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NSA’s Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data

From The Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. Opponents called it too broad an intrusion on Americans’ privacy, even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the data-sifting effort didn’t disappear. The National Security Agency, once confined to foreign surveillance, has been building essentially the same system. The central role the NSA has come to occupy in domestic intelligence gathering has never been publicly disclosed. But an inquiry reveals that its efforts have evolved to reach more broadly into data about people’s communications, travel and finances in the U.S. than the domestic surveillance programs brought to light since the 2001 terrorist attacks. [Read More]


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March 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

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Britain makes camera that “sees” under clothes

From Scientific American:

A British company has developed a camera that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under people’s clothes from up to 25 meters away in what could be a breakthrough for the security industry. The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls “passive imaging technology” to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays — known as Terahertz or T-rays — that they emit. The high-powered camera can detect hidden objects from up to 80 feet away and is effective even when people are moving. It does not reveal physical body details and the screening is harmless, the company says. The technology, which has military and civilian applications and could be used in crowded airports, shopping malls or sporting events, will be unveiled at a scientific development exhibition sponsored by Britain’s Home Office on March 12-13. [Read More]

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March 9, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Google Caves To Pentagon Wishes

From Information Week:

The Pentagon said that Google (NSDQ: GOOG)’s Street Views is a threat to national security and made Google pull images taken on streets near U.S. military bases. Google complied with the governmental order, even though the images were taken from public streets. Freedom of information and security butt heads once again. [Read More]

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March 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm

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Whistle-Blower: Feds Have a Backdoor Into Wireless Carrier

From Wired:

A U.S. government office in Quantico, Virginia, has direct, high-speed access to a major wireless carrier’s systems, exposing customers’ voice calls, data packets and physical movements to uncontrolled surveillance, according to a computer security consultant who says he worked for the carrier in late 2003. [Read More]

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March 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm

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The NSA and Your Inbox

From Yahoo News:

As the Democrats prepare to fold on FISA, this week’s comments from Assistant AG for National Security Kenneth Wainstein suggest that what the White House is really after isn’t interception of foreign-to-foreign phone calls, but your email. From the Washington Post:  Wainstein highlighted a different problem with the current FISA law than other administration officials have emphasized. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, for example, has repeatedly said FISA should be changed so no warrant is needed to tap a communication that took place entirely outside the United States but happened to pass through the United States. [Read More]

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March 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm

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Bush Vetos Waterboarding Bill

From the BBC:

US President George Bush says he has vetoed legislation that would stop the CIA using interrogation methods such as simulated drowning or “water-boarding”.  [Read More]

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March 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm

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Airport workers first UK citizens to get ID cards

From Reuters:

Up to 200,000 airport workers will be fingerprinted and issued with identity cards from the middle of 2009, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said Thursday. They will be the first British citizens to be required to have the cards, because of the high level of security needed for their jobs, she said.From 2010, students will be encouraged to apply voluntarily for the cards, which will store the holder’s fingerprint on a chip. “It will make it easier to enrol on a course, apply for a student loan, open a bank account or prove your age,” Smith told a London think-tank.”It is inconceivable that in today’s world people should not have a single, safe way of securing and verifying their identity,” she added. A widespread roll-out of the cards to all British citizens will follow from 2011 alongside the introduction of passports containing electronically stored fingerprints. [Read More]

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March 6, 2008 at 5:01 pm

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