When we talk about NSA spying, most people’s eyes glaze over. They just don’t think it will have any impact on them. After all, the surveillance agency only spies on foreigners and terrorists, right? And if some Americans’ data ends up in NSA databases in the process, well, that doesn’t really matter. It’s the price we pay for security.
But in fact, federal surveillance and the investigative practices it fosters undermines and subverts the fundamental rule of law in the United States.
Continue reading How Secret Surveillance Undermines Our Most Fundamental Rights
FRESNO, Calif. (April 6, 2016) – The Fresno Police Department’s attempt to purchase controversial Orwellian computer software highlights the role the federal government plays in the acquisition of spy gear by local law enforcement agencies.
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New rules under development by the Obama administration will make it even easier for federal agencies like the FBI and DEA to access troves of phone calls, emails and location data collected by the NSA on millions of people, including Americans, and pass it on to local cops for everyday investigations, or basically any other purpose that suits them.
Continue reading NSA Will Spy for Local Cops Under New Obama Administration Rules
When I talk about NSA spying and mass warrantless surveillance, I’m pretty sure most people react something like this: yeah, it’s bad, but it doesn’t have any direct impact on me. I mean, why would the government ever bother to spy on me? Really, that’s for the bad guys, or the Muslims. It can’t happen to me.
Continue reading Spying: It Can Happen to Me; It Can Happen to You
The vast majority of Americans worry about the amount of personal information vacuumed up by the NSA. In fact, in one recent poll, 82 percent of likely voters expressed “concern” about government collection and retention of their personal data.
The NSA has concerns of its own. Some of its operatives worry that the spy agency doesn’t collect enough of your personal data.
Continue reading Internal NSA Spy Blog Reveals Desire for ‘Total Surveillance’
Even knowing the incredibly pervasive and intrusive nature of NSA spying, people still tell me it really doesn’t matter because they have nothing to hide.
Well, last week a former U.S. Army general gave us a glimpse into the mind of security staters and revealed why ubiquitous spying poses such a danger.
Continue reading Gen. Wesley Clark Reveals Why Spying Matters
“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.”
“They don’t spy on everyday Americans.”
“They don’t store truly personal information, just “meta-data.” It doesn’t violate your privacy.”
I hear comments like this all the time when I bring up NSA spying.
Continue reading It’s Time to Get Our Heads Out of the Sand, Acknowledge the Truth About NSA Spying
With the media spotlight shining on police militarization, most Americans know something about the federal 1033 transfer program that enables police departments to get military equipment like armored vehicles, high power weapons, grenade launchers, and even bayonets. But most Americans don’t realize that local law enforcement agencies can also acquire spy gear from the feds.
Continue reading NSA Gadget Transfer Program Turning Local Cops into Spies
Supporters of the NSA often justify the agencies actions based on the national security argument. But in truth, bulk, warrantless surveillance represents a threat to national security.
Continue reading Bulk Surveillance a Threat to National Security