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NSA's Advice On How To Defend Its Domestic Spying: When In Doubt, Invoke 9/11!

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

The National Security Agency released a "final talking points” memo in response to an Al Jazeera Freedom of Information Act request this month, show...

DEBUNKED: NSA's Biggest Defense Doesn't Add Up

ProPublica | Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

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DEBUNKED: NSA's Biggest Defense Doesn't Add Up

ProPublica | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

Two weeks after Edward Snowden’s first revelations about sweeping government surveillance, President Obama shot back. “We know of at least 50 thre...

Matt Sledge

Did Senators Grill NSA Chief? Mostly No | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

Gen. Keith Alexander defended the National Security Agency and derided the press in the Senate Intelligence Committee's first public hearing since Edw...

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."