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The NSA Affair: A Symptom, Not a Cause

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

The relationship of government to the citizen has become an insultingly patronizing game characterized by a Pavlovian call-and-response: "We're just trying to protect America!" elicits "thank God they're trying to keep us safe!"

Secret Practice Has Long History

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It isn't the first time that the federal government has been caught spying on Americans or that classified government information has be...

Zach Carter

House Intelligence Committee's NSA Talking Points | Zach Carter | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Huffington Post has obtained talking points instructing members of Congress on how to defend two controversial surveillance programs...

A Bipartisan Response to the NSA's Surveillance

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Americans deserve to be safe and free. That's why next week we will introduce a bipartisan, comprehensive response to NSA's overbroad surveillance activities, called the LIBERT-E Act.

NSA-OK!: The Spy Who Ignored We

Gavin Shulman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Comedy
Gavin Shulman

Not to deflate everyone's false sense of pride and outrage but no one gives a damn about who you are calling and emailing. Please, don't flatter yourself.

Private Data, Secret Surveillance, and the Need for Public Debate

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Freedom House

by Gigi Alford Program Officer, Internet Freedom and Ilana Ullman Program Associate, Internet Freedom Almost as troubling as the recent revelations...

Do the NSA's Phone and Internet Monitoring Programs Make Sense?

Jeffrey A. Miron | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey A. Miron

The National Security Administration's monitoring of Americans' phone calls and internet communications raises a fundamental question: when is increased security worth reduced privacy or civil liberty?

Recalling Dad's Encounter With Intensive Government Monitoring

Dori J. Maynard | Posted 08.13.2013 | Media
Dori J. Maynard

No, I don't want to see another 9/11 or Boston Marathon bombing. But I also don't want to see another COINTELPRO. It's true that saying where that line lies is difficult. It's also true that saying where it lies if done in complete secrecy will be impossible.

If Edward Snowden Is a Criminal, Why Aren't the Rest of Us Criminals as Well?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While Snowden's revelations about the NSA were dismaying, they were not surprising. Indeed, what I have found more disconcerting is the left-right response to Snowden's revelations, namely, the willingness by those on both sides to join forces in maintaining the governmental status quo.

Are You a 'Blue Republican'?

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If the GOP is going to have any value as a vehicle for liberty in Blue states, it will be necessary to get non-dogmatic liberals not to throw out their liberal principles, but to see how their principles have not been well served by the old progressive one-size fits-all program.

With NSA Surveillance, US Government May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The internet has never been a perfect tool for advancing democracy and human rights. Despite the most optimistic techno-utopian projections, the inte...

The Vaudevillian Rhetoric of Friedman and Brooks

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

New York Times columnists David Brooks and Thomas Friedman's columns highly critical of whistleblower Edward Snowden share the same deceptive rhetorical tricks intended to muddle our understanding of the issues involved.

Reinventing the Post-Punk Era: Why Savages Might Find Nirvana

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Russell C. Smith

Punk music in its purest form projects an element of danger and disruption, rage and revolt. It is music with the power to jolt the listener awake. Maybe 2013 will be the year British post-punk wakes people up.

Connect the Dots

Jerry Adler | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Adler

It only takes a single bit Of connection. Tag, you're it! Sorry, buddy, now you're toast You never should have read this post.

Privacy Under Attack? Most Americans Have Already Surrendered Theirs

Bill Frezza | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

"We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it's easy, but whe...

Obama Is Not Bush on NSA/Surveillance Because Only Bush Claimed Absolute Power

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Of course, just because something is legal doesn't make it right. But it matters that President Obama followed the law and President Bush did not.

Dimming the Light With the Espionage Act

Kendrick Nguyen | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kendrick Nguyen

Indeed, American ideals such as privacy and free speech, and standing up for what you believe in, still light the world. And right now, those ideals are embodied in a young man on the run somewhere in Asia.

WATCH: Al Franken Defends NSA Over Spying Allegations

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

Liberal Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) emerged as a vocal defender of the National Security Agency on Tuesday, telling Minneapolis-based CBS affiliate WCCO...

America's New Normal: Mass Surveillance, Secret Courts and Punishment for Whistleblowers

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The America we learned about in school, the one celebrated in songs and poems, the one to which our ancestors flocked in hopes of starting a new life based upon promises of wealth and liberty, is getting harder to find with every passing day.

Big Tech and The Feds -- Who's to Blame?

Tom Lowery | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Tom Lowery

If we put our information out there and expect others to respond to it, why is Big Tech to blame?

NSA Surveillance

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The revelations that the U.S. government has been collecting phone and Internet data has reopened a debate about the balance between privacy and security, at a time when America is becoming an increasing target of terrorists.

Americans on NSA Surveillance: 'Love it. Makes Me Feel Like a Kardashian'

El Guapo | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
El Guapo

Depending on whom you ask, the government's surveillance program is either a massive violation of fundamental privacy or, as the majority of Americans see it, 'Meh. Whatevs."

One American Who Isn't For Sale

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The folks at Booz Allen, and its parent company the Carlyle Group, love that world as a fabulous profit center, and it is truly inspiring that there are still folks like Edward Snowden whom they can't buy.

Edward Snowden: "Hero or Traitor"?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

In my judgment, based on what I know from the media thus far, Snowden is neither a hero nor a traitor, but he is most certainly a criminal who deserves serious punishment.

Oh, Now You're Outraged?

John Michael | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
John Michael

Let's forgive ourselves for being so dumb for so long and try to make things right. Let's repeal the Patriot Act.