Don’t Trust Congress to Protect the 4th Amendment

While there are indications that there are some positive provisions in the latest incarnation of the USA Freedom Act, it certainly wouldn’t end unconstitutional spying. There are also some troubling issues that make the proposed fixes potentially dangerous. Some analysts think the new version may have a massive loophole – something that even give supporters of the bill pause.

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Federal Agency-Business Partnerships that Advance 4th Amendment Violations

Russia has requested that some of NSA’s corporate customers, like Apple, share source code so that it can clear up suspected security issues. According to RT, Russia made the request in response to spy scandals that have undermined trust in foreign products. While they may complain about it, tech company cooperation with the American spy-state has set the stage for these requests, and more will certainly follow.

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After Committee Vote, California 4th Amendment Protect Act Faces Uphill Battle

SACRAMENTO, Ca., August 7, 2014 – Yesterday, an important California State Assembly Committee voted unanimously to pass the 4th Amendment Protection Act. But, a new amendment to the bill would “completely kill its purpose” according to supporters.

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Video: Illegal Spying Below

This week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released a video with a behind-the-scenes look at the coalition against NSA spying, and the recent publicity action over the data center in Bluffdale, Utah. Featured in the video was TAC founder, Michael Boldin. “They’re having a difficult time using it, and we know they need a lot of…

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Taking a Swipe at Big Brother: Missouri voters say YES to Privacy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 5, 2014 – By a big margin at the polls on Tuesday, Missouri voters took an important step to protect their electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement, and also effectively blocked a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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Yes on 9: Missouri Poised to Take a First Step Against Big Brother

On August 5th, Missouri voters have a chance to modernize their state Constitution by adding provisions that specifically protect electronic data and communications from warrantless spying, giving them the same constitutional position as “persons, houses, papers and effects.”

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More Universities Help NSA Spying: Time to Stop it

Did you know the NSA enters into partnerships with colleges and universities?

Schools that partner with the NSA earn the Orwellian sounding designation of “Centers for Academic Excellence.” Depending on the nature of the partnership, these universities serve as either training and recruiting ground for future spies. Or they take on NSA funded research projects to further the agency’s mission – spying on the world. Or both.

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