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NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans’ data with Israel

Posted in Internet Freedom, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Privacy on September 11th, 2013

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents

Liars on Parade

Posted in Election / Politicians, Internet Freedom, Privacy on September 10th, 2013

This anti-semitic accusation is getting stupider and stupider. It’s like being accused of witchcraft. Against the war in Syria? Outraged at the NSA? Wikileaks supporter? You must be an anti-semite!

Posted in Internet Freedom, Israel Lobby, Privacy, War Without End on September 6th, 2013

“If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person”

Posted in Big Media, Educational Freedom on August 29th, 2013

Lovely headline! This is one of the steps that every socialist endeavor takes: finding scapegoats (saboteurs) for their failure.

open quoteEveryone needs to be invested in our public schools in order for them to get better. Not just lip-service investment, or property tax investment, but real flesh-and-blood-offspring investment. Your local school stinks but you don’t send your child there? Then its badness is just something you deplore in the abstract. Your local school stinks and you do send your child there? I bet you are going to do everything within your power to make it better.

And parents have a lot of power. In many underresourced schools, it’s the aggressive PTAs that raise the money for enrichment programs and willful parents who get in the administration’s face when a teacher is falling down on the job. Everyone, all in. (By the way: Banning private schools isn’t the answer. We need a moral adjustment, not a legislative one.)
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http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/08/private_school_vs_public_school_only_bad_people_send_their_kids_to_private.html

Feds Threaten To Arrest Lavabit Founder For Shutting Down His Service

Posted in Internet Freedom on August 25th, 2013

open quoteThe saga of Lavabit founder Ladar Levison is getting even more ridiculous, as he explains that the government has threatened him with criminal charges for his decision to shut down the business, rather than agree to some mysterious court order. The feds are apparently arguing that the act of shutting down the business, itself, was a violation of the order:

… a source familiar with the matter told NBC News that James Trump, a senior litigation counsel in the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va., sent an email to Levison’s lawyer last Thursday – the day Lavabit was shuttered — stating that Levison may have “violated the court order,” a statement that was interpreted as a possible threat to charge Levison with contempt of court.

That same article suggests that the decision to shut down Lavabit was over something much bigger than just looking at one individual’s information — since it appears that Lavabit has cooperated in the past on such cases. Instead, the suggestion now is that the government was seeking a tap on all accounts:

Levison stressed that he has complied with “upwards of two dozen court orders” for information in the past that were targeted at “specific users” and that “I never had a problem with that.” But without disclosing details, he suggested that the order he received more recently was markedly different, requiring him to cooperate in broadly based surveillance that would scoop up information about all the users of his service. He likened the demands to a requirement to install a tap on his telephone.

It sounds like the feds were asking for a full on backdoor on the system, not unlike some previous reports of ISPs who have received surprise visits from the NSA.close quote (Read more)

Two Stories about Internet Freedom

Posted in Internet Freedom on August 25th, 2013

Internet Architects Plan Counter-Attack On NSA Snooping

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Greek community creates an off-the-grid Internet

Arizona school ethnic studies under fire

Posted in Educational Freedom, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on August 22nd, 2013

Judge Napolitano– How to get fired from Fox Business in under 5 mins

Posted in Big Media, Censorship, Dictatorship on August 15th, 2013

Secure email service shuts down rather than compromise with government spies

Posted in Internet Freedom on August 8th, 2013

http://lavabit.com/

open quoteMy Fellow Users,

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Sincerely,
Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here.close quote

DuckDuckGo usage surges. Unlike Google, they don’t spy on you.

Posted in Internet Freedom, Privacy on August 5th, 2013

http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/13/prism-fears-give-private-search-engine-duckduckgo-its-best-week-ever/

How the FBI Uses Rapists and Child Molesters to Entrap Gullible People in Terror Stings

Posted in False Flags, FBI on July 19th, 2013

open quoteThe FBI’s search for would-be terrorists is so all-consuming that agents are willing to partner with the most heinous of criminals if they appear able to deliver targets. That’s what happened in Seattle, Washington, in the summer of 2011, when agents chose to put on the government payroll a convicted rapist and child molester.

The investigation began on June 3, 2011, when a man contacted the Seattle Police Department and told them that he had a friend named Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif who was interested in attacking Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington. The tipster told police that Abdul-Latif had already recruited an associate, a man named Walli Mujahidh. Seattle police referred the caller to the FBI, whose agents quickly enlisted him as an informant and launched a full investigation of Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh.

Based on these initial actions, it was clear that the FBI believed it was dealing with two dangerous potential terrorists. But in reality, what it had were two financially troubled men with histories of mental problemsclose quote

One of many things which will replace Academia

Posted in Educational Freedom on July 3rd, 2013

http://www.discoverpraxis.com/

Paid Informants

Posted in False Flags, FBI, Lost Republic Original on June 28th, 2013

PAID INFORMANTS

I was once at a small Tea Party rally in Iowa. A guy came up to me and commented on my 82nd Airborne Division baseball cap. He’d been in the military too, he said. Then he made it absolutely clear to me that he was “ready to start blowing up gas stations.” I’m pretty sure he was an agent trying to create a terrorist insident to the Bureau could heroically prevent it at the last minute.

I’m confident that they’re playing a fool’s game. We have the truth of culture and economics on our side, not to mention the Consitution. They’ll ruin a few lives here and there, but in the end, the government will still bankrupt itself. They can’t resort to the type of oppression they need to stay in power without fully revealing their true malevolent selves. That would be the end of their power, at least in first world countries.

People want to trade with one another. They want to communicate. In the end, they will.

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18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children

Posted in Educational Freedom on June 20th, 2013

http://childrensmd.org/uncategorized/why-doctors-and-lawyers-homeschool-their-children-18-reasons-why-we-have-joined-americas-fastest-growing-educational-trend/

Justice for Kelly Thomas

Posted in Police Brutality / Abuse on June 19th, 2013

Get out of the U.S.S.A. while you can.

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