Congressman: “Nothing would surprise me about what the NSA does. Unfortunately, they cannot be trusted,”

Remember The Patriot Act, Republicans (and Dems)? Remeber the small group of us jumping up and down urging caution? Remember that?

OK Freedom Caucus, it looks like a good number of you are ready to do the right thing here. Join with as many liberals as can be found on this issue and present a powerful coalition. This is supposed to be a free country.

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How local police departments are becoming “mini NSAs”

Big Brother has little brothers across the country and the little brothers are becoming more and more powerful as they collect more and more data. (Just like Big Brother.) Add that the ability to crunch this data is becoming less expensive (nearly “free”) and quicker with each passing day and it isn’t heard to extrapolate where we are headed.

Do we want to be monitored 24 hours a day? Because that is the trajectory we are on. Are we just going to continue to roll over and give in to the HIVEMIND?

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Big (Data) Brother Cometh: Beijing tracks the elderly as they take buses, go shopping

This might look like a mess to you and me. But for the right algorithm the data is clear as day.

It’s not just the elderly and it’s not just the Chinese.

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Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

We’ve written about some smart TVs and their ability to essentially surveil your living room. But if you have Chromium installed on your laptop you may have to worry about your computer doing the same thing. (Not that it’s ONLY Chromium which can turn your device into a bug.) That Google is one of the largest defense contractors in the world and has encouraged the spread of this software is of some concern also.

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TSA Screeners At Denver International Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals

Not even the incident which is being investigated. This is just a stock photo.

No big deal. So what if you have to take off your shoes, your belt, stick your hands up over your head and get blasted with radiation every time you want to get on a plane. I mean if you don’t like it you can just charter a private plane or buy one of your own. (Private plane passengers don’t go through the TSA gauntlet. I wonder why?

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WhatsApp and iMessage could be banned under new surveillance plans (We must give up more of our liberty because of terrorists)

Another terrorist attack and another liberty grab by politicians. It’s like clockwork. Some tragedy happens and some busybody uses it as an opportunity to take yet more freedom from everyday people.

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Chuck Schumer again: ‘Public Knows in Its Gut’ That Big Govt is ‘Only Way’ to Help Them (Video)

Yeah that’s what I want. Please tax me more. Please make it harder for me to start a business. Please make it even harder for me to hire someone. Please mess up the healthcare system even more. Please keep me from doing what I want with my land. Please keep giving taxpayer backed loans to giant corporations. Please keep taking money directly from my pocket so that GE, GM, and other companies can have just that much more. Please get us involved in another 13 year long war.

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Samsung “smart TVs” record private conversations and transmit the data to 3rd parties?

This is not total news to me but I think it might be for many of our readers. I use an XBox for “smart” functions on my TV but I never connect the Kinect camera and mic which allows me to control the TV with my hands but in theory also allows someone to see into my living room.

I am not saying that there is anything really nefarious going on here. (Yet, but hey, maybe there is.) But one should be informed.

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Big Brother is Watching: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter

This isn’t new but it deserves attention. Much of life, and especially political life is engaged in online these days. It’s no surprise that the government is interested in controlling what goes on there.

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Surveillance Programs Hinder Journalists, Lawyers, Report Says

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – The 4th Amendment of the Constitution

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