Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

When the NSA & universities collaborate: a discussion with leading privacy experts at Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:17 am by

bca8e39ceOn Tuesday, April 15, BORDC executive director, Shahid Buttar, spoke on a panel with privacy experts, Christopher Soghoian, ACLU Technologist, Matt Green and Joel Andreas, Johns Hopkins University professors, to discuss ways the intelligence community has begun to co-opt our higher education system. Each year the NSA gives millions of dollars to universities around the country in the form of scholarships, research grants, training, technology, and promises of jobs to students. This degree of influence and the bias it creates is concerning, particularly in the way the issues of mass surveillance is addressed and responded to on these campuses. Below is video from the evening’s discussion.

Cities around the country say: fusion centers are wasteful, fraudulent, and ineffective

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm by

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.48.20 PMThursday, April 10, 2014 was a National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Diverse, multiracial grassroots coalitions from around the country held rallies, press conferences, and creative actions to challenges civil liberties by fusion centers, which coordinate the surveillance activities of local police alongside federal agencies like the NSA and FBI. Fusion centers have operated at unknown cost, failed to meaningfully serve a public benefit, and drawn critics including Senators across the partisan spectrum, the ACLU, environmentalists, Muslim Americans, peace activists, and Ron Paul supporters.

Participating cities in yesterday’s action included: Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Below the jump are quotes from organizers, as well as photos and videos from several of the sites.


Federal Judge abandons the Constitution, and the rights of Muslim Americans

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:20 am by

nypd-ny-muslims-811-thumb-640xauto-3955On Thursday, February 20, a federal judge based in Newark, NJ dismissed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) large scale surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey. The case of Hassan v. City of New York was brought by several individuals and organizations, with legal representation by Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Washington is done waiting for a federal solution

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:24 am by

Photo Credit: nolifebeforecoffee/Flickr

Washington state is a prime example of the power and obligation that states hold to protect their residents from unconstitutional abuses. On February 17 the state House passed two bills to provide safeguards for Washingtonians’ right to privacy.

The first bill, House Bill 2789, establishes restrictions on drone use for state and local agencies. It requires drone use to be accompanied with a search warrant and provides few and specific circumstances, under which a warrant would not be legally required. Additionally, agencies would have to report any drone use to the public on a yearly basis and violations of this law could be taken to the courts.

House Bill 2178 further strengthens this barrier against domestic surveillance and would ban unauthorized drones from flying above private property. Under this law, if an unmanned aircraft is flown above the property without permission of the landowner, it could result in a gross misdemeanor charge.


“NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State” panel with Daniel Ellsberg was a smash hit

Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:43 am by

On Thursday, January 23, over 400 Bay Area residents were treated to a panel of civil liberties leading activists at John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley California titled “NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State.”

Above: The packed hall hears opening remarks from Rob Jaffe

On the panel was famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, known nationally for leaking the Pentagon Papers leading to the collapse of the Nixon presidency and known locally for his tireless activism on civil liberties issues and vocal defense of fellow whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning.

Exposing the militarization of the Internet: An inside look into the NSA’s surveillance technology

Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:33 am by

2013-12-29_30C3_-_Jacob_Appelbaum_3329-cropThe 30th Chaos Communications Congress held at the end of December in Hamburg, Germany was an apt way to conclude 2013, a year filled with revelations of invasive US surveillance practices. With a record attendance of almost 8,000 hackers and activists, the Congress provided an inside look into the surveillance technology used by the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as other foreign governments, to spy on and monitor their people.

Jake Appelbaum, an Internet privacy activist and journalist, was a featured speaker at the conference and gave detailed information about how the NSA conducts its “truly scary” surveillance practices around the world.


New study reveals that NSA spying does not prevent terrorism

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm by

006368-nsa-director-general-keith-alexanderSince the public revelation of the NSA’s phone record collection in June of 2013, government officials have defended the program, emphasizing its necessity in finding and thwarting terrorist plots. The New America Foundation released a report this week that undermines such claims and reveals the futility of the NSA’s bulk surveillance in preventing terrorist attacks in the United States. The study reviews the investigative methods used in each of the 225 terrorism cases since September 11, 2001. The study also evaluates the significance of the NSA’s collection of phone and email records in preventing these terrorist activities.


Victory against drones in Julian California!

Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 8:32 am by

On December 30, 2013 an important victory was won in San Diego, California in the fight against drone proliferation when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dropped the county from consideration as a drone-testing site.


NSA surveillance’s cost-benefit ratio

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:22 am by

Commentary was written by Mortiz Laurer and originally published by Foreign Policy In Focus on November 18, 2013.


Senator Church Frank, spied on by the NSA

Polls show that a majority of Americans rhetorically oppose the extensive domestic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). But the outrage is far less than one might expect, considering the agency’s profound intrusion into people’s private spheres.

One explanation for this might be that, in the age of Facebook and Google, people are simply used to the massive sharing of information as a condition for using social media services. The currency is information, not money—a price many citizens seem to be very willing to pay.


OffNow campaign urges utility companies to cut off power to the NSA

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm by

The national OffNow campaign launched Tuesday, backed by a politically diverse coalition of civil liberties groups, is pushing the Fourth Amendment Protection Act (FAPA)—model legislation that, if adopted, will prohibit state and municipal agencies within their jurisdiction from delivering utilities and other resources to the National Security Agency (NSA) and its data collection centers across the country.