Privacy Matters

Terror Tuesday: Fighting for the world we want

We do not spy on US citizens, just anti-government groups, says fusion center director

The Arkansas State Fusion Center

An official from an Arkansas State Fusion Center recently spoke to the press to clear up what he called "misconceptions" about what his office actually does, with depressingly hilarious results. (For some background on fusion centers, click here.)

Military contractor shows off drones in development at 2013 conference

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Company that does sock puppet propagandizing for US military also identifies "anarchist networks" at home

That person you are arguing with in the comment section at the end of Glenn Greenwald's latest blog about the CIA’s not-so-secret operations in Pakistan may in fact work for the US government. And the corporation that's paid to do the propagandizing has previously touted its experience in identifying 'anarchist networks' and leaders in the United States.

Terror Tuesday: Sovereignty and the law in the age of the forever war

Jalalabad, Afghanistan, seen from a DoD helicopter

"Just because I have a beard and wear a turban, does that make me part of the Taliban?"

CIA Chief Technology Officer: we collect everything we can and store it forever

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San Francisco club: police tried to force us to install surveillance cameras to spy on our customers

San Francisco band Luxxury performing live at the Bohemian Carnival event at DNA Lounge on March 17, 2007. Photo credit: JWZ.

Police abuse yet another reason why we need electronic privacy law reform

One of the reasons civil libertarians want to make sure that law enforcement and state security agencies have sufficient external oversight is because security employees are human beings. They are therefore are flawed and make mistakes.

Sometimes their actions are even downright abusive.

A story in today's Courthouse News helpfully illustrates that not all police officers can be trusted to act responsibly on the job:

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