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LAPD & Chicago bought “Stingrays on steroids” with asset-forfeiture & DHS money – Boing Boing

The main difference between the Harris and Digital Receiver Technology devices, Martinez said, is the ability of the most sophisticated Digital Receiver Technology devices to simultaneously break the encryption of communications from hundreds of cellphones at once. A 2011 purchase order for this equipment by the Washington Headquarters Services, a branch of the Pentagon, states […]

Obama administration spied on German media, government – CNNPolitics.com

On Thursday, the German government’s intelligence coordinator, Günter Heiss, testified before a parliamentary investigative committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag, focused on the activities of the U.S. National Security Agency’s spying on Germany and the knowledge and/or role of German intelligence, the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND.That the NSA was spying in German officials is not […]

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 […]

What Americans think about NSA surveillance, national security and privacy | Pew Research Center

Overall, Americans hold nuanced views on the issue: A majority is against the government collecting bulk data on its citizens, and most believe there are not adequate limits on the types of data collected. But Americans do generally support monitoring the communications activity of suspected terrorists.The expiring Section 215 of the Patriot Act enables the […]

County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrant | Ars Technica

Stingrays, or cell-site simulators, can be used to determine location by spoofing a cell tower, but they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages. Once deployed, the devices intercept data from a target phone as well as information from other phones within the vicinity. For years, federal and local law enforcement have […]

Wikimedia v. NSA: Standing and the Fight for Free Speech and Privacy | Just Security

Some commentators have asked whether Wikimedia and the other plaintiffs in this suit have standing to pursue their claims, in light of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Clapper v. Amnesty International. In Clapper, the ACLU represented plaintiffs in a facial challenge to the constitutionality of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act (FAA) — the same statute […]

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, […]

UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret – The Intercept

The Met said the information requested may have been “supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies” that don’t have to abide by normal transparency requirements, such as the secretive surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The Met also claimed that it “would not be in the public interest” to reveal basic information about the […]

Secret Service Flying Night Drones Over Washington / Sputnik International

The drones are being flown in Washington during the overnight hours, but the Secret Service wouldn’t say where in the city exactly, nor would they provide any other details, such as for how long they would be flying around and how many drones they would use, saying the entire operation is classified. The Federal Aviation Administration recently unveiled proposals on regulating small […]

PressTV-UK report reveals mass illegal spying

“What this report demonstrates is that the investigating committee is more or less a mouthpiece for our spies. But they said something which is extraordinary stupid to me. They have said: “Because our intelligence agencies collect a vast amount of data but only see and read a small fraction. That does not constitute mass surveillance”.  […]

CIA Gave Cops Secret Technology to Spy on Cell Phones / Sputnik International

The sharing of strategies and technologies demonstrates the influence of intelligence agencies and the military on domestic law enforcement practices since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The planes used by the US Marshals Service — under the Department of Justice — fly from five cities with a flight range covering nearly the entire US. The aspect of the technology which most troubles civil liberties advocates that it […]

The government spied on me without a warrant | Toronto Star

They even collected Facebook addresses of other users and circulated postings made by children, without the consent of their parents. My domestic and international movements were monitored and my personal and private government records were accessed. Government email correspondence suggested the surveillance was undertaken to try to prove I had “other motives” for filing a […]

Seeing the Stasi Through NSA Eyes | Consortiumnews

I had come to the ​Stasi Museum with a group of U.S. and UK intelligence whistleblowers, who had congregated in Berlin to award Binney with the 2015 ​Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence. The first award, presented in 2002, went to former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, who testified to Congress about intelligence failures prior […]

New Zealand Spies on Neighbors in Secret ‘Five Eyes’ Global Surveillance – The Intercept

The documents on the spying, obtained by The Intercept from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, shine a light on New Zealand’s role in the so-called Five Eyes, a surveillance alliance that includes electronic eavesdropping agencies from New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. GCSB is perhaps the smallest player in the alliance […]

Company Asks Cops to Keep Use of License Plate Trackers Secret | American Civil Liberties Union

The demand that cops don’t discuss surveillance technology with members of the media absent Vigilant’s permission likely can’t be obeyed by officials unless they want to risk running afoul of open records laws, which don’t provide an exemption for records corporations would like to keep secret from the public.But the demand is indicative of a […]

On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers? | UK news | The Guardian

For 16 years the Consulting Association compiled a secret database on thousands of construction workers. The files in this shabby two-room office had names, addresses and National Insurance numbers, comments by managers, newspaper clippings. The organisation acted as a covert vetting service funded by the industry. When people applied for work on building sites, senior […]

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"I'm not racist, my wife is Asian!" What happens when racist, alt-right, anti-feminist, anti-asian white men marry extremely racist asian women that hate asian men and hope their children look white - and have a son or daughter who looks asian?

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