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No Escape: The public-private surveillance partnership and why we the people have lost

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Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry mobile phones.


Comment: Genius, wasn't it?

The alert ones were looking out for microchips under the skin... while mobile phones took over the world!


If the National Security Agency required us to notify it whenever we made a new friend, the nation would rebel. Yet we notify Facebook Inc. (FB) If the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanded copies of all our conversations and correspondence, it would be laughed at. Yet we provide copies of our e-mail to Google Inc. (GOOG), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) or whoever our mail host is; we provide copies of our text messages to Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), AT&T Inc. (T) and Sprint Corp. (S); and we provide copies of other conversations to Twitter Inc., Facebook, LinkedIn (LNKD) Corp. or whatever other site is hosting them.

The primary business model of the Internet is built on mass surveillance, and our government's intelligence-gathering agencies have become addicted to that data. Understanding how we got here is critical to understanding how we undo the damage.

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For Twitter, free speech is a high-wire act

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As micro-blogging site expands globally, it gets flak from many sides

Twitter Inc.'s growing ambitions are making it harder to carry the Internet's free-speech banner.

Chief Executive Dick Costolo promotes Twitter as a protector of more than 200 million people who broadcast their lives, be it love for a new pop song or Tahrir Square protests. But increasingly, freewheeling tweets are clashing with divergent global laws and standards in markets where Twitter is spreading its wings.

"You have to abide by the rule of law in the countries in which you operate," the 49-year-old Mr. Costolo said in an interview at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters. Defending free expression "gets more challenging for us as a company as we become an ever-growing global company, and have a presence and offices and people on the ground around the world."

In recent weeks, Twitter has found itself labeled a censor, an enabler of hate speech and a tool of Big Brother. It drew flak in July for turning over to French prosecutors information about users who tweeted anti-Semitic messages. U.K. lawmakers in the last week have blasted Twitter for failing to deal effectively with abusive tweets, after an activist was threatened repeatedly by other Twitter users.

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Over 500 people have been tased to death in U.S. in past decade

In the US - there's also strong concern over how far and with how much immunity, police can push their sweeping powers. A recent human rights group report blamed law enforcement officers for tasering 500 people to death over the last decade. And Tim Cavanaugh, managing director of Reason dot COM, says for Americans, the first reaction to police is fear, rather than trust.

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Retired police officer in Orlando, Florida caught on video murdering his own son, found not guilty!

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In a trial set to begin today, Orlando prosecutors will be pitted against a retired police officer and his family, who say he accidentally fired his gun after his 22-year-old son jumped him during an argument, shooting him twice in the torso and killing him.

Retired cop Timothy Davis' wife and daughter side with him, saying an accidental shooting left Timothy Davis Jr. dead Oct. 1, 2011. But prosecutors say there is evidence suggesting otherwise, with surveillance video of Davis' allegedly retrieving a gun from his car and then aiming it at his son.

"I believe, I believe, I believe my son was shot. In front of my house," Tarsha Davis is heard saying on the 911 call.

As jury selection began Monday, Davis Sr. could be seen in court reading through a bible.

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Comment: The jury apparently fell for the Bible trick, mistaking a man who murdered his own son for a 'Jesus-loving Christian':




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Elderly woman slammed hard by police at Columbus, Ohio Walmart

I shot this video at Walmart in Columbus Ohio, and I think excessive force was used. You be the judge.....just to clear things up; she was left in the car, they were in the process of moving and had all the silverware and kitchen stuff in the car, she cut herself out of the seatbelt because she didn't know how to unbuckle it. She had NO INTENTION OF HURTING ANYONE!


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Cops out of control in America: Pastor beaten tased by Border Patrol DPS


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Cops out of control in America: Cop arrests news crew covering accident!


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Was this computer nerd killed after discovering how to murder anyone with a pacemaker?

When the acclaimed television drama series Homeland climaxed with a devious plot by terrorists to kill America's vice-president by hacking into his electronic pacemaker, critics scoffed at the ludicrousness of the idea.

But the outrageous storyline was thought credible by many in the world of computer security.

Among those was the New Zealand-born computer hacker Barnaby Jack.

The 35-year-old - who, unlike many in the business, used his skills 'ethically' - had spent his career demonstrating the dangers posed by unscrupulous hackers combined with computer manufacturers' failure to install proper safety devices on equipment.
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Mr Jack spent his career demonstrating the dangers posed by unscrupulous hackers combined with computer manufacturers¿ failure to install proper safety devices on equipment
Jack thought it highly plausible that a terrorist could hack into someone's pacemaker and speed up their heartbeat until it killed them.

He also believed it was possible to infect the pacemaker companies' servers with a bug that would spread through their systems like a virus.

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Behind the Headlines: NSA 'revelations', sinkholes opening up everywhere, and electrophonic meteors

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In this our second show on 'All and Everything', we discussed current events, including the mass U.S. embassy closure across the Muslim world, the latest NSA mass surveillance scandal, the West on the verge of obliterating Syria, the popularity of the new pope Francis, institutionalized pedophilia, and the North American mass EMP/nuke drill in November, electrophonic meteors, sinkholes opening up everywhere, the civilization-destroying solar flare Earth apparently narrowly escaped last month, the fatal high-speed train crash in Northern Spain (was the driver to blame, or is there more to that story?), 50-year-old remote-hijack technology for commercial aircraft, Benghazi, the murder of Michael Hastings, and a whole lot more!

Running Time: 02:06:00

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Psychology professor outed as killer who murdered his family as a teen and was locked up for just 6 years after being found insane

On August 4, 1967, 15-year-old James Wolcott shot dead his parents and 17-year-old sister with 22-caliber rifle.

Wolcott admitted to the crimes, saying that he hated his mother because she chewed food loudly and his sister because she had a bad accent.

Doctors diagnosed Wolcott with paranoid schizophrenia made worse by his addiction to airplane glue.

Six years later, Wolcott was released from mental hospital after being declared sane.

Changed his name to James St James in 1976 and went on to earn Master's degree and PhD
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A beloved 61-year-old psychology professor has been outed as a killer who murdered his family as a teenager and was committed to a mental hospital for only six years after being found insane.

The bespectacled, mustachioed chairman of Millikin University's department of behavior sciences in Illinois has been identified by a reporter from the Texas newspaper The Georgetown Advocate as James Wolcott, who murdered his parents and older sister in cold blood when he was 15 years old.