Tag: Surveillance
Surveillance Going Postal–USPS’ Ever Growing Spy Role Expands to Internet Traffic
On April 21, investigative reporter Jana Winters broke the news that the United States Postal service was running a “covert operations program” that was monitoring American’s social media. She found that the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) was trawling posts and online activity pertaining to a number of...
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Vaccine Passports: Why? How?
There’s only one reason to require COVID vaccine passports: to coerce people into getting the vaccine. While vaccination is not required, a passport requirement would say, “Whether you get the vaccine is up to you, but if you want to travel or shop or do anything outside your home, a passport is required.” For...
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CoronaCrisis and Leviathan: Big Brother Comes to Your Town (and iPhone)
Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois is proposing the Orwellian (and improperly capitalized) COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act, offering states and locales $100 billion with which to become total police states.
USA PATRIOT Act: Leviathan in Search of a Crisis
Nearly 20 years after its hurried passage, key components of the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001), are currently up for renewal. Yet despite no evidence that its sweeping surveillance powers have prevented any acts of terrorism, Section 215 of...
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Federal Confiscation Reflects Mission Creep and the Expanding Police State
In 2019, the Transportation Security Administration seized $181,000 in cash from an employee of a Tampa trucking company while he was going through a TSA checkpoint for a flight from Tampa to Cleveland. According to the employee and his employer, the worker was taking the cash to Cleveland to buy second-hand trucks for his...
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Civil Libertarians Worry that Facial Recognition Tech Is Inaccurate, but Fears May Worsen After It’s Perfected
California Governor Gavin Newsom in September signed the Body Camera Accountability Act, a law prohibiting the use of facial recognition and other biometric tracking software in police body cameras. Following similar measures in San Francisco and Oakland, the law is the first statewide ban of its kind in the country.
Red Flag Laws and Predictive Policing
Red flag laws are a threat to everybody’s rights, giving government the ability to take away constitutional rights of people who haven’t violated the law.
Another Problem with the War on Drugs
The war on drugs makes it far too easy for corrupt police officers to plant evidence on people.
A Hidden Cost of Inflation
One hidden cost of inflation is that it makes an increasingly large share of cash holdings and transactions subject to government surveillance.
The JFK Files
I’ve heard it said that “you never forget where you were when you heard that President Kennedy was shot.” I remember, but most American’s don’t because Kennedy’s assassination was 54 years ago and most Americans weren’t alive then. Like many Americans, I am convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald, the person who shot President Kennedy,...
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