A Victory over Traffic 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 […]

A State Senate Wants Drone Use to Require a Warrant

In Connecticut the state senate thinks the Fourth-Amendment-type rules should apply to drone use. Not every issue is cleared up by the Constitution. While the Fourth Amendment states that we should be secure in our persons, property, and effects, etc, it doesn’t limit government agents on public property. If I drive from my house to the grocery store, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t necessarily apply to a decision by a police officer to follow me for whatever reason. That’s why drone use Read more […]

Facebook Knows Your Comments before You Hit Post, or Even If You Don’t!

Facebook knows the things you are about to say and the things you decide not to say. Ever wondered why some of your most powerful posts suddenly vaporize when you hit the “post” button? I have. After reading this, I don’t wonder as much. (In times of severe frustration with the same post being deleted numerous consecutive times—actually, a similar one, since I have to rewrite—I’ve finally resorted to typing elsewhere, then pasting. It gets me past the barrier but I’m not thrilled to have Read more […]

Government Stingray May be Disrupting Your Mobile Coverage

The secretive Fed technology, that fakes call towers to spy on people, might be disrupting mobile coverage for others. I’ve posted before about the mysterious “Stingray” technology that intercepts the phones of selected targets, fooling it into thinking it is connecting to a legitimate phone tower. In fact, a prosecutor’s case was recently tossed because the police had used this technology, but the prosecutor did not want to acknowledge it in court. Our Federal rulers don’t want Read more […]

The Domestic Spy Grid: Police Use Database For Personal Lives

If you remember, one of the most telling revelations about the NSA was that agents had used their powerful tools to stalk romantic interests. The only reason they were ever discovered is because the NSA offered amnesty to people who confessed (so we have no idea how else the system was abused). We have a similar story (albeit, on a much smaller scale) with the police department of the city of Fairfield. As the CBS Sacramento station reports: Court documents show that Fairfield Police Officers Read more […]

The Definition of Terrorist Expanding Under Barack Obama

The definition of terrorist is much like the definition of “criminal” in relation to the political class: they have a motive to enlarge it. No one described this fact more dramatically than Ayn Rand in her novel, Atlas Shrugged, where she has a government bureaucrat lecture CEO and entrepreneur Hank Reardon: “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up Read more […]

Law Enforcement Is Changing: Drones Being Used More Often

I can’t say if this is bad news, but it is something we need to be aware of and watch closely. Law enforcement has increasingly been using drones. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are increasingly borrowing border-patrol drones for domestic surveillance operations, newly released records show, a harbinger of what is expected to become the commonplace use of unmanned aircraft by police. Customs and Border Protection, which has the largest U.S. drone fleet of its kind outside the Read more […]

NSA Sypymaster: We Need a Way to Violate First Amendment

Some blog called “Armed With Science” decided to be a propaganda mouthpiece for the NSA for at least one post (perhaps that’s the blogs regular shtick; with a .mil domain, that wouldn’t surprise me). They interviewed General Keith Alexander and let him tell us whatever least untruthful statements he could devise. “We [the NSA] collect foreign intelligence for our country, and we provide information assurance for national security systems,” Gen. Alexander says.  “We have two great Read more […]

The Limits of Government Surveillance? For Now.

Story: Air Marshal Adam Bartsch was on duty Thursday when the incident occurred on a Southwest flight from Nashville to Tampa, according to an affidavit. A witness saw 28-year-old Bartsch snapping photos underneath women’s skirts, grabbed the cell phone and brought it to the attention of a flight attendant. Bartsch was removed from the flight and taken into custody. He admitted to taking 10 to 12 photos underneath women’s skirts. Officials say he’s taken similar photos several times Read more […]

Reporter’s Death — Were Feds Involved?

Everybody’s thinking it, I’m just saying it. When award-winning journalist Michael Hastings was killed Tuesday in a fiery one-vehicle crash, the first question in many journalists’ mind was, what story was he working on? Thanks to the release of an email sent hours before his death, we still don’t know the angle, but we have an idea of the topic, and we also know that Hastings considered it a big story. KTLA was provided the email by one of the recipients, whose names were blurred out. It Read more […]

No Butts — Feds’ Surveillance Programs Out of Control

If you want further proof that the NSA’s tapping of phone records and tech companies’ databases is out of hand and way beyond anything ever intended by the Patriot Act, all you have to do is take a gander at the photo released Wednesday through Reuters of Edward Snowden. It’s a picture from 2002, when he worked as webmaster for an anime company, of Snowden with his pants down, seen here. He’s not naked, he’s got a pair of boxers on. His back is turned to the camera, and he appears to be in Read more […]

Cities Putting Audio Surveillance On Buses

Several cities are spending Homeland Security grant money on surveillance capabilities around the city, particularly on public transportation buses. In San Francisco, officials are using $5.9 million of grant money to upgrade their video surveillance systems to include audio capabilities as well. In the next 4 years in San Francisco, new audio/video surveillance systems will be implemented in 357 total public vehicles including trolley cars and potentially 613 more vehicles. The Daily reported: “Government Read more […]