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Marco Rubio for President: The Pros and Cons

For the 2016 presidential race, we have already described the pros and cons of the campaigns of Rick Santorum and Jim Webb. Now it seems time to add another. Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio made it clear this week that he intends to run for President in 2016.

Rubio is currently the junior U.S. Senator […]

Kenya Uses USA To Justify Authoritarian Law

In Kenya, the national legislature has passed the Security Laws Amendment Bill. The law allows the government to imprison people for lengthy periods without criminal charge, and to conduct surveillance against Kenyans without any search warrant or other court approval.

Among the justifications for this action: The United States has imprisoned people for years without […]

Coalition Releases Software To Protect Against Government Spying

Yesterday, a coalition of groups including Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Privacy International announced the release of Detekt, a piece of software that can detect many of the spybots used by the NSA, other governments, and corporations to track people’s online activity.

Detekt won’t work on all computers, and the governments […]

517 Days Since Barack Obama’s Broken Petition Promise on Edward Snowden

In case you were wondering, it’s now been 517 days since a petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed the required 100,000-signature threshold to receive a response from President Barack Obama on his “We The People” official government petition page. Back then, Barack Obama had been posing as the transparency president. The responsiveness president. The justice […]

Thanks To Bill Nelson, Even Watered-Down NSA Reform Won’t Take Place

Yes, it’s true that the George W. Bush and Barack Obama oversaw a massive spying program through the National Security Agency, seizing huge numbers of private communications involving Americans who are suspected of no crime whatsoever, but that’s all been reformed since then, right?

Wrong

In response to the revelations of Edward Snowden that the […]

US Government Using Airplanes To Hack Into Americans’ Phones En Masse

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 phone tower. When Justice Department planes fly over American cities, […]

Barack Obama: 496 Days of Broken Promises on the Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

The presidential administration of Barack Obama has promised to respond to any petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov gaining more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days or less.

On June 22, 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, only 14 days after the petition was started.

It’s October 30, 2014 […]

FBI Tries To Get Permission To Spy On Any Computer Anywhere

If FBI Director James Comey thinks that the Bill of Rights isn’t good enough for the USA, then he ought to have the courage to say so, and to stand before Congress, testifying that he wants the Fourth Amendment abolished. Until then, the FBI needs to stop its out of control electronic surveillance of Americans. […]

New Verizon TechZine Aims for Millenial Audience While Banning Talk About Surveillance

Patrick Howell O’Neill of DailyDot reveals that telecommunications megacorporation Verizon wants to set up its very own supercool tech news page called “SugarString.” It’s supposed to appeal to “Millenials” and be superslick and popular-like…

… except visitors can’t leave any comments on any of the articles or participate in any active way on the site, […]

Scott Brown Senate Campaign Uses Big Data Tools That Spy On You

Yesterday an organization called B-PAC spent $125,000 in one pop in an effort to cripple the re-election of U.S Senator Scott Brown.

The $125,000 was spent, says the brief filing submitted to the FEC, to buy “web ads; also support Scott Brown”? “Web ads; also support Scott Brown?” What does that mean?

It’s telling […]

Police Deploy Creepy Computer Cop Spy Program in America… Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for bringing my attention this evening to Computer Cop, a computer program designed to log keystrokes and send them, unencrypted, over the internet:

Malware filters and anti-virus software won’t stop Computer Cop, because in our police-friendly culture the software hasn’t been classified as malware, even though its intent […]