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Mass Surveillance

Former NSA Head Takes On ACLU Director In Debate

Matt Sledge | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

Keith Alexander, former National Security Agency chief, took on the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday in a verbal gym...

In the Age of the Selfie, Privacy Still Paramount

Ann Burroughs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Ann Burroughs

This USA Freedom Act isn't simply a reaction to NSA spying; it is a recommitment to protecting the right to privacy.

Watch: No Escaping Dragnet Nation

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This week, as the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein publicly accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers, Bill talks with investigative reporter Julia Angwin.

Snowden's Lawyer: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka

Michael Winship | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

"All of this stuff was classified. Not just classified; it was classified at the highest level. These were the secrets that the government said were most critical to keep. But what kind of democracy would we be if the public had never learned of this information?"

The History of Mass Surveillance: Resistance

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.04.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

There is another aspect to the origin story of contemporary mass surveillance in the US: Resistance. While most "phone phreaks" and telephone enthusiasts were unaware of AT&T's Top Secret Project Greenstar, there was enough general contempt for the phone company's monopoly to trigger a viable resistance movement that had been percolating within the 1960s counterculture.

Watch: An Antidote to Big Brother's Chill

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Like Orwell's telescreens -- through which Big Brother broadcasts propaganda and spies on citizens -- our lives are dominated by cellphones, tablets and laptops that are our real-life two-way mirrors.

Why 60 Minutes Needs a Public Editor

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

So what gives? Why has one of the most revered news operations -- a program that has won more Emmy Awards than any other TV news organization -- turned its back on the kind of shoe-leather investigative reporting that has earned it a record-setting audience?

Be Thankful For the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What if Snowden had not revealed that shocking information on the vast government surveillance system that was hidden from the American public but known to Feinstein and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee?

Internet S.O.S.

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.10.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If we've learned anything during the Summer of Snowden, it's that corporations and governments alone can't be trusted to be good stewards of the Internet. We need media policies that protect our privacy and promote access to open networks.

Obama's NSA Reforms Off to a Bad Start

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The nation needs to hear more than reassurances from our commander in chief. We need our constitutional rights to be upheld. Any law that allows government to deny us these rights must be changed.

Pardon Edward Snowden

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

How do you justify criminally charging a government contractor for revealing an alarming truth that the public has every right to know?

Controversial Mass Surveillance Plan Unveiled

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 06.14.2012 | Technology

LONDON -- British authorities on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to log details about every Web visit, email, phone call or text message in the U....