Duck Duck Go–No Record of Your Searches

Want a search engine that keeps no record of your searches? Here’s what the press is saying:
FROM THE GUARDIAN:
NSA scandal delivers record numbers of internet users to DuckDuckGo

Gabriel Weinberg, founder of search engine with zero tracking, credits Prism revelations with prompting huge rise in traffic

FROM NBC:
Wary of tracking, users flock to DuckDuckGo

FROM VENTUREBEAT:
PRISM fears give private search engine DuckDuckGo its best week ever
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/13/prism-fears-give-private-search-engine-duckduckgo-its-best-week-ever/#8HyslWmMGVBvIvfZ.99

A European Prediction: American Civil Unrest in 2015

This is a ballsy prediction by a European economic analyst at Armstrong Economics:

The American Revolution would never have taken place but for the king doing the same thing as the NSA right now – going into people’s private homes searching for whatever they do, and then charging them for whatever. John Adams said there and then the revolution was born. The American Revolution was a response to oppressive behavior of the king. The NSA and Congress cannot see what they are doing is abusive, demeaning, and lowers the respect for them in the eyes of everyone but the sublime fool. Their abuse sets the stage for eventual civil unrest that is then sparked by the economic decline that will begin 2015.

Court and Senator Say NSA Has Violated Constitution

Historically, the NSA prided itself on its internal code of conduct. Something happened to this once moral agency. It crossed a line from following the law to violating it.

So says Senator Ron Wyden, talking about domestic intelligence collection by the NSA and the findings of the court (FISC) charged with overseeing NSA’s collection program:

“… on at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

We don’t know the details of the classified order, but it’s clear that it’s a very important aspect of the domestic spying apparatus that even the court overseeing the program found it straying into illegal territory, says Business Insider.

Here’s the relevant text of the amendment:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Business Insider has written an article on this topic, including other sources of information about intelligence collection by the agency. You may read it by clicking the link below.

http://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-spying-violated-the-constituion-2013-6

IRS Reads Your E-mail

Tyler Durden's pictureFROM ZEROHEDGE.COM

The IRS May Be Reading Your Emails Right Now

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2013 – 11:49

The idea of IRS agents poking through your email account might sound at the very least creepy, and maybe unconstitutional. But the IRS does have a legal leg to stand on: the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 allows government agencies to in many cases obtain emails older than 180 days without a warrant. In 1986 they decided this?  Who used email in 1986? That’s why an internal 2009 IRS document claimed that “the government may obtain the contents of electronic communication that has been in storage for more than 180 days” without a warrant. Another 2009 file, the IRS Criminal Tax Division’s “Search Warrant Handbook,” showed that the division’s general counsel believed “the Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

500 Spy Cameras No One Knew About in Maryland

Government

Maryland County Exec. Discovers

Secretive Network of 500+

Surveillance Cameras Operated Out

of Unmarked Room

Mar. 6, 2013 3:22pm

A network of hundreds of cameras inside and outside Anne Arundel County public buildings in Maryland, unbeknown to the local authorities and county officials, was shut down earlier this week. Now officials are trying to find out more about the extensive operation.

The system of more than 500 cameras, the Baltimore Sun reported, was discovered by County Executive Laura Neuman, who just recently was sworn into the position. The Sun describes the room where the surveillance operation was conducted as small, unmarked and unknown to many until now.

Neuman launched an investigation into the system, but the Sun reports that the former county executive John Leopold, who resigned when found guilty of misconduct, was a point person for the camera system.

Of the cameras that have been found, none were in improper places, the Sun reported. The cameras themselves are still running, but system to monitor the feed was shut down.

FAY’S NOTE: Why are the cameras still running? If the whole operation was covert, don’t you think another system to monitor the feed likely exists? Why not shut the damn things off?