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A bipartisan group of US Senators have introduced a bill that would overhaul the US Patriot Act and change the way that the National Security Administration (NSA) would collect and view metadata. Anya Parampil speaks with lawyer Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project about the proposed bill and what security advocates are looking to accomplish. Source. Tweet

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Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) joins Thom. All across America – law enforcement agencies are using a special technology to collect information from your cell phones. What is Stingray technology – how is it used – and why is everyone trying to keep it a secret? Source. Tweet

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The Intercept reports that the TSA, who is supposed to be looking after our transportation systems, has moved into theme parks looking for terrorists. Yes, the Transportation Security Administration’s embattled $900 million behavior detection program, called Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, is not just used at airports. It’s also used at theme parks. TSA has trained security teams from SeaWorld, Disney World and Busch Gardens to use the same checklist of behavior indicators, which includes “wearing a disguise,” “whistling,” “exaggerated yawning” and “excessive laughter,” according to interviews and documents obtained by The […]

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Known as Stingrays, the FBI has admitted to using cell phone towers to track you. Their usual response includes they must do this to catch terrorists, pedophiles and missing children. The press conference actually occurred back in October, but the video didn’t surface until this weekend and hadn’t been reported on until the Charlotte Observer’s excellent investigation into the use of Stingrays by local police was published on Sunday. Stingrays work by allowing police to track the movement of a suspect, and are often used without a warrant, which was recently declared unconstitutional by the […]

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Yet another TSA employee has been arrested on sex abuse charges. Samuel Bryant, 40, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense. Bryant is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl on three occasions at his Brooklyn Park home on Jan. 5. The girl told a sibling about the alleged abuse on Feb. 4,and the sibling told their mother, according to charging documents. Attorney Peter O’Neill, who is representing Bryant, said his client “vehemently denies having any improper relationship or improper touching with this young lady.” A TSA […]

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