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Stop Whining About Privacy, Bloomberg Says

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks your concerns about privacy in a world of city- and drone-mounted surveillance cameras are unimportant. His advice to radio audiences Friday morning? “Get used to it!”

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Spy Agencies to Have Access to Your Finances

The Obama administration plans to give all U.S. intelligence agencies full access to a database that contains information on the financial activity of American citizens and others who bank in the country, a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters says.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



The Guardian

Raytheon Creates Social Media Spy Software (Video)

The world’s fifth-largest defense contractor has developed a surveillance program that predicts your behavior by tracking the movement of your smartphone and mining public data from sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Surveillance Drone Base in Store for Africa

The United States’ “secret” drone war is headed for a permanent stay in northwest Africa as officials prepare to establish a base there so they can watch al-Qaida and other Islamist groups.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Electronic Frontier Foundation

As the larger part of American culture seems ready to surrender its claim to privacy without question, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are riding like Paul Revere through the digital Massachusetts night.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Senate Preserves Sweeping Surveillance Powers

On Friday, Congress extended through 2017 a bill that grants the government power to monitor Americans without a warrant and accepted none of the proposals to ensure protections to privacy and civil liberties.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


Secret Docs: The FBI vs. Occupy

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the woman who obtained records showing the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days as a potential terrorist threat, talks about how agents conducted the effort to track the movement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Prepares to Sell Spy Drones to South Korea

Seoul is seeking four “advanced” surveillance drones priced at a total of $1.2 billion to gather intelligence on North Korea’s activities after the U.S. turns over wartime command of Korean troops—a legacy of the 1950s Korean War—later this decade.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



samantha celera

Government Requests for Users’ Google Data Spikes

Were you a target of any of the nearly 21,000 requests made by governments worldwide in the first half of 2012 for access to search results, Gmail accounts and other data Google holds for its users?

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE


Beyond Bayonets and Battleships

During its years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has begun to fuse biometrics, cyber-warfare, and a potential future aerospace shield into a robotic information regime that could produce a platform of unprecedented power for the exercise of global dominion—or for future military disaster.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE



Swamibu (CC-BY)

Drone Wars: From ‘Kill Lists’ to the ‘Disposition Matrix’

The “conventional wars” the U.S. is waging may be winding down, but the implementation of a new phase in drone attacks means that the war on terror is far from over.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Steve Miller

What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us

A disturbing pattern of gross infringements on basic civil liberties, put in place in the name of national security, has poisoned our legal system.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



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British Malware Can Take Over IPhones

Spyware developed by a U.K. group can take control of a number of mobile devices, including iPhones and BlackBerrys, turning on microphones and cameras, tracking locations and monitoring emails, text messages and voice calls.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Government Surveillance: Cheaper and Deeper

Technical advancements and plunging costs for digital storage mean that government surveillance programs no longer have to be selective about the data they store. And with the average person leaving a trail of Web browsing, emails, text messages and more, there’s plenty of information that can be filed away on individuals.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD Spying on Muslims Led to No Terror Cases

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg points to the NYPD’s covert counterterrorism program as a model for the rest of the country. But according to a deposition given by the department’s intelligence commander earlier this summer and unsealed on Monday, police eavesdropping on conversations between Muslims has led to no terror investigations.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jason Redmond

Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Robo-Worm Might Give You the Creeps

Scientists funded by the Pentagon have created a robot for the purpose of looking into hard-to-reach places, from spaces trapped beneath earthquake rubble to the private quarters of state enemies.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Brother Gets Established in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday revealed that for the last six months the city has been monitoring its residents via a network of roughly 3,000 closed circuit television cameras that feed into NYPD headquarters. The technology is termed the “Domain Awareness System.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Senator Moves to Rein In Warrantless Spying

A bill put forward by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposes to slap some limits on the U.S. government’s collecting of information on Americans under its warrantless electronic spying program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



eflon (CC BY 2.0)

911 Call Reveals NYPD Spying Safe House (Video)

The NYPD this week turned over an audio recording of a call between a confused New Jersey building superintendent and a 911 dispatcher, in which the caller reports discovering an apartment empty except for surveillance equipment. The room turned out to be a safe house for New York police officers spying on New Jersey’s Muslims.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



Furryscaly (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


How the FDA Monitored Whistle-Blowing Scientists

Revelations that the FDA monitored its own scientists in the acts of disclosing alleged wrongdoing marks “the first time [that] we … have a glimpse into what domestic surveillance of whistle-blowers looks like in this country with the modern technological developments,” says attorney Stephen Kohn.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Forget ‘Cellphone,’ That’s a ‘Tracker’ in Your Pocket

Mobile phone service providers collect user information and share it with the government, to the tune of at least 1.3 million disclosures per year. What if our nomenclature reflected that?

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE



FeatheredTar (CC BY 2.0)

The FDA Surveils Its Employees

In an effort to protect its public image, the Food and Drug Administration secretly intercepted thousands of emails sent from disgruntled scientists working at the agency to members of Congress, journalists, labor officials and the White House.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Your Phone, the Snitch

Devices that intercept calls and text messages and dig into data stored on your mobile phone are being marketed to police departments across the United States “as being perfect for covert operations in public order situations.” Or, as the ACLU’s Privacy SOS blog puts it: protests.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Johan Larsson (BY-CC)

What Your Cellphone Tells the Police Behind Your Back

It turns out you’ve been carrying a snitch around in your pocket. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., announced Monday that the nation’s wireless providers complied with 1.3 million requests in 2011 for private data, including location and text messages.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



VinothChandar (CC BY 2.0)

The Government Is After Your Tweets

The release of Twitter’s first “Transparency Report” comes with the revelation that the microblogging site has received more government requests pertaining to its users’ accounts in the first half of 2012 than in the entirety of 2011.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE


Muslim Group Challenges NYPD Surveillance With Lawsuit

Revelations about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims across the Northeast has prompted eight Americans in a Muslim advocacy group to file a suit demanding the department stop its monitoring and intelligence gathering program. “Democracy Now!” speaks with Glenn Katon (above), the group’s legal adviser.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Alexander Cockburn’s Amerika

Two percent of the U.S. adult population in lockup; 600,000 “stop-and-frisks” in New York City; three-quarters of a million people booked as official sex offenders. Counterpunch editor Alexander Cockburn thinks it’s time we revisit the notion of “fascism.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill (CC BY 2.0)

Bringing the Battlefield to the Border

The U.S.-Mexico border was the “line of scrimmage” and the rest of the world a football field inside the brightly-lit convention hall in Phoenix, where hundreds of salespeople peddling their border-enforcement products and national security wares were scrambling for an edge in the exploding markets of border patrol and social control.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



anarchosyn (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thousands of Government Searches Remain Secret

Thirty thousand “secret electronic surveillance orders” aimed at monitoring Americans’ activity are issued each year, according to a federal judge. Since many lead to no charges, a vast number of people targeted never know they were subjects of a search.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



Jennuine Captures (CC-BY)

Data Mining for a New American World

I was out of the country only nine days, hardly a blink in time, but time enough, as it happened, for another small, airless room to be added to the American national security labyrinth.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



Scott Ableman (CC-BY)

Cellphone Tracking Has a Friend Down at Headquarters

You already knew it was happening, but The New York Times points to internal documents to confirm that police departments across the country are using cellphone-tracking technology aggressively in all kinds of investigations, often without a court order or judicial oversight.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

Did the NYPD’s Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?

ProPublica interviews co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at NYU School of Law Faiza Patel to explore whether New York police crossed the line.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

NYPD Snooping on Muslims Contradicts Bloomberg Claims

An AP report detailing NYPD surveillance of a New Jersey Muslim community conflicts with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s claims about how police operate.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



bogieharmond (CC-BY)

For OWS, a Confrontation Within the Confrontation

An Occupy Wall Street protester’s attack on an activist and journalist who filmed fellow activists letting air out of the tires of police cars has highlighted a division within the movement between those who want to protect protesters engaged in illegal acts and others who want to report the straight truth.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

America the Militarized

For some strange and troubling reason, the Senate’s recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which could drastically change the way the American military relates to U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, failed to raise much of an uproar.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Iran Claims It Captured U.S. Drone

Well, this is awkward. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported Thursday that a special Revolutionary Guard “electronic warfare unit” had gained remote control of a U.S. drone and landed it after it had flown more than 100 miles into Iranian airspace. 

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE


Defense Bill Proposes Indefinite Detention for American Citizens

Tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act, a Pentagon spending bill set to go before the Senate for a vote this week, is a truly scary provision that would give the military the ability to lock up terrorism suspects, or those so considered by the military, without trying or charging them. Americans included.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Mike Shane

Wolf’s OWS Report Sparks Debate

Did Naomi Wolf get her facts straight in her Guardian report about American mayors acting in cahoots with the Department of Homeland Security in their recent crackdowns on OWS encampments, or did she engage in a little journalistic extrapolation? Those aren’t the only two options here, but at least one noteworthy ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Anaxibia (CC-BY-SA)

Behold the Cyborg Spy Bugs of the Future

As if our current surveillance society wasn’t creepy enough, the wave of the spying future may come on the backs of creepy-crawlies. No joke—in tiny beetle “backpacks” or perhaps hitched around their wing muscles. Read it and get skeeved out.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



zio Paolino (CC-BY)

‘Go. Leave. You Can’t Be Here’

Neither Brookfield Properties nor the NYPD wants journalists asking questions about an unmarked truck that has been pointing a surveillance camera at protesters in Zuccotti Park for the past few weeks. So much so that a police officer declared journalist Nick Turse’s note-taking at the site to be illegal and ordered him to leave.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE



apn / Namco Bandai

Starship Amerika

President Barack Obama is actually siding with police who want to use GPS devices to track you without a warrant. It always disturbed me when on “Star Trek” the captain asked the ship’s computer where a crew member was and was told the person’s exact location.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Truthdig Radio: Save the Internet, Enlist the Gays, Movies of the Year

Truthdig editors, contributors and collaborators share their insights into the corporate takeover of the free and fair Internet and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Plus: Richard Schickel’s picks for the best movies of the year.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Truthdig Radio: Save the Internet, Enlist the Gays, Movies of the Year

Truthdig editors, contributors and collaborators share their insights into the corporate takeover of the free and fair Internet and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Plus: Richard Schickel’s picks for the best movies of the year.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Ludovic Bertron (CC-BY)

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / nolifebeforecoffee (CC-BY)

Are You in the FBI’s Suspicious Activities Database?

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest has another phone book’s worth of terrifying revelations about our national security/police/prison state. One that really chills given the FBI’s track record is the “vast repository” the Bureau is building that ... (more)

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


Airport Rage, Animated

Taiwanese satire machine NMA World Edition has cranked out another timely animated play on a story making headlines over here in the U.S., and once again, we end up looking pretty silly. Surprise!

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Swerz

Google Under Privacy Investigation Again

Google is back in the privacy hot seat, as Britain’s privacy commission says it will once again investigate the kind and amount of personal information that the Internet search giant gathered from private Wi-Fi networks as its Google Street View cars patrolled.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


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