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The surveillance state is weird. One of the weirdest parts is how same issues that apply in the large scale, like NSA wiretapping, also apply on a small scale, like the guy who caught somebody digging up hostas from a tree pit in front of his house in Fort Greene. He caught someone doing something […]

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Anyone relieved that the NSA cellphone record collection has expired will find a new surveillance issue to be concerned about with this new, frightening report from the AP: The FBI has a fleet of at least 115 airplanes equipped with cameras and cellphone surveillance technology, flown under the cover of fake companies set up by […]

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E-ZPass is a system that allows drivers to pay tolls via an electronic tag that’s read by scanners at toll booths in order to expedite the payment process (shorter lines, no digging for change). You would assume that they’d only be located at toll booths, since that’s what they’re for, but The New York Civil […]

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For an organization that has been so adamant on increasing its public surveillance, it is surprising and troubling that several NYPD precincts don’t have working security cameras. A new report by DNAinfo claims that “cameras outside police precinct stationhouses” are “not working in a number of cases, according to an NYPD source.” The point isn’t […]

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At this point in America’s ongoing loss of privacy, it’s becoming clear that if one can imagine a way for an agency to spy, it’s probably happening. Hot on the heels of the recent announcement that the DEA collects call data on citizens, the ACLU has discovered that the drug agency is tracking millions of peoples’ […]

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Days after a Redditor found cameras hidden in New York’s Herald Square subway station, the New York Post investigated and confirmed that there are “at least six hidden cameras” embedded among the “ubiquitous domed video-surveillance cameras.” Though one source in the MTA described the cameras as “antiquated,” as they date back to the 1990s, the […]

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Two civil rights groups will argue their appeal to overturn a court’s decision that allowed the NYPD to surveil Muslim communities as part of an anti-terrorism campaign. Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights will convene in a Philadelphia courtroom on Tuesday to make their case that the NYPD violated the rights of Muslims by profiling […]

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Here’s a story that involves a two-way mirror, a sneaky bro, and the Illuminati — the the perfect trifecta for, err, something, right? Okay, I’m overselling this. Over at BroBible, writer Chris Illuminati discovered that his friend has a “speak easy side entrance” to his New York apartment that’s actually a two-way mirror. I don’t […]

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If you’ve seen the documentary Citizenfour, about the NSA surveillance state and disclosures by Edward Snowden, then you know the work of Trevor Paglen. He served as a cinematographer for the film and was thanked in the credits. Until recently, the official website provided updates on where to see his artwork. Paglen, who is the […]

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In a broad “anti-terrorism” campaign, the NYPD has been surveilling Muslims without cause. Now, the de Blasio administration is continuing the Bloomberg/Kelly defense of the program. The AP first brought attention to the Demographics Unit — a division of the NYPD given the task of infiltrating mosques, developing relationships with young Muslims and focusing intelligence gathering on “ancestries […]

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