When Homeland Security Theater goes Off-Script

April 25, 2013 in News

Will Grigg | While police in Watertown, Massachusetts closed in on the boat in which 19-year-old terrorist suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had concealed himself, FBI investigators in Chicago were snapping handcuffs on 18-year-old Abdella Ahmed Tounisi…

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

April 25, 2013 in News

Declan McCullagh | Justice Department agreed to issue “2511 letters” immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Gets Politicized as Concerns Raised Over Negligence, “Regulatory Gridlock”

April 22, 2013 in News

Reuters | The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the DHS.

Massive BitTorrent and Cyberlocker Domain Crackdown Underway

April 16, 2013 in News

Torrent Freak | In what is being described as the biggest domain crackdown since US Homeland Security seized more than 70 domains in 2010, Italy has targeted more than two dozen BitTorrent, cyberlocker and other file-sharing sites.

When, And Why, to Call a Bombing ‘Terrorism’

April 16, 2013 in News

Spencer Ackerman | Not every bombing, no matter how many civilians are killed or how terrifying it is, is terrorism. The Boston Marathon atrocity on Monday afternoon may qualify or it may not. Since the discourse around terrorism in the U.S. is an exceptionally…

Enemies of the Warfare State: Government Spying on Peaceful Political Dissidents

April 3, 2013 in News

Antiwar.com Blog | Just-released declassified documents reveal new details about government surveillance of peaceful political activism in the name of fighting terrorism [...] watching, subverting, and harassing political dissenters…

Inspector General Report Claims DOJ Asked ICE to Drop “Fast and Furious” Investigations

March 29, 2013 in News

Washington Post | The Office of the Assistant Attorney General allegedly asked an ICE investigative unit in Arizona to stop certain investigations into weapons smuggling in order to avoid disrupting the gun-walking operation, according to the report.

The Drone Wars Come Home: ‘Stalkers’ in the Cities, ‘Predators’ Along the Border

March 26, 2013 in News

U.S. News & World Report | While most of us are aware of the lethal Predator drones that target terrorists outside the United States, not many know that this very same technology (minus the missiles) is coming to America in a big way…

Nanny State Mayor Bloomberg on Big Brother, Drones: “Get Used To It”

March 25, 2013 in News

New York Post | Like it or not, the eye in the sky will soon be following your every move, according to Mayor Bloomberg. “You can’t keep the tides from coming in,” the mayor remarked when asked about drones on his weekly radio show.

‘Fast and Furious’ Report: ATF Kept Border Patrol Unaware of Operation, DHS Ignored Leads

March 23, 2013 in News

Los Angeles Times | Even as they lost scores of illegal firearms in their Fast and Furious operation, federal ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona…