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The Book Ban Club Still Lives

Robert Miraldi | Posted 11.25.2013 | Home
Robert Miraldi

A possible threat to national security is perhaps more understandable, but getting a prior restraint on a book for national security is near impossible; getting a book banned because people cuss or if the content is "ungodly" (look out Harry Potter books!) is a lot easier.

Conspiracy Theory, WIFI and Android Backup

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

These days it is getting more and more difficult not to be a conspiracy theorist. If you are concerned about security, especially mobile phone security, the amount of angst has risen by now to unprecedented levels.

Talking About Spying With Nancy Pelosi's Office

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Tracy Rosenberg

The quickest way to describe the 45-minute meeting is as a tug-of-war between two ideas: a) blanket surveillance is fundamentally unconstitutional and needs to stop and b) NSA surveillance programs need to be tweaked to rein in some level of over-reach.

The Politics of Private Manning

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

Both Bradley and Chelsea are part of the LGBT community. Shouldn't we have treated them with equal care, particularly given the extreme nature of Manning's valor, the disproportionate nature of the risks Manning took?

Spying Agency Edges Into The Light After Snowden Revelations

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

(Drops extraneous word 4th paragraph) By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - There was a time when the U.S....

Spy vs. Spy

David Sable | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
David Sable

I just played a little free-word association and you can see where I landed: Start with secrecy -- often the excuse for spying -- and see where you end up.

Can Merkel Survive Snowden, and Other Jokes

Eva Claudia Schweitzer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Home
Eva Claudia Schweitzer

Will the NSA scandal hurt Angela Merkel in the upcoming elections? If Merkel is seen as a tool of the NSA, that might make her collateral damage.

We Need A Whistleblower Prize

Radley Balko | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

This Washington Post piece looking at what has happened to several notable government whistleblowers is sobering. The former high-ranking Natio...

Corporate Phone Spying Is Becoming a Big Deal

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 10.09.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Americans are increasingly aware about government spying activities, which are getting more and more scrutiny as leaks about the range and extent of "official" spying become known. But Americans are far less aware that spying is hardly limited to our government, or any other government for that matter.

I Only Regret That I Have But One Life to Give for My Country: Yours

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's harder these days to imagine a use for such a heroically solitary statement -- not in an America in which spying and surveillance are boom businesses, and our latest potential Nathan Hales are corporate contractors, who often don't get closer to the enemy than a computer terminal.

10 Sci-Fi Hacks That Are Now a Reality

David Kennedy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Science
David Kennedy

If you missed this year's Black Hat and DefCon hacking conferences in Las Vegas, take note: an array of futuristic hacks were revealed that could change the way we think about all of the gadgets, devices and machines that fill our lives.

Birds -- Israel's New Spies

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 10.02.2013 | Home
Micah D. Halpern

No doubt a major part of Israel's reputation is earned, but these far ranging ideas transform Israel into an enemy that is not of this world, an enemy that defies nature.

Senator Ron Wyden: How We Forced the NSA to Curtail Email Spying

Joe Conason | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Joe Conason

I spoke with the Oregon Democrat about secrecy, intelligence, the Snowden case, and how to curb abuses without compromising national security.

Military To Step Up Drone Spying: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 09.19.2013 | Home

The steel-gray U.S. Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. For Kurdish guerrill...

Smartphones and Tablets: Two Suggestions That May Help You Stay Secure

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 09.18.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Even if our phone is turned off, a hacker or intruder may have the means to turn the phone back on without letting you know. You won't see the screen light up or any other activity on the phone. But ON it is.

One Night in Moscow: An Entry from Edward Snowden's Personal Diary

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.16.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

Today was Day 21 stuck in transit at Moscow Airport. Or is it Day 22? Who knows anymore -- one day just bleeds into the next, especially with the windows in the transit lounge blacked out for my security.

Surveillance Blowback

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

The technology used is state of the art; the impulse, it turns out, is nothing new. For well over a century, what might be called "surveillance blowback" from America's wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus.

Privacy, Security and Sanity

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What I keep longing to hear, in the hemorrhaging national debate about Edward Snowden, whistleblowing and the NSA, is some acknowledgment of what the word "security" actually means, and what role -- if any -- the government should play in creating it.

Spying by the Numbers: Hundreds of Thousands Subject to Government Surveillance and No Real Protection

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the U.S. and worldwide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spyi...

Snowden Needs to Speak Out

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Snowden can reach many millions more with the truth. He needs to speak not only to save himself but future whistle-blowers whom the Obama administration wants to silence by punishing him.

'Damage By Seeing' -- Jewish Insights for the Privacy Debate

Ari Hart | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Ari Hart

How do we, as individuals and as a society make the difficult choices balancing privacy and security, sharing and oversharing, convenience and confidentiality?

French Agency Spies On Phone Calls, Emails, Social Media Activity: Report

Reuters | Posted 07.05.2013 | Home

PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) - France's external intelligence agency spies on the French public's phone calls, emails and social media activity in France a...

Top 10 Reasons Edward Snowden Should Seek Asylum in Iceland

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Edward M. Weinman

Is Edward Snowden really stuck in transit at the Moscow airport? The Obama administration is desperately trying to track down Snowden. Can you blame...

Snowden Is Not the Story

Mary L. G. Theroux | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Mary L. G. Theroux

Had Deep Throat been made the story in 1972, Nixon, Haldeman, John Mitchell and the ill-fated gang would likely have served out their terms, passing along intact a network for spying on Americans that spells doom for liberty.

The Naked Empire

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Certainly Edward Snowden's crime is one of public relations. What he did by outing the NSA and its gargantuan surveillance operation was mess hugely with the American image -- the American brand -- with its irresistible combination of might and right.