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Bill to Pull Plug On NSA Introduced in Texas

March 17, 2015 - Activist Post Legislation would Turn Off Water and Electric to San Antonio Facility A Texas legislator introduced a bill that would stop the independent Texas power grid from being used to power mass, warrantless surveillance by the NSA last week. Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) introduced House B ...

The Internet Of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone And Everything Will Be Monitored On The Internet

March 2, 2015 - Can you imagine a world where your home, your vehicles, your appliances and every single electronic device that you own is constantly connected to the Internet?  This is not some grand vision that is being planned for some day in the future.  This is something that is being systematically ...

DARPA Spending Millions on ''RATS'' Voice Recognition Surveillance Tech

February 25, 2015 - Cassius Methyl Activist Post Between 2015 and 2017, the Pentagon will have the ability to decipher human voices in surveillance audio even if background noise makes the covertly recorded conversations inaudible. This may bring to mind the surveillance audio secretly recorded through our smartpho ...

Germany's New Pre-Crime System Directly Modeled After "Minority Report"

December 2, 2014 - Nicholas West Activist Post The pace of technological advancement is quickening to the point where the gap between science fiction and reality is being greatly reduced. Philip K. Dick explored the concept of pre-crime in his short story "The Minority Report" in 1956, but it wasn't until Steven Sp ...

CT Report Lays Groundwork for Nationwide Psychiatric Surveillance

November 23, 2014 - Image Credit: New York Daily News Vivien Leigh and James F. Tracy Activist Post On November 21, 2014 the State of Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate issued a 114-page report, Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School: Report of the Office of the Child Advocate (PDF) ...

30 Years Later America Truly Is Becoming A 1984 Society

November 16, 2014 - If only George Orwell could see us today.  When he wrote “1984” back in 1948, he probably never imagined that the “totalitarian, bureaucratic world” that he imagined would ever actually become a reality.  But that is precisely what is happening.  We live at a ...

Report: DOJ spy planes scooping up Americans cell phone data

November 14, 2014 - Paul Lawrance Activist Post Since 2007 the Justice Department has been scooping up Americans' cell phone data via devices called “dirtboxes” that are deployed on aircraft to mimic cellphone towers. It's called the U.S. Marshal Service Program, which has a stated goal of ‘hunt ...

Glenn Greenwald: Why Privacy Matters

October 11, 2014 - TED Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even ...

Get Ready for BioSurveillance of Your Preschooler's Health

October 11, 2014 - University of Michigan research shows web-based system could help improve detection and response to spread of illnesses. Argus biosurveillance system - CDC Joe Wright Activist Post There is growing trend toward the use of "biosurveillance" - Web-based systems to track public ...

Nationwide Biometric Database Goes Live

September 16, 2014 - image source - FBI.gov Nicholas West Activist Post Despite the FBI already having been sued by privacy groups amid plans for a nationwide biometric database, it has officially gone live. The Next Generation Identification system will eventually include iris scans, facial recognit ...

Spy Tech Stress Camera Scans Crowds For Suicide Bombers

August 18, 2014 - Kevin Samson Activist Post In addition to the myriad ways we are being spied on by surveillance cameras, biometrics and in the digital world, scientists also seek to uncover our internal workings in order to predict behavior. One way this traditionally has been done in law enforcement is through ...

Airship Flight Over the NSA Data Center: New Behind-the-Scenes Video

August 5, 2014 - Activist Post The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today released a video by acclaimed documentarian Brian Knappenberger (The Internet's Own Boy) that explores how and why an unlikely coalition of advocacy organizations launched an airship over the National Security Agency's Utah data center. ...

New Tracking Tech Designed to Thwart the Next Edward Snowden

August 3, 2014 - image source Jason Erickson Activist Post Whether one calls the revelations of Edward Snowden legitimate whistleblowing or treason, the technology to potentially thwart future security breaches has been rolled out in an unlikely place: Estonia. After a wave of cyber attacks in 2 ...

Australia better slave than dead

July 30, 2014 - Pine Gap, Australia Jon Rappoport Activist Post Remember the name “Pine Gap.” It lies at the heart of this story. I’ve always thought Australians were more blunt and forthright than Americans. I don’t know if that’s true, but the current debate abo ...

More Evidence for the Chilling Effects of NSA Surveillance

July 29, 2014 - Cindy Cohn Electronic Frontier Foundation Human Rights Watch and the ACLU today published a terrific report documenting the chilling effect on journalists and lawyers from the NSA's surveillance programs entitled: "With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism ...

Smart Homes Reveal User Behavior Prone to Hacks: Study

July 25, 2014 - Kevin Samson Activist Post Our Internet-driven world filled with interconnected smart gadgets and computing applications is making us vulnerable to potentially life-changing hacks and tracking. Not only are modern cars open to being hacked, but also boats, planes, and GPS-driven weapons. (Source) ...

Activists Release Public Domain Image of the NSA's Utah Data Center

July 10, 2014 - image source Parker Higgins Electronic Frontier Foundation When EFF joined with a coalition of partners to fly an airship over the NSA's Utah Data Center, the goal was to emphasize the need for accountability in the NSA spying debate. In particular, we wanted to point people to o ...

Activists Use Blimp to Spy on NSA's Data Center in Utah

June 27, 2014 - Diverse Groups Fly Airship Over NSA’s Utah Data Center to Protest Illegal Spying Activist Post The environmental campaigning group Greenpeace, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) joined forces today to fly an airship over the NSA ...

PRISM Goes Local: NY DA Employs 381 Secret Orders to Gather Digital Dossiers from Facebook

June 27, 2014 - Kurt Opsahl Electronic Frontier Foundation Unfortunately, it appears that the lure of bulk surveillance is not just a temptation for the federal government. Last summer, about a month after new leaks exposed the NSA’s bulk content PRISM program, Cyrus Vance, Jr., the District Attorney for M ...

Chicago to Implement Street Pole Spy Boxes in the Name of Safety

June 21, 2014 - ‘Civic infrastructure’ disguised as artwork will collect ‘real-time’ data about city life  Julie Wilson Activist Post Planners from the Urban Center for Computation and Data, part of a joint initiative between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laborat ...

UK Activists Begin Mobilizing Against GCHQ Spying

June 15, 2014 - Activist Post The NSA's counterpart in the UK, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has been exposed for its close cooperation in the global spy network. GCHQ records hundreds of millions of pieces of telephone and Internet communications daily and shares that information with the N ...

No More Big Brother - 1984 Action Day - 8th June 2014

June 7, 2014 - Vimeo Get out there and do something on or around 8th June. This day is for YOU to do something, anything, to challenge the surveillance society and have some fun. 1984 Action Day Promo - 8th June 2014 from George Ogden on Vimeo. Visit No-CCTV.org for more info.

Top NSA Veterans Expose Shocking History of Illegal Spying

June 5, 2014 - Abby Martin Abby Martin Breaks the Set with an exclusive interview with NSA whistleblowers Bill Binney & Kirk Wiebe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_5e-ymbRF4 Follow Abby on Twitter.

Police State High: School Bans Backpacks Seals Lockers Forces Bathroom Registrations

May 30, 2014 - image source Mac Slavo Activist Post If drones over America, heavily armed law enforcement agencies, and a massive government surveillance web hasn’t yet convinced you that the United States is rapidly moving towards a police state then maybe the following report out of Ne ...

Smart Meter Spying Finally Admitted

May 29, 2014 - Dees Illustration Warren Woodward Activist Post Industry mouthpiece SmartGridNews finally admitted that “smart” meters are surveillance devices. Of course they didn’t quite put it that bluntly.  In fact, they celebrate the ability of utilities to know wha ...

Why Would You Want to Spy on Yourself for the Government?

May 28, 2014 - Melissa Melton Activist Post And alternately, how “smart” do you really want your home to be? The commercials have been airing for awhile now: you can protect your home with a smart CCTV camera system that includes full streaming, night vision, two-way talk back, and digital zoom for ...

10 Examples Of How Big Brother Is Steadily Creeping Into Our Daily Lives

May 6, 2014 - Virtually everything that you do is being watched.  Do you drive a car?  Do you watch television?  Do you use a cell phone?  As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked.  We live at a time when personal privacy is dying.  And it is ...

We Are All Living Under Constant Surveillance All the Time

May 4, 2014 - Melissa Melton Activist Post Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. - C.S. Lewis The latest leaks from former ex-National Security Administration contractor Edward Snowden aren’t really “leaks” or even revelations ...

WATCH Glenn Greenwald Debate NSA's Michael Hayden on the Surveillance State

May 3, 2014 - Livestream Lively debate on the surveillance state with journalist Glenn Greenwald and Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian versus former NSA chief Michael Hayden and war on terror cheerleader Alan Dershowitz. Debate starts at the 29-minute mark. -

Government Web Bots To Scour Internet For Hate Speech

April 30, 2014 - "Could Potentially Criminalize Thoughts and Expressions" Senator Ed Markey Mac Slavo Activist Post With the capability to intercept every digital communication sent over the internet or telephone it’s no surprise that Big Brother is pushing to further expand its role in ...

Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring the Internet

April 23, 2014 - "The Computer Algorithm Learns the Pattern and Produces a Prediction" Mac Slavo Activist Post With revelations that the National Security Agency has collected some 20 trillion phone calls and emails via an expansive nationwide surveillance network, most Americans have already come to the ...

What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification?

April 18, 2014 - In some areas of the world, payment systems that require palm scanning or face scanning are already being tested.  We have entered an era where biometric security is being hailed as the “solution” to the antiquated security methods of the past.  We are being promised that t ...

Industry's Own Words: 6 Admissions Of In-Home Surveillance Using Smart Meters

April 17, 2014 - Josh del Sol Activist Post A look at what utility companies, PUCs, and the former CIA director have to say about the ‘smart’ meters, data-mining, and surveillance — sans propaganda. It’s always a drag to find out when a friend is saying one thing to your face, and another ...

NYPD Ends Surveillance of Muslims Shifts to Surveillance of Everyone

April 16, 2014 - It's a trend that's sweeping the nation... Joe Wright Activist Post The embattled New York City Police Department (NYPD) has become somewhat of an epicenter of Constitutional violations and pushback. It stands as the most widely surveilled U.S. city with its "Ring of Steel" offering a 24/7 Thr ...

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year

April 14, 2014 - Jennifer Lynch Electronic Frontier Foundation 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. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for informatio ...

Are black-budget ops creating new meta-crimes?

April 10, 2014 - image source Jon Rappoport Activist Post The Surveillance State has created an apparatus whose implications are staggering. It’s a different world now. And sometimes it takes a writer of fiction to flesh out the larger landscape. Brad Thor’s novel, Black List, posits ...

Microsoft Windows Enters The Internet of Things Surveillance Matrix

April 2, 2014 - Kevin Samson Activist Post Following other behemoth tech companies IBM, AT&T and Google, Microsoft has finally come along to state their intentions for promoting The Internet of Things. Where Google sees adding robotic intelligence to every home, and the IBM/AT&T global partnership is to ...

Tech Companies and NSA Surveillance: Questions Contradictions and Economic Consequences

March 22, 2014 - Take Action: Click HERE Rainey Reitman Electronic Frontier Foundation Today, President Obama is meeting with prominent American tech companies to discuss the ongoing NSA spying controversy. This comes just two days after Rajesh De, the general counsel of the NSA, stated before a ...

Los Angeles Cops Argue All Cars in LA Are Under Investigation

March 19, 2014 - Jennifer Lynch Electronic Frontier Foundation  The Freedom of Information Act is not the only law the public can use to obtain records from the government. Most states have similar laws for accessing documents on the state and local levels. Here in California, EFF is using the California Pub ...

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Dicusses Persecution and the Future of the US

March 13, 2014 - Anthony Freda Art Activist Post One of the original NSA whistleblowers, Thomas Drake, revealed his insider knowledge of government surveillance of U.S. citizens to Baltimore Sun reporter Siobhan Gorman in 2005. His eventual revelations about the subversion of the U.S. Constitutio ...

Big Brother Surveillance It Is Not Just For Governments Anymore

March 12, 2014 - Traditionally, when we have thought of “Big Brother technology” we have thought of government oppression.  But these days, it isn’t just governments that are using creepy new technologies to spy on all of us.  As you will see below, “Big Brother surveillance” ...

Final goal of the Surveillance State

March 11, 2014 - image source Jon Rappoport Activist Post Surveillance is coming at us from all angles. Chips, drones, TSA checkpoints, smart meters, back-doored electronic products, video cameras, spying home appliances; our phone calls and emails and keystrokes and product purchases are record ...

Middle Schoolers Win C-SPAN Prizes for NSA Documentaries

March 6, 2014 - Dave Maas Electronic Frontier Foundation Remember when Rep. Mike Rogers likened opponents of pernicious cybersecurity legislation to 14-year-olds? It turns out that middle-school-age students are also well-prepared to debate him on the NSA's programs as well. EFF congratulates students from two ...

10 Principles to Protect Your Users from NSA Sabotage: An Open Letter to Tech Companies

February 27, 2014 -   Yan Zhu Electronic Frontier Foundation In the past nine months, our trust in technology companies has been badly shaken. Today, in collaboration with prominent security researchers and technologists, EFF presents an open letter to technology companies, urging them to protect users from NS ...

NY State Hires Bill Gates Firm to Collect Data on Children

February 22, 2014 - Activist Post New York state authorities are outsourcing data collection on school kids. The program, which is to be launched state-wide, is supposed to gather information on students starting from the age of five to better "tailor education" to the needs of children. New York hired a non-profit p ...

YIKES: See What The Government Sees About You

February 20, 2014 - ACLU Law enforcement is taking advantage of outdated privacy laws to track Americans like never before. New technologies can record your every movement, revealing detailed information about how you choose to live your life. Without the right protections in place, the government can gain access to ...

New Snowden Docs Implicate NSA in Spying on American Lawyers

February 16, 2014 - image source Activist Post Since the Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying began, the scope of the surveillance dragnet continues to expand with each new release. First, it was citizens who became outraged after the real-time capabilities for surveilling every form of their ...

Utah Bill Could Shut Off Water to NSA Data Center

February 12, 2014 - Activist Post Can Utah shut down the new NSA data center by turning off the water? A bill proposed by state Rep. Marc Roberts seeks to do just that. Based on model legislation drafted by a transpartisan coalition organized by the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and the Bill of Rights Defense Commi ...

Today We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

February 11, 2014 - Adi Kamdar Electronic Frontier Foundation Since June, ongoing revelations about the NSA's activities have shown us the expanding scope of government surveillance. Today is the day people around the world are demanding an end to mass spying. A broad coalition of organizations, companies, and indi ...

Nullify NSA Campaign at Agency's Front Door: Maryland Bill Bans State Resources for Spy Agency

February 10, 2014 - image source Activist Post The OffNow coalition has now marched state and local efforts to stop unconstitutional NSA spying right onto the agency’s front porch. Late last week, Maryland State Delegate Michael Smigiel introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act to ...
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