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It’s not just the DEA: NSA Program allows Warrantless Surveillance to spot Ordinary Crime

How would you feel if a soldier arrived at the door of your house and announced that on behalf of the U.S. military, he would be installing a voice recorder under your kitchen table to capture all of your conversations, and also splicing a data recorder into the cables in your basement to monitor your [...]

US Gov’t: We Don’t Spy on Everyone… Just Everyone Who Follows Our Recommendations

U.S. Government Bodies Recommending that Citizens Encrypt Data for Information Security

FBI:

The analysis shows a significant relationship between file or data encryption and reduced theft of intellectual property. Encryption, therefore, should be considered an important tool for protecting confidential information.

Federal Trade Commission:

Consider training employees to take basic steps to maintain the [...]

While U.S. Government Secretly Tapped Phones and Internet, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was Stymied

This morning, you may feel like wearing a tin-foil hat to protect yourself, and such an act wouldn’t be entirely kooky. Yesterday, leaks to newspapers revealed that the United States government has not only been seizing the records of billions of phone calls taking place inside and outside the United States, but also has been [...]

What Should Your Legal Rights Be?

The real question they’re asking is: What legal rights should every American citizen have? [...]

After 1060 days in Office, Obama finally nominates full membership for Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

1077 days ago, Barack Obama took his Oath of Office as President of the United States of America, solemnly swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” As President, one of the ways that Barack Obama is supposed to do that is to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil [...]

Examiner: Obama Homeland Security Prompted and Coordinated #Occupy Expulsions

Did it seem odd to you how there just happened to be mass police expulsions of protesters in the Occupy movement from occupations across the country, from Oakland to DC and many places in between?

Looks like it may not have been a coincidence after all.

Rick Ellis of the Examiner shares his conversation with [...]

Homeland Security: Lawful Protests against Wall Street are an Attack

The United States Constitution:

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Silicon Angle, September [...]

Civil Liberties Board Nominee Elisebeth Collins Cook Pushed for Broad DNA Sampling

Elisebeth Collins Cook is one of only two people nominated to sit on the nation’s empty Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the body charged with protecting Americans’ civil liberties and tracking abuses from within the executive branch. The quorum required for the board to meet is three members, and the first two nominees (Cook [...]

Last night the Department of Homeland Security visited Irregular Times. Want to know what DHS is reading?

After reading through information on visits by the Department of Homeland Security to Citizens for Legitimate Government, I got curious: if DHS is checking up on CLG’s activist efforts including the September 10 2011 event SeizeDC, could Homeland Security officials be reading up on Irregular Times?

Bien sûr! That’s commie French for “mais oui.”

A [...]

Department of Homeland Security Starts Up Surveillance of Seize DC

About a month ago, Citizens for Legitimate Government (an activist group that started up during the Bush-Gore election count debacle) started up SeizeDC, an activist website calling for the nonviolent “peaceful, not passive” occupation of Washington, DC on September 10 2011 to protest “endless war” internationally and the deployment of the security state at home:

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Elevated Means Something Again: Terrorist Threat Level Dropped to Zero

el·e·vat·ed adj. raised up, especially above the ground or above the normal level

– Random House Dictionary

el·e·vat·ed adj. the lowest terrorist threat level during the years of 2001-2010

– George W. Bush Administrative Dictionary

If we’re speaking English, an threat level that’s normal can’t be “elevated.” But during the years of the Bush administration, [...]