After Declaring Terrorist Watchlist Unconstitutional, Judge Backpedals

After Declaring Terrorist Watchlist Unconstitutional, Judge Backpedals By Janet Phelan In a widely reported decision last September, Federal Judge Anthony Trenga declared that the Terrorist Watchlist was unconstitutional. Now, however, Judge Trenga appears to be mitigating his original decision. The case was brought by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which represented  23 Muslim plaintiffs who claimed that their civil rights were violated by their being placed on the watchlist. According to the lawsuit, the individuals suffered in a variety of ways, including experiencing problems in airports. The lawsuit claimed…

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FBI Confirms Maxwell, Others Are Under Investigation For Epstein Ties

FBI Confirms Maxwell, Others Are Under Investigation For Epstein Ties By Tyler Durden Sources inside the FBI have reportedly confirmed that the bureau is investigating British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and several other unnamed persons suspected of helping multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein recruit and exploit underage girls. Maxwell, who reportedly dated Epstein in the early 1990s before settling in to a close friendship with the millionaire, has been MIA since Epstein’s July arrest. Soon after, Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. Though this is the first…

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Genetic Genealogy Company GEDmatch Acquired by Company With Ties to FBI & Law Enforcement—Why You Should Be Worried

Genetic Genealogy Company GEDmatch Acquired by Company With Ties to FBI & Law Enforcement—Why You Should Be Worried By Jennifer Lynch This week, GEDmatch, a genetic genealogy company that gained notoriety for giving law enforcement access to its customers’ DNA data, quietly informed its users it is now operated by Verogen, Inc., a company expressly formed two years ago to market “next-generation [DNA] sequencing” technology to crime labs. What this means for GEDmatch’s 1.3 million users—and for the 60% of white Americans who share DNA with those users—remains to be…

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Attention: Smart TV Owners –The FBI Has Some Warnings For You

Attention: Smart TV Owners –The FBI Has Some Warnings For You By B.N. Frank Maybe you should have held on to your box TV after all. From Yahoo: But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most other internet-connected devices, manufacturers often don’t put security as a priority. That’s the key takeaway from the FBI’s Portland field office, which just ahead…

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ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition

ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition By Aaron Kesel The ACLU has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies, making claims that the government is improperly withholding information on how it uses a facial recognition database on millions of Americans. The civil rights organization also asks for a “federal court to intervene and order the FBI and related agencies to turn over all records concerning their use of face recognition technology,” according to a legal document. “Because of…

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With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program

With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program By Whitney Webb Last Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a memorandum to all U.S. attorneys, law enforcement agencies and top ranking Justice Department officials announcing the imminent implementation of a new “national disruption and early engagement program” aimed at detecting potential mass shooters before they commit any crime. Per the memorandum, Barr has “directed the Department [of Justice] and the FBI to lead an effort to refine our ability to identify, assess and engage potential mass shooters before…

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The Silk Road Investigation: A “Pattern of Bad Behavior and Double Agents”

The Silk Road Investigation: A “Pattern of Bad Behavior and Double Agents” By Jamie Redman Kathryn Haun, a general partner at U.S. venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has revealed in recent interviews how she helped take down the Silk Road when she was working for the Attorney General’s office. According to her accounts, the U.S. government agency also asked her to help “start shutting down technology before it’s built.” Haun’s story also highlights how the U.S. government’s evidence against the Silk Road transpired because of double agents. Also read: FBI…

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The FBI And NSA Caught Spying On American Citizens ILLEGALLY AGAIN!

The FBI And NSA Caught Spying On American Citizens ILLEGALLY AGAIN! By Jason Bermas The news isn’t necessarily that they got caught; it’s that even a secret court has told them that it’s illegal. The fact is that these surveillance systems pre-date 9/11 and every major telecom company has special servers for federal access. Jason Bermas covers the many violations of our privacy and the apparent illusion that we have a 4th Amendment. We live in a national security state with little oversight and no checks and balances.  Subscribe…

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FBI Use Of Foreign-Surveillance Tool Violated Privacy Rights: FISA Court

FBI Use Of Foreign-Surveillance Tool Violated Privacy Rights: FISA Court By Tyler Durden The FBI’s use of electronic surveillance tools violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans whose communications were swept up in a controversial foreign intelligence program, according to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The court concluded that the FBI had been improperly searching through a database of raw intelligence for information on Americans, according to the Wall Street Journal. The ruling, made last year, was disclosed on Tuesday. The intelligence community disclosed Tuesday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year…

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Utah Committee Hold Hearing on Facial Recognition

Utah Committee Hold Hearing on Facial Recognition By Michael Maharrey Last week, a joint Utah legislative committee held a hearing on facial recognition technology, and legislators plan to consider at least two bills addressing the invasive surveillance technology during the upcoming legislative session. The interim Government Operations Committee hearing was prompted by a recent report by the Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology and reported by the Washington Post revealing that Utah was one of several states running facial recognition on its drivers’ license photos. According to the report,…

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