The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the manufacturer of StingRay surveillance products of providing inaccurate information and possibly even lying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is the agency that is supposed to regulate communications over cable, radio, satellite, television and wire.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 17, 2014 10:11 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 15, 2014 11:07 am|
A federal appeals court issued a decision suppressing evidence found by a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent and used to prosecute a civilian for child pornography. The NCIS special agent had conducted dragnet surveillance of all civilians in an entire state. The “extraordinary nature of the surveillance” demonstrated “a need to deter future violations” of the Posse Comitatus Act and send a message to the government that military personnel are not permitted to enforce civilian laws.
|By: msmolly Sunday August 31, 2014 1:03 pm|
The Washington Post published a startling report that described how private companies who sell surveillance systems are marketing them to governments around the world, providing the means to track the movements of anyone who carries a cell phone — here or abroad.
A set of network protocols known as Signaling System No. 7 (SS7) allows cell phone carriers to collect location information from cell phone towers and share it with each other. So a US carrier can find a customer even if he or she travels to another country.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 13, 2014 1:45 pm|
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in an interview with journalist James Bamford for Wired Magazine has revealed for the first time that he was disturbed by a “Strangelovian cyberwarfare program in the works,” which was codenamed “MonsterMind.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 29, 2014 7:50 am|
A number of American journalists, who work for small and large media organizations, contend that the spike in leak investigations is tied to government mass surveillance. They report experiences with sources, who are no longer willing to speak to them. They have found it increasingly difficult to build new relationships with sources. A chilling effect has made it exceptionally difficult to determine what to do to maintain confidentiality.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 10, 2014 6:00 pm|
he American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five United States citizens challenging a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals.
The federal government has a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) that, according to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], “encourages state and local law enforcement agencies as well as private actors to collect and report information that has a potential nexus to terrorism in the form of so-called ‘suspicious activity reports [SARs].’”
Any individual who is flagged as having a “potential nexus to terrorism” will automatically be subject to “law enforcement scrutiny.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 10, 2014 3:09 pm|
Representative Alan Grayson of Florida sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking if US intelligence agencies spied on five prominent American Muslims named as targets named in a major story from The Intercept, which was published on July 9.