Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.
|By: emptywheel Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: msmolly Friday March 14, 2014 12:05 pm|
This has been an interesting week in our surveillance state, with a tug-of-war between the FISA Court (FISC) and the DoJ over an ability to keep — or a requirement to dispose of — collected metadata.
|By: msmolly Friday March 7, 2014 3:59 pm|
Are you still hearing, “But they’re just collecting metadata!” when the subject of the NSA’s rampant collection of information about us comes up? There is no such thing as “just metadata.” With enough different data points, your life becomes an open book that a variety of government agencies can examine at will. “Just metadata” is a big lie that supports the surveillance state, and makes a mockery of our expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.
|By: DSWright Monday February 10, 2014 6:47 am|
Contrary to the continual rationalizations by NSA defenders such as President Obama that metadata is benign – that it is only used to see patterns not identify individuals – it is now being reported that metadata alone is the basis for lethal drone strikes.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday January 23, 2014 11:15 am|
While poets and psychologists talk about soldiers bringing the battlefield home with them, in fact, the U.S. is doing just that. More and more, weapons, tactics, techniques and procedures that have been used abroad in war are coming home, this time employed against American Citizens.
Today’s front-page article in the Washington Post confirms that wartime surveillance blimps– aerostats– used in Iraq and Afghanistan will now monitor most of the Northeast United States.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 1, 2014 7:29 am|
Spy different. During the 30th Chaos Communication Congress Jacob Applebaum revealed the existence of an NSA software program known as DROPOUTJEEP which turns a user’s iPhone into a surveillance device for the government. The revelation suggests Apple may have created a backdoor for the NSA.
|By: Norman Solomon Monday September 30, 2013 6:23 pm|
To the people in control of the Executive Branch, violating our civil liberties is an essential government service. So — to ensure total fulfillment of Big Brother’s vast responsibilities — the National Security Agency is insulated from any fiscal disruption.
The NSA’s surveillance programs are exempt from a government shutdown. With typical understatement, an unnamed official told The Hill that “a shutdown would be unlikely to affect core NSA operations.”
|By: cocktailhag Thursday June 6, 2013 8:00 pm|
While it’s certainly no surprise to find that the government has turned to yet another corrupt monopoly to carry out its dirty work against ordinary citizens, I seriously question the quality of their co-conspirator, Verizon. If we are going to have a lawless corporate behemoth shoveling our personal data, or rather, in the parlance du jour, “meta” data, into the insatiable maw of the new police state, wouldn’t it be nicer if the company were also capable of performing its core function adequately?