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Lawmakers to Homeland Security: Social Media Monitoring Threatens Free Speech

Lawmakers to Homeland Security: Social Media Monitoring Threatens Free Speech | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A congressional subcommittee pressed the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday about its plan to monitor social medial.
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NSA reportedly tracking any internet users who research privacy software online

NSA reportedly tracking any internet users who research privacy software online | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Any internet users who use or even read about privacy services online will be targeted for surveillance by the NSA, according to a new report from German broadcaster ARD.
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The easiest way to get yourself onto the NSA list -- because they do not do indiscriminate tracking, they say. So, otherwise it is hard to get on their 'to follow' list.

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The NSA's New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police - The Intercept

The NSA's New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal Read more
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Government spying on citizens knows no national boundaries. "One of the world's most repressive and abusive government agencies" is completely irrelevant. We are all in it together. Terrorists -- we are all out to get those terrorists. Fortunately we can call anyone we want a terrorist.

 

I am not sure that is what I voted for.

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Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last Read more
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Our president has just told us we are all as suspicious as every black kid walking down George Zimmerman's street. Read it and weep.

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Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Why Americans should be worried about Executive Order 12333.√
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Turns out Ronald Reagan produced a hole larger than the massive one that just showed up in Russia in our constitution. And it gets worse because the electronic communication world has been revolutionized since his executive order, which the current president could change if he would.

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UN human rights report blows apart governments' pro-surveillance arguments

UN human rights report blows apart governments' pro-surveillance arguments | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Though no names were named, a report from the United Nations human rights chief has stressed that mass surveillance clashes with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — and that over-cooperative tech companies may be complicit in human rights abuses.
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It turns out there are UN treaties, that we have ratified, and it is possible for nations to be in violation. So much for the argument that all is legal in the spying business. Of course, we are in violation, but I do not suppose that will stop either the president or NSA from spying on the entire world.

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How 160,000 intercepted communications led to our latest NSA story

How 160,000 intercepted communications led to our latest NSA story | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Reporter Bart Gellman answers readers’ questions about his most recent surveillance story.
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How The Post did their story on NSA interceptions and their answers to critics.

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Germany demands public promise from US to end spying

Germany demands public promise from US to end spying | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Scheduled talks with John Kerry over Ukraine and Iran to be overshadowed by concerns over recent espionage allegations
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Blowback: Diplomatic channels are not enough. It has to be public. See last paragraph -- spying is what spies do. So it is really okay. Perhaps the public outrage should lead smirkers to reconsider what citizens think spies should be doing. Citizens? Not relevant.

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‘Snowden’s life is still in danger,’ Russia says

‘Snowden’s life is still in danger,’ Russia says | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Russian migration official says “Snowden’s life is still in danger.”
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Looks like US prosecutors are going to have to wait at least another year. But governments neither forgive nor forget. They will get him if they can. All whistle blowers lives are in danger in one way or another.

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Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers

Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
It is not yet clear how far the hackers penetrated the systems of the Office of Personnel Management, in which applicants for security clearances list their personal information.
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If we think it is proper to do something like this to the Germans then I suppose we think it is proper for the Chinese to do this to us. What are we up in arms about?

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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On - The Intercept

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes: • Faisal Read more
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How bad it is. This is U.S. and I am sure they are proud of it. And in good democratic fashion I have no say about what is done in my name.

 

 

 

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The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World’s Spy Agencies | Threat Level | WIRED

The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World’s Spy Agencies | Threat Level | WIRED | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Morgan Marquis-Boire is the director of security for First Look Media, the most prolific publisher of Edward Snowden's remaining secrets. His daunting task is to safeguard those documents, as well as the communications of reporters with perhaps the press's most adversarial relationships with Western intelligence agencies.
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Protecting ourselves from governments instead of governments protecting us. NSA is just too busy spying on us to do this work.

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Russia backs law on web data storage

Russia backs law on web data storage | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it

TheRussia's lower house of parliament passes a law requiring internet companies to store Russian citizens' personal data inside the country.

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The biggest threat to the internet is governments. Ours leads the way. China is vying for number one with somewhat different moves. And the Russians are getting their act together.

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In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Files provided by Edward Snowden show the extent ordinary Web users get caught in the net of surveillance.
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Some numbers that give the lie to our officials' pronouncements. Why do they lie when they will be found out? It only makes it even more despicable.

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Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement

Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Officials say they often lack the legal and technical ability to monitor
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Governments want it all. Then there are the companies that promise to delete the message as soon as it is received. And there is blowback. Companies saying enough is enough. We need an honest debate instead of the lies of Mr. Clapper and others potential spies on us.

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Russia offers 3.9m roubles for 'research to identify users of Tor'

Russia offers 3.9m roubles for 'research to identify users of Tor' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Analysts say tender for research on service that anonymises browsing sends signal to online community amid crackdown on Russian internet
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Oh, look -- the Russians want to do the same thing NSA wants to do. Government spying on citizens knows no national boundaries. And they are delighted to use the very same excuse -- terrorists.

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British MPs to sue government over fast-tracked DRIP surveillance law

British MPs to sue government over fast-tracked DRIP surveillance law | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Tom Watson and David Davis are teaming up with Liberty to launch a legal challenge against the data retention law, which was barely debated but which allows the UK authorities to monitor all kinds of web services.
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From this distance it is hard to know if this will have any impact, but there is some blowback to mindless government spying on the people of the world. And it is a nice image of an eye.

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Snowden: NSA employees share intercepted sexts

Snowden: NSA employees share intercepted sexts | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
It's considered a "fringe benefit" of the job, he says.
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The sexy side of being a spy.

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Tweet from @ggreenwald

Tweet from @ggreenwald | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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In case you missed it -- this is how to win friends and influence people.  Congratulations to the NSA. You have done yourself proud.

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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet - The Intercept

Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.” The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA Read more
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All of this is illegal -- except for us. We can take the most outrageous actions completely legally. Legal or illegal do we really want a world in which governments act like this. There are limits on what states can do legally -- torture for example. And even if my government ignores such limits from time to time it would be better to have the limits than to have this free for all among the governments of the world.

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The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Antony Loewenstein: At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'
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Another NSA whistle blower reports the obvious. They lie. It is a totalitarian mentality that cannot understand the foolishness of actions like spying on Germany. They must have it all.

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David Cameron explains why new surveillance laws are needed and what they will allow – video

The prime minister announces controversial new laws which strengthen the powers of security services to take phone and email records from companies
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The answer to all this nonsense about government spying on their citizens is obvious -- more spying. At least that is the view of the British prime minister. You can never get enough!

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Germany asks top U.S. spy to leave amid flap

The action is a very public expression of anger over reported cases of U.S. spying in the country.
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Blowback! What brilliant spying.

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The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149,000 times this year. And it’s only July.

The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149,000 times this year. And it’s only July. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The company's latest transparency report now adds information on how many customers may have been affected by the data requests.
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Goodness, who would have thought that we have that many dangerous people in the country?

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Angela Merkel says allegations of US spying on Germany are 'serious'

Angela Merkel says allegations of US spying on Germany are 'serious' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The German chancellor says if the allegations prove true it would breach expected levels of cooperation between partners
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How to win friends and influence people. What a creative job our government is doing. Double agent -- isn't that creative. No one every thought of that. Is knowing what the committee is doing worth this?

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Germany demands answers from US after arrest of suspected double agent

Germany demands answers from US after arrest of suspected double agent | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Case risks further straining ties with Washington in wake of last year's revelations of NSA's monitoring of Angela Merkel's phone
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What is it with these Germans? Don't they know it is legal for us to spy on them any way we want? Gracious.

 

When will NSA learn that they no longer have secrets, and act like terrorists, in a narrow definition, is their mission? Probably never.

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