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Why NSA Snooping Is About a Lot More Than Just Our Privacy

Joe Lauria | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Joe Lauria

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGiven the long history of government surveillance against activists in this country, and new facts revealed by Snowden, it is clear one reason for NSA surveillance is to potentially disrupt social protest against inequality in the U.S.

Beyond Orwell's Worst Nightmare

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Marjorie Cohn

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOrwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.

The Benefits From Government Surveillance Are Not Relevant!

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo we test constitutionality by determining whether or not there is some benefit derived from its violation? The present system searches the innocent in order to find the guilty, something our Constitution has never tolerated.

Terrorism Case Takes A 'Historic' Turn

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.29.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in a Chicago terrorism case will let the defense view government applications submitted to a foreign intelligence cou...

Norwegian Politicians Nominate Snowden For Nobel Prize

AP | MARK LEWIS | Posted 01.29.2014 | World

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Two Norwegian politicians have jointly nominated former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nob...

U.S. Looks To Prevent Spying On NSA Spying

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, the governm...

NSA Reportedly Using Angry Birds, Other Apps To Collect Data

AP | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON (AP) — Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in t...

Snowden Makes New Spying Claims

AP | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

BERLIN (AP) — Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claims in a new interview that the U.S. agency is involved in industrial espionage. German publi...

Why Obama Cares More About the Feelings of Foreign Leaders than Safeguarding Americans' Constitutional Rights

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To overcome bureaucratic vested interests and revitalize U.S. constitutional checks and balances, however, Americans need to get a lot madder than they are about Bush and Obama's violation of sacred rights.

Jon Ward

Republican National Committee Denounces NSA Spying, Calls For Investigation | Jon Ward | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee passed a resolution at its winter meeting Friday, denouncing domestic electronic surveillance conducte...

Federal Privacy Watchdog Slams NSA Practice

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records provides only minimal benefits to countering ter...

Obama Vows to Reform How He Pretends to Reign in NSA Spying

Jerome Halligan | Posted 03.24.2014 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

In a speech at the Justice Department Friday, President Obama vowed to, "make significant and widespread changes to the way I pretend to reign in the spying activities of our intelligence agencies, specifically the NSA."

Obama's NSA

Mike Smith | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith

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Snowden Trial Could Backfire

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should Edward Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about National Security Agen...

Obama Promises NSA Will Now Only Affect Americans with Computers, Phones, or Electricity

Spencer Green | Posted 03.19.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

At a press conference this morning, President Obama announced major changes in National Security Agency activities, promising that all future NSA surv...

Surveillance and Scandal

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

No one has pointed out the combination of factors that made the NSA's expanding programs to monitor the world seem like such a slam-dunk development in Washington. The answer is remarkably simple.

The President and the NSA

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

'This effort,' the president cautioned, 'will not be completed overnight,' but he emphasized that it is important for 'the American people to know that the work has begun.' To that end, he announced 'a series of concrete and substantial reforms' that he intended either to adopt himself under his authority as president or, where appropriate, to call upon Congress to enact through legislation. How good a beginning has he made? I am in a reasonably good position to weigh in on that question, because I had the privilege of serving as one of the five members of the Review Group that President Obama appointed in August to advise him on these issues.

Assange: Snowden To Respond To Obama's NSA Speech

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Edward Snowden will offer a response to President Obama's major speech on government surveillance, according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ...

Why It's Okay for the Chinese to Spy on Us

Ed Hamilton | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Ed Hamilton

So let me get this straight: We're giving the Chinese permission to spy on the American government, just not on American corporations? Or maybe, spying is okay, just so long as it's accompanied by a more-or-less convincing justification citing national security.

Julian Assange: Obama's NSA Reforms Are 'Embarrassing'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange blasted President Barack Obama's Friday NSA speech, calling the proposed reforms an "embarrassing" appearance that sa...

Obama To Announce Overhaul Of NSA Spying

Reuters | STEVE HOLLAND AND MARK HOSENBALL | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basi...

NSA Reading Your Text Messages Now, Too

The Guardian | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location...

Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and COINTELPRO

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of those making the case that Snowden should "return to the United States and face the music in a court of law" regularly offer up (as an example for how whistleblowers should act) the story of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. But a better parallel exists.

You Can't Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The debate Edward Snowden envisioned when he revealed the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans has taken a bad turn. It's time to face these arguments directly. So here are ten myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking.

NSA Insiders Reveal How Leaders Violated The Constitution And Misled The Public | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In a memo to President Obama, former National Security Agency insiders explain how NSA leaders botched intelligence collection and analysis before 9/1...