WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.
The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, has argued that the bureau’s ability to carry out court-approved eavesdropping on [...]
Inmates are enjoying Facebook, communicating with family and friends
Prisoners who are are convicted murderers and rapists seen to be sharing pictures
Openly flaunting drugs, money and even having parties
Inmates don’t have Internet access and cell phones are supposed to be banned
Investigation in Tennessee prison system says 70 inmates have been disciplined
Whilst the idea of prison is to curtail ones freedom, it seems that tens of inmates in Tennessee are living life [...]
It isn’t often that communications companies push back against government requests to monitor customers and hand over information about them, but a government task force is seeking to make it even harder for companies to say no.
The task force is pushing for legislation that would penalize companies like Google, Facebook and Skype that fail to comply with court orders for wiretapping, according to the Washington Post. The cost of non-complying would be [...]
April 23, 2013
Late last week, a Pennsylvania-based gun store had its Facebook page suddenly deactivated after administrators at the social media giant reportedly learned the shop’s proprietor was using the store’s Facebook presence as a way to raffle off semiautomatic firearms.
In talking with The Blaze.com, Erik Lowry, who owns Pittsburgh Tactical Firearms in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, explained the situation, although even he is a little unclear about why exactly his [...]
The Saudi national who was initially detained and then ruled out as a suspect in the Boston Marathon terrorist attack had been flagged on a terror watch list and was granted a student visa without being properly vetted, sources have told me.
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A source close to the investigation revealed that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi had been deemed inadmissible under the [...]
A recent NASA report throws the space agency into conflict with its climatologists after new NASA measurements prove that carbon dioxide acts as a coolant in Earth’s atmosphere.
Facebook has recently begun a trial of its new “graph search engine.”
This should scare the living daylights out of anyone, for the reasons I’ll explain below.
First, a little background on what they mean by graph searching. Graph, as used in this context, does NOT mean a bunch of lines or bars explaining a set of numbers.
Rather, it refers to a form of mathematics. Most people would more understand it [...]
Police identify suspect arrested for ricin letter scare as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Miss.
?Bloggers at Lady Liberty 1885 ID suspect before federal officials make announcement
?Facebook, Twitter, YouTube accounts reveal bizarre details about suspect
Clarion-Ledger reports Curtis has a criminal history and mental health issues
Suspect posted a photo of a handgun on Facebook on Tuesday
?Wild claims made about uncovering “dismembered body parts” and organ harvesting ring
?Suspect apparently an Elvis impersonator
Here’s the [...]
One of the more human aspects of social media is that people use Facebook and Twitter to warn their fellow men and women of DUI checkpoints. Now police are attempting to spring more surprises.
The police are sometimes accused of linear thinking, especially when it comes to DUI checkpoints.
They set them up on Friday and Saturday nights. They redouble their efforts on New Year’s Eve.
Perhaps the finest example would was one [...]
Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook and co-founder ofFwd.us.
Earlier this year I started teaching a class on entrepreneurship at an after-school program in my community. The middle-school students put together business plans, made their products and even got an opportunity to sell them.
One day I asked my students what they thought about going to college. One of my top aspiring entrepreneurs told me he wasn’t sure that he’d be [...]
You have until April 15th to file a return – and the IRS will be collecting a lot more than just taxes this year.
According to several reports, the agency will also be collecting personal information from sites like Facebook and Twitter.
It says the effort is to catch people trying to beat the system, but some say it goes too far.
Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/21905788/irs-collecting-tax-payer-information-from-facebook-and-twitter#ixzz2Psy4E6ez
Christian Science Monitor
April 5, 2013
Using Facebook on your phone? Soon, the company will make it much easier, but, some say, at a steep cost to your privacy.
That’s the tradeoff as the social media giant announces on Thursday that it is launching a branded smartphone that will reportedly operate on software called Facebook Home. Unlike the current Facebook app that allows users to access the site, the new Facebook phone [...]
Facebook’s stock market debut left founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg with a paper fortune currently valued at $13 billion — and a 2012 tax bill of around $1.1 billion.
Zuckerberg’s whopping tax hit stems from his move last May to increase his stake in Facebook. On the day of Facebook’s initial public offering, Zuckerberg exercised a stock option and purchased 60 million Facebook shares at a “strike price” of 6 cents [...]
Saying out loud what many Americans know, a US Army captain has flat out said that the DHS is going to go to war with Americans. Here’s his warning:
Captain Terry M. Hestilow
The following is United States Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow’s (retired) full letter to his Texas Senator John Cornyn regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s arms race, especially since they have no authority to wage war on [...]
This video really woke my father up. Please share this on facebook and twitter! This is an eye-opener! Lets make it go viral like that stupid Kony video!
The following warning was posted on Hestilow’s Facebook page:
I fully intend to address this in far greater detail within days, but ask yourself, with all the law enforcement available in the United States, who the DHS is preparing to declare war on inside the U.S.?
With the massive purchases of almost 3,000 new armored vehicles (MRAPs) and 1.6 BILLION rounds of ammunition, with associated weapons, who in the U.S. do they [...]
Organizers of the University of Tennessee’s first-ever “Sex Week” will have to find a new source of funding after embattled university officials reversed course and announced they will not fund the controversial program with state tax dollars.
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“We support the process and the students involved, but we should not use state funds in this manner,” Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in [...]
CARNEYS POINT, N.J. (AP) – The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.
The weapon in the photo, posted by his dad on Facebook, resembles a military-style assault rifle but, his father says, is actually just a .22-caliber copy. And that, the family believes, is why child welfare case [...]
”The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was [...]
In a series of interviews with USAToday, Facebook has finally revealed how it tracks users and non-users across the web, gathering huge amount of data as it does so.
Facebook officials are now acknowledging that the social media giant has been able to create a running log of the web pages that each of its 800 million or so members has visited during the previous 90 days. Facebook also keeps close [...]
Kelly says he bought AR-15-style rifle to draw attention to the ease with which people can get type of weapon used in recent massacres
Gun rights advocates have attacked him for being a hypocrite
Kelly says he will eventually hand rifle in to Tucson police, but will keep the handgun
The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords went to a Tucson gun store a week ago to buy a .45-caliber handgun and [...]