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Telling Your Kids The Truth About Being Safe On The Internet

Neither the Net Cetera manual nor OnGuard Online ever acknowledge the threat to the privacy of American children posed by the electronic spying system created by the National Security Agency. They don’t even mention the existence of the NSA. They pretend that all cybersecurity threats come from unscrupulous individuals. […]

Many Law Enforcement Agencies Given Easy, Searchable Access To YOUR Private Communications

What the NSA didn’t own up to is that The Intercept discovered that the personal communications of millions upon millions of Americans living within US borders, who are not suspected of any wrongdoing, are also pulled into the NSA surveillance search engine. While they were never targets of any criminal investigation, and are not in any sense foreign, the private communications of these Americans is nonetheless made easily searchable to people from 23 federal government agencies. […]

“If they are innocent they should have nothing to fear” Check #1: Alan Turing

“Innocent people are sure to be spied upon, but if they are innocent they should have nothing to fear.” — Jack McCully, August 4 2014

“If you are innocent you should have nothing to fear and you will most probably not be noticed.” — Myrmidon, February 24 2014

“So this is surveillance! The innocent should […]

Why Is The FBI Withholding Privacy Reports About Its Spying Programs In The USA?

Yesterday, Jim noted that, despite promises of reforms of extraordinary spying powers created under the FISA Amendments Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to create the position of Public Advocate that was recommended by a Presidential commission at the end of last year. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies seems […]

Despite NSA Review Panel Recommendation, Public Advocate Position at FISA Court Goes Nowhere

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is supposed to stop abuses of warrantless surveillance power. But out of the thousands of requests for warrantless surveillance made this decade by the administration of President Barack Obama, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has not rejected a single request. Not one. This isn’t surprising; all of the members of […]

Roll Call: Only 8 In House of Reps Vote Against Funding NSA Spying Operations

Friday saw an an opportunity to finally set things right by defunding the abusive NSA, Congress instead decided to continue with the same old unconstitutional arrangement. […]

Will Barack Obama Go 400 Days Without Answering the Edward Snowden Petition?

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures since, reaching 161,691 signatures today.

The 100,000 mark is crucial, because this isn’t just any old ordinary petition; it’s an official petition on the official “We The […]

Dot & Bo Take Commercial Surveillance to New Low

When you visit the website of furniture and tchotchke seller Dot & Bo, this is what you see. At first glance, the Dot and Bo “splash” screen doesn’t look unusual — many websites that try to sell you something would like to have your Facebook account information and e-mail address, all the better to […]

Homeland Security Rushes To Grab Cell Phones And Laptops From Travelers

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 device, such as a cell phone, tablet or laptop computer, […]

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 […]