Posts Tagged ‘Govt spying’

Why Should We Care About Our Privacy? Watch This.

Posted By Levi

November 26th, 2013 8:07pm

Category: Civil Liberties

Here is a short video from the New York Times explaining why it is important to protect our privacy from the prying eyes of the government. And here, the Guardian explains how it is done by both the British and American governments. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

So You Think They Can’t Listen To Your Phone Calls and Read Your Text Messages – Watch This

Posted By Levi

July 15th, 2013 11:48am

Category: Civil Liberties

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What Our History Teaches Us About Government Spying On Its Citizens!

Posted By Levi

June 13th, 2013 7:07pm

Category: Civil Liberties

Allowing any government to spy on its citizens without meaningful restraints or oversight can be very dangerous. It’s more than just a question of having nothing to hide. The real power and danger of surveillance is not just to discover if you are doing something wrong. Rather, it’s in the ability of the government to blackmail and intimidate political enemies. We should learn from our own history. The FBI, in particular, has a sordid history of spying on Americans. See here. Under its powerful director, J. Edgar Hoover, the agency became one of the most feared institutions in the country for a very little time. Hover maintained secret files on many Americans, including powerful ones, ready to intimidate and blackmail whenever necessary. According to Ronald Kessler, the New York Times bestselling author, Hoover was so feared that President Lyndon B. Johnson once said of him, “I would rather have him [Hoover] inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.” Hoover Read More

The real threat behind the NSA surveillance programs

Posted By Levi

June 11th, 2013 7:44pm

Category: Civil Liberties

Harvard University Professor, Stephen Walt, has an excellent article on the real threat behind the the National Security Agency surveillance programs.  He thinks you should be worried even though you may not have anything to hide. “In fact, you should be worried, but not because most of you are likely to have your privacy violated and be publicly exposed. If you’re an ordinary citizen who never does anything to attract any particular attention, you probably don’t need to be concerned. Even if your Internet and phone records contain information you’d rather not be made public (an online flirtation, the time you emailed a friend to bring over some pot, or maybe some peculiar porn habits), there’s safety in numbers, and you’ll probably never be exposed.” He explains the real risks: “The real risk to our democracy is what this situation does to potential dissenters, whistle-blowers, investigative journalists, and anyone else who thinks Read More