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U.S. Government Tracking Your Mail Without Probable Cause, Authority or Reasons

You may recall last year’s revelation that the U.S. Post Office is taking pictures of every single piece of mail as part of a gigantic program to keep track of who communicates with whom in America. Under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program the pictures of your mail are made available to law enforcement [...]

Taking out the Terrorists with your Handgun: No Bag Limit… or No Bag?

Every time I see this sticker on a car or truck in the United States, I roll my eyes:

“Gun Owner — No Bag Limit,” the “terrorist hunting permit” reads. There’s a pistol in the background. The message isn’t too subtle: thanks to the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership rights, those terrorists are on [...]

Corporation Hawks $1,000 Bulletproof Blankets for Shootings that Won’t Happen

Coming off the heels of a military contractor selling $400 bulletproof whiteboards to teachers, another corporation is trying to profit off of fear. The ProTecht corporation is selling $1,000 bulletproof blankets for schoolchildren.

Your parents went to school without bulletproof blankets and survived. You went to school without bulletproof blankets and survived. Why do your [...]

Gun Violence Hyperbole Doesn’t Sound Idiotic. People Who Use Gun Violence Hyperbole Sound Idiotic.

I don’t like guns. I think they’re tacky, and loud, and crude. People who are fascinated with guns, and who think that they really NEED a gun, are not people I would trust to watch over my children.

That said, I also don’t like gun violence hyperbole. There have been a few well-publicized murders committed [...]

My $1000 Bet: No Teacher is Going to Be Shot at Holding a Bulletproof Whiteboard in 2014

As I noted yesterday, the latest report on school violence from the Bureau of Justice Statistics has been released. As the data in that report show, the in-school homicide rate in 2010-2011 was 0.00002%; in other words, a child’s chance of being killed in school during that year was 1 in 4.5 million.

To [...]

Opt Out of Creepy KissMetrics Surveillance

When the internet was founded, the use of the technology for pecuniary gain was a banishable offense. Now spying on people is considered the norm.

Take Kissmetrics, which tracks people and connects their common browsing of websites across different computers and tablets so that people can be profiled and monetized. Even when two people use [...]

Amash: USA Freedom Act was Flipped so badly, a Majority of Cosponsors Voted Against It

A funny thing happened to the USA Freedom Act on its way to passage: it was turned inside-out and upside-down.

Just how bad were changes to #USAFREEDOMAct? MAJORITY of 152 cosponsors voted NO. Roll call: http://t.co/2kaG5hrmw1

— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) May 23, 2014

Rep. Justin Amash explains the turnabout in the legislation (HR 3361) [...]

Why has President Obama Ignored the Petition he Promised to Answer? (11 Months and Counting)

11 months and counting.

That’s how long it’s been since the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed the threshold on petitions.whitehouse.gov above which the Obama administration promised to offer a substatntive response. The Obama administration pledged that of all petitions receiving a hundred thousand petitions, “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent [...]

Practical Action: Reset the Net June 5

A coalition of activist groups, including Fight For the Future, CODE PINK and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee have announced June 5 as Reset the Net day. This is a very practical action day with a teach-in/do-in aspect to it. As you can read here, the plan is that on June 5, individuals and [...]

Jim Risch: My Bill Only Has 7 Supporters, and it’s Obama’s Fault

U.S. Senator Jim Risch Tweets today:

I intro'd legislation in Jan '13 to get Boko Haram designated a terrorist org-took admin too long. #BringBackOurGirls http://t.co/NuInoeFPK5

— Senator Jim Risch (@SenatorRisch) May 6, 2014

Hang on a tic with me here while I try to figure what Senator Risch is all atwitter about.

Jim Risch’s [...]

Will There Be a Terrorist Attack At Moogfest?

Today sees the beginning of Moogfest down in Ashville, North Carolina. It’s a multi-day event that synthesizes the intersection of technology and art.

Moogfest sounds like a lot of fun. Yet, according to one conspiracy theorist, the festival could become a bloodbath.

David Chase Taylor, who writes under the pseudonym “Truther”, warns that “there is [...]