Archive for the 'Freedom' Category

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 […]

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 […]

TRUST US, WE’RE THE WASHINGTON POST

July 7th, 2014

Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks. A breakdown […]

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 […]

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, […]

OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE…

July 4th, 2014

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the […]

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, […]

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. […]

A GOOD DAY FOR KENTUCIANS…

July 2nd, 2014

A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses. US district judge John Heyburn in Louisville concluded that the state’s prohibition on same-sex couples being wed violates […]

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 […]

THIS IS WHY I OPPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY…

June 28th, 2014

A prisoner in Florida who has spent 28 years on death row has had his murder conviction and death sentence overturned after DNA evidence destroyed the prosecution case used against him almost three decades ago. Paul Hildwin, 54, will remain on death row as he waits to find out whether the Florida authorities intend to […]

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 […]

ON THE MATTER OF SALT AND THE USE OF FORCE…

June 25th, 2014

The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Yesterday I wrote about the front page story in my hometown newspaper that explored recent concerns about the dangers of too much salt in our diets. As I noted, the story was very well written, but the online poll associated […]

WE ARE NOT A NATION UNDER MARTIAL LAW…

June 24th, 2014

[WARNING! THIS STORY CONTAINS VIOLENT AND DISTURBING IMAGERY!] At 3am on 28 May, Alecia Phonesavanh was asleep in the room she was temporarily occupying together with her husband and four children in the small town of Cornelia, Georgia. Her baby, 18-month-old Bou Bou, was sleeping peacefully in his cot. Suddenly there was a loud bang […]

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