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Secret Text In Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access To Email Records

The Intercept | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals...

What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State: Anti-Big Money, Anti-War, Pro-Constitution, Freedom-Loving Candidates Need Not Apply

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Long gone are the days when the path to the White House was open to anyone who met the Constitution's bare minimum requirements of being a natural bor...

Shame On the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

All the justices had to do was right a 60-year wrong that made it illegal to exercise one's First Amendment rights on the Supreme Court plaza.

Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service

The Wall Street Journal | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.08.2016 | Technology

Social media firm cuts access to Dataminr, a service used to identify unfolding terror attacks, political unrest...

Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed: The Absurdity of Being a Citizen in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.26.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In the American police state, the price to be paid for speaking truth to power (also increasingly viewed as an act of treason) is surveillance, censor...

Exploring an Enlightened Consciousness Around Terrorism

Annette Blum | Posted 04.26.2017 | World
Annette Blum

These days, major terrorist events might only make the news for a few days, or only hours. We are flooded with an unprecedented amount of disturbing imagery, and in many corners of the world, people have become immune to the harshness of death and distrust.

It's Not Your Grandma's Data

Irene Aldridge | Posted 04.23.2017 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Once upon a time, or, more precisely, just some 20 years ago, "data" was a term reserved for magnetic tapes and numerous governance committees, engage...

Saint or Sinner, Government Eyes Are Watching Every Move You Make

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.19.2017 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Government eyes are watching you. They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up...

Uncle Sam Wants You... to Spy on Other Students

Alan Singer | Posted 04.15.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

The F.B.I. has introduced an interactive online program called "Don't Be a Puppet" for teachers and students to help them identify potential violent extremists.

Apple v. the FBI: Is the Fight Over?

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 03.31.2017 | Politics
Yolanda Rondon

The Apple case brought to the forefront an ongoing debate of the balance between national security and civil liberties. Partly, because Apple decided to fight back and has the resources to actually do so. But the battle over civil liberties has been brewing for some time.

United States v. Apple

Rumni Saha | Posted 03.30.2017 | Politics
Rumni Saha

The pen is indeed mightier than the sword and goes to show that every issue, however divisive, can be resolved peacefully. So in the end whether we side with or disagree with Apple, it is a joy and a privilege to see America's forefathers' inalienable dreams bear fruit.

Crucified for the Crime of Extremism: Jesus Died in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.26.2017 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

Just as police states have arisen throughout history, there have also been individuals or groups of individuals who have risen up to challenge the injustices of their age.

Court Offers Rare Opportunity for Public Comment on NYPD Spying

Kris Hermes | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Perhaps the most notorious perpetrators of unwarranted spying on Americans is the New York Police Department (NYPD), which continues to establish questionable counter-terrorism and counterintelligence units to spy on New Yorkers despite being repeatedly sued over it.

Apple's Backdoor

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 03.17.2017 | Technology
Reinier de Graaf

Today, when the average consumer database is hacked, the worst possible outcome is a loss of money and dignity. In the future, on an individual level, implanted medical devices could be caused to malfunction, and smart buildings, for all their intelligence, could become vulnerable to sabotage.

'Off the Grid,' A Conversation With C.J. Box

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.09.2017 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

C.J. Box, the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen Joe Pickett novels, has millions of fans. In addition to the Joe Pickett series, he's written five standalones, and a short story collection, Shots Fired.

Why Won't Bernie Sanders Support Edward Snowden?

Taylor Gipple | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics
Taylor Gipple

I'm not surprised that none of the candidates have spoken in favor of Snowden, but I just thought that if there was someone who would stand up for him, it would be Bernie Sanders.

Apple Says FBI Request Violates Company's First Amendment Rights

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Thursday struck back in court against a U.S. government request to unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Be...

Welcome to the Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The powers-that-be want us to remain divided, alienated from each other based on our politics, our bank accounts, our religion, our race and our value systems.

Fear Is the Greatest Motivator in the Case of Apple vs. the FBI

Nida Khan | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Nida Khan

Fear is why we saw the rise of mass surveillance, metadata collection and an invasion of our privacy. Fear is why people are okay with looking the other way when innocent civilians are killed from our wars. Are we now going to allow fear to drive us to give up even more of our liberties? Or will freedom truly win over fear?

Apple's Plan To Help Break Standoff With FBI

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.22.2016 | Technology

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday called for the creation of a government commission or panel of experts on encryption to help resolve the standoff ove...

This Is Why Tim Cook Is So Furious

Gernot Poetsch | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics
Gernot Poetsch

You might have already read the Apple CEO's open response to the U.S. government. They are demanding access to an iPhone that was involved in the San Bernardino attacks. But what exactly is the FBI demanding here, how does all this actually work, and why is this such a big deal?

Secret Memo Details U.S.’s Broader Strategy To Crack Phones

Bloomberg | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

Silicon Valley celebrated last fall when the White House revealed it would not seek legislation forcing technology makers to install “backdoors” i...

'I Feel Like A Despised Insect': Coming Of Age Under Surveillance In New York

The Intercept | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics

In the spring of last year, two New York women were arrested on charges of supporting ISIS, following a joint investigation by the New York Police Dep...

Mark Cuban: A 'Standing Ovation' For Apple

Mark Cuban | Posted 02.18.2017 | Business
Mark Cuban

They did the exact right thing by not complying with the order. They are exactly right that this is a very, very slippery slope. And while the FBI is attempting to be very clear that this is a one-off request, there is no chance that it is.

'The God's Eye View,' A Conversation with Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Barry Eisler Barry Eisler, known to millions of readers for his edge-of-your-seat thriller novels, which include his bestselling John Rain and...