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Police Wiretapping Jumps 26 Percent

http://www.wired.com

The number of wiretaps authorized by state and federal judges in criminal investigations jumped 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to a report released Friday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Courts authorized 2,376 criminal wiretap orders in 2009, with 96 percent targeting mobile phones in drug cases, according to the report. Federal officials requested 663 of the wiretaps, while 24 states accounted for 1,713 orders.

Not one request for a wiretap was turned down.

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Dissatisfaction with Federalism Grows

http://www.abc.net.au

-Dissatisfaction with Federalism Grows-

aka "Obey all directives"

When a State disagrees with a Federal program, what's the solution? Apparently in Australia, abolition of the State is the logical next step.

According to "polls", 4 out of 10 Australians would have no problem living under one unchecked Federal Government.

It's a worrying trend and something we should all shudder to consider. When the institutions of dissent are removed, what will become of our precious liberties?

With parallels to the US State vs. Federal friction, this is could set an alarming precedent.

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Video Surveillance deployed inside London Public Bathrooms

http://www.networkworld.com

You can imagine my surprise after I paid my 50pence to use the public bathroom, walked in and found myself staring at not just one but 3 ceiling mounted video surveillance cameras.

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To Stop Crime, Share Your Genes

http://www.nytimes.com

PERHAPS the only thing more surprising than President Obama’s decision to give an interview for “America’s Most Wanted” last weekend was his apparent agreement with the program’s host, John Walsh, that there should be a national DNA database with profiles of every person arrested, whether convicted or not. Many Americans feel that this proposal flies in the face of our “innocent until proven guilty” ethos, and given that African-Americans are far more likely to be arrested than whites, critics refer to such genetic collection as creating “Jim Crow’s database.”

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Drones silently patrol U.S. borders

http://www.cnn.com

It's a frigid, dark night in the mountainous border region of southeast Arizona. A group of 31 suspected illegal immigrants are walking up and down rocky ridges toward Tucson, Arizona. They're wearing small backpacks and stop to rest every few minutes.

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New "Smart Meters" for Energy Use Put Privacy at Risk

http://www.eff.org

The ebb and flow of gas and electricity into your home contains surprisingly detailed information about your daily life. Energy usage data, measured moment by moment, allows the reconstruction of a household's activities: when people wake up, when they come home, when they go on vacation, and maybe even when they take a hot bath.

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School administrator boasts to PBS about his laptop spying

http://www.boingboing.net

A few weeks ago, Frontline premiered a documentary called "Digital Nation". In one segment, the vice-principle of Intermediate School 339, Bronx, NY, Dan Ackerman, demonstrates how he "remotely monitors" the students' laptops for "inappropriate use".
He says "They don't even realize we are watching," "I always like to mess with them and take a picture," and "9 times out of 10, THEY DUCK OUT OF THE WAY."

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