These are the things I've written that are tagged "government"

Stop Watching Us

11 June 2013

The revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs. Sign the letter to congress, follow them on Twitter.

Senate Bill Would Make Leaks a Felony

18 February 2011

If the government does it, it can’t be a crime: Legislation introduced in the Senate this week would broadly criminalize leaks of classified information.  The bill (S. 355) sponsored by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) would make it a felony for a government employee or contractor who has authorized access to classified information to disclose such […]

The Case Against COICA

17 November 2010

The Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is bad mojo that will not only limit creativity but stifle business. It will unconstitutionally restrict freedom of speech, raise the cost of doing business on the internet in a time when the economy is already in the toilet, and create an internet blacklist in America. The […]

“The kid who doesn’t exist”

28 April 2010

In-depth reporting from the Indianapolis Star about an 18-year-old with no official identity. Almost sounds like the premise for a Philip K Dick story. Since he doesn’t have a social security number he can’t get a driver’s license, part-time job, or qualify for financial aid programs for college.

The FBI Wants Your ISP To Spy On You

08 February 2010

… and keep your web history logged for up to 2 years. Land of the free, eh? What’s almost as troubling as the privacy implications is the fact that the FBI apparently doesn’t even know what exactly they want to the ISP to store, yet. The FBI just feels like they should be allowed to […]

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