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John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
John Feffer

The basic principle here is: Put someone in a comfortable chair with a cell phone and nothing else to do and they'll just start talking. Even the former head of the NSA will do this! He wasn't threatened with waterboarding.

NSA Denies Spying On The Vatican

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

(Updates with NSA denial, adds Washington dateline) WASHINGTON/VATICAN CITY, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The National Security Agency, responsi...

Merkel Envoys Meet At White House To Address Tension

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - American and German officials sought to overcome tension between their governments on ...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Still Can't Decide Whether Edward Snowden Is A 'Traitor' Or 'Hero' | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Americans remain deeply divided in their views of Edward Snowden, and worried by the prospect of widespread government surveillance, according to a re...

Spying on Allies and Plausible Deniability

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, CEO Ziklag Systems In politics, as in many other fields, there is always a desire to protect the leader. One way i...

NSA's Best Friend Changes Her Tune

Foreign Policy | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

One of the National Security Agency's biggest defenders in Congress is suddenly at odds with the agency and calling for a top-to-bottom review of U.S....

NSA Reportedly Collected Data On Huge Amount Of Country's Phone Calls

Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

An upcoming story in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports that the U.S. National Security Agency swept up data on 60 million phone calls in Spain ov...

NSA Denies Obama Knew Of Merkel Surveillance From 2010

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

The National Security Agency is denying reports that President Barack Obama has been aware of surveillance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel since 20...

GOP Rep Says Spying Allegations Are '100% Wrong'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Aruna Viswanatha and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Two Republican congressmen on Sunday defended Washington's surv...

Farah Mohamed

NSA Protest Draws Thousands In Washington | Farah Mohamed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thousands rallied against the National Security Agency's domestic and international surveillance programs Saturday, marching from Union ...

Opting Out From the Corporate State of Surveillance

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

With all these instances of Big Brother encroachment, one might want to opt out of the digital world entirely. Unfortunately, that is becoming more and more difficult in an increasingly technology-obsessed world.

Marco Rubio: 'Everyone Spies On Everybody'

Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

As European leaders express their fury at the news that the United States may be spying on them and their countrymen, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has di...

DEBUNKED: NSA's Biggest Defense Doesn't Add Up

ProPublica | Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

By Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica, Oct. 23, 2013, 8:59 a.m.Two weeks after Edward Snowden's first revelations about sweeping governmen...

Unlearning Privacy: the NSA and the Modern American College Campus Have More in Common Than You Might Think

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.22.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

In my book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate (which will be one year old tomorrow), I argue that modern college st...

Hacking Partisanship

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

However important the SOPA victory was in 2012, its lasting significance depends on how well the diverse coalition holds together in these and other fights -- and against business as usual in Washington.

Police Force Could Take Hit From NSA Leaks

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

By Chris Francescani PHILADELPHIA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Public disclosures about U.S. government surveillance threaten the ability of po...

Anti-Establishment Journalist Has Spent 400 Days in Jail

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

The charges pursued against him equate to a dangerous precedent, especially for anyone who reports on hacking or leaks of stolen information. It means that one can be charged with fraud and identity theft for simply pasting a hyperlink.

Red Light Cameras, Drones and Surveillance: Fleecing the Taxpayer in the Age of Petty Tyrannies

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government ...

Pushing for Global Human Rights in a World of Pervasive Surveillance

Jens-Henrik Jeppesen | Posted 12.10.2013 | World
Jens-Henrik Jeppesen

Europeans are outraged over the ongoing revelations about America's pervasive surveillance programs -- and they should be.

The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We've called on an old and knowledgeable friend, Colonel Manners (ret.). His assignment: to answer letters from Americans puzzled by the etiquette, manners, and language of the arcane national security world of Washington.

Growing Online Censorship Sparks Writers to Action

PEN American Center | Posted 12.08.2013 | Media
PEN American Center

Writers serve on the front lines of free expression in countries around the world, and new technologies have empowered them to respond creatively to events more quickly than ever before.

Surveillance 101

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes, the world sends you back to school. These last months have offered us a crash course in how Washington, enveloped in a penumbra of extreme secrecy, went to work creating a global surveillance state on a scale almost beyond the imagination.

The Data Hackers

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Pratap Chatterjee

We willingly hand over all of this information to the big data companies and in return they facilitate our communications and provide us with diversions. But there is a second kind of data company of which most people are unaware.

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.