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Month: January 2018

01/22/18 Morning links

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Techdirt: Report shows US law enforcement routinely engages in parallel construction. This should be a huge story, but a quick Google search shows that only a handful of websites are covering it.  Basically, police use illegal surveillance methods to gather evidence in criminal cases.  But for the evidence to be admissible in court, the methods used […]

Abort the Surveillance State before its too late

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Yes, the Surveillance State is alive and well, tracking our movements, reading our emails, cataloging our daily activities, creating and storing digital dossiers on us all and placing them in a mammoth database.  BUT, but.  It’s still unformed, in a state of chrysalis. It hasn’t yet reached that future point where turning back would be […]

01/22/18 Overnight links

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Japan Times: Today’s newspapers wouldn’t publish the Pentagon Papers.  Too true, although more specifically today’s establishment newspapers wouldn’t publish them.  They would most likely surface at Wikileaks, with mainstream papers denouncing their release. Mashable: Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realm. So a nuclear response to a cyberattack sounds reasonable to the people […]

1/21/18 Overnight links

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ABC News: Oklahoma lawmaker sues private investigator after discovering tracking device on car Bloomberg: Dire military warnings at odds with Pentagon chief’s shutdown message Fortune: Section 702: Six more years of surveillance CNBC: The NSA knows who you are just by the sound of your voice–with tech predating Apple and Amazon CNET: NSA surveillance programs live on, in case […]

No surprise here: Oklahoma’s congressional reps are Surveillance State minions

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All five of Oklahoma’s congressional representative’s rejected surveillance reform, voting to reauthorize the spying that Edward Snowden currently lives in exile for exposing.  Not too surprising, as Tom Cole, James Lankford and the other three Republicans have been nothing more than automated rubber stamps for increased military spending and surveillance powers. I realize this is […]

Is this all just a computer simulation?

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The gnawing fear at the back of the mind of many people throughout history has been that we may just be a brain in a vat, being fed impulses, imprisoned in a never-ending dream.  Or merely a creation of someone else’s dream. The past few years have seen more and more people ask a similar […]

01/19/18 Links

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Computer is back, Republic Reborn is back ACLU: NYPD union’s lawsuit could reverse-engineer body cameras into surveillance tools Sara Carter: Bombshell House intelligence report details extensive FISA abuse The Hill: It’s time to take our privacy back from tech companies The Intercept: When it comes to voice identification, “the NSA reigns supreme” EFF: EFF to Supreme Court: Protect the privacy […]

Computer down until 7/18/18

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Phone blogging has proven impossible thus far.

01/13/18 Overnight links

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Defense One: Why the President’s FISA fix is bad news for privacy, good news for Russian agents Washington Examiner: Rep. Devin Nunes accuses FBI, DOJ of demonstrating abuse of government surveillance programs Wired: Congress renews FISA, and makes it even worse Tulsa World: Oklahoma congressmen vote to reauthorize NSA surveillance in opposition to privacy reforms The Federalist: “Don’t be evil”?  […]

01/12/18 Morning links

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Despite the scaremongering, the press is probably safer than its ever been, so says David Harsanyi: “There is no country in Europe that boasts as healthy an environment for press freedom or free speech as the United States — and considering the attitude of elites, it’s doubtful they want that dynamic to change. In Europe, libel […]