Category Archives: Politics
CIA Director John Brennan is launching a new campaign to stop leaks at the agency.
How do we know this? Because the plan to stop leaks was leaked. Absolutely hilarious.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just dropped a ban hammer on 1,677 websites that were selling illegal prescription drugs. It also seized over $41 million worth of drugs.
Because fuck you for trying to buy drugs for cheaper online. Or something.
Bing Maps is making international headlines (probably for the first time – ha!) after it caught an incredibly clear overhead shot of a secret Russian aircraft dubbed MIG Project 1.44. The new plane is Russia’s first attempt at building a proper stealth fighter jet.
The NSA has had a really bad week. First, their super-secret domestic wiretapping program PRISM was outed by The Washington Post and The Guardian. Bricks were shat.
Now, The Guardian has blown the lid on another dubious NSA program; a global surveillance data tracking tool called Boundless Informant. It’s a tool for recording and analyzing where all of the NSA’s intelligence comes from – something the NSA told Congress it couldn’t do.
This is thirty-one flavors of fucked up. The conspiracy theorists were right.
Last night, the Washington Post and The Guardian both blew the lid on a nasty NSA program called PRISM. It’s a collaboration between the NSA, FBI, and almost every tech company we use daily. PRISM has given these agencies access to our information for six years.
Gizmodo has a full breakdown on the incredibly invasive program.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has dropped its plan to let passengers carry small knives and other potential weapons on airplanes because of intense criticism and pressure from Congress. Yes, that’s right: Congress did something intelligent for once.
I really don’t understand why anyone at the TSA thought this would be a good idea.
The FBI is catching a lot of heat over a story in the San Francisco Chronicle that claims the agency seized – and then continued to operate - a child porn forum for a full two weeks in a bid to identify (and hopefully capture) as many as 5,000 pedophiles across the globe.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out, to say the very least.
Apple devices have (finally) joined BlackBerry and Android on the list of devices approved for official use on secure United States military networks according to Bloomberg.
The Pentagon cleared both the iPad and the iPhone for general use as long as the devices run on iOS 6. Apple is now the only U.S. based device maker with a military approval.
Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by open government collective MuckRock News, the National Security Agency has been forced to make public a really cool guide on how to use the Internet to find… just about anything, actually. It’s fascinating and terrifying.
You can download the complete 643 page PDF file right here.
A group that calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the Associated Press’ official Twitter feed this morning and posted a fake update that caused a bit of a shit storm.
“Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”
The White House quickly confirmed that the President is fine and Twitter has suspended the AP account. The same group has also hacked NPR and CBS in recent weeks.