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NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance unit

NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance unit (via NJ.com) NEW YORK — The New York Police Department said today it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage. The surveillance program by the NYPD Intelligence…   [Image via…

New revelations prompt motion to block NYPD’s surveillance of muslims

A recent investigative report on the NYPD’s surveillance of mosques has led to a possible revisiting of the Handschu Agreement by the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit filed against the city seeking to bar further surveillance of Muslims in New…  …

Privacy fears cause more to cover online tracks

Amid growing fears about online surveillance and data theft, Americans are increasingly taking steps to remove or mask their digital footprints on the Internet, a study showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center report said 86 percent of US Internet users have taken some steps to avoid online surveillance by other…

How should you protect yourself from cyber surveillance?

The more research I’ve done on security, the more worried I’ve become about our ability to keep up with the bad guys What are your risks in this era of surveillance, hacking and sloppy software coding? It depends. So what precautions should you be taking? Same answer: it depends. That’s…

Obama downplays U.S. drone use in Iraq

President Barack Obama downplayed a recent report about the use of US drones in Iraq, indicating that the unmanned aircraft are mainly used for embassy surveillance. Obama said during an online event on Monday that a New York Times story citing Iraqi officials as expressing outrage over the use of US drones…

Microsoft director admits E.U. data not exempt from Patriot Act spying

In the brave new world of cloud computing, where data is stored off-site in massive server farms instead of on a user’s local hard drive, privacy and security are paramount in the consumer’s mind. Unfortunately for privacy advocates, their concerns are essentially moot thanks to the U.S.A. Patriot Act, which…

‘We can see everything’: USAF launches ‘airborne surveillance system’

WASHINGTON — The US military plans to deploy a new intelligence drone in Afghanistan, which military experts say will allow US troops to monitor much larger operational theaters than before, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The newspaper said the airborne surveillance system is called Gorgon Stare and will be able…

Judge warns of ‘Orwellian state’ in warrantless GPS tracking case

Police in Delaware may soon be unable to use global positioning systems (GPS) to keep tabs on a suspect unless they have a court-signed warrant, thanks to a recent ruling by a superior court judge who cited famed author George Orwell in her decision. In striking down evidence obtained through…

Errant drone near DC almost met by fighter jets

Military almost scrambled fighter jets for errant drone near DC, renewing air safety worries The U.S. military almost launched fighter jets and discussed a possible shoot-down when an errant Navy drone briefly veered into restricted airspace near the nation’s capital last month, a senior military official said Thursday. The incident…

Predator drone patrols of southern US border start Wednesday

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The U.S. government will have unmanned surveillance aircraft monitoring the whole southwest border with Mexico from September 1, as it ramps up border security in this election year, a top official said on Monday. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said U.S. Customs and Border Protection would begin…

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