Does Your Local Government Have a “Black Budget” Too?

Matthew Cagle Blog of Rights / ACLU https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty-criminal-law-reform/does-your-local-government-have As we learn more about the US intelligence community’s top secret, multi-billion dollar “Black budget” and how the NSA pays technology companies to comply with the Prism spying program, another mostly unnoticed pipeline moves billions of federal surveillance dollars from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

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10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic

Alex Henderson AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/10-ways-america-has-come-resemble-banana-republic?paging=off In the post-New Deal America of the 1950s and ’60s, the idea of the United States becoming a banana republic would have seemed absurd to most Americans. Problems and all, the U.S. had a lot going for it: a robust middle-class, an abundance of jobs that...

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Latest Snowden Revelation: NSA Sabotaged Electronic Locks

Jon Healey LA Times http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-nsa-introduced-vulnerabilities-into-encryption-snowden-reveals-20130905,0,2218463.story The latest Edward Snowden-powered exposé published by the New York Times, ProPublicaand the Guardian is, to me, the most frightening. It reveals that the National Security Agencyhas moved beyond its historic role as a code-breaker to become a saboteur of the encryption systems. Its work has allegedly weakened the scrambling...

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An Illustration of How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying

Trevor Timm Deeplinks Blog / EFF https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/illustration-how-nsa-misleads-public-without-actually-lying The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the country and “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for...

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Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/19-0 In Oslo, the world’s most important peace prize has been hijacked for war. In London, government authority has just fired a new shot at freedom of the press. And in Washington, the Obama administration continues to escalate its attacks on whistleblowers, journalism and civil liberties....

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Smashing State Surveillance: Group Breaks CCTV Cameras on the Street

Alex Kane AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/german-group-smashes-surveillance-cameras A group of German anarchists have inspired other radicals to take a direct action approach to surveillance cameras: smash them. As Salon’s Natasha Lennard notes, the practice has now migrated to the U.S. It’s a brash approach to the surveillance state. “We’re a diverse group of people:...

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The Police State Mindset in Our Public Schools

John W Whitehead The Rutherford Institute https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_police_state_mindset_in_our_public_schools “Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?” – Michel Foucault Once upon a time in America, parents breathed a sigh of relief when their kids went back to school after a summer’s hiatus, content in the...

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