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DEA’s Hemisphere Project collects more phone data than NSA

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By Thomas Gaist 4 September 2013 PowerPoint slides leaked to the New York Times this week contain information about the previously unknown Hemisphere Project, a federal-local partnership involving DEA agents and AT&T employees which launched in 2007. Hemisphere supplies electronic ...

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NYT Report Sheds Light on Secret DEA, AT&T Teamwork

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Slideshow presentation indicates no one is to refer to project by name Adan Salazar The New York Times recently obtained a slideshow presentation revealing a secret agreement between telecommunications giant AT&T and the Drug Enforcement Administration, which outlines a program ...

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Tor anonymity network membership has doubled since NSA leak

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Internet users throughout the world have signed up in droves for anonymity software that allows them to live and interact online without international governments being able to monitor their activity. The Tor Project reported that the number of people subscribed ...

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Facebook: Governments demanded information on 38K users, among them protesters and political activists

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Facebook received about 26,000 government requests for information about 38,000 users in the first six months of 2013, with half of the orders coming from the United States government. The social networking service published the numbers on Monday, following the ...

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Former-Salt Lake City mayor wants to sue NSA over 2002 Olympics surveillance

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Rocky Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah and last year’s Justice Party nominee for president, says he plans to sue the United States government over the illegal collection of private emails ahead of the 2002 Olympics. Anderson ...

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Who Isn't the NSA Bugging? New Revelations of Spying on UN

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The National Security Agency has the United Nations New York headquarters bugged, with targets including the European Union and UN nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Der Spiegel revealed Sunday, saying the revelations came from documents provided by ...

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Snowden: UK Government Intentionally Leaking Harmful Information To Blame Whistleblowers

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Those at centre of surveillance scandal say government is running a false flag operation Steve Watson Image: Wikimedia Commons NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the British government of intentionally leaking potentially harmful information today in order that it can ...

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Court Rules Accessing a Public Website Isn’t A Crime, But Hiding Your IP Address Could Be

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Hanni Fakhoury eff.org August 20, 2013 In the ongoing legal battle between craigslist and 3taps, a new court opinion makes clear that people are “authorized” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to access a public website. But what the court gave with one ...

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Smashing State Surveillance: Group Breaks CCTV Cameras on the Street

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A group of German anarchists have inspired other radicals to take a direct action approach to surveillance cameras: smash them. As Salon’s Natasha Lennard notes, the practice has now migrated to the U.S. It’s a brash approach to the surveillance ...

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NSA Spying: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen

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Cindy Cohn and Mark M. Jaycox eff.org August 16, 2013 Photo: Bernard Goldbach and the ACLU With each recent revelation about the NSA’s spying programs government officials have tried to reassure the American people that all three branches of government—the ...

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