Privacy Matters

NYPD's Domain Awareness System raises privacy, ethics issues

A couple of weeks ago AP reported that the NYPD and Microsoft jointly developed a surveillance platform for the police department called "Domain Awareness System." The story was short on details, but told us "the program combines city-wide video surveillance with law enforcement databases" "to track both criminals and potential terrorists."

NDAA lawsuit back in court

President Obama courageously signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act on New Years' Eve, when most adults in the United States were probably in some state of inebriation. That particular version of the routine military funding bill allows the government to indefinitely detain people accused of being militants in the broadly defined war on terror against al Qaeda and "associated forces."

Terror Tuesday: Playing politics with the "kill lists"

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“Sunlight,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1933, “is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”

"Massive fraud, waste and abuse" at the NSA

Military exercises in Worcester a surprise to residents, including the local police?

Above: Worcester, MA on August 2, 2012

Can the right expensive technology keep us safe?

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When we are all suspects

Hello all you potential terrorists! 

That’s how American citizens and anyone else in the country with any kind of data footprint are regarded these days, thanks to new guidelines for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) which the Obama Administration endorsed last March.

Terror Tuesday: When the US captures instead of kills

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John Yoo, author of the Bush Administration’s legal memos authorizing torture, is right about one thing: when it comes to Obama’s counterterrorism policies, “the ironies abound.”

"First Amendment, Meet Paramilitary Police"

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The Alyona Show looks at the flood of homeland security funding to states and cities for the purchase of military grade surveillance and crowd control weapons in the post-9/11 age, and the deployment of these tools to interfere with social and political protest from New York City to Anaheim, CA. 

NSA has "20 trillion" records of US communications, says whistleblower

Above: ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer, author Jim Bamford, ACLU attorney Alexander Abdo, and NSA whistleblower Bill Binney at DefCon 20 in Las Vegas, July 2012.

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