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November 14, 2014

DOJ Spied on Americans’ Phones

It’s a brave new world when the Justice Department loads technology that mimics a cellphone tower onto Cessna airplanes to trawl the sky, scooping up Americans’ cellphone information – who they are and their location. DOJ sifts through the information to track criminal suspects. Chief Technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union Christopher Soghoian told The Wall Street Journal that the program started in 2007 is “a dragnet surveillance program. It’s inexcusable and it’s likely – to the extent judges are authorizing it – [that] they have no idea of the scale of it.” On Wednesday, the Pew Research Internet Project released a study finding a vast majority (80%) of Americans agree or strongly agree the country should be concerned about the government’s monitoring of cellphones and the Internet. Americans have a real reason to be concerned about the power wielded by big data – large companies like Facebook and the government’s surveillance arm. Today is the future, and the future is bleak. More…

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