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Eyes of the Dragon -- Under Surveillance in China

ADST | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

The extent of the surveillance operations of the Soviet KGB is legendary, but the Soviet Union was not the only country to maintain an intelligence service.

The Postal Service Is Still Sloppy About Mass Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States Postal Service continues to mismanage its mail tracking program, an operation used by several federal agencies t...

Minority Report Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Seemingly taking its cue from science fiction, technology has moved so fast in the short time since Minority Report premiered in 2002 that what once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.

Are Public School Students the New Inmates in the American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
John W. Whitehead

America's public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the "outside."

'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State.

Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With every passing day, we're being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called "government speech."

One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Given the significant invasion of privacy occasioned by the use of drones by law enforcement, warrants should be mandatory before using them for surveillance. And weaponized drones of any sort should be outlawed.

The Principled Hypocrisy of President Obama

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Alex Cacioppo

Throughout his tenure, Barack Obama has talked a good game about issues that he cares about, while simultaneously making policy decisions that have the exact opposite effect. He has always talked the talk.

AT&T Gave The NSA Unique And Unprecedented Access

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.15.2015 | Politics

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extrao...

We Need Mobile Justice -- Not BART Watch

Zachary Norris | Posted 08.14.2015 | San Francisco
Zachary Norris

Last week, an investigation conducted by reporter Darwin BondGraham at the East Bay Express exposed how passengers are using the new BART security app, BART Watch, to racially profile fellow riders.

In A Statement About Privacy, This Artist Tracks Himself At All Times

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts

The government may be watching him, but Hasan Elahi is too busy watching himself to worry. His work, at first glance, is banal -- a long scroll o...

CISA: The Dirty Deal Between Google and the NSA That No One Is Talking About

Evan Greer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Evan Greer

One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes.

Can Your Reputation Withstand Increased Surveillance?

John P. David | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
John P. David

Sitting in a restaurant with a friend recently, I asked a simple question: How many cameras are in this place?

What Americans Actually Do When The Government Is Watching

Brynne O'Neal | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Brynne O'Neal

When speaking out means sacrificing privacy, we lose points of view, and the quality of our democracy suffers. That should give all of us something to truly fear.

After Approving Spy Gear For Egypt, Obama Admin Cozies Up To Regime

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, met with their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo on Sund...

Secrecy, Privacy and the Future of American Liberty

Patrick G. Eddington | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Patrick G. Eddington

The "security vs. liberty" strawman argument remains the rhetorical weapon of choice for National Security State officials terrified by the spread of public encryption technologies. They argue that, absent some form of technological "back door" to break into private encrypted communications, federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be blinded, unable to fend off potential terrorist attacks here at home.

The American Police State from A to Z

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.15.2015 | 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?

Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government. When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Could Have Sparked 'Useful' Debate By Taking NSA Concerns To Congress | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have spurred a "useful" and necessary debate about government data collection if he had taken...

A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.

WATCH: What Sins Of The Future Are You Committing Right Now?

Singularity University | David J. Hill | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

Odds are you're a decent, upstanding person. You abide by the laws, pay taxes, and don't rock the boat. You value security but not at the expense of p...

Prisons Without Walls: We're All Inmates in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"Free worlders" is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the "free world." However, appearances can be deceiving.

Policing Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

Alison Novak | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Alison Novak

Instead of debating the artifact of police body cameras, it may be more valuable to answer the following: If we live in a world of accepting surveillance as a part of normal 21st century life, what does this then mean for police body cameras?

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether, when all is said and done, the powers-that-be succeed in distracting us from the fact that the government's unauthorized and unwarranted surveillance powers go far beyond anything thus far debated by Congress or the courts.

New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

ProPublica | Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking.