Privacy Matters

The NRO: Spying and prying, up close and personal

Ever heard of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)? 

One of the most secretive of the 16 US intelligence agencies, it defines its mission as follows:

Develop. Acquire. Launch. Operate.

When the surveillance state strikes: Who you gonna call?

We need a privacy revolution. Now. Before it's too late.

Tom Junod on "The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama"

You are a historic figure, Mr. President. You are not only the first African-American president; you are the first who has made use of your power to target and kill individuals identified as a threat to the United States throughout your entire term. You are the first president to make the killing of targeted individuals the focus of our military operations, of our intelligence, of our national security strategy, and some argue, of our foreign policy.

The drone-terrorism nexus

Terror Tuesday: Staking out the killing zone in the forever war

Days after Secretary of State Clinton parsed an apology for the deaths of 25 Pakistani soldiers in a US/NATO air attack last November, the CIA resumed its drone wars in Pakistan.

On July 6, a day after Pakistan ended the eight-month closure of its border to trucks supplying NATO forces at a cost to US taxpayers of some $800 million, a series of drone strikes in Northern Waziristan killed up to 24 people.  

Seattle police raid activist house, don't make arrests

Photo credit (right): Steven Walling

Explosive increase in mobile data requests means Congress needs to act now on digital privacy

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The militarization of the police: low budget video version

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The San Jose Police Department made this video to recruit new cops; it clearly illustrates the worrying, increasingly militaristic orientation of many modern US urban departments. Are the police here to protect and serve the civilian population, or do they see themselves as warriors in a war zone?

Thursday technology links round-up

Lots in the news at the intersection of privacy and technology this week. Take a look at some of the stuff you might have missed:

Your phone may not be safe at protests

Ever wondered why your cell phone reception suddenly becomes terrible at protests? Ever worried that police could use electronic spoofing devices to suck up your mobile data because you are in the streets exercising your rights?

You might have been onto something.

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