NSA mass collection of phone data is legal, federal judge rules

• Dragnet program deemed ‘controversial but lawful’ • Lawsuit brought by ACLU dismissed • NSA phone data collection deemed legal: full ruling Dan Roberts in Washington theguardian.com,              Friday 27 December 2013 11.52 EST Judge said the phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect the dots before the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Lucas Jackson /Reuters…

Over 700,000 people on US watch list: and once you get on, there’s no way off

Published time: December 02, 2013 20:59                                                                                A US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent checks the identification and boarding pass of a passenger as she passes through security in the terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia (AFP Photo / Saul Loeb) The names of nearly three-quarters of a million individuals have…

Top secret document reveals NSA spies on porn habits of suspected terrorists in bid to discredit them

Document  was revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden It shows  agency spied on suspected radicalizers to  harm their reputations Civil liberties  campaigners have voiced concerns about the revelations One says:  ‘NSA surveillance activities are  anything but narrowly focused’ By  Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 04:50 EST, 27  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 05:58 EST, 27 November 2013…

Forced Decryption Fought as Self-Incrimination

  By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN   (CN) – Forcing a criminal defendant to decrypt personal electronic data compels him to testify against himself in violation of the Fifth Amendment, two nonprofits said in a joint amicus brief. The American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief in support of Leon Gelfgatt, whom…

Senator Dianne Feinstein claims eavesdropping on phone callls is not surveillance, nor is it protected under the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches.

‘No phone call, no Internet transaction, isn’t recorded by the  NSA’: Edward  Snowden fires back at U.S. government surveillance denials Senator  Dianne Feinstein claimed that the NSA’s phone-tracking is  benign Whistle-blower Snowden said in a statement that it is  pervasive in nature By  Ted Thornhill PUBLISHED: 08:49 EST, 25  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:56 EST,…

Book by whistleblower at center of ‘Fast and Furious’ blocked by the ATF

 Published time: October 08, 2013 00:20 Edited time: October 09, 2013 09:47                                                                             AFP Photo / Pedro Pardo A book authored by an agent at the center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Fast and Furious” gun running debacle has been rejected and barred from being published by the agency, citing concerns for…

Sharia law is now legal in Oklahoma

  Oklahoma’s Shariah Law Ban Is Unconstitutional & Gone for Good   By ANNIE YOUDERIAN   (CN) – Oklahoma’s attempt to “specifically target and outlaw Shariah,” or Islamic law, is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Chief U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City permanently blocked state officials from certifying the 2010 election results…

‘A massive and unprecedented intrusion’: Associated Press condemns US government for seizing journalists’ telephone records without explanation

  John Hall Tuesday, 14 May 2013 The Associated Press news agency has condemned the US government for the unexplained seizure of records of telephone calls made by its journalists. Describing the seizure as “a massive and unprecedented intrusion”, AP’s chief executive Gary Pruitt accused the US Justice Department of gathering records from more than…

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

By David Kravets 05.10.13 6:30 AM The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system. Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) …

Bloomberg: New Yorkers will ‘never know where our cameras are’

Published time: April 26, 2013 22:49                            New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visits the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (AFP Photo / John Moore) New York City police officials intend to expand the already extensive use of surveillance cameras throughout town. The plan, unveiled Thursday, comes as part…