Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 2:18 pm

The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction.

Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say a Mr. Anderson committed a crime. This happens most commonly in drug cases.

 

Researcher Discovers Intentional Security Back Door For Apple iPhones And iPads

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:45 am

Apple has been under increasing scrutiny regarding its civil liberties record after security researcher Jacob Applebaum showed evidence gathered from an NSA whistleblower that a program called DROPOUT JEEP existed to gain access to a user’s iPhone. Applebaum postulated that developing this system would have been nearly impossible without Apple’s involvement. For its part, Apple denied it was involved.

Why State Department Whistleblower Didn’t Reveal More About How Key Executive Order Is Used for Spying

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 3:30 pm

A former State Department executive came forward on July 18 to warn against how the United States government is using an executive order issued by President Ronald Reagan to collect data from Americans, especially when they are located outside US borders. And, even though President Barack Obama’s administration has waged an unprecedented war on whistleblowers, he does not believe he will be one of the victims. But is he already?

John Napier Tye, who served as a section for internet freedom in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from January 2011 to April 2014, described how he had been “cleared to receive top-secret and ‘sensitive compartmented’ information.”

UK Watchdog Warns Country’s Terrorism Laws Could Be Used to Criminalize Newspapers as Terrorists

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

The official in the United Kingdom, who is tasked with reviewing terrorism legislation, has released a report warning about the breadth of terrorism laws and how they could be used to criminalize journalism.

Citing the case of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband who was detained at Heathrow Airport under the UK’s Terrorism Act of 2000 last year, David Anderson QC recommended changing the definition of terrorism in the law.

Edward Snowden Is the Most Dangerous Man in America. Good.

By: Monday July 21, 2014 11:07 am

Speaking via video link (he uses Skype!) from Russia to the HopeX hackers’ conference in New York City July 19, Edward Snowden issued a call to arms to those present. Engineers, he said, “need to think now in adversarial terms to defeat government technical capabilities.” While the government now uses technology to shield themselves from accountability, software and hardware must “become a way to express our freedoms while protecting our freedoms.”

Podcast: Deepa Kumar on Anti-Muslim Racism Behind NSA Surveillance, Media’s Coverage of Gaza

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 8:58 am

Media coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza has concentrated blame for what has unfolded on Hamas, making it possible to absolve Israel of responsibility for nearly all of the warfare that has killed over three hundred civilians and wounded over a thousand Palestinians. But this is not limited to the people of Gaza. There is a cultural bias in media toward Muslims or Arabs.

German Anger at US Spying Continues

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 8:59 am

In 2000, the US ambassador to Germany said that the winning strategy of the US relationship with Germany was the manner in which the two nations work together as a team, in concert with each other in an open way of dealing with each other. Today, with continuing revelations of US spying inside the German government, the CIA station chief was sent home in humiliation. John Kerry, though, still says the two nations are “great friends” but it’s sounding more and more like the kind of friendship two folks have after they’ve broken up.

U.S. Spying on Germany: Breaking the Rules for What?

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:52 am

In the world of spying in general, and especially when you’re spying on allied nations, Rule No. 1 is “Don’t Get Caught.” Rule No. 2 is “Make Sure the Juice is Worth the Squeeze.” The U.S. broke both rules, several times, in Germany. For what?

Justice Department Requests Appeals Court Overturn Decision Against NSA Phone Metadata Program

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 3:15 pm

The United States Justice Department has filed a brief requesting that a federal appeals court overturn a decision issued last year, which found that the National Security Agency’s phone metadata program infringed upon the privacy of Americans.

Attorney Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, and Charles Strange, father of Michael Strange, an NSA cryptologist technician and Navy support personnel for SEAL Team VI who was killed in Afghanistan when his helicopter was shot down, were the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Muslim American Groups and Individuals Boycott White House Ramadan Dinner

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:40 am

Muslim American groups and individuals are boycotting the White House’s Iftar dinner and will instead be participating or supporting a protest outside the White House against United States government policies, which disproportionately impact Muslims all over the world.

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