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It Doesn’t Make Sense

It Doesn’t Make Sense

Our leaders aren’t stupid. They may be foolish, they may be corrupt, but they aren’t stupid. When we look at the current direction our country is going in many people say, “That just doesn’t make sense.” I hear this or a variation of it all the time. We see laws, regulations, and programs spewing forth from Chicago on the Potomac on a daily basis that just don’t add up.

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Big Brother is Watching You

Big Brother is Watching You

The Constitution, not the President or Congress, is the final arbiter of what’s permissible and what’s not. This is what makes the NSA scandal so problematic, and it is notable that the government’s overreach in this area is drawing criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

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From the Minority Report movie

The American Surveillance State Is Here. Can It Be Evaded?

This is the United States of America today, where liberty and privacy are the currency for any and all essential services. Short of living in a cave, cut off from all communications and commerce, anyone living in the concentration camp that is America today must cede his privacy and liberty to a government agency, a corporation, or both, in order to access information via the internet, communicate with friends and family, shop for food and clothing, or travel to work.

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Bill to Rein in Surveillance Fails in US House

Bill to Rein in Surveillance Fails in US House

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) domestic surveillance program suffered a near-death experience on the floor of the House of Representatives July 24. Although an amendment to the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) was narrowly defeated 205 to 217 in a truly bipartisan vote, the fact it even came up for a vote was a victory.

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U.S. House to Vote on NSA Surveillance

U.S. House to Vote on NSA Surveillance

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) domestic surveillance program will face its first up-or-down vote in the House of Representatives today. An amendment offered by Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash to the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act would defund any surveillance to collect communications data “if such things do not pertain to a person who is the subject of an investigation.”

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Kafka’s America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance

Kafka’s America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance

In a bizarre and ludicrous attempt at “transparency,” the Obama administration has announced that it asked a secret court to approve a secret order to allow the government to keep spying on millions of Americans, and the secret court has granted its request. As a sign of just how disconnected and out-of-touch with reality those in the Beltway are, National Intelligence Director James Clapper actually suggested that declassifying and publicly disclosing the government application was a show of good faith by the government.

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A bumblebee-sized micro air vehicle as proposed by the US Air Force, shown in a computer simulation. Source: D-USGOV-MILITARY-AIR FORCE.

Micro-Drone Roaches, Mosquitoes, and Birds

America will never be a “no drone zone.” That must be acknowledged from the outset. When the drones finally descend en masse on America, they will not be the massive aerial assault vehicles favored by the Obama administration in their overseas war efforts. Rather, the drones coming to a neighborhood near you will be small, some nano in size.

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EyeSee You and the Internet of Things: Watching You While You Shop

EyeSee You and the Internet of Things: Watching You While You Shop

Thanks to the wonders of technology, the indifference of the general public to the growing surveillance state, the inability of Congress to protect Americans’ privacy, and the profit-driven policies of the business sector, the corporate state could write a book about your holiday shopping habits: the websites you’ve visited when trying to decide what to buy, the storefronts you’ve browsed while wandering the mall, and the purchases you’ve made.

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RFID Card (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Total Surveillance State in Our Schools

The battle playing out in San Antonio, Texas, over one student’s refusal to comply with a public school campaign to microchip students has nothing to do with security concerns and even less to do with academic priorities. What is driving this particular program, which requires students to carry “smart” identification cards embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking devices, is money, pure and simple.

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Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC).  The RISC Rapid Search supports multi-tiered enrollment and dissemination policies and maintains unique identities for the individuals enrolled in the repository.

Next Generation Identification: You’re on Candid Camera

Brace yourselves for the next wave in the surveillance state’s steady incursions into our lives. It’s coming at us with a lethal one-two punch. To start with, there’s the government’s integration of facial recognition software and other biometric markers into its identification data programs. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a $1 billion boondoggle that is aimed at dramatically expanding the government’s current ID database from a fingerprint system to a facial recognition system.

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