Obama Asked Secret Court to Approve Bulk Surveillance in Defiance of Public Court Ruling

Bulk surveillance has been ruled illegal, but the Obama Administration says they might do it anyway. From the Guardian: The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months. If America still had journalists worth even a single penny this would be the front-page, news-leading story on every Read more […]

Spying on Americans is not for Security—It is an End in Itself

The defenders of the Patriot Act don’t care that it doesn’t work because spying on Americans is the goal, not a means to some other end. We’re about to have reason to hate the Republicans in Congress even more than we already do. The Patriot ACT is up for renewal. I think the chances of Congress doing the right thing and putting the monster out of our misery are almost zero. It wasn’t that long ago that I felt much more optimistic. Not so much now. I would love to be pleasantly surprised. But, Read more […]

Who Wants to Work for the NSA?

While Congress and the President are covering for the agency, many of those who are qualified don’t want to work for the NSA. The struggle with the NSA has been extremely frustrating. When a whistleblower exposes their spying, they get to stay in the United States and keep operating while the whistleblower has to flee to Russia. The President refuses to do anything to stop the NSA’s activities, even when its actions expose the United States to the hatred of the world. The NSA has compromised Read more […]

Is the IRS Spying on Taxpayers for the White House?

There may be yet another IRS spying scandal. I have already argued that the IRS should be abolished on Fourth Amendment grounds. The agency has access to private details of your life and, over and over again, they have been caught or suspected of sharing that information in order to target certain groups. With the whole Lois Lerner scandal, we have plenty of reason to believe that the Obama IRS is not bound by legality or ethics in what they will do to support the Administration. But this Read more […]

Who Is Running the Fake Cell Towers?

Recently, people have admitted to the mysterious existence of fake cell towers. As VentureBeat reports, Mysterious “interceptor” cell towers in the USA are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks. And, two experts told VentureBeat today, the towers don’t appear to be projects of the National Security Agency (NSA). The towers were revealed by Les Goldsmith to Popular Science last week. He’s CEO of ESD America, which builds the super-secure Cryptophone 500 for Read more […]

Nude Photos Hacked through Police Industrial Complex

Nude photos hacked from private data that was stored in the cloud are now being dispersed on the internet and are a major part of the news cycle. What you need to know that at least one of the essential tools that is being used to accomplish this hacking did not come from private criminals or from private consumers. No, the tools were developed in order to satisfy the desires of governments who want to be able to spy on their citizens. According to Wired, On the web forum Anon-IB, one of Read more […]

The Missouri Legislature Proves It Has a Few Good Men

I am really proud of my state right now. The New York Times has launched an attack on Missouri because it is the only state in the union that has refused to set up a database to track all pain medications so that they can catch “abusers.” Newser.com summarizes the accusation and pushes the same agenda: With prescription painkiller abuse, addiction, and overdoses a massive problem across the country, some 49 states have brought in databases to track excess prescriptions—and then there is Read more […]

How Much Information Does the Government Keep About Us?

An editor at Ars Technica, Cyrus Farivar, finally shook loose from the government their dossier on him. As far as we know none of this information was retrieved by hacking a computer system or wiretapping (or the digital equivalent of wiretapping) a phone call. Nor was this editor, as far as we know, a suspect in any crime. This information was collected simply because he traveled out of the country. He writes, “I wanted my Passenger Name Records (PNR), data created by airlines, hotels, and cruise Read more […]

Did You Really Think NSA Workers Were any Better than the TSA?

You may remember that TSA insiders assured us that, yes, they were laughing at our bodies when we went through the nudie scanners at the airport. Well, here’s a newsflash for those who need it: the TSA is not some especially bad government agency. When you offer people power and intrusive authority over other people the results are not good. Since there is no supply of angels for the TSA to hire, the employees don’t deal well with the power they are given. Thus, there is no reason to expect 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 […]

NSA Honcho: We Kill People on the Basis of Metadata, but You Can Trust Us with Yours

I’m completely flabbergasted that someone would offer such an admission as a defense of the NSA as if it could possibly reassure Americans. For months and months we heard that the NSA spying was no big deal because they only sucked up “the metadata” of all those phone calls. How important can the metadata be if they aren’t (as they claim) collecting the content of those calls. Important enough to use to decide whether or not to kill people! From the ABC News blog we get a report on the statement Read more […]

IRS May Have Colluded with Democrat Congressman in Targeting Conservative Group

The IRS scandal started with the allegation that conservative groups were targeted for harassment. That is all true, and more. But the IRS was not simply trying to hamper conservatives. It seems now that it was actively spying on at least one group at the behest of ranking Oversight Democrat Congressman, Elijah Cummings (MD). According to the Washington Free Beacon: Emails released by the GOP-led Oversight Committee show Democratic staff requested information from the IRS’ tax-exempt division Read more […]