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READING THIS COULD GET YOU WATCHLISTED…

July 24th, 2014

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals […]

THE OPRAH SNOWDEN EFFECT…

July 24th, 2014

In the mid-’90s, Oprah Winfrey added a book-club component to her show that sought out new and interesting authors for her viewers to read and then share. Far beyond any selection by any book-of-the-month, being chosen by Oprah sent book sales into orbit. The Oprah Effect quickly became the Holy Grail for publishers until, after […]

I’M GOOD TO GO…

July 15th, 2014

The ever vigilant guard dog Buster (right) knows that Welshmen will not yield! Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD, TAKE THREE…

July 10th, 2014

What follows below are a few of the bits from Glenn Greenwald’s and Murtaza Hussain’s Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On that I first mentioned yesterday. Of all that I read, Jaffer’s comment below (bold, emphasis mine) is the most telling and disturbing. Indeed, the government’s ability to monitor […]

WHICH NATION WILL BE NEXT…?

July 10th, 2014

Diplomatic relations between Germany and the US plunged to a new low after Angela Merkel’s government asked the top representative of America’s secret services in Germany to leave the country. While not formally amounting to a full expulsion, the move nonetheless sends a dramatic signal: after a year-long dispute triggered by the revelations of NSA […]

HERMANN GOERING INTERVIEWED…

July 10th, 2014

We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction. “Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” Goering shrugged. “Why would some poor slob on a farm want […]

WELL…?

July 10th, 2014

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD, TAKE TWO…

July 10th, 2014

The White House has instructed US security agencies to review their training and policy materials for racial or religious bias after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed training material for the intelligence agencies referring to “Mohammed Raghead.” After an extensive investigation by the Intercept on Wednesday reported that the NSA and the FBI spied on […]

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD…

July 9th, 2014

The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes: • Faisal […]

SNOWDEN: WHAT IT ALL MEANS TO YOU, A PRIMER…

July 6th, 2014

When Edward Snowden met journalists in his cramped room in Hong Kong’s Mira hotel in June, his mission was ambitious. Amid the clutter of laundry, meal trays and his four laptops, he wanted to start a debate about mass surveillance. He succeeded beyond anything the journalists or Snowden himself ever imagined. His disclosures about the […]

SO, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT…?

July 6th, 2014

I finished reading Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance yesterday and what follows are passages that grabbed my attention. In the wake of the disappointing performance of President Barack Hussein Obama, I am hesitant to get behind yet another Democrat, but I have liked and been public in my support of Warren in the past and […]

IS HILLARY CLINTON LYING OR CLUELESS…?

July 5th, 2014

The former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden should have the right to launch a legal and public defence of his decision to leak top-secret documents if he returns to the United States. “If he wishes to return knowing he would be held accountable and also able to present a defence, […]

BUILDING A FENCE AROUND THE CONSTITUTION…

July 3rd, 2014

Civil libertarians saw their hopes for curtailing the National Security Agency’s massive digital surveillance program dimmed in the wake of a report from a US government privacy board vindicating much of the international communications dragnet. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board voted Wednesday to adopt a 200-page report on the NSA’s so-called “702″ powers, […]

DIDN’T THE SUPREME COURT JUST RULE ON THIS…?

July 3rd, 2014

Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle is a passionate libertarian who was thrilled to attend Citrus College in Glendora for what he imagined would be a quintessential college experience of unbridled debate. But after he arrived last year, he learned that the college required all petitioning, pamphleting and other expressive activities be confined to a small “free speech area” […]

MEDINE, BRAND, COOK, DEMPSEY & WALD ARE…?

July 2nd, 2014

David Medine, Rachel L. Brand, Elisebeth Collins Cook, James X. Dempsey and Judge Patricia M. Wald, Member are the members (Medine is the chairman and only permanent member) of the: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, Pub. […]

THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS… NEVER MIND…

June 30th, 2014

The new director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, has played down the damage caused by Edward Snowden’s revelations – in contrast to claims by his predecessor and British counterparts that it was one of the worst breaches in intelligence history. Rogers said in an interview with the New York Times that some […]

ROBERTS’ TECH LEGACY IN RILEY V. WURIE…

June 29th, 2014

[United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John] Roberts’ analysis of the current state of the digital world in his Riley v Wurie opinion is was so thorough, and so sweeping, that I’d be willing to bet you won’t find many privacy and technology cases going forward that don’t cite this one. From phone tracking to […]

EFF/GREENPEACE BLIMP SURVEILS NSA IN UTAH…

June 28th, 2014

Protests against mass surveillance have now taken to the skies above a major National Security Agency installation. At about 6am local time on Friday, in a field about a mile from Bluffdale, Utah, two activists from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Greenpeace launched a 135ft airship and drifted the dirigible over the NSA’s massive data […]

THE U.S. CONSTITUTION EXTENDS TO EU…?

June 26th, 2014

The Obama administration has caved in to pressure from the European Union in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations on surveillance by promising to pass legislation granting European citizens many of the privacy protection rights enjoyed by US citizens. The proposed law would apply to data on European citizens being transferred to the US for […]

SCOUTUS RAISES SHEILD AROUND CELL PHONES…

June 25th, 2014

In 1973, the Supreme Court held that police officers did not need a warrant to look inside a pack of cigarettes that they found in the coat pocket of a man who had been arrested. Those kinds of warrantless searches were allowed, the Court reasoned back then, to protect police officers and to prevent the […]

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