Border Patrol Throw Political Bone to Civil Libertarians, Will We Fetch?

March 27, 2014 in News

Guillermo Jimenez | For years, Border Patrol agents have effectively acted with impunity along the southern border of the United States, shooting anyone — including Mexican nationals on the other side of the border — when confronted with the threat of a rock. According to CBP…

Kafka’s America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance

July 23, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | In a bizarre and ludicrous attempt at “transparency,” the Obama administration has announced that it asked a secret court to approve a secret order to allow the government to keep spying on millions of Americans, and the secret court has granted its request…

The NSA Wants America’s Most Powerful Corporations to Be Dependent on It

July 17, 2013 in News

Conor Friedersdorf | The Washington Post profile of NSA director General Keith B. Alexander concludes with an account of a private meeting that he conducted a few years ago with financial industry officials. Talk turned to computer malware aimed at stealing customer data.

Luddites Beware: Avoiding Digital Communication Does Not Make You Immune to NSA-like Surveillance

July 15, 2013 in TOR Blog

Traces of Reality | Total information awareness means TOTAL FUCKING INFORMATION AWARENESS. Watch the video below by good ol’ MOXNEWS (formerly known as CSPAN Junkie), titled “Government Not Just Spying On Your Digital Conversations Also Monitoring Every Bit Of Snail Mail.”

If You Like The Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify

July 1, 2013 in News

Ron Paul | From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration’s political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state.

Washington Is Driving The World To The Final War

July 1, 2013 in News

Paul Craig Roberts | “V For Vendetta,” a film that portrays evil in a futuristic England as a proxy for the evil that exists today in America, ends with the defeat of evil. But this is a movie in which the hero has super powers. If you have not seen this film, you should watch it. It might wake you up and give you courage.

Government Spying: Why You Can’t ‘Just Trust Us’

July 1, 2013 in News

Marcy Wheeler | Since we learned that the government has been collecting and storing Americans’ call data for years, Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein; her counterpart in the House, Mike Rogers; and James Clapper, director of national intelligence, have been trying to claim it is not as bad as it sounds.

TOR Radio: June 22, 2013 – NSA, Predictive Programming, Michael Hastings and Syria

June 23, 2013 in TOR Radio

TOR Radio | Download TOR Radio: June 22, 2013 | Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides break down the latest on the NSA surveillance scandal, the bombshell interview delivered by whistleblower, Russ Tice, the mysterious death of reporter Michael Hastings, the escalation in Syria, and much more.

Orwell Revisited: Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

June 18, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | Orwell understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan flag-waving, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people—even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way…

NSA Wiretapping Public Service Announcement (VIDEO)

June 12, 2013 in News

Funny or Die | Trevor Moore, of Whitest Kids U Know, with a “public service announcement” about NSA surveillance and what you, the ordinary citizen, can do to render the surveillance state useless.