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White Billionaire Secretly Funds Surveillance Program Aimed at Baltimore’s Mostly Black Population

Now one Texas-based billionaire (who began amassing his fortune at Enron) has singlehandedly spearheaded a massive spying program—secret until now—in a city 1500 miles away from where he lives.

September 2, 2016
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Donald Trump And Others Want To ‘Investigate’ Black Lives Matter — Why?

In one of tens of thousands of FBI memos from the time, King is called the “most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country.”

July 20, 2016
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Is Pokémon Go The Next Big Brother?

Pokémon Go has become a highly lucrative property in the short week it’s been available to download. Nintendo’s stock has soared by over 25 percent since the game’s release. At the peak of this spike, market analysts valued the game at a whopping $7 billion. All that profit comes at a different cost: User privacy.

July 15, 2016

Senate Likely To Pass FBI Spying Bill After Orlando Shooting

Under the Senate bill, the FBI could demand electronic communications transaction records such as time stamps of emails and the emails’ senders and recipients, in addition to some information about websites a person visits.

June 22, 2016
Police cars and fire trucks outside the Pulse night club in Orlando

Orlando Is Why We Need Surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch — twice — and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so. But in this massive lost opportunity to prevent a slaughter dwells a positive sign for our ability to stop future attacks. Law enforcement at least had its eye on him. Scarier would have been that it had never heard of Omar Mateen.

June 16, 2016
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NYPD Monitored Muslims Long Before Ted Cruz’s Proposal

New York City’s police department has emerged as one of the biggest opponents to Ted Cruz’s call to patrol specifically Muslim neighborhoods following the Brussels attacks. However, that same police department was a pioneer in monitoring American Muslims for over a decade following the September 11 attacks.

March 23, 2016
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Endorse This: Ted Cruz ‘Doesn’t Know What The Hell He’s Talking About’

Ted Cruz got flustered today when CBS’ This Morning’s anchors pointed out the logical fallacies in his argument that the U.S. needs to spy on Muslim communities to weed out radical jihadists.

March 23, 2016

Can FBI Be Held Liable For Targeting Irvine, Calif., Muslims For Surveillance?

A federal appeals court is now considering whether the FBI can be held liable for allegedly indiscriminately targeting Muslims for surveillance.

December 22, 2015

Shootings Sharpen Debate On U.S. Electronic Surveillance Powers

The San Bernardino shootings are reviving a debate about Washington’s digital surveillance effort to find and capture violent extremists, with the recent shutdown of a U.S. cellphone spying program coming under renewed criticism.

December 6, 2015

States Rush To Regulate Drones Ahead Of Federal Guidelines

In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on drones.

September 15, 2015

Firm That Vetted Snowden In $30 Million Settlement With U.S.

The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that the settlement with USIS and its parent company, Altegrity Inc, will resolve claims that the firm failed to perform quality control reviews in connection with its background investigations.

August 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Significant Rollback Of NSA Spying Powers

After a week of fierce debate, the Senate passed landmark legislation Tuesday, signalling the end of an era of a widespread domestic surveillance that began in the fearful weeks after 9/11.

June 2, 2015

‘Do Not Track’ Documentary Shows How You’re Watched Online

Most people who are setting up a social media account or downloading a new app hit the “Agree” button for the terms of service agreement without even reading it. They have a vague idea that they’re selling off parts of themselves.

May 21, 2015
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Rand Paul Takes To Senate Floor To Block NSA Surveillance Measure

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) spoke out against a National Security Agency spying program on the Senate floor.

May 20, 2015
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Germany’s Merkel Defends Cooperation With US Spy Agency

Angela Merkel insists that Germany needs to continue to work with the NSA and perpetuate the spy network between the two nations.

May 5, 2015
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Conservatives Push For Changes To Patriot Act Data Provisions As Expiration Draws Near

Will Congress reauthorize, rewrite, or let the Patriot Act expire? Critics tout the economic cost and strain on civil liberties that the law has had on Americans.

April 14, 2015

Can America Stand Rand? Cranking Up His ‘Libertarian’ Campaign

Rand Paul’s flat tax, a “new idea” from 1983, would worsen inequality, raising the burden on the poor and middle class while benefiting the very rich.

April 7, 2015

Endorse This: John Oliver Meets Edward Snowden

Watch John Oliver’s wide-ranging questions, from the importance of whistleblowing to the genuine dangers that Snowden’s leaks have created.

April 6, 2015

To Protect Our Privacy, Make The FISA Court Act Like A Real Court

It’s time to provide real oversight for the NSA.

March 23, 2015

Apple’s New Encryption To Lock Out Government

Apple won’t be able to access its customers’ passwords.

September 18, 2014

Global Turbulence Tests U.S. Alliances

Washington (AFP) — Back before campaign promises needed to be cashed, Barack Obama told 200,000 Berliners that allies must “trust each other” and vowed to repair bonds torn by George W. Bush’s go-it-alone diplomacy. Six years on, he needs to do some work to make good on that pledge. Sectarian chaos remaking the Middle East, […]

July 16, 2014

House Passes Bill To Curb NSA Surveillance

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the National Security Agency (NSA). The margin was wide, 293 to 123, for the bill attached to the defense budget for 2015, which begins October 1. For now, however, the bill will have no effect on […]

June 20, 2014

Court Holds Secret Meeting On Whether Terror Suspect Can View Surveillance Documents

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago held a highly unusual closed-door session with government officials Wednesday after debating in public whether attorneys for a local terrorism suspect should be allowed to view confidential surveillance documents filed in the case. In 30 minutes of arguments that were open to […]

June 5, 2014