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Surveillance

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Mobile Security vs. Blackphone Marketing and Sales Hype

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Tom Malatesta, CEO, Ziklag Systems For those focused on the subject matter, yesterday's Tweet fest from TeamAndIRC and Blackphone was ...

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

The Fourth Branch

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Generally speaking, its powers and prerogatives remain beyond constraint by that third branch of government, the non-secret judiciary. It is deferred to with remarkable frequency by the executive branch and, with the rarest of exceptions, it has been supported handsomely with much obeisance and few doubts by Congress.

The Cost of Surveillance

Sen. Chris Murphy | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Murphy

The bottom line is this: just because we can obtain a piece of information, or listen into a conversation, doesn't mean we should. This is especially true when it comes to our nation's most important allies, like Germany.

Why 24 Lived Another Day and Will Live Again

William Bradley | Posted 07.24.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Given that the show had seemed near played out when it ended its eight-season run four years ago, the question is why the longest-running espionage TV series in history seems still to have a lot of life left in it 13 years after it first ran.

Living in a Photographically Redacted Post-9/11 World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Thanks to smartphones, iPads, and the like, everyone is now a photographer, but it turns out that, in the public landscape, there's ever less to photograph. So here are a few tips for living more comfortably in a photographically redacted version of our post-9/11 world.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Terrorism Sting Tactics Under New Scrutiny In Report, Documentaries

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The undercover terrorism stings that the FBI has conducted in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, are coming under new scrutiny this week, w...

What I Don't Like About Life in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I don't like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don't like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don't like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

Letters from Men in Prison: The Call for Accessible Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

Forty years in, the war on drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surve...

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took A Picture Of This

James Prigoff | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
James Prigoff

A professional photographer taking a photo of a well-known Boston landmark is now considered to be engaged in suspicious terrorist activity?

Zach Carter

Top Spy Agency Has Hilariously Appropriate Welcome Message

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

You have to credit them for consistency. If you call the The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, you'll be greeted with an appropriate we...

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall

John Feffer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The German playwright Bertolt Brecht frequently used this "alienation effect" to jolt his audiences from their complacency. Edward Snowden is the Bertolt Brecht of the surveillance age.

Obama Signs Bill Expanding Protections For Whistleblowers Into Law

AP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intel...

Most NSA-Proof Security Solutions Are Deliberate Deceptions

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 07.07.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems Many products, ranging from texting, to email, to secure voice calling claim to be "N...

How to protect your Home from Zombies

Robert Siciliano | Posted 07.03.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

There’s all sorts of threats out there—including zombies—just waiting to get you. Today’s zombies look like the ones on TV and...

Here's One Issue The Supreme Court Justices Can Agree On

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ru...

238 Years Later, Would Americans Still Choose Freedom Over Slavery?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Imagine the shock and outrage these 56 men would feel were they to discover that 238 years later, the government they had risked their lives to create has been transformed into a militaristic police state in which exercising one's freedoms is often viewed as a flagrant act of defiance.

TOP-SECRET DOCUMENTS: Virtually No Foreign Gov't Off-Limits For NSA Surveillance

The Washington Post | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information from individuals ...

Is the Supreme Court Cellphone Ruling a Bad Decision?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Riley v. California may seem like an open-and-shut case because the Court unanimously found that when a person is arrested a cellphone may not be searched without a warrant. But the seemingly unanimous decision may have more fissures and cracks than most people think.

Surveillance: It's Worse Than You Think

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.26.2014 | 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.

Convict heads back to Jail for Burglary

Robert Siciliano | Posted 06.26.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

Criminals do what they do because that’s their nature. Once bad, there’s hardly a chance they can be good. Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, said, &...

One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

This week's unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming a robust Fourth Amendment protection for cellphone data is an enormously important victory for privacy rights in the digital age.

Federal Judge Rules Warrantless Bulk Surveillance Is Legal

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the U.S. government's bulk collection of phone and email data from foreign nation...

Stolen Business Debit Cards at Greater Risk

Robert Siciliano | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

A debit card from your business, in the virtual hands of a thief, spells a mountain of trouble. The thief can generate a duplicate of your business debit card, then splurge. A “cloned” card can be swiped in a card reader, appearing legitimate.