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CIA: OK, So Maybe We Work With Bad Guys

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The CIA is willing to overlook some of its shadier partners’ human rights records if they can still get the goods, according to a...

Funny Money: CIA Counterfeiting in Poland

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

Communism was relegated to the dustbin of history for many reasons, foremost among them were its warped economic policies. In places like Poland during the 1960s, foreigners with access to hard currency could easily game the system and do pretty well.

CISA: The Dirty Deal Between Google and the NSA That No One Is Talking About

Evan Greer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Evan Greer

One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes.

Ending the Legacy of Family Secret-Keeping

Georgia Kolias | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Georgia Kolias

In a healthy family or relationship, you tell the truth, and you share what you are afraid of. I am dismantling the system of secret keeping, for myself and for my children, one day at a time.

Where the Streets Have No Name: Finding a Place to Land the U-2 Spy Plane

ADST | Posted 07.30.2015 | World

A few key countries, like Pakistan, would not normally allow U.S. spy planes on their territories. What to do, what to do? Such was the dilemma of Anthony Marshall, who worked at the CIA at the very beginning of the U2 program.

A Spy Flap in Ghana

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

Relations between the United States and Ghana were strained in the early 1980s. Enigmatic former Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings had seized power in Ghana in a coup in 1979 and installed the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), a military-led government.

Dear Candidate Clinton: Pardon Edward Snowden

Bill Blum | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Bill Blum

The progressive left may not pack a great deal of power in our two-party, war-oriented and Wall Street-dominated political culture. But progressives do have the wherewithal to make a Snowden pardon an issue in the upcoming election.

Israel May Have Spied On Iran Nuclear Talks Hotel: Report

AP | By KEN DILANIAN | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cybersecurity firm with close ties to Russian intelligence said Wednesday it uncovered a cyber-espionage campaign targeting hote...

New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

ProPublica | Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking.

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to restore the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush. Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1.

Ali Watkins

Huge Pieces Of The Patriot Act Just Expired. Here's What That Actually Means. | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forget Edward Snowden. It was congressional dysfunction that brought down the Patriot Act. In a sensational late-night Senate session...

Will Congressional NSA Action Matter?

Kevin Price | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is playing "beat the clock" when it comes to the continued authorization of the NSA accumulation of phone data of US citizens. June 1 is the deadline and there is no consensus on how to go forward.

Two Years After Snowden, a Plea for Perspective

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

In the days ahead, as we reappraise Edward Snowden's complicated legacy, now two years old -- and as Congress considers a package of sensible NSA reforms -- what's called for is a dose of clear-eyed realism, an appetite for nuance, and a high tolerance for uncertainty.

Congress Has A Lot To Tackle Before Another Holiday Break

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - With just five days left before a holiday break, the U.S. Congress on Monday was preparing to deal with urgent decisi...

Journalism in the Age of Mass Surveillance

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
The Next Ten Challenge

Surveillance has begun to replace censorship as the weapon of choice for both democracies and repressive regimes intent on silencing and intimidating journalists.

How Spies Stole The Keys To The Encryption Castle

The Intercept | Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
Read More: Spying, World News

America and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys us...

Researchers: NSA Has Ability To Hide Spying Software Deep Within Computer Hard Drives

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Wester...

The Image of Paranoia

Boria Sax | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Boria Sax

Mainstream society, especially on the Internet, has taken an enormous amount from the culture of espionage. We now routinely use multiple passwords, aliases, and disguises. We also employ a vast arsenal of techniques for both identification and deception

The Crisis of Trust in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Akbar Ganji | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

Many people in Iran do not trust Iranian officials, and cast doubts on their sincerity. All types of conspiracy theories have also spread around the nation.

5 Reasons Liberals Tired of War Should Vote for Rand Paul Over Hillary Clinton.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Red, blue, liberal, and conservatives should mean nothing when 3,000 American soldiers were just sent back to a war that we lost.

Voiceprints: Time to Be Afraid Again

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

What can be accessed can be collected. What can be collected can be stored. What can be stored can be leaked, hacked, shared and used. What can be used, well, can be used. Now, next Sunday, be a nice son or daughter and call your mom to say hello. Just be sure to speak slowly and clearly.

Spies That Live Among Us

Joe Navarro | Posted 12.31.2014 | Crime
Joe Navarro

With satellites, Internet security breaches and code breaking, can't the Russians get the information they need without resorting to moles? The answer may surprise you.

Movie Review: 'CitizenFour', Snowden for Lovers and Haters

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Van Buren

'CitizenFour' is impressive filmmaking. Pointras starts with the problem of telling a story most people already know. She succeeds brilliantly, and if 'CitizenFour' is not awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary then that award no longer is relevant.

Behind A Hero's Mask -- A Very Dangerous Personality

Joe Navarro | Posted 12.07.2014 | Crime
Joe Navarro

There was no apology for putting millions of lives in jeopardy, for betraying his country, for involving others, for giving the Soviet Union the very information which according to one NATO general would have "assured the destruction of the West." The only things he cared about was himself and money -- lots of money.

The Government Acts Against StealthGenie

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.01.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems Two US Assistant United States Attorneys, Kevin Mikolashek and Jay Prabhu have f...