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Spy Satellites to be Pointed at U.S. Citizens

The domestic wiretapping program run by the NSA was disturbing enough to privacy advocates, but a new program moving forward that would allow law enforcement and security agencies to use spy satellite imagery may give the members of the ACLU a collective embolism. Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee have held up the the program while trying to figure out some of the more pressing...

Department of Homeland Security Considers Mind-Control Tech

The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is considering offering a contract to PRI (the Psychotechnology Research Institute), where a group of researchers claim to have developed software that can pick out terrorists and even train individuals to pick out terrorists -- subconsciously. The technology, called Semantic Stimuli Response Measurements Technology (SSRM Tek), is said to gauge a...

Homeland Security's New Flashlight Blinds and Disorients

If you've ever stared directly into a flashlight, you've definitely experienced temporary blindness and disorientation, right? Well, multiply that feeling by about a million, and you've got a super flashlight that the Department of Homeland Security is funding. Developed by a small California-based company called Intelligent Optical Systems, the LED based device is not intended to help you find...

Getting Off of Government Watch Lists

Wired's Ryan Singel has posted an interesting and useful column about removing yourself from government watch lists. Ryan's "first rule for most people in getting off a watch list is to accept that you are not on a list." Instead, he suggests that more often than not you are the victim of a poor matching algorithm or a vague listing for someone else. If you're having problems printing out...