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Lie-detecting computer kiosks equipped with artificial intelligence look like the future of border security

CNBC | Source URL International travelers could find themselves in the near future talking to a lie-detecting kiosk when they’re going through customs at an airport or border crossing. The same technology could be used to provide initial screening of refugees and asylum seekers at busy border crossings. The U.S. […]

Senate bill would expand federal counter-drone powers, including at local ‘mass gatherings’

Michael Laris | The Washington Post | Source URL A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Monday that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security powers to act against drones deemed a threat, including those at large gatherings in local communities, if federal authorities are invited by […]

Controversial nominee Gina Haspel confirmed as first female CIA director

CNN | Source URL Washington (CNN)Gina Haspel was confirmed Thursday to be the first female director of the CIA with the help of votes from a half-dozen Senate Democrats. Haspel was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, the culmination of a roller-coaster nomination that appeared to be in danger at several points after she was […]

COLUMN-China’s Muslim minority faces a modern Orwellian nightmare

Reuters | Source URL May 14 (Reuters) – In China’s northwest Xinjiang province, the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority have nowhere to hide. Facial recognition software reportedly alerts authorities if targeted individuals stray more than 1000 feet from their homes and workplaces. Residents face arrest if they fail to download smartphone […]

War On Cash Goes into Full Effect — Purchases Over $10,000 ILLEGAL in Australia

Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project | Source URL Canberra, Australia – The Australian government announced that it will soon be illegal to use more than $10,000 cash to purchase anything, forcing individuals that wish to buy more expensive items to use a cashier’s check or electronic transfer, ostensibly in the […]

Police Now Threatening to Arrest People Who Make Fun of Their Facebook Posts About Drug Busts

John Vibes | The Free Thought Project | Source URL When stumbling across a police department’s social media page, it easy to see how out of touch law enforcement is with the rest of society. If police understood what people truly cared about, their social media pages would at least […]

Secret FBI Program Now Jailing Activists for Speaking Out Against Police Brutality on Facebook

Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project | Source URL Dallas, TX – When militarized FBI agents clad in tactical gear raided the home of Rakem Balogun in December 2017—forcing him and his 15-year-old son outside in their underwear on the cold and windy night as agents ransacked his residence—he thought […]

Ecuadorian Embassy Adds New Rules For Julian Assange — No Visitors, Phone Calls Or Internet

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained according to the UN for almost 8 years. Now Ecuador has expanded that arbitrary detainment to solitary confinement by forbidding Assange from any human contact including visitations, phone calls and barring his Internet usage. All […]

West Sacramento Launching Controversial Program Watching Public’s Social Media Posts

CBS13 Sacramento | Source URL WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — West Sacramento is the first city to launch a controversial new program that watches what people post about it online. The pilot project gives city leaders a look at what’s trending in the city, whether it’s good or bad. It’s also creating privacy […]

Supreme Court to Rule on Your First Amendment Right to Silence

Robert Sedler | The Conversation | Source URL New Hampshire’s state motto “Live free or die” is, for many residents, a stirring evocation of the independent spirit of colonial America. But not all New Hampshirites agree with this well-known slogan that is emblazoned on the state’s license plates. In 1975, George […]

High-tech Vegas: Is your hotel room smarter than you?

Spud Hilton | SF Chronicle | Source URL Stepping up to the machine, 11-year-old Jadyn Morin jabbed her index finger at the touch-screen, paused, then sliced a debit card through the reader. The machine whirred and beeped for a moment, then the door slid open with a clunk, and a […]

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

Bill Gertz | Washington Free Beacon | Source URL | Blog Archive The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots. Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests […]

‘Europe arrest abuse is key reason for Brexit’ Assange rages at Catalan leader’s arrest

JULIAN Assange today compared the EU to Hitler’s Nazis in a series of rambling tweets attacking the arrest of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. He bizarrely also claimed the use of the cross-border European Arrest Warrant – the method used to detain Assange – was one of the key reasons Britain […]

China introduces “Xi Jinping Thought” in the classroom

Source URL The Communist Party is reworking its ideological education efforts to make them more palatable to the current generation, while introducing classes on “Xi Jinping Thought.” The Wall Street Journal takes a look: Show less “Xi Jinping Thought is a 14-point theory that emphasizes the party’s “people-centric” approach to governance, […]

Police facial recognition smartphones will be used to create secret watchlists

Mass Private I A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement. The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone. “It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition […]