The federal government continues to find new and creative ways to obtain information for its massive and ever-expanding biometric database, Continue reading State Background Checks for Daycare Providers Part of Growing Federal Biometric Surveillance System
WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2018) – Today, the House Intelligence Committee released a declassified memo relating to surveillance of a Trump advisor prior to the 2016 election. The true significance of the memo has already been lost in the noisy debate over Russian ties to the Trump administration. More importantly, the memo reveals that the U.S. surveillance state operates with virtually no accountability or oversight, and serves as a political tool for those in power. Continue reading The Real News: FISA Memo Reveals Surveillance State Operates With Virtually No Accountability
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May, 1, 2017) – In February, the San Francisco Police Department suspended its participation with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), a local/federal partnership that engages in broad-based surveillance in the name of national security.
Donald Trump created quite a stir when he tweeted accusations that Obama wiretapped Trump tower during the presidential campaign. The left immediately went ballistic, basically calling Trump nuts for even suggesting such a thing. One of my lefty friends actually announced wiretapping was impossible because, “They would have to have a warrant.”
An FBI program to collect iris scans and create a searchable database demonstrates how local law enforcement enables the federal surveillance state.
Biometric databases once subject to the 1974 Privacy Act, may soon be unbound from the law if the FBI’s new software, NGI, gets an exemption from Congress. If the FBI gets its wish, you will have no way of knowing what data the government has collected and stored relating to you, how it got it, if it’s accurate, and no way to correct any errors. Continue reading FBI Wants to Exempt Its Massive Biometric Database from Federal Privacy Laws
As the so-called USA Freedom Act was making its way through Congress, we warned that it would do nothing to substantially curtail federal surveillance and could actually make things worse.
It made things worse.
Dragnet surveillance: Need to make a bust? Doesn’t matter for what. Just listen in! Continue reading Who, What, Where, and Why: The FBI/NSA Mass Surveillance Collaboration
Federal militarization of state and local police has gone beyond armored vehicles and combat grade weapons, and now encompasses the latest surveillance technology. Not only are state and local cops secretly obtaining high-tech spy gear, non-disclosure agreements signed by law enforcement agencies essentially give the FBI complete control over how your local cops gather evidence.