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Saint or Sinner, Government Eyes Are Watching Every Move You Make

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.19.2016 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Government eyes are watching you. They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up...

The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."--Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016) When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ...

Documents Uncover NYPD's Vast License Plate Reader Database

Mariko Hirose | Posted 01.25.2016 | Technology
Mariko Hirose

Surveillance is about power. Vigilant gives the NYPD power to monitor our whereabouts. By demanding answers to critical questions about NYPD's use of surveillance tools, New Yorkers can begin to take back the power imbalance created by the new era of mass digital surveillance.

The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In an age of too many laws, too many prisons, too many government spies, and too many corporations eager to make a fast buck at the expense of the American taxpayer, there is no safe place and no watertight alibi.

The American Police State from A to Z

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The warning signs are all around us. The question is whether you will organize, take a stand and fight for freedom, or will you, like so many clueless Americans, freely walk into the slaughterhouse?

Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.22.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

License Plate Recognition: Saving Lives, Solving Crimes

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Hemanshu Nigam

With the robust privacy protection of DPPA, the misuse of personally identifiable information can be avoided, but restricting its access carries potentially devastating consequences.

The American Surveillance State Is Here, Can It Be Evaded?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The revelations by Edward Snowden only scrape the surface in revealing the lengths to which government agencies and their corporate allies will go to conduct mass surveillance on all communications and transactions within the United States.

What's the Big Deal About License Plate Readers? (Explained in 5 Minutes)

Josh Kalven | Posted 09.24.2013 | Crime
Josh Kalven

Tens of thousands of these devices are now installed across the country, with many more on the way. Unlike red-light cameras, these readers capture and store images of every vehicle that crosses their field of vision.

Matt Sledge

Police Sued Over License Plate Reader Secrecy | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.07.2013 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK -- Civil liberties advocates sued the Los Angeles Police and County Sheriff's Departments on Monday to gain access to records from automated ...

Matt Sledge

The NYPD Is Watching: Cameras Will Be Able To Track Every Car Entering Manhattan | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.16.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- The ring of steel is expanding. New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced a "major project" at a budget hear...

License Plate Readers Hit The Big Time

Matt Sledge | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Hats off to Jon Campbell of the San Diego CityBeat for writing this incisive feature on how license plate recognition in cop cars offers the prospect ...