CIA Director Thinks You Should Spit on the Bill of Rights for Security

The New York Times reports “After Paris Attacks, C.I.A. Director Rekindles Debate Over Surveillance.” It’s a rather understated headline.  A diabolical range of recent attacks claimed by the Islamic State — a Russian airliner blown up in Egypt, a double suicide bombing in Beirut and Friday’s ghastly assaults on Paris — has rekindled a debate over the proper limits of government surveillance in an age of terrorist mayhem. On Monday, in unusually raw language, John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, Read more […]

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

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 […]

Big Brother Is Watching You Eat

We have another technology that will enable a more intrusive Big Brother surveillance system “for your own good.” The Michelle Obamas of the world must be salivating over this opportunity. Those who are absolutely convinced they “know what is best” for us—in everything—love every new opportunity to rule our lives. The Telegraph reports: “The vending machine of the future is here, and it knows who you are.” The vending machine brought an element of anonymity to snacking: you Read more […]

Big Brother Is Watching Your Weight!

Perhaps it is premature to say that Big Brother is watching your weight, but he is certainly trying to develop the capacity to do so. According to the Washington Free Beacon, “Feds Spend $2.1 Million to Develop Weight-Tracking Insoles, Buttons.” Buttons? “Wearable button videotapes what an obese person eats.” Gotcha. The federal government is spending more than $2 million to develop wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight in order to fight obesity. The Read more […]