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Automatic License Plate Readers: Persistent Privacy Invaders with a 0.0047% Hit Rate that Don’t Stop Crime

The American Civil Liberties Union has recently released a report showing that license plate readers, mounted on police cars and designed to automatically scan plates and pull up associated driver information:

Are present in all 50 states of the USA; Add information to identify where cars are located and when they were located there; Are [...]

Homeland Security Violating Our Constitutional Rights With No Benefit

Why shouldn’t Congress simply declare the “Homeland Security” concept a failed experiment, and dissolve the Department of Homeland Security? [...]

WaPo: 4,058 Little Brothers are Watching You

Dana Priest and William Arkin publish an expose in this morning’s Washington Post that collects together hundreds of previously released documents and combines them with new interviews and documentation to summarize the state of government surveillance in America. They document the existence of 4,058 agencies of federal, state and local government connected together through fusion [...]

Only 3 Senators Show Up for Fusion Center Chief Confirmation Hearing

Regardless of your position regarding Fusion Centers, it’s hard to argue that their ongoing implementation across the United States is unimportant. Through these new centers, 72 of which are fanned out across the country and more of which are being built, information from classified military surveillance programs regarding people not necessarily suspected of any crime [...]

Homeland Security Brags About Domestic Surveillance Used During 2008 DNC

Through its “Fusion Center” program, the military and civilian wings of the United States government have been disseminating classified information on Americans collected through warrantless wiretapping programs to state officials, local sheriffs, town and county governing bodies and various private corporations. In turn, these local officials and private corporations have been amassing their own data [...]

Homeland Security Committee Meets This Week to Confirm Director of Homeland Security Fusion Centers

The National Security Agency is engaged in warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans’ communications, recording journalists on the job and listening in to American soldiers having phone sex with their wives. The FBI’s Operation BITE ME has been targeting innocent Americans and groups for surveillance on the basis of race, religion and political opinion. These and [...]