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21 Million Chinese Cellphone Users Disappear in Three Months of Pandemic

The opacity of the Chinese Communist government obliges responsible outside observers to look for clues to the truth of the coronavirus epidemic, instead of merely repeating official information without question. The official count from China is 3,277 fatalities from 81,171 infections as of Tuesday, but the Epoch Times noted the troubling disappearance of some 21 million cell phone accounts in China over the past three months – an unprecedented decline that hints at more fatalities than Beijing is prepared to admit.

A woman wearing a Minnie Mouse face mask looks at her mobile phone in Beijing on February 11, 2020. - The death toll from a new coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 on February 11 as the World Health Organization warned infected people who have not travelled to China could be …

Hunter Biden’s Firm Invested in China’s Surveillance Tech of Muslims

A report published Friday by The Intercept brought a surprising new angle to last week’s revelations about the extent of China’s electronic spying on the Muslims of Xinjiang province. The private equity firm of Hunter Biden, the son of former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, invested in one of the Chinese companies that created the Xinjiang surveillance state nightmare.

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Vice President Joe Biden, center, and his son Hunter Biden, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Report Details Astounding Extent of China’s Illegal Mass Surveillance of Uighur Muslims

A report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday provided astounding details of the mass surveillance system China has imposed on the Uighur Muslims, turning the cities of Xinjiang province into virtual prisons for those Uighurs who are not already incarcerated in re-education camps. As HRW pointed out, many of these surveillance techniques are flagrantly illegal under Chinese law.

Two ethnic Uighur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen standing guard outside the Grand Bazaar in the Uighur district of the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang region on July 14, 2009. A mosque was closed and many businesses were shuttered a day after police shot dead two Muslim Uighurs, as …

Chinese Actress Blocked from Travel by Social Credit System

Actress and former Miss Chinese International Michelle Ye Xuan, whose resume includes numerous films and television shows, has become the highest-profile “untrustworthy” citizen to be banned from travel by China’s social credit system, a massive surveillance and data-mining operation that grades Chinese for the quality of their citizenship and punishes those with poor scores.

HUZHOU, CHINA - DECEMBER 27: Actress Michelle Ye Xuan meets media during the shooting of TV series 'Lou Wai Lou' on December 27, 2016 in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

High-Tech Surveillance in Muslim Xinjiang Province Spreads Across China

Reuters offered a look on Tuesday at how high-tech surveillance techniques developed to monitor the Muslims of Xinjiang province are spreading across the rest of China, all the way to the capital city of Beijing. The account provides a textbook case of surveillance state mission creep, as techniques devised for what the Chinese government described as a unique emergency situation become part of everyday life.

The sun sets behind the Beijing skyline and a security camera, on December 5, 2013. Beijing is the second most expensive city in Asia for expatriates, jumping up the ranking from fifth place last year while Tokyo still tops the list despite a sharply weaker yen, a survey showed. AFP …

China Touts Mass Surveillance Goals at ‘Big Data’ Expo

China launched its International Big Data Industry Expo 2018 on Saturday in the city of Guiyang with remarks by Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology Chen Zhaxiong, who boasted of his nation’s establishment of massive data platforms for manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation, and medical care. The conference is expected to have about 40,000 guests.

A Cellebrite engineer explains the technology used to unlock smartphones and pull data

Robert Barnes: Obama Encouraged ‘Deep State’ ‘De Facto Coup’ Against Trump

On Friday’s Breitbart News Daily, SiriusXM host Alex Marlow asked attorney Robert Barnes about the campaign of leaks to damage the Trump administration, described by some observers as “deep state” career bureaucrats and/or holdovers from the Obama administration acting as saboteurs. Marlow wondered if there was any legal recourse for the Trump administration to halt this operation.

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Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Performed a ‘Public Service’

Former Attorney General Eric Holder sent a decidedly mixed message on host David Axelrod’s podcast by saying that fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden “harmed American interests” by revealing government secrets – even putting the lives of American agents at risk! – but saluting him for performing a “public service” anyway.

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FBI Seeks to Exempt Massive Biometric Database from Privacy Laws

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification System is the largest biometric database ever assembled, a billion-dollar system containing information on over 52 million people, many of them never subjected to a criminal investigation. The FBI has proposed exempting this massive database from the U.S. Privacy Act, which means citizens would not be told their information was included in NGIS or given an opportunity to correct any errors their files might contain.

An undercover FBI agent brought binders of purported oil and gas analysis that also contained "covertly placed recording devices" to meetings with one of the Russian spies