Tag Archive: Library Of Congress

FBI’s Search For ‘Mo,’ Suspect In Bomb Threats, Highlights Use Of Malware For Surveillance




” The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations, said Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, now on the advisory board of Subsentio, a firm that helps telecommunications carriers comply with federal wiretap statutes.

  The FBI’s technology continues to advance as users move away from traditional computers and become more savvy about disguising their locations and identities. “Because of encryption and because targets are increasingly using mobile devices, law enforcement is realizing that more and more they’re going to have to be on the device — or in the cloud,” Thomas said, referring to remote storage services. “There’s the realization out there that they’re going to have to use these types of tools more and more.”



    Between the NSA being able to track you wherever you go through your cell phone and the FBI being able to turn on your camera and listen to your private conversations privacy in the US is dead . This goes a long way towards explaining why the government has had such an interest in refusing to allow the legal unlocking of cell phones . 

   Don’t be misled by Obama’s feigned support for a change in the DMCA law that established the ban on unlocking cell phones . It’s a smoke screen made to make him look reasonable , but in reality accomplishing a two-fold goal … goal number one is to continue and increase government surveillance through technology and number two to pander to the major corporate cell service providers . 

    It’s a win – win situation for the government as they can prevent people from removing unwanted software from their phones and reward carriers with higher profits from the forced purchase of new phones in order to switch carriers . It also allows he government to say to the service providers that they helped their bottom line and in return the carriers must help the State spy on your customers .

   As an added bonus the whole scam can be laid at the feet of the Library of Congress who is charged with the enforcement of the DMCA act which affords both the president and Congress “plausible deniability”.











Smithsonian Brings Alexander Graham Bell Voice Recording to Life



” The voice of Alexander Graham Bell, the man widely given credit to as developing the telephone, can now be heard. Due to a remarkable break-through, Bell’s voice has been shared online for all to hear.

In the age of YouTube and digital music, imagine a society that had no way to hear recorded sound. Just over a mere century ago, there was no recorded sound widely distributed the way it is today. And many of the bits that were invented are possibly long gone never to be listened to again.


Until now. As technology progresses, experts are finding ways to extract audio that was once thought to have been unplayable.

The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History has successfully been able to bring a 1885 recording Alexander Graham Bell created back to life.”







The Internet Sales Tax Rush

” Every time Congress has taken a serious look at proposals to boost Internet sales taxes, it has rejected them. That’s probably why pro-tax Senators are trying to rush through an online tax hike with as little consideration as possible.

As early as Monday, the Senate will vote on a bill that was introduced only last Tuesday. The text of this legislation, which would fundamentally change interstate commerce, only became available on the Library of Congress website over the weekend. And you thought ObamaCare was jammed through Nancy Pelosi‘s Democratic House in a hurry.

For Senators curious about what they’re voting on, it is the same flawed proposal that Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) introduced in February. It has been repackaged to qualify for a Senate rule that allows Majority Leader Harry Reid to bypass committee debate and bring it straight to the floor.”

Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints



[Brandy Station, Virginia]. Carpenter, wheelwright and harness shops. Headquarters, Army of the Potomac

Brandy Station, Virginia. Carpenter, wheelwright and harness shops. Headquarters, Army of the Potomac


 ” This online collection provides access to about 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath. The images represent the original glass plate negatives made under the supervision of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner as well as the photographic prints in the Civil War photographs file in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. These negatives and prints are sometimes referred to as the Anthony-Taylor-Rand-Ordway-Eaton Collection to indicate the previous owners. The Library purchased the negatives in 1943.

Search tip for this collection: Try putting in very few search terms, particularly when searching for people (for example, try just the person’s last name). For more information, see the Arrangement & Access section.

Many additional Civil War images are in other collections, including drawings, prints, and photograph albums to name a few.”