Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Leaked Document Reveals Upcoming Biometric Experiments at US Customs

Motherboard | March 18, 2015

“The public should take notice,” Sethi, of the ACLU, told Motherboard. “These programs may be coming to a theater near you.”

The ​facial recognition pilot program launched last week by US Customs and Border Protection, which civil liberties advocates say could lead to new potentially privacy-invading programs, is just the first of three biometric experiments that the feds are getting ready to launch.

A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It’s Secret

New York Times | March 15, 2015

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A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology.

Feds Hold Hearing On Whether They Should ‘Regulate’ Sites Like Drudge, Infowars And The Economic Collapse Blog

Economic Collapse | February 12, 2015

By Michael Snyder

The control freaks that run our government always seem to want to “regulate” things that they do not like.  And so it should be no surprise that there is a renewed push to regulate independent news websites. 

CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

CNS News | February 12, 2015

By Curtis Kalin

During a heated discussion over gay marriage, CNN morning Anchor Chris Cuomo opined that the unalienable rights endowed to all Americans do not come from God.

DEA chief: US “abandoned” plan to track cars near gun shows

AP | January 28, 2015

By ERIC TUCKER

The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency’s chief said Wednesday.

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for ‘merely linking to hacked material’

The Guardian | January 22, 2015

The journalist and former Anonymous member is also ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in what he calls a ‘dangerous precedent’ for indicting hacktivists

FBI’s “Suicide Letter” to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance

EFF.org | January 20, 2014

The anonymous letter was the result of the FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy against Dr. King, which included bugging his hotel rooms, photographic surveillance, and physical observation of King’s movements by FBI agents. The agency also attempted to break up his marriage by sending selectively edited “personal moments he shared with friends and women” to his wife.