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Enemy of the State

Enemy Of The State
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Will Smith, who has done nothing wrong, accidentally winds up in possession of proof of crimes by a powerful person in the government. To recover the evidence, the "big bad" deems Smith a national threat and the NSA hunts him with advanced surveillance such as public cameras, debit card access logs, and tracking devices.

This movie speaks to the power of vast data and monitoring systems and how a very small handful of people can target and destroy anyone using these systems. While these threats are mostly theoretical at this point, it's important to make sure that government capabilities are limited and accountability strict.

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More Spying

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But will anything be done this time? That's the question.

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NSA Cryptokids Get a Taste of Privacy Invasion

Y.R. Tap - The reject Cryptokid

The NSA has been working on their public image and trying to market itself as a cool place to work partially with their "Cryptokids" campaign. Their goal is to teach kids about what the NSA does in a fun, kid-friendly way.

But that's not what I'm posting about.

I ran across this interesting comic about the unpopular little-know cryptokid, Y.R. Tap, the NSA domestic spying fly. The fly shows the Cryptokids what can happen when civil liberties are violated.

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Bush Says America Should Thank Telecoms

George W. Bush
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[Bush] Now the question is, should these lawsuits be allowed to proceed, or should any company that may have helped save American lives be thanked for performing a patriotic service; should those who stepped forward to say we’re going to help defend America have to go to the courthouse to defend themselves, or should the Congress and the President say thank you for doing your patriotic duty? I believe we ought to say thank you.
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Verizon Tries to Justify NSA Spying

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Verizon, who I was pretty certain hadn't handed over any customer records according to them, is now saying that it's ok for them to do it, it's free speech.

Essentially, the argument is that turning over truthful information to the government is free speech, and the EFF and ACLU can't do anything about it. In fact, Verizon basically argues that the entire lawsuit is a giant SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suit, and that the case is an attempt to deter the company from exercising its First Amendment right to turn over customer calling information to government security services.
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