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The Terror Con

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

For defense contractors, the government officials who write them mega checks, and the hawks in the media who cheer them on, the name of the game is threat inflation. And no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Orwell Revisited: Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, e...

My Spy: A Modern American Love Story

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

"I fell in love, it's as simple as that. "You get that, I'm in love? "Though I'm also at my wit's end. You see I'm in love with a woman I've neve...

WATCH: Famed Porn Star Looooves The NSA

Posted 06.17.2013 | Comedy

Funny or Die nailed the NSA in a new video that compares the troubled intelligence agency with a phone sex hotline. Porn-actress-turned-regular-actres...

David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Bill Keller Wish Snowden Had Just Followed Orders

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Edward Snowden is transcending the moral limits of authority and insisting that we can fully defend the Bill of Rights, emphatically including the Fourth Amendment. What a contrast with New York Times columnists David Brooks, Thomas Friedman and Bill Keller.

The Making of a Global Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's urge to take control of the global communications environment, lock, stock, and chat room, to gather its "data" -- billions and billions of pieces of it -- and so turn the world into a secret set of connections, represents a remarkable development.

British Intelligence Spied On Foreign Politicians At 2009 Summit: Report

The Guardian | Posted 06.16.2013 | World

Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls inter...

Bread and Circuses

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

We must arouse ourselves from the pleasant dream that everything is, basically, alright. We must disabuse ourselves of the fallacy that as long as we don't see stormtroopers in the streets our freedoms must still be intact.

Hello NSA

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Leaders in House and Senate Intelligence Committees have defended the program, saying it's nothing new. To my mind, "Of course we're spying on you!" constitutes a new definition for government transparency.

What D.C. Doesn't Get About NSA Surveillance

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

Watching conventional wisdom form in Washington can be appalling. The emerging consensus on surveillance this past week has D.C.'s pundit class saying that privacy violations are a small price to pay for keeping Americans safe. But conventional wisdom is wrong.

The Lighter Side of Government Surveillance

Scott Blakeman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

As a progressive, anti-Patriot Act, ACLU supporter, I still find myself among the majority of Americans who are not outraged by the latest revelations of NSA surveillance. It's not for lack of trying.

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!"

Zach Carter

House Intelligence Committee's NSA Talking Points

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...