The House has passed an amendment that bans the Department of Justice from approaching technology companies and forcing them, or even requesting to, install backdoor evasions of encryption software.
At the end of last week, we found out that the US Marshals are using airplanes to secretly gather data indiscriminately from huge numbers of electronic mobile devices, using airplanes that are equipped with “dirt box” devices that make the planes act like fake cell
Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is using airplanes equipped with “dirtbox” technology to hack into Americans’ cell phones from the air. (Read all about it in The Guardian) This technology converts an airplane into a fake cell
There is no actual known plot to use hollowed-out electronic devices to smuggle bombs onto airplanes headed to the United States, Homeland Security Administration officials admit. Nonetheless, Homeland Security announced this weekend that it is implementing a draconian new policy against electronic devices. Any electronic
If you care about the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from unreasonable search and seizure, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders is crystal clear.
Somehow, for me, it makes the whole NSA spying scandal more frightening that agents working for Big Brother could actually write “(yay!)” when they gain new methods of conducting surveillance against targets that are supposed to be off-limits.
The United Kingdom’s abusive tactics against David Miranda are just one more example of how the extraordinary government powers that were justified as necessary to protect against terrorism, are in fact being used in the UK and USA to squash dissent and to create centralized governmental powers that are slipping dangerously toward totalitarianism.
Here we have evidence that the military surveillance by the NSA is leading to physical searches of Americans’ by local law enforcement, and that it’s all being done without a proper search warrant.
The information that can be searched through XKeyscore is not limited to metadata, but includes the content of private emails and Facebook chats. 20 trillion records of emails and telephone calls purely between Americans have been gathered without any search warrant so far.
Did Democratic Party members vote in 2008 and 2012 because they thought that Barack Obama would work with the Republican Party to prevent reform of George W. Bush’s unconstitutional electronic surveillance systems? President Obama seems to think so.
In the latest of a series of revelations of the surveillance systems that the U.S. government has arrayed against the American people, we have now learned that the U.S. Postal Service has been storing images of every single piece of mail that is sent within the United States, recording who is sending letters and packages to who, and entering that information into a gigantic database that can be accessed by law enforcement agents, who can read through lists of who any American is corresponding with – all without a search warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.