Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist


A flyer designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes lists basic tools used for online privacy as potential signs of terrorist activity. […] In fact, the flyer recommends that anyone “overly concerned about privacy” or attempting to “shield the screen from view of others” should be considered suspicious and potentially engaged in terrorist activities.


Viewing any content related to “military tactics” including manuals or “revolutionary literature”is also considered a potential indicator of terrorist activityThis would mean that viewing a number of websites, including the one you are on right now, could be construed by a hapless employee as an highly suspicious activity potentially linking you to terrorism.


However, many of the activities described in the document are basic practices of any individual concerned with security or privacy online.

From the flyer itself, suspicious persons are people who:

  • Are overly concerned about privacy, attempts to shield the screen from view of others
  • Act nervous or suspicious behavior inconsistent with activities
  • Are observed switching SIM cards in cell phone or use of multiple cell phones
  • Travel illogical distance to use Internet Café

(Wow this targets just about every socially anxious, poor, overloaded, or private person ever.)

And activities on computer indicate:

  • Use of anonymizers, portals, or other means to shield IP address
  • Suspicious or coded writings, use of code word sheets, cryptic ledgers, etc.
  • Encryption or use of software to hide encrypted data in digital photos, etc.
  • Suspicious communications using VOIP or communicating through a PC game

(Guess I’m a terrorist now for using KeyScrambler or LastPass, or for only talking to people in games we happen to share.)

And they use computers to:

  • Download content of extreme/radical nature with violent themes
  • Gather information about vulnerable infrastructure or obtain photos, maps or diagrams of transportation, sporting venues, or populated locations
  • Purchase chemicals, acids, hydrogen peroxide, acetone, fertilizer, etc.
  • Download or transfer files with “how-to” content such as:
    - Content of extreme/radical nature with violent themes
    - Anarchist Cookbook, explosives or weapons information
    - Military tactics, equipment manuals, chemical or biological information
    - Terrorist/revolutionary literature
    - Preoccupation with press coverage of terrorist attacks
    - Defensive tactics, police or government information
    - Information about timers, electronics, or remote transmitters / receivers

(A tip for the future: Don’t use Internet Cafes if you are on vacation or lost, want news, need help with something you’ve purchased or something you use at work, need to buy something for the farm…)

» Petition Response: The Role of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Oh yeah, that reminds me; Did you know the Obama Admin. DOESN’T support free Internet?

The Role of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

By Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Thank you for you for taking the time to participate in We the People, and for sharing your opinion about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the importance of privacy on the Internet.

The Administration has recognized previously the importance of protecting an open and innovative Internet in the context of our response to other petitions regarding the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Since ACTA is quite different than SOPA and PIPA, we’ve decided to provide an ACTA-specific response.

ACTA is an international trade agreement that establishes high standards for intellectual property enforcement. The Agreement provides for: (1) enhanced international cooperation; (2) the promotion of sound enforcement practices; and (3) a legal framework for better enforcement.

As you may know, the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods poses considerable challenges for legitimate trade and economic development. Protecting intellectual property rights helps to further public policies that are designed to protect the public. ACTA will help authorities, for example, protect against the threat posed by potentially unsafe counterfeit goods that can pose a significant risk to public health, such as toothpaste with dangerous amounts of diethylene glycol (a chemical used in brake fluid), auto parts of unknown quality or suspect semiconductors used in life-saving defibrillators.

ACTA specifically recognizes the importance of free expression, due process, and privacy. It is the first — and only — international intellectual property rights agreement to provide explicitly that enforcement of intellectual property rights in the context of the Internet “shall be implemented in a manner that … preserves fundamental principles such as freedom of expression, fair process, and privacy.” No provision in ACTA requires parties to disclose information “contrary to … laws protecting privacy rights.” This includes the protections already in place in U.S. law.

In addition to the United States, approximately thirty countries have signed the Agreement, including Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco, Singapore, and a majority of European Union member states, as well as the EU itself.

We believe that ACTA will help protect the intellectual property that is essential to American jobs in innovative and creative industries. At the same time, ACTA recognizes the importance of online privacy, freedom of expression and due process, and calls on signatories to protect these values in the course of complying with the Agreement.

Thank you again for taking the time to write and share your views.

Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

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Yeah, they support ACTA, and they gave me a little spiel about “oh, ACTA’s not bad, really, it protects your rights, honest!” (kind of like Big Media did about SOPA).

Bullshit bullshit and bullshit s’more.

You guys do realize that Obama admin meme “doesn’t want to control the Internet” is a bunch of shit, right?




(reposting and quoting from LJ)


“File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US.”

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person’s internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don’t know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I’m so sorry my friends. I don’t even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:


» Mark Zuckerberg Supports Big Brother

From SumOfUs:

It seems like Facebook will do everything they can to sacrifice your online privacy — even going so far as to publicly support a bill pending in the US Congress that would allow Facebook to hand over your data — and the data of Facebook users around the world — to other corporations or the US military, without a warrant.

Can you sign our urgent petition telling Facebook to drop its support of US government spying on its members?

If the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passes, companies could intercept your text messages and emails to share with each other and the government — giving the US military the power to track, control, and share almost all of your online information without the use of a warrant. They could even block access to websites, or cut off your internet connection altogether. Like SOPA (which Facebook opposed), CISPA is a major threat to internet freedom and gives the government broad power to protect big media companies at your expense.

Facebook’s opposition was instrumental in shutting down SOPA, but now Facebook is fighting FOR CISPA. That’s why we’re teaming up with our friends at Demand Progress to get Facebook to side with its users instead of military spy agencies, and in the process start a powerful, organized opposition to this dangerous bill.

Sign our joint petition to Facebook now, telling it to stand up against government intrusion into our online privacy rights.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has said “We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the Internet’s development.” Yet with CISPA, he is supporting a far-reaching law that could dramatically limit our freedom on the internet. CISPA strips away previous privacy laws, and by creating a broad immunity for companies against both civil and criminal liability, it robs citizens of any means of fighting back.

Today vast amounts of our information is routed through the internet — our shopping history, our Google searches, our love letters and personal communications, and much of our activism — and all of it would become a fair target for the US military under a definition of “cybercrime” so broad that anyone could be a suspect.

Tell Facebook to get serious about protecting our privacy from US military and government intrusion.

Thank you for all you do.

- Taren, Claiborne, Emma, Becky, Kaytee and the rest of us


More Information:

Cyber Intelligence Bill Threatens Privacy and Civilian Control”, The Center for Democracy & Technology, December 2011
Cybersecurity Bill FAQ: The Disturbing Privacy Dangers in CISPA and How To Stop It”, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, April 2012”






Hey everyone, remember the nightmare that was SOPA and PIPA? IT’S NOT OVER!

Reports say that lawmakers will vote on the bill as early as Wednesday, April 25th or Thursday, April 26th. It isn’t looking very good. It is of utmost importance that you contact your local representatives to tell them that you do not agree with this bill and they shouldn’t either. Make your voice heard. Don’t let this happen. 

Want to learn more about CISPA? Check out the EFF’s Cybersecurity Bill FAQ.

Don’t know who your representatives are? Just use this.

It takes maybe five minutes of your time to do this — make the effort. It will certainly be worth it.


Sorry guys to make you feel scared but we need to stand up again ! 

Well that can’t be good…

I have a bad feeling that the only reason SOPA got stopped was because companies were against it… The companies are the only “people” the gov cares about and bothers to protect.





CISPA Replaces SOPA As Internet’s Enemy No. 1 (Must Read)

The Internet has a new enemy. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), also known as H.R. 3523, is a “cybersecurity” bill in the House of Representatives. While CISPA does not focus primarily on intellectual property (though that’s in there, too), critics say the problems with the bill run just as deep. 

As with SOPA and PIPA, the first main concern about CISPA is its “broad language,” which critics fear allows the legislation to be interpreted in ways that could infringe on our civil liberties. The Center for Democracy and Technology sums up the problems with CISPA this way:

    •    The bill has a very broad, almost unlimited definition of the information that can be shared with government agencies notwithstanding privacy and other laws;
    •    The bill is likely to lead to expansion of the government’s role in the monitoring of private communications as a result of this sharing;
    •    It is likely to shift control of government cybersecurity efforts from civilian agencies to the military;
    •    Once the information is shared with the government, it wouldn’t have to be used for cybesecurity, but could instead be used for any purpose that is not specifically prohibited.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) adds that CISPA’s definition of “cybersecurity” is so broad that “it leaves the door open to censor any speech that a company believes would ‘degrade the network.’”

Moreover, the inclusion of “intellectual property” means that companies and the government would have “new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement.

Furthermore, critics warn that CISPA gives private companies the ability to collect and share information about their customers or users with immunity — meaning we cannot sue them for doing so, and they cannot be charged with any crimes.

According to the EFF, CISPA “effectively creates a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws.”

There are almost no restrictions on what can be collected and how it can be used, provided a company can claim it was motivated by ‘cybersecurity purposes.’” the EFF continues.

That means a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop cybersecurity threats.

Read the full text of CISPA here, or the full official summary at the bottom of this page.

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Here we go again…signal boost the hell out of this, folks.

This was written by my Congressman. : | Woo.

well hell. joke or not, check this out guys

» Obama AFK?

From Fight for the Future:

Can you believe this?  After the largest online protest in history, the Obama administration is still voicing support for SOPA.

We promised to ask for your help if SOPA returned. We’re asking now. This kind of backtracking demands a strong, fast response. We’re running a petition to demand that Obama drop all support for internet censorship.

Our goal? Get more signatures than the top petition on — 151,000 signatures. Tell Obama to promise: “I will never advance legislation that blocks websites or disconnects Americans’ internet access.”

What is the White House working on exactly? Just the other day, the administration sent a letter to Congress to demonstrate their support for new internet censorship legislation. A few weeks ago, the White House struck a deal to give corporations private powers to shut down your internet connection (after “six strikes” without due process or judicial review), completely in secret.

Obama’s internet would let private companies block sites and turn off our web connections. Blocking websites censors free speech, hurts jobs, and breaks the internet. These are tactics used by totalitarian governments and we believe they’re never ok.

As Wired noted, “The White House did say that it wouldn’t endorse a bill that endangers freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risks, or negatively affects the DNS system. On the other hand, it says elsewhere that “combating online infringement” — not protecting free speech — is a governmental priority “of the highest order.” What about free speech, Obama?

Sign the petition now, then share it to keep the internet strong. Our friends need to know where the President is currently standing on SOPA.

We couldn’t have stopped SOPA and PIPA without you and all of your friends! And we can’t do it without you now. Let’s make sure SOPA 2.0 never gets written.

Thank you,

Tiffiniy, Zak, Fight for the Future!

To learn more about the White House’s support of internet censorship, see this article on CNet:

» Save the Internet from the US

From Avaaz:

"Right now, the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web — and they’re hoping the world won’t notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let’s do it again.

Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But we helped beat SOPA, and PIPA — and now we can beat this new Big Brother law.

Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let’s stand together once again — and beat this law for good. Sign the petition then forward to everyone who uses the Internet:
Under the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), if a cyber threat is even suspected, companies we use to access the Internet will have the right to collect information on our activities, share that with the government, refuse to notify us that we are being watched and then use a blanket immunity clause to protect themselves from being sued for violation of privacy or any other illegal action. It’s a crazy destruction of the privacy we all rely on in our everyday emails, Skype chats, web searches and more.

But we know that the US Congress is afraid of the world’s response. This is the third time they have tried to rebrand their attempt to attack our Internet freedom and push it through under the radar, each time changing the law’s name and hoping citizens would be asleep at the wheel. Already, Internet rights groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have condemned the bill for its interference with basic privacy rights — now it’s time for us to speak out.

Sign the petition to Congress opposing CISPA. When we reach 250,000 signers our call will be delivered to each of the 100 US Representatives backing the bill:
Internet freedom faces threats everyday from governments around the world — but the US is best placed to attack the rights of Internet users because so much of the Net’s infrastructure is located there. Our movement has, time and time again, proven that global public opinion can help beat back US threats to our Net. Let’s do it again.

With hope,

Emma, Rewan, Ricken, Antonia, Lisa, Morgan, Mia, Pascal and the entire Avaaz team

More information

Move over SOPA & PIPA: Here comes CISPA — Internet censorship (Digital Journal)

CISPA: Congressional plan to censor Internet concerns critics (Examiner)

Good freedom, bad freedom: Irony of cybersecurity (RT)

Internet SOPA/PIPA Revolt: Don’t Declare Victory Yet (Wired)

H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011

» SOPA backroom deal

From Demand Progress:

They still just don’t get it. Chris Dodd — the head of the Hollywood Lobby — is bragging that he’s working on a new insider deal to push through SOPA-like legislation.

Please click here to tell Obama to oppose censorship and reject Hollywood’s backroom deals.

He had this exchange with the Hollywood Reporter this week:

THR: Are there conversations going on now?

Dodd: I’m confident that’s the case, but I’m not going to go into more detail because obviously if I do, it becomes counterproductive.

THR: Did you feel personally blindsided by Obama over SOPA?

Dodd: I’m not going to revisit the events of last winter. I’ll only say to you that I’m confident he’s using his good relationships in both communities to do exactly what you and I have been talking about.

Hollywood and Obama should’ve learned by now:

No form of censorship will be acceptable to Internet users, and we’re fed up with corrupt, back-room deals that are driven by the rich and well-connected.

And any major Internet policy changes should be negotiated in the light of day, so the millions of people who’d be affected can have their say too.

Please tell President Obama to reject Hollywood’s backroom deals — click here.

Thanks for fighting for our rights.

-Demand Progress”