Privacy Matters

The government expects us to trust it with unlimited surveillance powers, but it's not trustworthy in the slightest

There's a lot of impersonating going on at federal intelligence agencies!

Here's the DEA, impersonating a woman by creating a fake Facebook profile using photographs agents seized from her phone to try to ensnare drug dealers:

It's too late for Robel Phillipos, but it isn't too late to learn from his mistake

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Feds overwhelmingly use sneak and peeks in drug cases, not to fight terrorism

EFF highlights new warrant reporting from the federal government that confirms what we already know: Federal agencies are using powers granted to them to fight "terrorists" against suspected drug dealers.

CIA: Hitler's 'Final Solution' was "innocuous"

Shoes and clothing left behind by victims of Nazi genocide.

Invasion of the data snatchers

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Happy Halloween from the ACLU. Watch out for the data snatchers. Unlike ghosts, they are all too real.

DOJ is funding police surveillance targeting "vulnerable populations"

File under "I wish I were making this up":

The DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) website brags that DOJ bought a whole lot of GPS trackers for police in 2013. But the way DOJ describes the transfer of surveillance technology to local cops is maybe even more disturbing than the largely secret funding itself:

Tracking Devices for Vulnerable Populations:

How did they know I'm a dog?

A cartoon submission from Richard Stallman, creator of the GNU Project and founder of the Free Software Foundation:

Activist in Ferguson says cops are using license plate trackers to monitor organizers

Tufts professor and former Senate Foreign Relations counsel: Take the bull by the horns to unseat the deep state

In the US system of government, is the president the decider on matters related to foreign policy and 'national security'? No, says Tufts University professor and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee legal counsel Michael Glennon.

Discriminatory government ‘terror’ programs violate our freedoms and won’t work to keep us safe

In September 2014, the University of Massachusetts at Boston held a terrorism conference where academics, police officers, FBI agents, and officials from private consulting agencies shared information about (mostly Muslim) terrorism research and threats. Among the talks and presentations at the event was this one:

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