Oct 052012

Via:  www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-national-security-technology-and-liberty/police-cameras-outside-your-door


Welcome to 24-hour, all weather surveillance units.  Some stats in the linked pdf :

HD (needing fiber optic network for the masses of data), 500 feet range , with zoom, a face at 400 feet, ~ two week retention.

$350,000 for 11.units


Aug 282012

Via:  www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/08/administrative-subpoenas/


No court, no judge, the ways US federal agencies get around the Fourth Amendment.

No public stats on the amount used – that may be classified.

Your still safe from thermal-imaging devices for now.

Interesting note about the “weather modification” 1976 act.

May 302012

Via:  www.examiner.com/article/aclu-v-cia-intelligence-agency-wins-court-battle-on-waterboarding-issue


New court results on “interrogation techniques”, photography, a detainee’s ‘condition’….

Welcome to the new world with a set “intelligence method” – it might be aggressive, unpleasant and fear inducing…

Its not torture and you will never get to see 580 CIA documents.

NO more pictures


May 272012

Via:  www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150281/REVEALED-Hundreds-words-avoid-using-online-dont-want-government-spying-you.html


The more interesting terms:

Maritime domain awareness MDA


Lots on N1H1, vaccine and anthrax related brandnames

National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC), pork

Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)


Used to find “media reports that reflect adversely on DHS”

No “bank run” just yet 😉



Mar 152012

Via:  www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/cia-we-do-not-concede-or-not-concede-waterboarding-illegal


Is illegality protectable?

Mar 122012

Via:  legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/03/doj-asks-court-to-keep-secret-any-partnership-between-google-nsa.html



Two views on past and future efforts to collect data from and protect U.S. corporations.

Follow how private data will be used for domestic purposes under US government sharing but only for “extraordinary circumstances ” …..

Feb 132012

Via:  www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/02/congress-in-the-dark/


Follow the FOIA request into the world of DOJ trap-and-trace surveillance oversight by a subcommittee.

Note the “doubled” count in a few years.  Some history of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act too.


Jan 252012

Via:  delimiter.com.au/2012/01/24/isp-data-retention-still-an-issue-ludlam-warns/


Australia wants to follow the EU down the “European Directive on Data Retention” path.

Australian law enforcement agencies seem to be getting a log of all a users of interest telco usage without any review or time limits.

Another view could be location based eg. an activist community by postcode.

The data collection could be out sourced to private contractors.



Jan 212012

Via:  www.telegraph.co.uk


More at articles.boston.com/2012-01-17/metro/30632769_1_courtenay-griffiths-charles-taylor-war-crimes

Dec 292011

Via:  dailymail.co.uk/


The Department of Homeland Security is using fake profiles seeking words on social network sites.

I guess departments well below the NSA are all over the amazing new world of dictionary lists…

What the NSA and GCHQ did do so very well is keep the scale and computer power needed out of the press…

Care with ‘illegal immigrant’, ‘outbreak’, ‘drill’, ‘strain’, ‘virus’, ‘recovery’, ‘deaths’, ‘collapse’, ‘human to animal’ ‘trojan’ ect.