v3rgEz writes: In 1983, cybermania would grip the nation: The movie WarGames is released over the summer, becoming a blockbuster hit for the time and intriguing President Ronald Reagan enough to summon his closest advisors to help study emerging cyberthreats and ultimately pass the first directive on cybersecurity. But according to declassified documents, made fully public thanks to MuckRock’s lawsuit, one intelligence agency made a hard pass on the computer craze.
v3rgEz writes: In 1988, as part of the CIA's ongoing research into weaponized ESP, CIA psychics were tasked with identifying a photo of a famous individual inside of an opaque folder. That individual was Albert Einstein. The individual the psychics came up with was off, but not that far off: A moody hippie pharmacist named Alfer Aferman. Read the documents, released under FOIA, at MuckRock.
v3rgEz writes: Attend any of the protests over inauguration weekend? Wondering if your phone was surveilled doing so? Unfortunately, with law enforcement’s continued silence about cell site simulators use, it’s almost impossible to know. MuckRock has surveyed almost 200 local and state police departments to get details on policies regarding the use of StingRays, which can track calls, user location, and even read text messages — all without a warrant. Here's what various police departments did — and didn't — release.
v3rgEz writes: With voting day finally here, we thought it would be good to take a look back at the unsung heroes of the electoral process: obscure political parties. Thanks to FCC documents released to MuckRock, we have a full breakdown of parties ranging from Bob’s For Jobs to Vote for KISS.