Tag Archives: Spying

I’m Speechless

From Slashdot: A newly released top secret document reveals that the NSA planned to hijack Google and Samsung app stores to plant spying software on smartphones. The report on the surveillance project, dubbed “IRRITANT HORN,” shows the U.S. and its “Five Eyes” alliance: Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, were looking at ways …

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So forgive me if I don’t drop the party balloons…

From CBS News: Police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday. In Texas, the police can get a search warrant with a phone call.  They don’t have to go to court and present any evidence; they just call a judge, he …

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Checks and Balances

The NSA admits that they are compiling a massive database of photographs culled from social media so that if they want to they can track anyone anywhere at anytime (source). But fear not! “We do not do this in some unilateral basis against U.S. citizens.  We have very specific restrictions when it comes to U.S. …

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Don’t Drone Me, Bro

From The Intercept: According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. …

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(Diane) Feinstein said the critics of the NSA’s surveillance programs underestimate how many people around the world see the United States as their enemy. (source) That should be a call for America to change its behavior.

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Secret

If I understand this correctly, Obama’s “reform” of his expanded NSA spying program will be to store the information they collect in THAT room instead of THIS room (source). A secret court using secret criteria will continue to issue secret rulings on who can secretly enter the room- but it’s a different room, so that …

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