Category Archives: human rights

Top FBI Official Says Tech Companies Need To ‘Prevent Encryption Above All Else’

While testifying before Congress, Michael Steinbach, assistant director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, just went to the levels of pure insanity, in arguing that above all else companies should work to prevent encryption. This was during a ridiculous grandstanding hearing held by the House Homeland Security Committee entitled “Terrorism Gone Viral”, and Steinbach didn’t waste… Read More »

How to send an encrypted private email

This is how to use insecure email providers like Google and Yahoo to send secure encrypted messages. If you’d like to upgrade your email security, here’s how. First, get the Mailvelope add-on for Firefox. (There is one for Chrome as well, but doesn’t Google, who is forced to share with the NSA make Chrome?) It… Read More »

Venezuela, here is my voice.

I don’t usually reblog other people’s WordPress posts, but this one caught my attention. We should all know and care about human rights abuses around the world.

BREAKING: Federal Judge rules entire NSA data collection program unconstitutional – a violation of the 4th

Judge Leon of the DC District Court has held that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephony metadata violates the Fourth Amendment and has enjoined the entire program (stayed pending appeal). Judge Leon recognizes that his holding conflicts with the reasoning of other district courts, but he expresses confidence that he is correct and that James… Read More »

Big Brother spying is reaching “scary” levels

On Monday, the world’s leading technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, published an open letter to President Obama and Congress demanding reform of U.S. privacy laws to restore the public’s “trust in the Internet.” This comes after what seems like an endless series of revelations about government surveillance from the secret documents leaked by Edward… Read More »

NHTSA May Mandate That New Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

  Image: “… before the motor laws…” – Rush, Red Barchetta. … Before the end of this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether or not to begin the rulemaking process to mandate that newly manufactured cars include what is being called “vehicle-to-vehicle” V2V communications technology that constantly broadcasts via radio wave… Read More »

New government scanning system watches everyone

Exclusive documents obtained by Infowars from an insider government source have revealed the true origin and nature of the highly secretive ‘mesh network’ spy grid that has garnered massive media attention due to the fact that the network’s strange downtown Seattle spy boxes can track the last 1,000 GPS locations of cellphone users. But as… Read More »

US lawmakers seek to end bulk NSA telephone records collection

Democratic and Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ communication records and set other new controls on the government’s electronic eavesdropping programs. The measure introduced by Democrats Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Richard Blumenthal, and Republican Rand Paul, is one of several efforts making their… Read More »

Users sue Linkedin over harvesting of email addresses

Four LinkedIn users have filed a lawsuit accusing the business-oriented social network of accessing their email accounts without permission, harvesting the addresses of their contacts and spamming those people with repeated invitations to join the service. In their most explosive claim, the plaintiffs say that LinkedIn is “breaking into” external email accounts, like Gmailor Yahoo… Read More »

Using The Power Of Brain Waves To Prevent Car And Plane Hijackings

One of the many promising developments with practical applications emerging from neuroscience is something called “brain wave biometrics.” Everyone’s brain produces a distinctive pattern of alpha-beta brain waves – something like a neural fingerprint. If we could record those brain wave patterns for a given person, we’d have a reliable way of identifying that person… Read More »

Former NSA Director Advocates Chinese-Style Internet

During a speech at St. John’s Episcopal Church yesterday, former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden advocated a move towards a Chinese-style world wide web where users are forced to identify themselves before posting online content. Comparing the Internet to the wild west and Somalia, Hayden indicated that he would like to see the United… Read More »

Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

Google’s attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people’s Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In a federal court hearing Thursday in San Jose, Google argued that “all users of email must necessarily… Read More »

Verizon’s Creepy Idea to Spy on TV Viewers

A couple snuggling in front of the TV could end up getting bombarded by commercials for romantic vacations, flowers or even condoms and birth control pills. That creepy invasion-of-privacy scenario comes from a Verizon patent idea that envisions spying on TV viewers for the sake of serving up related ads. Verizon aims to track the… Read More »

Guardian says Britain made it destroy Snowden material

… British authorities forced the Guardian newspaper to destroy material leaked by Edward Snowden, its editor has revealed, calling it a “pointless” move that would not prevent further reporting on U.S. and British surveillance programmes. In a column on Tuesday, Alan Rusbridger said he had received a call from a government official a month ago… Read More »

Obama announces new NSA surveillance rules

On Friday, United States President Barack Obama unveiled new measures he says will increase transparency and build public trust in government surveillance programs. President Obama told a packed room of journalists at the White House Friday afternoon that he will work to reform Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the provision that currently allows the… Read More »

US non-exploding radioactive weapons blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq

“Every single residential street that we’ve visited in several neighborhoods, we found multiple cases of families whose children were ill, families who had lost children who had to bury children, families who had many relatives who were suffering from cancer,” RT correspondent Lucy Kafanov said. Dr. Chris Busby has researched the effects of depleted uranium… Read More »

‘You are being tracked’: ACLU reveals docs of mass license plate reader surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union has released documents confirming that police license plate readers capture vast amounts of data on innocent people, and in many instances this intelligence is kept forever. According to documents obtained through a number of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by ACLU offices across the United States, law enforcement agencies… Read More »

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the… Read More »

How the NSA’s Domestic Spying Program Works

The NSA’s domestic spying program, known in official government documents as the “President’s Surveillance Program,” (“The Program”) was implemented by President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001. The US Government still considers the Program officially classified, but a tremendous amount of information has been exposed by various whistleblowers, admitted to… Read More »

Russia claims Syria rebels used sarin at Khan al-Assal

Russia says it has evidence showing a projectile that hit a northern Syrian village contained the nerve agent sarin and was most likely fired by rebels.Moscow’s permanent representative to the UN told reporters that the findings were the result of an independent investigation requested by Damascus. Both sides have accused each other of attacks involving… Read More »

How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy, hahahaha

Facebook privacy settings are complex and, to make things more difficult, they change on a regular basis. We explored how to lock down your Facebook account’s privacy settings, for both your public profile and under the hood. Follow this simple step-by-step process to make sure you’re not sharing anything outside your comfort zone. Taking some… Read More »

Supreme Court asked to stop NSA telephone surveillance

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to stop the National Security Agency’s surveillance of domestic telephone communications data. In an emergency appeal filed Monday, a privacy rights group claimed a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect the electronic records, and said only the justices could resolve the statutory issues at stake.… Read More »

Topless Women Protest Inside Mosque, Called ‘Whores’

Shouting slogans like “Free women” and “No Sharia,” a trio of topless female protesters from the infamous Ukrainian-based group FEMEN converged on a Swedish mosque Saturday and were promptly arrested. According to the Agence France-Presse, the women took off their long, black robes in the central Stockholm mosque, revealing their bodies painted with phrases including,… Read More »