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How the US Government Spies on Americans without “Spying on Americans”

How are we to make sense of the news that the US government has been “helping” the UK government collect e-mails, phone records, app records, voice chats and now the naked web photo chats of millions of Americans? How can that possibly be reconciled with President Barack Obama’s bald assertion that “there is no spying [...]

NSA Pictures Of You Naked Smash The Metadata Myth. Yahoo!

Apologists for the Obama Administration’s Big Brother electronic spying have spent much of the last year wagging their heads at concerns about privacy, saying that gosh, the age of privacy is just plain over, and we all need to accept that some of our private information will end up in government hands, because we need [...]

Excuse Me, Officer (If You See Something, Say Something)

Yes, Officer, a boulder. A granite boulder, headed down I-681. No, Officer, I’m sure it was not a person dressed as a granite boulder. No, Officer, I know my schist when I see it. No, Officer, I didn’t mean anything personal by that. Well, that’s the thing, Officer, this was not your standard run-of-the-mill [...]

Thank Rand Paul For Suing Barack Obama

Senator Rand Paul is a Republican with a nasty pro-corporate libertarian ideology. When he campaigns for President in 2016, he won’t have my support. Still, today, Rand Paul has my thanks.

Why? While most members of Congress are sitting on their hands rather than take action against Obama’s abusive and unconstitutional National Security Agency program [...]

Can We Fight NSA Surveillance with Graphics on Web Pages and Data Mining?

Today, Peregrin Wood wrote about the odd anti-surveillance event for February 11, 2014 called The Day We Fight Back. Peregrin found it odd that people would call for a nationwide day bringing honor to someone who committed suicide a year before. To tell you the truth, I’ve been checking out The Day We Fight Back [...]

Suspicious Person Alert: Code Pink Action to Spy on Dianne Feinstein February 11

Whatever else you may think of the activist group Code Pink, they are very rarely boring. In a typical display of theatrical artistic flair, Code Pink has announced that it will be conducting surveillance at the San Francisco house of a Politically Important Person (SPIP), Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein is one of the most [...]

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Long After Reaching Threshold, Unanswered Snowden Petition Still Adds 100s of Signatures a Day

217 days ago, the official petition to President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed 100,000 signatures. That number matters because President Obama and his White House staff promised explicitly that after petitions garner more than 100,000 signatures “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and [...]

Privacy And Civil Liberties Board Concludes That NSA Spying Is Useless And Illegal

For years, Barack Obama and congressional leadership worked together to prevent the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from even coming into existence. Even after the board was finally created, it was slow to engage in robust oversight activities. Finally, seven years after its protections were first promised, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board [...]

Code Pink Sends Anti-Surveillance Contingent to Stand Outside Obama NSA Speech

Live near Washington, DC? Sick of unconstitutional surveillance?

Heads up: tomorrow at 10 AM, CODE Pink will be holding a small demonstration outside the Justice Department (950 Pennsylvania Ave, Constitution Ave Side) while President Barack Obama gives his speech about the massive NSA surveillance program.

As Warrantless Surveillance Scandal Grows Massive, Government’s Privacy & Liberty Board is…

… out to lunch:

As new revelations continue to burst forth — today we find out that even an Internet-free computer is no match for the warrantless spying of the NSA — the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board appears to be planning nothing. The one entity within the federal government tasked with protecting [...]