Thursday, July 4, 2013


"[C]omplete privacy does not exist."
~ Google's lawyers
(in Boring v. Google, Inc., 598 F.Supp.2d 695 [W.D. Pa. 2009].)


Recently, the technology giant, Google, successfully defended itself in court against an "invasion of privacy." Google's lawyers accomplished this by arguing, in part, that "...complete privacy does not exist." Hence, whatever Google's public relations representatives might tell the people in order to save their lucrative brand name from disrepute, Google's legal position is that "privacy" is obsolete. On pain of contradiction, it is difficult to conjoin a denial of the existence of "privacy" with any sort of "protection" of it.

(As reported by Hasani Gittens, "Google: Forget Privacy - 'Spying' Suit Defense," New York Post, July 31, 2008, p. 19, <>. Cf. Judi Hasson, "Google wins privacy lawsuit," FierceCIO, February 18, 2009; Steven Musil, "Google wins Street View privacy suit," CNET, February 18, 2009;
Eric Zeman, "Google Says Privacy Doesn't Exist, Get Used To Everyone Knowing Everything About You," July 31, 2008, alia.)

Google's statement on privacy isn't merely so much rhetoric or a detached and abstract legal strategy. The behemoth corporation is practicing what it preaches, joining with the likes of Facebook and Microsoft to become the National Security Agency's (NSA) partner in a massive project of spying on Americans. This much is now well-known. See here, here, and here.

Once upon a time, though: "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hacked the Harvard databases of student IDs to create Facemash, the predecessor to his current multibillion-dollar site. As a teenager, Apple founder Steve Jobs sold boxes built by his friend Steve Wozniak to fool the phone company and make free long-distance calls. Microsoft's Bill Gates hacked the accounts of an early computer company to avoid having to pay to use it."

(Michael Scherer, "The Geeks Who Leak," Time, June 24, 2013, pp. 26-27.)

Elsewhere, a Time journalist opines: "The truth is that those with the most power over who can speak and who can be heard in the internet age aren't judges or prosecutors or even the President. They're officials at Internet and telecom companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Verizon, and AT&T."

(Jeffrey Rosen, "The Deciders," Time, June 24, 2013, p. 28.)

In fact, Google may be quite ambitious in terms of its aspirations to become an intelligence hub. "OSS.Net CEO Robert David Steele Vivas envisages Google displacing the CIA as the national information processing and sharing model of choice."

(John C. K. Daly, "UPI Intelligence Watch," UPI, November 21, 2005.)

Google retains (at least for eighteen months) information on searches made via its famous engine. Unsurprisingly, the CIA has been found using persistent "cookies" to track online behavior.

(Amber Brinker, "Google. Saves. Every. Word.: Even a low profile won't guarantee anonymity on the Web," Vox, June 28, 2007, Lloyd de Vries, "CIA Caught Sneaking Cookies, CBS, February 11, 2009,

The public is sometimes less than enthusiastic about these measures.

"European privacy regulators and advocates reacted angrily Saturday to the disclosure by Google, the world’s largest search engine, that it had systematically collected personal data since 2006 while compiling its Street View photo archive.

"After being pressed by European officials about the kind of data the company compiled in creating the archive — and what it did with that information — Google acknowledged on Friday that it had collected personal data on people around the world. In a blog post on its website, the company said information had been recorded as it was sent over unencrypted residential wireless networks as Google’s Street View cars with mounted recording equipment passed by.

"The data collection, which Google said was inadvertent and the result of a programming error, took place in all the countries where Street View has been catalogued, including the United States and parts of Europe. Google apologized and said it had not used the information, which it plans to delete in conjunction with regulators. But in Germany, Google’s collection of the data — which the company said could include the websites viewed by individuals or the content of their e-mail — is a violation of privacy law, said Ilse Aigner, the German minister for food, agriculture and consumer protection.

"In a statement Saturday, her ministry demanded a full accounting. 'Based on the information we have before us, it appears that Google has illegally tapped into private networks in violation of German law,' Aigner said. 'This is alarming and further evidence that privacy law is a foreign concept to Google.'  ...But in its review, Oberbeck said the company learned that its data collection performed by roving Street View vehicles was much more extensive, including a record of sites viewed by the user and potentially the contents of messages if users did not secure their WLANS with a password.  ..."

(Kevin J. O'Brien, "Google's data collection angers Europeans," New York Times via St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 16, 2010,

Yet, Google's data mining efforts are not necessarily undertaken solely on its own initiative. There is growing evidence that, as the title of one San Francisco Chronicle article put it, "Google has lots to do with intelligence".

"When the nation's intelligence agencies wanted a computer network to better share information about everything from al Qaeda to North Korea, they turned to a big name in the technology industry to supply some of the equipment: Google Inc.

"The Mountain View company sold the agencies servers for searching documents, marking a small victory for the company and its little-known effort to do business with the government. ...

"Federal, state and local agencies, along with corporations and schools, are increasingly seen by the company as lucrative sources of extra revenue. ...Spy agencies are using Google equipment as the backbone of Intellipedia, a network aimed at helping agents share intelligence. Rather than hoarding information, spies and analysts are being encouraged to post what they learn on a secure online forum where colleagues can read it and add comments. ..."

(Verne Kopytoff, San Francisco Chronicle, March 30, 2008, p. C1,

"If there is a company out there doing intelligence research, it's likely that In-Q-Tel, the CIA's personal investor, either looked them up or made a check out to them.  It's all to ensure that the Agency remains on the forefront of tech. Not long ago, In-Q-Tel invested heavily in a company called Keyhole. Never heard of them? Maybe you know their work, a little project eventually known as Google Maps. ..."

("25 Cutting Edge Firms Funded By The CIA," Business Insider, August 11, 2012. Other of the firms listed include the following: 3VR, Adaptx, Basis Technology, Biomatrica, DSSP, FireEye, Gainspan, GATR, Ember, Infinite Power Solutions, Infinite Z, Looxcie, MiserWare, MotionDSP, Oculis Labs, OpenSpan, Palantir, Perceptive Pixel, Recorded Future, Seventh Sense, Sonitus Medical, Spotter RF, Visible Technologies, and Walleye. Cf. Michael Liedtke, "Google Buys Digital Mapping Company," Associated Press, October 28, 2004 and Michael Liedtke, "Google incorporates satellite maps into search engine," Associated Press, April 4, 2005..)

"...Google Maps sprang out of Google's acquisition last October of the Keyhole company that owns a huge library of satellite imagery and has also developed 3-D picture display services (EarthViewer). Several American government departments, and particularly the Pentagon, are customers of Keyhole. ...the National Geospatiale-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is using technology developed by Keyhole in Iraq."

("Google and CIA Connection," Intelligence Online, April 15, 2005, n. 498.)

"...In-Q-Tel is the venture-capital arm of the CIA. ...In-Q-Tel, set up in 1999, invests about $ 35 million a year in young companies creating technology that might improve the ability of the United States to spy on its nemeses. has been so successful that the CIA wants to extend In-Q-Tel's charter. ... The Defense Department even wants to duplicate the In-Q-Tel model for the military. ...

"...In-Q-Tel isn't run by a CIA operative. ...Gilman Louie... runs In-Q-Tel. ... Louie previously founded a couple of video game companies.  ...The board of directors is a mix of famous maverick capitalists and political operatives, including James Barksdale, the one-time CEO of Netscape Communications; Norm Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin; and William Perry, who was secretary of Defense under President Clinton. ...

"In-Q-Tel exists because the CIA knew it was losing its edge in information technology. In December 1998, CIA Director George Tenet and his executive director, Buzzy Krongard, called on Augustine, the respected builder of Lockheed Martin. As Augustine recalls, Tenet explained that the CIA and government labs had always been on the leading edge of tech.

"But the Internet boom poured so much money into tech start-ups, the start-ups leapt ahead of the CIA. And scientists and technologists who had innovative ideas went off to be entrepreneurs and get rich -- they didn't want government salaries at the CIA. ...Why do that instead of just buying the latest technology?

"[T]he VC [venture capitalist] route lets the CIA use the whole technology industry as a lab. ...To lead this new entity, the CIA found Louie. He had built the popular flight simulation game Falcon F-16, and in the 1980s imported the wildly successful game Tetris from, of all places, the Soviet Union, then a Cold War enemy.

"At the time, Louie was head of Hasbro's video game group. Tenet appealed to his patriotism. ...In-Q-Tel is not inside the CIA -- it's more like an appendage. ...

"'We are extremely pleased and satisfied,' Krongard says. ' can't get into specifics, but In-Q-Tel has made significant contributions.' Louie offers this rundown: In-Q-Tel has invested $ 150 million, and the result is 22 new technologies inserted into 40 government programs. That's as detailed as he'll get. ...

(Kevin Maney, "CIA invests in start-ups. The dividend? Technology," USA Today, March 3, 2004, p. 1A. Other start-ups explicitly named in the article include: an image search engine called PiXlogic; a "nano-tech" company named Nanosys; a translation utility, Language Weaver; the advanced information "structuring" program, Stratify; information routing software termed Tacit; and the aforementioned Keyhole, forerunner to Google's mapping function.)

Gilman Louie's video game background is presented as entirely innocuous. There is some reason to doubt this, however. For example, in 1994, it was reported that the video game company, "Activision, ...was teaming up with William Colby, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, to develop and publish espionage thriller video games". Given the CIA's history of experimentation with "mind-control" technologies of various sorts, one might justifiably wonder whether Colby's function vis-à-vis Activision was to be limited merely to being something like a color commentator.

("Activision Spy Games," New York Times, January 06, 1994, <>.)

Additionally, Mr. Krongard has been in news before. One of the firms used to buy pre-9/11 "Put" stock options was once headed by man who would later become executive director of CIA. Care to guess who?

"Share speculators have failed to collect $ 2.5m (pounds 1.7m) in profits made from the fall in the share price of United Airlines after the 11 September World Trade Centre attacks. The fact that the money is unclaimed more than a month later has re- awakened investigators' interest in a story dismissed as coincidence. …

"The authorities are examining the possibility that if they knew what was coming, traders were intent on taking their profits immediately, before regulators had woken up to any possible scam. ...

"To the embarrassment of investigators, it has also emerged that the firm used to buy many of the 'put' options - where a trader, in effect, bets on a share price fall - on United Airlines stock was headed until 1998 by 'Buzzy' Krongard, now executive director of the CIA. Until 1997, Mr Krongard was chairman of Alex Brown Inc, America's oldest investment banking firm. Alex Brown was acquired by Bankers Trust, which in turn was bought by Deutsche Bank. His last post before resigning to take his senior role in the CIA was to head Bankers Trust - Alex Brown's private client business, dealing with the accounts and investments of wealthy customers around the world. …"

(Chris Blackhurst, “Attack on Afghanistan: Mystery of Terror 'Insider Dealers'," Independent [U.K.], October 14, 2001, p. 8.)

According to an ex-CIA agent, early in its corporate development, the Central Intelligence Agency actually bankrolled Google itself.

"...Robert David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer and a former clandestine services case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency...[said:] 'I think Google took money from the CIA when it was poor and it was starting up and unfortunately our system right now floods money into spying and other illegal and largely unethical activities...' citing "trusted individuals" as his sources for the claim.

"'Let me say very explicitly - their contact at the CIA is named Dr. Rick Steinheiser, he's in the Office of Research and Development,' said Steele. ...

(Paul Joseph Watson, "Ex-Agent: CIA Seed Money Helped Launch Google: Steele goes further than before in detailing ties, names Google's CIA liaison," Prison Planet, December 6, 2006, Cf. Marcus Yam, "Former Agent Says Google and CIA in Partnership," Daily Tech [weblog], October 31, 2006,

What is known, however, is that the CIA and Google have a number of shared projects. In another development: "The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future. The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine 'goes beyond search' by 'looking at the *invisible links* between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.'"

(Noah Shachtman, "Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring," Wired, July 28, 2010,

Besides these little financing (ad)ventures, Google is also getting involved with behavior profiling and analysis.

"Internet giant Google has drawn up plans to compile psychological profiles of millions of web users by covertly monitoring the way they play online games. The company thinks it can glean information about an individual's preferences and personality type by tracking their online behaviour, which could then be sold to advertisers. Details such as whether a person is more likely to be aggressive, hostile or dishonest could be obtained and stored for future use, it says. ...

"It says people playing online role playing games such as Second Life and World of Warcraft would be particularly good to target, because they interact with other players and make decisions that probably reflect their behaviour in real life. ...Google could also monitor people playing on any game console that hooks up to the internet, including the Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft's Xbox. ...[I]nformation could be retrieved from previous game details saved on memory cards..."

(David Adam and Bobbie Johnson, "Google may use games to analyse net users, Guardian [U.K.], May 12, 2007,,,2078061,00.html.)

''We are moving to a Google that knows more about you."
~Eric Schmidt, Google chief executive

(Quoted by Saul Hansell, "Google's Chef Speaks, but Not Its Finance Officer," New York Times, February 10, 2005, p. C8; cf. Saul Hansell, International Herald Tribune, February 11, 2005, p. 20.)

For more information, see HERE.

Friday, March 15, 2013


"US Has 'Effectively Nationalized' Home Mortgage Industry"

"The home mortgage sector in the world’s largest economy has been 'effectively nationalized,' says George Melloan, former deputy editor of the editorial page for The Wall Street Journal. ...'There are still lots of private banks and mortgage companies generating and servicing mortgages, so the government doesn’t ''own'' the whole industry. But the government (or the lucky half of the population who pay income taxes) now owns most of the risks,' he added. 'The moral is that government backing — implicit during the heyday of Fannie and Freddie and explicit today — leads to sloppy banking and ultimately to defaults,' Melloan wrote in The Journal. 'Taxpayers, with little knowledge of the commitments made on their behalf, become responsible for the losses.'"

(Source: Glenn J. Kalinoski, Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 12:00 PM, URL.)

FLASHBACK (Sept. 6, 2008):

Attention Opponents of a "Socialized America":

"Socialism" is actually ambiguous. (See Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants [Berkeley, CA: Odonian P, 1992], pp. 91ff.)

For example, "socialism" can mean: "Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively...". Alternatively, it can designate: "Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which... a centralized government... plans and controls the economy." (Source)

"Nationalization" (definition) "Nationalization (British English spelling nationalisation) is the process of taking a private industry or private assets into public ownership by a national government or state." (Source)

But, for those who are laboring under the impression that the march to some form of "socialism" in the United States is the peculiar project of Democrats, Nota Bene:

First, Centralization and Federalization - both of the economy and of the political system more broadly - were the legacy of Republican President Abraham Lincoln, in the aftermath of the War between the States. Take just the economic angle. Lincoln issued the first paper currency, overturning the received view that the U.S. Constitution forbade any branch but the Legislature from authorizing any sort of monetary unit but metal coinage.

"A United States Note, also known as a Legal Tender Note...a form of fiat currency..., is a type of paper money that was issued from 1862 to 1971 in the U.S. ...They were known popularly as 'greenbacks' in their heyday... On January 16, 1862, in a private meeting with President Lincoln, Edmund Dick Taylor advised him to issue greenbacks as legal tender. Congressman and Buffalo banker Elbridge G. Spaulding prepared a bill, based on the Free Banking Law of New York, that eventually became the National Banking Act of 1863. ... hitherto the Constitution had been interpreted as not granting the government the power to issue a paper currency. 'The bill before us is a war measure, a measure of necessity, and not of choice,' Spaulding argued before the House... Despite strong opposition, President Lincoln signed the First Legal Tender Act,... enacted February 25, 1862, into law, authorizing the issuance of United States Notes as a legal tender—the paper currency soon to be known as 'greenbacks.'" (Source)

Second, it was Republican Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, of Rhode Island, who helped to orchestrate the centralization and "[rebuilding of] the American financial system along Progressive lines through the institution of the federal income tax amendment and the Federal Reserve System"

(Source: URL. See also, e.g., G. Edward Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve [Westlake Village, CA: American Media, 1994/2010].)

Third, the transition to overt government ownership of industry and banking has, in recent years, been conducted under the steerage of Republicans:

Stephen Labaton and Andrew Ross Sorkin, writing in the New York Times of September 6, 2008, state that: "Senior officials from the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve on Friday called in top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage finance giants, and told them that the government was preparing to place the two companies under federal control, officials and company executives briefed on the discussions said. ..."

(Source: "U.S. Rescue Seen at Hand for 2 Mortgage Giants," URL.)

In this, Republican President George Walker Bush is merely continuing the practices of the likes of Republican Richard Milhous Nixon, who, by executive order, took the United States off of the gold standard and created the government-owned transportation corporation, Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation), both in 1971 (perhaps, at the behest of Republican financier, globalist, and meddler David Rockefeller and his ilk). (See, Griffin, op. cit., pp. 45 & 63 and URL.)

"...President George W. Bush was the largest social spender in history [at the time of article publication], according to a recent report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In his first term Bush increased discretionary spending 19 percent. During Bush's second term federal spending increased 49 percent. The Mercatus Center said Bush's spending made President Bill Clinton's administration look conservative. ..."

("Glenn Beck: Bush's Compassionate Conservatism Must 'Die Violent Death'," Monday, May 25, 2009 1:46 PM, Original URL, Cached URL.)

This is NOT to say that it is my view that the Democrats are "the answer" - far from it! After all, Democrat Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law. Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) confiscated the people's gold and instituted government subsidized social welfare programs. Democrat William Jefferson Clinton, of course, signed NAFTA into law; even though it was Republican George Herbert Walker Bush who had initially signed the agreement in December of 1992.

But, this last datum, mentioned above, illustrates my point: Both parties are apparently working towards and advancing the same sorts of policies, facilitating what one might variously term (non-collectivist) "socialism" or (corporatist) "fascism" depending upon the qualities of the policies that one is emphasizing. In my estimation, and as I have elsewhere attempted to partially document, both parties are working towards the destruction of the U.S. middle class; and both are working to increase the control of globalist corporations. Even if the "two parties" have different preferred TACTICS, they have the same broad objectives and STRATEGY.

According to Noam Chomsky, for instance, "...Clinton-style 'New Democrats'...[are,] in effect, moderate Republicans...".

(Source: "Democracy and Markets in the New World Order," Selections excerpted from Powers and Prospects, 1996, URL.)

In a now fairly infamous quotation, Carroll Quigley, the Georgetown University history professor whom Bill Clinton " an important influence on his aspirations and political philosophy...", stated that:

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy." (See a screen capture HERE.)

(Sources: URL & Tragedy and Hope [New York: Macmillan, 1966], pp. 1247-8.)
The shadow government - the Cryptocracy - has exponents in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Iatrogenic Allegations


(Saturn-Chronos-"Father Time": Image source)
Obama has a "Plan For Curbing Gun Violence" and it makes mention of an alliance (of sorts) between government investigative types and medical professionals (Sources: 1, 2, & 3). The plan prompts careful readers to raise a number of questions, among them questions as to the extent of the role envisioned for doctors.

Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities. But there is public confusion about whether federal law prohibits such reports about threats of violence. The Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits these reports in any way. ... Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home. Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety. (Source: "Now is the Time," p. 9, emphasis added.)
Several commentators have expressed concern. See, for example, here, here, and here. Others (see here) are ridiculing the worries as literally incredible. Antecedently, I am a bit wary of media "analyses" (for example, here).

So, in the interest of adjudicating between the (polar extremes of) contrary opinions, I offer the following as a bit of historical context.

 "The children, on the other hand, were systematically turned against their parents
 and taught to spy on them and report their deviations. 
The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police. 
It was a device by means of which everyone could be 
surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately."
~ George Orwell, 1984

Doctors and teachers to act as 'informers' to target violent offenders BEFORE they strike under controversial new 'Minority Report' plans

Firefighters asked to report people who express discontent with the government

Beauty salon workers recruited as informants

Spy Grid Part Of Consumer Technology

How Bankers Spy on You

What Retailers Know About Us

Areva Adopts UWB-Location Tracking for Personnel Safety

Vast F.D.A. Effort Tracked E-Mails of Its Scientists

"Telescreens are featured in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. They are television and security camera-like devices used by the ruling Party in Oceania to keep its subjects under constant surveillance..."

How They're Watching You (Slideshow)


CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, say police

CCTV doesn't keep us safe, yet the cameras are everywhere

Chicago links school cameras to 911 center,1,2664278.story

US doles out millions for street cameras

School Spies on Students at Home via Webcam, They're Watching Every Move,0,6653886.column?coll=hc_home_xpromo _hi_te/us_laptops_spying_on_students/print

Talking Camera Tackles City Crime: Baltimore's New Surveillance Cameras Will Scold Wrong-Doers
AP / CBS News | Nov. 17, 2005
BALTIMORE - The city's newest breed of surveillance camera will do more than keep an eye on vandals, litterbugs and other miscreants. The cameras will also give the crooks a talking-to. Baltimore's Board of Estimates has approved five talking cameras - armed with motion detectors, a bright flash and a recorded warning, as part of an effort to curb quality-of-life crimes, especially illegal dumping. When the solar-powered cameras detect motion, they will issue a scolding: "Stop. This is a restricted area. It is illegal to dump trash or spray graffiti here. We have just taken your photograph. We will use this photograph to prosecute you. Leave the area now." ...

Speed enforcement cameras

New security camera can 'see' through clothes

Scanners that see through clothing installed in US airports

Lambert scanners pit security vs. privacy

Surveillance Cameras Win Broad Support

New York to fight terrorism with more street-corner cameras

Cleveland increasing surveillance cameras on trains, buses

West Virginia: Bill Turns Traffic Cameras into Spy Cameras

Dallas To Increase Number Of Surveillance Cameras

DC's Video Surveillance System


No [evidence] airport security makes flying safer:study
Maggie Fox | Eric Walsh, Ed. | Thu Dec 20 | Reuters
WASHINGTON - Airport security lines can annoy passengers, but there is no
evidence that they make flying any safer...

Amtrak riders to see more cops, face random bag searches

Have Cell Phones Become Personal Tracking Devices?,8599,2019239,00.html?xid=rss-fullnation-yahoo

Your cell phone is telling your secrets

Humans 'will be implanted with microchips'

U.S. School District to Begin Microchipping Students

Texas school can force teenagers to wear locator chip: judge

Judge: School can move girl in ID-tracking case

All Airport Employees To Have Microchip Implants?

Hospitals tagging babies with electronic chips

Tracking Children

ACT to offer tracking of student performance from kindergarten on

New car purchases starting in June will have a mandatory black box installed

The Biometric Cataloging of Americans at Home

Police Swabbing Mouths During Traffic Stops In Serial Killer Hunt


U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizen

Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

The Surveillance State Grows Another Tentacle

DNA collection bill wins approval,0,5838470.story

Clinton NSA Eavesdropped on U.S. Calls
 "During the 1990's under President Clinton, the National Security Agency monitored
millions of private phone calls placed by U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries
under a super secret program code-named Echelon. ... ...the NSA had been monitoring
private domestic telephone conversations on a much larger scale throughout the 1990s -
all of it done without a court order, let alone a catalyst like the 9/11 attacks. ..."

Bush order allows domestic spying

Bush order allows domestic spying 
"Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretlyauthorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials. Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years..."
(JAMES RISEN and ERIC LICHTBLAU, New York Times, December 15, 2005)

Bush admits telecoms spied

Bush orders NSA to snoop on US agencies

Bush surveillance program was massive

Dems muscle through surveillance bill

Senate Considers Adding Universal Wiretapping Amendments to Telecom Act

Senate Passes Bill to Expand Government’s Spying Powers

House passes new surveillance law

Centers Tap Into Personal Databases

Echelon spy network revealed:
Listening in to your phone calls and reading your emails

Britain, US in talks on international criminal database: police

CIA plans massive expansion of spying on Americans

FBI Keeps Watch on Activists
Antiwar, other groups are monitored to curb violence, not because of ideology, agency says.
 DENVER - The FBI, while waging a highly publicized war against terrorism, has spent
resources gathering information on antiwar and environmental protesters and on
activists who feed vegetarian meals to the homeless, the agency's internal memos show. ...
(Nicholas Riccardi, LA Times, March 28 2006)

ACLU Says FBI Spying on Religious, Protest Groups
 WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday accused the FBI and local
police of spying on political and faith-based groups and formally asked the government
for information about such FBI surveillance. ...
(Reuters, December 2, 2004)

FBI wants instant access to British identity data,,2241005,00.html

Pentagon closes controversial intelligence unit

Pentagon will buy satellites to do more spying

High-resolution satellite launched in California

FBI's GPS tracking

Whistle-Blower: Feds Have a Backdoor Into Wireless Carrier

Feds want to require visitors' fingerprints

NSA Found Improperly Spying on Americans

NSA just one of many federal agencies spying on Americans

TSA wants more information


TSA plan to gather more data protested
"...may be more likely to experience delays, 
be subjected to additional screening (or) be denied transport..."

Government ... to Turn Internet and Phone Systems into Permanent Spying Architecture

Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

NASA: Secret shuttle launch (X-37B spy vehicle)

How Technology Can Help Trim Auto Insurance
M.P. McQueen | provided by The Wall Street Journal | Saturday, June 28, 2008
"Drivers who participate in these plans have devices installed in their cars that, depending on the technology used, can track the number of miles driven, the speed at which cars are driven and even how often and how hard the brakes are used. By allowing their habits behind the wheel to be monitored, drivers get lower insurance rates -- or pay higher premiums if they're lead-footed road hogs."

High-tech gear disables car if borrower misses payment

Woman loses benefits over Facebook pics

Four states adopt 'no-smiles' policy for driver's licenses

Wiretapping focus shifts to email, as firms move data overseas

AT&T and Other I.S.P.s May Be Getting Ready to Filter

RIAA chief calls for copyright filters on PCs: By deception or force if necessary

Google Says Privacy Doesn't Exist, Get Used To Everyone Knowing Everything About You;jsessionid=1WGWHXPQ2N2R0QSNDLPSKHSCJUNN2JVN

Microsoft's Censor-Bot


Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent

Tax collectors now hitting social networks to track deadbeats

Tennessee Woman Arrested for Facebook 'Poke'

US drafting plan to allow government access to any email or Web search

CIA is watching tweets, Facebook

Facebook: The New Look of Surveillance

Facebook founder called trusting users dumb f*cks

Calls for police oversight of online networking

Is Twitter a Criminal Accomplice?

The government is reading your tweets

NYPD Battles Twitter for Identity of User

U.S. Spies Want to Find Terrorists in World of Warcraft

U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets

Printer dots raise privacy concerns
Thomas Frank | USA TODAY
"More manufacturers are outfitting greater numbers of laser printers with technology that leaves microscopic yellow dots on each printed page to identify the printer's serial number — and ultimately, you, says the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the leading watchdogs of electronic privacy."

No such thing as "deleted" on the Internet

Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals

Break the law and your new 'friend' may be the FBI

FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

Remote activation of webcams

"...a website that tracks users' online activities..."