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This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

Why a Refugee Could Be the Next Hercules Mulligan

Asha Rangappa | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Asha Rangappa

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, more than half the country's governors have declared that their states will be off-limits to Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war raging in their country.

Spy On Muslim Americans? 'Absolutely Not,' Rand Paul Says

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he does not think the U.S. should specifically target Muslim Americans with surveillance programs in the wake o...

Donald Trump Says He Wants Surveillance Of 'Certain Mosques'

CNN | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.22.2015 | Entertainment

(CNN) -- Donald Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric about American Muslims, saying there's precedent for monitoring some mosques amid the recen...

What's The Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

ProPublica | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

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MEOW! Be Careful What You Tweet Or You Might Get Some Spam

Vocativ | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Technology

An online privacy advocate with a love for cats and too much free time has crafted an innocent spamming scheme....

U.S. Investigators Struggle To Track Homegrown ISIS Suspects

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At least three dozen people in the United States suspected of ties to the Islamic State were under heavy electronic or physical sur...

NYT: Mass Surveillance Isn't The Answer To Fighting Terrorism

The New York Times | Damon Beres | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology

It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting th...

To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks.

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

John Cusack | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
John Cusack

One morning as I scanned the news--horror in the Middle East, Russia and America facing off in the Ukraine, I thought of Edward Snowden and wondered how he was holding up in Moscow. I began to imagine a conversation with him and a few others.

Can This Unconventional Crime Prevention System Work?

Ryan Duffy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Ryan Duffy

We first heard of Sidney Torres and the French Quarter Task Force when he started to get some press early this summer. We were drawn to it for the same reasons a lot of people were probably writing about it: it sounded completely insane. A rich trash mogul in New Orleans is playing Bruce Wayne, running a private crime-fighting detail in the streets of the French Quarter? Really??

President Obama Is Not My Ally

Evan Greer | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Evan Greer

Hearing Chelsea's voice was a powerful reminder: President Obama may talk a good talk when it comes to gay rights, but his Administration's policies speak louder than his speech-writer's words, and they're detrimental to LGBTQ+ people around the world.

The Real Issues You Won't Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

These are not problems that can be glibly dismissed with a few well-chosen words, as most politicians are inclined to do. Nor will the 2016 elections do much to alter our present course towards a police state.

Wikileaks Founder Defends Publishing CIA Director's Private Email

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.30.2015 | Technology

MEXICO CITY -- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange defended his decision to post the unredacted personal emails of Central Intelligence Agency Director ...

Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Clears Senate In Bipartisan Vote

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate easily passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at bolstering the country's cyber defenses, ...

Courage is Contagious: A Conversation with the ACLU's Ben Wizner

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Davis Schneiderman

Ben Wizner is busy. He directs the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and is part of Edward Snowden's legal team. On November 2 at 7:30 pm, Wizner will speak at Lake Forest College.

Global Police, Pre-Crime and the War on Domestic 'Extremists'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Now connect the dots, from the 2009 Extremism reports to the NDAA and the UN's Strong Cities Network with its globalized police forces, the National Security Agency's far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

Privatizing Censorship in Fight Against Violent Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 10.19.2015 | Technology
Courtney C. Radsch

Islamic State has embraced social media as a way to attract supporters around the world, in a move governments and companies have struggled to respond to. Closing down social media accounts believed to be linked to Islamic State has become a major international agenda item.

9/11 Military Commission Stalls Again Over Defense Representation Rights

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It was a typical Monday morning at the Guantanamo military commissions. Within the first 15 minutes, the judge had to adjourn the pre-trial hearing in the case of the five defendants accused of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, this time because one of the defendants had asked a question. And no one knew the answer.

7 Ways Technology is Changing Home Security

Janet Miller | Posted 10.19.2015 | Technology
Janet Miller

Technology has radically changed the way we protect our homes. What was previously only possible in Sci-Fi movies is now gradually becoming reality. The digital revolution has made its way into our homes.

To Hillary Clinton: Snowden Is a Traitor -- and a Hero

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

How revealing that the perpetrators of mass surveillance violating the Fourth Amendment -- from Cheney on down -- don't have to deal with the "traitor" question. That in CNN debates, in the mass media, this grand stigma -- traitor -- is reserved only for whistleblowers.

Court Revives Lawsuit Over NYPD Surveillance Of Muslim Americans

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim groups...

Edward Snowden And Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Had A Great Dialogue About Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

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A Spy Episode Straight out of Get Smart

ADST | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

Harry Barnes had a distinguished Foreign Service career spanning 35 years. In this excerpt from his oral history interview with ADST, Ambassador Barnes recounts a story of surveillance and footwear in Romania that was mentioned in his Washington Post obituary.

Meet The Man Who Took Facebook To Court In Europe And Won Big

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.07.2015 | Technology

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Face...