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Don’t look now but ‘1984’ has arrived

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With so much surveillance and digital treachery these days, two things are apparent: Our founding fathers suspected government could some day move to usurp our privacy rights, which explains the Fourth Amendment; and George Orwell may have been channeling them when he wrote his prophetic book It is almost a cliché anymore to compare the modern-day surveillance state with George Orwell’s prophetic classic tome, “1984.” Written in 1948, Orwell’s work of “fiction” essentially describes the world in which we currently live, especially his description of the myriad of ways the powers that be are using technology to monitor and track ...

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Government insider says Healthcare.gov was always a security risk

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For more than a year, security companies have warned that the Healthcare.gov website was penetrable by hackers Obama administration officials repeatedly maintained that Americans’ health data was secure  New revelations from a government insider reveal that the security firms were right – the site is easily hacked CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has all but admitted enrollee info isn’t safe By Charles Greene In its headlong rush to launch the Healthcare.gov website back in October of last year, the Obama administration failed to address serious security issues associated with the site. Even after being warned by insiders of the potential of ...

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Smile! The NSA is watching, but so what?

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The National Security Agency was in the news again this week and despite its best efforts to keep its operations as secretive as possible, yet another of our nation’s powerful spy tools has been compromised, thanks to The New York Times. Oh, and Edward Snowden. According to the paper, which cited “top secret documents” Snowden cobbed in 2011 when he was still a contractor with the agency, the NSA has been “harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs.” Further, the paper reported, the ...

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Microchip implant will become necessary to live

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Phone technology will transition to microchip implant You might not like or believe it, but odds are something is tracking you. Your cell phone or other technological device you use on a daily basis has a RFID chip inside of it that documents your location. A transmitter can determine your location through a 15 digit code the chip releases. Those same microchips follow you all the way to the bank as well, and trace your moves with your debit card. Technology is in a perpetual state of evolution. You might want to find a place to sit before you hear ...

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FBI video warns students of becoming Chinese spies

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China is using “pawns” to acquire spies The story of Glenn Duffie Shriver is quite perplexing. As he was studying abroad in China, Shriver responded to an ad. It offered to pay him $120 to write papers about the foreign relations between the U.S and China. That was the first step in a chain of events that ended up with Shriver charged with espspionage. The film paints him as an innocent kid who is just trying to get by in China. Little did he know what he was getting into. The incident is not constrained to only Striver. There are ...

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WATCH: Snowden questions Putin on Russian intelligence surveillance

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The translation from English to Russian and back again was tedious, but as Vladimir Putin states he and Edward Snowden do share a common “professional language”– espionage. Snowden appeared via video conference on Putin’s annual Russian TV appearance where he takes questions from the public to ask about Russia’s own policies on mass surveillance. “I’d like to ask you a question about mass surveillance of online communications and the bulk of private records by intelligence and law enforcement services. Recently in the United States two independent White House investigations as well as a federal court all concluded that these programs are ineffective in stopping terrorism. They also ...

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24 Hour Fitness and the Normalization of a Police State

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To compensate for the spare tire I accumulated over the course of the winter, I joined 24-Hour Fitness. At first glance there’s nothing wrong with the place, save for the hoards running on treadmills watching widescreen TVs and the carefully selected programs, but generally speaking, it’s just a gym. And quite a good one I might add: there’s a pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, basketball court, studios for private classes, and it’s only 30 bucks a month. They also don’t require ID cards anymore. Just when I was wrapping up the song and dance of dictating my personal information ...

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