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Will new laws give federal cybercops too much power?

Will new laws give federal cybercops too much power?
Critics say the bills are about surveillance not security
By Russell Brandom on April 28, 2015 10:30 am

Last year, a single strain of malware was responsible for credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot, and more than 1,000 other US companies, with damages totalling hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars. In many cases, the companies involved didn't know about the threat until it had been alive in their systems for months. For many industry observers, the most painful point is the timing: If the industry had raised the alarm when the first warning signs surfaced, the worst of the damage could have been averted.

That idea seems to have gotten Washington's attention. In February, President Obama signed an executive order to promote information sharing on cyberthreats, and a new crop of information-sharing bills in Congress look to clear the path even further. Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, which would establish new sharing guidelines and liability protections, and the Senate is expected to take up the bill in the coming weeks. At the same time, many see PCNA and other bills like it as an unprecedented intrusion into otherwise neutral networks — what Ron Wyden described as "a surveillance bill by another name." While most researchers still see themselves as engineers, there's a growing fear that these new measures will turn them into detectives.

""A surveillance bill by another name""

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a "democratic socialist," will follow a statement with a major campaign kickoff in his home state in several weeks. Two people familiar with his announcement spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity to describe internal planning.

Sanders will become the second major Democrat in the race, joining Clinton. He has urged the former secretary of state to speak out strongly about issues related to income inequality and climate change.

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The Newest Surveillance Technology – Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

Government agencies across the land may have found a way to ensure that vehicles traveling in carpool lanes are carrying the required amount of passengers. Until now, attempts to create an automated vehicle occupancy detection system have not reached the level of accuracy needed during testing to be effective. An agency in San Diego, California believes they have found an Automated Vehicle Passenger Detection system developed by Xerox that is effective.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports on the new system being tested by the San Diego Association of Governments, which targets carpool-lane scofflaws:

Documents obtained by CBS 8 reporter David Gotfredson show that Xerox’s system uses two cameras to capture the front and side views of a car’s interior. Then “video analytics” and “geometric algorithms” are used to detect whether the seats are occupied.

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Ron Paul panel discussion with Glenn Greenwald and Radley Balko

This is historic--and my first post! The Future of Freedom Foundation and Young Americans for Liberty presented a one-day conference on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin at the LBJ Auditorium in the Lyndon B. Johnson Library on Saturday, April 11, 2015, addressing the war on drugs and the war on terrorism.

“Stop the Wars on Drugs and Terrorism” featured an all-star lineup of three dynamic speakers: Ron Paul, Glenn Greenwald, and Radley Balko.

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Baltimore Orioles Executive VP, John Angelos Blames _______ For The Rioting. (He's awake!)

Liberty seems to be spreading. Here Mr. Angelos blames the Surveillance State and (indirectly) The Fed for the rioting:

"That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards."

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Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

"you're the only [one] who mentioned this topic of making the problem bigger. So, we galvanize action by really producing a crisis, I take it?" "Yeah," Smith replied (video). And, with the help of nonprofit organizations like Code.org and FWD.us that were founded shortly thereafter, a national K-12 CS and tech immigration crisis was indeed created.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/04/25/2219209/think-tanks-how-a-bill-ga...

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