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Matt Sledge

U.S. Wiretapping Agency: We're 'One Of The Most Highly Regulated Entities In The World' | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day after the Supreme Court blocked a lawsuit against warrantless wiretapping, the National Security Agency's top lawyer offered a r...

An Implausible Inauguration Speech

Shahid Buttar | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Rhetoric is no substitute for reality, and given the president's unfortunate extension of the Bush-Cheney assault on civil liberties, his administration deserves criticism.

Senate Should Not Rubber Stamp Foreign Surveillance Extension

Ginny Sloan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Next week, the Senate is expected to vote on extension of the FISA Amendments Act. Such broad surveillance powers should not be reauthorized without a thorough examination of the operation of this program.

The Visible Government

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Americans now possess (or more accurately are possessed by) a vast "intelligence" bureaucracy deeply in the shadows, whose activities are a mass of known unknowns and unknown unknowns to those of us on the outside. It is beyond enormous.

Will Obama's Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part II)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The first installment in this series reviewed President Eisenhower's prescient warnings about "the military-industrial complex...endanger[ing] our lib...

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

ProPublica | Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan | Posted 08.01.2012 | Technology

Click here for original article. Gen. Keith Alexander is the director of the National Security Agency and oversees U.S. Cyber Command, which means ...

CALLING ALL HACKERS: U.S. Spy Chief Is Asking For Your Help

Reuters | Joseph Menn and Jim Finkle | Posted 09.27.2012 | Technology

By Joseph Menn and Jim Finkle LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The head of the government's secretive National Security Agency took the unpreceden...

What Price Safety Over Privacy: A Slippery Slope

Geri Spieler | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Geri Spieler

How much privacy are we willing to give up ensuring our safety against possible terrorist attacks? Do we have a choice or has this line already been crossed?

That Makes No Sense! Your Security's a Joke (And You're the Butt of It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, the Complex has made itself, if nothing else, utterly secure, and paranoia has been its closest companion. A superstructure of "security" has been endlessly expanded based largely on the fear that terrorists will do you harm.

We Won't Spy On Americans' Emails, NSA Chief Claims

Reuters | Tabassum Zakaria and David Alexander | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Am...

What Do We Celebrate this July Fourth?

Shahid Buttar | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

When the United States championed democracy, freedom, and opportunity, it made sense to celebrate the Fourth of July. But are we still promoting those values? If we are paragons of neither opportunity nor freedom, what exactly do we celebrate today?

D.C. Lawyer Who Posed In 'Playboy' Wins First Amendment Award

Posted 06.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A D.C. lawyer who posed for Playboy while at Yale Law School will be honored Monday at the Playboy Mansion for her work defending a high...

NSA Analyst: "We Could Have Prevented 9/11"

Washington Spectator | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Washington Spectator

The idea is, NSA only tells Congress what it wants them to hear, and Congress will just have to figure out what it really knows. The problem is, how will Congress find something unless it knows what it's looking for and where to find it?

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.

Online Spying, Brought to You by Facebook

Josh Levy | Posted 06.13.2012 | Technology
Josh Levy

You'd think online services would oppose something like this -- but in fact Facebook, Microsoft and others support it. Under CISPA, they wouldn't be required to share any information about their users with authorities. But if they chose to do so, the bill would protect them from any legal blowback.

America's Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy

William Astore | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Lost is the lesson of 9/11: We didn't have a collection problem but a connection one. Yet our response has largely been not to find better ways of connecting the dots, but rather simply to collect more dots.

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?

Global Intelligence Gate: From Confessions of an Economic Hit Man to the Stratfor Corporation

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Internal e-mails emanating from within the Stratfor intelligence firm continue to embarrass and shame the Corporation after John Perkins' telling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

The Stop Online Piracy Act: Yet Another Stealth Maneuver to Control the Internet

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2012 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons ...

Nasdaq's Poor Computer Security Led To Cyber Attack

Posted 11.18.2011 | Business

A federal investigation into last year's cyber attack on Nasdaq OMX Group found surprisingly lax security practices that made the exchange operator an...

Secretive Agency Helps Banks Battle Hackers

Posted 12.26.2011 | Technology

By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Security Agency, a secretive arm of the U.S. military, has begun providing Wa...

It's Complicated: Government Wants To Hire Hackers

Posted 10.02.2011 | Technology

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: prove it by workin...

Why Thomas Drake Is Not an Enemy of the State

Jesselyn Radack | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jesselyn Radack

Former NSA senior official Thomas Drake is a whistleblower. Through legal and proper channels, he disclosed massive corruption, gross waste and mismanagement to tune of billions of taxpayer dollars, and widespread illegal domestic surveillance.

Brazil Doubles Down on China Trade

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

While American consumer culture drives Brazil's young, wired and affluent, the China deals are reminders of why Beijing has pulled ahead of Washington as Brazil's top trade partner.

United States Lags in Top Math Students

Joanne Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joanne Jacobs

Only 6 percent of U.S. students scored at the advanced level on the PISA 2006 math exam, compared to 28 percent of Taiwanese students and at least 20 percent of students in Hong Kong, Korea, and Finland.