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House Republicans Push Obama Administration to Implement National ID System

House Republicans are pushing the Obama administration to move forward with a controversial law that, if enacted, would require every state to issue nationally standardized identification cards to its citizens. As it stands right now, states have until May 11th to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, signed by President Bush. Enacted as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the...

U.S. Government Uses Facebook 'Narcissism' Against You

Share The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently got its hands on a juicy little document from the Department of Homeland Security entitled, "Social Networking Sites and Their Importance to FDNS (fraud detection and national security)" (PDF). Turns out that the DHS and immigration officials have been relying on the "narcissistic tendencies in many people" to uncover fake marriages, abuse of...

'Here You Have' E-mail Virus Wreaks Havoc Across the Globe

Share Yesterday afternoon, a massive virus hit e-mail accounts across the world, including those at major corporations like ABC/Disney, Google, Coca-Cola and NASA. According to ABC News, the trojan virus spread through e-mails with subject lines that read 'Here You Have,' while other versions of the worm were hidden under subject lines like 'This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies,you can find it...

Drones to Patrol U.S.-Mexico Border in Homeland Security Plan

How seriously does the Department of Homeland Security take illegal immigration? So seriously, apparently, that it's ready to turn the Texas border into Tora Bora. According to the AP, the government will begin deploying unmanned surveillance drones to the U.S.-Mexico border in a revamped attempt to stem the flow of illegal aliens entering the country. So far, Homeland Security has obtained...

New Bill Grants Fed Power to Shut Down the Web

Connecticut Senator, and chairman of the Homeland Security committee, Joseph Lieberman introduced legislation last week that would grant broad new emergency powers over the Internet to the federal government. The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA) would require broadband providers, search engines, and software companies to comply with emergency orders issued by the...

MPAA and RIAA Want Border Patrol and Homeland Security to Help Fight Piracy

We're accustomed to overstatement and morally questionable tactics from the MPAA and RIAA. Remember, these are the crews that sued a single mom for $1.9 million over 24 illegally downloaded songs, wanted anti-virus companies to start scanning for pirated media and called file sharers a bunch of drug-dealing Al Qaeda operatives. But nothing they've done before could possibly approach the level of...

Senators Propose National ID Cards to Curb Illegal Immigration

As the Department of Homeland Security continues to urge states to adopt its national identification card program, Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsay Graham have proposed a radically new alternative -- another national identification card. Homeland Security's Real ID initiative, which began in 2005, requires motor vehicle authorities in each state to compile Social Security numbers, birth...

Secret Service Computer Systems Hopelessly Outdated

The fact that the government and most of its agencies are still stuck in the technological dark ages is no longer news. Officials in the Obama administration have been shouting it from the hilltops since they rolled into D.C. on their social networking-powered bus. But, while Obama has been pushing the government into the 21st century (though those accomplishments are often overshadowed by...