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What Sanders Is and Is Not Accomplishing

William Bradley | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

The big and brawling debate Thursday night in Brooklyn revealed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders are pretty well sick of one another. And that they are each actually pretty darn good at what they do.

TONIGHT'S DEBATE: Will Trump Play it Cool or not?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Has The Establishment played into Trump's (big) hands? The stakes are high in tonight's Republican presidential debate at the University of Miami....

Restoring the Right to Be Let Alone

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Congress should restore the right to the brightest star within our constitutional constellation by prohibiting government encroachments on citizen privacy unless strictly necessary for law enforcement or counterterrorism. Speculation or uncorroborated hunches should not be enough.

Igor Bobic

Who Said It: Ted Cruz Or Rand Paul? | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

If you've wondered what happened to Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) once-promising bid for the GOP presidential nomination, you'll be happy to know that even...

NSA Loses Phone Spying Case

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday for the first time ordered the National Security Agency to cease collecting the phone call recor...

To Hillary Clinton: Snowden Is a Traitor -- and a Hero

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

How revealing that the perpetrators of mass surveillance violating the Fourth Amendment -- from Cheney on down -- don't have to deal with the "traitor" question. That in CNN debates, in the mass media, this grand stigma -- traitor -- is reserved only for whistleblowers.

Meet The Man Who Took Facebook To Court In Europe And Won Big

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.07.2015 | Technology

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Faceb...

Snowden: 'Inevitably Someone In A High Risk Situation Like Me Is Going To Get Owned'

Fusion | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 09.28.2015 | World

I recently interviewed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Awards, an event that recognizes those prot...

Edward Snowden Has A Depressing Theory About Aliens

Fusion | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 09.21.2015 | World

Edward Snowden may be best known as the man who exposed the depths of our global surveillance system and as one of Moscow’s more famous residents, b...

Who Won the War on Secrecy?

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 09.09.2015 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Despite President's Obama's assurances that legal checks are in place, substantive briefings, let alone oversight, of NSA activities by Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been virtually non-existent.

China's Been Hacking The Emails Of U.S. Officials Since 2010: Report

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Chinese hackers have been accessing the private emails of top U.S. national security and trade officials since April 20...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Could Have Sparked 'Useful' Debate By Taking NSA Concerns To Congress | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have spurred a "useful" and necessary debate about government data collection if he had taken...

WikiLeaks: NSA Spied On French Presidents

Reuters | JAMES REGAN AND MARK JOHN | Posted 06.24.2015 | World

The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press...

Julian Assange: 'Western Civilization Has Produced a God, the God of Mass Surveillance'

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

God knows when you are doing something that you shouldn't be doing and whether you are playing according to god's rules.

Tech Entrepreneur Uses Intel Background to Help Ordinary People Secure Email

Renny McPherson | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Renny McPherson

Will Ackerly, the founder and CTO of Virtru, left the NSA in 2012 to solve a big problem: securing personal digital communications.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want The Next President To Rein In Government Surveillance | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) speech against the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data may not have earned him many points among h...

National Security and Privacy Secretly Wed in Las Vegas

Spencer Green | Posted 06.02.2016 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Following months of rumors, it's been revealed that Privacy and National Security were secretly married weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. "We're tired of all the naysayers constantly describing us as incompatible. We'll show you. We'll show you all! Ha!" the couple wrote.

Rand Paul Stands Firm

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rand Paul is leading on an issue that is near and dear to his political philosophy. You may not agree with where he's leading, and you may not think this is going to help him politically, but you've got to at least admit that he is showing leadership. And that, to me, is admirable.

An Error-Riddled Tirade

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

There may be more uninformed or misleading detractors of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) and the impending expiration of section 215 of the Patriot Act than Andrew C. McCarthy, but if there are, they do not readily come to mind.

How to Find Common Ground on One of the Most Pressing Issues of Our Time

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

We must recognize that striking the "right" balance between personal liberty and national security requires constant attention and reassessment. This is especially true following periods of crisis, when there is understandable pressure to tip the scales in favor of national security.

Loretta Lynch 'Very Concerned' Over Patriot Act Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is no...

Speech Recognition Is The NSA's Best-Kept Open Secret

The Intercept | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

Siri can understand what you say. Google can take dictation. Even your new smart TV is taking verbal orders. So is there any doubt the National Sec...

Igor Bobic

Ron Wyden Threatens Filibuster Over NSA Bulk Data Collection | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the most persistent critics of U.S. surveillance programs, on Sunday threatened to filibuster a reauthor...

Lynch: U.S. Reviewing Court Ruling Challenging NSA Phone Program

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Thursday the Department of Justice was reviewing a court decision that rev...

NSA Bulk Data Collection Illegal, U.S. Appeals Court Says

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics

* Bulk phone surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013 * Appeals court says Congress did not authorize spy program ...