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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.

Can Your Reputation Withstand Increased Surveillance?

John P. David | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
John P. David

Sitting in a restaurant with a friend recently, I asked a simple question: How many cameras are in this place?

What Americans Actually Do When The Government Is Watching

Brynne O'Neal | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Brynne O'Neal

When speaking out means sacrificing privacy, we lose points of view, and the quality of our democracy suffers. That should give all of us something to truly fear.

Obama Is Sending Military-Grade Spy Gear To Egypt. What Could Go Wrong?

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's State Department has approved the sale to Egypt of a sophisticated, military-grade mobile surveillance sy...

Secrecy, Privacy and the Future of American Liberty

Patrick G. Eddington | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Patrick G. Eddington

The "security vs. liberty" strawman argument remains the rhetorical weapon of choice for National Security State officials terrified by the spread of public encryption technologies. They argue that, absent some form of technological "back door" to break into private encrypted communications, federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be blinded, unable to fend off potential terrorist attacks here at home.

The American Police State from A to Z

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The warning signs are all around us. The question is whether you will organize, take a stand and fight for freedom, or will you, like so many clueless Americans, freely walk into the slaughterhouse?

Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government. When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Could Have Sparked 'Useful' Debate By Taking NSA Concerns To Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have spurred a "useful" and necessary debate about government data collection if he had taken...

A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.

WATCH: What Sins Of The Future Are You Committing Right Now?

Singularity University | David J. Hill | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

Odds are you're a decent, upstanding person. You abide by the laws, pay taxes, and don't rock the boat. You value security but not at the expense of p...

Prisons Without Walls: We're All Inmates in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"Free worlders" is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the "free world." However, appearances can be deceiving.

Policing Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

Alison Novak | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Alison Novak

Instead of debating the artifact of police body cameras, it may be more valuable to answer the following: If we live in a world of accepting surveillance as a part of normal 21st century life, what does this then mean for police body cameras?

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether, when all is said and done, the powers-that-be succeed in distracting us from the fact that the government's unauthorized and unwarranted surveillance powers go far beyond anything thus far debated by Congress or the courts.

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.

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Finally Giving Edward Snowden Credit For Patriot Act Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When several key provisions of the broad, post-9/11 surveillance law known as the Patriot Act were up for renewal five years ago, the Se...

President's Task Force a Springboard for Policing Reforms

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

While the Task Force's final report, released this week, does include some smart recommendations that could improve the criminal justice system, they missed two key opportunities to reform police practices.

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government's choosing. Privacy, as we have known it, is dead.

An Error-Riddled Tirade

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

There may be more uninformed or misleading detractors of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) and the impending expiration of section 215 of the Patriot Act than Andrew C. McCarthy, but if there are, they do not readily come to mind.

White House: No 'Plan B' If Congress Fails To Act On Patriot Act

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has no backup plan if the U.S. Congress fails to act on legislation that would extend certai...

Senate Blocks NSA Reform Bill With Patriot Act In Jeopardy

AP | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a Hous...

Loretta Lynch 'Very Concerned' Over Patriot Act Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is no...

Jessica Schulberg

Richard Burr Hatches 'Win-Win' Plan To Reform NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With senators appearing steadfastly divided on whether to renew expiring Patriot Act provisions or replace them with a bill to curb gove...

Congress to Vote on Surveillance Reforms After Misuse

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.21.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Several key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, enacted in the wake of 9/11, have afforded the government considerable access to electronic communications records. Some of them expire at the end of May, and their future is mired in uncertainty.

Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It's a Cultural Disease

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While this is a grossly overdue first step of sorts, it is nevertheless a first step from an administration that has been utterly complicit in accelerating the transformation of America's police forces into extensions of the military.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Bill To Limit NSA Surveillance Will Get Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will give in to pressure and bring legislation to the floor that would limit...