Va. Community College Shooter Had DHS-‘Citizen Police’ Training

The suspect announced he would carry out a ‘Virginia Tech-style’ shooting online just minutes before the event took place. He completed the Christiansburg Citizen Police Academy training, a DHS-sponsored training curriculum in which average citizens learn how to ‘work with police,’ and receive ‘active shooter’ scenario training, or even how apprehend suspects at traffic checkpoints. usatoday.com CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — An […]

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Obama to let U.S. spy agencies scour Americans’ finances

  NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters. The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot […]

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DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones

Homeland Security’s specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: “signals interception” and “direction finding” for electronic surveillance. by Declan McCullagh CNET.com  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying […]

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Good to be King – Obama To Issue Executive Order For CISPA Next Tuesday

    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA is set to be re-introduced before the US House next week. The bill will be identical to the one introduced last spring, that was defeated on the Senate floor in August of last year. The house Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md) will attempt the […]

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Obama to ‘bypass Congress’ on CISPA with cybersecurity executive order

Unable to reach a deal with Congress, President Obama plans to use his power to exert executive actions against the will of lawmakers. The president will issue orders addressing controversial topics including cybersecurity. Although President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any president in over 100 years, he is making extensive plans to change that, Washington Post reports quoting […]

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City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

Resolution bans all municipal agencies from buying or leasing drones By Jason Koebler USnews.com     A statue of Thomas Jefferson overlooks the Charlottesville, Va., campus of the University of Virginia. Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, “calls on the United States Congress and the […]

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The DEA Wants to Access Your Medical Records Without Consent or a Warrant

Back in 2011, the Office of National Drug Control Policy released a list of strategies for combating prescription pill abuse. From a civil liberties standpoint, one strategy in particular stood out: “Identify and seek to remove administrative and regulatory barriers to ‘pill mill’ and prescriber investigations that impair investigations while not serving another policy goal.” Last year I wondered what the […]

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