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Month: December 2016

Snowden and Manning ask to be pardoned

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Politico. Too much to hope for from Obama, unfortunately, given his unprecedented war on whistleblowers.

Emails connected Baltimore spy plane “lost”

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Police commander whose emails supposedly cannot be retrieved(Hillary’s case proves that almost anything can be recovered) resigned after spy plane program became public knowledge. Baltimore Sun

Liberty, tyranny, and ephemera

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Google publishes eight National Security Letters to earn users’ trust. Eight, but how many remain secret? US police have killed 1058 people in 2016, according to The Guardian’s project, The Counted There’s been no change in teen marijuana use in Colorado following legalization British counsels use sweeping surveillance powers to snoop on illegal pigeon feeding, […]

A century of FBI surveillance

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In a nice chart. Things really pick up around 1955.

More on the perils of police body cams

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From Cato: “The laudable goal of increasing accountability in law enforcement could lead to increased surveillance. Perhaps nothing illustrates this danger better than the merger of body camera and facial recognition technology, something some body camera manufactures have already achieved. Strict policies on facial recognition being used on body camera data are not in place at […]

Putin isn’t taking Cold War 2.0 bait

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Russia won’t expel US diplomats in response to expulsion of Russia’s diplomats from US soil and new sanctions Obama’s attempt to tie Trump’s hands over Russia before he leaves office may backfire.  

How body cams can be a win for Surveillance State

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When those cameras tie into a real-time facial recognition database.  An officer becomes a de facto, walking, real-time surveillance tower. NBC News Police body cams are an unequivocal good.  When cops know they are being filmed, they behave better.  The problems with implementation, though, appear to be how easily the cop can turn the camera on […]

Secretive Stingray surveillance tool can also block phone calls

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GovTech. The Stingray mimics an actual cell tower, so all phones in the vicinity link to it.  Besides the obvious problem of warrantless, mass surveillance, if someone needs to place an emergency phone call, that call might not go through the Stingray, placing innocent lives in danger.  While some of the devices do allow 911 […]

Fake news can lead to war

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The kind that the Establishment peddles, anyway.  Pat Buchanan explains.

Fear of independent media drives alarm-ringing over “fake news”

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New York Post.  A big thorn in the side of the political class, one that they would refuse to admit exists, is the easy access to alternative opinion pieces, rather than news per se.  A good skewering by a skilled writer over corroborated facts, cranked out on a daily basis, can inflict quite a bit […]