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+ - US Gives Mexico Money for Phone/Email Taps

Submitted by MedicinalMan
MedicinalMan (1061338) writes "According to an LA Times piece from Thursday, the US government gave money to Mexico for phone/email tapping. The political implications in Mexico involve the historical relationship of the US and Mexico, and loosening of the Mexican constitution. The implications for Americans however involve potentially skirting 4th Amendment issues by using interception of American/Mexican communication as a basis for warrants issued by American courts. The Supreme Court has ruled that the 4th Amendment only applies to people in the U.S. and the NSA currently has the power (both technologically and legally through FISA) to intercept foreign traffic, but that usually involves national security issues, not "common" prosecution of crimes. With small outlays of $3 million, it seems that it will be relatively simple to monitor Americans from the outside without constitutional protection."
Privacy

+ - Get Out the Tin Hats; dust-speck sized RFID

Submitted by MedicinalMan
MedicinalMan (1061338) writes "According to Pink Tentacle, http://www.pinktentacle.com/2007/02/hitachi-develo ps-rfid-powder/ very tiny RFID chips 0.05mm x 0.05mm will be markted by Hitachi in the next couple of years. The many harmless uses generally involve embedding them in paper (money, gift certificates, admission tickets, etc.). The main specs are: "128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38-digit ID number.The new chips are also 9 times smaller than the prototype chips Hitachi unveiled last year, which measure 0.15 x 0.15 mm." Telescreen: There will be absolutely no uses that involve privacy invasion nor should paranoia increase. Carry on...War is peace..."

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