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NSA Spying Violations ‘MORE SERIOUS’ Than THEY Told Us

  Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Tuesday that NSA violations of court orders placing limits on surveillance had been “more serious” than the federal government has admitted. Last Friday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted in a letter to Wyden that the NSA had violated court orders setting limits on NSA spying, acknowledging there had been a “nu ...

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LAWMAKERS WHO VOTED FOR THE NSA TO KEEP SPYING GOT DOUBLE THE DONATIONS FROM THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY

  On Wednesday, the House voted 217 to 205 not to defund the controversial NSA surveillance programs. It turns out that the lawmakers who voted no on the Amash amendment, and wanted to keep the government program fully funded, received twice as much in campaign financing from the intelligence and defense industry as the 205 “yes” voters. An investigation performed at the request of WIRED found out on F ...

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CONGRESS WILL NOT STOP MASSIVE NSA SURVEILLANCE

The House defeated legislation on Wednesday that would have blocked the National Security Agency (NSA) from collecting vast amounts of phone records. The Obama administration considers this a victory in the first Congressional showdown over the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities since Edward J. Snowden’s security breaches last month. The vote was close, 205 to 217, and came after a brief but impassioned debat ...

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I SPY: UK Planning Broad Online Domestic Spying Regime

UK officials plan to monitor Britons' online activities by placing surveillance devices on the country's telecom networks, a Parliamentary report says. The program would keep tabs on which websites were visited as well as who contacted whom. ­On Tuesday the British Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee published the report outlining a massive, national surveillance program based in the country's ...

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I HEARD THAT: Hacked Phones May Listen To Everything You Say [W/VIDEO]

Most people believe their phone conversations are private.  Well, they may not be as private as you think if your office or home is filled with hacked phones. 
 Researchers at Columbia University have discovered a flaw in  telephones that allows a hacker to turn a phone’s microphone into a sophisticated recording device.  Using this flaw an attacker can eavesdrop on conversations remotely. 5th year PhD cand ...

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TWEET TWEET: US Government Makes 80% Of Twitter Info Requests

Twitter has released its second transparency report, which demonstrated a frightening increase in requests for user data by the US government and ignited serious concerns over privacy and free expression. ­The list disclosed data requests from over 30 nations, and revealed that the US government was responsible for 815 of the 1,009 information requests in the second half of 2012 – just over 80 percent of al ...

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ALL UP IN THE KOOL AID: Pentagon’s New Massive ‘Cyber-Security’ To Watch YOU

As the US government depicts the Defense Department as shrinking due to budgetary constraints, the Washington Post this morning announces "a major expansion of [the Pentagon's] cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold." Specifically, says the New York Times this morning, "the expansion would increase the Defense Department's Cyber Command by more than 4,000 peo ...

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I CIA YOU: Feds Spied On and Terrified Aaron Swartz [VIDEO]

David Segal, friend of recently deceased Aaron Swartz gave a speech at a memorial service at the great hall of Cooper Union in NYC on January 19th 2013. David Segal is the executive director of Demand Progress. David talks about discovering FOIA documents with Aaron, that detailed the spying of Aaron and his family. 
 To find out more about Aaron and the future projects dedicated to his legacy, check out th ...

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Florida Legislators Vote To Ban Drone Spying On Citizens

A Florida senate panel has voted to ban state police from using drones to spy on citizens. But several exceptions to the ban will ensure that the skies of the Sunshine State are not entirely drone-free. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act will limit law enforcement’s ability to use drones to gather evidence against suspects. Any such evidence would be made inadmissible in a court of law, and citiz ...

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DHS FORCED TO RELEASE LIST OF KEYWORDS USED TO MONITOR SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES – FIND IF YOUR BEING MONITORED HERE

If you are thinking about tweeting about clouds, pork, exercise or even Mexico, think again. Doing so may result in a closer look by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In a story appearing earlier today on the U.K’s Daily Mail website, it was reported that the DHS has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor various social networking sites. The list provides a glimpse  ...

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