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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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Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy

Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The brains behind PGP has moved his mobile-encryption firm Silent Circle to Switzerland to be free of US mass surveillance
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Apparently moving to Switzerland is the only solution -- if it is a solution. That is an exceedingly sad commentary about the US, UK, etc. that proudly claim the mantle of democracy. Police state -- here we come. What you can do you will do.

 

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Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data

Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Apple, Google and others urge the White House to reject measures that weaken data privacy.
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And I thought everybody loved a police state. I am sure Mr. Comey would say no government would ever abuse this ease of surveillance. But somehow most of us do not believe that. There are too many governments in the US doing exactly that to believe we can trust our government with this level of communication/control.

 

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House approves measure ending NSA bulk phone data collection program

House approves measure ending NSA bulk phone data collection program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
But the measure may stall because Senate Republican leaders want to renew the program.
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Perhaps we can give up on the pretense that the mass surveillance does anything more than keep a bunch of bright people busy. In case after case they already knew the bad guys. They just could not figure out to prevent them from their actions.

 

And three cheers for Edward Snowden who did the most to bring this about!

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Berlin spy scandal: Angela Merkel takes hit as US revelations escalate

Berlin spy scandal: Angela Merkel takes hit as US revelations escalate | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to face further political embarrassment over Berlin’s spy scandal following new revelations that US intelligence planned to obtain unlimited access to Germany’s main internet cable networks in its attempt to achieve saturation surveillance.
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The joy of saturation surveillance is you do not have to worry about some kid in Oklahoma with a gun. You are too busy with saturation . . .

 

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Appeals court: NSA phone record collection is illegal

Appeals court: NSA phone record collection is illegal | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it

"Congress cannot reasonably be said to have ratified a program of which many members of Congress - and all members of the public - were not aware," it said."Congress cannot reasonably be said to have ratified a program of which many members of Congress - and all members of the public - were not aware," it said.The unprecedented and unwarranted bulk collection of the entire U.S. population's phone records by the government is illegal because it wasn't authorized by Congress, a federal appeals court said Thursday as it asked legislators to balance national security and privacy interests.

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"Congress cannot reasonably be said to have ratified a program of which many members of Congress - and all members of the public - were not aware," it said. Apparently the court has the quaint idea that people ought to know what laws are being promulgated -- even members of the legislature ought to know. Haven't they heard of the war on terror that justifies anything you want to do?

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How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text - The Intercept

Top-secret documents show the NSA can automatically recognize the content within phone calls, generating easily searched transcriptions.
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Aren't you glad to know they can convert speech to text to better spy on anyone who uses a telephone. Unfortunately that does not change the false positive rule. So we blow huge sums and cannot stop individuals we have already identified. Is that progress?

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Close Merkel ally rejects charges he lied in spy scandal

Close Merkel ally rejects charges he lied in spy scandal | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's interior minister, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, denied on Wednesday that he lied to parliament about German intelligence cooperation with U.S. spy agencies, but
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Being a good politician he did not lie. He just did not speak the truth. Obfuscation is that safe middle ground between truth and lying. And now we know how actively the Germans were in working with the spies at NSA.

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Angela Merkel's government 'aware of US attempts to spy on France and European companies'

Angela Merkel's government 'aware of US attempts to spy on France and European companies' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
German newspapers say there are documents which suggest the German chancellor's office knew about the spying as early as 2008
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Everybody's in on the fun. Of course, we can spy on others, but we cannot protect our own communication. Russians, North Koreans (?), why not reveal all of our secrets?

 

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White House releases report on NSA surveillance six years later

White House releases report on NSA surveillance six years later | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Basics of programme had been declassified, but report includes new details about the secrecy surrounding the collection of Americans’ emails and calls
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Here you get the straight redacted scoop only six years in coming. The government printing office has been having some difficulty since Congress cut it budget. It was producing too much embarrassing print. (Okay the last is just . . . )

 

 

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McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

The move comes amid a bipartisan bid to end the program.
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Our 'leader' steps to the fore. All phone conversations will be scooped up. I wonder if he has in mind that his own should become a part of the NSA collection? Good to know that we will waste countless resources on demonstrably ineffective action. But if you need to remember something from you phone calls just call NSA. Of course, it is not yet over.

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The government hides surveillance programs just because people would freak out | Trevor Timm

The government hides surveillance programs just because people would freak out | Trevor Timm | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Government agencies will go to great lengths to keep their data collection a secret, strictly to avoid the bad press they know would be coming
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Decisions openly arrived at. Oh, that goes for someplace else -- not us.

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How Russians hacked the White House - CNN.com

How Russians hacked the White House - CNN.com | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating the breach, which they consider among the most sophisticated attacks ever against U.S. government systems.
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Now, if only the NSA could get more citizen electronic information into their database none of this would have happened. Surely the Russian hackers could not pass up a Verizon bargain.

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NSA considered Ending Phone Program, even Before Edward Snowden Leaks

NSA considered Ending Phone Program, even Before Edward Snowden Leaks | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, The NSA (National Security Agency) considered abandoning its program to collect and store all records
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Oh yes, we had a big debate about this ourselves. But we always come down on the side of ignoring constitutionally mandated warrants. What's a constitution among friends?

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Quiz: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying?

Quiz: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying? | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Can you tell the difference between Kafka's The Trial and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court?
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See how you can make out the similarities and differences between our very own Kafkaesque court. You even get a 'grade.'

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Angela Merkel under pressure to reveal extent of German help for US spying

Angela Merkel under pressure to reveal extent of German help for US spying | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
German chancellor called on to divulge a list of targets, including the IP addresses of individual computers, tracked on behalf of the NSA
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Something will out. Once the secrecy cracks there is very little end to it. If no one else the journalists find it too attractive a story to quit on it.

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Clues on Twitter Show Ties Between Texas Gunman and ISIS Network

Clues on Twitter Show Ties Between Texas Gunman and ISIS Network | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Elton Simpson appears to have been part of a network of Islamic State adherents in multiple countries who have encouraged attacks and had highlighted the Texas event as a worthy target.
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It is good that NSA is spending billions of dollars to get my electronic communication into their databases to prevent atrocities like this. Oh, they did not prevent it?

 

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Why the ruling against the NSA’s phone records program could have huge implications

Why the ruling against the NSA’s phone records program could have huge implications | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A lot of surveillance statutes rely on similar language about relevance. And the 2nd Circuit just reined in what that means.
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On to legislative 'solutions.' These are the arguments.

 

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Angela Merkel under pressure to reveal all about US spying agreement

Angela Merkel under pressure to reveal all about US spying agreement | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
German chancellor’s reputation could be at stake as scandal grows over intelligence agency’s surveillance of European businesses and officials on behalf of NSA
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Someday politicians may learn that no secret is secret. It will come out. And the idea that this goal of complete surveillance will be the way to win the war on terrorism is fatuous. Either they do not know what they are talking about or it is all they can imagine to justify their actions. There are lots of terrorists actions, and NSA and GCHQ and all the rest do not seem very good at preventing them. They are a waste of valuable resources.

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Germany spy scandal turns tables on Merkel government - BBC News

Germany spy scandal turns tables on Merkel government - BBC News | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The BBC's Jenny Hill says claims Germany spied on its neighbours on behalf of the US have caused embarrassment and outrage in Berlin.
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It is so hard to keep a secret. There is always some 'leaker' spilling the beans. Perhaps it would be better to not do things that will be embarrassing when they become public.

 

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Illegal surveillance: GCHQ's 'neither confirm nor deny' a thing of the past

Illegal surveillance: GCHQ's 'neither confirm nor deny' a thing of the past | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
In ruling a former Libyan dissident was illegally spied on, Investigatory Powers Tribunal was able to preserve national security while refusing GCHQ’s request
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GCHQ loses one. Why not spy on lawyer and client communication? It makes prosecution much easier. They claim it was not used. Perhaps they did it as practice or just to see if they could do it.

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Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report

Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Breach of White House systems that was acknowledged earlier this month was ‘far more worrisome’ than had been thought, says New York Times
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It's a good thing that we have NSA scooping up all the phone messages in the world instead of doing something useful like protecting the White House email system. Sigh . . .

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Here’s where the presidential candidates stand on the NSA scooping up Americans’ phone records

Here’s where the presidential candidates stand on the NSA scooping up Americans’ phone records | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Clinton is the most elusive of the declared candidates when it comes to the NSA's domestic phone record collection program.
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Here 'we' stand. But you probably wanted to know about such outstanding candidates as Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump. Sorry only the "mighty" have been consulted.

 

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Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules

Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Twitter's International headquarters will be in Dublin
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Oh dear, how is NSA going to tap into all those tweets if they under EU privacy laws and not in the US. I suppose they will have to be satisfied with only scraping up all US tweets.

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How Edward Snowden Unwittingly Killed a Mass-Surveillance Program

How Edward Snowden Unwittingly Killed a Mass-Surveillance Program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
By exposing the NSA's spying regime, Snowden forced the Justice Department to shut down a separate phone-surveillance operation.
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A surveillance program bites the dust. Now they can use all of those people to catch the bad guys.

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Why Mass Surveillance Can't, Won't, And Never Has Stopped A Terrorist

Collecting irrelevant data on everyone is like drinking from a fire hose — it’s impossible to sort the important bits from everything else.
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Here it is -- completely laid out making the conclusion obvious. Mass surveillance can't stop terrorists. So, what is mass surveillance about? A big budget for someone to supervise? A way to make ourselves feel we are doing something -- even if it gets in the way of catching the bad guys? What? How can anyone justify this waste of resources?

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