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  • Who needs democracy when you have data?

    08/21/2018 2:52:14 AM PDT · by gattaca · 12 replies
    MIT ^ | August 20, 2018 | Christina Larson
    Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance. n 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, selected to represent an entire population, responded to questions generated by a computer named Multivac. The machine took this data and calculated the results of an election that therefore never needed to happen. Asimov’s story was set in Bloomington, Indiana, but today an approximation of Multivac is being built in China. For any authoritarian regime, “there is a basic problem for the center of figuring out what’s going...
  • Google could be tracking your movements even when you tell it not to!

    08/17/2018 12:40:57 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 39 replies ^ | August 17, 2017 | Jeff Rossen
    How To Stop Facebook, Google And Amazon From Tracking You Just thought it would be good info to show how to turn off the tracking device on Google, Amazon and Facebook.
  • AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

    08/13/2018 7:45:21 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 27 replies
    Associated Press / APNEWS ^ | 08/13/2018 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.
  • TSA administrator says domestic surveillance program "makes an awful lot of sense"

    08/14/2018 10:52:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/14/2018 | KRIS VAN CLEAVE
    TSA Administrator David Pekoske said a surveillance program known as "Quiet Skies," which has been criticized for tracking American citizens not suspected of any crimes, "makes an awful lot of sense." "Our job overall as an agency, and the air marshals in particular, in flight, are working to make sure that we mitigate any risks that could occur in aircraft at 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 feet," Pekoske told CBS News in his first TV interview since the "Quiet Skies" program was disclosed to the public. "If an agency responsible for security has some information that might indicate that there may be...
  • Why the Russia Collusion Narrative Makes No Sense

    07/27/2018 4:43:22 AM PDT · by davikkm · 9 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    This week’s meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki triggered the most hysterical response from the mainstream media that I’ve ever seen. And in the Trump era, that’s really saying something. The media took what was a typical meeting between heads of state and turned it into a clown show. According to their twisted worldview, the meeting was undoubtedly treason, and further evidence that Trump was colluding with Russia all along. However, a sober analysis of the US’s relationship with Russia paints a much different picture. Below are several observations that call into question the validity of the...
  • Judicial Watch: FBI Begins Releasing Strzok-Page Communications, DOJ Objects to Preservation Order

    07/13/2018 12:28:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 13, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch obtains the first court-ordered production of Strzok-Page communications from the FBI (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has received 87 pages of records from the Department of Justice revealing former top FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page’s profanity-laced disdain for FBI hierarchy and policies. The DOJ, meanwhile, is resisting Judicial Watch’s request for a court order to preserve all responsive Page-Strzok communications. Strzok and Page’s anti-Trump text messages became center-stage amid allegations of bias at the Bureau, and both have been subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary and the Oversight and...
  • Brett Kavanaugh's defense of NSA phone surveillance looms as confirmation question

    07/09/2018 7:18:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/09/2018 | Steven Nelson
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, forcefully defended the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of domestic call records, alarming privacy advocates who view the collection as unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear if Kavanaugh’s November 2015 concurrence while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will factor prominently in his confirmation proceedings. But before he was nominated, anti-surveillance progressive and conservative advocates expressed concern. “I believe Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent judge, though certainly not a perfect one,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, told the Washington Examiner last week. "His Fourth Amendment...
  • Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

    07/08/2018 5:03:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 July 2018 | Paul Mozur
    In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station. In Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped the police snatch two dozen criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival. In Wuhu, a fugitive murder suspect was identified by a camera as he bought food from a street vendor. With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to...
  • Memos detail FBI’s ‘Hurry the F up pressure’ to probe Trump campaign

    07/06/2018 6:32:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/6/18 | John Solomon
    Multiple reviews of whether FBI agents’ political bias affected the Russia-Trump collusion case remain in their infancy, but investigators already have unearthed troubling internal communications long withheld from public view. We already know from FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s now-infamous text messages with his fellow agent and reported lover, Lisa Page, that Strzok — the man driving that Russia collusion investigation — disdained Donald Trump and expressed willingness to use his law enforcement powers to “stop” the Republican from becoming president. The question that lingers, unanswered: Did those sentiments affect official actions? Memos the FBI is now producing to the...
  • Conservatives pan Supreme Court finalist Brett Kavanaugh's 'troubling' NSA ruling

    07/06/2018 9:46:07 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 6, 2018
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a finalist to be President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee, is drawing criticism for his interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, with a prominent Republican calling his views on government call-record collection “troubling.” Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, offered an expansive legal justification for the National Security Agency’s discontinued call record dragnet in a little-noticed November 2015 concurrence. Privacy activists say Kavanaugh's two-page opinion is remarkable both for its legal analysis and the fact he didn’t need to write it.
  • AT&T lets NSA hide and surveil in plain sight, The Intercept reports

    07/03/2018 1:02:53 PM PDT · by SERKIT · 14 replies
    C-NET ^ | June 28, 2018 | Marrian Zhou
    The NSA has reportedly set up shop in AT&T buildings across the US for at least the past several years. The Intercept says it's identified eight AT&T facilities that are used for the National Security Agency's surveillance initiative. They are reportedly linked to a program called "Fairview," started in 1985, and AT&T is the only company involved with it. The facilities are spread out in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC, according to the report. Last year, The Intercept reported on a likely NSA surveillance site in New York. Monday's report is...
  • From 9/11 to Spygate: The National Security Deep State

    06/14/2018 9:37:14 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Front Page ^ | June 14, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    On September 4, 2001, Robert Mueller took over the FBI. At his confirmation hearings, fraud had overshadowed discussions of terrorism. And as FBI Director, Mueller quickly diverged from the common understanding that the attacks that killed 3,000 people had been an act of war rather than a crime. In 2008, Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi, who had been unleashed from Guantanamo Bay, carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq. Al-Ajmi had been represented by Thomas Wilner who was being paid by the Kuwaiti government. Wilner was a pal of Robert Mueller. And when the families were having dinner together, Mueller got up...
  • Big Dots — Do They Connect? Steele and Skripal Revisited

    06/28/2018 4:43:16 PM PDT · by Oklahoma · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 28, 2018, 12:05 am | Diana West
    Just came across an intriguing theory about Sergei Skripal, the former Soviet/Russian military intelligence agent who spied for Britain, and, along with his daughter Yulia, was nearly killed this spring by a dose of the nerve agent Novichok in the town of Salisbury, England, where they live. In a March 21 interview on the John Batchelor Show, Gregory R. Copley, editor and publisher of Defense & Foreign Affairs, posited that Sergei Skripal is the unnamed Russian intelligence source in the Steele dossier. Copley further explained (or tried to explain) to Batchelor (who kept cutting him off): “The people who wished...
  • NSA deletes years of call records, says it exceeded legal limit

    06/28/2018 2:10:47 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2018
    The National Security Agency said Thursday it collected more domestic call records than allowed, and as a result has been mass-deleting call records across a three-year period. The NSA said in a statement that on May 23 it "began deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015 under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act." Weeks before the deletions began, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reported that the NSA acquired more than 534 million domestic call records in 2017, triple the amount collected in 2016.
  • AT&T collaborates on NSA spying through a web of secretive buildings in the US

    06/26/2018 7:11:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    techcrunch ^ | Taylor Hatmaker
    AT&T data facilities in the U.S. are regarded as high-value sites to the NSA for giving the agency direct “backbone” access to raw data that passes through, including emails, web browsing, social media and any other form of unencrypted online activity. The NSA uses the web of eight AT&T hubs for a surveillance operation code-named FAIRVIEW, a program previously reported by The New York Times. The program, first established in 1985, “involves tapping into international telecommunications cables, routers, and switches” and only coordinates directly with AT&T and not the other major U.S. mobile carriers. AT&T’s deep involvement with the NSA...
  • The Wiretap Rooms The NSA's Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight US Cities

    06/26/2018 6:29:41 AM PDT · by Vendome · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 25 2018 | Ryan Gallagher, Henrik Moltke
    Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, The Intercept has identified an AT&T facility containing networking equipment that transports large quantities of internet traffic across the United States and the world. the buildings are central to an NSA spying initiative that has for years monitored billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across U.S. territory. “It’s eye-opening and ominous the extent to which this is happening right here on American soil,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center...
  • Kris Anne Hall, The Constitution and The Supremacy Clause

    06/21/2018 3:20:30 AM PDT · by knarf · 9 replies
    Kris Anne explains quickly and clearly a lot more than the Supremacy Clause in this, her explanation of the Supremacy Clause.There is SO much that is interconnected within the Constitution.
  • Don't Forget the Dark Side of Living in South Korea (Army doesn't cotton to gays)

    06/12/2018 8:43:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2018 | Binaifer Nowrojee
    It was little more than a year ago that South Korean police descended on the home of Lee Jin-young in Seoul, arrested him and placed him in solitary confinement. Lee is a long-time activist who had already been jailed in the 1980s for promoting democracy, but this time he was thrown in prison for different reasons. His so-called crime was running Labor Books, an online library of information on North Korea. Lee was charged with spreading literature that “benefitted the enemy” and could have faced years in prison until a court eventually quashed the charges against him. Sadly, this is...
  • James Clapper made 'unmasking' requests to identify U.S. citizens 'once every couple of weeks'

    06/07/2018 10:35:25 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday he would make “unmasking” requests to reveal the identity of a U.S. citizen every “couple of weeks” during a more than six-year period. His comments about unmasking were made to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who asked about then-President Barack Obama’s U.N. Ambassador Samantha Powers’ testimony in which she said other people had used her name to make unmasking requests. Mr. Clapper said he did not know how that could happen, and that during his time as DNI director, he would make a unmasking request “once every couple of weeks, something...
  • The Department Of Homeland Security Plans To Compile A List Of All Bloggers, Journalists (trunc)

    06/04/2018 5:54:05 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 47 replies
    The American Dream ^ | 3 Jun, 2018 | Michael Snyder
    Full Title: The Department Of Homeland Security Plans To Compile A List Of All Bloggers, Journalists And “Social Media Influencers” Many were hoping that once Barack Obama was out of office we would see less of this Big Brother surveillance nonsense, but instead it seems to be getting even worse. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has just announced that it intends to compile a comprehensive list of hundreds of thousands of “journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.”, and collect any “information that could be relevant” about them. So if you have a website, an important blog...