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Jay Stanley

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Airline Passenger Profiling: Back From the Grave?

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 4:21 PM

One of the major surveillance battles the ACLU fought in the years after 9/11 was over a Bush administration proposal known as the Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System II, or CAPPS II. Under this scheme as initially proposed, the government would have tapped into commercial data sources to perform background...

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Combat in Our Genes?

(14) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 4:11 PM

Born soldiers may say they have "combat in our genes" — but a new report suggests the Pentagon may want to give the phrase whole new meaning by turning DNA into the next military battleground.

The report, prepared by a defense science advisory panel known as JASON...

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Don't Put Your Trust in "Trusted Identities"

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 1:41 PM

Obama administration officials spoke today about the "National Strategies for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace." The NSTIC ("N-Stick") proposal, which was released in draft form last June, proposes the creation of an online identity "ecosystem," which the report defines as "an online environment where individuals, organizations, services, and devices can...

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The Software That Stares at Goats? Pentagon Building System For Massive E-Mail Privacy Violation

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 1:12 PM

Here we go again. Earlier this month the Pentagon announced a new effort to build a system aimed at allowing it to scan billions of communications in order to detect "anomalies" in people's behavior that will predict who is about to snap and turn into a homicidal maniac —...

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Drilling Opponents Spied on Like Terrorists

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 12:55 PM

Once again, police "intelligence" functions created to supposedly help prevent terrorism are being used to violate the rights of peaceful political groups — this time in Pennsylvania.

Documents obtained by the investigative journalism group ProPublica revealed that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security (OHS) has been gathering...

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Full Body Scanners: From Airports to the Streets?

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 3:24 PM

Andy Greenberg at reported yesterday that company representatives told him that backscatter X-rays mounted in vans that can be driven around the public streets have been sold to, and deployed by, domestic U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Backscatter X-rays are one of the technologies that are used in...

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U.S. Security Agencies Begging for a Cybersecurity 'Cold War'

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 2:13 PM

So the U.S. security establishment is salivating at the prospect of a new cybersecurity "Cold War." In an over-the-top op-ed in Tuesday's Washington Post, Mike McConnell issues a declaration that we are "fighting a cyber war today" and compares it to the nuclear showdown with the Soviets. McConnell...

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