A headline worthy of BITEME.ME: Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress
HuffPo reporter Sabrina Siddiqui goes on to say “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a staunch defender of government surveillance of ordinary citizens, took to the Senate floor Tuesday with the stunning accusation that the Central Intelligence Agency may have violated federal law to spy on Congress.”
via Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress.
According to Governor Cuomo, about one hundredth of one percent of regulated tenants cheat by applying for School Tax Relief that they’re not entitled to. At about $700 per head, that amounts to a whopping $109,200 per year. On the other hand, Cuomo has raked in over $2 million from landlords, so it kind of evens out.
Gov. Cuomo’s office is targeting tenants who use the STAR exemption and live in rent-regulated housing – NY Daily News.
I remember a charming game we used to play called Nazi, where one kid would ask another “Vhere iz yor paperz pleez?” No matter what the victim’s answer, he would get smacked in response. We thought it was hilarious.
Customs and Border Patrol seems to use the same approach, but they’re playing for real. See, for example, Homeland Security Detained US Citizen Inside The US, Used Intercepted Emails To Quiz Her About Her Sex Life
Also see the website of the Identity Project: Papers, Please!.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia recently called on American financial regulators to ban Bitcoins because of their use in a variety of crimes. In response, Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado wrote:
The exchange of dollar bills, including high denomination bills, is currently unregulated and has allowed users to participate in illicit activity, while also being highly subject to forgery, theft, and loss. For the reasons outlined below, I urge regulators to take immediate and appropriate action to limit the use of dollar bills.
Responding to senator’s bid to ban Bitcoin, congressman calls for cash ban | Ars Technica.
Teenager Rachel Canning left home because she didn’t like the rules her parents imposed on her. Now she’s suing to force her parents to give her financial support and money for college, in addition to paying for tuition at her private school.
Hey, Rachel: Bite Me!
Teen Sues Parents, Claiming They Owe Her Money For College : The Two-Way : NPR.
A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry. “Spotter” cars, mounted with automated readers, are taking pictures of every license plate they pass and sending them to data consolidators. One firm in in Texas already has more than 1.8 billion plate scans from vehicles across the country.
Privacy is so very 20th century.
A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry | BetaBoston.
The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday to tear down the Bladensburg Peace Cross, a 40-foot-tall cross-shape World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Md.
They claim that the memorial violates the First Amendment, which prohibits the government from establishing a religion. The cross honors the memory of 49 Prince George’s County residents who died serving the country. Dedicated in 1925, the monument stands in a median at the busy intersection between Baltimore Avenue and Annapolis Road. It is lit every night.
Steve Lowe is one of the plaintiffs in the case, who claims he is “upset” every time he drives by the cross, which is usually about once a month.
If Mr. Lowe gets “upset” when he sees a cross on a World War I memorial, he can Bite Me.
via Humanists suing to tear down cross-shaped World War I memorial – NY Daily News.
“Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls. The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who answered the phone realized that Seely was secretly recording them. He used Google Maps to do it.
“Yesterday, Gizmodo reported on how easy it was for Seely to spam Google Maps with fake listings. Seely has revealed to Valleywag a more troubling way to exploit the Google’s laissez-faire attitude toward verification—loopholes the international search megalith has known about for at least four years.”
Hat tip to MrMild
via How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps.
“Spooks in the UK secretly monitoring Yahoo webcam streams from around the world discovered that many people liked to share photos of their bodies, a new report says. . . . [T]he fact that the Yahoo software allows more than one person to view a webcam stream without necessarily sending a reciprocal stream means that it appears sometimes to be used for broadcasting pornography.”
Can’t find enough free porn on the Web? Then join Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters. And since the NSA shares data with their British counterparts, an NSA gig will probably serve just as well.
UK spies: People get naked on their webcams | New York Post.