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Scheer Intelligence: Jason Leopold and the power of FOIA

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with journalist Jason Leopold to discuss how he has used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) again and again to obtain previously undisclosed government documents.

Apple's Backdoor

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 03.16.2016 | Technology
Reinier de Graaf

Today, when the average consumer database is hacked, the worst possible outcome is a loss of money and dignity. In the future, on an individual level, implanted medical devices could be caused to malfunction, and smart buildings, for all their intelligence, could become vulnerable to sabotage.

Scheer Intelligence: William Binney and Blowing the Whistle On the NSA

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Binney spent over 30 years at the National Security Agency as a high-ranked official and left in 2002 after criticizing the agency's system for collecting data on Americans.

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2016? More of Everything We Don't Want

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether 2016 will bring more of the same or whether "we the people" will wake up from our somnambulant states.

Encryption: The Center of the Storm

Thomas J. Lauria | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Thomas J. Lauria

Tech firms have an obligation to comply with reasonable and specific requests, in order to solve and thwart crimes. And it just seems like the right thing to do. With increasing terrorist attacks on soft targets, our domestic and foreign intelligence agencies should not be "handcuffed" while they seek to save lives and solve crimes.

What If Jesus Had Been Born 2,000 Years Later in the American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Two thousand years later ... the memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establi...

The USA Freedom Act Has Not Done Much for Privacy

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

So despite the fact that some of the Republican debaters were up in arms about it, the USA Freedom Act actually has produced only very marginal gains for privacy. The current state of affairs is mostly depressing, especially in light of the floodlight on these issues gifted to us by Snowden.

Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In an age of too many laws, too many prisons, too many government spies, and too many corporations eager to make a fast buck at the expense of the American taxpayer, there is no safe place and no watertight alibi.

San Bernardino Shooting Revives NSA Surveillance Debate

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The San Bernardino shootings are reviving a debate about Washington's digital surveillance effort to find and capture viol...

Why Mass Surveillance Does Not Work

Coleen Rowley | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

Yesterday's massacre in San Bernardino again underscores the ineffectiveness of relying upon bulk data collection and intelligence agencies' watch-listing processes to "keep us safe from terrorism."

10 Things You Need to Know About Encryption

Ruth Starkman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology
Ruth Starkman

Encryption, a process that scrambles communications, allows only those with the decryption key to read one's messages. An encrypted message looks like random alphanumeric gibberish to the human eye. The longer the key, the more time and computer power it requires to unscramble.

What Happened in Vegas

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Some Bernie Sanders supporters, rudely awakened from their White House dreams, got mad over Hillary Clinton's surge after the October 13 debate in Las Vegas.

On Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties, Hillary Clinton Is Not a Progressive

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

If George Bush claimed he were a progressive, we would rightly laugh. Yet no one -- no one -- challenged Clinton's unequivocal claim to progressivism at the CNN Democratic debate earlier this week.

Mouth Wide Shut

John Feffer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It's a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate. Still, it was refreshing. So what happened?

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.

Standing Up in the Spirit of America's First Whistleblower Benjamin Franklin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

Throughout the week, we discussed the problem of pernicious governmental, corporate and other top-down secrecy involved in globalization that enables large-scale wrongdoing and keeps citizens in the dark about it, making effective solutions and real democracy, and even our collective security, impossible.

The NSA's Second Coming

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The United States Freedom Act does not trouble Intelligence agency leaders. They have widely assumed, as admitted in private statements, that the compromise provisions merely create a few procedural inconveniences that could be circumvented or neutralized by exploiting loopholes - no more than speed bumps.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want The Next President To Rein In Government Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Privacy Protection and Security: We Can Have Both

Lanny Davis | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Americans don't want to have to choose between their privacy rights and protection from another 9/11, or at least maximum efforts to find terrorist threats before they become a reality. The answer avoiding this false choice appears to be the USA Freedom Act, one version of which passed the House of Representatives last week and is now under consideration by the Senate.

Ali Watkins

Senate Votes To Turn NSA Spying Back On, But With Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After allowing portions of the Patriot Act to expire early Monday, lawmakers voted on Tuesday to reinstate the National Security Agency'...

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Clears Hurdle In Senate

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted to move ahead on Tuesday with a bill that would end th...

Marina Fang

Bernie Sanders Reluctantly Admits He Agrees With Rand Paul On NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may be on opposite sides of...

Ali Watkins

NSA Spying Isn't Dead Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After two weeks of explosive tension, controversial portions of the USA Patriot Act died a slow, albeit temporary, death Sunday, having ...