Privacy Matters

Cell phone tracking in Waltham and Boston: who knew what, when?

Tales from the Border War: "You feel like you're being watched for no reason, all the time."

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Dragnetting the entire population

Al Jazeera America did a two-part special on license plate readers, location tracking, and government employee abuse of databases. It's well worth watching.

House report on marathon attacks reaches dangerous conclusions based on inaccurate information

President Bush at the newly-opened CIA National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), one of the many post-9/11 surveillance and information sharing operations that failed to stop the Boston marathon attacks in April 2013.

FBI may have searched phone dragnet records during 2011 investigation of Tsarnaev

Later today I'll post a much longer blog examining in detail the House Homeland Security Committee's report on the failures that led to the Boston marathon attacks. For now, I simply want to highlight something that jumped out at me.

Task force officer: FBI conducted aerial surveillance of Ibragim Todashev in Orlando

If you've been paying attention to the events surrounding the May 22, 2013 law enforcement killing of Ibragim Todashev, you may know that FBI officials conducted close surveillance of the former friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev for weeks before an agent killed him. Now we know a little more about that surveillance.

How state secrecy protects government agencies from embarrassment, then and now

J. Edgar Hoover's obsession with secrecy is a legacy that scars present-day government agencies.

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