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Authorities are investigating a data breach at a Utah DMV where an employee allegedly gave personal information about private citizens and then used that information to commit crimes. The investigation began last year with Salt Lake City firefighters, who were looking into a suspicious car fire in a Rose Park neighborhood. Lexie Atencio said she accidentally cut off a woman driving a pickup down her street, which quickly escalated into a road rage incident. Atencio said she awoke in the middle of the night to find her car had been burned outside her home. A […]

In his first television interview since he resigned from the National Security Agency over its domestic surveillance program, William Binney discusses the NSA’s massive power to spy on Americans and why the FBI raided his home after he became a whistleblower. Binney was a key source for investigative journalist James Bamford’s recent exposé in Wired Magazine about how the NSA is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cell […]

Last week, Texas attempted to ban the TSA’s ability to grope passengers in its airports. After threats from the TSA, Texas backed down. The TSA may have won this battle, but the war is far from over. New Hampshire has looked into banning the TSA’s security practices. New Jersey state Senator Mike Doherty has also vowed to bring legislation against TSA procedures. Now, Utah is joining the fight. Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, has opened a bill file that states Transportation Security Administration agents would not be exempt from the same requirements that a law enforcement […]

Ogden, Utah is about to launch its Crime Blimp, which will be linked with thousands of private and government CCTVs around the city. Officials are shooting for an April launch date for the blimp, under construction by Weber State University’s Utah Center for Aeronautical Innovation and Design, which will feed video to a fledgling version of the RTCC. They hope the center is fully operational by July. The idea is to give officers information about a crime scene while they are still rolling up on an event in progress, officials say. Operators in the real-time […]

What’s going on in Utah?

Last Friday, the Utah legislature passed a resolution stating that there is no climate change and that carbon dioxide is, essentially, harmless to humans and good for plants. Then, over the weekend, they claim that the best way for schools to save money is to get rid of the 12th grade. Officially the most Republican state in America, its political masters have adopted a resolution condemning “climate alarmists”, and disputing any scientific basis for global warming. The measure, which passed by 56-17, has no legal force, though it was predictably claimed by climate change sceptics […]

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