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Posts Tagged ‘surveillance

Why the US is no longer the Land of the Free

January 16, 2012

Even as we pass judgment on countries we consider unfree, Americans remain confident that any definition of a free nation must include their own — the land of free. Yet, in the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, this country has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state. The list of […]

No privacy in the digital world

October 6, 2011

During his two-hour morning bike ride, Eric Hartman doesn’t pay much attention to his iPhone. But the iPhone is paying attention to him. As he traverses the 30-mile circuit, Hartman’s iPhone knows precisely where he is at every moment, and keeps a record of his whereabouts. That data is beamed to Apple Inc. multiple times […]

9/11 and the antidemocratic decade that followed

September 11, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, we have failed miserably in our attempts to bring about justice for our countrymen who died that day. Indeed, whatever success America has had in routing out terrorists over the past decade has been overshadowed by the new society in which we live. A month after the World Trade Center crumbled […]

Record Number of Americans Targeted by National Security Letters

May 8, 2011

The latest report to Congress on the Justice Department’s use of foreign intelligence surveillance powers has just been released, and it shows a truly stunning increase in the number of Americans whose sensitive phone, Internet, and banking records were obtained by the FBI — without judicial oversight — pursuant to National Security Letters. In 2009, […]

Concerning WikiLeaks, isn’t Government supposed to operate openly and citizens entitled to privacy?

December 28, 2010

Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon: “The Justice Department is engaged in an all-out crusade to figure out how to shut down WikiLeaks and imprison Julian Assange. It is subjecting Bradley Manning to unbelievably inhumane conditions in order to manipulate him into providing needed testimony to prosecute Assange. Recall that in 2008 — long before anyone […]

California Muslims feel double-crossed by FBI

December 7, 2010

An undercover FBI informant, a convicted forger named Craig Monteilh, said he was instructed to infiltrate mosques throughout Orange and two neighboring counties in Southern California, where the Muslim population of nearly 500,000 is the nation’s largest. J. Stephen Tidwell, then head of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, had promised in 2006, “The FBI will […]

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 […]