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What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much
Current and former government officials have been pointing to the terror attacks in Paris as justification for mass surveillance programs. CIA Director John Brennan accused privacy advocates of “hand-wringing” that has made “our ability collectively internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging.” Former National Security Agency and CIA director Michael Hayden said, “In the wake of Paris, a big stack of metadata doesn’t seem to be the scariest thing in the room.”
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US Tops the List of Countries Asking for Ever-Increasing Twitter Account Info

US Tops the List of Countries Asking for Ever-Increasing Twitter Account Info
Over half of all requests for personal information from Twitter came from the United States, and that doesn't even include requests made under the 'national security' designation that forbids Twitter from releasing that information. And overall requests continue to increase.
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Patriot Action: US Senators Udall, Wyden, Paul Push for Surveillance Reform

Patriot Action: US Senators Udall, Wyden, Paul Push for Surveillance Reform
For years, Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall was a lonely critic on Capitol Hill of anti-terror surveillance laws he said were ripe for abuse. He teamed with Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden to demand lawmakers redraft the Patriot Act to bolster civil-liberty protections. Those efforts got a boost in 2011 when Kentucky Republican Rand Paul joined them, and their small movement took off when NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year leaked vast digital evidence that the abuses the senators were warning against were a reality that had to be addressed.
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Clean Sweep? White House Wants Phone Companies, Not the NSA, to Store Calls

Clean Sweep? White House Wants Phone Companies, Not the NSA, to Store Calls
The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they do now.
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Eileen Sullivan
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Government Agency Proposes Datamining Individuals' Financial Transactions

Government Agency Proposes Datamining Individuals' Financial Transactions
The endless tide of NSA revelations has made us all too familiar with government agencies’ hunger for personal information, especially in the context of national security. But we’re also seeing surveillance systems being set up by smaller, less newsworthy agencies to monitor our day-to-day activities.
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Any Power Bestowed to President Obama Will Still Be There for President Rick Perry

Any Power Bestowed to President Obama Will Still Be There for President Rick Perry
"If you have nothing to hide than you have nothing to worry about" is a great defense for NSA spying if the person in charge of the country is your guy. But, what if he's not?
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Court to NSA: You Can't Hold Onto Our Data Forever

Court to NSA: You Can't Hold Onto Our Data Forever
The FISA Court has rejected the NSA's request to hold onto metadata indefinitely...but does this really mean anything?
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NSA Metadata Used In Drone Assassination Program

NSA Metadata Used In Drone Assassination Program
The National Security Agency's metadata – the information gleaned from indiscriminate trolling of the nation's communication networks – is being used in the United States' drone program. The near constant revelations of new, and possibly illegal, uses of that metadata have rocked the NSA in the last year.
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Former CIA Director: In Order to Spy on Domestic Dissidents, Just Call Them Terrorists

Former CIA Director: In Order to Spy on Domestic Dissidents, Just Call Them Terrorists
Back in 2012, the ACLU of Massachusetts published a report called 'Policing Dissent', exposing the Boston Police Department's 'red squad' surveillance operations, directed at antiwar and economic justice organizers. =
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I Spy: Fed and Tech Companies Compromise on Disclosure of NSA Data Requests

I Spy: Fed and Tech Companies Compromise on Disclosure of NSA Data Requests
Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations.
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Jesse J. Holland
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