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Privacy vs. Anonymity:
'In a society that is a fishbowl, the only way to retain any privacy is to pretend you're a different fish'
Jonathan Turley, Law Professor George Washington University

How Globalists Plan To Use Technology And Poverty To Enslave The Masses. Tyranny is often seen as a sudden and inexplicable development in a society; the product of a singular despot that rockets to power for a limited window of time due to public fear or stupidity. This is one of the great lies of the modern era. The truth is that for at least the past century almost every historically despised “tyrant” was merely a puppet of a larger managerial cabal, and the construction of each totalitarian state was accomplished slowly and quietly over the course of decades by those same financial elitists.

From the Bolsheviks, to Hitler and the Third Reich, to Mao Zedong, to most tin-pot dictators across the Middle East and Africa, there has always been an organized group of money men and think tanks fueling the careers of the worst politicians and military juntas of the epoch. The rise of a tyrannical system takes extensive time, planning and staging. Human beings do not simply jump right into the arms of a dystopian nightmare regime impulsively at a moment’s notice. Who Can Spy On Us? A Visual Guide | Necessary and Proportionate.

Comparative Analysis of Surveillance Laws and Practices in Latin America | Necessary and Proportionate. In December 1992, following a hastily-drawn sketch of a map given to him by a whistleblower, the Paraguayan lawyer Martin Almada drove to an obscure police station in the suburb of Lambaré, near Asunción. Behind the police offices, in a run-down office building, he discovered a cache of 700,000 documents, piled nearly to the ceiling. This was “the Terror Archive,” an almost complete record of the interrogations, torture, and surveillance conducted by the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner. The files reported details of “Operation Condor,” a clandestine program between the military dictatorships in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil between the 1970s and 1980s. The military governments of those nations agreed to cooperate in sending teams into other countries to track, monitor and kill their political opponents.

For targeted intimidation and entrapment, governments could take advantage of the email, social media, and messages that dominate our lives. America's Surveillance State (Documentary) Can Americans Resist Surveillance. New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship. A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.”

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87 percent of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.'” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The fear that causes self-censorship is well beyond the realm of theory. Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring.

Edward Snowden. Today, the government is granting itself the power to police every citizen’s private life. Every man, woman, child, boy, girl. It doesn’t matter who you are, how innocent or not innocent you are, they are watching everything you’re doing. They’re intercepting it, analyzing it and storing it for increasing periods of time. If somebody who is programmed to see patterns of criminality looks at your data, they’re not going to find you – they’re going to find a criminal. The fact that we’ve got agencies like the GCHQ looking through webcams into people’s bedrooms, into the four walls of their homes, is terrifying. The NSA is collecting billions of phone location records a day, so they know where you got on the bus, where you went to work, where you slept and what other cell phones slept with you. We have to ask: “Do we want to live in a society where we live totally naked in front of government, and they are totally opaque to us?”

Privacy is for the powerless. Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications. Former NSA Head Exposes Agency's True Crimes YouTube. Surveillance Self-Defense | Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications. Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden ‘not justified by fight against terrorism’ The “secret, massive and indiscriminate” surveillance conducted by intelligence services and disclosed by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden cannot be justified by the fight against terrorism, the most senior human rights official in Europe has warned.

In a direct challenge to the United Kingdom and other states, Nils Muižnieks, the commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, calls for greater transparency and stronger democratic oversight of the way security agencies monitor the internet. He also said that so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing treaty between the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada should be published. “Suspicionless mass retention of communications data is fundamentally contrary to the rule of law … and ineffective,” the Latvian official argues in a 120-page report, The Rule of Law on the Internet in the Wider Digital World.

“Member states should not resort to it or impose compulsory retention of data by third parties.” 'Privacy Critical to Human Freedom': Snowden, Poitras, and Greenwald Talk NSA. During a unique conversation hosted by the New School and the New York Times on Thursday, the three people most responsible for bringing the story of mass global surveillance programs orchestrated by the U.S. National Security Agency were brought together for the first time since they first met in a Hong Kong hotel in 2013. Filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald sat with the New York Times media columnist David Carr on stage while the whistleblower himself, Edward Snowden, appeared via videolink from Russia where he remains under asylum protection.

"Yes, governments possess extraordinary powers—but at the end of the day there are more of us than there are of them. " —Edward SnowdenCitizenFour, the documentary film by Poitras which tells the story of Snowden and the NSA revelations he first entrusted to her and then Greenwald has now won numerous awards and been nominated for the upcoming Acadamy Awards. In a sad twist, Mr. Watch the conversation: They Fight Surveillance - And You Can Too. Call it "privacy nihilism.

" Whether you're reading about the latest security breaches across the Net, or the jaw-dropping details of the latest NSA leak, or you're explaining the importance of crypto to your blank-faced family, or struggling to stop your own government's plans on burning your right to privacy, it's sometimes easy to just throw up your hands in despair and give it all up. What can anyone realistically do when online eavesdropping is increasingly pervasive, and governments and companies seem determined to keep it that way?

What can anyone do, alone, to change the downward spiral of security and privacy online? It doesn't help when so many people seem to shrug at the risks and consequences of an omniscient state or cartel, no matter how many times you have explained your fears. In Counter-Surveillance Success Stories, we've collected examples of individuals and small groups who have chosen to battle unlawful spying in their own countries—and have won. Australia’s metadata grab will create modern-day Stasi files. Until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the East German state security service – the Stasi – conducted surveillance and kept files on a third of the country’s population. One of those people was activist and dissident Ulrike Poppe, whose communications and activities were spied on by Stasi operatives constantly for 15 years.

Much of the data that is contained in Poppe’s Stasi files, compiled during the Cold War, would today be considered “telecommunications metadata”. From locations, movements and meetings to relationships, affiliations and associates. Phone calls made and letters sent, as well as newspapers read and movies watched. During the Stasi’s reign, this type of intelligence was the product of covert bugs and undercover spies, a hugely intensive task that kept theirs 91,000 staff busy.

Just like the spying perpetrated by the Stasi, metadata retention is a form of surveillance that is unacceptable in a democratic country. Privacy Rights in the Digital Age. Lessons Learned From Don't Spy On Us: Your Guide To Internet Privacy. With 500 attendees and some big names from the data privacy and human rights fields, the Don’t Spy on Us Day of Action was a fascinating afternoon of discussion, debate, and practical advice on how to keep our personal data private from snooping governments.

I learned a lot, and I’ve condensed the most important parts of what I’ve learned into five main points. I’ve also included five things you can do right now to make a difference, both for yourself and for other internet users. 1. Online Privacy Isn’t Just About Protecting Our Data While keeping our personal data private online is important, the Don’t Spy On Us campaign and others like it emphasize the bigger picture. The speakers didn’t include just security experts; there were a number of human rights advocates and important figures from the press, and discussion ranged from governmental privilege and judicial oversight to the nature of democracy, international cooperation, self-determination, and social relations. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2.

History of Spying. Washington’s Blog June 27, 2014 Americans are told that we live in a “post-9/11 reality” that requires mass surveillance. But the NSA was already conducting mass surveillance prior to 9/11 … including surveillance on the 9/11 hijackers. And top security experts – including the highest-level government officials and the top university experts – say that mass surveillance actually increases terrorism and hurts security. And they say that our government failed to stop the Boston bombing because they were too busy spying on millions of innocent Americans instead of focusing on actual bad guys. So why is the government conducting mass surveillance on the American people? 5,000 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent For thousands of years, tyrants have spied on their own people in order to crush dissent.

Keith Laidler – a PhD anthropologist, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a past member of the Scientific Exploration Society – explains: The BBC notes:

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Surveillance Privacy Issues. 2013/12/Full-Disclosure.