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Secret Court Order Exposed, NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

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Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama.

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The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largesttelecoms providers, under a

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U.S. Spy Gear Allegedly Tested on New Zealand Public

The Greens and Labour have repeatedly called for an inquiry into the actions of the GCSB. Photo / Tim Cuff

GCSB refuses to comment on claims communications were intercepted 

The Greens and Labour have repeatedly called for an inquiry into the actions of the GCSB. Photo / Tim Cuff

The Greens and Labour have repeatedly called for an inquiry into the actions of the GCSB. Photo / Tim Cuff

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Whitehouse and FBI Fine Tuning Internet Wiretap Policy

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

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Nokia Caught Spying on its own Phones

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Nokia, the cellphone manufacturer, has been listening in to all encrypted communications from its handsets. Every connection advertised as secure – banking, social networks, dating, corporate secrets – has been covertly wiretapped by Nokia themselves and decrypted for analysis.

Security researcher Gaurang posted an article on January 5 about some unexpected behavior

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Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers Approved by House

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The Infamous room 641a photo taken by whistle blower Mark Klein at a San Francisco AT&T Switching Center

The House on Wednesday reauthorized for five years broad electronic eavesdropping powers that legalized and expanded the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

The FISA Amendments Act, (.pdf) which is expiring at

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Will Congress Act: US Government Finally Admits To Unconstitutional Warrantless Wiretapping

As Congress and the President rush to re-authorize the dangerous FISA Amendments Act (FAA)—the law shamefully passed after pressure to legalize certain portions of the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program—EFF has been sounding the alarm that Americans’ communications are still being unconstitutionally collected by the government without a warrant. On

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Monitored: Yes, Your Computer Too

by: Mac Slavo

To the disbelief of many of our readers, in a 2011 report titled Everything You Do Is Monitored, we noted that microphones and cameras on cell phones and computers allow interested parties (translated to mean your respective government) to hear and see everything going on in the direct vicinity of

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Supreme Court: ACLU Challenges Warrantless Wiretapping

The Supreme Court has just agreed to consider whether plaintiffs represented by the ACLU have the right to challenge the constitutionality of a controversial law that authorizes the National Security Agency to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans’ international emails and phone calls.

At issue is an appeals court ruling that allowed the ACLU’s challenge

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FBI: Pushing for Another Nail in the Privacy Coffin

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The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for

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NSA Whistleblower Details Increased Spy Activity

NSA whistleblower William Binney believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush.

Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of a Democracy Now! 4-part series on America’s growing surveillance state.

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President

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Huge NSA Data Center Under Construction in Utah

New NSA Data Center in Utah

The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah’s Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. It’s the

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Phone and Email Records to be Stored in new U.K. Spy Plan

Details of every phone call and text message, email traffic and websites visited online are to be stored in a series of vast databases under new Government anti-terror plans.

Landline and mobile phone companies and broadband providers will be ordered to store the data for a year and make it available to the security

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Wikileaks: Cables Reveal Governments Requested U.S. Wiretapping Assistance

Wikileaks: Governments ‘sought US wiretapping help’ President Ricardo Martinelli Panama’s president says the request was “misinterpreted” by the US envoy. Fresh US diplomatic cables released via Wikileaks suggest various governments have pressed the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to extend wiretapping services. Publishing the secret cables, the New York Times said governments wanted information on

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Feds Seek Internet Wiretapping Compliance

Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters

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Illegal: FBI Cut Corners to Wiretap

An internal audit found the FBI broke the law thousands of times when requesting Americans’ phone records using fake emergency letters that were never followed up on with true subpoenas — even though top officials knew the practice was illegal, according to The Washington Post.

The inspector general’s follow-up report on the so-called

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Half of Electronic Warrants Request SMS “text messages”

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.

Half of millions — including some 8 million automated, web-based requests for GPS location, all

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Black Widow, NSA Spying Computer

The NSA’s colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the ‘Black Widow,’ scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour. . . . The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages.’ Barack Obama will be in charge of the biggest

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NSA Employees Getting Entertained at Your Expense

Americans inclined to have phone sex on international calls may have an unintendedmenage a trois instead. ABC spoke to two former NSA operatives on the record about their work in the Terrorist Surveillance Program, and let’s just say that they weren’t completely focused on the task at hand. Instead of the narrow surveillance promised

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UK Gets a Taste of American Eavesdropping

Plans for a massive expansion of ‘Big Brother’ state surveillance to cover every phone call, email, text message and internet visit in Britain were unveiled yesterday.

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith claimed that storing details of individuals’ communications was vital to prevent further terrorist atrocities.

Activities which will be subject to snooping for

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FBI May get More Unfettered Latitude

A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion, Democratic lawmakers briefed on the details said Wednesday.

The plan, which could

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