Justice Department Upset over Apple Encryption

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 […]

Judge: If You Are a Conservative You Have Given Up Your Privacy

On the other hand, if you are a Liberal then you get to keep your privacy. I really don’t like Bill Cosby very much from what I read about him lately. It seems likely that he belongs in prison. Since nothing has been prosecuted and the media is biased, I can’t be certain about things, but that is how they look now. So I’m not writing this post to defend Cosby or to express any sympathy for him. Even if he is not guilty of the worst possible charges he is quite certainly an immoral man. Read more […]

Big Brother Gains a New Foothold in California Charities

When Big Brother is watching you, he can tell anyone he wants about what you are doing. Here is a suggestion: in order to have open government I think there should be a public database that anyone can access in order to find out your complete voting record. Everyone you voted for should be a available as public knowledge to every one of your neighbors. When you apply for a job, the decision maker should have access to your complete voting history. Right? No, that would be awful. It would Read more […]

VA Uses Private Medical Records against Whistleblowers

When the government has your private medical records, it will use them against you if it needs to do so. The headline at the Blaze says it all: “Shock Testimony: VA Officials Retaliate Against Whistleblowers by Illegally Accessing Their Medical Records.” This surprising testimony from Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner was delivered at a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee hearing, which was called to discuss the problems whistleblowers face when they try to expose the ongoing failure of the Read more […]

Morally Treasonous Sony Hack Shows We Need a Savior

My snarky side finds it incredibly rich that a denizen of Hollywood should lecture anyone about being “morally treasonous.” Shall we run down the list of productions out of that town, generally, or from Sony, specifically, that have assisted in undermining the morals of the nation and the world? [See also, “Hollywood Hypocrites Produce Extreme Income Inequality.”] But moving past that which is perversely enjoyable to what is uncomfortable… Aaron Sorkin makes several very good points Read more […]

Electronic Records: Convenience for Big Brother

The government may have bad motives for mandating electronic records. Recently I’ve heard stories on the radio about the need for doctors and other medical professionals to convert their paper filing systems into electronic records. It seems there are both grants available to help with expenses in making the conversion and even fines for those who resist the process. All paper needs to be converted to data for “the cloud.” These stories take for granted that there is nothing but an upside Read more […]

Government Threatened Yahoo To Make It Violate Constitution and Users’ Privacy

It was 2008 and no one knew that the government threatened Yahoo. Until now. One of the tools of the terror security state (or insecurity state) is that they can bind you to secrecy so that you are completely isolated in your struggle with the government. The Washington Post reports, The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according Read more […]

The NSA Gets, Keeps, and Leaks the Private Data of Innocent Americans

Edward Snowden is now being accused of violating the privacy of ordinary Americans. And it is true. He turned over the personal data to the Washington Post. Ben Wittes at the Lawfare blog writes his accusation, listing some examples of the private and embarrassing records that Edward Snowden is guilty of revealing. You will notice it isn’t just “metadata.” Snowden here did not leak programmatic information about government activity. He leaked many tens of thousands of personal communications Read more […]

The NSA Should Come Clean and Declare the 4th Amendment to be “Extremist Literature”

The spy-bureaucrats haven’t actually done this yet. But that is only because they still feel some compulsion to do PR. I have to assume that if an interest in Linux means that a website is an “extremist forum,” that the Fourth Amendment must be considered far more dangerous. (I’m afraid even some people who call themselves “conservative” would agree with them.) As we read from a German news site, The XKeyscore rules reveal that the NSA tracks all connections to a server that hosts Read more […]

The German-NSA Collusion Shows that Governments are United Against Subjects of All Nations

Originally, we had reason to believe that Germany felt victimized by the NSA. Most people want to believe that they are the highest priority of their government and that their government would be loyal to them rather than subservient to or cooperative with another government. But it doesn’t work that way. From a German magazine: “New leaks show Germany’s collusion with NSA.” Several new Snowden-leaked documents show how closely Germany’s intelligence agencies work with the NSA. But did Read more […]

Big Brother Is Watching You and Your Children’s Weight

If you need it, here is another reason to keep your children out of public school: So that they are not spied on and singled out for their weight. From CNS News: The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat. Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index, an Read more […]

Legislature Needs To Protect Farmers From EPA Sharing Their Data With Radicals

One way the government persecutes its perceived enemies is to spy on them and then use the data against them in court or in some other government way. But another favorite method is to use the information by giving it to another group so that group can target the enemies of the state and hurt them in some way. One way that juries were encouraged to make “the right decision” at the trials was to make them public so that the mob could see them and intimidate them. Jurors knew that voting the wrong Read more […]