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A Victory over Traffic Cameras

Stop Sign Cameras Saint Charles County has had some controversies involving residents attempting to use their right of self-government to get rid of traffic cameras. Now TechDirt gives us some good news from Saint Charles city: "Missouri Court Upholds Right Of Citizens To 'Vote' Traffic Enforcement Cameras Out Of 'Office'" Sometimes the citizens win the fight against red light cameras. That's when the government's hate for the little people really shows through. Late last year, residents of St. Charles, Missouri, Read more [...] Continue reading →

New Cybersecurity Bill Protects Companies as Government Snitches

A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files A new bill passed this week will grant protection from prosecution of for violation of privacy laws to companies who share private data.  While it is allegedly limited to specific types of information, the concerns of lawmakers and privacy groups is that this law will open the door to government encroaching on the rights of the citizenry. The Washington Post Reports The Senate on Tuesday passed a cybersecurity bill that would give companies legal immunity for sharing data with the federal government, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Governments Conspire To Get More Revenue

Corporate_taxes Is the economy making governments worried that they need ways to catch more revenue, or are they just being governments? When I posted about how the U.S. government is greedy to shake down corporations for more revenue, I didn’t know that there was an international effort to sweep up more revenue across borders. Now I wonder if the story I wrote about had its ultimate origins in some government public relations office to soften up the public. The rule seems to be that we should always feel suspicious Read more [...] Continue reading →

Did Someone from DHS Expose Secrets to Discredit Kevin McCarthy?

DHS Wikipedia was altered to allege that Kevin McCarthy had an extra-marital affair and the IP address of the editor was that of the DHS Offices. Several times on this blog we have raised concerns about how domestic spying and surveillance could be used to destroy or control politicians. It seems as if virtually all politicians are vulnerable to blackmail. We know that the Secret Service recently used its dossier on a politician to punish him. There is no reason to think the NSA would hesitate to Read more [...] Continue reading →

New World Order Recruits a Global Police Force

obamaThrone U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at the United Nations on Wednesday that the Department of Justice would be working with several major metropolitan police forces, starting with New York, to create a globe-girdling police force targeting "violent extremism." Yee-haw. It's on like Donkey Kong. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear that his city has joined 25 other cities worldwide because the global police force will target "intolerance." "The Strong Cities network will Read more [...] Continue reading →

Secret Service Used Personal Data to Punish Sitting Congressman

bigbrother is watching Do you think that the people in the NSA who have access to our personal data will be any more ethical or any less ruthless than the Secret Service? We have asked a time or two about the possibility of a politician being blackmailed by agents of our own government. We’ve wondered about John Boehner’s actions in that regard. Does the NSA have dirt on these politicians so that they can be controlled by others in government? Some want to cling to the idea that, even though the NSA could do Read more [...] Continue reading →

Big Brother Is Fishing in Your Medical Records because Drugs

Obama Death Star If you think your medical records are private, your Federal government disagrees with you. Mark Horne has posted that, by requiring electronic medical records, the government is setting itself up to have access to all our health information. Here is circumstantial evidence that he is right, as reported at “The DEA is rummaging around thousands of people’s medical files without warrants.” DEA, as you probably know, stands for Drug Enforcement Administration—a Federal agency. The Read more [...] Continue reading →

Justice Department Upset over Apple Encryption

iphone Apple encryption means the company cannot hand the Feds real-time interceptions of text messages. The headline in the New York Times reads: “Apple and Other Tech Companies Tangle With U.S. Over Access to Data.” In an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple turn over, in real time, text messages between suspects using iPhones. Apple’s response: Its iMessage system was encrypted and the company could not comply. Government Read more [...] Continue reading →

Tax Exempt Organizations Fight to Hide Donors from Government

bigbrother is watching Tax Exempt Organizations have asked the Supreme Court to give them relief from California’s prying eyes. We all know now that a single political donation can get a CEO fired from the company he founded. That is why Mark Horne argued that the IRS should be abolished on First and Fourth Amendment grounds. The lesson here is that the plundering done by the IRS is not their worst feature. If all they did was loot us, we would be immeasurably better off. The IRS is another form of the NSA. They Read more [...] Continue reading →

Jeb Bush Wants Expanded NSA

Bush boys It is crazy that Jeb Bush defended the NSA, but now he is calling for an Expanded NSA. Reuters reports, “Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers to Combat 'Evildoers'.” Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds Read more [...] Continue reading →

Federal Agency Installs Surveillance Grid over Major City without Local Government?

Speed Cameras_Yellow Seattle is now under a surveillance grid of cameras thanks to the BATF, who did not consult the Seattle PD or city government. When I first saw this story I thought it must be one of those hoax/satire sites that sometimes fool conservatives. But it looks like a bona fide news site dedicated to happenings and issues related to the Seattle area. The headline: “ATF confirms surveillance cameras installed throughout Seattle.” The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Read more [...] Continue reading →