Podcast: Whitney Webb on the Rise of a Biotech Industrial Complex Under COVID-19 

In this segment of MintCast, investigative journalist Whitney Webb unpacks the many conflicts of interests at play in the government and corporate COVID-19 response and how the search for a cure ties into a larger agenda to use public fear over the pandemic to build a techno-tyrannical state worthy of Orwell’s “1984.”

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Welcome to MintCast, the official MintPress News podcast hosted by Mnar Muhawesh. MintCast is an interview podcast featuring dissenting voices, independent researchers and journalists the establishment would rather silence. In this episode, we are joined by independent journalist Whitney Webb. Many of our readers and listeners are familiar with

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How the Us National Security State Is Using Coronavirus to Fulfill an Orwellian Vision

Last year a government commission called for the US to adopt an AI-driven mass surveillance system far beyond that used in any other country. Now, many of the “obstacles” cited as preventing its implementation are being removed under the guise of combating coronavirus.

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WASHINGTON DC (The Last American Vagabond) — Last year, a U.S. government body dedicated to examining how artificial intelligence can “address the national security and defense needs of the United States” discussed in detail the “structural” changes that the American economy and society must undergo in order to ensure a technological advantage over

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Top EU Court Issues Ruling Delivering “Major Blow” To Mass Surveillance

“Today’s judgment is a major blow against mass surveillance and an important day for privacy”


(REPORT) — The European Union's highest court on Wednesday issued a landmark ruling against mass surveillance in a judgment that challenges key portions of the U.K.'s so-called "Snooper's charter," a sweeping surveillance bill that was set to become law by the end of the year. The decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU),

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Court Rules UK Mass Spying Was Unlawfully Conducted For Nearly Two Decades

The decision has been called a ‘long overdue indictment’ of government’s bulk collection of citizens’ private information


In what rights campaigners heralded as a "significant" reproach to government overreach, a British court which oversees the nation's  intelligence and clandestine services ruled Monday that mass surveillance by agencies—including the bulk collection of private data from unwitting citizens and residents—was unlawfully conducted for nearly two

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Baltimore Police Have Been Secretly Spying On Entire City From The Air

“Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability.”

Aerial view of Baltimore from Persistent Surveillance’s Cessna.

Baltimore Police didn’t bother to inform the public (or anyone, for that matter) when they implemented a privately-funded mass surveillance program in January using a wide-angle camera-equipped plane flying above the city — which instantly uploaded and stored everything it recorded, just in case they needed it later. As Bloomberg’s Monte Reel

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Impact Of Snowden Leaks Echoes 3 Years Later, Yet Mass Surveillance Remains Pervasive

According to one digital rights activist, the conversation Snowden started ‘isn’t finished, and won’t be until the NSA surveillance wiretaps of the Internet are unplugged for good.’

New documents, reports VICE, "call into question aspects of the US government's long-running narrative about Snowden's time at the NSA." (Photo: via VICE News)

MINNEAPOLIS --- Three years after the public first learned about top secret documents which proved that the U.S. government routinely spies on millions of people, mass surveillance remains a part of everyday life. On June 5, 2013, The Guardian published the first report on the NSA’s mass surveillance program based on thousands of classified

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