What we learned in 1971 is essentially the same thing we learned from the Snowden documents. The federal government is conducting illegal surveillance on Americans. Edward Snowden is a whistleblower. He is a patriot.
The soundbites from Congressional hearings highlight a legal vulnerability for journalists, especially journalists who write about national security, defense and foreign policy matters.
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The Justice Department charged Snowden with three counts of violating the Espionage Act, which carries prison sentences of 10 years each. Professor Smith discusses how Snowden's acts may be regarded in the future.
So after all the hysteria after the 9/11 attacks, drone wars in several developing countries, and two overseas quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, which allegedly attempted to "drain the swamp" of terrorists, the terrorist threat has been downgraded.
In such a sensitive period that Pakistan is going through, the effects of an act of whistleblowing is unprecedented. An individual who wishes to follow Snowden's footsteps in the future will absolutely have no idea how the people will react to the information he leaks.
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Here are a few questions worth debating on your next dinner party or trip to the bar.
My fellow Americans: I deliver this address at a time of great distress in our nation. Never before have we faced challenges of such severity as we d...
Next time you read a nasty post anywhere, think on that point because that in fact is the point: The whole damn thing was created to facilitate worthwhile dialogue -- to get another point of view, to expand our perspective. That was and is the point.
This has been -- officially at least -- one of those quiet weeks for political reporters. But members of both House and Senate are in this quiet time having to think hard about the uncomfortably hot potato recently tossed into their laps by President Obama.
To get the NSA to actually "hear" what we are saying we must speak to them in a language that they and their primary contractors readily comprehend. If you want their attention and if you want them to change their ways, you must speak to them about cutting their annual budget.
The crisis of power is troubling, especially when it comes to tackling some of the world's most serious threats. There are a great -- and mounting -- number of issues that require collective international action.
In President Obama's January 17 address on the NSA and all things supposedly secret he talked about what will be tracked and what won't be tracked. H...
Let's give the two of them the benefit of the doubt and inspect the plausibility of their quasi-allegations. What on earth would the Russians gain from forcing the US to dial back its purportedly essential and effective dragnet surveillance of the world's peoples? That's a tough one, but the obvious answer is "nothing," because we are not at war with Russia.
It's a troubling sign that the information age has entered a new era -- one where our rights to connect and communicate are under constant siege by governments and corporations.