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Facebook Software Could Soon Track Where Your Cursor Goes On Screen

The private tech sector is playing with new marketing-driven surveillance methods that borrow from the much-reviled tactical thinking that has made the NSA an object of public outrage. If a test of Facebook’s new tracking software is successful, someone somewhere could know where your mouse is pointing anywhere on an open Facebook page – all […]

EFF: Forced Decryption Of Electronic Data Is Self-Incrimination And Prohibited By 5th Amendment

Encryption is one of the most important ways to safeguard data from prying eyes. But what happens when those prying belong to the government? Can they force you to break your own encryption and provide them with the information they want?

Delay It; Obamacare’s Empty Promises Haunt The President; Sebelius’ Slide; Rand Paul To Block Yellen Nomination Unless Senate Votes To Audit The Fed; McCain And The Political Timing Of Immigration Reform – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 10-30-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Food Stamp Riots? Nation’s Largest Food Bank Sees Falling Skies Over Expired Food Stimulus

Food Stamp Riots? Nation’s Largest Food Bank Sees Falling Skies Over Expired Food Stimulus

The CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, reportedly the Nation’s largest food outreach program, is insinuating that riots could erupt if program cuts slated to kick in this weekend are allowed to take effect. The whole chicken-little tone of the impending SNAP “disaster” almost smacks of bloodlust.

Obamacare Enrollment So Complicated There’s Now A Ph.D. Course

Obamacare Enrollment So Complicated There’s Now A Ph.D. Course

Back in 2010 President Barack Obama’s White House created a video to show the American public just how easy it was supposed to be to enroll in Obamacare. But it turns out that the process is so complicated that the University of Texas at Austin is set to offer a graduate course next spring on signing up for government-run healthcare.

New Documents Obtained By Electronic Frontier Foundation Confirm: NSA Collects First, Seeks Authorization Later

New Documents Obtained By Electronic Frontier Foundation Confirm: NSA Collects First, Seeks Authorization Later

The government released a second batch of documents yesterday in response to EFF’s ongoing FOIA lawsuit for information concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act — the provision of law the government relies on to compel the disclosure of records of millions of Americans’ calls.

Libertarians Don’t Identify With Tea Party Thanks To Social Issues

Libertarians Don’t Identify With Tea Party Thanks To Social Issues

Across the Internet, including on websites like this one, libertarianism and Tea Party conservatism are often conflated by casual outside observers. But a new survey, done by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), finds that 61 percent of libertarians say they don’t identify with the Tea Party.

NSA Blames The Public For Lack Of Self Control; Pelosi Pre-Games Boehner On Immigration Fight; Tea Party’s Influence Right Up There With Obama’s; Obamacare’s Gory Spectacle; People Use Guns For Protection (Duh)— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-29-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Intelligence Director Blames Public Anger Over NSA, Not Government Misdeeds, For ‘Erosion Of Trust’ Complicating His Job

Director of National Intelligence James “most truthful, least untruthful” Clapper lamented to a House Intelligence Panel Tuesday that the current criticism facing the National Security Agency is creating an “erosion of trust” within the Nation’s intelligence community. Clapper told the group of lawmakers that Congressional criticism of the tactics carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies […]

Pelosi Tries To Leverage Boehner On Bringing Comprehensive Immigration Reform To House Vote

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pre-gamed an anticipated battle over comprehensive immigration reform today by placing the ball in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) court. Posting on a question-and-answer session hosted on her Facebook page Tuesday, Pelosi boasted that such a plan would clear the House – if Boehner will give the legislation a […]

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