Archive For The “Free Speech & Privacy Rights” Category

Tenther Tuesday 37: Battling Big Brother

Today is day 516th day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare, or the Patriot Act, or to end mass, warrantless surveillance.  In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Michael Maharrey talk about how the feds have actually expanded the unconstitutional surveillance state since the Edward Snowden revelations, and how states are fighting…

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Now In Effect: Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (June 17, 2018) – A new law banning “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs went into effect in Michigan. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced…

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Tech Group Calls Police Use of Amazon Facial Recognition “Patriotic”

After an outcry over reports that law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology marketed by Amazon to profile people in real time, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a letter claiming that Amazon’s Rekognition technology was “patriotic and can benefit society.” “Facial recognition technology has many beneficial uses for society, even when used by…

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California Senate Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2018) –  Yesterday, the California Senate passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Sen….

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How the Feds are using Transportation Funds to Build a Giant Surveillance Network, and What to do About it

The federal government is building a massive surveillance network on America’s transportation system with help from state and local governments. I recently appeared on InfoWars Real News with David Knight to talk about it. David and I discussed the installation of nearly 100 cameras along a transit route in Richmond, Va., and how it is part…

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California Committee Passes Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 30, 2018) –  Last Friday, a final California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national…

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So…You Have Nothing to Hide?

Whenever I talk about government surveillance, I always get people saying it doesn’t matter. After all, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I challenge this ignorant mantra and explain exactly why we should care about surveillance. And if you’re not convinced by…

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Proposed St. Louis Ordinance Would Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (May 22, 2018) – The St. Louis City Board of Alderman will consider a local ordinance that would the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The proposed law would also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state. A group…

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City of Oakland Passes Ordinance Taking on Surveillance State

OAKLAND, Calif. (May 21, 2018) – Last Tuesday, the Oakland City Council gave final approval to a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The new ordinance ensures there will be public notice and debate before the city acquires or uses…

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Police Use Spying Doorbells to Create Digital Neighborhood Watch Networks

It is particularly disturbing given the amount of information sharing going on between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and the massive databases with private information being created and maintained by the feds. It seems like all I have been writing about lately is how police are using cam-share programs to create city-wide surveillance networks….

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End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – The Tenth Amendment Center has joined a diverse group of organizations supporting a California bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and…

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California Committee Approves Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 23, 2018) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance…

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City of Berkeley Passes Ordinance Taking on Surveillance State

BERKELEY, Calif. (April 18, 2018) – The city of Berkeley, Calif., has passed a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety Ordinance ensures there will be public notice and debate before the city acquires…

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Davis California Passes Ordinance Creating Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs

DAVIS, Calif. (April 6, 2018) – Last month, the city of Davis, Calif., passed a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The law will also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state. The Surveillance Technology Ordinance requires public…

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California Committee Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 4, 2018) –  On Tuesday, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance…

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Town leaders honor Confederate flag | 

Town leaders honor Confederate flag | 

Arizona Sonora News Service – Tombstone, formed 13 years after the Civil War ended, opened its city streets to a parade of Confederate flags in the first week of March, bringing criticism that racism is alive and well in town. Much to the chagrin of local African-Americans and advocacy organizations, nearly 20 Confederate enthusiasts took…

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The Last Normal Man on Earth

The Last Normal Man on Earth

Identity Dixie – I wonder if anyone else ever felt like this – the last normal white man on Earth. I know I certainly did before joining the Alt-Right. I’d look around, almost always in a public place, and say to myself, “What the hell happened?” It’s like the American public literally turned into zombies,…

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The sad hysteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center

The sad hysteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center

This Week – With America’s president casually stirring racial and other hatreds, it would be helpful for our civic good to have an organization that tracks with honesty and precision what rabble his rhetoric is rousing. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation’s largest (and richest) watchdog of hate groups, has long sought to fill…

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UVA Police Use The “Library of Harm” To Flag Students’ Words

UVA Police Use The “Library of Harm” To Flag Students’ Words

Activist Post – It seems like not a day goes by, where law enforcement isn’t inventing new ways to spy on Americans. According to a recent article in the Daily Progress, the University of Virginia Police Department is using a company called Social Sentinel (SS) to spy on college students and faculty Tweets, etc. Legal experts say they’re concerned about privacy and…

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Signed by the Governor: Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (March 20, 2018) – Yesterday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy)…

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