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Government Surveillance

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

Your Toaster Could Be Used To Spy On You

New York Times | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For more than two years the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies have warned that encrypted communications are creating a “going ...

Anaheim Cops Have Had A Massive Spy Program For Years

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Police in Anaheim, California -- home to Disneyland and about 16 million tourists annually -- apparently have built an extensive surve...

Multi-State Privacy Push Paves the Way for National Reform

Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rachel Levinson-Waldman

The proposed laws focus on a range of issues, such as email and other electronic communications, employees' use of social media, cell phone trackers and license plate readers. Should these measures pass, it would send a strong signal to other states and Congress that Americans remain concerned about protecting their privacy.

Spy On Muslim Americans? 'Absolutely Not,' Rand Paul Says

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he does not think the U.S. should specifically target Muslim Americans with surveillance programs in the wake o...

Queer No Longer Queer - Nor Is Privacy

Gary North | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary North

So, if inherent in the ruling is the underlying acceptance that everyone is equal under the law and that our relationships are legit, therefore there is no reason to hide our relationships or enable others to hide: This is the "new" gay-positive/post-bigoted America: The court has basically said so.

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want The Next President To Rein In Government Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) speech against the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data may not have earned him many points among h...

Rand Paul Stands Firm

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rand Paul is leading on an issue that is near and dear to his political philosophy. You may not agree with where he's leading, and you may not think this is going to help him politically, but you've got to at least admit that he is showing leadership. And that, to me, is admirable.

America's Combat Towards Government Surveillance

Joshua Ebrahimi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Joshua Ebrahimi

While focusing on liberal arts is definitely important to teach our children, John Oliver's uncovering of Americans ill-informed comprehension of the Internet proves we need to place computer science at the same core level as math, science, history and reading.

Watchdog Group Names Leahy and Paul as "Constitutional Champions"

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

To recognize others who share our vision, each year we present our Constitutional Champion Award to individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to defending our Constitution and the principles it embodies.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Democrats and Republicans Agree On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

A majority of Democrats and Republicans support nuclear negotiations with Iran. Trust drops for Clinton. And Americans are split over concern of gover...

Ali Watkins

Intelligence Agencies Slack Off When It Comes To Their Own Oversight

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A White House-appointed board published a comparative chart Thursday on how U.S. intelligence agencies use a Reagan-era executive order ...

John Boehner Credits Government Surveillance For Uncovering Capitol Bomb Threat

AP | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Speaker John Boehner says a controversial government surveillance program is responsible for alerting authorities to an alleged ...

Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.19.2014 | Science

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. He used the "panopticon" -- a mo...

This Free Tool Scans Computers For Government Surveillance Software

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology

A group of nonprofits has come together to help you take back your privacy. A new, free tool called Detekt can scan your computer to find governmen...

Another Ho-Hum Week Surveilling You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream. One morning, I'll see a newspaper article that begins something like this: "The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to curtail the agency's significant powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers."

Uncle Sam's Databases of Suspicion

Hina Shamsi | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Hina Shamsi

At a fundamental level, suspicious activity reporting, as well as the digital and physical infrastructure of networked computer servers and fusion centers built around it, depends on what the government defines as suspicious. As it happens, this turns out to include innocuous, First Amendment-protected behavior.

Court Tosses Man's Child Porn Conviction Over Illegal Government Surveilance

AP | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal gover...

Surveillance and the Creative Mind

T.A. Ridout | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Recent U.S. history paints a clear picture of abuses by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often with the approval of politicians. Despite paternalistic assurances that Americans have no reason to fear their own government, caution is warranted.

Surveillance: It's Worse Than You Think

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sooner or later -- count on it -- the company or business you work for will be capable, via intelligent software, of monitoring every move you make, not to speak of everyone you may be in touch with while on the clock.

Kathleen Miles

Glenn Greenwald Explains Why Privacy Is Vital, Even If You 'Have Nothing To Hide'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

LOS ANGELES -- Journalist Glenn Greenwald defended the value of digital privacy and slammed those who dismiss its importance during a stop on his nati...

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You -- He Already Has You

William J. Astore | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
William J. Astore

You've been drafted into the American national security state. That much is evident from Edward Snowden's revelations. Your smartphone? It's a perfect tracking device if the government needs to find you. Your computer? Hackable and trackable. Your server? It's at their service, not yours.

Many Governments Listen To Phone Calls Anytime They Want: Report

AP | By DANICA KIRKA | Posted 08.06.2014 | Technology

LONDON (AP) — Government snooping into phone networks is extensive worldwide, one of the world's largest cellphone companies revealed Friday, saying...

Surveilling the Class of 2014

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you want a world in which you can't be taken possession of via your screen, in which you don't more or less automatically come with a dossier and a profile, I think you're going to have to slip those screens back into your pockets or, given that you can be tracked via your smartphones wherever you go (even if they're turned off), maybe into a desk drawer somewhere.