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NSA Surveillance Program

Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Replies to Amnesty International USA Board of Directors

Amnesty International | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Amnesty International

We called for a reform of Executive Order 12333, a primary legal authority for global surveillance, to ensure that it meets international human rights standards. We also demanded measures to ensure that all U.S. surveillance programs comply with international human rights law.

Bipartisan Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act To End Government Spying On Americans

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would end government spying on ordinary Americans by repealing the Patriot Act as advocates rush to r...

Ignorance Is Bliss

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Factual information is out of fashion. American society now devalues it. Subjective attitude and opinion are considered to be as worthy as accurate renderings of reality. Many wear their ignorance as a badge of honor.

New Snowden Findings Suggest Cyber-Espionage Program Used By Several Countries

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations ...

Next Year in Philadelphia: A July 4th Afterthought

Steven Kurlander | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

The Declaration of Independence is a radical document signed by radical men. If it were read on a regular basis, the way we are being governed may be a lot different.

Snowden Support Swells at Debate on NSA Surveillance

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Nazar

To trust a powerful and secretive intelligence agency may be a hard pill to swallow for anyone. In April, after a five-year investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the CIA misled the government on its secret detention and coercive interrogation program.

Coming on a Year After the Snowden Revelations, the Germans Are Still Less Than Satisfied with the U.S.

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

What the Germans came looking for in their visit was a no-spy agreement with the U.S., and indications are that they thought this was to be on the agenda for discussion. Where did they get the idea for this?

What I Told the NSA

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

"To be clear, I am not saying that citizens should trust the NSA. They should not. Distrust is essential to effective democratic governance. The NSA should be subject to constant and rigorous review, oversight, scrutiny, and checks and balances."

Open Diplomacy, Wartime, and the Modern Surveillance State

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The amorphous nature of wars since at least the dawn of the Cold War in the mid-1940s has meant that the U.S. has more or less been at war for generations. This, in turn, has precipitated the ever-burgeoning war-industrial-intelligence complex.

Key Dem Rejects Obama's 'False Choice'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Monday that the "assassination" of American citizens under President Barack Obama's drone warfare prog...

Some Government Officials Say Journalists Who Use Leaked Records Are 'Fencing' Stolen Property -- True?

Peter Scheer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Media
Peter Scheer

The soundbites from Congressional hearings highlight a legal vulnerability for journalists, especially journalists who write about national security, defense and foreign policy matters.

Kate Sheppard

Snowden Docs: U.S. Spied On Negotiators At 2009 Climate Summit | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United Nations climate negot...

Obama's NSA

Mike Smith | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith

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Why Hasn't Obama Reined in NSA?

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

After the 2008 election, Barack Obama supporters had high expectations for his national-security policy. He's accomplished some of these objectives but he hasn't reined in the NSA. Why not?

News Outlets Urge Obama To Help NSA Whistleblower

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The editorial boards of The New York Times and The Guardian published editorials on Wednesday, urging the Obama administration to treat Edward Snowden...

The NSA's Telephone Meta-Data Program: Part III

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Intelligence Community needs to win back the trust of the American people. It can do that, not by being defensive, but by acknowledging that periodic review, reexamination and recalibration are healthy and constructive in a self-governing society, and by bending over backwards to embrace reforms that will help restore the public's trust.

The NSA's Telephone Meta-Data Program: Part II

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Review Group concluded that, particularly in light of the availability of other means by which the government could achieve its objectives, "there is no sufficient justification for allowing the government to collect and store bulk telephony meta-data."

NSA Staffers Feeling Neglected By Obama, Would Very Much Like Him To Stop By

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

Staffers at the National Security Agency feel overlooked by the White House amid revelations of the agency's vast domestic surveillance programs, acco...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.26.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Hello from Dharamsala, India, where I'm attending a gathering of The Mind and Life Institute with the Dalai Lama, and where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wasn't bothered by this week's news that the NSA had accessed 70.3 million calls in France and tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone -- because he doesn't own a cell phone or use email. EU leaders are less sanguine and are sending a delegation to Washington for talks to set new guidelines, like Merkel's demand for a "no-spying" pact similar to one America has with the UK. As Obama said in Berlin in 2008, true partnership and progress "require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other." We've got the listening part down; trust -- not so much. If only the NSA had spied on the Department of HHS and reported back to the White House about the state of the Obamacare rollout instead.

Farah Mohamed

NSA Protest Draws Thousands In Washington | Farah Mohamed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thousands rallied against the National Security Agency's domestic and international surveillance programs Saturday, marching from Union ...

Opting Out From the Corporate State of Surveillance

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

With all these instances of Big Brother encroachment, one might want to opt out of the digital world entirely. Unfortunately, that is becoming more and more difficult in an increasingly technology-obsessed world.

Private Sector Paying Price for Government Privacy Follies

Christina Gagnier | Posted 12.25.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While foreign governments may be wagging their finger at the United States for their navigation of private information beyond sovereign borders, many American companies, particularly in the technology sector, may end up paying the price for our own sovereign's transgressions.

Big Data Fuels Spying and Context Marketing

Chad Pollitt | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Chad Pollitt

Opinions run the gambit between "they're both dangerous" to "they're both good." So, which is it?

Amanda Terkel

Rand Paul: NSA Spying 'Unconstitutional,' Can't Be Saved By More Oversight | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for congressional hearings on the National Security Agency's data collection on Sunday, while saying that ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Backs Reforms To FISA Court, NSA Programs | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced new measures Friday to increase transparency and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ami...