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The NSA and Your License Plate

Posted on May 2, 2015

A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic spying revelations and subsequent outrage […]

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Reagan’s Law Lets the Feds Search Your Old Emails

Written by Gary North on February 12, 2015

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If an email you sent is over 180 days old, the federal government has legal access to it. No warrant is required. This has been true since 1986. If they are any server, anywhere, they are fair game. You say no one told you? Of course no one told you. Privacy? What a quaint concept. […]

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Turning Off the NSA’s Water

Posted on January 29, 2015

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In eight states, legislators are pushing bills they hope will either boot National Security Agency facilities or ban the agency from setting up shop. The bills would prohibit state and local governments from offering material support to the agency, including use of public utilities that carry water and electricity. Two of the bills would criminalize […]

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How the Drug Enforcement Administration Monitored Our Phone Calls

Posted on January 19, 2015

A new document reveals that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly kept track of Americans’ calls to foreign countries for more than a decade to track drug trafficking and other criminal activities. The new database of stored calls was described in a filing Thursday in the case of a man accused of conspiring to unlawfully […]

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NSA’s Parisian Deliverance

Posted on January 13, 2015

The push to reform the National Security Agency isn’t getting any easier. After a reform bill was narrowly blocked on the Senate floor late last year, civil libertarians hoped that an upcoming deadline to reauthorize some of the spy agency’s controversial powers would give them another opportunity to force changes. But the attacks in Paris […]

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Your Car Is Spying on You

Written by Gary North on December 11, 2014

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You know about the “black box” (actually orange) that is on every jetliner. This lets the government know what happened after a crash. You know — the four boxes that somehow were never recovered in the 9-11 investigations. Remember now? Well, your car has one. Your car tracks you, if you have a new car. […]

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The NSA Has Your Number

Posted on December 8, 2014

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According to documents contained in the archive of material provided to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has spied on hundreds of companies and organizations internationally, including in countries closely allied to the United States, in an effort to find security weaknesses in cellphone technology that it can exploit for surveillance. The documents […]

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Huge Encryption Breakthrough. NSA & FBI Apoplectic.

Posted on November 19, 2014

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Good news for people who love privacy and security! Bad news for black-hat hackers and government surveillance agencies. WhatsApp, the wildly popular messaging app, has partnered with the crypto gurus at Open WhisperSystems to implement strong end-to-end encryption on all WhatsApp text messages. . . . WhatsApp, of course, has hundreds of millions of daily […]

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Government’s New Computer System: Goodbye Privacy

Posted on November 8, 2014

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Law enforcement officials nationwide now have the ability to search multiple sensitive databases, including spy agency intranets and homeland security suspicious activity reporting – with a single login. The breakthrough in interconnectivity is expected to close information gaps that, among other things, have contributed to the rise in homegrown terrorism and school shootings. “Let’s say […]

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