As Predicted, Congress Turned CISA Into A Clear Surveillance Bill… And Put It Into The ‘Must Pass’ Gov’t Funding Bill

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Mike Masnick Wed, Dec 16th 2015 Yesterday we warned that Congress was quietly looking to do two horrible things: (1) strip all pretense from the “cybersecurity” information sharing bills and turn them into full-on surveillance bills and (2) then shove it into the “must pass” omnibus bill which is supposed to be... »

Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users

Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

Exclusive: Documents reveal donor-funded US startup embedded in Republican’s campaign paid UK university academics to collect psychological profiles on potential voters Harry Davies GuardianUK Friday 11 December 2015 Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is using psychological data based on research spanning tens of millions of Facebook users, harvested largely without their permission, to boost his... »

Homeland Security deployed hi-tech spy plane which scoops up tens of thousands of phone calls at one time above San Bernardino for days after massacre

Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

Single engine craft flew over the California city and was ordered to make repeated circles overhead It was equipped with ‘Dirtbox’ technology which can scan tens of thousands of phones in one go to identify suspects The Pilatus PC-12 plane that was used – was similar to the craft deployed by the military on... »

Spain Brings In New Snooping Law; Allows Wide-Ranging Surveillance — And Government Malware

Friday, December 11, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Glyn Moody Fri, Dec 11th 2015 Earlier this week Spain’s new Criminal Procedure Act came into force. Although this is an update to an old law from 1882, it legalizes the use of some of the most modern digital snooping techniques around, as an article in El País explains (original in Spanish).... »

FBI admits using Stingrays, hacking computers and software

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Paul Martin 9 Dec, 2015 A top official in the FBI’s Operational Technology Division admitted that in addition to using biometric databases and rapid DNA-matching machines, the agency hacks computers and software, and uses Stingrays to mimic cell phone towers. The revelations came in a Washington Post profile of the executive assistant director for science... »

“Angst” Against Encryption: National Security and the Surveillance State. The Global Crackdown

Monday, December 7, 2015
By Paul Martin

By Binoy Kampmark Global Research December 07, 2015 State bureaucracy has a universal operating rationale: if an error occurred because of a flaw in the system, an oversight perhaps, or because of ill-planning, the solution shall relate to something else. It should be termed the iron law of non-resolution. It is one that holds... »

The San Bernardino Massacre: Perceptions, Propaganda, And Blowback

Saturday, December 5, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Justin Raimondo via, 12/05/2015 As for the authoritarians who want to use incidents like the San Bernardino attack as a pretext to abolish the Constitution and institute a regime of total surveillance and outright repression: where was their vaunted surveillance system in this case? We didn’t detect this plot – and... »

Does Mass Surveillance Change the Way We Behave? “Privacy Data” Collected on a Global Scale

Friday, December 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

Are You Looking at Me? Are You Looking at Me Looking at You? By Boen Wang Global Research December 04, 2015 On Sunday, the NSA was forced to shut down its bulk collection of the phone records of Americans. While that program may have ended — and there is evidence that it may not... »

San Bernardino shooters under FBI surveillance leading up to the attacks

Friday, December 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Julie Wilson Friday, December 04, 2015 The recent massacre at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., in which a married Muslim couple killed 14 people and wounded 21 others is further proof that the surveillance state does not work. Americans have surrendered 100 percent of their privacy for a surveillance... »

FBI accessed personal web history, location data without warrant – court docs

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
By Paul Martin 1 Dec, 2015 A document released by the courts over the FBI’s use of National Security Letters (NSLs) and gag orders show the agency used secret interpretations of the Patriot Act to demand extensive access to sensitive web history and location data – without a warrant. “For more than a decade, the FBI... »

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