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Stop Watching Us: D.C. to More Than Double Traffic Cameras

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Kurt A. Gardinier

The increase in traffic cameras in D.C. and around the country is just one more extension of our growing surveillance state. We're constantly being monitored everywhere we go and it's very unsettling.

The NSA Deserves a Permanent Shutdown

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

To the people in control of the Executive Branch, violating our civil liberties is an essential government service. So -- to ensure total fulfillment of Big Brother's vast responsibilities -- the National Security Agency is insulated from any fiscal disruption.

The DNI Executive Review Group on Intelligence and the Senate Oversight Committee on Intelligence: Exercises in Futility?

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

An AP story published on The Huffington Post and in many newspapers on September 22, "Close Ties Between White House, NSA Spying Review" uncovered the sham exercise that constitutes the White House's promised review of NSA surveillance programs.

No Privacy in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Gigantic as the NSA's intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

Christopher Calabrese | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Christopher Calabrese

While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don't for a second imagine that it's the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives.

The NSA Surveillance Destroys Diplomacy and Democracy

Bea Edwards | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The diplomatic casualties mount as a consequence of National Security Agency (NSA) spying. On Tuesday, September 17, a summit-level meeting imploded b...

Higher Education's Train to Nowhere

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

The university-as-corporation threatens to undermine the foundation of a world-class system of education and diminish the quality of our future social life.

HuffPost Hawaii: 'Keep an Eye on NSA, Military'

Jon Letman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Jon Letman

On the day HuffPost Hawaii launched, I had the chance to sit down briefly -- nine minutes, to be exact -- with Honolulu Civil Beat publisher and CEO P...

Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

You will be denounced as a traitor, a defector, a criminal, and your acts called treasonous, even if you're one of the last hopes of the American republic.

Americans Have a Right to Know Details of Government Data Requests

Zachary Graves | Posted 09.12.2013 | Technology
Zachary Graves

If the government is going to continue the practice of forcing private companies to hand over users’ private information in the name of national security, then the American public should have a right to know which companies are being asked and how often.


John Feffer | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
John Feffer

Every country in Eastern Europe had "them" - the Communists who put the Soviet Union above any national priorities. But in East Germany, a more potent "them" eventually emerged: the Stasi.

U.S., Brazil Talk Privacy Concerns

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's national security adviser conceded there are legitimate questions about U.S. spying on its allies, the Whi...

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.

Despite Ongoing Anxiety, Poll Shows Public Doubts On Privacy Rise

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following disclosures about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance programs, a majority of Americans believe the U.S. gover...

Justice Department Releasing Details On Secret Surveillance Court

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Obama administration is releasing hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country's long-secret s...

Privacy Concerns Swell For Americans Online

AP | By ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 11.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are sharing more personal information online than ever, but they also want to better control who can see it, according t...

NRA Backs Lawsuit Over Gun Registry Fears

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association said on Wednesday it supports a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups to strike down th...

Our Counterintelligence Philosophy and Why It Deserves a Second Look

Mehroz Baig | Posted 11.03.2013 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

It is important to understand the thinking behind our response to terrorism.

Top Secret 'Black Budget' Details Spy Agencies' Successes, Failures

Washington Post | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information...

Connecting the Dots: From Chelsea Manning to Cece McDonald; From NSA to Stop and Frisk

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Ironically, in the same way that trickle-down economics did not correct high levels of unemployment during the 1970s, we see how trickle-down civil rights do not function to expand the rights of the most marginalized.

Snowden Name, Revelations Figure In Teen's Terror Case

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.28.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Edward Snowden's name loomed over a Chicago teenager's terrorism case as a judge said Tuesday she must delay the trial to grapple with unre...

Obama Meets With Surveillance Panel

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday named the members of a new intelligence review panel aimed at boosting public confidence in U.S. ...

Martin Luther King's Words in a Surveillance World

Ariel Dorfman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Ariel Dorfman

What would he say if he could return to contemplate what his country has become? What if he could see how the terror brought to bear on 9/11 had turned his people into a fearful, vengeful nation, ready to stop dreaming, ready to abridge their own freedoms in order to be secure?

Pro Publica Has Access To NSA Documents

BuzzFeed | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

The non-profit investigative reporting group Pro Publica is among the media organizations with access to some NSA documents leaked by Edwards Snowden,...

Ellsberg: Bradley Manning Conviction Is Beginning Of Police State

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Tuesday for handing WikiLeaks a massive cache of sensitive government documents. On Wednesday, ...