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The provision of the Patriot Act that allowed the NSA to hoover up all the phone records in the country and store them at their facility in Utah has been allowed to expire. That’s a good thing. But it doesn’t mean we have our privacy back. Even though the government will now have to return …

A lacrosse coach at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, has found himself unemployed only two days after posting an “open letter” to President Obama questioning Obama’s recent statements about Muslims. Scott Lees, the boys lacrosse coach for four years, said he shared the letter written by someone else on his Facebook page because he thought …

Journalist Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS, has made a reputation for herself by being one of the few — the very few — professional reporters investigating the Obama Administration. Unlike the sycophants, lackeys and willing fanatics who make up much of the mainstream media, Attkisson is no blank-eyed, thrill-up-the-leg rewriter of press releases. Her work …

Orwellian doesn’t even begin to describe the deeply disturbing nature of a government-funded project being developed at Indiana University. Called Truthy, the program will monitor, categorize and flag messages on Twitter in a way that even the NSA doesn’t. According to the developers’ website, Truthy will help research “social epidemics.” What does that mean, you …

I hope you’ve either read or seen the move 1984. Published by George Orwell in 1949: “The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism …

In 1949 the world dominated by computers, internet and video surveillance only existed in science fiction.  That’s also the year that British author George Orwell published his novel 1984 in which the world was controlled through computers, internet and video surveillance.  Big Brother was the dictator who kept watch on everyone, controlling every aspect of …

If you’ve sent a “selfie” or any other photos over a webcam using your Yahoo account, your images may have been intercepted by the National Security Agency and the British Government Communications Headquarters, according to a story in the Guardian. The NSA and GCHQ together intercepted the photo communications of millions of Internet users worldwide …

In a bald-faced move to take away parents’ rights to shape their children’s education, Ohio Democratic Sen. Capri Cafaro earlier this month introduced a bill that would require parents to undergo an investigation before they could homeschool. Senate Bill 248 would require parents to submit to a social services investigation before getting approval to homeschool …

The Department of Homeland Security has funded a system of wi-fi boxes around Seattle that are capable of recording the last 1,000 locations of a person using their cellphone. The DHS has contributed $2.7 million to the project, which consists of white boxes posted on utility poles around the city. The system is reportedly able …

Those who sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither, Benjamin Franklin famously said. That phrase seems particularly relevant since the first revelations broke about the National Security Agency’s extensive telephone and Internet spying programs. From the first, there were many people who believed the NSA was not being completely honest about the extent of its activities, …

The Obama Administration is hiring a team of academics, scientists and other specialists to try to change your behavior. The Behavioral Insights Team has already been dubbed by some people as “the nudge squad” after a book written by Obama lacky and former regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, called “Nudges.” The book’s co-author was Chicago Booth …

While the NSA has been snooping on your emails and telephone calls and online movements, the nation’s police forces have been quietly using federal grants to record your travels on the public roads. According to a study by the ACLU, police across the country are using automated license plate scanners to record the movements of …