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How The Government Can Steal Your Stuff

How The Government Can Steal Your StuffShould someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an opportunity to flee or liquidate and launder his assets? Known as civil asset forfeiture, this practice might sound like a wise policy.

Online Anonymity Isn’t As Easy As The Firms Offering Privacy Want You To Think

Online Anonymity Isn’t As Easy As The Firms Offering Privacy Want You To Think

In a post-Snowden world, anonymity is what people want online. Smartphone apps offering anonymous messaging are popping up everywhere – Secret, Whisper, and now Yik Yak. The latest additions to privacy-protecting technology, they claim to provide anonymous, location-based confession, expression, and discussion platforms.

A Victory On The Front Lines Of The War Against Surveillance

A Victory On The Front Lines Of The War Against Surveillance

Municipal struggles over mass surveillance take on increased significance. As it becomes more and more clear that these agencies are wastefully overfunded, as a bipartisan 2012 report on fusion centers found, communities must decide whether to stand up for their civil liberties when elected officials are no longer able to advocate for them.

A Republic If You Can Keep It

A Republic If You Can Keep It

The curious thing about a democratic system is that it contains the seeds of its own demise. Freedom is not something guaranteed by any parchment or promise. It is earned by each generation which must jealously protect it from threats, not only from outside, but from within a nation.

NSA Has Built Its Own, Secret, Warrantless, Shadow Social Network, And You've Already Joined It

NSA Has Built Its Own, Secret, Warrantless, Shadow Social Network, And You've Already Joined It

Soon after the very earliest reporting on Ed Snowden's leaked documents about PRISM, the folks from Datacoup put together the very amusing GETPRSM website, which looks very much like the announcement of a new social network, but (the joke is) it's really the NSA scooping up all our data and making the connections. It's pretty funny. Except, of course, when you find out that it's real.

Why NSA Snooping Is A Bigger Deal in Germany

Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany

Germans like posting baby pictures, party snapshots and witty comments on Facebook just like anyone else. They just do not want to get caught doing it. Many of us use fake names for their profiles 2013 silly puns, movie characters or anagrams and "remixes" of their real names. (Yes, I have one. No I'm not telling you the name.)

Is US Government Spying Worse Than A Conspiracy Nut's Imagination?

NSA Spying Worse Than A Conspiracy Nut's Imagination

It seems that every day brings a new revelation about the scope of the NSA’s heretofore secret warrantless mass surveillance programs. And as we learn more, the picture becomes increasingly alarming. The chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said the court lacks the tools to independently verify how often the government’s surveillance breaks the court’s rules.

President Obama Lacks Credibility As He Offers Potential NSA Reforms

President Obama Displays "Bush Like" Lack Of Credibility As He Offers Potential NSA Reforms

The President seemed unaware of the article that was published by The Guardian just 3 hours prior to the press conference as his handlers allowed the President to appear either untruthful or out of touch. In this article the Guardian disclosed that the NSA had at least a virtual "backdoor" if not an actual into their own systems that allowed them to skirt even the "rubber stamped" FISA Court spirit and restraints.

Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes

Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes

It will require “coordinated dissent” from individuals, advocacy groups, and, yes, technology companies. Smart people like Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) warn that our inaction opens the door for such surveillance to become an irreversible and regrettable part of our society, but the hard truth is that citizens need to muster incredible will to demand or enact sorely needed privacy protections.

Slippery Slope Really Slippery: DEA And Other Agencies Fed From NSA Spying?

Reuters Exclusive: DEA Up To The Same NSA Spying

The real problem with the NSA spying program is not that objectionable when used to catch "real" terrorism suspects or prevent actual attacks, a knack these programs have not yet accomplished that warrant the spending and effort put forth so far. Now the real problem is the slippery slope the NSA program provides. And it is slippery as other agencies are following NSA's lead and their own agendas.

Another Shoe Drops: NSA Loophole Allows Warrantless Search For US Citizens' Emails And Phone Calls

NSA Loophole Allows Warrantless Search For US Citizens' Emails And Phone Calls

Guardian Exclusive: Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans' communications. The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian.

The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President

The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President

When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA's bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs. Here are some of the proposals the president co-sponsored as a senator.

Four Ways to Escape the NSA Dragnet

Four Ways to Escape the NSA Dragnet

The PRISM scandal confirmed our worst fears when it comes to state-level surveillance of the Internet, with the revelation that the NSA has created "backdoors" into major online services such as Google, Facebook, and Yahoo. These backdoors allegedly give intelligence agencies around the world access to user emails, Facebook posts, search queries, web history, and more, with little or no judicial oversight.

Law to Clean Up Nuisances Costs Innocent People Their Homes

Law to Clean Up ‘Nuisances' Costs Innocent People Their Homes

When Rochelle Bing bought her modest row home on a tattered block in North Philadelphia 10 years ago, she saw it as an investment in the future for her extended family — especially for her 18 grandchildren. Bing, 42, works full-time as a home health assistant for the elderly and disabled. In summer when school is out, her house is awash with grandkids whom Bing tends to while their parents work. And the home has been a haven in troubled times when her children needed help or a father went to jail. One of Bing's grandchildren lives there now.