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Government Surveillance

'Don't Tread on Me!' Unless You're the National Security Agency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.11.2013 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

The National Security Agency's data mining and domestic spying program that the investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has exposed should concern anyone who cares about our Fourth Amendment privacy rights.

Surveillance: The God That Failed

Jason Ditz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jason Ditz

Murders, kidnappings -- in fact, all the violent and non-violent crimes in the United States are being committed by people who, if they are on the Internet, were under surveillance. Yet PRISM failed to detect any of these other plots ahead of time.

Lucia Graves

GOP Rep.: Journalist Who Broke NSA Story 'Doesn't Have A Clue' | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who ...

Lucia Graves

John McCain: Rand Paul Already Proved Wrong On Terrorism | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday suggested that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has lost his credibility in fighting global terrorism. McC...

Let the Debates Begin

Hector Villagra | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Hector Villagra

The debate we are now having about government surveillance has become possible only because of "unauthorized disclosures" to the press. It is scandalous that the president didn't see the need for the debate earlier, and bring it to the public's attention himself.

Lucia Graves

Mark Udall: No Proof Phone Records Program Stops Terrorism | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday expressed skepticism over whether the government's v...

The Government and Its Secrets: A Matter of Principles

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 08.08.2013 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

This is a story about transparency and the lack of it. It is a story about secrecy and its damages. It is a story about principles that are being flouted. I am asking for government to behave according to principles. I am also asking companies to do so.

Total Protection Government

David Bromwich | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

The security policy of the U.S. government from Cheney to Obama has passed from secret surveillance of communications abroad to secret surveillance of all communications at home. In what stages did it happen? Some day the history will be written; for now, it is instructive to rehearse the facts. Five years ago, Barack Obama was a candidate for president who pledged to filibuster a congressional bill that offered amnesty to telecoms that illegally gave information on American customers to the government. When Obama backed down from that promise, he pledged, if elected, to have his attorney general investigate the surveillance of Americans and bring the laws of the land back within the limits of the fourth amendment. As it turned out, he made Eric Holder his attorney general, and the security policy of the Obama administration came to be defined by harsh prosecution of whistleblowers who revealed the facts of illegal searches and seizures.

The Orwellian Age Is Here

Thom Nickels | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Thom Nickels

I don't like the idea of an unmanned aircraft buzzing in the skies around my neighborhood (even police helicopters are annoying) with the sole purpose of collecting information by filming the activities of citizens who have not broken the law.

Matt Sledge

Government's Rules On 'Terrorist Information' Revealed | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A training document released in response to a civil liberties organization's lawsuit and obtained by The Huffington Post reveals that the ...

Senior Gitmo Commander Didn't Know of Secret Surveillance Capabilities Under His Command

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Questions about monitoring of privileged attorney-client communications continued to swirl around the pre-trial hearings taking place at Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday.

Lawyers Say Gitmo Audio Feed Can Capture Confidential Attorney-Client Communications

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators still isn't anywhere near getting off the ground as the lawyers and judge are repeatedly stymied by the novelties of a high-security courtroom built on the remote U.S. military base in Cuba especially for this case.

Data Privacy Day: A Good Time to Approve ECPA Reforms

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

One part of data privacy that doesn't get as much attention as it deserves are the issues surrounding government surveillance.

Minority Report: Ten Years Later, Fiction Has Become Reality

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2012 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

These are but a few of the technological devices now in the hands of those who control the corporate police state. Fiction, in essence, has become fact -- albeit, a rather frightening one.

Dan Froomkin

Group Pushing For More Information On Government Surveillance Of Americans | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bush-era warrantless surveillance procedures continued by President Barack Obama remain so secret that neither the public nor members of...

Andrea Stone

DHS Seeks To 'Accelerate' Use Of Drones By Police | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security has launched a program to "facilitate and accelerate the adoption" of small, unmanned drones by poli...

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.

The Politics of The Hunger Games

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Sixty-three years ago, Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 turned out to be prophetic. Will that be true of The Hunger Games? Decide for yourself and "May the odds be ever in your favor."

Everybody's a Target in the American Surveillance State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.27.2012 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Can freedom in the United States continue to flourish and grow in an age when the physical movements, individual purchases, conversations, and meetings of every citizen are constantly under surveillance by private companies and government agencies?

Hello Drones, Goodbye Privacy

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Eugene K. Chow

A future where unmanned surveillance drones zip through the skies keeping tabs on civilians is no longer relegated to dystopic novels.

Artful Surveillance At Miami's Government Center | Posted 02.27.2012 | Miami

There are infrared cameras at Government Center watching and recording your movement. No surprise, I know, but it’s not what you’re thinking. Comm...

Are You Okay With Government Surveillance From The Sky? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.15.2011 | Los Angeles

Lancaster City Council voted unanimously last week to begin near-constant aerial surveillance of its city on May 1. City leaders say the program will ...

The Patriot Act Was Just the Start: 10 Years of Unrestrained Surveillance

Michelle Richardson | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics
Michelle Richardson

As members of Congress and the administration debate a new cybersecurity proposal, for once, our privacy must be considered just as high a priority as our security.

Not Without A Warrant

Leslie Harris | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Anytime the government wants to peek at your online photos, read your emails, or track your mobile phone it should follow the same rules as it does offline, stand before a judge and get a warrant.

Elise Foley

House Poised To Extend Patriot Act | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to push through a vote on Tuesday evening to reauthorize the most contested provisions of ...