Guest: Our online co-producer Scotty Reid will be on the program today to discuss the need for another Abolitionist movement in the United States and how those who gave their lives to end the institution were betrayed by the Lincoln administration.
A privacy rights blog is reporting that your cell phone may be used to spy on you and others at protests. New technology called "IMSI catchers" is being pushed to law enforcement officials and intelligence groups that allow them to intercept cell phone data. Privacy SOS reports, "IMSI stands for "International Mobile Subscriber Identity". The technology is essentially a mobile phone tower with "a malicious operator". It mimics the behavior of a cell tower and tricks mobile phones into sending data to it, instead of to the tow."
Continuing our coverage of government spying on citizens without a warrant, the United States is testing a high tech spy tool on an unsuspecting New Zeeland public. The New Zealand Herald is reporting that "The tool was called ThinThread and it worked by automatically intercepting phone, email and internet information."
However, a Wikipedia entry on ThinThread states, "ThinThread is the name of a project that the United States National Security Agency pursued during the 1990s, according to a May 17, 2006 article in the Baltimore Sun. The program involved wiretapping and sophisticated analysis of the resulting data, but according to the article, the program was discontinued after the September 11, 2001 attacks due to the changes in priorities and the consolidation of U.S. intelligence authority. The "change in priority" consisted of the decision made by the Director of NSA Gen. Michael V. Hayden to go with a concept called Trailblazer, despite the fact that ThinThread was a working prototype that protected the privacy of U.S. citizens."
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