Archive For The “Police State” Category

Bill De Blasio, (D) NY, lets security haul away reporter for asking question

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It also came after Hizzoner appeared on national TV Sunday to proclaim, “I believe in a free, strong media with diverse views — I’ll defend it with all I’ve got.”

https://nypost.com/2018/08/12/de-blasio-lets-security-haul-away-post-reporter-for-asking-question/

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AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

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“An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.”

https://apnews.com/828aefab64d4411bac257a07c1af0ecb

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Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy

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Just as Feinstein rose to a prominent position in foreign affairs and national security in the U.S. Senate, first on the Foreign Relations Committee and later as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Jiang rose to the top of Chinese leadership, serving as chairman of the Central Military Commission, general secretary of the CCP, and president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Under Jiang’s leadership, the PRC initiated a brutal crackdown against practitioners of Falun Gong, including mass imprisonments, beatings, torture, rape, organ harvesting, and murder, and engaging in alleged human rights atrocities against Tibetans. Feinstein never renounced her friendship with Jiang, in spite of these acts.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/08/sen-dianne-feinsteins-ties-china-go-way-deeper-alleged-office-spy/

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Massachusetts State Police testing saliva swabs at roadside checkpoints to arrest drivers

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DNA lasts forever….

State police conducted the pilot program with Q-tips, swabbing saliva from about 170 people who volunteered to open their mouths along roadside sobriety checkpoints and at an unnamed local drug treatment facility from April 2016 to December 2017, state police spokesman David Procopio said.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/08/state_police_testing_saliva_swab_to_catch_stoned_drivers

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Inside Google’s Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China

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The app has been designed to filter out content that China’s authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about political opponents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. The censored search app will “blacklist sensitive queries” so that “no results will be shown” at all when people enter certain words or phrases, according to internal Google documents.

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/08/google-censorship-china-blacklist/

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Google Woos Partners for Potential China Expansion – WSJ

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As part of a project dubbed “Dragonfly,” Google is testing a mobile version of its search engine that would adhere to China’s strict censors, people familiar with the matter said. ,”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-woos-partners-for-potential-china-expansion-1534071600

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Vietnam Activists Flock To ‘Safe’ Social Media After Cyber Crackdown

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“Some activists say they migrated to Minds after content removal and abuse from pro-government netizens on Facebook.

Two editors’ Facebook accounts were temporarily blocked and The Vietnamese Facebook page can no longer use the “instant article” tool to post stories.”

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/vietnamese-flock-to-protect-their-free-speech-platform-1878355

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Microsoft Threatens to Shut Down Gab After Anti-Semitic Posts by User

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Gab isn’t the only company suffering from Big Tech censorship. Freestartr, a free speech crowdfunding site, is still shut down after losing its payment processor for similar reasons. According to founder Charles Johnson, Wells Fargo is behind the shuttering of conservative sites like his because the bank uses the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” lists to discriminate against the people the SPLC tells them to. The SPLC’s lists have already gotten people shot. Wells Fargo has not responded to attempts to contact them.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/microsoft-threatens-to-shut-down-gab-after-anti-semitic-posts-by-user/

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Googley: How Xinjiang China became an intrusive police state

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“Xinjiang residents and, in particular ethnic Uyghurs, are banned from many religious acts and are monitored by authorities living in their homes, as well as surveillance apps, voice printing, and facial recognition cameras. Residents are also banned from entering certain stores and must swipe their ID cards first, which describes them as “safe,” “normal,” or “unsafe.””

https://www.businessinsider.com/xianjiang-province-china-police-state-surveillance-2018-7

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Senate Democrats Plan for Government Regulation of Social Media Networks and Internet has been leaked

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“Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms” penned by Sen. Mark Warner calls for geo-location metadata and positive identification of all social media users (but obviously not voters in an election).

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/31/democrats-tech-policy-plans-leaked

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