– Germany’s New Propaganda Bureau:
Big Brother is Watching YOU!
- A married couple, Peter and Melanie M., were prosecuted and convicted in July 2016 of creating a Facebook group that criticized the government’s migration policy. Also, in July 2016, 60 people suspected of writing “hate speech” online had their homes raided by German police.
- None of the above seems to be enough, however, for the president of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, from Angela Merkel’s CDU party, who believes that what Facebook is already doing against “hate speech” is not enough. According to the CDU politician, there is a need for more legislation.
- The German government’s view of what constitutes “hate speech” is highly selective and appears limited to protecting the government’s own policies on immigration from legitimate criticism.
- When massive antisemitism swept large German cities in the summer of 2014, for example, no such anti-racist zeal was manifest on the part of the German government. On the contrary, there were instances of authorities practically facilitating hate speech. In July 2014, Frankfurt police let mainly Muslim “protesters” use their van’s megaphone to belt out slogans of incitement in Arabic, including the repeated chanting of “Allahu Akbar” and that Jews are “child murderers”.
- Firebombing a synagogue, on the other hand, is simply an “act of protest”.
Officials in Germany’s Interior Ministry are urging Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to establish a “Defense Center against Disinformation” (Abwehrzentrum gegen Desinformation) to combat what they call “political disinformation,” a euphemism for “fake news.”
“The acceptance of a post-truth age would amount to political capitulation,” the officials told Maizière in a memo, which also disclosed that the bureaucrats at the Interior Ministry are eager to see “authentic political communication” remain “defining for the 21st century.”
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Tags: 1984, Big Brother, EU, Europe, Facebook, George Orwell, Germany, Global News, Government, Migrant Crisis, New World Order, Politics, Surveillance
– German Police Union Chief Warns of Potential No-Go Zones:
German Police Union chief Rainer Wendt has warned of the possibility of “police free areas” in which police and other authorities will be unable to enforce the law.
Mr. Wendt has warned German politicians to get the criminal element in the country under control or risk “police-free zones in Germany”. He said that “2017 must be a year of prosecution”, demanding police be allowed to properly enforce the law and hard measures be taken against those “who do not adhere to the laws”, Die Welt reports.
The Police Union head said no-go areas could end up being ruled under criminal laws, rather than the German rule of law, and said this year “must be a year of law enforcement. And indeed there must be consistent law enforcement for those who believe they do not have to stick to the laws in Germany.”
In order to combat criminal elements, Wendt said the government must make more use of technology to boost police presence and capability. He recommended more CCTV cameras in public areas which could work with pattern and facial recognition software to register potential crimes thus allowing police to stop crimes before they happen or better help them identify suspects.
Wendt acknowledged the success of CCTV in identifying the Bulgarian attacker who kicked a woman down the stairs of a Berlin metro station last month. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, EU, Europe, George Orwell, Germany, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics
– Obama Quietly Signs Propaganda Act to Counter ‘Fake News’ – EU to Follow Suit:
Fake news and propaganda driven by government’s and corporations is of course, nothing new. Brexit and the American election have brought the subject into sharp focus more recently as the political class have been unexpectedly losing important desired outcomes. Consequently, as TruePublica reported a week ago, in Britain, controversial laws have been introduced to stem free speech, which, over the passage of time will be used to halt any individual, website or news outlet from reporting against the government narrative with so-called fake news eventually being outlawed. Think this is conspiratorial theorising? Think again.
Last Friday, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorises $611 billion for military spending in 2017. Leaving aside the year-on-year increase and the huge sum overall, buried deeply inside its hefty documentation the NDAA authorises the “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016”. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Barack Obama, Dictatorship, George Orwell, Global News, Government, Internet, NDAA, New World Order, Obama administration, Politics, U.S.
What a legacy!
– Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law:
Late on Friday, with the US population embracing the upcoming holidays and oblivious of most news emerging from the administration, Obama quietly signed into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorizes $611 billion for the military in 2017.
In a statement, Obama said that: Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Barack Obama, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Obama administration, Politics, Society, U.S.
– The Entire Internet History of UK Citizens Now Viewable by Government Organizations Such as Police, Military, Taxes, Jobs and Pensions:
The Investigatory Powers Bill forces internet providers to keep a full record of every site visited by each of its customers for over a year. Of course, government accounts are exempt from this Orwellian law.
This bill is not simply about notifying the government if a specific site has been visited, it is about listing every single site that has been visited by each citizen and when. This information will be made available to a very large range of government bodies. Of course, there’s the police, the military and the secret service but also others entities such as the Food Standards Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Here’s a full list of the agencies allowed to search the browsing history of UK citizens. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Surveillance, U.K.
– Total Surveillance: Snooping in the United Kingdom:
The UK-based Liberty Campaign expressed it most glumly. “The Government’s new Snoopers’ Charter (also known as the Investigatory Powers Bill) will allow the bulk collection of all our personal information. Who we talk to; what we say; where we are; what we look at online – everything.”
Championed while she was Home Secretary, Prime Minister Theresa May has seen her wishes fulfilled. Total surveillance – and there was already a good deal of that in Britain – is coming to the country. Late last month, the Investigatory Powers Bill, known by its faux cuddly, yet sinister term the Snoopers’ charter, received royal assent and became law. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.K.
– French Government Creates Illegal Database On Over 60 Million Citizens:
By setting up a single database centralizing information on the entire French population behind their backs, France’s Socialist Party (PS) government is giving the state vast repressive powers. Coming amid the state of emergency, it constitutes a fundamental threat to democratic rights, in particular to opposition within the working class to austerity and war.
The database, named “Secure Electronic Titles” (TES), was decreed into existence on October 30. It centralizes the personal and bio-metric data of all holders of passports or national identity cards. It concerns over 60 million people, that is, virtually the entire French population. The official launch of the database took place last Tuesday in the Yvelines area and will be extended across France at the beginning of 2017. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, Dictatorship, EU, Europe, France, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Surveillance
– Police facial recognition cameras track our every movement
H/t reader squodgy.
“In UK we now have ‘smart motorways” with number plate AND facial recognition cameras.
The benefit for crime investigation is indisputable.
The ability to monitor individuals and invade privacy is dubious at best and downright offensive at worst.
Soon, everyone will be wearing ANONYMOUS masks just to go to the mall.
I already insist on lowering my sun visor permanently, coz I just feel this surveillance is intrusive and protest accordingly.”
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Tags: 1984, CCTV, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.S.
– The Path To Total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government And Its Silent Coup:
“Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system … a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state…. The important point to remember about this group is not its ideology but its organization… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government…. This group … is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”— Senator William Jenner, 1954 speech
Unaffected by elections. Unaltered by populist movements. Beyond the reach of the law.
Say hello to America’s shadow government.
A corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, George Orwell, Global News, Government, Hillary Clinton, NDAA, New World Order, Patriot Act, Police State, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.S.
– Half Of American Adults Exist In A Government Accessible Facial Recognition Network:
This is a topic I’ve written about occasionally over the years. A recent article published by Vocativ adds some interesting information to the discomforting trend.
Half of all American adults are already in some sort of facial recognition network accessible to law enforcement, according to a comprehensive new study. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.S.
– ACLU Exposes “1984-Style” Police Surveillance On Twitter, Facebook:
Just when you thought it was safe to selfie you latest WalMart-looting or molotov-cocktail-throwing night out, think again. According to the ACLU, law enforcement officials implemented a far-reaching surveillance program to track protesters in both Ferguson and Baltimore during their recent uprisings and relied on special feeds of user data provided by three top social media companies: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The ACLU of California has obtained records showing that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram provided user data access to Geofeedia, a developer of a social media monitoring product that we have seen marketed to law enforcement as a tool to monitor activists and protesters.
We are pleased that after we reported our findings to the companies, Instagram cut off Geofeedia’s access to public user posts, and Facebook has cut its access to a topic-based feed of public user posts. Twitter has also taken some recent steps to rein in Geofeedia though it has not ended the data relationship.
Further steps are required if these companies are to live up to their principles and policies by protecting users of all backgrounds engaging in political and social discourse.
We now know the following about these agreements: Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, ACLU, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Surveillance, U.S.
– Yahoo Admits It Secretly Hacked All User Accounts For US Intelligence:
Just days after admitting that some 500 millions of its email accounts were hacked (allegedly Russians, of course), the Yahoo confessional continues as Reuters reports, somewhat stunningly that, Yahoo secretly built software to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for US intel officials. Yahoo’s reaction to this: we are “a law abiding company.”
Following claims of state-sponsored attacks of its customers’ email accounts, Reuters reports, Yahoo also hacked its own customers’ accounts…
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, eMails, FBI, George Orwell, Global News, Government, Internet, New World Order, NSA, Politics, Society, Yahoo
H/t reader squodgy:
“Don’t know if it works, but it’s worth a try to check on how far they got on their intrusive monitoring & spying for the NSA isn’t it?”
– Here’s How to Hear, Delete and Stop Google from Secretly Recording Everything You Say:
In the past, we have published many articles proving that the Internet search giant, Google is secretly spying on people who are using its services.
Particularly, in 2015, we revealed how Google had tracked Smartphone users everywhere they go, indicating it with a red dot on a map, marking and making the user’s location much clearer for identification. This made users very vulnerable to cyber criminals and government agencies.
In the latest Google spying activities, the company has gone a step further, by recording the voice of its users. Below the article, is a step by step guide to hear the voice being secretly recorded, and how you can delete it, stopping the function permanently.
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According to the Free Thought Project, the recording feature secretly picking out voices, without the person’s consent, was built into Google’s search function as a means of delivering accurate search results. However, the sheer accuracy and amount of data Google is now storing, is chilling. Statistics show that Google now processes on average, over 40,000 search queries every second, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year, worldwide.
H/t reader kevin a.
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Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Google, Internet, New World Order, Society, Surveillance
– Facebook Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier:
I’ve been creeped out by Facebook for a long time now. The following story takes it to another level.
While some of these incredibly accurate friend suggestions are amusing, others are alarming, such as this story from Lisa*, a psychiatrist who is an infrequent Facebook user, mostly signing in to RSVP for events. Last summer, she noticed that the social network had started recommending her patients as friends—and she had no idea why.
“I haven’t shared my email or phone contacts with Facebook,” she told me over the phone.
The next week, things got weirder. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, Facebook, George Orwell, Global News, Society, Surveillance
– Iraq War Surveillance Technology Being Used in Baltimore Without Public Debate:
The relationship between those who are constantly watched and tracked, and those who watch and track them, is the relationship between masters and slaves.
– Chris Hedges, from the post Video of the Day – Chris Hedges on Overthrowing the Corporate Fascist State
Yesterday, Bloomberg published a lengthy expose on a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, which has been secretly surveilling the people of Baltimore on behalf of the police since January.
The article is titled, Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above, and here are some choice excerpts: Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Obama administration, Politics, Surveillance, U.S.
– Putin Signs Controversial Spying Bill That Could Bankrupt Communications Companies:
Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed into law an anti-terrorist bill so controversial it has been criticized by pro-Kremlin politicians, activists, and Putin loyalists due to its potential to infringe upon basic human rights.
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whisteblower who leaked scores of documents incriminating the agency’s activity in 2013, has been a fierce critic of the bill, calling it the “Big Brother law.” Snowden referred to the bill’s codification as a “dark day for Russia.”
Despite the fact the final version of the bill, which contains multiple new laws, had omitted some previously incorporated draconian ideas, it is still controversial due to the huge powers it gives to the security services and the Putin administration. According to the recently passed bill, the legislation mandates that, as summarized by the BBC: Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, Law, New World Order, Politics, Russia, Surveillance, Vladimir Putin
– ‘Quite Disturbing’: Leaked Docs Reveal How Easily FBI Can Spy on Journalists:
‘The other major question here is: why are these rules secret in the first place?
Newly leaked documents published by The Intercept expose just how easy it is for the FBI to spy on journalists using so-called National Security Letters (NSLs).
The classified rules, which had previously been released only in heavily redacted form, “show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information,” The Intercept‘s Cora Currier wrote on Thursday. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, Journalism, New World Order, Politics, Surveillance, U.S.
Common core is a set of standards promoting dangerous New World Order schemes such as the surveillance and sexualization of children.
– Common Core: Surveillance and Sexualization of Children:
Common core is the set of educational standards for American children funded by Bill Gates, the very same man who is pushing GMOs, vaccines and other New World Order (NWO) Agenda 21-style schemes. In another example of blatant doublespeak, the curricula are named “Common Core State Standards”, despite the fact they were forced onto the states with bribes, came top-down from the US Federal Government and were written by the international elite. Common Core first came onto the scene in 2009, after Obama took office, using money from the $350 million stimulus package. Common Core is another manifestation of a long-held dream of the NWO manipulators to replace the family with the State, a plan laid out in novels such as Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which included reference to State hatcheries (i.e. State control of reproduction). Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, Children, Dictatorship, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.S.
– Propaganda Bill in Congress Could Give America Its Very Own Ministry Of “Truth”
United States — In the true Orwellian fashion now typifying 2016, a bill to implement the U.S.’ very own de facto Ministry of Truth has been quietly introduced in Congress — its lack of fanfare appropriate given the bill’s equally subtle language. As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight, however, the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information.
Introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 seeks a “whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions” to counter “foreign disinformation and manipulation,” which they believe threaten the world’s “security and stability.” Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Barack Obama, George Orwell, Global News, Government, Obama administration, Politics, propaganda, U.S.
– Snowden leak: GCHQ & America’s NSA regularly intercept British MPs emails:
American spies and the UK’s listening post GCHQ regularly intercept the emails of British MPs and peers, including privileged correspondence between parliamentarians and their constituents.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly has access to intercepted emails sent and received by all MPs and peers through Parliament’s Microsoft computer system, Office 365.
Intelligence agency GCHQ on the other hand, allegedly accesses the data when it leaves UK’s borders on its way to Microsoft’s data centers in Dublin and the Netherlands.
The revelations have been made public through an investigation by Computer Weekly, based on leaked documents by the now-exiled former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, GCHQ, George Orwell, Global News, Government, NSA, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.K.
– Oregon Senator Warns – The U.S. Government is Dramatically Expanding its Hacking and Surveillance Authority:
The Patriot Act continues to wreak its havoc on civil liberties. Section 213 was included in the Patriot Act over the protests of privacy advocates and granted law enforcement the power to conduct a search while delaying notice to the suspect of the search. Known as a “sneak and peek” warrant, law enforcement was adamant Section 213 was needed to protect against terrorism. But the latest government report detailing the numbers of “sneak and peek” warrants reveals that out of a total of over 11,000 sneak and peek requests, only 51 were used for terrorism. Yet again, terrorism concerns appear to be trampling our civil liberties.
– From the post: More “War on Terror” Abuses – Spying Powers Are Used for Terrorism Only 0.5% of the Time
Ron Wyden, a Senator from Oregon, has been one of the most influential and significant champions of Americans’ embattled 4th Amendment rights in the digital age. Recall that it was Sen. Wyden who caught Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lying under oath about government surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Mr. Wyden continues to be a courageous voice for the public when it comes to pushing back against Big Brother spying. His latest post at Medium is a perfect example.
Here it is in full: Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, ACLU, Big Brother, Dictatorship, Fascism, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.S.
– On Any Given Day, The Average American Going About His Daily Business Will Be Monitored, Surveilled, Spied On And Tracked In More Than 20 Different Ways, By Both Government And Corporate Eyes And Ears:
Constitutional and civil rights lawyer John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institutes notes:
On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.
We’ve previously documented that the government is spying on everything we do … without any real benefit or justification (and see this). Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Barack Obama, Dictatorship, Fascism, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, NSA, Obama administration, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.S.
– Thirteen Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret from You:
“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act. As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.” – US Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall
The President, the Head of the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and the Judiciary, are intentionally keeping massive amounts of information about surveillance of US and other people secret from voters.
Additionally, some are, to say it politely, not being factually accurate in what they are telling the public. These inaccurate statements are either intentional lies meant to mislead the public or they are evidence that the people who are supposed to be in charge of oversight do not know what they are supposed to be overseeing. Either way, this is a significant crisis. Here are thirteen examples of what they are doing.
One. The Government seizes and searches all internet and text communications which enter or leave the US Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, Dictatorship, Edward Snowden, Fascism, FBI, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, NSA, Politics, Surveillance, U.S.
– Drones will stay in the air for weeks, track whole populations – Snowden:
Solar-powered drones will stay in the air for weeks tracking the movements not just of individuals, but whole populations, Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, wrote in an article published Tuesday.
Making drones more persistent is a capability which the US has “been pursuing forever,” Snowden wrote in The Intercept.
“The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, smartphone, and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route,” he explained. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Surveillance, U.S.
– This is What Government Sponsored Mass Surveillance is Doing to Your Mind:
Big Brother is watching you and he wants you to believe that if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.
This is a lie, of course, and as we move deeper into the era of state sponsored technological surveillance, we see more evidence that the loss of privacy and confidence in inter-personal communications is transforming the individual into a compliant, self-policing ward of the state. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Edward Snowden, George Orwell, Global News, Government, NSA, Politics, Surveillance, U.S.
– EU wants ‘single-click’ access to personal data:
The EU plans to create a single access point for the authorities to look at people’s personal data, including fingerprints and facial scans, by linking up to a dozen border and law enforcement databases, interior ministers said on Thursday (21 April).
The announcement follows the adoption of a controversial law to collect flight data information of everyone flying into and out of Europe as part of a larger pan-national bid to crack down on potential terrorists and other criminal suspects. Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, EU, Europe, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, Society, Surveillance