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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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François Hollande calls emergency meeting after WikiLeaks claims US spied on three French presidents

François Hollande calls emergency meeting after WikiLeaks claims US spied on three French presidents | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Documents appear to show that American agents spied on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande, even listening to their phone calls
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Either our 'friends' do not like being spied on or they do not like having it made public. Another leader upset.

 

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Officials: Chinese had access to U.S. security clearance data for one year

Officials: Chinese had access to U.S. security clearance data for one year | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The long lag time means the system breacher had time to pull off a consequential cyberheist.
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If our 'security' administrations would spend as much time protecting our files as they do collecting files of others maybe we would be a safer nation. I suppose spying is more fun that preventing spying.

 

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Congress turns away from post-9/11 law, retooling U.S. surveillance powers

Congress turns away from post-9/11 law, retooling U.S. surveillance powers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The USA Freedom Act, which President Obama signed into law late Tuesday, will end the NSA’s bulk collection of phone data after a six-month transition period and retool other surveillance policies.
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The USA citizen surveillance act is passed with some constraints on the surveillance. We can be thankful for small steps.

 

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Some NSA surveillance powers likely to expire

Some NSA surveillance powers likely to expire | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Senate Republicans said they are unlikely to take action Sunday before a midnight deadline to extend the programs. 
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It dies! Probably a brief death.

 

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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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US 'spied on French presidents' - Wikileaks - BBC News

US 'spied on French presidents' - Wikileaks - BBC News | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The US National Security Agency spied on French Presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande in 2006-12, the WikiLeaks website says.
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It becomes clear that being spied on by NSA becomes a badge of importance. If they have not spied on you then you are obviously a nobody. France, Germany -- what's a good round of spying between friends.

 

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Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office

Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.
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It's good that the National Security Administration is ready to protect our nation. Now if we could only get them to do something useful.

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Charges against Edward Snowden stand, despite telephone surveillance ban

Charges against Edward Snowden stand, despite telephone surveillance ban | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The former NSA contractor revealed the banned surveillance programme, but an Obama administration spokesman says they will not review his charges
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I want to claim credit for the change in the law, but the person who precipitated that change needs to go to jail as a traitor. Wonderful logic!

 

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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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