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FBI wants backdoor wiretapping access to internet and your facebook accounts

Posted in Big Brother, FBI, Police State, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2012 by saynsumthn

As technologies have advanced, they have dramatically changed the way that we live and interact. We, as consumers, have become accustomed to the convenience, capabilities, and even the entertainment that they provide. But, should these same advantages be applied to other areas such as law enforcement?

This topic has recently come up for debate after the FBI indicated that it is contemplating legislation that would require Internet firms to build backdoors into their services for government surveillance. The bureau is hoping to amend the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in order to require companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook to comply with federal wiretapping orders if the need arises.

CALEA, in its current form, applies to telecommunications companies. It was amended in 2004 to also include broadband networks, but if the FBI’s effort works, it could also force Web companies to alter their code to ensure surveillance capabilities.

“Basically, the FBI wants to amend CALEA to keep up with the changes in technology that have taken place over the last 18 years since CALEA became law,” Michael Donahue, partner at Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, tells WebProNews.

In the past, the FBI has worked to develop independent solutions for these types of companies, explained Donahue. However, due to budget cuts, the funding for them no longer exists.

These recent developments are part of the bureau’s mission to resolve, what it calls, its “Going Dark” problem. According to information released by the FBI, “Going Dark” refers to “law enforcement’s limited capability to comprehensively and lawfully collect data and information, conduct electronic surveillance and analyze the raw data due to the rapid evolution of telecommunications and data collection technology and services.”

Research shows that the “Going Dark” problem dates back several years. Under this initiative, Donahue told us that the FBI is trying to achieve the following actions:
•To commit the FCC to regulate technical standards for solutions
•To require the FCC to approve a standard in order for it to be considered a safe harbor
•To eliminate or modify the current exemption in CALEA for private networks (i.e., Universities, Colleges, etc.)
•To eliminate or modify the current exemption for information services
•To provide stronger enforcement of existing requirements that providers that enable encryption are also able to decrypt the information for law enforcement
•To require providers to certify their CALEA compliance annually

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The First App With Facial Recognition Software

Posted in Facial Recognition with tags , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by saynsumthn

Last month, WPN’s Abby Johnson spoke with Face.com CEO Gil Hirsch about his company, Face.com, and the potential of facial recognition software. In her interview with Hirsch, they touched on the potential of facial recognition software being used with social media sites in such a way that it could go beyond simply identifying the person to whom the face belongs but also determining the face/person’s age, gender, and even their mood.

If you a Facebook user doesn’t have their photos available for public viewing, then KLIK won’t be able to tag that person in the photo you take with the app. In other words, KLIK isn’t going to breach any of your extant security settings on Facebook.

Read rest and watch vid interviews here

‘Chilling effect’ of monitoring social media

Posted in Internet, Social Media Surveillance with tags , , , , on April 5, 2012 by saynsumthn

‘Chilling effect’ of monitoring social media
Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 4/5/2012

The head of a conservative legal action foundation warns that the White House is heading down a road that will eventually trample on the First Amendment rights of those on social networking websites.

Gary Kreep, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), tells OneNewsNow the Obama administration is targeting Marine Sgt. Gary Stein for remarks he made on Facebook while off duty . Stein is currently facing possible disciplinary action “for daring to say that he would obey the U.S. Constitution, as opposed to an unconstitutional order from Mr. Obama,” Kreep reports. “They’re trying to run him out of the Marine Corps.”

But he says the Obama administration’s close monitoring of social network sites is nothing new.

“They announced it last year that they’d set up a whole brand new office and governmental bureaucracy within the White House to monitor the social websites so that they can respond to the distortions and lies being spread about Mr. Obama,” Kreep recalls. “That’s your taxpayer money being used to monitor us on a daily basis, and that’s just wrong. It has a chilling effect on people.”

He believes a clear message is being sent to military personnel and citizens alike that “they better not do anything, because anything they say can and will be used against them no matter what their constitutional rights are.”

The USJF executive director does not think it is right for the administration to deter people from making their disagreements with the president known.

Big Brother is watching you online: Employers are running social-media searches on job applicants

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by saynsumthn

Marketwatch has an interesting article worth reading here ( Below is a snippet)

The next time you apply for a job, don’t be surprised if you have to agree to a social-media background check. Many U.S. companies and recruiters are now looking at your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other accounts and blogs — even YouTube — to paint a clearer picture of who you are.. And now the Federal Trade Commission has decided that companies that research how you spend your personal time and what your passions and hobbies are do not violate your privacy..

Drucker said he only searches for what the companies direct him to find and stays away from giving employers information that might be considered discriminatory to the hiring process. Employers, for example, cannot legally make hiring decisions based on race, religion, marital status or disability. But they can make decisions based on whether or not they like your attitude or your ethics.

A Social Intelligence report to a company would include racist remarks, sexually explicit photos or videos, or flagrant displays of weapons or illegal activity, Drucker said. And your decision to post a naked picture of yourself might not go over well with a potential employer.

“That might not be relevant to the job, but an employer gets to determine if that’s the kind of person he wants representing his company,” Drucker said.”We don’t make the decisions. We just generate the reports.”

He said he has been surprised by how many racist comments and flagrant displays of drug use people post online. “It’s not just smoking marijuana. It’s snorting cocaine, talking about doing Ecstasy on Twitter or a forum or message board, showing it in photos or video-sharing sites,” he said.

Some companies are mining photo- and video-gathering sites using facial-recognition software. If you were among those rioting in the streets of Vancouver after the National Hockey League championship, for example, a potential boss could find you the same way the police tracked down those responsible for some of the bedlam — in the pictures.

Did “Occupy Wall Street” + “Day of Rage” movement originate from Bill Ayer’s violent Weather Underground?

Posted in Bill Ayers, Communist, Occupy Wall Street, Protest Movement, Socialism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2011 by saynsumthn

( H/T –Arlen Williams )

A movement is suddenly springing up from nowhere (ah-huh) to take on the free enterprise, “capitalist” system. In America, they are especially targeting Wall Street, a place still somewhat constitutionally sovereign to the U.S.A. and not thoroughly controlled yet by authoritarian global collectivism.

Think the protests in Greece and the UK were violent? Wait for the ones now being organized for the United States. On September 17, a group of angry leftwing socialists are planning a “Day of Rage, to occupy Wall Street.

Calling “Corruption Tyranny” they are organizing in almost every state.

One Blogger writing to warn others about the protests writes, “REVOLUTION 2.0 is screaming up in your rear view mirror! Sept 17 is only a few weeks away. Who is ready? Got Food? Got Ammo? Got secondary power sources?”

They claim ” non Violence” but their URL Code says “occupy-the-state-and-federal-capitols-on-the-usdayofrage”

Using social media like Facebook and Twitter, the “Day of Rage” is getting quite a response. Facebooker: Bear Shash wrote this on the Day of Rage USA Facebook Page, “A PROTEST should be organized this summer. When RIOT POLICE try to stop us, we need to hit them hard with COCKTAIL BOMBS. organize, organize, organize, WHEN and WHERE?”

Stephen Creagh Uys, writes, “I believe that we need a day when all consumers withdraw their money from banks and refuse to pay their bills. The weapon used by the fascists is finance and so it should be turned against them.”

Then…there is the OCtober 2011 where they state that Protest being planned: The October2011 Movement protests corporatism and militarism because they prevent solutions to our current crises which would create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world from being implemented. Instead concentrated corporate interests rule our elections and political process so that wealth continues to be funneled to the top 1%…US Day of Rage is organizing with OccupyWallStreet to create a tent city in the financial district of New York beginning on September 17. October2011 and OccupyWallStreet have endorsed each others’ actions.

Who is feeding this idea???????

According to , Arlen Williams :
The term “Day(s) of Rage” is the product of Chicago’s Weathermen, led by Obama workmate Bill Ayers and cohabitants.This Day of Rage speaks of non-violence, yet plays up the violent terrorism of the current rioting proceeding in Great Britain. It is eschewed by a disclaimer put up since this article first posted, but it is featured, pronounced, highlighted, and utilized on the Europeanrevolution.net site. It’s kind of like “good cop, bad cop,” only played by the robbers.

The “Obama Timeline Author” at that blog added, ” The term “Day(s) of Rage” come from the October 8-11, 1969 anti-war demonstrations in Chicago organized by the Weathermen and Students for a Democratic Society. Participants included Tom “Mr. Jane Fonda” Hayden, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Mike Klonsky.”

That history is praised on YouTube:

But they called themselves: LIBERALS as well as COMMUNISTS and SOCIALISTS, and would “Replace Capitalism with Socialism”:

SOUND FAMILIAR? HITTING THE CAPITOL???? “We chose to oppose violence by breaking stuff” Bill Ayers ! They went on a BOMBING CAMPAIGN !!

Listen to some of the left’s ideas for bringing America to her knees:
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Occupy a Collapse: The Left’s Economic Terroris…, posted with vodpod

ALSO READ: ‘Anonymous’ – left wing Legion hackers threatens to crash Wall Street

Transcript:

PRESENTATION

W: We’re going to hear from Steve Lerner next, of SEIU, the Architect of the Justice for Janitors campaign. Currently, he’s working on partnering with unions and groups in Europe and South America, it’s building campaigns to hold financial institutions accountable.

S. Lerner: It seems to me that we’re in a moment where we need to figure out in a much more, through direct action, much more concrete way how we really are trying to disrupt and create uncertainty for capital, for how corporations operate. And it may sound like that’s a crazy thing that in a moment of weakness we could deal with it, but the thing about a boom and bust economy, it is actually incredibly fragile, because it’s not based on real way, well, it’s based on gambling and all of that. And so there are actually extraordinary things that we could do right now that would start to de, destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement. And for example, 10% of homeowners, going back to where you started, who are under, a quarter of all people who own a home are under water. Right? Their home is under water, they’re paying more for it than it’s worth. Ten percent of those people are now in strategic default, meaning they’re refusing to pay but they’re staying in their homes. That’s totally spontaneous. Right? They figured out it takes a year to kick me out of my home because the mort, the foreclosure’s backed up. I’m going to say I won’t pay. It’s just what business does, it’s a good, a good business decision. If you could double that number, you would make banks, put banks on the edge of insolvency again

And so the question would be, what would happen if we organized homeowners in mass to do a mortgage strike. Just say if we get, and, and, if we get half a million people to agree, we’ll all not, we’ll agree we won’t pay our mortgages, it would literally cause a new financial crisis.

There are four things we can do that could really upset Wall Street. One is if city and state and other government entities demanded to renegotiate their debt because they’re paying too much interest. And you might say, well why would the banks ever do it? Because they, the cities and counties could say we won’t do this and this in the future with you if you don’t renegotiate the debt now. Meaning, about a third of bank profits generate from dealing with cities and states. So we could leverage the power we have of government to say we won’t do business with you, JP Morgan Chase, anymore unless you do two things: you reduce the price of our interest, since your interest rate is down; and second, you rewrite the mortgages for everybody in the community so they can stay in their homes. We, we could make them do that.

The second thing is there’s a whole question in New York now about austerity and student’s rates and the question of the debt structure. What would happen if students said we’re not going to pay? It’s a trillion dollars. Think about your …sweeping that debt, a trillion dollars from students debt?

There’s a third thing that we could think about, what about if public employee unions, instead of them being on the defensive, put on the collective bargaining table when they negotiate they said we demand as a condition of negotiation that the government renegotiate, we want, we believe in good financial management. It’s crazy that you’re paying too much interest to your buddy the bankers. It’s a strike issue for us. We will strike unless you force the banks to relieve the debt of the city. I’m not going to go through all the detail except to say there’s extraordinary things we could do and if you add on top of that, if we really thought about moving to the kind of disruption in Madison, but moving that to Wall Street and moving that to other cities around the country where we basically said you stole $17 trillion, you’ve impoverished us and we’re going to make it impossible for, for you to operate.

Labor can’t lead it, but we can be a critical part of it. We do have money, we have millions of members who are furious, but I don’t think this kind of movement can happen unless actually the community groups and other activists take the lead. And that’s a big reversal of how a lot of these coalitions have even thought about it, so unions helping community groups, or communities who cover this narrowly. And if you’re se, if we really believe that we’re in a transformative stage and what’s happening in capitalism, and we need to confront this in a serious way and develop a real ability to put a boot in the wheel, then I think we have to think not about labor community alliances. We have to think about how together we’re building something that really has the capacity to disrupt how the system operates.

And so I just, I guess raise that we need a whole new way of thinking about things, which is not a partnership, but building something new. Because the bottom line is, as soon as the union gets sued, it’s going to be terrifying. When we get an injunction that says, you know, you, un, the union backs down. So we need to build a movement based on we know the oppression we’re going to face. And I think the only way we can do that is to think much more creatively, and the key thing I …is we have to say what does the other side fear most? They fear disruption, they fear uncertainty. Every article about Europe says a riot in Greece, the markets went down. The folks that control this country care about one thing: how the stock market does; how the bond market does; and what their bonus is. So I think we weed out a very simple strategy: how do we bring down the stock market, how do we bring down their bonuses, how do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich. And if we don’t do, and that means you have to politically isolate them, economically isolate them and disrupt them. So, it’s not all theory, I’ll do a pitch.

So, a bunch of us around the country are thinking about who would be a really good company to hate? We decided that would be JP Morgan Chase. …. And so we’re going to roll out over the next couple of months what will hopefully be an exciting campaign about JP Morgan Chase that is really about challenge the power of Wall Street. And so what we’re looking at is in the first week of May, we get enough people together – we’re starting now – to really have a week of action in New York with the goal of … I don’t want to go into any details because I don’t know which police agents are in the room, but the goal would be that we would roll out in New York the first week in May—

M: (Can’t hear speaker)

S. Lerner: Yes. …connect three ideas – that we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money; they have the money, we need to get it back; and that they’re using Bloomberg and other people in government as the vehicle to try to destroy us. And so that we need to take on those folks at the same time and that will start here. We’re going to look at a week of civil disobedience, direct action all over the city, then we’ll roll into the JP Morgan shareholder meeting, which they moved out of New York because they were afraid, I guess, of Columbus, where there’s going to be a ten state mobilization to try to shut down that meeting. And then looking at bank shareholder meetings around the country and try to create some moments like Madison, except where we’re on offense instead of defense. Where we have brave and heroic battles challenging the power of the giant corporations, and we hope to sort of inspire a much bigger movement about redistributing wealth and power in the country.

W: You were talking about why unions are so invested because of their pension plans and why ungovernability, as Frances Fox Piven and Cloward taught us, you know, poor peoples’ movements are successful when they create conditions of ungovernability. And then you win victories.
Further Reading: 10 Signs That Economic Riots And Civil Unrest Inside The United States Are Now More Likely Than Ever

and…

Beware the U.S. ‘day of rage’ September 17

WHO IS BEHIND THE ‘US DAY OF RAGE’ TO ‘OCCUPY’ WALL STREET THIS SEPTEMBER 17TH?