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Posts Tagged ‘free speech

DHS lied to Congress about tracking Americans on social media

April 20, 2012

One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a February 16th hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies on the Internet. The Electronic […]

A context to why Occupy Wall Street

October 17, 2011

A short film on the American authorities’ reaction to free speech and assembly abroad and at home.

Julian Assange is only guilty of embarrassing the US

March 19, 2011

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange packed Sydney’s Town Hall to hear Julian Burnside QC and others denounce the treatment of the whistleblower website and the Australian-born Assange at the hands of the Australian and US governments. A panel which included journalist John Pilger and federal MP Andrew Wilkie, a former intelligence analyst and Iraq […]

Kill Switch for the Internet alarms privacy experts

February 17, 2011

Hosni Mubarak’s Egyptian regime used an Internet “kill-switch” in recent weeks. It works and we saw the results live on television. Virtually every government in the world has the ability to silence the voice of their citizens by simply shutting off access to the Information Super Highway. It is mind-boggling. With a “kill-switch,” government can […]

All Web Surfing to be Tracked?

January 27, 2011

The US Justice Department wants Internet service providers and cell phone companies to be required to hold on to records for longer to help with criminal prosecutions. “Data retention is fundamental to the department’s work in investigating and prosecuting almost every type of crime,” US deputy assistant attorney general Jason Weinstein told a congressional subcommittee. […]

Clear and Present Danger to Free Speech

January 14, 2011

The so-called Shield bill, which was recently introduced in both houses of Congress in response to the WikiLeaks disclosures, would amend the Espionage Act of 1917 to make it a crime for any person knowingly and willfully to disseminate, “in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States,” any classified information […]

Julian Assange the Scarlet Pimpernel of Cyberspace

December 10, 2010

Our modern version of the famed fictional Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney, Julian Assange, has outraged the United States and given its citizens a chance to see its government at work abroad – and it’s not a pretty sight. Bureaucrats the world over hate like crazy to see their blunders, double-dealing and incompetence exposed to public […]

America Land of the Free Surveillance

August 26, 2010

Political spying is nearly as bad now as it was during the Cold War. The ACLU reports that Americans are harrassed and under surveillance for exercising their First Amendment rights. One ACLU report, Policing Free Speech: Police Surveillance and Obstruction of First Amendment-Protected Activity (.pdf), reveals that, in recent years, Americans have been put under surveillance […]