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What’s the Problem with Unchecked Government Spying? Visit the FBI Vault and Find Out

Over the last month, it’s been revealed that the United States government has been sweeping up unlimited amounts of data on private internet use, e-mail, text messaging, phone calls, and even postal traffic, all without warrants. What’s wrong with that? The most direct, literal answer is that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment of [...]

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 [...]

U.S. Government XKeyscore Plan to Find the Terrorists: “Suspicious Stuff.” OMG, we found the Stuff…

I kid you not: according to a leaked presentation by the National Security Agency’s ongoing “XKeyscore” program, the whole idea for finding terrorists is to scoop up everybody’s internet activity, store it, and search for “suspicious stuff”:

Well, Hell’s Bells and cockleshells! The NSA didn’t need some highfalutin’ fifty-trillion-dollar-laser-guided classified program to do that! [...]

Your Visit Here Has Been XKeyscored By U.S. Government Spies

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. [...]