Here we go again. The Department of Justice has been using a legally questionable program to target criminal suspect’s cell phone data. The program involves flying small Cessna planes equipped with a device known as a “dirtbox” which mimics cell towers in order to trick cellphones into giving out their registration information. Like the now notorious NSA programs exposed by Edward Snowden, the dirtbox program scoops up large amounts of data from entirely innocent people in order to look for those suspected of wrongdoing.
|By: DSWright Friday November 14, 2014 7:01 am|
|By: DSWright Thursday May 29, 2014 6:40 am|
Last night an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden conducted by NBC News Anchor Brian Williams aired in prime time on NBC. In the hour long broadcast Snowden addressed questions ranging from the details of NSA programs being used against Americans, being trapped in Russia, and why he felt the duty to blow the whistle on the NSA’s controversial activities.
|By: DSWright Friday March 7, 2014 10:05 am|
Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that attempts by the FAA to prevent the use of civilian drones below 400 feet were illegal given there was no administrative rule in place. This ruling opens the door for widespread use of civilian drones for photography, farming, and whatever else anyone wants to do really. It is worth noting that the ruling does not apply to larger drones that share space with airplanes and helicopters.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 19, 2014 12:21 pm|
The problem with creating billion dollar bureaucracies like the Department of Homeland Security for insignificant threats like “terrorism” is that the administrators have nothing better to do all day but think of new ways to justify their existence and expand their power.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 15, 2014 10:14 am|
There has been a lot of unintentionally hilarious things said during the NSA spying scandal unleashed by leaks from Edward Snowden, but the latest statement from the NSA surely is the most hilarious. After Senator Sanders raised the question of whether or not the NSA was spying on members of Congress to gain political leverage the agency has been increasingly evasive.
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 14, 2014 9:33 am|
Walking anti-trust case Google Inc. has taken a step closer to owning all your information with the acquisition of Nest. Google already has a monopoly on search and has also made major inroads into the smartphone and browser markets with Chrome. And now with Nest the Silicon Valley juggernaut will be able to develop and implement technology that gives real time data on all your activities throughout your home such as thermostats and smoke alarms – monitored, logged, and archived.
|By: Norman Solomon Monday January 13, 2014 7:15 pm|
American journalism has entered highly dangerous terrain. A tip-off is that the Washington Post refuses to face up to a conflict of interest involving Jeff Bezos — who’s now the sole owner of the powerful newspaper at the same time he remains Amazon’s CEO and main stakeholder.
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 7, 2014 6:45 am|
Senator Bernie Sanders is starting to ask questions many in the media and public have wanted to know for some time – is the NSA spying on other government officials? And if so, is the agency using that information as leverage to further its own power?
|By: msmolly Friday January 3, 2014 6:01 pm|
Welcome to 2014. No, the surveillance state didn’t disappear with the rollover of the calendar.
It seems, among other things, that there is a surveillance order that has been flying under the radar, known as Executive Order 12333–United States intelligence activities. It has been around since Reagan signed it in December 1981.
|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.