How the CIA made Google

By Nafeez Ahmed
Medium

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, western governments are moving fast to legitimize expanded powers of mass surveillance and controls on the internet, all in the name of fighting terrorism.

US and European politicians have called to protect NSA-style snooping, and to advance the capacity to intrude on internet privacy by outlawing encryption. One idea is to establish a telecoms partnership that would unilaterally delete content deemed to “fuel hatred and violence” in situations considered “appropriate.” Heated discussions are going on at government and parliamentary level to explore cracking down on lawyer-client confidentiality. (more…)

Illinois Schools Demand Students Hand Over Social Media Passwords

By Zaid Zilani
Alternet

Amid hysteria about social media and its potential for cyber-bullying, Illinois school districts have started to quietly eliminate their students’ right to privacy. In 2013, Illinois passed a law requiring schools to ask elementary and secondary students to provide passwords to their social media accounts if they believe that they violated a rule or policy. (more…)

Utah Bill Would Turn Off Water to NSA Data Center in Bluffdale

A bill filed in the Utah state house yesterday would deny critical resources – like water – to the massive NSA data center there should it pass.

House Bill 150 (HB150), introduced by Rep. Marc Roberts, would require that the water being supplied to the NSA’s data center in Bluffdale be shut off as soon as the city’s $3 million bond is paid off. (more…)

McCain’s ‘Moderate Rebels’ in Syria ARE ISIS

mccain-strangeloveBy Patrick Henningsen

21st Century Wire

Poor John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Washington’s original first couple. They only want to arm the ‘moderate opposition’ in Syria. Three years on, how come their master plan isn’t working, while ISIS has grown so strong?

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Politician: US should arrest Netanyahu if he comes to Capitol

PressTV

US Attorney General Eric Holder should order the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he shows up to address Congress next month, American politician Jim Condit Jr. says.

Hours after US President Barack Obama threatened to veto any Iran sanctions bill during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to Congress to speak about the so-called threat from Iran. (more…)

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