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Database of Suspicious Activity Going Live With Little Attention

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Today's effort at a more collaborative atmosphere includes security at privately-owned companies, many of which have fostered deeper ties to the government as part of the war on terror.

Surveillance, America's Pastime

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephan Salisbury

The tainting of character, the undermining of basic trust, the disruption of democratic politics -- these are the great achievements of state surveillance.

GPS and the Police State We Inhabit: Living in Oceania

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

By ensuring that we never get lost, never lose our loved ones and never lose our wireless signals, we are also making it possible for the government to never lose sight of us, as well.

Forewarned Is Forearmed: How the Early Warning Exercise Expands the IMF's Surveillance Toolkit

John Lipsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Lipsky

In the wake of the September 2008 onset of unprecedented financial turmoil, policymakers recognized that earlier danger signs had not been synthesized into an actionable warning.

Some New York Subway Cameras Now Transmitting In Real Time

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Five hundred cameras installed in three of the city's busiest transit hubs started feeding live images to the police department's hig...

Bob Leonard, Spy Store: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.30.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Airports Aren't the Only Place to Find Companies Selling X-Ray Scanners

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Government agencies have purchased hundreds of van-mounted X-rays that reveal the contents of passing vehicles without relying on manual searches to find human stowaways, narcotics or bombs.

Global Safety Nets: Crisis Prevention in an Age of Uncertainty

Reza Moghadam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Reza Moghadam

As the economic crisis abates, there is an emerging consensus that a better safety net is needed to enable countries with good policies to insure against bad outcomes, especially when they are innocent bystanders.

Scanners: No Place to Hide

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

As the surveillance state expands around us, entangling us in a web from which there is no escape, what we used to call "privacy" is fast becoming a thing of the past.

COINTELPRO 2.0

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Revelations of the FBI's "COINTELPRO" prompted a national outrage that forced the Department of Justice to enact limits in 1976 curtailing the Bureau's various abuses. Today, these problems are back.

Listening to and Learning From Asia

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

There was consensus in Daejeon this week that Asia has emerged from the crisis as an economic powerhouse. While initially hit hard, Asia has been able to bounce back quickly and return to a strong growth path.

The National Biometric ID Card: The Mark of the Beast?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

When all is said and done, the adoption of a national biometric ID card serves one purpose only: to provide the government with the ultimate control over the American people.

Reader Privacy Advocates Cheer As Justice Department Begins New Investigation Into PATRIOT Act Surveillance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Washington, DC, June 18, 2010: The Campaign for Reader Privacy, which has been fighting to restore privacy safeguards for library and bookstore recor...

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.

CTA: Cameras In Every Station At The End Of The Month

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority says it will have at least one camera at each of its 144 rail stations by the end of the month. The money for the new c...

Getting After the Devil: Obama and Civil Liberties

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

if Congress gives the Obama administration the green light to scale back the Miranda rule, it would be yet another dangerous expansion of government power at the expense of citizens' civil rights.

China to Stop Spying on its People; Will Use Facebook Instead

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

The Chinese government announced today that it would disband its extensive domestic spying program that gathers personal information on its citizens and would instead use Facebook.

1984 in 2010: Hijacking Democracy to Spy on Americans

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With the White House and congressional leadership supporting unconstitutional abuses threatening the very fabric of our society, the Constitution appears to have few friends left in our nation's capital.

The State of the Nation: I am Afraid

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I have never seen a country more spiritually beaten down than the United States. We have lost our moral compass. A growing number of our young people now see no meaning or purpose in life.

How America's Wars Are Systematically Destroying Our Liberties

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

Think of our counterinsurgency wars abroad as so many living laboratories for the undermining of a democratic society at home, a process historians of such American wars can tell you has been going on for a long, long time.

Google Talks Transparency, But Hides Surveillance Stats: Wired

wired.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Google likes to trumpet transparency and free expression, especially when it concerns the internet, part of its commitment to the corporate motto, "Do...

FBI Watch List Includes 400,000 People

Washington Post | Walter Pincus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During a 12-month period ended in March this year, for example, the U.S. intelligence community suggested on a daily basis that 1,600 people qualified...

White Collar Criminals: America's Most Wanted

businessinsider.com | Lawrence Delevingne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Worried Dick Fuld and Jimmy Cayne will never be charged? Fortunately, we've found some new alleged white collar criminals to bear the brunt of your w...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

For all our worries about Big Brother intruding on our lives, Big Brother has no way to stop individuals from intruding on him.

Government Technology: New Alcohol Sweat Monitor Threatens Privacy

washingtonpost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The idea that governments could monitor its citizens' every move with technology has been the stuff of fiction for decades, and the technology that al...