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Utah – Achilles’ Heel of the Surveillance State | The movement to end the Surveillance State is finally getting serious. With the failure by Congress to rein in the NSA – although the heroic Rep. Justin Amash nearly succeeded in doing so – activists on the state level are mounting a campaign that promises to hit Big Brother where it really hurts – by cutting off the NSA’s water supply at its Bluffdale, Utah, Data Center.

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Civil Liberties :: 13253 Views :: 0 Comments
Mozilla Calls on World to Protect Firefox Browser From the NSA | Brendan Eich is the chief technology officer of the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit behind the Firefox web browser. Among many other things, he oversees the Firefox security team — the software engineers who work to steel the browser against online attacks from hackers, phishers, and other miscreants — and that team is about to get bigger. Much, much bigger.

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Science & Technology :: 25728 Views :: 0 Comments
NSA’s Preference for Metadata | Senior national security officials, from President Barack Obama on down, have made light of the National Security Agency’s intrusive monitoring of the public by saying “only” metadata about communications, not the content of those communications, are collected. One might ask, then, why is it that intelligence and law enforcement officials much prefer this metadata approach?

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Politics & Government :: 10280 Views :: 0 Comments
Video: From the Bathroom to the Bedroom, the NSA Is Watching You | Through smart appliances and computers, the NSA can track everything you do in the privacy of your own home, creating a chilling effect on your personal life. This Infowars contest entry shows how intrusive this surveillance really is:

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Civil Liberties, Video :: 70603 Views :: 0 Comments
U.S. cracks open skies to testing, use of aerial drones

Reuters | A small drone helicopter operated by a paparazzi records singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter (not seen) as she rides the Cyclone rollercoaster while filming a music video on Coney Island in New York August 29, 2013.

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Civil Liberties :: 3167 Views :: 0 Comments
2013 is the year that proved your ‘paranoid’ friend right

WP | Most people involved in the tech scene have at least one friend who has been warning everyone they know about protecting their digital trail for years — and have watched that friend get accused of being being a tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist. But 2013 is the year that proved your "paranoid" friend right.

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Civil Liberties :: 3626 Views :: 0 Comments
Judge Slaps Down NSA Metadata Spying

Vancouver Times | A U.S. judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's indiscriminate, bulk seizure of Americans' telephone records is "almost certainly" unconstitutional and has issued a preliminary injunction to stop the

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Civil Liberties :: 2526 Views :: 0 Comments
NSA Director Alexander Has to Ask Permission to Answer a Question | One of the more jaw-dropping moments to emerge out of 60 Minutes’ profile piece on the National Security Agency yesterday was when NSA Director Keith Alexander had to ask permission from his superiors on whether or not he could answer a question.

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Civil Liberties, Video :: 2576 Views :: 0 Comments
DOD official: Snowden ‘stole everything — literally everything’

Daily Caller | Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden stole vastly more information than previously speculated, and is holding it at ransom for his own protection.

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Civil Liberties :: 2183 Views :: 0 Comments
Google Wants Microphones In Your Ceiling & Microchips In Your Head | Google engineering director Scott Huffman says that within five years people will have microphones attached to their ceilings and microchips embedded in their brains in order to perform quicker internet searches.

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Civil Liberties :: 1660 Views :: 0 Comments
Patriot Act Author: Congress Are “Cheerleaders” For NSA | Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the man who authored the original PATRIOT Act of 2001, says that the House and Senate Intelligence committees, which are supposed to operate as oversight watchdogs of government spy agencies, have become “cheerleaders” for the NSA.

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Politics & Government :: 2858 Views :: 0 Comments
Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users

NYT | Eight prominent technology companies, bruised by revelations of government spying on their customers’ data and scrambling to repair the damage to their reputations, are mounting a public campaign to urge President Obama and Congress to set new limits on government surveillance. On Monday the companies, led by Google and Microsoft, presented a plan to regulate online spying and urged the United States to lead a worldwide effort to restrict it. They accompanied it with an open letter, in the form of full-page ads in national newspapers, including The New York Times, and a website detailing their concerns.

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Civil Liberties :: 2400 Views :: 0 Comments
Nothing is beyond our reach,' National Reconnaissance Office's new logo claims

Fox News | The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched a new spy satellite Thursday evening on mission NROL-39 -- and the new logo and tagline are quite an eye opener. The new logo features a giant, world-dominating octopus, its sucker-covered tentacles encircling the planet while it looks on with determination, a steely glint in its enormous eye. The logo carries a five-word tagline: “Nothing is beyond our reach.” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst with the ACLU, raised a quizzical eyebrow at the new slogan.

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Civil Liberties :: 2380 Views :: 0 Comments
Ex-Official Says FBI Can Secretly Activate an Individual’s Webcam Without the Indicator Light Turning On

Gizmado | The FBI can secretly activate a computer’s webcam to spy on an individual without turning on the indicator light, a former official revealed to the Washington Post in an article published Friday. According to the Washington Post’s account of what Marcus Thomas — former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico — said, “The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations.”

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Civil Liberties :: 2294 Views :: 0 Comments
Some NSA Opponents Want to 'Nullify' Surveillance With State Law

USNews | The National Security Agency has an Achilles heel, according to some anti-surveillance activists. The key vulnerability, according to members of the OffNow coalition of advocacy groups: The electronic spy agency's reliance on local utilities.

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Civil Liberties :: 1857 Views :: 0 Comments
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