Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Surveillance State Update

 
Op-Ed Columnist Invasion of the Data Snatchers y Bill Keller  January 13, 2013 New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/opinion/keller-invasion-of-the-data-snatchers.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130114&_r=0
[Excerpted] Last month Julia Angwin of The Wall Street Journal disclosed that Attorney General Eric Holder had authorized the National Counterterrorism Center to copy and examine pretty much any information the government has collected about you. 

In the past, the agency couldn’t store information about ordinary Americans unless they were suspects in or party to a specific investigation. 

Under the new orders, flight records, lists of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students, financial records of people seeking federally backed mortgages, health records of patients at veterans’ hospitals — pick a database, and this obscure agency has permission to study it for patterns that ostensibly predict terrorist behavior, and to share it with foreign governments, whether or not you are suspected of any wrongdoing. The new rules were subjected to robust official debate — all behind closed doors.

Likewise, while we were all distracted by the dance on the fiscal cliff, the 112th Congress in its final days whisked through a renewal of the law that governs eavesdropping by American intelligence agencies on Americans’ phone calls and e-mail traffic....

Majia here: Surveillance extends throughout American society in many forms, ranging from unwarranted monitoring of electronic communication and searches to drone surveillance of spaces formerly believed to be private.

Jan 11, 2013
Whistleblowing, Surveillance, and the Obama Administration. The Obama Administration does not have an exemplary record protecting whistleblowers, nor for protecting US civilians from unwarranted surveillance. Recently ...
 
Sep 13, 2012
Then there's 3i-MIND, a Swiss company that last year prominently showcased Web surveillance products at a law enforcement conference in San Diego. There, it pitched OpenMIND, developed specifically for intelligence and ...
 
Aug 18, 2012
The New Totalitarianism of Surveillance Technology. By Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK. August 16,2 012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/15/new-totalitarianism-surveillance-technology?newsfeed=true ...
 
Apr 22, 2012
[excerpted] "With little public attention dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies ahve been given approval by federal aviation regulators to use unmanned aircraft known as drones, according to documents ...
   
Apr 11, 2012
The Surveillance State. Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us. Published on Monday, April 9, 2012 by Common Dreams by Bill Quigley https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/09-14. Posted by Majia's Blog at 8:14 AM ...
 
Apr 26, 2012
[excerpted] "Drone technology, advanced by the military for surveillance and elimination of terrorists in war zones, is set to come back to the home front in a big way in coming years, with possible uses for law enforcement, first ...
 
Oct 25, 2009
New Surveillance Devices Compromise Constitutional Right to Privacy. http://video.designworldonline.com/bugbots.html. Posted by Majia's Blog at 11:27 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook ...
 
Apr 04, 2012
Dystopic Futures: Surveillance by Radioactive Drones. US Draws Up Plans for Nuclear DronesBy Nick Fielding, Guardian UK 04 April 12 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/02/us-plans-nuclear-drones [excerpt] ...

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