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The Future of Surveillance in a Post-Snowden World

Michael V. Hayden | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
 Michael V. Hayden

In the end, neither the NSA nor the CIA wants to do things that are not consistent with the consensus view of American values. Our intelligence agencies must, and will, accept any delimitation defined by the American citizenry. Tell me where the lines are. Just give me that political and legal guidance, and we'll go play hardball. We'll stay inside the box. At the same time, we will have to say "this will make you a little more comfortable, and it's going to make you a little less safe." We get it, but let's shake hands on that last part -- "a little less safe."

NSA 'Hijacked' Criminal Botnets To Install Spyware

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 (Reuters) - While U.S. law enforcement agencies have long tried to stamp out networks of compr...

The Feinstein Syndrome: 'The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee'

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Soon we might see headlines asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?" It may already be a fact that Feinstein's speech yesterday blew a whistle on CIA surveillance of the Senate intelligence committee, which she chairs. But if that makes her a whistleblower, then Colonel Sanders is a vegetarian evangelist.

CIA Improperly Searched Computer Network Established For Congress, Senator Says

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Cong...

Judge Halts Destruction Of NSA Surveillance Records

AP | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Ag...

Mike Rogers Relays Concerns About NSA Changes

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy admiral nominated to be the next head of the troubled National Security Agency is expressing concerns about the U.S. gove...

Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Thrown in Jail for Filming Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.10.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Once again, the U.S. government is attempting to police the world when it should be policing its own law enforcement agencies.

CIA Investigates Whether Officers Spied On Senate

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees th...

Human Rights and the Duty to Protect Sensitive Data

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jim Fruchterman

Don't victims of human rights abuse, refugees, LGBT individuals, and survivors of gender-based violence deserve the same kind of respect for their sensitive information as you expect when you visit a clinic?

What the Mainstream Media Doesn't Understand About the Road to a Society without Mass Surveillance

David Segal | Posted 04.27.2014 | Media
David Segal

Let us provide some context to those who relied on the Times's (non-existent) coverage of SOPA, prior to January 18th.

U.S. Eavesdropping On Hundreds Of Key German Figures: Report

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

US intelligence has stepped up eavesdropping on hundreds of key figures in Germany, including a government minister, after Chancellor Angela Merkel wa...

Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The Wisdom of Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The wisdom of privacy is fundamental to the healthy evolution and future of human beings. It is perhaps the most essential ingredient of the natural order and balance in the social milieu and for a healthy human existence on earth. It makes the privacy revolution we are facing real, relevant, and vital to preserving ourselves as societies and individuals.

Panopticonism: Join the Fight Against Mass Surveillance

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.13.2014 | Technology
Courtney C. Radsch

Today is the day we fight back against mass surveillance by the NSA, other governments around the world, and the complicity of private companies in doing so.

Nuland's Leaked "F the EU" is a Wake Up Call

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 04.13.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, CEO Ziklag Systems Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland called her colleague in the Ukraine to discuss the ...

Blurred Lines And The Right To Privacy

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.08.2014 | TED Weekends
Debbie Hines

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOnce more people come to better understand what their online identity means and also connect on an emotional level, many more people will speak out about their right to privacy and against government intrusion.

NSA Tapped German Ex-Chancellor's Phone: Report

The Guardian | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

US intelligence agencies began monitoring the mobile phone of the German chancellor more than 10 years ago when Gerhard Schröder was leader, accordin...

Privacy vs. Security: A False Dichotomy

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.05.2014 | TED Weekends
Robin Koerner

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOf course, it's not just our privacy that has been sacrificed: our freedom of speech and our right to due process have been sacrificed by the same laws, and with the same justification, that paved the way to systematic and secret violation of privacy. So what the likes of Feinstein are really saying is that the American way of life has less value than 2996 innocent lives.

The Surveillance Blitz

John Feffer | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

In honor of the Super Bowl, imagine the situation this way: Each one of us is a quarterback. We've taken the snap. But two very large linebackers -- the government and the corporations -- have easily gotten around the blockers. This is the blitz.

You're Not a Terrorist? Are You Sure?

Bea Edwards | Posted 04.03.2014 | TED Weekends
Bea Edwards

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf you haven't committed a crime, you assume that your comings and goings are innocent. But if the assumption is that you're a threat, then your everyday routine may not look so harmless.

Why NSA Snooping Is About a Lot More Than Just Our Privacy

Joe Lauria | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Joe Lauria

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGiven the long history of government surveillance against activists in this country, and new facts revealed by Snowden, it is clear one reason for NSA surveillance is to potentially disrupt social protest against inequality in the U.S.

Beyond Orwell's Worst Nightmare

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Marjorie Cohn

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOrwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.

The Benefits From Government Surveillance Are Not Relevant!

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo we test constitutionality by determining whether or not there is some benefit derived from its violation? The present system searches the innocent in order to find the guilty, something our Constitution has never tolerated.

3 Questions About Technology We Should Be Asking Now

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.01.2014 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

Here are a few questions worth debating on your next dinner party or trip to the bar.

Terror Suspect Challenges NSA Surveillance Program

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — Using evidence obtained under the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program violates a terror suspect's constitution...