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theamazingindi:

soyonscruels:

did anyone else see the edward snowden interview in the guardian about two days ago where he said that most of the NSA agents doing checks through people’s data are men aged 18-22 and that when they access photographs of attractive women naked they all send them to each other for reasons that are 100% not professional

like, if you have naked selfies on your phone, even if you have never sent them to anyone or moved them anywhere, these fucking mouthbreathers could be downloading them and sending them to all their friends

this is real and very frightening

Woah, how totally surprising!

NSA Said to Have Used Heartbleed Bug, Exposing Consumers

thebicker:

Yeahhhhhhh so this happened.

anarcho-queer:

Government Claims Americans Have No Right To Challenge NSA Phone Surveillance
After years of secrecy, the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program had its day in open court on Friday, as civil liberties lawyers asked a federal judge in New York to shut it down, and government lawyers claimed ordinary Americans cannot legally challenge it.
Department of Justice attorney Stuart Delery said ordinary Americans have no standing to challenge the collection of their call records. Citing a 1979 Supreme Court ruling, he said Americans have no reasonable expectation of privacy for those records, and that only phone companies can challenge their collection.
No telecommunications firm has ever fought an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the NSA program and is closed to the public.
U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III questioned Delery, however, on whether all members of Congress were aware that the Patriot Act was used to support such a far-reaching program. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), the original author of the act, claimed in a brief to the court that he never envisioned the law as a way to sweep up every phone record. It appears many members of the House of Representatives, meanwhile, were uninformed about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s interpretation of the law when they voted on its reauthorization in 2011.
The ACLU’s lawsuit is one of the most prominent of the legal efforts to stop the call records program, along with a suit by conservative lawyer Larry Klayman in Washington District Court and a request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center to have the Supreme Court consider the program on an emergency basis. The center’s request was turned down Monday.
In the waning weeks of its current session, Congress is also considering various proposals for the call records program that either shut it down or enshrine it in law.

anarcho-queer:

Government Claims Americans Have No Right To Challenge NSA Phone Surveillance

After years of secrecy, the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program had its day in open court on Friday, as civil liberties lawyers asked a federal judge in New York to shut it down, and government lawyers claimed ordinary Americans cannot legally challenge it.

Department of Justice attorney Stuart Delery said ordinary Americans have no standing to challenge the collection of their call records. Citing a 1979 Supreme Court ruling, he said Americans have no reasonable expectation of privacy for those records, and that only phone companies can challenge their collection.

No telecommunications firm has ever fought an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the NSA program and is closed to the public.

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III questioned Delery, however, on whether all members of Congress were aware that the Patriot Act was used to support such a far-reaching program. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), the original author of the act, claimed in a brief to the court that he never envisioned the law as a way to sweep up every phone record. It appears many members of the House of Representatives, meanwhile, were uninformed about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s interpretation of the law when they voted on its reauthorization in 2011.

The ACLU’s lawsuit is one of the most prominent of the legal efforts to stop the call records program, along with a suit by conservative lawyer Larry Klayman in Washington District Court and a request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center to have the Supreme Court consider the program on an emergency basis. The center’s request was turned down Monday.

In the waning weeks of its current session, Congress is also considering various proposals for the call records program that either shut it down or enshrine it in law.

Gun lobby has opposed research on effects of gun ownership/gun laws

The Centers for Disease Control funds research into the causes of death in the United States, including firearms — or at least it used to. In 1996, after various studies funded by the agency found that guns can be dangerous, the gun lobby mobilized to punish the agency. First, Republicans tried to eliminate entirely the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the bureau responsible for the research. When that failed, Rep. Jay Dickey, a Republican from Arkansas, successfully pushed through an amendment that stripped $2.6 million from the CDC’s budget (the amount it had spent on gun research in the previous year) and outlawed research on gun control with a provision that reads: “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

Dickey’s clause, which remains in effect today, has had a chilling effect on all scientific research into gun safety, as gun rights advocates view “advocacy” as any research that notices that guns are dangerous. Stephen Teret, who co-directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told Salon: “They sent a message and the message was heard loud and clear. People [at the CDC], then and now, know that if they start going down that road, their budget is going to be vulnerable. And the way public agencies work, they know how this works and they’re not going to stick their necks out.”

In January, the New York Times reported that the CDC goes so far as to “ask researchers it finances to give it a heads-up anytime they are publishing studies that have anything to do with firearms. The agency, in turn, relays this information to the NRA as a courtesy.”

(Source: azspot)

Fresh off its highly publicized ad campaign highlighting the privacy benefits of using Outlook instead of Gmail, Microsoft has now been accused of helping the federal government defeat the encryption of its own products, including Outlook and Skype, as part of secret, widespread surveillance.

Microsoft reportedly helps NSA, FBI defeat encryption of its own products, including Outlook and Skype (via wilwheaton)

witchlingfumbles:

tsundere-saurus-rex:

stoneagechronicles:

punkqueer:

TAKE ACTION

Post to your Facebook & Twitter: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/2594-july-4th-protest-nsa-spying

Protest on July 4th: http://www.RestoreTheFourth.net

Find out about other actions: http://CallForFreedom.org

Not normally this blog’s topic, but this needs to be spread like crazy. Internet privacy is a big fucking deal, and 83 notes on this as I reblog this is pathetic.

If you dont reblog this, I will judge you so hard

Signal boosting.

Consider the irony of the Obama administration arguing here that the Guantánamo Bay detainees are not ‘persons’ within the scope of US law guaranteeing religious freedom, in a post-Citizens United world where even corporations are endowed with legal personhood.

US to force-feed Guantanamo detainees during Ramadan

Happy 4th of July, everyone. American freedom, peace, progress, etc.

(via mehreenkasana)

You should care about surveillance because once the system for surveillance is built into the networks and the phones, bad guys (or dirty cops) can use it to attack you. In Greece, someone used the police back door on the national phone company’s switches to listen in on the prime minister during the 2005 Olympic bid. Chinese hackers used Google’s lawful interception back door to hack Gmail and figure out who dissidents talked to. Our communications systems are more secure if they’re designed to keep everyone out – and adding a single back door to them blows their security models up. You can’t be a little bit pregnant, and the computers in your pocket and on your desk and in your walls can’t be a little bit insecure. Once they’re designed for surveillance, anyone who can bribe or impersonate a cop can access them.

The NSA’s Prism: why we should care (via wilwheaton)

Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American.

Snowden: U.S. gov’t destroyed my chance for fair trial (via wilwheaton)

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As Jameel Jaffar, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, put it today, imagine if the government required every American to report to the government every night who they spoke to, or texted, for how long, and from where. People would be furious, but that’s precisely the information the N.S.A. is collecting from telecom companies. And it’s precisely why the government desperately wanted to keep the practice a secret.

What’s the Purpose of the N.S.A. Surveillance Program? (via wilwheaton)

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