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U.S. Investigators Struggle To Track Homegrown ISIS Suspects

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At least three dozen people in the United States suspected of ties to the Islamic State were under heavy electronic or physical surveil...

Hoovering the NSA

Jonathan Richards | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


The Long Arm of the Constitution: The Administration Is Trying to Evade Its Reach

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

In a belated Federal district court decision handed down today -- and stayed for now -- Judge Richard Leon determined that keeping records of America...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought several reminders of the virtues of skepticism. On Thursday, the Obama administration announced it would "dramatically" increase U.S. aid to the Syrian rebels, citing an upgrade from "varying degrees of confidence" in April to "high confidence" this week that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. So the U.S. inches down the road of mission creep in a civil war featuring one side backed by Hezbollah and the other by "al-Qaeda-linked extremists." With the White House citing "high confidence" about WMD, what could possibly go wrong? Skepticism also greeted NSA head General Keith Alexander, who claimed that the agency's electronic surveillance had helped stop dozens of terror attacks, and that revelations about the program have done "great harm" to our security. Meanwhile, President Obama said he "welcomed" a public debate on the issue (Really? So why'd he keep the program hidden for years?). Once again, Einstein had it right: "Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth."

Matt Sledge

Company With Former Ties To Libya, Warrentless Wiretapping, Woos Pentagon With New Product | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A company that created a device at the heart of the debate over warrantless wiretapping has launched a new network analytics product for t...

Should Police Use Facebook & Twitter To Solve Crimes?

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By G.W. Schulz Private tech firms have found a new market for their sophisticated software capabl...

Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Bill Quigley

The advanced technology of the war on terrorism, combined with deferential courts and legislators, have endangered both the right to privacy and the right of people to be free from government snooping and tracking.

Obama Gets Failing Grades From Privacy Advocates

Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama earns poor to failing grades from privacy advocates who claim that his administration is neglecting privacy and civil-liberties issue...

NSA Wiring Telecoms For More Domestic Spying

New York Times | Eric Lichtblau, James Risen and Scott Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top ...