Category Orwellian Notes

Deleting your browser history could land you 20 years in prison

There are numerous entirely legitimate reasons to turn private browsing on or opt to clear history. For example, many people prefer to research medical problems privately to protect their privacy. Young people looking for sexual health resources often clear their history to avoid attracting attention from their parents, as do those looking for help with […]

NSA Running a Massive IDS on the Internet Backbone – Schneier on Security

The effort is the latest known expansion of the N.S.A.’s warrantless surveillance program, which allows the government to intercept Americans’ cross-border communications if the target is a foreigner abroad. While the N.S.A. has long searched for specific email addresses and phone numbers of foreign intelligence targets, the Obama administration three years ago started allowing the […]

Israel bombs Gaza; Amnesty accuses Hamas | World War 4 Report

An Amnesty International report released May 26 charges that Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during last year’s Operation Protective Edge. “Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza,” the […]

If you’re a CIA employee it’s ok to torture people, but talk to a reporter? Go to jail. – Boing Boing

The Sterling case – – especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration – sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell […]

Petition: SAY NO TO DISNEYFICATION OF COLONIZATION! Tell Disney Not to Make “Princess of North Sudan”!

highly problematic depiction of colonization. It all started in June 2014 when the daughter of Caucasian American farmer Jeremiah Heaton told her father she wanted to be a princess. Heaton responded by making a homemade flag, traveling to Egypt, crossing a desert, and claiming ownership of a contested area of land called Bir Tawil on […]

Senators Want to “Blow ISIS Out of the Water” with “Fancy Memes” – The Intercept

“Let’s face it: We invented the Internet. We invented the social network sites. We’ve got Hollywood. We’ve got the capabilities to blow these guys out of the water from the standpoint of communications.” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., backed his colleague’s appeal. “Look at their fancy memes compared to what we’re not doing,” Booker said, displaying […]

Surveillance planes spotted in the sky for days after West Baltimore rioting – The Washington Post

Discovery of the flights — which involved at least two airplanes and the assistance of the FBI — has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to demand answers about the legal authority for the operations and the reach of the technology used. Planes armed with the latest surveillance systems can monitor larger areas than police […]

SBS sports reporter Scott McIntyre sacked over ‘disrespectful’ Anzac tweets | Media | The Guardian

“At SBS, employees on and off air are encouraged to participate in social media, however maintaining the integrity of the network and audience trust is vital. It is unfortunate that on this very important occasion, Mr McIntyre’s comments have compromised both. “SBS apologises for any offence or harm caused by Mr McIntyre’s comments which in […]

New crypto-ransomware encrypts files then disguises them as quarantined

Aside from the above, CRYPVAULT also manages to extract stored login passwords for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome, through downloading and opening the Browser Password Dump hacking tool. What is more distinct about this malware is that the ransomware was written in batch scripts while the downloader, in JavaScript. According to Marcos, opting […]

Informant Provided Bomb-Making Manual to Alleged “ISIS-Inspired” Plotters | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Like other recent sensational “terror plots,” however, the criminal complaint unsealed yesterday demonstrates the key role of of an undercover law enforcement informant in both formulating and facilitating the alleged plot. It doesn’t appear that Velentzas or Siddiqui actually planned or attempted to bomb any target, nor is there any evidence of discussions about how […]

S.F. jail inmates forced to fight, public defender says – SFGate

“I don’t know why he does it, but I just feel like he gets a kick out of it because I just see the look on his face,” said Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, one of the inmates who said he was forced to fight. “It looks like it brings him joy by doing this, while we’re […]

Be Careful What You Say, NYPD’s ShotSpotter May Be Listening – ANIMAL

The civil liberties organization Electronic Frontier Foundation has raised concerns about the system’s ability to record people’s voices. “It’s documented, and it highlights exactly what kinds of concerns we have. The capability of ShotSpotter to record voices should be a huge issue wherever it is deployed, and yet it is hardly discussed,” said Nadia Kayyali, […]

FBI Ordered by Judge to Release Files on Surveillance & Infiltration of Muslim Communities, Including Mosques | The Dissenter

For over four years, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit has unfolded as the American Civil Liberties Union chapter of Northern California, the Asian Law Caucus and the now-defunct San Francisco Bay Guardian argued for the release of records. They believe files will reveal details related to how agents have investigated mosques, “assessed” religious leaders, […]

Letter of Response to the Supreme Court regarding the detention on remand of Julian Assange – Aklagarmyndigheten

The Prosecutor-General is of the opinion that Julian Assange should continue to be detained in his absence, however would endorse the Supreme Court’s adjudication on the question. Given the fact that Julian Assange has appealed the detention on remand from the Svea Court of Appeal, the Prosecutor-General, on request, has submitted a letter of response […]

US Marines tells troops to ‘check online footprint’ after ISIS ‘hit list’ goes online — RT USA

“Vigilance and force protection considerations remain a priority for commanders and their personnel,” US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel John Caldwell said in a statement.”It is recommended Marines and family members check their online/social footprint, ensuring privacy settings are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information.”According to the monitoring group SITE Intelligence, which has […]

David Petraeus’ Defense Attorney Argues Mistress-Biographers Have More Legal Privilege than Defense Attorneys | emptywheel

He notes the plea deal “makes clear that ‘no classified information’ from his ‘black books’ … appeared in the biography.” That’s a very different thing than claiming that no classified information Petraeus shared with Broadwell appeared in her fawning biography of his client — and the record seems to suggest that it does. Kendall also […]

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