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NSA Spying Continues… Here’s Five Ways to Shield Yourself

The bottom line is we know the government conducts surveillance on civilians. This is one of the many reasons you need to take your privacy into your own hands and enact these five steps to protect yourself.

In November, a U.S. congressional House panel approved legislation that renewed the National Security Agency’s internet surveillance program for four more years. This program was initially classified, but former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed this practice in 2013.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the NSA to collect large amounts of data from digital communications — basically, anything you do online falls into this category.

This program authorizes the government to collect information on Americans for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it gathers information on Americans who communicate with a foreign target overseas. These communications can be monitored without a warrant — not only by the NSA, but by the FBI as well.

Obviously, this legislation is facing fierce opposition from technology companies and privacy groups who want to protect U.S. citizens. In fact, the group Reform Government Surveillance, which represents tech companies including Facebook and Apple, warns that this legislation will open the door to expanding government surveillance around the world.

U.S. intelligence agencies, on the other hand, claim this legislation is critical to keeping U.S. citizens and our allies safe from terrorism. I think this is an incredibly slippery slope: Where do you draw the line between gathering intelligence for the security of our nation and invading the privacy of innocent people?

Watch Your Back

The bottom line is we know the government conducts surveillance on civilians. This is one of the many reasons you need to take your privacy into your own hands and enact the necessary steps to protect yourself.

Here are five cybersecurity measures you should consider employing to shield yourself from prying eyes — whether it’s the government or a hacker who’s trying to steal your information:

1. Encrypted messaging. No matter what communication device you use (Android, iPhone, etc.), you should download an encrypted messaging program such as Signal or WhatsApp. These secure messaging apps offer end-to-end encryption, which means your messages cannot be deciphered while being transmitted. In other words, your conversation is protected and can’t be seen by anyone other than the people involved in the conversation (the end users). I recommend avoiding messaging platforms that don’t offer encryption such as Google Hangouts because these conversations can easily be intercepted.

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Shock report: Government rules against spying on Americans aren’t rules at all

It isn’t getting much attention because of the ongoing turmoil in Washington– but a report out this week reveals the government is majorly abusing its spying authority with little regard for rules agencies claim exist to protect American privacy.

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Growing cadre of lawmakers want to sunset FISA

There is no privacy in America as the Deep State scarfs up every bit of electronic communication transmitted anywhere. But a tipping point may have been or is about to be reached. Conservative Republicans on the Hill are worried that the same spying apparatus that led to the intercepts of Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may be sweeping up too many people (meaning politicians) and flouting what few laws Congress has passed to it.

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Obama’s Watergate

When Donald Trump tweeted that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower and his telephone lines, it was clear what he meant. He meant electronic surveillance in all its many forms. Obama’s spooks broke into Republican HQ electronically in order to grab dirt on Trump, and shared what they learned with Obama, the Clinton campaign and the media in order, first, to defeat Trump; and second, to delegitimize Trump’s presidency and find dirt to use to try and force him out of office. This is Obama’s Watergate.

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If You Have Nothing to Hide . . .

For years, the national security establishment has been telling us, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” Ergo, the feds ought to be provided complete access to all of our emails, cell calls, internet browsing records, location, private in-home conversations, banking records, credit card transactions, etc., etc., etc., held forever,…
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Politics and American Surveillance

Editor: Today is the publication date of the Independent Institute’s newest book, American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment, by Anthony Gregory (Research Fellow, Independent Institute). Published for Independent by the University of Wisconsin Press, this widely acclaimed new book traces the history of government surveillance in the U.S. that transcends party divides,…
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NSA Spying: Another Foreign Intervention Come Home

The Washington Post recently ran an article titled, “Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism.” In the article, journalist Radley Balko explains that provisions in the Patriot Act have allowed the NSA to share information with a variety of other agencies, including the…
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The American Police State

The Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition. Helicopters and drones are flying around American cities every day. The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its use of x-rays and pat-downs. The uniforms of local police forces resemble combat soldiers and police officers conduct military-style training exercises with National Guard troops. Tanks […]

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Put Yourself in the Government’s Shoes

…Just bear in mind that those shoes might cost a good $16 trillion, give or take. So, not surprisingly, the ever-steadfast State apologist Lindsey Graham doesn’t balk at the idea of a secret, warrantless NSA seizure of phone records: “I am a Verizon customer,” he recently said. “You can have my phone number, and put […]

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Yea, I am sure every other writer in America is using that too, and  I am sure they can use MS Paint better than me. So, it looks like all those Lefties running the show today who thought Operation COINTELPRO was the end of the world find more severe measures to be just fine and […]

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