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American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone. I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour.

I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password. And a few weeks ago, that’s precisely what happened to a US citizen returning home from abroad. Log In - New York Times. No Charges for Cops Who ‘Accidentally’ Fired 107 Bullets at an Innocent Mom and Daughter. Los Angeles, CA – Exposing the double standard between police and civilians, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed against the eight LAPD officers responsible for nearly killing an innocent woman and her daughter.

No Charges for Cops Who ‘Accidentally’ Fired 107 Bullets at an Innocent Mom and Daughter

Stop the Madness! Police Officer Pulls Gun on Man in His Own Driveway: ‘Put It on YouTube, I Don’t Care’ A Northern California police department is reviewing footage filmed by a man named Don McComas showing one of their officers pulling a gun on him for absolutely no reason.

Stop the Madness! Police Officer Pulls Gun on Man in His Own Driveway: ‘Put It on YouTube, I Don’t Care’

This (above) is Don McComas, and yes, he lived. via LA Times: The Making of the Warrior Cop. By 7:30 on Thursday morning, the capacious ground-floor convention center of the Oakland Marriott was filled with SWAT teams.

The Making of the Warrior Cop

Mostly men, mostly white, dressed in camouflage or black fatigues, they stood in groups of eight or ten, some eating pastries, others sticking to coffee and a dip of tobacco. A few wandered the expo hall, stopping by booths to test the feel of armored vests, boot knives, and sniper rifles, grab swag like grenade-shaped stress balls, or drop tickets into a box for a raffle of iPhone covers and pistols. "Want to see the new toy? " a vendor asked a police officer in camo. Data surveillance in the U.S.: necessary or 'obscenely outrageous'? Details on millions of American phone calls.

Data surveillance in the U.S.: necessary or 'obscenely outrageous'?

Records of e-mails, texts, video chats and more from overseas. And pulsing beneath it all, a worrying concern there's more to the government's surveillance programs than what's been acknowledged. All the revelations about U.S. surveillance programs in recent days have put the government on the defensive, set privacy advocates howling for reform and left millions of Americans somewhere in the middle, wondering what the news means to them and what, if anything, they should do about it. Obama administration defends collecting Verizon phone data.

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is defending the government's secret seizure of millions of domestic telephone records from Verizon, saying the data collection program “has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States.”

Obama administration defends collecting Verizon phone data

A senior administration official released a statement Thursday after the British newspaper The Guardian first reported the secret operation. The paper posted on its website a classified court order that requires the telecommunications company to turn over daily records with the length, location and time of individual phone calls, as well as phone numbers. The official did not confirm the existence of the order, which is marked "Top Secret. " It was issued in late April by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret court that meets in Washington, and allowed the government to collect the bulk data until July 19.

1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It's Time For A National Conversation. CIA Whistleblower: “US is a Police State, Obama Consciously Allows Torture” Ten years ago, the idea of the US government spying on its citizens, intercepting their emails or killing them with drones was unthinkable.

CIA Whistleblower: “US is a Police State, Obama Consciously Allows Torture”

DEA Ignored All My Cries: Student. Daniel Chong, the UC San Diego student who was left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for nearly five days, has filed a claim asking for $20 million following the incident he called "life-altering.

DEA Ignored All My Cries: Student

" What's the government buying these days? Hollow point bullets, hardened checkpoint booths and radiation pills. US Congress passes authoritarian anti-protest law. By Tom Carter 3 March 2012 Defend democratic rights!

US Congress passes authoritarian anti-protest law

Support the Socialist Equality Party election campaign! For more information and to get involved, click here. A bill passed Monday in the US House of Representatives and Thursday in the Senate would expand existing anti-protest laws that make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by a lengthy prison term—to “enter or remain in” an area designated as “restricted.” The bill—H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”—was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, while only Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3). H.R. 347 expands an existing federal criminal statute – Title 18, Section 1752 of the United States Code, or the “restricted buildings or grounds” law.

Under existing law, the areas that qualify as “restricted” are defined in extremely vague and broad terms. When the Right to Resist Becomes the "Duty to Submit" By William Norman Grigg.

When the Right to Resist Becomes the "Duty to Submit"

TSA Arrests Me for Using the Fourth Amendment as a Weapon (Tales from the Edge of a Revolution #2) I'm speaking loud and clear so those around me can hear. Before I get to "unreasonable search" a man in an ill-fitting suit and a tie marches up to me. He tells me I was disrupting his operation. I have no idea what his position is. Naomi Wolf: Fascist America, in 10 easy steps. Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand.

The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody. They were not figuring these things out as they went along. How the new ‘Protecting Children’ bill puts you at risk. Last Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives' judiciary committee passed a bill that makes the online activity of every American available to police and attorneys upon request under the guise of protecting children from pornography.

Note: Update with citizen petitions on page 2. The Republican-majority sponsored bill is called the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. An un-American response to the Oslo attack - Glenn Greenwald. Over the last decade, virtually every Terrorist plot aimed at the U.S. — whether successful or failed — has provoked greater security and surveillance measures.

1iQ64.png (PNG Image, 683x459 pixels) The Pentagon and Slave Labor in U.S. Prisons. Prisoners earning 23 cents an hour in U.S. federal prisons are manufacturing high-tech electronic components for Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles, launchers for TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missiles, and other guided missile systems. William D. Hartung: Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You?: How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother. By **William D. Hartung** Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media. The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. Rights. TITCH: Block Big Brother's Internet snoops. Americans are moving more and more of our personal data onto the Internet. We send and save emails through Hotmail and Gmail. There’s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says.

You think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Reid Manuevers Patriot Act Extension Closer to Final Vote. By Andrew Ramonas | May 25, 2011 9:46 am Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday employed a procedural technique to push forward a four-year renewal of expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, preventing any amendments to legislation extending the authorities. Reid put the legislation in a House message received by the Senate after the chamber voted 74-13 to table the bill.

Government Orders You Tube To Censor Protest Videos. The always-expanding bipartisan Surveillance State - Glenn Greenwald. 9/11 Responders To Be Warned They Will Be Screened By FBI's Terrorism Watch List (EXCLUSIVE) Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression. TSA Administrative Directive: Opt-Outters To Be Considered "Domestic Extremists" W.C. Varones: TSA's Nude Scanners, Former Homeland Security Head Chertoff, and How Our Government Works. Here Come Homeland Security Internet Police, and They're Already Shutting Down Web Sites They Don't Like. UPDATE: “Police State” episode of hit Ventura show covering FEMA camps pulled from air. Walmart Public Service Announcement. Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time.