The Surveillance State Examined, Validated, Exposed

Under the law that created the CIA in 1947, there was a bright line barring the agency from spying on Americans… partly over concerns about civil liberties, privacy and political abuse.  After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there was widespread support for stepped up security even if it meant stepping on jealously-guarded constitutional protections. Some worried: Would the government take its new powers too far? With recent disclosures, the answer may be — yes. Today’s cover story examines, […] Read More

If You Have Facebook Messenger, You Are Being Recorded Even When Not On The Phone

WDYTT| If you use Facebook Messenger, this is how you are being recorded even when not on the phone. My suggestion: If you have messenger on your phone delete it. Then re-download it and read the terms of agreement. This is sheer lunacy. Also for those who didn’t know this one, check out this video. This news is actually about 5-7 years old. Notice what the government has made cell phone makers do now? Notice you can’t take the […] Read More

Wait, Privacy Is Cool Again?

Oversharing is over, as signs indicate the “Age of Narcissism” is coming to a close. A widely circulated story about some nameless Austrian teenager’s lawsuit against her parents for posting 18 years’ worth of embarrassing photos on social media captured the attention of dozens of news outlets last month, because it told us what the young web editors on these papers want to hear — that the Age of Narcissism is coming to a close. “They knew no shame […] Read More

10 Ways You Are Being Watched, Monitored And Spied On

While the intent might be up for debate, the fact that our governments and businesses appear to be watching our every move isn’t. As technology increases, seemingly more and more rapidly, more data about us is stored and shared — and most of the time, we are unaware it is being collected or how it might be used. 1. INCREASING CCTV SURVEILLANCE In 2011, there was one CCTV camera for every 32 UK citizens. By 2016, this number had […] Read More

Pardon Edward Snowden, now

His whistleblowing was among the most important in US history. I would publicly acknowledge his heroism, as Barack Obama should, without delay On 6 June 2013, the Guardian broke the news National Security Agency (NSA) had ordered Verizon to provide it with the phone records of its customers. As the story developed it became clear that the two other major telephone networks as well as credit card companies were doing the same thing; and that the NSA and FBI […] Read More

Orwellian: Feds Spend $500,000 to Tap “Extensive Tracking Infrastructure” to “Combat Online Trolling”

The National Science Foundation has issued two quarter-of-a-million-dollar grants for “Leveraging Personalized Internet Services to Combat Online Trolling”. The grant defines online trolling as, “scenarios in which various groups deploy tactics to influence public opinion on the Internet, by leaving biased, false, misleading, and inauthentic comments, and then artificially amplifying their ratings,” so you can immediately see where that’s a slippery slope to shutting down free speech and dissent because who decides what is “false, misleading, and inauthentic” online? The […] Read More

Yahoo! Just Exposed One Of The FBI’s Most Secretive Tricks To Unethically Obtaining Your Info

By Claire Bernish For the first time since the implementation of the USA Freedom Act, Yahoo! published three National Security Letters — perhaps the most secretive and contentious method the FBI has for obtaining information on individuals — after the lifting of repressive and equally-contentious gag orders. Mainstays of the USA PATRIOT Act, National Security Letters (NSLs) generally request customer data information from businesses such as banks, internet service providers, travel agencies, and phone and telecommunications companies — without […] Read More

13 Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret from You — Big Brother 2.0

“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted… the Patriot Act. As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows.  “This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the […] Read More

The UN/ATF Are Installing Spy Boxes Above Your House

What is in the box? If you see one of these on your property hovering on a utility pole, you are not alone. This is going on all across America. by Dave Hodges Soon, as part of the Safe Cities Network (SCN), these invasive surveillance devices will  be everywhere courtesy of America’s acquiescence to United Nations authority as carried out by the ATF. Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated that: “The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool […] Read More

‘Zero Knowledge’ Systems Not Hostile to Data Privacy, says Snowden

21st Century Wire says… It’s been almost two years since the cloud storage provider Dropbox appointed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board. A move Edward Snowden, at the time, called “hostile” for data privacy. Snowden’s comments on the matter first appeared in a video interview conducted by the Guardian, and were published in a July 17, 2014 article: “Dropbox is a targeted you know wannabe PRISM partner,” he told the Guardian.“They just put … Condoleezza Rice on their […] Read More

How Big Tech Convinced Us to Become Our Own Informants

In exchange for the digital goods we crave, we willingly give Google, Facebook and others access to our entire private lives. In 1992, two years after East and West Germany reunited, the new government made an unprecedented gesture in response to demands from the people: It released the archives of East Germany’s former security administration, the dreaded Stasi. Probing the vast files, German artist Simon Menner compiled a collection of the Stasi’s photographs which he published in 2013, affording […] Read More

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 allows for exceptions. The devices, known as ‘Stingrays,’ trick phones into connecting to them. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday that while the department’s agents have followed “appropriate legal authorizations” for cell-site simulators in the past, effective immediately, federal agencies must now get a search warrant supported by probable cause before using a […] Read More

FBI Admits to Spying on Burning Man Festival

While the annual art festival known as ‘Burning Man’ may sound like an innocent gathering of free-spirited hippies and ravers, in reality, you might be surprised to find that it has a dark underbelly that threatens the security of the United States of America. That is, if the FBI is to be believed anyway, because apparently Burning Man poses a big enough threat to be spied on by the government. Recent documents attained by a FOIA request reveal that […] Read More