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Revealed: Government surveillance skyrockets

Timothy B. Lee, ARS | Statistics obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union provides additional evidence that government surveillance of Americans has skyrocketed in recent years. The government is legally obligated to release reports about its surveillance activities, but it ...

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Survey: 77% of Americans don’t trust politicians

Mick Meaney | RINF News | A new survey has found that 77% of Americans distrust politicians, believing  they favor corporate interests over the interests of their constituents. The report also revealed that: 64% of Americans believe that corporate misconduct was a significant factor ...

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U.S. breaks silence on Bahrain crackdown

The U.S. State Department released a statement Friday urging the Bahraini government to reconsider a ruling that sentenced the director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Nabeel Rajab, to a three-year jail term for organising opposition rallies.

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Coming Soon: New York Mass Surveillance

LBC | New York police have unveiled what they claim is a revolutionary camera surveillance system designed to simultaneously scan the streets and call up data on suspects. The Domain Awareness System (DAS), developed by Microsoft engineers working with the ...

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Obama vs. the iPad

President Obama’s disdain for new media has become so consistent that it is hard to dismiss as mere posturing. This is all the more ironic because Obama’s political movement supposedly mastered the new art of communication. During the 2008 campaign, ...

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What Does Does Facebook-McDonalds Deal Mean?

By Rick Whiting, CRN A reported deal with fast-food giant McDonald’s could mean that Facebook is setting itself up to compete with Foursquare and other location-based social networking Web sites. Facebook is widely believed to be developing geolocation features for ...

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New York Police Defuse Car Bomb in Times Square

Tourists were evacuated from Time Square and the surrounding area as police officers dismantled a car bomb, which was discovered at around 6.30pm (22.30 GMT) yesterday. The bomb was “amateurish” but potentially very powerful, according to New York police. Police ...

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US cybersecurity plan poses new war threats

By Tom Eley | President Barack Obama announced on Friday the creation of a new “cyber czar” position. The Cybersecurity Coordinator, who is yet to be named, would oversee billions of dollars in funding for developing and coordinating defense of ...

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High court rejects claims against Ashcroft

By Joan Biskupic | WASHINGTON — A closely divided Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Pakistani man’s civil rights claim against former attorney general John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller for abusive treatment he says he received when ...

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CIA Refuses to Turn Over Torture Tape Documents

The CIA claims the integrity of a special prosecutor’s criminal investigation into the destruction of 92 interrogation videotapes will be compromised if the agency is forced to turn over detailed documents to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describing the ...

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How U.S. Officials Circumvented the Bill of Rights

By Jacob G. Hornberger | In another embrace of President Bush’s war-on-terrorism policies, President Obama has announced that he might retain the Pentagon’s military-commission system to try people accused of terrorism. Apparently, the president, like the U.S. military, lacks confidence in ...

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Senate Hears Testimony On Torture Policy

A key Senate subcommittee is set to hear testimony today on the torture policies of the Bush administration. The hearing, to be held by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, will feature testimony from former ...

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Congress Resists Guantánamo Releases

As lawmakers amped up the outcry against releasing Guantánamo “terrorists in our neighborhoods,” France agreed to accept a “cleared” Guantánamo prisoner and human rights groups continued to press for release of 17 Chinese Uighurs the U.S. government has declared to ...

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‘Smart’ cameras doing job of human eyes

The surveillance cameras at Big Y, a Massachusetts grocery chain, are not just passively recording customers and staff. They’re studying checkout lines for signs of “sweethearting.” That’s when cashiers use subtle tricks to pass free goods to friends: obscuring the ...

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Pentagon eyes new anti-missile technology

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is redirecting its missile defence efforts by winding down multibillion-dollar programmes aimed at destroying enemy missiles very soon after they take off. The move away from “boost-phase” intercept programmes was announced as part of President Barack Obama’s ...

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22 protesters arrested at Obama speech

Former Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes and 21 other protesters were arrested this morning when they refused to leave the Notre Dame campus during a protest of President Obama’s upcoming commencement address there, authorities said. Keyes and the others ...

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USA using Patriot Act against its own citizens

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby’s bedroom in his mother’s Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere on the bed, on the floor, on the wall. But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler ...

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US accused of violating its amnesty in Iraq

US-allied anti-Qaeda militia leader says his arrest violates amnesty deal with Americans. BALAD, Iraq – A senior anti-Qaeda militia leader allied with American forces said on Monday that his arrest was a violation of an amnesty deal signed with the ...

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Torture Was Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11

By Marjorie Cohn | When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz) stated that former CIA Director Michael Hayden had confirmed ...

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Bomb-proof CCTV

Depressing news for extremist privacy lovers today: a cheap CCTV camera which can reliably survive a large bomb explosion with video recordings intact has been developed. It’s no longer possible to cover one’s tracks by simply blowing everything up. News ...

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