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Inside the President's Review Group: Protecting Security and Liberty

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The use of government surveillance to protect the nation against terrorist attack is deeply polarizing. On the one hand, there are those who fervently defend everything the Intelligence Community does. How, they ask, in the light of 9/11, can anyone want to handcuff the Intelligence Community in its critical effort to protect our nation against potentially catastrophic terrorist attacks? It is reckless and irresponsible, they charge, for anyone to restrain the government from taking every possible measure to help to keep us safe. Have you forgotten the lessons of history? On the other side, the critics of the NSA and of what they see as rampant and unrestrained government spying charge that any intrusion into individual privacy is a fundamental infringement of core American values. The NSA, they insist, is a rogue agency that is trampling on core American freedoms. No government agency can be trusted! Have you forgotten the lessons of history?

Americans Want Government Action on Hacking and ID Theft, According to New Survey

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Americans are acutely aware of the threat posed by hackers and ID thieves: Fifty-five percent say they or someone they know had their email account breached; 62 percent report receiving a suspicious email from someone likely due to that person's email being hacked.

A Christmas To-Do List for a Better World

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

As Charles Dickens reminds us in A Christmas Carol, it's never too late to make things right in the world and try to be better people and, most importantly of all, pay your blessings forward.

Why Barrett Brown's Trial Matters

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 02.16.2014 | Crime
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett Brown is being "punished for the crime of taking citizenship seriously." This is clear: he stands for values of liberty, transparency and privacy; though soon prosecutors in Dallas will try to persuade a jury otherwise. Increasingly, conscious citizens know the true score.

This Surveillance Program Thinks A Lot Of Normal Behaviors Are 'Suspicious'

Al Jazeera America | Jason Leopold | Posted 12.17.2013 | DC

In Washington, TrapWire processes so-called suspicious activity reports filed by members of the community and adds them to its massive national counte...

NSA Official: Snowden Has 'The Keys To The Kingdom'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander doesn't believe amnesty is the answer to ending Edward Snowden's leaks of classified doc...

The Week to Week News Quiz for 12/13/13

John Zipperer | Posted 02.12.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Is it the season of peace in Washington? Take the Week to Week news quiz and see how much you know about the week's peaceful events.

We Need To Restore Internet User Trust After Surveillance

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Trust has been at the core of the U.S. approach to Internet policy for more than a decade and should not be squandered. While many intuitively understand why this must be preserved for human rights reasons, there are also vital economic concerns.

The NSA's Winter of Discontent

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Innocent Americans should never have to worry their government's awesome surveillance capabilities are intercepting, filtering, collecting, analyzing, and storing the intimate details of their lives. Appallingly, they do.

We Don't Need Your Stories: President Obama and Sensationalizing Surveillance

Deji Olukotun | Posted 02.08.2014 | Home
Deji Olukotun

Whether or not NSA employees themselves are "interested" in reading text messages does not change the fact that they can, and the checks and balances that should in principle limit their ability to do so have failed to work.


The New York Times | Posted 12.09.2013 | Technology

Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Lif...

FBI Developed Surveillance Software To Track Suspects

The Washington Post | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

The man who called himself “Mo” had dark hair, a foreign accent and — if the pictures he e-mailed to federal investigators could be believed —...

Whistleblowers' Advice To Edward Snowden: Don't Come Home

Al Jazeera America | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

What happens to whistle-blowers after the whistle is blown...

'We Shouldn't Be as Naive in This Day and Age'

The European Magazine | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
The European Magazine

The vice president of the European Commission explained Lars Mensel why she wasn't shocked by the NSA revelations, how Europe can profit from its currency crisis and why we shouldn't worry too much about Euroskeptics.

Amazon, Domino's and Big Brother: Drones Flying the Not-So-Friendly Surveillance Skies

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Needless to say, whatever you can imagine, it will not be long before there is a drone suited to every purpose under the sun.

What We Want Most in the Era of Surveillance

Alex Pasternack | Posted 02.01.2014 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

Since Edward Snowden's disclosures about widespread NSA surveillance, Americans and people everywhere have been presented with a digital variation on an old analog threat: the erosion of freedoms and privacy in exchange, presumably, for safety and security.

UN Launching Investigation Into Surveillance

The Guardian | Posted 12.02.2013 | World

The UN's senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies fo...

What We Should Not Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Mind you, if we do not push back against the growing menace of the police state now, future Thanksgivings may find us giving thanks for creature comforts that serve only to lessen the pain of having lost our most basic freedoms.

Kennedy Was Right: We Are the Heirs of the First Revolution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only real hope in any significant change for the better rests in the American people. But first we have to regain a sense of America's history and reclaim our inheritance.

Meet The Spies Who Are Really Tapping Your Phone

Foreign Policy | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

With every fresh leak, the world learns more about the U.S. National Security Agency's massive and controversial surveillance apparatus. Lost in the c...

Orwell's 'Big Brother' Prediction on a Fast Track to Reality

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

We're all well aware of the millions of randomly situated video cameras all across the country capturing what we do 24/7. But what you may not realize is the extent to which other types of taxpayer-funded surveillance capabilities have been put in place.

Drone Summit Demands End to Strikes, Surveillance

Daniel Medina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Medina

Within view of the U.S. Capitol and just a little more than a mile from the White House, hundreds of of anti-drone proliferation activists, academics, lawyers and concerned citizens from all over the world gathered this weekend for the second annual drone summit.

Big Brother's Always Been Watching Some of U.S.

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

As revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden continue to mount, Americans have been shocked by the NSA's incredible invasions of privacy - some mo...

How Europeans And Americans Feel About Spying On Allies

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Europeans and Americans largely oppose their governments spying on their citizens and those of allied countries, a poll...

The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11.