Category: Surveillance

Intelligence Director Says Gov’t Can Demand Encryption Backdoors Without Having To Run It By The FISA Court

A set of questions from Senator Ron Wyden — directed at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — have finally received answers. The answers [PDF] were actually given to the Senate oversight committee in July but have just now been made public. Zack Whittaker of ZDNet has taken a look at the […]

Trump White House Weighing Plans For Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent […]

Inside China’s Big Tech Conference, New Ways to Track Citizens

WUZHEN, China — An artificial intelligence company touted a robot that could help doctors with diagnoses. A start-up displayed a drone designed to carry a single passenger 60 miles per hour. And in a demonstration worthy of both wonder and worry, a Chinese facial recognition company showed how its technology […]

Could gene editing tools such as CRISPR be used as a biological weapon?

James Revill Homeland Security Newswire The gene editing technique CRISPR has been in the limelight after scientists reported they had used it to safely remove disease in human embryos for the first time. Concerns are mounting that gene editing could be used in the development of biological weapons. In 2016, Bill Gates […]

NYPD quietly using military tracking device locating suspects through cell phone signalss

AP The NYPD is one of many police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive military grade technology that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using their cell phone signals. Civil liberties and privacy groups are increasingly raising objections to the suitcase-sized devices known as StingRays or […]

Homeland Security bulletin warns of weaponized drones and threat to aviation

Geneva Sands ABC News The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an updated terror bulletin on Thursday highlighting the threat of weaponized drones, chemical attacks and the continued targeting of commercial aircraft. “We continue to face one of the most challenging threat environments since 9/11, as foreign terrorist organizations exploit the internet […]

Schools Installing Cameras In High School Bathrooms; Parents Outraged Over Disgusting Privacy Violation

Aaron Kesel Activist Post (Archive) Windsor Charter Academy in Colorado is under fire by parents of students for its decision to install cameras in its high school bathrooms, KDVR Fox reported. Windsor Charter Academy executive director Rebecca Teeples stated that the installation of cameras “improves safety for students while helping secure the building.” […]

Trump Is Fighting To Save The Deep State

Derrick Broze Activist Post (Archive) While claiming to fight “The Deep State” and drain the swamp, Donald Trump fights to save a controversial law which serves as a powerful tool for The Deep State. The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency is coming to a conclusion and all but his […]

DHS Wants To Develop Advanced Facial Recognition Technology For Use In Airports and Border Checkpoints

Aaron Kesel The Activist Post (Archive) In a move straight out of Minority Report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to develop advanced facial recognition technology that scans the faces of travelers as they enter and leave the U.S. border on highways, NextGov reported. The DHS has posted a public announcement […]

AG Sessions calls for permanent renewal of ‘domestic spying program’

RT (Archive) US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing to permanently renew the controversial section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) following Tuesday’s terrorist attack that killed eight people in Manhattan. Speaking to law enforcement officials and attorneys at the Southern District US Attorney’s office in lower Manhattan on Thursday, […]

DHS Wants Tech to Scan Your Face as You Drive to Mexico

Mohana Ravindranath Defense One (Archive) The department is opting for a faster procurement option for the technology. The Homeland Security Department wants technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S.border by car, ensuring that the individuals who enter the country are the same ones who leave it. DHS’ […]

The DHS is buying a new database to store biometrics for 500 million people

Cory Doctorow Boing Boing (Archive) The DHS’s old “IDENT” database is full, with 240,000,000 records in a system designed to hold 200,000,000; so they’re paying arms-dealers and erstwhile comic-book superheroes Northrop Grumman $93,000,000 to develop a new system called Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), which will grow to encompass biometrics for 500,000,000 people, […]

Someone’s spying on Florida legislators. Tallahassee is on edge.

Allegations are flying in the state Capitol of marital infidelity and sexual harassment. Who is behind it? Mary Ellen Klas and Steve Bousquet Tampa Bay Times (Archive) For at least three days in the final week of the 2017 legislative session, a covert surveillance camera recorded the comings and goings […]

Unauthorized drones are buzzing a Washington, D.C. military base twice a day, study finds

Lora Kolodny CNBC (Archive) Unauthorized drones are flying an average of twice a day above critical military infrastructure just 4 miles from the White House, according to new study from drone-detection start-up Dedrone and the Department of Defense. “This is a concerning rate,” Dedrone CEO Jorg Lamprecht told CNBC, “especially in light […]