26 10 / 2013

September 25, 2013- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky) held a press conference to introduce their bipartisan, comprehensive surveillance reform bill- The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act.

The bill will preserve constitutional liberties while maintaining the government’s ability to protect national security. It will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end dragnet domestic surveillance and other unjustified intrusions on Americans’ constitutional rights, make improvements to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and provide for greater transparency from government entities and the private sector.

16 7 / 2013

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“In just three years, Americans have dramatically shifted their views on how they feel about the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent another terrorist attack, and now almost half say…

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07 7 / 2013

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Stranded NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden finally has a place to go. Venezuela has decided to offer him asylum, and an escape from the legal limbo which has left him stranded in a Moscow…

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04 7 / 2013

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Join #Restorethe4th Protest Today and fight NSA surveillance!

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09 6 / 2013

Edward Snowden, the source behind the Guardian’s NSA files talks to Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong. Snowden released details about the NSA PRISM domestic surveillance program.
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Guardian Reports:

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06 6 / 2013

Shocking revelations of  U.S. gov’t unwarranted domestic surveillance:

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The Guardian Reports: “The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple

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06 6 / 2013

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Democracy Now Reports:“A leaked court order has revealed the Obama administration is conducting a massive domestic surveillance program by collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon…

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03 4 / 2012

27 1 / 2012

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January 27, 2012

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a tool to mine social media for intelligence tips.

The US domestic law enforcement agency is asking information technology contractors about the feasibility of building a tool that would “enhance its techniques for collecting and sharing ‘open source’ actionable intelligence.”

Read more on Raw Story.

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27 1 / 2012

A brief overview of recent changes to the Google Privacy Policy

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14 1 / 2012

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January 14, 2012

 Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has writtenpermission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

 

According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.”

Read more: Yahoo News

Also read: RT: FBI Targeting Political Activist as Terrorist
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From RT News: Anti-terrorism resources are being used to target environmentalists, peace, animal and political activists who hold different views than the government.

It was recently revealed that a counter-terrorism firm spied on individuals who attended film screenings of the documentary Gasland. The film focuses on the practice of natural gas fracking and what impact it has on the environment and in the communities where it is used.

The FBI and other government agencies are cracking down on those who are not willing to say in line with the status quo.

In Pennsylvania, activists have faced terrorism charges for writing slogans in chalk on sidewalks. In California, 27 individuals are set to go on trial stemming for protest actions Elsewhere 23 anti-war, pro-labor and international solidarity activists may face a grand jury on trumped up charged. The FBI boasts 164,000 suspicious activity reports that are made up of activists who do not follow the governments view on matters.

The US government is using taxpayer money to squash the competition as opposed to protecting the American people from true terrorist threats, all while stomping on freedom of speech rights.

Carlos Montes, a co-founder of the Brown Berets Chicano Movement explained there is a marked rise of the US government using tools at their disposal designed to fight terrorism to impose oppression on political activists.

The protest movements are directly exposing and challenging the lines that the US government puts out,” he said, yet law enforcement authorities continue to crack down without just cause. “It’s a war against dissent.”

The government is working to stop the movement which is merely seeking to exercise its right to free speech and the right to protest

They’re trying to stop us but we’re not going to let them do it,” Montes added.

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01 12 / 2011

December 01, 2011

Update:

iOS Devices may be running Carrier IQ also

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. Watch video here.

Read the rest of this shocking report here on The Register - Biting the hand that feeds IT

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11 11 / 2011

Decision made to open Twitter account of Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, who is taking the case to the Council of Europe

The Guardian: Icelandic MP and former WikiLeaks volunteer Birgitta Jonsdottir has slammed the decision by US courts to open her Twitter account to the US authorities and is taking her case to the Council of Europe.

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On Thursday a US judge ruled Twitter must release the details of her account and those of two other Twitter users linked to WikiLeaks. Jonsdottir learned in January that her Twitter account was under scrutiny from the Justice Department because of her involvement last year with WikiLeaks’ release of a video showing a US military helicopter shooting two Reuters reporters in Iraq. She believes the US authorities want to use her information to try and build a case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

"This is a huge blow for everybody that uses social media," said Jonsdottir. "We have to have the same civil rights online as we have offline. Imagine if the US authorities wanted to do a house search at my home, go through my private papers. There would be a hell of a fight. It’s absolutely unacceptable."

She said she would press for the Council of Europe to act on the case, which she believes sets a worrying precedent for private citizens and politicians across the world.

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06 11 / 2011

In a case that questions the Constitution’s meaning in light of modern surveillance technology, the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a warrant before secretly attaching a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s car.

At issue is the narcotics conviction of a Washington, D.C., nightclub owner that a federal appeals court threw out because prosecutors learned of his visits to a house where drugs were trafficked through a tracking device installed without a valid warrant.Source

02 11 / 2011

Raw Story: Many governments are now conducting domestic surveillance using the same techniques employed by hackers, according to a new report.

The Guardian revealed Tuesday that law enforcement and intelligence agencies from governments across the world came to the Intelligence Support Systems (ISS) World Americas last month where they were offered the latest spying technology to use against their own citizens.

The conference, which is off-limits to the public and the media, featured technology to intercept cell phones, skype, and email. GPS tracking and traditional hacking were also popular products.

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