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Udall: Patriot Act 'Ripe For Abuse,' Needs To Be Reformed

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 06.10.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. He made impassioned speeches on the Senate floor, held press conferences and appeared on the Sunday t...

Edward Snowden: I Acted To Protect 'Basic Liberties'

Reuters | Mark Hosenball and Richard Cowan | Posted 06.10.2013 | Media

* Whistleblower says decided to reveal identity * Says acted according to his conscience * Now fears U.S. retribution, worried about his family ...

Life Under the Surveillance State

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The question in the debate on privacy is not whether Obama should or should not have made the decisions he did, but what social and historical conditions are making it possible for such massive surveillance programs to be constructed in the first place? This isn't just a question of policy or politics; it's a story of technology.

Lucia Graves

Mark Udall: No Proof Phone Records Program Stops Terrorism | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday expressed skepticism over whether the government's v...

Jason Linkins

Area Athletic Squad Judged To Have Had More Dreadful Week Than Suddenly Exposed Surveillance State | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

Then there is the disaster happening on the field. Heading into Friday night, the Nationals were 29-30 and in third place in the National League East ...

Setting Up Infrastructure For A Tyrant

The Atlantic | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

Let's assume that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, their staffers, and every member of Congress for the last dozen years has alwa...

Now More Than Ever, Everybody's a Target in the American Surveillance State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a target."--A senior intelligence official previously involved with the Utah Data Center The r...

Can We Stop the Lone Wolf Terrorist?

Matthew Dunn | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dunn

The best tactic that democratic societies can adopt to combat radicalized, homegrown terrorists is to confront the cause itself and expose it for what it is: a factually incorrect, intellectually flaccid, bundle of vitriolic nonsense.

SOPA Author Calls NSA Snooping 'Stunning'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

One of Congress' leading voices on legal policy has called revelations of the NSA's surveillance program "stunning." In an interview on The Laura ...

FBI & NSA Spying Revealed: Uncle Sam Is Watching You, and Both Congress and the Courts Are Complicit

Shahid Buttar | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The document is disturbing because, in a single swoop, it authorizes not just the wiretapping of a single individual, or a single organization, but all of the customers of a single telecommunications company.

Will Barack Obama Ask Xi Jinping How to Spy on American Citizens?

Curtis Ellis | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

Government surveillance of citizens is standard operating procedure, even in the nation once seen as the Shining City upon a hill, a beacon to the world of liberty and the rights of man.

What You Should Know About the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

Seriously, do you have any idea how frustrating it is to have your boss ask you to get reporters to write about something he can't tell you about? I did it for years and let's just say, it stretches you as a communicator.

Jason Linkins

NSA Is All Up In Ur Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

America, here's hoping you've had enough time to come to terms with the National Security Agency scooping up all of your metadata pertaining to all of...

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Susan Landau | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Susan Landau

The invasiveness of this data is hard to underestimate. It is data that reveals where every connected person is during the day, with whom they speak, when, how often.

Al Gore: NSA Phone Records Collecting 'Obscenely Outrageous'

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

Al Gore had some harsh words for the Obama administration in response to the news, first reported by The Guardian on Wednesday, that the National Secu...

Ryan J. Reilly

Spy Agency Phone Record Seizure 'Beyond Orwellian' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's seizure of millions of phone Verizon phone records under a secret court order is "alarming" and "beyond Orwel...

Could Drones Mean the End of Wilderness?

OnEarth | Posted 07.29.2013 | Green

By David Gessner, OnEarthLast Tuesday, as I do almost every day, I went for a walk in the woods with Missy, my yellow lab. We were deep in a thicket n...

Real Outrage Is That Surveillance of AP Reporters' Calls Was Probably Legal

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Media
Peter Scheer

The government's actions likely have already succeeded in deterring government officials from confiding in journalists about national security matters. And that, of course, is the administration's real objective.

'Round the Clock Surveillance: Is This the Price of Living in a 'Free, Safe' Society?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The emergence of tracking technology fits with Google chairman Eric Schmidt's view on privacy: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Unfortunately, this is not just the attitude of corporate benefactors, but government officials as well.

Matt Sledge

Judge Rules Government Can Keep Cellphone Tracking Secret | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A federal district judge ruled on Wednesday that the government obtained a warrant to locate a suspected tax fraud properly, despite omitt...

Obama May Back FBI Plan To Wiretap Web Users

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.07.2013 | Technology

The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhau...

Former FBI Agent: 'No Digital Communication Is Secure'

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Technology

Even a former FBI agent doesn't seem comfortable with the level of surveillance his former employer exercises over Americans. In an interview with ...

Matt Sledge

Police Sued Over License Plate Reader Secrecy | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.07.2013 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK -- Civil liberties advocates sued the Los Angeles Police and County Sheriff's Departments on Monday to gain access to records from automated ...

The Boston Bombing, The Right of Privacy and Surveillance Cameras

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The practice of using surveillance cameras to record our comings and goings is ever-expanding, and will certainly expand still further after the Boston bombings. A central question is whether we do -- or should -- care about our privacy.

Dogs and Drones, Cameras and Phones

Norm Stamper | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Most of us want both peaceful, secure communities and a fundamental respect for civil liberties. Let's look at four highly visible, often controversial elements of law enforcement's quest to ensure safety and security at public gatherings.