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I learned recently from Susan McLucas, a long-time local activist for Chelsea Manning, that president Obama commuted Chelsea's sentence. She will be released from prison on May 17th. I think I speak for most, if not all, Pirates that we are very happy and relieved that Chelsea will be free in four months. Thanks to everyone who kept up their support for her and indeed increased it. I personally appreciate the effort of the Chelsea Manning Support Network, Evan Greer, Fight for the Future, Sus...
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Our hearts go out to the people of Nice after the horrible attack there.  Whether it is Baghdad, Orlando, Dallas or Dhaka, single people and groups will use violence to achieve their aims or just act out in anger and hate.  In our frustration, it is natural to seek means to stop them. For over a decade, the US government has used mass surveillance of the world to try to identify and stop these attacks.  Having spent unknown tens of billions of dollars doing so, they haven't stopped a single a...
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Where: Park Street Station on the Boston Common When: 1:00-2:00 PM Saturday, December 19 Imprisoned in 2010 and held for months under torturous conditions, Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in August 2013 for releasing many military secrets about US crimes in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan among other things. If this stands, she'll be out in 2045. We cannot let this happen! In honor of Chelsea Manning's 28th birthday (December 17th) this December 19th 2015, long-time sup...
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Following on the cloture vote on CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, the Senate is again considering amendments to it and a final vote. While Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey, as well as Senators Leahy and Sanders from Vermont voted against it.  In the rest of New England, no one else voted against it. CISA is a awful bill that will allow the NSA to collect our communications without even anonymizing it, as even a former intel official admitted. This fight is not ov...
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Cory Doctorow (science fiction author and Co-Editor of Boing Boing tech blog) and others spoke at the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University on Tuesday, October 13th. The talk was entitled The Remote-Controlled Society and is part of Cory's discussion of the Coming War on General Computing. While the Ford Hall Forum will be releasing video of the full discussion and Q&A, we were able to record the opening statements by Cory Doctorow, Rebecca Curtin (Assistant Professor of Law with a focus on...
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UPDATED EVENT INFO BELOW The House will vote on Fast Track Trade Authority (FTTA) Friday.  The Hill reported that only Congressman Moulton (6th CD district) has not committed to opposing this bill.  Please call him today at (202) 225-8020 and urge him to oppose Fast Track Trade Authority. Telling him to oppose this destructive bill on Facebook or on Twitter at @sethmoulton will also help. UPDATE: There is a rally to stop Fast Track at Congressman Moulton's office today at 3:30pm sponsored ...
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One of last year's prominent stories was a Senate subcommittee investigation into allegations of CIA torture. A Guardian article mentioned a document called the Internal Panetta Review. I submitted a public records request for the Internal Panetta Review on March 16th, 2014. March 16, 2014 Information and Privacy Coordinator Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 Dear Coordinator: Under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. subsection 552, I am requesting a cop...
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A couple of months ago, I sent the CIA a FOIA request, for a screen shot of their intranet home page. I was simply curious: what does your average CIA employee see every day, when they log on to the agency's internal intranet. The CIA denied my request, and I filed an appeal: July 25, 2014 Information and Privacy Coordinator Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 Dear Coordinator, I'm writing in regard to FOIA request F-2014-01696, a request for a screenshot of the ...
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Have you ever wondered what the average CIA employee sees when the come into work and log into their computer? I was curious about this, so I sent the CIA a FOIA request for a screen shot of the agency's intranet home page. I'd like to provide a report on the status of my request. The Request My FOIA request to the CIA: May 23, 2014 Information and Privacy Coordinator Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 Dear Coordinator, Under the Freedom of Information Act...
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May 27th was a rather unusual day. Or to put it more bluntly, May 27th kind of sucked. In the days beforehand, the ACLU had made a public records request to the Sarasota, FL police department, regarding their use of Stingray devices in law enforcement operations. Specifically, the ACLU asked for "any records made or received by [the Sarasota Police Department] related to the use of cell phone tracking equipment, including but not limited to, any device known as stingray or stingray II." ...
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