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The Great Exception (That Wasn't)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Whether consciously or not, however, the officials of the U.S. Intelligence Community did imagine one giant exception: themselves. No one outside the loop was supposed to know what they were doing. They alone on the planet were supposed to be unheard, unspied upon, and unsurveilled.

New NSA Chief Aims To Protect Data So It 'Can't Be Stolen Again'

The New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid sur...

Matt Sledge

New NSA 'Transparency Report' Raises More Questions Than It Answers

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

For years, big Internet companies like Twitter have released "transparency reports" to show users how often the government asks for their data. Now th...

Kathleen Miles

Glenn Greenwald Explains Why Privacy Is Vital, Even If You 'Have Nothing To Hide'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

LOS ANGELES -- Journalist Glenn Greenwald defended the value of digital privacy and slammed those who dismiss its importance during a stop on his nati...

Matt Sledge

House Passes Landmark Amendment To Stop Warrantless NSA Searches

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

The House overwhelmingly approved an amendment Thursday meant to block the National Security Agency from performing warrantless searches on Americans'...

Al Gore Offers Praise For Snowden

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

Former Vice President Al Gore said Edward Snowden did "an important service" by leaking documents that detailed the extent of the National Security Ag...

Participatory Totalitarianism

John Feffer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We are at home in the new surveillance state, for we barely register all the cameras, all the targeted advertising, all the intrusions into what had previously been considered sacred private space. We are not passive objects of observation. We are active subjects of our own YouTube channels.

Matt Sledge

These 8 Things Happened Only Because Of Edward Snowden

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

One year ago Thursday, one of the most consequential leaks of classified U.S. government documents in history exploded onto the world scene: The first...

Reddit, Google And Others Join Anti-NSA Campaign

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Technology

On Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the first news stories based on leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, some of...

NSA Chief: No, We're Not Taking Pictures Of You

Reuters | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is not routinely collecting visual images of people ...

Barack Obama and the Slow Burn of Disappointment

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

The wrongheaded Obama college-ranking system, I'm afraid, is yet another example of how the gulf between rhetoric and behavior develops widespread disappointment and disillusion.

5 Lessons I Learned From Swimming With the Sharks (Shark Tank, That Is)

CJ Isakow | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
CJ Isakow

The lessons I learned along the way make me confident that one day I'll be sharing a drink by the pool with the Sharks as colleagues, not bait.

Susan Rice: Edward Snowden 'Was Not Trained As A Spy'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

National Security Advisor Susan Rice is pushing back on Edward Snowden's recent assertions about his training and expertise level, denying that the fo...

Daniel Ellsberg Blasts John Kerry's 'Despicable' Edward Snowden Comments

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg came to the defense of Edward Snowden after Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden a "coward...

Surveilling the Class of 2014

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you want a world in which you can't be taken possession of via your screen, in which you don't more or less automatically come with a dossier and a profile, I think you're going to have to slip those screens back into your pockets or, given that you can be tracked via your smartphones wherever you go (even if they're turned off), maybe into a desk drawer somewhere.

Your Computer and Phone Cameras Are On -- Beware!

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 07.27.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems Spying through smartphone cameras, computer webcams, laptops and tablets is widesprea...

Do You Have a Right to Privacy... From Google?

Michael Gregg | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology
Michael Gregg

From Google Search's exhaustive indexing of personal information, to revenge porn sites and surveillance cameras, is personal privacy still relevant?

Matt Sledge

House Passes Weak Response To NSA Spying

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

The House passed a gutted version of an NSA reform bill on Thursday, shifting the dimming hopes for change this year to the Senate. The bill repres...

Matt Sledge

House Committee Guts NSA Reforms Ahead Of Thursday Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A key House committee close to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gutted crucial provisions of a National Security Agency surveillance reform...

NSA Admits To 'Blurring The Lines' Between Terrorism And Drugs

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

The National Security Agency is "blurring the lines" between the war on drugs and the war on terror, according to a memo produced by the spy agency it...

House Committees Take First Step to Reform NSA

Shahid Buttar | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Despite its welcome progress, the policy reform process reflects a troubling pattern of congressional deference to agencies and officials without any legitimate basis.

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?

How I Met Edward Snowden

Glenn Greenwald | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media
Glenn Greenwald

On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him. The contact came in the form of an email from someone calling himself Cincinnatus.

Soul-Searching, NSA-style

Nick Turse | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

It's rare to hear a government official speak in contrite tones; rarer still if that official represents the National Security Agency. Recently, however, Anne Neuberger, a special assistant to former NSA Director Keith Alexander, did just that.