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Pentagon Studying Protesters

protesterFrom the Washington Times:

One area of study that’s planned for the 2014-2017 time frame partners Cornell University researchers with the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to come up with a model for the “dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions,” the text of the program stated. That particular research area will ultimately determine the “critical mass (tipping point),” of civil uprisings, where protests turn violent, the program text states, The Guardian reported.

The research will also analyze social media users’ accounts, and look at Twitter posts and conversations “to identify individuals mobilized in a social contagion and when they become mobilized.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/13/us-defense-department-studying-protesters-prep-mas/#ixzz34wy3wmwl

Big Brother is alive and well. Does this make anyone feel safer? I certainly don’t.

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The N.S.A , Privacy and Technology – N.S.A. Gathering Millions of Faces From Web Images

nowenteringFirst, I’d like to say that I don’t believe there’s a “right” to privacy. The ACLU agrees, and if there is one agency that would like to espouse that there is a right to privacy, it would be the ACLU.

There is nothing in our Constitution that guarantees a right to privacy. The ACLU states:

One of the amendments is the Fourth Amendment, which stops the police and other government agents from searching us or our property without “probable cause” to believe that we have committed a crime.

Americans have already decided through votes or apathy to give up that right. We allow DUI checkpoints, roadblocks and if you’re pulled over the cops can search your vehicle without consent. This is all done without “probable cause.” Simply driving home from a picnic on July 4th doesn’t warrant probable cause or reasonable suspicion of DUI. Americans happily waive that right in the belief that it’s for the “public good.” That slippery slope has been the downfall of nations.

When I read that the N.S.A. is collecting millions of faces from web images, I am not filled with a warm, fuzzy feeling that Americans will be safer and that it’s for the public good. I realize that technology has outpaced our legal system and that any knowledge the government gleans from the web they will more than likely abuse and Americans will sit idly by and let it happen. Why? Apathy, a feeling of “one against many,” ignorance, “let the other guy worry about it,” or other reasons.

So, when you post the next pic of yourself and your cat on Facebook just remember that some suit in an NSA office can and probably will collect it and add it to the database for your protection. Your cat “can has chzburger,” but it can’t have any privacy.