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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished
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The NSA has become quite the touchy subject in Washington these past few months after leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s spy programs. The president and those who support the NSA have been on the defensive …

Senator Thinks Smart TVs Might Be Watching You Senator Thinks Smart TVs Might Be Watching You
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Smart TVs are incredibly easy to hack. In a report from last year, hackers had discovered an easy exploit in Samsung Smart TVs that allowed them to take control of the camera and spy on the owner of said TV. …

Sen. Dick Durbin Wants The NSA To Reveal The Scope Of Its Phone Surveillance Program Sen. Dick Durbin Wants The NSA To Reveal The Scope Of Its Phone Surveillance Program

In late July, Rep. Justin Amash proposed an amendment to the annual Defense spending bill that would prevent the NSA from targeting anybody not currently under an investigation. Unsurprisingly, the amendment was voted down. Now one Senator is trying the …

House Judiciary Committee Votes In Favor Of Cellphone Unlocking House Judiciary Committee Votes In Favor Of Cellphone Unlocking

Should you be able to unlock your cellphone? Over 100,000 Americans and the White House certainly think so. Some members of Congress think so as well, and the House-backed legislation that would legalize cellphone unlocking is one step closer to …

Senate Wants Somebody To Argue For Your Privacy In The FISA Court Senate Wants Somebody To Argue For Your Privacy In The FISA Court

The NSA can spy on just about everything you do. The agency is able to do this thanks to the FISA Court – a secretive judicial system that approves or denies government requests to collect data. The only problem is …

Sen. Al Franken Wants To Make The NSA A Little More Transparent Sen. Al Franken Wants To Make The NSA A Little More Transparent
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How many American citizens are targeted by the NSA? It’s a question that the agency refuses to answer, and today’s leak makes it seem like the agency targets just about everyone. The NSA needs to be transparent about its domestic …

Senate Panel Thinks The Government Should Study Video Game Violence Senate Panel Thinks The Government Should Study Video Game Violence
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Is there a direct correlation between violent video games and violent acts committed by young people? Most studies say no, but most also say that there is a correlation between violent video games and increased aggression. Note that aggression and …

Chandra Levy: Court Documents To Be Unsealed Chandra Levy: Court Documents To Be Unsealed

Chandra Levy was a name heard on news reports around the world for months in 2001, after her body was found in a D.C. park and lab tests found DNA on her clothing from congressman Gary Condit. Now, a judge …

Senate To Grill NSA Over Surveillance Programs This Week Senate To Grill NSA Over Surveillance Programs This Week
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It’s been almost two months since Edward Snowden revealed the existence of the NSA’s spy programs to the world. Any other issue would have been swept under the rug by now, but Congress is still pursuing changes to the agency. …

Carlos Danger Name Generator Yields Hilarious Results Carlos Danger Name Generator Yields Hilarious Results
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With Anthony Weiner back in the headlines this week, it has come out that the former Congressman may have been sexting under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger” with a woman who claims their online transgressions went on after his resignation from …

House Proves Yet Again That It Cares Not For Your Privacy House Proves Yet Again That It Cares Not For Your Privacy
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The House proved earlier this year that it doesn’t care about your privacy when it voted in favor of CISPA yet again. Now the House has cemented the fact that it cares not for your civil liberties. The Hill reports …

House Wants To Take The NSA Down A Peg With Defense Spending Amendments House Wants To Take The NSA Down A Peg With Defense Spending Amendments

Ever since it was revealed that the NSA was spying on Americans in early June, some members of Congress have proposed laws to strip the agency of its power. Those proposed laws probably won’t go anywhere anytime soon though. That’s …

Steve Cohen’s Long-Lost Daughter Is Not His Daughter Steve Cohen’s Long-Lost Daughter Is Not His Daughter

Rep. Steve Cohen has had a rough week. It was only three years ago that he found out he had a daughter named Victoria Brink, but CNN reports that DNA tests this week show that she was in fact not …

House Panel Unanimously Passes Email Privacy Amendment House Panel Unanimously Passes Email Privacy Amendment
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The ECPA amendment that would require government agencies to obtain a warrant when accessing email hasn’t made much headway since the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it back in April. Now the House is trying to make sure email privacy is …

Justice Department Finally Admits That It Collects All Phone Records Within U.S. Justice Department Finally Admits That It Collects All Phone Records Within U.S.
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When the NSA spy programs were first revealed, the government told us that it was only collecting records that were relevant to terrorism investigations. Further leaks contradicted that claim, but the government didn’t address it. Now one government official has, …

Rep. Joe Barton Wants To Legalize Online Poker Rep. Joe Barton Wants To Legalize Online Poker

Online poker where real money is at stake is in a legal gray zone in the U.S. It was banned in 2006, but the Justice Department allowed states to determine their own online gambling laws in 2011. Now one lawmaker …

Senate Finally Gets Around To Drafting A Cybersecurity Bill Senate Finally Gets Around To Drafting A Cybersecurity Bill
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Earlier this year, the House proved yet again that it doesn’t care about your privacy by passing CISPA. The controversial cybersecurity bill would let the government and private companies easily share information to counter cyber threats. Now the Senate has …

Intelligence Director James Clapper Admits That He Lied To Congress, Is Sorry Intelligence Director James Clapper Admits That He Lied To Congress, Is Sorry
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Before Edward Snowden leaked a number of NSA documents through The Guardian and The Washington Post, some members of Congress who knew something was up was pushing the intelligence community to come clean. One of its first targets was Intelligence …

Google Tries To Sell Government On Glass Privacy. Are You Sold? Google Tries To Sell Government On Glass Privacy. Are You Sold?
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Back in May, the bipartisan congressional Privacy Caucus sent an open letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking for clarification on Google Glass and the privacy issues that come with the device. In early June, Google VP, Public Policy and …

Rep. Eric Swalwell Wants To Let Congress Vote From Home Rep. Eric Swalwell Wants To Let Congress Vote From Home

Congress is embarrassingly behind the curve when it comes to technology. For example, former Speaker Newt Gingrich doesn’t know the word “smartphone.” A far more dangerous example can be found in the numerous bills, like SOPA and CISPA, that Congress …

Student Loan Interest Rates Will Double, Unless … Student Loan Interest Rates Will Double, Unless …

Come July 1, student loan interest rates will double from 3.4% to 6.8%. That rate jump will only affect all new federally-subsidized student loans, not existing loans. Lots of folks are looking for ways to remedy the high-interest situation. BusinessWeek …