This approach begins with a simple and undeniable premise: that there is no way that anyone is going to convince everyone else to accept one unified belief system. Liberals will never convert the conservatives, and the conservatives will never convert the liberals. We’re never going to all agree on the wedge issues, and it’s not … [Read more…]
Defending yourself against the NSA, or any other government intelligence agency, is not simple, and its not something that can be solved just by downloading an app. But thanks to the dedicated work of civilian cryptographers and the free and open source software community, its still possible to have privacy on the Internet, and the … [Read more…]
Top 10 NSA pickup lines.. Really funny. Also, sad because many are likely true.
In a way, the above people are lucky because they are journalists who can tell their story to a large audience to get the word out. As On The Media documents, this happens to “countless” people in the US, their stories receive no attention, and the have no recourse. via Suspicionless searches at US border: … [Read more…]
The faith part of science—the belief that there are underlying laws and explanations—will possibly be abandoned if we adopt big data as a guide to the universe. One doesn’t need to know why the apple falls from a tree at a specific rate the law of gravity. One only needs to see that that is … [Read more…]
In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally. via Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ | World news | The Guardian. Of course, if you have nothing to hide … [Read more…]
Esperanza Spalding – We Are America from ESP Media on Vimeo. Ain’t no justice. Ain’t no peace.
Critically, the “targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged … [Read more…]
Just look at the former East Germany. Countries spy on each other, we know that. But when a country starts to spy on its own citizens, it’s really about control, and authoritarianism, and squashing dissent. And to make people feel that they are at risk to engage in any kind of activity that is perceived … [Read more…]
The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans call records to be a state secret. Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place via Spy Chief: We Should’ve Told You We Track Your Calls – The Daily Beast. Because, of … [Read more…]