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CA lawmakers look to pull plug on NSA snooping

Big Brother might have to close his eyes. A new bipartisan bill would prohibit California’s cooperation with warrantless snooping by the National Security Agency. Senate Bill 828 is by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach. Invoking the Bill of Rights’ Fourth

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L.A. County ground zero for invasive state surveillance

“Enemy of the State,” the 1998 movie about government using technology to track everyone, feels less like sci-fi all the time, especially if you live in Los Angeles County. This is from the scoop by the Center for Investigative Reporting:

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“Captain America” sequel: The first libertarian popcorn movie

The stars and heroes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” may be government employees, but the messages of the movie amount to entry-level libertarian thinking — messages with massive resonance for current policy and political debates. Among them: 1) Don’t

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Sen. Feinstein upset over CIA searching congressional computers

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., generally has a liberal record. Yet the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee long has defended the vast snooping of the NSA and the other intelligence agencies. Perhaps she is having second thoughts after she attacked

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‘Techno-militarization’ seen in CA alarms tech intellectuals 0

The NSA scandal and the increasing use of technology to police and monitor all Americans, not just suspected terrorists around the world and in our midst, is a growing worry in Silicon Valley. CEOs fret that U.S. tech firms will

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Bipartisan effort would limit federal spying in California

Federal agencies could find it harder to spy on Californians if a new bill proposed this legislative session becomes law. State Senators Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, introduced legislation on Monday that would ban state agencies, officials

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DEA now requiring more prescription data

California’s implementation of Obamacare is called Covered California. One thing they definitely cover is collecting a lot more data on you — for themselves and for private companies. Breitbart reports: “In what you can interpret as either an act of

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Mega spy satellite launched from CA

If you live in Southern California, the rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles can be breathtaking. Even if you live way down in Orange County. Also breathtaking is what was the payload of the latest

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Will NSA snooping kill CA prosperity?

Since California invented the Internet more than four decades ago, we’ve ruled the digital roost. Others have contributed, such as CERN in Switzerland and companies in other high-tech centers in America, such as Austin, Tex. and Boston’s Route 128. But

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Nothing to worry about; govt. not really shutting down

Supposedly the federal government is “shutting down.” Not really. Some parts of the government, such as parks, are shutting down to scare people. But the essential parts of government continue to operate. So, don’t worry. Your lifestyle is safe. As

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