Privacy Matters

Terror Tuesday: A decade after "shock and awe"

There are the dead, killed by drones. And then there are the living dead, buried alive in Guantanamo before it seemed more efficient simply to incinerate suspects.

Broad coalition of business and civil liberties groups demand a warrant requirement for email

Privacy Cat says: "U want mah emailz? Get a warrant."

Do police need a warrant to read our emails? Unfortunately, the answer to this question remains much too complex.

Head of fusion center lobbying group to serve as advisor to biometrics company board of directors

CrossMatch, a large biometrics firm that does millions of dollars of business with government agencies, has announced that the executive director of the National Fusion Center Association, a former DHS Grant Programs Directorate administrator, recently became an advisor to its board of directors.

Social engineering: how sneaky malware companies get you to bug your own phone for them

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More airport madness: what will your risk rating be?

Collect enough personal data, trawl through enough data bases, assign passengers a risk rating score and the traveling public will be safer, right?

Terror Tuesday: Killer drones get attention as Obama gets his man

It’s been a very good week for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

His March 6th filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA was ‘historic’ on a number of fronts.

"We are paying you guys to protect the children, not to kill the children!"

Kimani Gray

People in Flatbush, Brooklyn held a vigil last night in memorium of 16 year old resident Kimani Gray, who was killed by NYPD officers over the weekend. The vigil turned into a protest, with community members making speeches about NYPD violence in their community and chanting slogans like "NYPD, KKK/How many kids did you kill today?"

President Obama put on a secret "Alice in Wonderland" themed party for Halloween in 2009

Please consider the following.

From the New York Times, January 2, 2013:

We still don't know whether the DOJ thinks it can use lethal force in domestic non-emergencies

Adam Serwer over at Mother Jones has a piece up making fun of the GOP for proposing legislation the sponsors say would limit the president’s authority to conduct drone strikes on US soil. He writes:

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