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McConnell Solicits Billions for a Booz Allen Cyberwar, White House Not Buying

The United States is fighting a cyberwar today, and we are losing….

The United States must also translate our intent into capabilities. We need to develop an early-warning system to monitor cyberspace, identify intrusions and locate the source of attacks with a trail of evidence that can support diplomatic, military and legal options — and [...]

Location Tracking Without A Warrant Gets Personal and Political

Governments big and small are tracking your whereabouts, most often without a warrant, with increasing frequency, and for reasons that are unnervingly personal and political.

You may recall that last December, graduate student Christopher Soghoian caught representatives of Sprint-Nextel and Cricket on audio at a private conference for telecommunications corporations and government surveillance agencies. The [...]

Tracking of Americans Without a Warrant: Change You Can Believe In?

When he was campaigning for President, Barack Obama promised me Change I could believe in.

The Obama Administration is proclaiming that it has the right to track Americans’ whereabouts without needing a 4th Amendment warrant to establish probable cause that those Americans are up to something, anything wrong. Barack Obama wants his government to keep [...]

SportyPal Tracks Hikes From Your Smart Phone For Free

The above is a map of my hike this morning up and down Ragged Mountain in Maine. It’s been automatically generated through a combination of my HTC Ozone, a smart phone running on a Windows Mobile operating system, and SportyPal, a piece of software (called an “app” by those in the know because somewhere [...]

John Twelve Hawks Golden City Excerpt: Fiction That Isn’t Fiction

Today John Twelve Hawks’ third book in the Traveler series, The Golden City, has been released. There are two passages in the first chapter that are nuggets of non-fiction within the fiction:

Most of the monitoring was unobtrusive. Norm-All could track the movement of your car and evaluate the purchases you made with your bank [...]

John Twelve Hawks Golden City Excerpt: Fiction That Isn't Fiction

Today John Twelve Hawks’ third book in the Traveler series, The Golden City, has been released. There are two passages in the first chapter that are nuggets of non-fiction within the fiction:

Most of the monitoring was unobtrusive. Norm-All could track the movement of your car and evaluate the purchases you made with your bank [...]

Tracking 2012: GOP Contenders for President in CafePress and Technorati Searches, March-April 2009

As Barack Obama settles in to the rhythm of accolade and complaint accompanying tenure in the White House, the shuffle and the hustle of the next Presidential race has already begun, at least on the Republican side. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee are taking pains [...]

Tracking Republicans for President in CafePress and Google Trends Searches (3-18 to 4-1-2009)

Unless Barack Obama miserably fails at his presidency — or someone does something to him — we can expect the Democratic Party to shoo challengers off the field and give Americans the choice of Barack Obama or Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential primaries. The question for 2012 is who the Republicans will choose as [...]

Barack Obama Pushes To Track Your Location Without A Warrant

Scientia ist potentia. Knowledge is power. The government is seeking more of both, and the news media aren’t providing you any knowledge of your own with which you can fight back.

If you search for news on Barack Obama and cell phones, you’ll find a number of reports about Barack Obama filling out his NCAA [...]

Frequency Distribution of Cosponsorship in the House through 2/8/09

For some time now, the writers of Irregular Times have been following the doings in the United States Congress with the kind of fascination that one sees in the occasional rubbernecker on the highway who actually stops to get a closer look at the carnage. We’re obsessed enough that we’ve branched out, in a manner [...]

As UK Public Slides into Government ID Tracking System, Some Resist

In my college days, the red diaper babies who taught my social science classes loved to refer to Europe, especially Northern Europe, for examples of what the United States could be if it would only shed its capitalist blinders. Wouldn’t everything just be better?

Not everything. To be sure, there are areas in which European [...]