SURVEILLANCE
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The art of surveillance has been practised throughout history. Sun Tzu's The Art of War, for example, written in the fifth century BC, contains a chapter on The Use of Spies where he describes the different ways spies may be used to monitor enemy forces.The most crucial development that has taken place with the rise of democratic states over the last two to three hundred years is that the focus of state surveillance has shifted from external threats to the monitoring of the state's own population...[ GreenNet ]


US Senate blocks House approved bill to eliminate phone data collection
May 23, 2015
The US Senate on Saturday blocked a House passed bill that would end the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) in an after midnight vote of 57-42. Supporters of the measure were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward, and no action was taken by the Sena....... [more]

US House approves bill to eliminate phone data collection
May 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act that was set to expire on June 3. Under the mea....... [more]

Obama calls for elimination of phone data collection
May 13, 2015
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize th....... [more]

UN council reviews US human rights record
May 11, 2015
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended th....... [more]

Federal appeals court finds NSA mass surveillance not authorized under Patriot Act
May 7, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Patriot Act does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not preclude judicial review and remanded the case for further con....... [more]

France lower house approves surveillance law
May 6, 2015
France's National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, approved Bill relating to Intelligence (No. 2669) on Tuesday, which would allow authorities to increase surveillance of anyone linked to terrorism investigations without permission from a judge. The bill authorizes intelligence agencies to....... [more]

France aviation giant files complaints over US spy claims
May 1, 2015
French aviation giant Airbus said Friday it is filing criminal complaints alleging that German intelligence helped the US carry out industrial espionage. The criminal complaint against persons unknown was filed following German media reports that the country's spy agency BND was collecting data on E....... [more]

Reports: North Korea leader sentenced 15 officials to death in 2015
April 30, 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of 15 officials this year, the South Korean National Intelligence Service told a closed parliamentary meeting on Wednesday. These officials were allegedly executed by firing squad for spying. Four members of the Unhaso Orchestra are believed....... [more]

France lawmakers debates controversial surveillance bill
April 13, 2015
The French Parliament on Monday debated a bill that would give French intelligence services more powers to bug and track potential terrorists in France. The bill would require Internet companies to monitor suspicious behavior. Internet companies are concerned that the legislation could deter clients....... [more]

Rights groups take UK government to European Human Rights Court over mass surveillance
April 10, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) revealed on Friday that the group, along with other prominent human rights organizations, has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), bringing claims of indiscriminate surveillance practices against the UK government. The decision to formall....... [more]

HRW sues DEA over mass surveillance program
April 8, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) filed suit Tuesday accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of collecting records of the organization's telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA attempted to make the existence of a mass surveillance program confidential until January, when a federal judge....... [more]




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