Fake Anti-NSA Bill, USA “Freedom” Act, Fails to Pass

The USA Freedom Act was not renewed in the Imperial Senate – and this is a good thing. Rand Paul opposed it for renewing the PATRIOT Act Section 215 – and he was right. Mitch McConnell opposed it because even the tiniest bit of limitations on federal spy powers were alarming to him. He’s an…

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We told you so: Bad version of USA Freedom is the one moving forward

NEWS: The Imperial Senate has agreed to end debate and hold a vote on a really awful version of the original “USA Freedom Act.” The bill not only doesn’t stop the NSA, it in some ways makes things worse. This is a bill that major privacy organizations and grassroots activists put major amounts of time,…

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Don’t Count On Courts to Protect Your Privacy – They Protect the Status Quo

With it becoming increasingly clear every day that Congress will not take any substantive action to stop NSA spying, some privacy advocates have begun to pin their hopes on the federal courts.

If history serves as any indication, they will find themselves equally disappointed with the judiciary. Courts tend to defer to the government, especially when it comes to “national security.”

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Knowledge is Power: Cheat Sheet of Federal Surveillance Laws and Orders

In the “Era of Terror,” we are bombarded with justifications of domestic surveillance. Even after a year of Snowden Revelations and analysis, all of the laws and orders justifying warratless spying remain a tangled web.

Below is a list of the major documents used for domestic surveillance.

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Parallel Construction: Your Local Police Working with NSA Surveillance

Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA intercepts huge amounts of electronic data warrantlessly without our permission. However, that is not the only way the surveillance state violates our rights. The NSA uses other underhanded schemes behind-the-scenes to exploit us. One of them is known as ‘parallel construction.’

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A Good First Step: California Governor Signs Anti-Surveillance Bill into Law

SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday originally intended to deny resources to federal agencies engaging in unwarranted and illegal spying. The final version was much narrower in scope, but privacy and civil liberties advocates call the new law something to build on in 2015.

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