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Video: Snowden exposed mass surveillance to show it’s for control, not counterterrorism – Oliver...

The majority of the US public is not aware of what exactly was exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden because media coverage focused on...

‘Beacon for despots everywhere’: Britain’s ‘extreme’ surveillance bill becomes law

Britain’s intelligence services have officially been given the most wide-ranging and privacy-invading mass surveillance powers in the world, according to critics, after the Investigatory...

Surveillance bill could push Britain down World Press Freedom Index, warns watchdog

Britain’s Investigatory Powers Act, dubbed the ‘snooper’s charter,’ is likely to drive Britain even further down the World Press Freedom Index, according to the...
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Video: Are Trump’s Plans to Expand Obama’s Surveillance State & Activate Muslim Registry Unconstitutional?

http://democracynow.org - We speak with Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project, about President-elect Donald ... Via Youtube

Surveillance company cuts half its staff after losing Twitter & Facebook access

CIA-backed Chicago tech company Geofeedia’s hand was forced after Facebook, Instagram and Twitter cut ties with them for their part in helping law enforcement...
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Video: Snowden: Fear of terrorism used as ‘legislative magic wand’ for surveillance (streamed live)

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden is scheduled to take part in a Q&A session via video call, hosted by the PEN International...

Britain’s mass surveillance bill rubber-stamped by House of Lords

A sweeping new surveillance regime is set to become UK law before the end of the year after the Investigatory Powers Bill passed through...

Mysterious NYC skyscraper owned by AT&T nerve center of NSA mass surveillance programs –...

Built to endure a nuclear attack, a New York City skyscraper known as the AT&T Long...

‘Our Identity Is Often What’s Triggering Surveillance’ – CounterSpin interview with Brandi Collins on...

Janine Jackson interviewed Brandi Collins about surveillance of the Movement for Black Lives for the October 28, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

Education Technology, Surveillance, and America’s Authoritarian Democracy

The NSA has nothing on the monitoring tools that education technologists have developed to ‘personalize’ and ‘adapt’ learning for students in public school districts...

Brandi Collins on Black Lives Surveillance

MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: (Photo: Color of Change) Corporate journalists rely on the First Amendment, but it’s increasingly unclear if the First Amendment can rely...

Govt surveillance court order to Yahoo not likely to be declassified

The secret court order issued to Yahoo that allowed the US government to obtain user data...
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Video: Charges Dropped Against Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Member; Surveillance of DAPL Resistance Continues

http://democracynow.org - We speak with Cody Hall of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who had a warrant issued for his arrest for two misdemeanors...
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Video: ‘Maybe I said something wrong’: Blackout as Putin talks about NSA surveillance at...

Commenting on US Vice President Joe Biden's statement on the possibility of cyberattacks against Russia, Vladimir Putin said it's the first time that Washington...

Why We Are Singing for Water at Standing Rock, in Front of Men With...

Protesters march from a camp to a sacred burial ground at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, on September 9,...

#TakeCTLR: US cities, activists rise against police surveillance

Eleven cities across the US have partnered with 13 organizations to push for community control over...
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Video: Wayne Madsen “New PM Theresa May Is Big Mother! The Queen Of Surveillance!”

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube
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Video: Is Hillary Clinton’s Criticism of Edward Snowden a Distraction from Real Issue of...

http://democracynow.org - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden "stole very important information that has unfortunately ... Via Youtube

Is Hillary Clinton's Criticism of Edward Snowden a Distraction From Real Issue of Surveillance?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden "stole very important information that has unfortunately fallen into a lot of the...

Drone swarms for combat & surveillance ops top Britain’s military wishlist

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a competition to see who can come up...

Word Games: What the NSA Means by "Targeted" Surveillance Under Section 702

We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like "collect," "conversations," "communications," and even "surveillance" have...
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Video: Baltimore Police Defend Secret Surveillance Program

Officials would not say why a private company using a plane to track city residents was hired and funded outside public purview Visit http://therealnews.com...

Running a 'fever': FBI and police Stingray surveillance partnership revealed in docs

New documents show how Oakland police and the FBI collaborated in their use of surveillance devices...

UK defense contractor BAE selling surveillance gear to Emirates – report

The Danish subsidiary of a British defense contractor is selling surveillance gear to the United...

Smashed or stolen? Banksy ‘Spy Booth’ mural satirizing govt. surveillance removed (PHOTO, VIDEO)

A famous Banksy artwork that depicted illegal British government spying has been mysteriously removed from...

UK surveillance powers have gone ‘further than any other Western democracy’ – MP

Britain has gone “further than any other Western democracy” in its expansion of surveillance powers and its ability to collect bulk data without justifiable...

Surveillance Isn't Colorblind

During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. -- all under the veil of proper...

Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind

Rapidly developing technology exposes communities of color to near-constant surveillance and over-policing During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther...

Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind

During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. — all under the veil of proper legal process....

Mass Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind

(Photo: ‘Pong / Flickr) During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. — all under the veil of...

FBI releases 18 hours of surveillance footage from Freddie Gray protests

The FBI has released spy footage taken during the Baltimore 2015 protests honoring Freddie Gray, who...

Firms peddling surveillance tech to spy on public exposed in new database

Corporations that develop technology used to spy on citizens are being added to a new searchable database compiled by human rights NGO Privacy International...
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Video: ‘Targeted surveillance might be way forward instead of tsunami style we have now’

Insight in the recent shootings in the US, RT is joined by former MI5 agent and intelligence expert Annie Machon. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe...

Spies targeted 20 VIPs in ‘unjustified’ surveillance operations

British security services spied on high-profile figures in operations that were not justified, according to...

‘Surveillance capitalism, robot totalitarianism’: Oliver Stone lashes out at Pokemon Go

Director Oliver Stone used a presentation of his upcoming film about Edward Snowden as an opportunity...
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Video: RAW: Russia’s first 3D-printed surveillance drone on display

A 3D-printed surveillance drone, already successfully flight-tested, weighing a mere four kilograms and with a range of 50 kilometers, has been presented at the...

Mass surveillance, deportations & nuclear weapons: What to expect from UK’s new PM

Theresa May will replace David Cameron as Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday. What do we...

Smartphone Users Are Paying for Their Own Surveillance

by William A. Blunden / June 22nd, 2016 Truthout.org: In the movie Sneakers, a motley gang of security experts chase after a little black box...

‘State of Surveillance’ with Edward Snowden

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Spies could hack entire towns under new surveillance bill

Spies will be empowered to hack the electronic devices of entire towns under the government’s...

Smartphone Users Are Paying for Their Own Surveillance

(Photo: Melissa BARRA) In the movie Sneakers, a motley gang of security experts chase after a little black box that can crack any form of...
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Video: NYPD Surveillance Unveiled: City Claims to Lose Docs on 1960s Radicals, Then Finds...

http://democracynow.org - There has been a major break in the decade-long fight to unveil records related to the New York City Police Department's surveillance...

Mass surveillance bill ‘not incompatible’ with privacy rights – MPs

Bulk data collection sanctioned under Home Secretary Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Bill is not “inherently...

Cuts made to aerial surveillance of English Channel at height of migrant crisis  

Home Secretary Theresa May cancelled round-the-clock aerial monitoring of the English Channel to save money...

‘Hatchet to liberty’: New senate bill expands FBI’s warrantless surveillance powers

The Senate Intelligence Committee has overwhelmingly voted for a new – as yet secret – bill...

Did Snowden’s mass surveillance leaks have a chilling effect on political activists?

A new report examines how political activists have responded to the knowledge they are under...
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Video: Going stealth: ‘Anti-surveillance’ coat & bag to get rid of hackers & spies

Video by RT Play project. Watch more on RT Play Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RTvids/ Dutch designers Leon Baauw and Marcha Schagen have ... Via Youtube
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Video: Robert McChesney: Facebook’s Monopoly & Surveillance Antithetical to Free Press and a Free...

http://democracynow.org - On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with top conservative media figures, including Glenn Beck, Dana Perino and ... Via Youtube

Hidden Mics as Part of Government Surveillance Program

Provided by the NSA, courtesy of former employee Edward Snowden In another example of multi-dimensional clash among the Fourth Amendment, privacy, technology and the surveillance...

‘Dangerous expansion’: Senate challenges government surveillance powers with new bill

Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul will introduce a bill this week to halt implementation of...

Federal Agents Exposed For Planting Surveillance Microphones in Public

It seems that every rock overturned reveals a new depth to government spying on its own citizens – in this case, literally. Major cities have...
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Video: ‘Security Bogeyman’: Putin’s face used in campaign against new UK surveillance law

Vladimir Putin is eyeing up London – quite literally. The Russian president's face has been appearing on posters and billboards all over the British...

In Hearing on Internet Surveillance, Nobody Knows How Many Impacted in Data Collection

The Senate Judiciary Committee held an open hearing Tuesday on the FISA Amendments Act, the law that ostensibly authorizes the digital surveillance of hundreds...

Chicken wings robbery exposes secret surveillance tool of US police

To catch a chicken wings thief, Maryland police employed one of their most secretive, high-tech tools:...

US spy court approved all 1,457 govt surveillance orders in 2015 – report

A secretive court that authorizes applications made by the US government for approval of electronic surveillance...

Brits blindly walking into Orwellian surveillance state, survey suggests

Britain is sleep-walking into an Orwellian surveillance state, with most of its citizens unaware of...

DOJ faces legal fight with EFF over US govt ‘secret’ surveillance requests

A digital rights group is suing the US Justice Department over secret court orders it suspects...

L.A. Activists Want to Bring Surveillance Conversation Down to Earth

Government surveillance is not an abstract thing, says Hamid Khan, coordinator for the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. For the communities Khan works with in Los Angeles...

Enforcing UK surveillance powers may cost over £1bn, 7 times original estimate

Online surveillance on the scale proposed in the UK government’s Investigatory Powers Bill could end...

Chelsea Manning reveals anti-whistleblower ‘insider threat’ surveillance program

The US government uses an “insider threat” task force that has effectively placed thousands of its...

UK bill hands vast surveillance powers to police and intelligence agencies

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Barry Mason On March 1, Home Secretary Theresa May published the Investigatory...

Alvaro Bedoya on Facial Recognition and the Color of Surveillance

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Britain sets ‘bad example’ on surveillance, says UN privacy rapporteur

(RT) - Britain is setting a bad example by legitimizing rather than outlawing mass surveillance,...

Leaked Australian document reveals plans for mass surveillance of immigrants

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Max Newman A document leaked last month revealed that the Australian government...

Privacy advocates slam new UK surveillance law

Technology companies and privacy campaigners have blasted a newly proposed surveillance law in the UK that calls for bulk data collection of Internet users. "Powers...

Russia seeking to fly hi-tech surveillance planes over US

Russia is about to formally request permission from the US to fly surveillance planes with highly advanced cameras over the country, a move that...

UK Parliament Report Rejects Encryption Backdoors, Other Parts of Sweeping Surveillance Bill

Today, the UK Parliament's Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee — a group of Members of Parliament charged with assessing a draft of sweeping...

Right to privacy should form ‘backbone’ of mass surveillance laws – MPs

Tory Home Secretary Theresa May’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill fails to provide sufficient protections for the right to privacy, a senior parliamentary committee has...
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Video: Award-Winning Florida Deputy Indicted for Beating Non-Resisting Man in Surveillance Video

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/01/28/award-winning-florida-deputy-indicted-for-beating-non-resisting-man-in-surveillance-video/ Via Youtube
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Video: The ‘Anti-Manning’ vPositions of Hillary Clinton on National Security and Surveillance

Marcy Wheeler, national security and civil liberties reporter at EmptyWheel.net, says Clinton supported secure communications for dissidents - except when it ... Via Youtube

16 States Introduce Legislation to Limit Surveillance and Protect Student and Employee Privacy

NEW YORK - Today at 2 p.m. ET, a nationwide coalition of legislators from both parties and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum...

‘Insider Threat’ Program: Hundred Thousand Pentagon Personnel Under Total Surveillance

At least a hundred thousand military, civilian, and contractor personnel at the Defense Department have been subjected to a “continuous evaluation” or total surveillance...

Civilian to monitor NYPD spying in settlement over covert surveillance of Muslims

In a landmark settlement, the New York Police Department has agreed on reforms to protect Muslims from its discriminatory and covert surveillance, including the...

Eyes on the road: Police surveillance database logs 30mn car journeys every day

Britain’s surveillance commissioner has questioned the legality of a police database that holds the details of 22 billion road journeys and was established without...
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Video: Surveillance footage: Oil tankers, trucks under heavy bombing in Syria by Russian Air...

The aerial video shows Russian Air Force bombing of heavy-duty trucks transporting oil from Iraq to Turkey. The footage was made in the vicinity...

Apple warns about UK surveillance powers bill

The tech giant Apple has warned that a plan set forth by the UK government to give intelligence agencies extra online surveillance powers could weaken the...
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Video: Security or Surveillance: Privacy vs anti-terror security in digital age (#RT10 Panel Discussion)

Details: http://conference.rt.com/ To celebrate RT's ten-year anniversary we are bringing together the leading international experts to discuss these ... Via Youtube

Leaked NSA doc reveals ‘sheer luck’ needed to find useful info in sea of...

The NSA didn’t know it was already sitting on a “goldmine” of data on one of its targets until one of its analysts discovered...

Feds may need warrant for web browser surveillance, court rules

When Edward Snowden revealed the NSA secretly monitored Americans’ internet use, officials allayed concerns by explaining “only metadata” was collected. Now a federal court...
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Video: ‘Listening In’: New surveillance bill to give more power to UK authorities

A controversial new surveillance bill has been proposed in the UK parliament. It would grant government agencies more access to data. RT's Polly Boiko...

Snowden condemns Britain’s new surveillance bill

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has voiced his opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill, which was unveiled Wednesday by the British government, saying ministers are...

UK government to legalise universal state surveillance

By Robert Stevens Conservative home secretary Theresa May introduced before Parliament the government’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill yesterday. The 299-page draft Bill is a fundamental assault...

US Senate Passes CISA, a “Cybersecurity” Bill Critics Say Will Expand Mass Surveillance

The US Senate passed the so-called Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act - or CISA - Tuesday evening by a wide 74-21 margin. The overwhelming Senate support...
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Video: UFO over US? No, merely a lost Pentagon surveillance blimp

The US military is scrambling to recover an expensive spy blimp that broke loose from its moorings and is threatening air traffic north of...

NYPD Muslim Surveillance Case Reinstated

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a comprehensive and stirring decision in the case Hassan v. City of New...

Defending Against Overreaching Surveillance in Ethiopia: Surveillance Self-Defense now Available in Amharic

From telecommunications infrastructure to TV and radio airwaves, the Ethiopian government’s controls over communications infrastructure in the country means that even the most private...

‘Surveillance bill in disguise’ might make a Senate comeback this week

As Congress scurries to avoid another government shutdown, lawmakers may be ready to once again bring up a controversial information-sharing bill for consideration this...

Head of UK’s domestic spy agency calls for greater surveillance powers

The head of the United Kingdom's domestic spy agency, MI5, calls for more surveillance powers to security service agents to monitor electronic communications and...

Warrant now required for federal ‘Stingray’ surveillance use – DoJ

US Department of Justice agents now have to acquire a search warrant before utilizing a cell-site simulator, the department said, though the new policy...

‘UK surveillance worse than Orwell’s 1984’

UN special rapporteur on privacy has slammed Britain’s surveillance situation, saying it is even worse that what author George Orwell imagined in his novel...
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Video: ‘NSA put surveillance cone over Salt Lake City during 2002 Olympics without warrant’...

RT talks to Salt Lake City's former mayor Rocky Anderson, who takes on the NSA and George W. Bush — suing them for alleged...

New surveillance footage shows Ferguson protester shot by cops had pistol — police

St. Louis County police have released surveillance footage allegedly showing Tyrone Harris, a black teen, with a gun. Police said Harris fired the weapon...
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Video: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas...

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake says that in the name of national security we are eating out the very heart of democracy; what...
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Video: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas...

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake tells Host Paul Jay that mass surveillance is not about protecting people, in the end it's about social...
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Video: The Man Who Knew Too Much, from 9/11 to Mass Surveillance – Thomas...

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake says the suspension of the Constitution that took place in secret after 9/11, for all intents and purposes,...
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Video: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas...

On Reality Asserts Itself, former NSA senior executive Mr. Drake and host Paul Jay talk about the "dark state" and how 9/11 opens up...
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Video: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas...

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake, a former Senior Executive at the National Security Agency, says he was targeted by the NSA because he...

NSA pledges to eventually delete old bulk surveillance records. Oh sure, we can trust...

The National Security Agency will eventually delete the trove of millions of telephone records it controversially amassed under the Patriot Act, the Office of...

High Court rules surveillance legislation ‘unlawful’

The High Court has ruled that emergency data retention and surveillance legislation the coalition government introduced last year is unlawful. The law is the latest...
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Video: Italian ‘Banksy’ exposes surveillance chiefs in street art

An Italian artist has declared a 'brush-and-ink' war on mass surveillance — he looks for private photos of high-ranking US intelligence officials, reworking them...

NSA Surrounded Merkel in ‘Web of Surveillance’: WikiLeaks

Spy target list includes not only confidential numbers for Merkel, but also for her top officials, her aides, her chief of staff, and even...

Surveillance Company Hacking Team Exposed

A 400 gigabyte trove of internal documents belonging to surveillance company Hacking Team has been released online. Hacking team sells intrusive hacking tools that have allegedly been used by...

Leaks reveal NSA surveillance on at least 3 French presidents

The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the last three presidents of France from 2006 until 2012, according to newly released documents from...

Surveillance court moving toward renewal of NSA spying program for 6 months

(RT) - The secretive court that oversees US government spying requests has indicated that it will temporarily renew the National Security Agency's bulk phone records...

Surveillance video of FBI shooting in Boston leaves unanswered questions

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Surveillance video of FBI shooting in Boston leaves unanswered questions By Nick Barrickman 12...
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Video: AI & Big Brother Surveillance Being Sold As Trendy and Cool

Former DARPA director Regina Dugan to discuss artificial intelligence with global power brokers. Via Youtube

What Is the Use of Mass Surveillance?

Increased state surveillance can be thought of in several different ways, depending on where you stand. Described uncharitably, it’s a Faustian bargain that dissolves...

A Misleading Moment of Celebration for a New Surveillance Program

The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The...

Glenn Greenwald: As Bulk NSA Spying Expires, Scare Tactics Can’t Stop ”Sea Change” on...

Democracy Now! - The government’s authority to sweep up millions of Americans’ phone records has expired. The practice exposed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward...

FBI operating small air force of low-flying surveillance planes: Report

US law enforcement officials have confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying surveillance...

Don’t Worry, the Government Still Has Plenty of Surveillance Power If Section 215 Sunsets

Deeplinks Blog - The story being spun by the defenders of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Obama Administration is that if the law...

Patriot Act/NSA Surveillance, Call Your Senators Now!

The Senate is in recess, but they will be returning on Sunday for a last minute vote on the extension of the Patriot Act’s...

Protesters Gather in Dozens of Cities to Call for the End of Patriot Act...

WASHINGTON - As the sun set on Thursday, activists and Internet users of varying political stripes gathered outside Senate offices across the country and...

Senate kills bill on NSA domestic surveillance reform

The USA Freedom Act has failed in the Senate, stalling an effort to reform certain federal surveillance programs before an end-of-the-month deadline ends the...

DoJ watchdog barks at FBI’s failure to leash in surveillance

The Federal Bureau of Investigation collects data on individuals not suspected of any crime through a controversial section of the Patriot Act, according to...

Snowden talks NSA surveillance reform, reveals Papa John’s exists in Russia

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden took to Reddit Thursday, once again answering questions about surveillance reform, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s 10-hour filibuster, and...

Why the ACLU’s Big Victory Against NSA Surveillance Falls Short

I don’t like to be a wet blanket, but at the risk of mixing metaphors, I’m going to throw some cold water on the...
The former monitoring base of the National Security Agency (NSA), which belongs to the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), is seen in Bad Aibling, south of Munich (Reuters/Michaela Rehle)

German govt actively assisted NSA in mass surveillance – WikiLeaks

(RT) - The former monitoring base of the National Security Agency (NSA), which belongs to the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), is seen in...

Canada, welcome to the US-style Surveillance State

Canada, welcome to the US-style Surveillance State Obama likes to say, “We’re all in this together.” Well, our 2 populations are now together as targets of spying By Jon Rappoport May 11, 2015 The notorious Bill C-51 to expand spying on citizens in Canada has passed the House of Commons, by a vote of 183-96. […]

Protesters Demand To See Surveillance Video Of Deadly Police Shooting In Venice

Angry community members met Saturday in Venice Beach to protest the police and demand that they release security camera video of the shooting. The protest...

US to Answer for Surveillance Practices on Global Stage

(CDT) - It only happens once every four and a half years, but it’s about to happen this month: the United States will appear...

German opposition demands probe into BND/NSA surveillance & industrial espionage

(RT) - The German opposition is threatening legal action against the government unless it shares detailed information on the extent of ties between the...

Can mass surveillance be stopped before it’s too late?

A House committee advanced major legislation Thursday that would effectively end the National Security Agency's bulk vacuuming of American phone records, a lurch forward...
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Is the online surveillance of black teenagers the new stop-and-frisk?

Critics say the NYPD’s trawling of social media for gang activity — affecting children as young as 10 — is disproportionate and may amount...
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With millennials gaining influence, surveillance reform is inevitable

About a year ago, a thirtysomething sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped...

Bill before congress would authorize secrecy and surveillance, not “cyber security”

A provision in the falsely-named "cyber security" bill currently being debated in congress would–in addition to enabling more warrantless government spying–create a gaping hole...

USA and UK’s surveillance violates human rights law

Amnesty International and others won an historic victory today as the legal body that oversees the practices of the UK secret services acknowledged that...

Glenn Greenwald: NSA Surveillance Program is ‘Antithesis’ of Fourth Amendment

Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and journalist who became a left-wing celebrity for his articles helping whistle-blower Edward Snowden expose the NSA’s mass-surveillance program, admits...

NYPD Inspector General to Tackle Surveillance, Excessive Force in Coming Year

The Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department issued its first annual report today summarizing the Office’s efforts and...

Black America’s State of Surveillance

Ten years ago, on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, my mother, a former Black Panther, died from complications of sickle cell anemia. Weeks before...

Facebook and the military industrial surveillance complex

Earlier this week the European Commission’s attorney Bernhard Schima told the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the US-EU Safe Harbor framework...

UK mass surveillance lacks transparency

RINF Alternative News In response to a report from the Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, Amnesty International has slammed the regulation of mass surveillance as...

Curbs on Surveillance State Urged

In the post 9/11 era, the U.S. government vastly expanded its surveillance of nearly everyone on earth, even U.S. citizens, brushing aside constitutional protections...

‘Stingray’ surveillance devices can degrade service for any cell phone in vicinity – report

Surveillance technology known as ‘Stingray’ -- used to trick phones into connecting to them by mimicking cell towers -- can block or drop phone...

Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope of Canada’s Domestic Surveillance

Lauren McCauley This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Canada's electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), collects millions of...

Companies forced to anonymously fight back against FBI surveillance

The fate of the United States government’s ability to silently serve tech companies with a type of court order that compels firms to hand...

5 Ways Mass Surveillance Is Destroying the US Economy

Via Washington's Blog with permission Prosperity Requires Privacy Privacy is a prerequisite for a prosperous economy. Even the White House admits: People must have confidence that data will travel...

George Galloway, Tom Newton Dunn and others: A list of current legal challenges to...

Melanie Newman The Bureau Investigates Reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Last autumn, the Bureau launched a legal challenge in the European Court of Human...

U.S. Government Buys Surveillance Technology To Track Drivers in Real Time

Local government officials have the ability to track individual drivers in the U.S. in real time and take pictures of the occupants of their...

Twitter Reveals All It Can Tell You About Government Surveillance of Users

On Monday morning, Twitter released its most recent transparency report. Every 6 months, the company voluntarily discloses its data on government and law enforcement...

British Tribunal Rules Mass Internet Surveillance by GCHQ Was Unlawful

Earlier Friday the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in the UK ruled that the UK's Government Communications Headquarters' (GCHQ) access to information intercepted online by...

Revealed: A Whole New Terrifying Level of Surveillance

Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with...

NSA Began Warrantless Surveillance Without Congressional Approval

Newly declassified documents show intelligence agency spied on emails, phone calls before passage of surveillance act Nadia Prupis The National Security Agency began its warrantless surveillance...

The War on Leaks Has Gone Way Too Far When Journalists’ Emails Are Under...

The outrageous legal attack on WikiLeaks and its staffers, who are exercising their First Amendment rights to publish classified information in the public interest–just...

The Surveillance State Is Coming to a Pub Near You

The CCTV cameras are slowly being switched off in Britain's austerity hit streets and town centres as, one by one, skint local councils and...

New document reveals FBI’s role in NSA surveillance program

Documents provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggest that the FBI has played a part in the National Security Agency’s surveillance operations to...

MI5 and David Cameron Push For New Surveillance Powers

David Cameron appears to want to strengthen the laws that allow the security services to intercept communications so that no method or element of...

Council forced to rein in surveillance of residents

While the Ham&High was snooping through council documents this week, a batch of figures popped out showing its use of controversial surveillance laws on...

NSA’s internet surveillance faces constitutional challenge in court

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week will challenge the National Security Agency (NSA) in a federal court, where the advocacy group will argue that...

US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form

A U.S. secret court has extended the authorization of the National Security Agency to continue surveillance of phone records in its current form after...

‘Exposing Orwellian surveillance’: Greens call on Sweden to grant Edward Snowden asylum

Sweden’s Greens have called on Stockholm to grant NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden political asylum and fly him to the country on an official government...

‘Resist Surveillance’: Human Rights Groups Launch Tool to Detect Spyware

Detekt finds traces of 'dangerous and sophisticated' technology used by repressive governments against journalists and human rights defenders, Amnesty International says Nadia Prupis Amnesty International released...

Domestic Drones Cometh: Report Exposes Rapid Expansion of Surveillance Flights

More than 10,000 flights have quietly taken place along the US/Mexico border since last year, according to the AP Jon Queally The U.S. government has quietly...

DHS Wants Private Surveillance Cameras In Every Neighborhood

Baltimore is expanding its public surveillance network to include private security cameras that city officials hope will quadruple the number of digital eyes on...

Government forced to release secret policies on surveillance of lawyers

The Government has been forced to release secret policies which show that GCHQ and MI5 have for years advised staff that they may “target...

Snowden: Mass surveillance programs “fundamentally dangerous”

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower has described government mass surveillance programs as “fundamentally dangerous”. Snowden spoke in a video message to a conference about the impact on journalism...

Mass Surveillance Destroys Freedom

It’s longstanding. It’s institutionalized. It’s lawless. It has nothing to do with domestic or foreign threats. Or anything related to national security. America’s only enemies...

DC police spent $260k on ‘Stingray’ surveillance system, left it unused for 6 years

Requests for documents have revealed not only that law enforcement in Washington, DC long ago acquired a controversial cellphone surveillance system known as a...

FBI Director: Government Surveillance ‘Enhances Liberty’

As technology companies enhance their user security software, FBI director James Comey said the government should expand its surveillance laws Nadia Prupis In a speech on...

UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the “Special Rapporteur”) issued a formal report to the U.N. General Assembly...

Cops caught using millions in seized assets on surveillance gear, weapons and clowns

An investigation concerning the use of federal civil forfeiture law by local law enforcement agencies across the United States has exposed problems with a...

Edward Snowden: State surveillance in Britain beyond anything seen in the US

The UK authorities are operating a surveillance system where “anything goes” and their interceptions are more intrusive to people’s privacy than has been seen...

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Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – With growing anger in Greece due to austerity measures, the government under President Karolos Papoulias of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) is in talks with several Israeli firms to purchase surveillance drones to monitor the country’s borders due to an influx of illegal immigration, spy on organized crime syndicates and to prevent terrorist attacks. According to the online news source of www.ekathimerini.com who published a report titled ‘Drones to boost police security effort’ states:

The Public Order Ministry is in talks with Israeli firms regarding the acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, to bolster the efforts of the Greek Police (ELAS) to monitor the country’s borders and curb illegal immigration as well as cracking down on organized crime and domestic terrorism, Kathimerini has learned. It remains unclear how many drones the ministry is seeking to acquire and what type. In any case the aircraft, once acquired, will be able to provide Greek security services with useful data including cell phone signals that could help avert crimes and terrorist attacks

Between 2010 and 2012, protests across Greece including general strikes by unions against the government’s plans to cut public spending and raise taxes across the board through austerity measures. The Greek government agreed with the European Union’s €110 billion bailout plan to solve the 2010-2011 Greek Debt Crises. In May 2011, anti-austerity protests were organized by the ‘Direct Democracy Now movement known as the Indignant Citizens Movement. Major protests began all across Greece, some turned violent. Violence between riot police and protesters erupted when the Greek parliament accepted the EU’s austerity requirements. It was reported that the police used excessive force and used tear gas against protesters. Now, the Greek government wants unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones to monitor an increasing dire situation within Greece. According to the report:

According to an extremely well-informed source, Greek authorities first considered the acquisition of such aircraft during the summer of 2011 when the “Indignants” movement of citizens opposed to austerity was growing rapidly with thousands gathering in Syntagma Square day and night. A drone was used to trace several Albanian convicts who escaped from Trikala Prison in central Greece in March last year. It is likely that European Union subsidies will be used for the purchase of the UAVs though it remains unclear what sum has been earmarked for the investment

Greece unemployment is close to 30%, with more than 50% affecting those under 25 years old. The European Union is a colossal failure as Portugal, Italy and Spain continue to suffer from high-unemployment and a mass exodus of its citizens to other countries that might offer economic opportunities. Governments within the EU are concerned that more protests across the region will increase and in many circumstances can turn violent. The rise of extreme right-wing groups is on the increase. According to a the Guardian earlier this year, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage spoke out in the European Parliament when he criticized Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for allowing the EU and IMF to control the Greek economy. The Article titled ‘Nigel Farage becomes popular in Greece after outburst against the PM’ Farage was quoted as saying:

You come here, Mr Samaras, and tell us that you represent the ‘sovereign will of the Greek people’. Well, I am sorry but you are not in charge of Greece, and I suggest you rename and rebrand your party,” railed Farage last week as Samaras, slumped in his seat, looked on haplessly. “It is called New Democracy; I suggest you call it No Democracy because Greece is now under foreign control. You can’t make any decisions, you have been bailed out and you have surrendered democracy, the thing your country invented in the first place

The article also stated:

Reminding Samaras of the heavy price Greece had paid to be rescued from insolvency by creditors at the EU and IMF, he said: “I must congratulate you for getting the Greek presidency off to such a cracking start. Your overnight successful negotiation … will have them dancing in the streets of Athens. “No matter that your country, very poorly advised by Goldman Sachs, joined a currency that it was never suited to. No matter that 30% of its people are unemployed, that 60% of youth are unemployed, that a neo-Nazi party is on the march, that there was a terrorist attack on the German embassy.”

The Greek government’s decision to accept the EU’s recommendations on the economy will increase anger and resentment among the Greek people as the economy continues to worsen.  They are concerned that a civil war can possibly take place.  With the possibility of the Greek government purchasing Israeli made drones, I assume that is what they are expecting.

The Surveillance State: covert revolution

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Economic Terror And Rolling Out India’s Surveillance State

Global Research 5/2/2014, Countercurrents 6/2/2014 and Deccan Herald 6/2/2014

When two planes flew into the World Trade Organisation buildings inNew York in 2001, the impact was twofold. First, there was shock and outrage. Second, there was a collective sentiment, at least in the US, that something must be done to prevent such a thing happening again and some form of retributive justice meted out.


Governments the world over wasted no time in conveniently forcing through legislation that eroded personal and collective freedoms, under the guise of preventing terror, at a time of increasing social and economic inequalities due to a strident and exploitative economic neo-liberal agenda.


If 9/11 served at least one purpose, apart from fuelling Western military imperialism according to the tenets of the neo-con Project for a New American Century, it was to provide any or every government on the planet with a reason for clamping down on its own population, stripping away civil liberties and making people acquiesce to the needs of global capital. Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US and British surveillance agencies and programmes have exposed just how far governments are prepared to go in order to snoop on virtually every activity that ordinary members of the public engage in. Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic try to justify this illegal snooping on the basis of it being carried out for people's own good on the back of self-proclaimed ‘security alerts’.


But history shows that widespread surveillance by governments on their own populations has mostly been about attempting to monitor and quell dissent and genuine opposition to its policies (1). The US and British states have long been involved in illegal, duplicitous monitoring and subversion of perfectly legitimate democratic groups on their own soils. Western intelligence agencies have been used to crush democracy at home in order to serve the interests of elite state-corporate players. From Martin Luther King and the Occupy Movement to Veterans for Peace, the US state has used the full panoply of resources to infiltrate, monitor or subvert. Today, democratic movements that seek to legitimately question and challenge the influence of Wall Street, US military policy abroad and a range of other policies that have serve elite interests are spied on and ‘neutralised’. The conclusion is that mass surveillance occurs because legitimate political dissent that poses a direct challenge to the one percent will not be tolerated.


Should people in India be worried about the rolling out of the Indian’s government own plans for mass monitoring, the Centralised Monitoring System? They should, given the genuine concerns being raised about the lack of Parliamentary oversight and transparency surrounding the system, as well as the scope and depth and the violation of privacy safeguards, which could be as far reaching, secretive and unconstitutional/illegal as the West’s PRISM system (2,3,4).


And they should be concerned because the agenda is the same. Social and economic trends in India have been mirroring those in the West since neo-liberal economic policies were embraced by leading politicians here. The gap between rich and poor has widened, wealth is being concentrated in the hands of a relatively small number of families and billionaires, often courtesy of politicians who ‘facilitate’ the handing out of contracts and chunks of public money.  


The growing chasm in both India and the West between rich and poor has not been lost on policy makers who fear a backlash from ordinary folk. Such concerns were recently voiced at the World Economic Forum. It’s for good reason then that ‘homeland security’ has been beefed up in the US and drones are to be used to spy on its own citizens. It’s for good reason that the NSA and its British equivalent are paranoid about their populations’ political views, allegiances and activities. Mass surveillance of ordinary people is not about preventing terror; it’s about stopping ordinary folk seeking to stop a further shift in the balance of power towards elite interests.  



And it’s also for good reason that the Indian government is investing massively in military equipment and surveillance at a time when the rich are looting the economy and protests and uprisings are occurring across the nation in order to protect their lands, forests and communities from this assault.


India’s top ten billionaires account for over 12 percent of the country’s GDP, while 7,850 High Net Worth individuals account for US$935 billion, half of India’s GDP. As in the West, India’s military-corporate-state complex is working hand in glove to shove economic neo-liberalism and its impact down the throats of the people. This is the type of extremism and economic terror that is seldom discussed.     


In 2013, the Indian defence budget formed over ten percent of total government expenditure. It has been for many years the world’s largest market for imported arms. In 2000, India spent an estimated US$ 911 million on arms imports; by 2013, this had risen to US$4.6 billion. As both violent and peaceful opposition to government policies is on the rise among many of the nation's poorest people, who become conveniently tarnished by many mainstream commentators as 'the enemy within', India now has the world’s largest paramilitary force in place to 'deal' with them.(5).


Apart from ongoing violent conflicts in the ‘tribal belt’ and elsewhere, there is the continuing all pervasive structural violence of crony capitalism, corruption, ‘globalisation’ and neo-liberalism, which has, among other atrocities, resulted in up to 300,000 farmer suicides and India having over one-third of the poorest people in the world and the world’s largest number of children suffering from malnutrition (6).


There are people who want to do us harm. We need to be protected. There are extremists and wrong doers who want to bend the system for their own narrow agendas against the interests of the many. There always has been. Unfortunately, they have hijacked the machinery of state(s) and are increasingly to be found in positions of authority implementing surveillance and economic terrorism ‘for our own good’.


Notes





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Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization

Today we issue an international call for Spring Days of Action – 2014, a coordinated campaign in April and May to:

          End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization

The campaign will focus on drone bases, drone research facilities and test sites and drone manufacturers.

The campaign will provide information on:

1. The suffering of tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza who are under drone attack, documenting the killing, the wounding and the devastating impact of constant drone surveillance on community life.

2. How attack and surveillance drones have become a key element in a massive wave of surveillance, clandestine military attacks and militarization generated by the United States to protect a global system of manufacture and oil and mineral exploitation that is creating unemployment and poverty, accelerating the waste of nonrenewable resources and contributing to environmental destruction and global warming.

In addition to cases in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, we will examine President Obama's "pivot" into the Asia-Pacific, where the United States has already sold and deployed drones in the vanguard of a shift of 60% of its military forces to try to control China and to enforce the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership.  We will show, among other things, how this surge of "pivot" forces, greatly enabled by drones, and supported by the US military-industrial complex, will hit every American community with even deeper cuts in the already fragile social programs on which people rely for survival.  In short, we will connect drones and militarization with "austerity" in America.

3. How drone attacks have effectively destroyed international and domestic legal protection of the rights to life, privacy, freedom of assembly and free speech and have opened the way for new levels of surveillance and repression around the world, and how, in the United States, increasing drone surveillance, added to surveillance by the National Security Agency and police, provides a new weapon to repress black, Hispanic, immigrant and low-income communities and to intimidate Americans who are increasingly unsettled by lack of jobs, economic inequality, corporate control of politics and the prospect of endless war.

We will discuss how the United States government and corporations conspire secretly to monitor US citizens and particularly how the Administration is accelerating drone surveillance operations and surveillance inside the United States with the same disregard for transparency and law that it applies to other countries, all with the cooperation of the Congress.

The campaign will encourage activists around the world to win passage of local laws that prohibit weaponized drones and drone surveillance from being used in their communities as well as seeking national laws to bar the use of weaponized drones and drone surveillance.

The campaign will draw attention to the call for a ban on weaponized drones by RootsAction.org that has generated a petition with over 80,000 signers

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6180

and to efforts by the Granny Peace Brigade (New York City), KnowDrones.org and others to achieve an international ban on both weaponized drones and drone surveillance.

The campaign will also urge participation in the World Beyond War movement.

The following individuals and organizations endorse this Call:

Lyn Adamson – Co-chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Dennis Apel – Guadalupe Catholic Worker, California

Judy Bello – Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars

Medea Benjamin – Code Pink

Leah Bolger – Former National President, Veterans for Peace

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Sung-Hee Choi – Gangjeong Village International Team, Jeju, Korea

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"The threshold issue is whether plaintiffs have a reasonable expectation of privacy that is violated when the Government indiscriminately collects their telephone metadata along with the metadata of hundreds of millions of other citizens without any particularized suspicion of wrongdoing, retains all of that metadata for five years, and then queries, analyzes, and investigates that data without prior judicial approval of the investigative targets."

"I cannot imagine a more 'indiscriminate' and 'arbitrary' invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval." 

"Surely, such a program infringes on 'that degree of privacy' that the founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment." 

It prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. Doing so violates core constitutional law. Mass NSA surveillance does it writ large.

It has nothing to do with national security. America's only enemies are ones it invents. NSA spies globally. It watches everyone. It monitors allies. It's about control. 

It's for economic advantage. It's to be one up on foreign competitors. It's for information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.

Domestic spying is longstanding. It's institutionalized. It's unconstitutional. It doesn't matter. Nothing before was done to stop it. Judge Leon took an important first step

ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer commented on his ruling, saying:

"This is a strongly worded and carefully reasoned decision that ultimately concludes, absolutely correctly, that the NSA’s call-tracking program can’t be squared with the Constitution."

"As Judge Leon notes, the government's defense of the program has relied almost entirely on a 30-year-old case that involved surveillance of a specific criminal suspect over a period of two days."

"The idea that this narrow precedent authorizes the government to place every American under permanent surveillance is preposterous."

"We hope that Judge Leon's thoughtful ruling will inform the larger conversation about the proper scope of government surveillance powers, especially the debate in Congress about the reforms necessary to bring the NSA's surveillance activities back in line with the Constitution."

"The bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which has 130 co-sponsors already, would address the constitutional problems that Judge Leon identifies."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) calls the proposed measure "a substantial improvement to America's laws regarding mass surveillance."

At the same time, it's "a floor, not a ceiling." It addresses a small portion of NSA abuses and "overreaching government secrecy."

It leaves important unfinished business. EFF endorses passage. Lots more needs to be done, it stressed.

Judge Leon's ruling marks the first successful NSA legal challenge. Conservative activist Larry Klayman and Charles Strange filed suit (Klayman v. Obama). Strange's son was killed in Afghanistan.

Months earlier, ACLU filed a similar suit (ACLU v. Clapper). It challenged "the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records."

It argued that doing so violates Fourth and First Amendment rights, saying: 

"Because the NSA's aggregation of metadata constitutes an invasion of privacy and an unreasonable search, it is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment." 

"The call-tracking program also violates the First Amendment, because it vacuums up sensitive information about associational and expressive activity."

NSA claims authorization under the Patriot Act's Section 215. It's known as the "business records" provision. 

It permits collecting "any tangible thing...relevant" to alleged foreign intelligence or terrorism related investigations. It way oversteps. It's unconstitutional. 

It permits warrantless searches without probable cause. It violates fundamental First Amendment rights. It does so by mandating secrecy. 

It prohibits targeted subjects from telling others what's happening to them. It compromises free expression, assembly and association. 

It does so by authorizing the FBI to investigate anyone based on what they say, write, or do with regard to groups they belong to or associate with.

It violates Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections by not telling targeted subjects their privacy was compromised. It subverts fundamental freedoms for contrived, exaggerated, or nonexistent security reasons.

"Whatever Section 215's 'relevance' requirement might allow, it does not permit the government to cast a seven-year dragnet sweeping up every phone call made or received by Americans," said ACLU.

On November 22, US District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge William Pauley heard arguments. He hasn't yet ruled.

Judge Leon granted plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction. He ordered the Obama administration to stop collecting their phone data. 

He ruled whatever it currently has must be destroyed. At the same time, he stayed his ruling. He cited potential "significant national security interests at stake."

He gave Obama's Justice Department time to appeal. He said his decision applies only to plaintiffs. It doesn't affect NSA's mass data-mining.

At the same time, his ruling is an important first step. For years, he said, constitutional issues were adjudicated under "a cloak of secrecy."

He referred to the unaccountable FISA court. It's virtually rubber-stamp. It mocks judicial fairness and legitimacy. 

Judge Leon's ruling is an important step in the right direction. "While Congress has great latitude to create statutory scheme like FISA," he said, "it may not hang a cloak of secrecy over the Constitution."

EFF called his decision "historic." Ruling for Klayman and Strange symbolically condemns mass surveillance.

Obama's Justice Department relies on two Supreme Court rulings. In Miller v. United States (1976), the Supreme Court ruled:

"The Fourth Amendment does not prohibit the obtaining of information revealed to a third-party and conveyed by him to Government authorities, even if it is revealed on the assumption that it will be used only for a limited purpose and the confidence placed in the third-party will not be betrayed." 

The Court added that information revealed to another source "takes the risk (of being) conveyed" to someone else.

In Smith v. Maryland (1979), the High Court extended the so-called third party doctrine to telephone communications. 

It said in "expos(ing) that information" to phone company equipment, individuals "assumed the risk that the company would reveal to police the numbers dialed."

In US v. Jones (2012), Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor acknowledged the need to update Fourth Amendment protections, saying:

"People disclose the phone numbers that they dial or text to their cellular providers, the URLS that they visit and the e-mail addresses with which they correspond to their Internet service providers, and the books, groceries and medications they purchase to online retailers." 

"I would not assume that all information voluntarily disclosed to some member of the public for a limited purpose is, for that reason alone, disentitled to Fourth Amendment protection."

In United States v. US District Court (the so-called Keith case) (1972), a unanimous Supreme Court ruling upheld Fourth Amendment protections in cases involving domestic surveillance targeting a domestic threat.

Judge Leon addressed Smith v. Maryland, saying:

"The question before me is not the same question that the Supreme Court confronted in Smith." It's "a far cry from the issue in this case."

He differentiated between then and now. Obtaining limited information on one person is vastly different from daily mass surveillance. He was blunt stating:

"This short-term, forward looking (as opposed to historical), and highly-limited data collection is what the Supreme Court was assessing in Smith." 

"The NSA telephony metadata program, on the other hand, involves the creation and maintenance of a historical database containing five years' worth of data." 

"And I might add, there is the very real prospect that the program will go on for as long as America is combatting terrorism, which realistically could be forever."

"Admittedly, what metadata is has not changed over time." 

"As in Smith, the types of information at issue in this case are relatively limited: phone numbers dialed, date, time, and the like." 

"But the ubiquity of phones has dramatically altered the quantity of the information that is now available, and more importantly, what that information can tell the Government about people’s lives."

"Put simply, people in 2013 have an entirely different relationship with phones than they did thirty-four years ago."

"Whereas some may assume that these cultural changes will force people to 'reconcile themselves' to an 'inevitable' 'diminution of privacy that new technology entails,' I think it is more likely that these trends have resulted in a greater expectation of privacy and a recognition that society views that expectation as reasonable."

In other words, privacy intrusions today are simple. They happen with digital age technology ease. Greater diligence is required to protect rights too important to lose. 

Courts and Congress are obligated to do so. Judge Leon's ruling represents an important first step in the right direction. Lots more needs to be done.

A Final Comment

Edward Snowden issued a statement. He praised Judge Leon's ruling, saying:

"I acted on my belief that the NSA's mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public deserved a chance to see these issues determined by open courts." 

"Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans. rights. It is the first of many."

Separately, he offered to help Brazil investigate harmful NSA spying. He'll do it in return for permanent political asylum. He said so in an open letter to all Brazilians. Folha de S. Paulo published it. 

It's a Brazilian daily broadsheet. Snowden in part said:

"I've expressed my willingness to assist where it's appropriate and legal, but, unfortunately, the US government has been working hard to limit my ability to do so." 

"Until a country grants me permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak out."

Brazilian senators asked Snowden for help. He's willing to provide it.

"I don't want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded." 

"That's not something I'm willing to support, it's not something I'm willing to build, and it's not something I'm willing to live under."

It remains to be seen if Brazil takes him up on his offer. Snowden urged it, concluding:

"If Brazil hears only one thing from me, let it be this: when all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems."

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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The Post’s report, “Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program,” testifies to the integration of the surveillance apparatus exposed in recent months into US imperialism’s global military operations. Officials cited by the Post said that the NSA has deployed analysts to work along side Central Intelligence Agency personnel at the CIA Counterterrorism Center and at “every major US embassy or military base overseas.”

The report further documents the NSA’s systematic attempts to overcome encryption, including the extraction of PGP encryption keys from targets. The agency reportedly was able to capture 16 keys from a single electronic raid on a suspected Al Qaeda computer.

According to the report, the NSA’s “Tailored Access Operations,” a cyber-warfare and intelligence gathering program, conducts surveillance of targets in Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Iran, and throughout Africa. TAO runs programs such as UNITEDRAKE and VALIDATOR, which launch cyber attacks using “software implants” to grab sensitive data such as keystroke logs and audio files.

ArsTechnica reported in August that advanced software used by TAO enables operatives to tap directly into hardware such as “routers, switches and firewalls,” and that TAO’s activities are integrated into data systems such as XKeyscore.

Information gathered by the NSA has been used in particular in the course of the CIA’s drone war in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan. As summarized by the Post, the NSA has “draped a surveillance blanket over dozens of square miles of northwest Pakistan.” One US intelligence official told the Post, “NSA threw the kitchen sink at the FATA.” To date, at least 3,000 people have been killed as a result of US drone operations in Pakistan, including hundreds of civilians.

Both the NSA surveillance and the policy of drone war that it facilitates are criminal operations, carried out in violation of international law. The Obama administration asserts the right to kill anyone in the world without due process, including US citizens, in violation of the Bill of Rights. Among those killed have been US citizens including Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenage son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, in Yemen.

A full accounting of the Pakistanis murdered by US drones may never be completed. However, a study published by Stanford University and New York University earlier this year showed that large sections of the population living in the FATA suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the buzzing of drones overhead and the never-ending barrage of ordnance raining down on the area.

UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights Ben Emmerson wrote in March of this year, “As a matter of international law, the US drone campaign is therefore being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate government of the state. It involves the use of force on the territory of another state without its consent, and is therefore a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.”

The Post described the leaked NSA documents as “self-congratulatory in tone” and “drafted to tout the NSA’s counterterrorism capabilities.” According to Fox News, the Post withheld substantial information about the drone strikes “at the request of US intelligence officials.”

The Post report highlights the case of Hassan Ghul, who was killed as a direct result of intelligence acquired through electronic surveillance operations run by the NSA. After his capture in 2004, Ghul was held at a secret CIA prison in Eastern Europe until 2006, where he was subject to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (i.e., torture), including slapping, sleep deprivation, and stress positions.

In 2006, Ghul was transferred to Pakistan, where he was released and rejoined Al Qaeda militants in Waziristan. Ghul worked to set up logistical networks for Al Qaeda after being freed, according to a Treasury Department document from 2011. No explanation has been offered by US or Pakistani authorities for Ghul’s release.

Ghul was then killed in 2012 by a drone strike in Mir Ali, after having been monitored for a year prior to his death by a secret NSA unit called the Counter-Terrorism Mission Aligned Cell (CT MAC), which specializes in finding high priority targets in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Ghul’s location was discovered through analysis of an email sent to him by his wife. His death was never officially acknowledged by the US government, despite the fact that his interrogation supposedly provided intelligence about an Al Qaeda courier named al-Kuwaiti, which supposedly led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The scope of the integration of the NSA, CIA, military and police agencies extends far beyond what is taking place in Pakistan. The entire world is the subject both of the intelligence-gathering operations of the NSA and the drone strikes of the CIA.

Under the Obama administration, the NSA’s surveillance operations gather the communications of every telephone and Internet user on the planet, US citizens and non-citizens alike. This week has already seen new evidence emerge that the NSA is stealing address books—which often contain large amounts of personal information—from various web platforms and storing them in its archives. (See “ NSA ‘harvesting’ electronic address books and contact lists”)

The possibility of strikes being launched against American targets has been raised by top officials, and drones are already deployed on non-strike missions over the US. In a letter of March 4, 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that the president “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US soil, and without trial,” saying that in certain cases such action would be “necessary and appropriate.”

If and when such operations are initiated, the state will have no shortage of data with which to target Americans, whose communications are subject to constant scrutiny by the surveillance apparatus.

NSA surveillance programs facilitate global drone war

 

By Thomas Gaist
18 October 2013

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden and published in the Washington Post Wednesday show that NSA surveillance operations play a key role in the global campaign of assassinations being waged by the Obama administration.

The Post’s report, “Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program,” testifies to the integration of the surveillance apparatus exposed in recent months into US imperialism’s global military operations. Officials cited by the Post said that the NSA has deployed analysts to work along side Central Intelligence Agency personnel at the CIA Counterterrorism Center and at “every major US embassy or military base overseas.”

The report further documents the NSA’s systematic attempts to overcome encryption, including the extraction of PGP encryption keys from targets. The agency reportedly was able to capture 16 keys from a single electronic raid on a suspected Al Qaeda computer.

According to the report, the NSA’s “Tailored Access Operations,” a cyber-warfare and intelligence gathering program, conducts surveillance of targets in Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Iran, and throughout Africa. TAO runs programs such as UNITEDRAKE and VALIDATOR, which launch cyber attacks using “software implants” to grab sensitive data such as keystroke logs and audio files.

ArsTechnica reported in August that advanced software used by TAO enables operatives to tap directly into hardware such as “routers, switches and firewalls,” and that TAO’s activities are integrated into data systems such as XKeyscore.

Information gathered by the NSA has been used in particular in the course of the CIA’s drone war in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan. As summarized by the Post, the NSA has “draped a surveillance blanket over dozens of square miles of northwest Pakistan.” One US intelligence official told the Post, “NSA threw the kitchen sink at the FATA.” To date, at least 3,000 people have been killed as a result of US drone operations in Pakistan, including hundreds of civilians.

Both the NSA surveillance and the policy of drone war that it facilitates are criminal operations, carried out in violation of international law. The Obama administration asserts the right to kill anyone in the world without due process, including US citizens, in violation of the Bill of Rights. Among those killed have been US citizens including Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenage son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, in Yemen.

A full accounting of the Pakistanis murdered by US drones may never be completed. However, a study published by Stanford University and New York University earlier this year showed that large sections of the population living in the FATA suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the buzzing of drones overhead and the never-ending barrage of ordnance raining down on the area.

UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights Ben Emmerson wrote in March of this year, “As a matter of international law, the US drone campaign is therefore being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate government of the state. It involves the use of force on the territory of another state without its consent, and is therefore a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.”

The Post described the leaked NSA documents as “self-congratulatory in tone” and “drafted to tout the NSA’s counterterrorism capabilities.” According to Fox News, the Post withheld substantial information about the drone strikes “at the request of US intelligence officials.”

The Post report highlights the case of Hassan Ghul, who was killed as a direct result of intelligence acquired through electronic surveillance operations run by the NSA. After his capture in 2004, Ghul was held at a secret CIA prison in Eastern Europe until 2006, where he was subject to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (i.e., torture), including slapping, sleep deprivation, and stress positions.

In 2006, Ghul was transferred to Pakistan, where he was released and rejoined Al Qaeda militants in Waziristan. Ghul worked to set up logistical networks for Al Qaeda after being freed, according to a Treasury Department document from 2011. No explanation has been offered by US or Pakistani authorities for Ghul’s release.

Ghul was then killed in 2012 by a drone strike in Mir Ali, after having been monitored for a year prior to his death by a secret NSA unit called the Counter-Terrorism Mission Aligned Cell (CT MAC), which specializes in finding high priority targets in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Ghul’s location was discovered through analysis of an email sent to him by his wife. His death was never officially acknowledged by the US government, despite the fact that his interrogation supposedly provided intelligence about an Al Qaeda courier named al-Kuwaiti, which supposedly led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The scope of the integration of the NSA, CIA, military and police agencies extends far beyond what is taking place in Pakistan. The entire world is the subject both of the intelligence-gathering operations of the NSA and the drone strikes of the CIA.

Under the Obama administration, the NSA’s surveillance operations gather the communications of every telephone and Internet user on the planet, US citizens and non-citizens alike. This week has already seen new evidence emerge that the NSA is stealing address books—which often contain large amounts of personal information—from various web platforms and storing them in its archives. (See “ NSA ‘harvesting’ electronic address books and contact lists”)

The possibility of strikes being launched against American targets has been raised by top officials, and drones are already deployed on non-strike missions over the US. In a letter of March 4, 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that the president “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US soil, and without trial,” saying that in certain cases such action would be “necessary and appropriate.”

If and when such operations are initiated, the state will have no shortage of data with which to target Americans, whose communications are subject to constant scrutiny by the surveillance apparatus.

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