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Anonymous Leaks Canadian Spy Documents, Says Stephen Harper Tried To Spy On Barack Obama
A secret document leaked by the hacker group Anonymous appears to show the existence of over 20 unofficial surveillance bases.

Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group leaked confidential Canadian intelligence documents Tuesday, revealing the country’s spying activities abroad. The documents exposed the widespread reach of the surveillance network operated by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Officially, CSIS only operates three foreign stations – in Washington DC, London and Paris – but the leaked document marked as “secret,” purportedly from the country’s Treasury Board, lists a total of 25 foreign stations, “many of which are located in developing countries and/or unstable environments.”

The stations handle about 22,500 messages a year, though that does not include “the high volume of extremely sensitive traffic from the Washington station,” the February 2014 document stated.

The classified document also includes a plan to expand CSIS’ intelligence network at a cost of approximately 3 million Canadian dollars ($2.3 million). The document criticizes the “inefficient and labor intensive data-processing and analysis systems [used] to process and report intelligence information obtained at it foreign stations. … These outdated processes result in delays that impact the Service’s operational effectiveness and jeopardizes the security of its personnel.”

The hacker group also posted a video alleging that the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE) attempted to spy on U.S. President Barack Obama under the orders of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and, when caught, endangered the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta in Canada through Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma. There was no proof posted for this claim.

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OPERATION: Fax Big Brother

Congress is rushing toward a vote on CISA, the worst spying bill yet. CISA would grant sweeping legal immunity to giant companies like Facebook and Google, allowing them to do almost anything they want with your data. In exchange, they’ll share even more of your personal information with the government, all in the name of “cybersecurity.” CISA won’t stop hackers — Congress is stuck in 1984 and doesn’t understand modern technology. So this week we’re sending them thousands of faxes — technology that is hopefully old enough for them to understand.

Stop CISA. Send a fax now!

Your cellphone emits a signal that tags your location every minute of every day. Your Google search log records your private anxieties and interests. Your text messages and social media accounts capture every detail of your social life. Your store purchases produce records of your spending habits. Your photos are embedded with the date, time and location of the moment they were taken.
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Here are the 13 creepiest privacy violations from the NSA’s Christmas eve report 

With millions of Americans preoccupied by travel and holiday gatherings, the National Security Agency on Wednesday quietly revealed a series of long-classified internal reports detailing thousands of embarrassing and unlawful violations by its own employees. 

By releasing the documents on Christmas Eve, when so many people are away from their computers and TVs, the NSA was doing its best to hide its crimes in plain sight.

Note: It is illegal for the government to monitor or record data from citizens, lawful permanent residents or certain protected groups, like U.S.-based corporations, without a court order. 

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FBI: No warrants needed to track and intercept your cell phone

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it should not be required to get a warrant to erect fake cell phone towers, called “stingrays,” and use them to track cell phones’ locations and users while intercepting the contents of calls and texts.

In response, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have released a letter to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security asking for information on “the policies in place to protect the privacy interests of those whose information might be collected using these devices.”

While nine states (Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, Utah,Virginia, and Wisconsin) have laws on the books that require warrants for this sort of tracking, the Senators are unlikely to get much sympathy for their cause from the Obama administration, which has argued there is “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in cell phone use–Bonnie Kristian

Orwell-inspired clothing stops phones being hacked

Edward Snowden’s revelations that US government has used web and mobile data to spy on its own citizens has rightly caused concern among the public, leading to comparisons with George Orwell’s dystopian Big Brother society. But how can they ensure they’re not being tracked? We recently wrote about ICLOAK a plug-and-play USB stick that enables web users to browse with privacy on any device. Now focusing on mobile devices, UK-based clothing brand The Affair has developed a new fashion range that features technology called UnPocket, which stops any wireless signals from mobile phones, credit cards and chipped passports READ MORE…

The gist of my job involved setting prisoners up to make their phone calls with the outside world and then listening in on all the catty prison gossip. … The job was sold to me as a cushy gig. I was told I wouldn’t even go behind the gate or see prisoners. When I toured the facility, it looked sweet: I’d make more money than I’d ever made and I’d even have my own office – all for eavesdropping with occasional light data entry. Unfortunately, it turned out that everything I’d been told was a class Rumsfeld lie.

Only a few days passed before they asked me, “Would you mind going out to inmate dorms to answer questions about the phone system?” Now I had to go meet dangerous criminals face to face, sometimes after shooting down their requested phone contacts. “Oh hey, convicted criminal, I listen to everything you say – some of it possibly meant to be secret. Here’s my face, my name, and my place of employment. Oh, and here’s my card, too. I’ve included a list of my deepest fears and allergies on the back, just for funsies.”

6 Things You Learn Listening in on Every Prison Phone Call

Do we really want to live in a country where the NSA gathers data on virtually every single phone call in the United States — including as many as 5 billion cellphone records per day? I don’t. Do we really want our government to collect our emails, see our text messages, know everyone’s Internet browsing history, monitor bank and credit card transactions, keep tabs on people’s social networks? I don’t.

Unfortunately, this sort of Orwellian surveillance, conducted under provisions of the Patriot Act, invades the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans.