To settle a barrage of government legal actions over the last year, JPMorgan Chase has agreed to penalties that now total $20 billion, a sum that could cover the annual education budget of New York City or finance the Yankees’ payroll…
Through no fault of any individual, the logic of counterterrorism verges toward totalitarianism. National-security officials can keep us safe from a surprise attack by the Russians or Chinese by keeping tabs on a small number of foreign elites. Asking them to keep us safe from any terrorist attack is a radically different proposition.
Thus the dangers of a national-security state focused on terrorism.
The US National Security Agency sidestepped the issue when a Senator penned a letter to the agency asking if it has conducted surveillance on members of Congress and other American lawmakers, saying only that legislators are just like everyone else.
Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent who represents Vermont, sent a letter Friday asking officials if the NSA currently is “spying” or ever has on elected legislators. He defined spying as “gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business.”
The agency replied the next day with a response containing only a pledge that officials would work with Congress to resolve any concerns, yet neglected to clearly answer Sanders’ question.
Opponents of the United States government’s use of subpoenas to compromise an encrypted email service call the court’s actions unreasonable and unnecessary, and say the result of the catastrophic security event is a chilling effect felt around the world.
Those are the words written by attorneys for three groups who have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of Lavabit, the recently shuttered email provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and roughly 400,000 other customers around the globe.
A partnership between police departments and social media sites discussed at a convention in Philadelphia this week could allow law enforcement to keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet—and even stop people from organizing protests.
A high-ranking official from the Chicago Police Department told attendees at a law enforcement conference on Monday that his agency has been working with a security chief at Facebook to block certain users from the site “if it is determined they have posted what is deemed criminal content,” reports Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist who attended the lecture.
Tired of characters in horror films making stupid decisions, like entering that haunted house or gallivanting in the woods in the dead of night? What if they knew better? This video from pixelspersecond explores a world where people know exactly when to get the hell out of dodge.
Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing information that exposed war crimes being committed by US Forces against innocent Iraqis. The government claims he hurt US interests and helped Al-Qaeda by exposing the truth.