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    NSA Spying Stops Terrorism but Should Also Respect Liberties

    General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testified in an open hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence on how intelligence collection supports the national effort to fight transnational terrorism. For the first time, he revealed that more than 50 incidents of potential terrorism … More

    Is the Government Reading Your E-Mail?

    Should the contents of your e-mail messages be protected from unwarranted law enforcement scrutiny to the same extent as your physical letters sent through the mail? To ask the question makes the answer seem obvious. E-mail is today’s postal service and the personal contents of your e-mail messages are as … More

    Private Financial Info at Risk If Ecuador's Government Takes Over Credit Rating Agencies

    Earlier this month, Ecuador’s National Assembly passed legislation that would nationalize the country’s private credit reporting industry. President Rafael Correa has to decide by November 4 whether or not to sign it. The legislation would permit only the government’s central public data agency to provide credit reports and scores. Private … More

    The Next StuxNet?

    The Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs has released a report on a new, sophisticated malware variety called FLAME. It has been found on various targets in Iran, Israel, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The purpose appears to be mass harvesting of sensitive data. Kaspersky claims that the malware … More

    Need A Government Grant? We’ll Spy On You To Find Out!

    A wonderful story from Britain illustrates all the problems with the over-active, snooping state. First, the facts. The Broadland District Council in Norfolk hired a plane equipped with a thermal imaging system to fly over local towns at night to spot the ‘hottest’ buildings. Initially, the plane was only going … More

    Government Tracking from Cradle to Grave

    Privacy is supposedly a signature issue for the online left. Opposition to even FISA court-approved basket warrants is a litmus test issue for their support. Fighting terrorism is simply not worth the risk that somebody at the National Security Administration might accidentally read your e-mail to grandma. But there is … More