?: How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother - Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you? No? Then you haven't been paying much attention. Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.True, Lockheed Martin doesn't actually run the U.S. government, but sometimes it seems as if it might as well. After all, it received $36 billion in government contracts in 2008 alone, more than any company in history. It now does work for more than two dozen government agencies from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. It's involved in surveillance and information processing for the CIA, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, the Census Bureau, and the Postal Service.
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With Air Force's Gorgon Drone 'we can see everything' - In ancient times, Gorgon was a mythical Greek creature whose unblinking eyes turned to stone those who beheld them. In modern times, Gorgon may be one of the military's most valuable new tools.
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Terrorist watch list: One tip now enough to put name in database, officials say - A year after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials say they have made it easier to add individuals' names to a terrorist watch list and improved the government's ability to thwart an attack in the United States.

Soon everybody will be on the list LOL
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ARIZONA - Peoria pursues pharmacy ID checks - Peoria could become the first Arizona city to require fingerprinting at pharmacies when picking up prescriptions for commonly abused drugs in an effort to curb an escalating number of fraud cases.

Arizona Leader in FREEDOM ... the freedom to be fingerprinted everywhere ...
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Rape victim arrested for refusing TSA pat down - A 56-year-old woman who says she is a rape victim was arrested and banned from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Wednesday after refusing to receive a pat down from a Transportation Security Agency (TSA) officer.
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Torrent Finder Domain Seizure - On Thursday, the 25th of November 2010, the Torrent Finder domain ( www.torrent-finder.com ), registered with Godaddy, was seized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without any prior takedown notice or specific allegations of infringing activity. The Domain IP was suddenly changed without the registrar's knowledge and the system displayed a "Pending Registry Action" message on the domain's status. No contact was given until Wednesday, the 1st of December, when Godaddy replied to my inquiries, giving a contact for an ICE agent. On Thursday, the 2nd of December, David Snead who is representing Torrent Finder contacted the ICE agent in charge who told him that "the orders are under seal, but that the seal will be lifted today or tomorrow". However, we have not heard from them until writing this post. Another email from Godaddy clarified that the action was taken by VeriSign: "please understand that these actions were taken by Verisign at the Registry level; and not by Go Daddy". The story was first reported on TorrentFreak and NYTimes.com.
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Sacramento-area pilot punished for YouTube video - An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.
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Homeland Security Presents Evidence For Domain Seizures; Proves It Knows Little About The Internet - Or The Law - Earlier this week, we noted how the owners of the various hiphop blogs and Torrent-Finder, the torrent search engine, that were seized by Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group still hadn't been provided the details on why their domains were seized. However, that's no longer the case. A partial affidavit and the seizure warrant for those sites has been released, and it highlights how ridiculously clueless Homeland Security is on this issue (you can read the whole thing at the bottom of this post). What's troubling isn't just that the folks who made the decision to seize these domain names don't seem to know what they're talking about, but that they seem to have relied almost exclusively on the MPAA for their (lack of) knowledge on the subject at hand.
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Monitoring America - Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
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iPhone snitch network launched - A new iPhone App with the misleading name ‘PatriotApp’ attempts to draw on the power of the patriot movement, turning smartphone users into a gigantic snitch network.You might think an app with such a patriotic name might have useful functions like a pocket constitution or quotes from our forefathers. But contrary to the services one might expect, this app allows users to report any ‘suspicious’ behavior directly linking them with top government agencies.
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Eagle-Eyed TSA Screeners Don't Notice Loaded Handgun In Man's Carry-On - If you thought the TSA's inability to notice a 6-inch hunting knife was a sign that airport screeners might as well be watching Spongebob instead of X-raying you and your stuff, here's further proof. A man in Houston says the TSA screeners didn't blink an eye at the loaded .40 caliber handgun he'd forgotten was tucked away in his computer bag when he made his way through the security checkpoint at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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Airport Security: Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners - According to one report, undercover TSA agents testing security at a Newark airport terminal on one day in 2006 found that TSA screeners failed to detect concealed bombs and guns 20 out of 22 times. A 2007 government audit leaked to USA Today revealed that undercover agents were successful slipping simulated explosives and bomb parts through Los Angeles's LAX airport in 50 out of 70 attempts, and at Chicago's O'Hare airport agents made 75 attempts and succeeded in getting through undetected 45 times.
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Air Force personnel can only watch FoxNews website - The U.S. Air Force is blocking its personnel from using work computers to view the websites of the New York Times and other major publications that have posted classified diplomatic cables, people familiar with the matter said.Air Force users who try to view the websites of the New York Times, Britain's Guardian, Spain's El Pais, France's Le Monde or German magazine Der Spiegel instead get a page that says, "ACCESS DENIED. Internet Usage is Logged
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A Few Good Kids? - How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.
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