Category: The Surveillance State

Hey Zuck, ever sold data to the CIA?

“I can have my team get back to you on that” A new name to pay attention to: Palantir Mark Zuckerberg questioned by the Senate Commerce Committee. A new name to pay attention to: Palantir. Palantir’s clients include the CIA, DHS, NSA, the FBI and more. Founded by Peter Thiel and very friendly with Facebook. Here’s what the UK’s Guardian says about the company: “It is all-powerful, yet no one knows it even exists. Palantir does not have an office, it has a ‘SCIF’ on a back street in Palo Alto, California. SCIF stands for ‘sensitive compartmentalised information facility’....

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Snooping 101

All about metadata Ethical and unethical uses of date NSA whistle blower Bill Binney explains the ethical – and unethical – ways that the NSA snoops on you. Metadata. The documentary about Binney they are referring to is called “A Good American” A Good American is a 2015 Austrian documentary film that chronicles the work of whistleblower William Binney, a former official of the National Security Agency who resigned shortly after the September 11 attacks. Brasscheck TV needs your help Brasscheck TV relies on viewer contributions to keep going Donate...

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The long term effects of “social” media

Not so social after all “You don’t realize it, but you are being programmed” “You don’t realize it, but you are being programmed.” Facebook founders admit: “The initial goal was to get people hooked.” “We knew what we were doing.” What the long term effects of “social” media? Multiple, well documented significant harms. For example: 1. Its wastes time 2. It fragments attention, permanently reducing your ability to concentrate 3. It increases feeling of isolation and promotes depression 4. It creates a steady hum of anxiety More about the negative effects here: Brasscheck TV needs your help Brasscheck TV...

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The dark side of social media

The Pentagon loves Facebook “Social media users are lab rats” Walk down the street these days and you’ll see half the people you encounter have their nose buried in their smart phones. It’s not an accident. It’s planned and encouraged – and it’s not for your benefit. We helped break this story TEN years ago, and it’s only just reaching public consciousness now. Long before social media, the US Army Corps of Engineers had their employees posing as “average citizens” parroting their press releases – as the bodies of people killed by the Corp’s ineptitude and corruption were still...

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The NSA Lied Us Into Iraq

The story you never heard Produced by How did this “little” point get lost in the NSA story? The NSA’s JOB is to spy on the communications of our enemies, not to listen to and record your phone calls. Here’s a case where they not only got it massively wrong, it also looks like they remained silent while their “evidence” was used to drive the US into a ruinous war. Did they present false information to the Bush criminals or did they merely sit back and do nothing when that evidence was grossly misrepresented. It hardly matters, does...

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