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  • License Plate Readers Pit Privacy Against Police

    01/16/2015 4:34:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-15-15 | tom hauser
    It's a battle between privacy advocates and police. Two bills regarding the controversial license plate readers, also known as LPR's, received a hearing at the State Capitol Thursday afternoon. "The scanning and storage capabilities of these systems have increased exponentially since they were first implemented," testified Teresa Nelson of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an opponent of storing this data collected by law enforcement. "As this technology improves and costs go down we're going to see LPR systems reach a point where they're deployed on every street corner and capable of scanning every vehicle." Republican Senator Branden Petersen, R-Andover,...
  • With Phone Calls and Persistence, Tracking Travelers at Risk for Ebola

    11/11/2014 6:36:32 PM PST · by wtd · 1 replies
    The New York Times /MSN ^ | Anemona HARTOCOLLIS
    On the 12th floor of a glass tower at the city health department’s headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, workers huddle like telemarketers at banks of 30 computers, doggedly calling one telephone number after another. Darryl Wong, a French-speaking operator, was trying to reach a West African man who had left New York several days before and had not returned when he said he would. (Snip) Two-thirds of the 289 people being tracked recently came to New York City from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three hardest-hit countries; the rest are workers who have been involved in the care...
  • Ebola: Pa. monitoring caseload rises

    11/04/2014 4:34:44 AM PST · by wtd · 10 replies
    PennLive ^ | 11/03/2014 @ 3:22PM | David Wenner
    Ebola: Pa. monitoring caseload risesPennsylvania health officials as of Monday afternoon were monitoring 135 people for possible Ebola symptoms, an increase of 30 from last week. All have recently arrived in Pennsylvania after visiting one of the areas in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak. However, none are known to have had direct exposure to Ebola, or have shown symptoms. Pennsylvania receives between one and roughly 25 people daily who have returned from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, where about 13,600 people have been stricken with Ebola, and nearly 5,000 have died as of the end of October.
  • MSM reports of individual States protocol & subsequent monitoring for Ebola:

    11/01/2014 5:18:40 PM PDT · by wtd · 19 replies
    multiple | 11/01/2014
    MSM reports of individual States protocol and subsequent monitoring of travelers from West Africa for Ebola ALABAMA MontgomeryAdvertiser: Alabama monitors 3 from Ebola outbreak areas October 30, 2014 Alabamas13: Gov. Bentley and State Health Officer address Alabama’s Ebola plan ALASKA BuffaloNews: A look at Ebola guidelines in some states October 31, 2014 State health officials in Alaska are finishing a plan that will outline the steps for when to put someone in quarantine or how to manage a patient who is off Alaska's limited road system, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, the state's chief epidemiologist. Anyone who traveled to the hardest...
  • Pentagon civilians leaving Ebola zones may choose monitoring regimen

    10/31/2014 3:59:06 PM PDT · by wtd · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Nov 1, 2014 2:35am IST
    Pentagon civilians leaving Ebola zones may choose monitoring regimen (Reuters) - Civilian U.S. defense employees returning from Ebola relief work in West Africa must undergo monitoring to ensure they are free of disease but can choose between following civil health guidelines or the stricter military regimen, the Pentagon said on Friday.
  • 100 N.J. residents with no Ebola symptoms being monitored at home, state says

    10/31/2014 6:08:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 10/30/14 | Susan K. Livio
    TRENTON — There are “approximately 100” people in New Jersey who are under “active monitoring” for Ebola, although no one has shown symptoms of having contracted the potentially deadly virus, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department confirmed tonight. Newark Liberty International Airport is one of five airports in the nation accepting travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the virus. Those countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is the second closest airport.
  • U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia monitored for Ebola in Italy

    10/27/2014 8:43:20 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/27/2014 | CBS staff
    U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Vicenza, Italy out of concern for the Ebola virus, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The soldiers being monitored include Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams who was the commander of the U.S. Army in Africa but turned over duties to the 101st Airborne Division over the weekend, Martin reports. There are currently 11 soldiers in isolation. They apparently were met by Carabinieri in full hazmat suits. If the policy remains in effect, everyone returning from Liberia - several hundred - will be placed in isolation for 21 days....
  • Truthy Removes Part of Website That Monitored Conservative Hashtags

    10/24/2014 9:24:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) project designed to track “misinformation” on Twitter has removed portions of its website that monitored political users, including conservatives who used the “tcot” hashtag. “Truthy,” the nearly $1 million research project being conducted by the University of Indiana, has redesigned its website following the Washington Free Beacon’s initial report on the study. Truthy Removes Part of Website That Monitored Conservative Hashtags Free Beacon prohibited from asking further questions about project The service is intended to monitor “suspicious memes” and “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. Truthy has received increased...
  • GM Will Make Cars With Motion Sensors to Keep Your Eyes on the Road

    09/02/2014 10:53:15 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies
    TimeCom ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Dan Kedmey
    Eye and head tracking sensors will make it harder to text while driving General Motors is reportedly installing sensors in its next generation of cars that will detect drivers’ eye and head motions and alert drivers to prolonged moments of distraction...
  • Pentagon studying protesters to prep for ‘mass civil breakdown’

    06/15/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Department of Defense has disbursed some funds to universities so that scientists might study the dynamics of civil unrest — and how the U.S. military might best respond. It’s called the “Minerva Research Initiative,” and it’s a program that was kicked off in 2008 to “improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.,” The Guardian reported. ~snip~ Those individuals targeted for questioning include political activists and members of non-governmental organizations — something that The Guardian pointed to as potential for concern. ~end snip~
  • NSA Surveillance Van monitoring a Catholic Blog

    01/30/2014 10:32:39 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 28 replies
    La Salette JOurney ^ | January 30, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    It would appear that the NSA is using vans to engage in surveillance against private citizens. As explained here: October 20, 2013 in Technology by Betsy facebook twitter digg redditemail “NSA Surveillance Network #1492″ Appears on Wireless Networks During California Internet Outage "Saturday night, around 8:30 Pacific Standard Time, Time/Warner Cable was knocked out in 3/4 of the state of California according to Cox Cable in San Diego. Before I called Cox Cable to confirm there was an outage, I checked my Macintosh’s laptop’s wireless network to see who else in the area was affected. To my surprise almost everyone...
  • States Build Patient-Tracking Systems

    08/28/2013 2:36:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    There are nine key take-aways: 1. Many Americans are in at least one state government patient-tracking system, either as a patient or as a parent. 2. There are virtually no consent requirements and few dissent options. 3. Child Health Profiles are being created by linking various state databases together. 4. Federal funding drives the establishment and maintenance of state databases. 5. This is a violation of Fourth Amendment rights against search and seizure. 6. Disease- and condition-specific databases are increasing. 7. Patient trust in doctors and hospitals may be harmed once patients realize surveillance is taking place. 8. The HIPAA...
  • Glenn Greenwald: Low-Level NSA Analysts Have ‘Powerful and Invasive’ Search Tool

    07/28/2013 1:24:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 107 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 28, 2013 | Kari Rea
    Today on “This Week,” Glenn Greenwald – the reporter who broke the story about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs – claimed that those NSA programs allowed even low-level analysts to search the private emails and phone calls of Americans. “The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and emails in their databases that they’ve collected over the last several years,” Greenwald told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “And what these programs are, are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or...
  • How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

    07/12/2013 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 July 2013 | Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe
    Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.
  • They've been listening for years

    06/08/2013 2:15:41 AM PDT · by chuckles · 23 replies
    vanity | 06-07-2013 | chuckles
    I'm retired from ATT for 12 years now. I worked as a tech installer and repair for digital circuits. During the Clinton administration, I was involved in installing fiber mux's that I was informed went to somewhere in Va. It was pretty common knowledge that it was the gubmint. The sheer size and speed of the circuits was what brought attention to it from most of us working on it. I don't want to spend 2 hours of typing about what it was, but just say it was part of a fiber ring, a very LARGE fiber ring. Let's consider...
  • Justice Department to monitor South Carolina 1 congressional election Sanford v Colbert-Busch

    05/06/2013 11:03:17 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 6, 2013 | Ian Simpson and Harriet McLeod
    Reuters) - The Justice Department will monitor voting in Charleston County, South Carolina, in Tuesday's special election to fill a House of Representatives seat, the department said on Monday. Former South Carolina Republican Governor Mark Sanford is facing Democratic newcomer Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of television political satirist Stephen Colbert, in the First District House race.
  • Hey Idiot Obama Voters

    04/15/2013 10:49:07 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Just remember what Obama's politicized-and-militarized Department of Homeland Security was doing while terrorists where planning to blow-up the Boston Marathon... MONITORING ME -an amateur BLOGGER- who posts cartoons about him and his charmless tree of a wife: Damn you self-pleased goofballs for handing our nation's security over to such an incompetent, agenda-driven scumbag- these people's blood is on ALL your hands.
  • Working to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence in the United States ("Anti-Gov Extremists")

    02/14/2013 6:33:30 PM PST · by optiguy · 56 replies
    The White House Website ^ | February 5, 2013 | Quintan Wiktorowicz
    The American public increasingly relies on the Internet for socializing, business transactions, gathering information, entertainment, and creating and sharing content. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought opportunities but also risks, and the Federal Government is committed to empowering members of the public to protect themselves against the full range of online threats, including online radicalization to violence.
  • IDF Doubles Number of Lookouts on Egypt Border

    07/01/2012 3:27:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/12 | Gil Ronen
    The number of IDF lookouts on the border with Egypt has been doubled in recent months, according to outgoing Field Intelligence Corps, Brig. Gen. Eli Pollack. "The resources available to us, such as radar and UAVs, have been multiplied several times over," said Brig. Gen. Pollack. "There is a lot of activity on the border, which has resulted in prevention of several attacks along with a reduction in the number of penetrations. Within a year not only will there be a fence – nothing will happen along the Sinai border without us knowing about it," he predicted. "This year, in...
  • Japan: The Prometheus Trap / Order to Suspend Radiation Monitoring

    02/06/2012 6:28:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 02/06/12 | YUMI NAKAYAMA
    The Prometheus Trap / Order to Suspend Radiation Monitoring February 06, 2012 By YUMI NAKAYAMA / Staff Writer According to Greek mythology, it was Prometheus who gave fire to humans. The acquisition of fire allowed humankind to develop civilization. Fire derived from fossil fuels further spurred production capacity. In time, humans attained atomic fire, a feat that was also described as "superior energy." Playing with fire, however, has presented humans with a dilemma. Humans, who achieved a civilized world through Prometheus, are now troubled by atomic fire. The series of articles contemplate the country, its citizens and electric power in...
  • Triple Lutz Report--The Thought Police Reside in Your SmartPhone

    12/02/2011 2:54:43 PM PST · by appeal2 · 12 replies
    www.KerryLutz.com ^ | 12-2-11 | Kerry Lutz
    A security researcher, Trevor Eckhart, recently made a startling discovery. Hidden inside every Android and iPhone is a program called Carrier IQ (CIQ), which is capable of monitoring virtually everything you do on a SmartPhone. And then it has the ability to send all that data back to your wireless carrier and then who knows where it will wind up and how it will be used. Perhaps these phones have become too Smart for our own good. This is our worst nightmare potentially being realized. With our freedoms being eroded at a rapid rate, this is a biggie. A cellphone...
  • FBI Monitoring News Talk Radio for Investigations (Watch out the regime is listening)

    10/15/2011 8:48:42 AM PDT · by Signalman · 16 replies
    WMAL.com ^ | 10/15/2011 | Mark Weaver
    Mark Weaver WMAL.com WASHINGTON -- If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI. The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet. The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence. "This doesn't give us any enhanced capability, prying into or any 'big brother' concerns because this is information that's being put out on the airwaves," FBI...
  • Radiation Monitoring on UStream

    03/18/2011 7:18:32 AM PDT · by wantobefree · 38 replies
    I thought you folks would like to be in the know. EnvirReporter is taking the radiation monitoring readings for the West Coast live on UStream. Just wanted to get this up here for your reference.
  • Monitoring America: How the U.S. Sees You

    12/20/2010 9:54:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/20/10 | Dana Priest & William M. Arkin
    Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing. The government's goal is to have every state and local law enforcement agency in the country feed information to Washington to buttress the work of the FBI,
  • Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

    06/20/2010 3:06:07 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News (AP source) ^ | June, 18, 2010 | none stated
    WASHINGTON -- Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation's homeland security chief said Friday. As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans' civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Obama spies boost monitoring of Jews

    04/08/2010 9:46:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,091+ views
    wnd ^ | 4/8/10 | Aaron Klein
    Protesting even home improvements to highest levels of Israeli government JERUSALEM – The Obama administration in recent weeks has stepped up its monitoring of Jewish construction projects in eastern Jerusalem and is protesting to the highest levels of the Israeli government even small building or improvement projects, WND has learned Obama is calling for Israel to halt all Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem for four months as a confidence-building gesture to start talks with the Palestinian Authority
  • Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets

    10/20/2009 12:02:44 PM PDT · by fightinbluhen51 · 14 replies · 943+ views
    Danger Room ^ | October 19, 2009 | Noah Shachtman
    Click through on the link below, no posting allowed.
  • Microsoft launches home energy monitoring tool

    06/25/2009 8:58:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 603+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US software giant Microsoft launched a free online home energy monitoring tool on Wednesday that allows consumers to gauge their usage and reduce consumption. Microsoft Hohm, available as a beta, or test, version in the United States at microsoft-hohm.com, lets users "better understand their energy usage, get recommendations and start saving money," Microsoft said. "We believe technology will play a pivotal role in tackling the global energy issues we currently face," Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, said in a statement. "Microsoft Hohm demonstrates how a combination of advanced software and Internet-based services can...
  • White House: Obama monitoring pirate situation

    04/09/2009 2:13:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,533+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/9/09 | Sam Youngman
    As the hostage situation with a U.S. vessel and Somali pirates lasted into its second day, the White House said Thursday that President Obama is keeping "apprised" of the situation and continues to be concerned about the safety of the ship's captain and crew. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the president has spoken with the commander of the Fifth Fleet, and the Navy and the FBI are "on the scene" so "the resources of our government are deployed in ensuring the safety and security of the captain and crew." Gibbs said the interagency group on maritime safety, which...
  • N.Y. Plans to Monitor Every Car in Manhattan

    08/14/2008 5:13:06 AM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 166+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | August 13, 2008 | staff
    The New York City Police Department is working on a plan to photograph the license plates of every vehicle entering Manhattan in an effort to guard against a terrorist attack. The plan, called Operation Sentinel, calls for photographing and scanning the license plates of cars and trucks at all bridges and tunnels, and using sensors to detect the presence of radioactivity, The New York Times reports. Data on each vehicle would be sent to a command center in Lower Manhattan, where it would be stored for at least a month and then eliminated if it were not linked to a...
  • Track Illegal Alien Activity Here!!

    11/26/2007 6:20:36 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 50+ views
    Texas Border Volunteers Newsletter ^ | November, 2007 | John D.
    Illegal Alien Activity Tracking System GSAC (Global Security Analysis, LLC) and The Publishers of GlobalIncidentMap.com, of Washington County, MD are pleased to announce the Illegal Alien Activity Tracking System (IAATS). This is a free, public service website, available October 21st, displaying ongoing Incidences of illegal alien criminal activity, legislation, the growing national security risk and threat of terrorism, plus other significant news. GSAC (Global Security Analysis, LLC) approached the publishers of GlobalIncidentMap.com with an idea of creating a free, public service website that allows everyone from your average citizen to law enforcement , and government agencies and officials, to have...
  • U.S. asking to monitor cellphones

    11/23/2007 6:13:24 PM PST · by Dubya · 64 replies · 193+ views
    Washington Post via Dallas Morning News ^ | November 22, 2007 | Ellen Nakashima
    WASHINGTON – Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data so they can pinpoint the whereabouts of drug traffickers, fugitives and other criminal suspects, according to judges and industry lawyers. In some cases, judges have granted the requests without requiring the government to demonstrate that there is probable cause to believe that a crime is taking place or that the inquiry will yield evidence of a crime. Privacy advocates fear such a practice may expose average Americans to a new level of government scrutiny of their daily lives.
  • EU proposes monitoring radical mosques

    05/12/2007 12:46:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 597+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/07 | Colleen Barry - ap
    VENICE, Italy - Security officials from Europe's largest countries backed a plan Saturday to profile mosques on the continent and identify radical Islamic clerics who raise the threat of homegrown terrorism. The project, to be finished by the fall, will focus on the roles of imams, their training, their ability to speak in the local language and their sources of funding, EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini told a news conference after a meeting on terrorism. Italian Interior Minister Guiliano Amato said Europe had extensive experience with the "misuse of mosques, which instead of being places of worship...
  • "Arctic Fever Getting Hotter" (Circulation changes and temperature trends in the Arctic Ocean)

    10/05/2006 1:48:05 PM PDT · by cogitator · 13 replies · 449+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 10/05/2006 | Staff Writers
    Several days ago, the 'Maria S Merian' returned from her second Arctic expedition with data confirming trends of Arctic warming. "Compared to last summer, the water that flows from the Norwegian Sea to the Arctic has been an average 0.8 degrees Celsius warmer this summer," says expedition leader Dr Ursula Schauer of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. "This is in addition to the last two years already having been warmer than the previous 20 from which we have regular measurements. Over the Yermak Plateau, an oceanic ridge, the oceanographers documented water of more than four degrees...
  • Surveillance cameras going up in downtown Dallas

    10/03/2006 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 18 replies · 520+ views
    They are meant to reduce crime by helping police spot problems. By the end of the year, 40 cameras will cover 31 locations in the area. It's part of a plan first announced in January by Dallas Police. Grant money will cover the 840-thousand dollar price tag for the cameras. Police will monitor the cameras from their headquarters and City Hall. Some residents feel apprehensive about the surveillance, seeing it as an invasion of privacy. But others say the cameras could help curb petty crime and random violence.
  • Red-light cameras allow lucky turns About 300 citations are thrown out because of a loophole

    09/21/2006 8:25:38 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 18 replies · 1,185+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-21-06 | ALEXIS GRANT
    Hundreds of drivers who ran red lights while making turns at intersections newly monitored by cameras have not been issued tickets because of a loophole in the photo-enforcement ordinance. "The way the current city ordinance is written, turns are excluded, even if they are illegal turns," said Houston police Sgt. Michael Muench. Traffic officers reviewed more than 1,000 violations caught on camera during the first two weeks of the program, the police department reported. A third were thrown out, many because the driver was making a right or left turn while running the light, Muench said. Muench was unable to...
  • Leak to China called blow to NSA program

    09/11/2006 10:10:47 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 32 replies · 1,999+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 11, 2006 | Bill Gertz
    <p>A former analyst for the Pentagon’s intelligence service provided China with highly classified information prior to the loss of a major electronic spying operation against Beijing, The Washington Times has learned. The loss of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping operation hampered U.S. efforts to track China’s covert arms sales to nations such as Iran, Syria and Pakistan, Bush administration officials said.</p>
  • S. Korea: Government on Alert to Monitor Signs of N. Korean Nuclear Test '24 Hours a Day'

    08/19/2006 10:37:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 2,701+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/20/06 | Kim Kwi-geun, Lee Kwi-won
    /begin my translationGovernment on Alert to Monitor Signs of N. Korean Nuclear Test '24 Hours a Day' A military monitoring team dispatched to the Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral ResourcesA few additional monitoring stations set up and in operation along DMZ(Seoul = Yonhap News) Kim Kwi-geun, Lee Kwi-won correspondent =The government and military authorities went into all-out monitoring of N. Korean nuclear test because the chance of N. Korea going ahead with the test shot up after N. Korea launched missiles on July 5, and UN passed resolution against N. Korea. A government source said in Aug. 20, "6-party talks on N. Korean nuke is still in deadlock. After the...
  • An enemies list at Capistrano Unified - (Orwellian monitoring of recall-supporting parents)

    07/11/2006 9:18:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 700+ views
    OC Register ^ | 7/11/06 | Editorial
    The Register reported on Monday that the Capistrano Unified School District "kept lists of 150 families who supported last year's board recall campaign, detailing such personal information as where their children went to school." This is a chilling abuse of power that should be thoroughly investigated by the county district attorney. One parent, appropriately enough, called the behavior "Nixonish." School districts are not allowed to engage in politics on public time. What else can such a list be considered if not political behavior? The Register reported that many of the documents about the recall were printed on district stationary, which...
  • Why we ran the bank story [Times editor on the paper's decision to expose U.S. money monitoring]

    06/27/2006 2:57:57 AM PDT · by Hadean · 106 replies · 2,841+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 27-2006 | Dean Baquet -Editor LA Times
    MANY READERS have been sharply critical of our decision to publish an article Friday on the U.S. Treasury Department's program to secretly monitor worldwide money transfers in an effort to track terrorist financing. They have sent me sincere and powerful expressions of their disappointment in our newspaper, and they deserve an equally thoughtful and honest response. The decision to publish this article was not one we took lightly. We considered very seriously the government's assertion that these disclosures could cause difficulties for counterterrorism programs. And we weighed that assertion against the fact that there is an intense and ongoing public...
  • VA Offers Credit Monitoring For Veterans

    06/22/2006 1:05:00 PM PDT · by Eagle9 · 12 replies · 530+ views
    What Credit Monitoring Will VA Offer?NEW: How Will VA Provide Credit Monitoring?As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continuing efforts to protect and assist those potentially affected by the recent data theft that occurred at an employee's Maryland home, VA announced on June 21 that the agency will provide one year of free credit monitoring to individuals whose sensitive personal information - Social Security Number (SSN) - may have been stolen in the incident.VA also announced on June 21 the Department is soliciting bids to hire a company that provides data breach analysis, which will look for possible...
  • Houston's Red Light Cameras get Green Light

    05/31/2006 8:12:43 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 798+ views
    KTRH News Radio ^ | May 31, 2006
    A deeply divided Houston City Council today voted to approve a five year contract for the city's proposed red light camera program. American Traffic Solutions Inc. will now begin setting up cameras at ten intersections around town judged to be the most accident-prone. The cameras are set up to take pictures of red light runner's license plates. Violators caught by the cameras will be mailed a $75 ticket. Those who have three violations within one year would have to pay $150 for each ticket after the first two. Debate over the use of the cameras has raged ever since Mayor...
  • Policing Phone Calls and Perverting Principles

    05/18/2006 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 23 replies · 640+ views
    The Objectivist Center & The Atlas Society ^ | May 18, 2006 | Edward Hudgins
    [How President Hillary Clinton will use Bush policing powers. Be very affair!] by Edward Hudgins The revelation that the Bush administration has secured records of millions of phone calls from three telecom companies should shock every American who is concerned about freedom. Apparently it has not. A poll the day after the disclosure found that two- thirds of Americans have no apparent problem with this practice. Perhaps those opinions will change as more details are revealed. But in any case, for the sake our freedom, Americans would do well to do what most politicians refuse to do: to think in...
  • The Real ID Rebellion (National ID)

    04/17/2006 8:50:15 AM PDT · by af_vet_rr · 104 replies · 1,772+ views
    CNET News.co, ^ | 17 April 2006 | Declan McCullagh
    In 1775, New Hampshire was the first colony to declare its independence from oppressive laws and taxes levied by the British crown. Now it may become the first state to declare its independence from an oppressive digital ID law concocted in Washington, D.C. New Hampshire's House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a remarkable bill, HB 1582, that would prohibit the state from participating in the national ID card system that will be created in 2008. A state Senate vote is expected as early as next week. The federal law in question is the Real ID Act (here's our FAQ on...
  • Drone aircraft may prowl U.S. skies

    03/30/2006 6:38:10 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 45 replies · 1,167+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | March 29, 2006 | Declan McCullagh
    Unmanned aerial vehicles have soared the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq for years, spotting enemy encampments, protecting military bases, and even launching missile attacks against suspected terrorists. Now UAVs may be landing in the United States. A House of Representatives panel on Wednesday heard testimony from police agencies that envision using UAVs for everything from border security to domestic surveillance high above American cities. Private companies also hope to use UAVs for tasks such as aerial photography and pipeline monitoring. "We need additional technology to supplement manned aircraft surveillance and current ground assets to ensure more effective monitoring of United...
  • 80 Eyes on 2,400 People (Alaska and Security Cameras)

    03/29/2006 6:50:07 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 19 replies · 993+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 28, 2006 | Tomas Alex Tizon
    From Anchorage it takes 90 minutes on a propeller plane to reach this fishing village on the state's southwestern edge, a place where some people still make raincoats out of walrus intestine. This is the Alaskan bush at its most remote. Here, tundra meets sea, and sea turns to ice for half the year. Scattered, almost hidden, in the terrain are some of the most isolated communities on American soil. People choose to live in outposts like Dillingham (pop. 2,400) for that reason: to be left alone. So eyebrows were raised in January when the first surveillance cameras went up...
  • RFID: Europe Wants to Tag You

    03/20/2006 9:36:15 AM PST · by robowombat · 48 replies · 972+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 2006-03-12 | Elaib Harvey
    RFID: Europe Wants to Tag You From the desk of Elaib Harvey on Sun, 2006-03-12 20:45 Am I the only one who is a tad concerned about the new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Devices) Policy for Europe? I hope not. This year data retention legislation was introduced by the European Parliament and now we have the execrable Viviane Reding at a major conference in Hanover burbling about the Commission’s new consultation on the electronic tagging technology. Given that Commission Press Releases are normally bland to the point of ennui the following is quite something, “But their power to report their...
  • NYC Adding 500 Cameras, Want to Track People, Cars.

    03/22/2006 6:39:18 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 119 replies · 1,556+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 22, 2006 | ALISON GENDAR and MICHAEL SAUL
    New Yorkers, get ready for your closeup. The NYPD is installing 505 surveillance cameras around the city - and pushing to safeguard lower Manhattan with a "ring of steel" that could track hundreds of thousands of people and cars a day, authorities revealed yesterday. .. The NYPD also has applied for $81.5 million in federal aid to install surveillance cameras, computerized license plate readers and vehicle barriers around lower Manhattan, Kelly said. .. But don't expect the NYPD to install its cameras without battling the New York Civil Liberties Union. The watchdog group's associate legal director, Chris Dunn, questioned the...
  • Radio waves create mixed signals

    03/11/2006 5:23:16 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 49 replies · 1,948+ views
    The Wytheville Enterprise ^ | March 11, 2006 | Wayne Quesenberry
    Dennis L. and Brenda F. Alford consider themselves law-abiding citizens. He is retired from Volvo Heavy Truck Plant and a greeter at the Wytheville Wal-Mart. She is a registered nurse at Carrington Place at Wytheville Birdmont Center. Imagine their surprise Wednesday morning when county and town law enforcement officers descended on their Locust Hill Road home. A search warrant was executed and eventually five two-way radios, four scanners, a computer, a power supply, radio tuners and an amplifier were seized. "They made us go in the living room and sit there," recalled Mrs. Alford. "They kept us under surveillance. It...
  • New Fox News Poll Totally Contradicts AP Poll... What happened?

    01/13/2006 9:17:56 AM PST · by rabair · 11 replies · 565+ views
    RightWinged.com ^ | 1-13-06 | Randy @ RightWinged.com
    Here are the most important parts... but my blog post goes deep in to what seems to have happened here, etc. http://www.rightwinged.com/2006/01/fox_news_poll_on_electronic_su.html (from AP-Ipsos, a couple days ago) 56 percent of respondents in an AP-Ipsos poll said the government should be required to first get a court warrant to eavesdrop on the overseas calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens when those communications are believed to be tied to terrorism. Agreeing with the White House, some 42 percent of those surveyed do not believe the court approval is necessary. (from Fox News-Opinion Dynamics poll out today) By 58 percent to 36...