What collapsing empire looks like – Glenn Greenwald

(Salon) – As we enter our ninth year of the War in Afghanistan with an escalated force, and continue to occupy Iraq indefinitely, and feed an endlessly growing Surveillance State, reports are emerging of the Deficit Commission hard at work planning how to cut Social Security, Medicare, and now even to freeze military pay. But a new New York Times article today illustrates as vividly as anything else what a collapsing empire looks like, as it profiles just a few of the budget cuts which cities around the country are being forced to make. This is a sampling of what one finds: Read More Here

MSM: Breaking a Promise on Surveillance

It is just a technical matter, the Obama administration says: We just need to make a slight change in a law to make clear that we have the right to see the names of anyone’s e-mail correspondents and their Web browsing history without the messy complication of asking a judge for permission.

It is far more than a technical change. The administration’s request, reported Thursday in The Washington Post, is an unnecessary and disappointing step backward toward more intrusive surveillance from a president who promised something very different during the 2008 campaign. Continue reading

Video: On the Edge with Max Keiser and Alex Jones

(PressTV) – On the Edge from Friday, July 23rd with Alex Jones to talk about the surveillance state now being reported in Mainstream Media. Continue reading

MSM: ‘Perfect Citizen’ Program Places ‘Sensors’ Throughout Web

(WSJ) – The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.

The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn’t persistently monitor the whole system, these people said. Continue reading

Spy tech that ‘monitors conversations’ being launched in Europe: report

(RawStory) – Privacy rights advocates and civil liberties campaigners in Europe are raising the alarm about a new surveillance system that monitors conversations in public.

The surveillance system, dubbed Sigard, has been installed in Dutch city centers, government offices and prisons, and a recent test-run of the technology in Coventry, England, has British civil rights experts worried that the right to privacy will disappear in efforts to fight street crime.

The system’s manufacturer, Sound Intelligence, says it works by detecting aggression in speech patterns.

“Ninety percent of all incidents involving physical aggression are preceded by verbal aggression,” the Sound Intelligence Web site says. “The ability to spot verbal aggression before it turns into a violent outbreak delivers valuable time to security personnel and enables speedy intervention.” Continue reading

Napolitano Advocates Government Surveillance of Internet to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

(KurtNimmo) – The underwear and propane and firecracker would-be bombers and a string of dim-witted patsies set-up by the FBI were cited by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as an excuse to increase government surveillance of the internet. “Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security,” the Associated Press reported on Friday. Continue reading

Imaging, Spy-Cams and Drones: The New Hi Tech Homeland Security State – Tom Burghardt

(AntiFascistCalling) – As “gee-whiz” high-tech wonders seamlessly morph into “your papers, please!,” more often than not in “new normal” America science and technological innovation are little more than deranged handmaids serving corporate crime and political power.

In the interest of “keeping us safe,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled a spiffy new surveillance cam “that puts others to shame,” CNET breezily reported last week. Continue reading

MSM: Government vehicle surveillance database storing 250 journeys for every motorist

(Telegraph) – The average motorist has the details of 200 of their journeys stored on the Government’s controversial vehicle surveillance database, new figures have shown.

The records, which include photographs of private cars, can be secretly handed by ministers to the governments of other European countries or the United States.

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act disclosed that 7.6 billion entries are currently stored on the police automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) database. Continue reading

Surveillance cameras in Birmingham track Muslims’ every move

(Guardian) – Counterterrorism police have targeted hundreds of surveillance cameras on two Muslim areas of Birmingham, enabling them to track the precise movements of people entering and leaving the neighbourhoods.

The project has principally been sold to locals as an attempt to combat antisocial behaviour, vehicle crime and drug dealing in the area. But the cameras have been paid for by a £3m grant from a government fund, the Terrorism and Allied Matters Fund, which is administered by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Read More Here

Video: Pentagon’s Cyber Command Prepares War Against the American People

(KurtNimmo) – NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander told the Senate Armed Services Committee in April that he would work to protect the privacy rights of Americans online. It was an interesting comment from a man who heads up an organization responsible for a massive program of illegal dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001. Continue reading

MSM: Labour ready to let in the EU snoopers

(DailyMail) – British citizens face being subjected to secret EU ‘Big Brother’ spying missions.

Labour is supporting plans for a dramatic expansion in the powers available to fellow member states who accuse UK nationals of committing even the most minor crimes while visiting. Continue reading

Who Killed Martin Luther King?

(LewRockwell) – Douglas Valentine worked as a researcher for the King family and testified at the trial about suspicions that Dr. King might have been under U.S. government surveillance at the time of the assassination.

On Dec. 8, a jury in Memphis, Tenn., deliberated for only three hours before deciding that the long-held official version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination was wrong.

The jury’s verdict implicated a retired Memphis businessman and government agencies in a conspiracy to kill the civil rights giant. Read More Here

Audio: Red Ice Radio – John Hall – Satellite Terrorism, Surveillance Technology, Implantable Microchips & Biometric ID Cards

John Hall, author of “A New Breed; Satellite Terrorism in America” joins us to talk about electronic harassment, snooping and stalking technology, mind control and how CIA & NSA technology is being used to track, intimidate and even read the thoughts of people.  We discuss the implementation of biometric identification cards, satellite terrorism, the world wide implementation of the control grid.

Listen here: Red Ice Radio: John Hall – Satellite Terrorism, Surveillance Technology, Implantable Microchips & Biometric ID Cards

Are Federal Officials Above the Law? – Campaign for Liberty

A federal judge’s ruling in a case challenging the Bush administration’s infamous and illegal domestic surveillance case will likely demonstrate, once again, the hypocrisy and deceit of Barack Obama and his merry band of liberal statists. Continue reading

Left-Wing Icon: America Is Still Headed Towards Fascism Under Obama

(PaulWatson) – When left-wing icon Naomi Wolf warned that America was heading towards fascism under George W. Bush, characterized by illegal surveillance, arbitrary detention of suspects, and paramilitary martial law, she was lauded, but when she continued to issue the same warning as a result of Obama’s failure to reverse any of those policies, many on the left abandoned support for her. Continue reading

Video: Russia Today Covers Pentagon’s War on WikiLeaks

The Pentagon has been accused of spying on a whistleblower website that specialises in leaking top secret documents. The US Army has already labeled the website as a security threat. Now Wikileaks – which won Amnesty Internationals news media award last year – has issued a statement claiming its editors are being investigated: WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation, – the claim published on Tweeter said. Continue reading

Something Is Rotten in the State of Iceland

(WikiLeaks) – Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations. In the developing world, these range from the appalling assassination of two related human rights lawyers in Nairobi last March (an armed attack on my compound there in 2007 is still unattributed) to an unsuccessful mass attack by Chinese computers on our servers in Stockholm, after we published photos of murders in Tibet. In the West this has ranged from the overt, the head of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, threatening to prosecute us unless we removed a report on CIA activity in Kosovo, to the covert, to an ambush by a “James Bond” character in a Luxembourg car park, an event that ended with a mere “we think it would be in your interest to…”. Continue reading

NATO Waging Undeclared War on Russia: Moscow

(PressTV) – ‘Moscow says the United States and NATO’s inaction in fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan, translates into an “undeclared war” against Russia. Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin slammed the alliance for its loose surveillance on drug trafficking out of Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

Afghanistan produces some 90 percent of the world’s opium. The Afghan drugs enter Russia and Central Asia before reaching Western Europe.’ Read More Here

School officials continue dodging questions about webcam surveillance

(AfterDawn) – After the lawsuit over Harriton High School’s alleged webcam surveillance triggered an FBI investigation, you would hope school officials would come clean about what they characterize as completely legitimate security activities. Yet Lower Merion School District’s response to parents seems to raise more questions than it answers. Continue reading

Big Brother Not Just Spying On Schoolchildren Through Their Laptops

(Steve&PaulWatson) – Federal lawsuit brought against district for covertly monitoring students and families in their homes Continue reading

Pentagon Bracing for a Snap Offensive Against Venezuela

(StrategicCultureFoundation) – The US SOUTHCOM electronic surveillance base has been functioning in Aruba for several years. One day, an individual looking like a typical American, wearing shorts, a Hawaii shirt, and sunglasses, walked into it effortlessly and started roaming around. The US marines must have been too tired of the heat and assumed he actually was one of their countrymen – the base has been hosting numbers of visitors from the US recently amid the preparations for serious operations against Venezuela. Continue reading

Video: Playstation 3 – The Future Of Big Brother Surveillance?

(ConspiringTimes) – A U.S. Military research team recently built a supercomputer with over 2,000 PlayStation 3 game consoles. The 500 TeraFLOPS Heterogeneous Cluster is almost 100,000 times faster than any high-end processors in existence today.

This is an insanely powerful and fast computer for those of you that are computer illiterate. Continue reading

Surveillance Drones To Zap Protesters Into Submission

(PaulWatson) – Illustrating once again that the prison planet being built around us far outstrips anything Aldous Huxley or George Orwell ever imagined, a Wired News report details how police forces worldwide are preparing to unveil drone aircraft that can not only conduct surveillance of protesters, but also zap them into submission with non-lethal weapons. Continue reading

Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms

Court Tosses NSA Spy Suits, Sides with White House Over Illegal Surveillance
In late January, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General released a report that provided startling new details on illegal operations by the FBI’s Communications Analysis Unit (CAU) and America’s grifting telecoms. Continue reading

The Value of Government Surveillance of Citizens

(C4L) – It’s amusing to watch U.S. officials protest the Chinese government’s surveillance of its own citizens. After all, isn’t it the U.S. government that secretly and illegally conspired with private telecom companies to record telephone conversations of private American citizens? And isn’t it the U.S. government that secured both civil and criminal immunity for the telecoms’ decision to sell out the privacy of their customers to the feds? Continue reading

The State of the Nation: I am afraid

“As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.” – Bertram Gross, Friendly Fas­cism: The New Face of Power in America
Omi­nous devel­op­ments in America have been a long time coming, in part pre­cip­i­tated by “we the people” – a cit­i­zenry that has been asleep at the wheel for too long. And while there have been wake-up calls, we have failed to heed the warnings. Continue reading

The Surveillance Society: Trading Freedom For The Illusion Of Safety

Governments, regardless of their political structure or historical background, have always striven to not only control information, but also to gather it from the people by covert means. Often, this secretive observation of the citizenry escalates into a completely open and full-fledged surveillance state. Continue reading

Underming the American People’s Right to Privacy: The Secret State’s Surveillance Machine

“Follow the money.”
And why not. As the interface between state and private criminality, following the money trail is oxygen and combustible fuel for rooting out corruption in high places: indelible signs left behind like toxic tracks by our sociopathic masters. Continue reading

Normalising the Crime of the Century – John Pilger

I tried to contact Mark Higson the other day only to learn he had died nine years ago. He was just 40, an honourable man. We met soon after he had resigned from the Foreign Office in 1991 and I asked him if the government knew that Hawk fighter-bombers sold to Indonesia were being used against civilians in East Timor. Continue reading

Sprint Manager: ‘Half’ of all Police Surveillance Includes Text Messaging

(RawStory) – According to a graduate student’s research into the spying policies of major U.S. telecommunications companies, at a recent security conference a Sprint surveillance manager told a group of onlookers that half of all police requests include the target’s text messages. Continue reading

Her Majesty’s Big Brother: Britain’s Protesters Rebranded “Domestic Extremists”

In “Mind Your Tweets: CIA and European Union Building Social Networking Surveillance System,” Antifascist Calling explored the trend by security agencies in Europe and the United States to build political dossiers on dissidents by data mining their electronic communications. Continue reading

Steps Toward The American Police State are Always Tried-Out in Britain First

I was sent the now notorious “police spotter card” through the post. It’s an official laminated card for “police eyes only” and labelled as coming from “CO11 Public Order Intelligence Unit”. The card contained the photographs of 24 anti-arms trade protesters, unnamed but lettered A to X. My picture appeared as photo H. You can imagine my reaction at finding I was the subject of a secret police surveillance process … Continue reading

Rsponse to Christopher Ketcham’s take on Bob Baer (CIA)

Ketcham keeps bolstering the Big Lie by pretending that the incompetence theory of 9/11 has merit. In numerous ways he defends the criminal actions of high level players who have a long history of helping terrorists and funding their networks. While admitting to such practices in the distant past, Ketchum ignores the period leading up to 9/11 as well as the present. Continue reading

MSM: Big Brother Britain – £380 a MINUTE spent on tracking your every click online

(DailyMail) – An astonishing £380 a minute will be spent on surveillance in a massive expansion of the Big Brother state. Continue reading

Report: US considers phone companies ‘arm of government’

(RawStory) – The US government doesn’t have to reveal information about phone companies that may have spied illegally on Americans because those phone companies are an “arm of the government,” the US Justice Department argued in a recent court case. Continue reading

Big Brother FBI – Data-Mining Programs Resurrect “Total Information Awareness”

Like a vampire rising from it’s grave each night to feed on the privacy rights of Americans, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is moving forward with programs that drain the life blood from our constitutional liberties. Continue reading

Montana Town Occupied By Private Paramilitary Security Force

A private security force whose biggest role is helping the U.S. government to “combat terrorism” is now patrolling the streets of a town in Montana, acting as law enforcement but accountable to nobody and operating completely outside the limitations of the U.S. constitution in a chilling throwback to the brownshirts of Nazi Germany. Continue reading

Big Brother “Fusion Centers” Part of US Domestic Intelligence and Surveillance Apparatus

Speaking at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club September 15, Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis C. Blair, disclosed that the current annual budget for the 16 agency U.S. “Intelligence Community” (IC) clocks-in at $75 billion and employs some 200,000 operatives world-wide, including private contractors. Continue reading