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Warrantless Wiretapping

William Binney: NSA Claim Not to Be Mining Content Is an "Outright Lie"

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

In a very powerful exclusive interview, I recently had the privilege of speaking to an American hero, William Binney, NSA whistleblower.

Torture and Police Killings Cut From the Same Cloth of Injustice

Will Bunch | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

When you ask why are so many people out in the street, I'd say we've reached a tipping point, in the original, pre-Malcolm Gladwell use of the term. The scale that's tipping, simply, is justice. It was already going over when the torture report hit like a ton of bricks.

Reframing Our Perception of National Security

Nate Jara | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Nate Jara

In just the last couple of months the answer has shifted from radical Islamists, to Russia, back to radical Islamists with the rise of ISIS, to Ebola, and now back to radical Islamists. But nobody seems to be getting at the underlying assumption that these issues represent significant threats to the welfare of the American people.

Matt Sledge

Government Privacy Board Okays Controversial NSA Surveillance Program | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

A government privacy oversight board's draft report, released Tuesday night, finds the National Security Agency's use of a controversial surveillance ...

Matt Sledge

Intelligence Agencies Conducted Broad Sweep Of Warrantless Searches On Americans | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

The nation's top intelligence agency revealed in a letter made public Monday that the NSA, CIA and FBI are engaging in a large number of warrantless s...

Matt Sledge

New NSA 'Transparency Report' Raises More Questions Than It Answers | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

For years, big Internet companies like Twitter have released "transparency reports" to show users how often the government asks for their data. Now th...

Matt Sledge

House Passes Landmark Amendment To Stop Warrantless NSA Searches | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

The House overwhelmingly approved an amendment Thursday meant to block the National Security Agency from performing warrantless searches on Americans'...

Democrats Need to Stop Dragging Feet On Email Privacy Reform

Sam Tracy | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

President Obama has still not responded to the 100,000+ Americans who signed the We the People petition demanding ECPA reform (it's been 152 days -- for comparison, a petition to build a Death Star got a response within 29 days.).

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

Federal Prosecutors, In A Policy Shift, Cite Warrantless Wiretaps As Evidence

THE NEW YORK TIMES | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

The Justice Department for the first time has notified a criminal defendant that evidence being used against him came from a warrantless wiretap, a mo...

NSA Surveillance Needs More than Window Dressing Reform

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

President Obama's performance Friday was even less persuasive than his pretense of holding Wall Street accountable for the crimes that led to the economic meltdown.

Spying by the Numbers: Hundreds of Thousands Subject to Government Surveillance and No Real Protection

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the U.S. and worldwide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spyi...

Jimmy Carter vs. 'Jimmy Carter'

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.01.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Meanwhile, the latest NSA disclosure revealed just how deep the U.S. government's was willing to go to listen in on communications both at home and abroad -- eavesdropping that involves Carter more in name than in spirit.

The Top 5 Things You Didn't Know the Government Knows About You

Meagan Reed | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Meagan Reed

Just remember, next time you're buying a book at the airport, speeding on the highway, posting a Tweet, sending a text message, or reading an article like this one online: They're always watching - and we're the ones who decided we could live with that.

The Scariest NSA-Gate Lesson: 'Private Citizen' Is Now an Oxymoron

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.10.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

In 1882, sensing an emerging age of secularism, Friedrich Nietzsche famously wrote, "God is dead." History proved him wrong, but although God is not yet dead, something else sure as hell is: Privacy.

How to Win the War on Terror: Repeal the Patriot Act

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

By the Fall of 2014, we all need to agree on two simple demands - that all members of the House and Senate who voted for the Patriot Act, and all of i...

Friday Talking Points -- Rest In Peace, Fourth Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.

Christina Wilkie

Retired Admiral To Oversee Phone Company's 'National Security Agreement' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was hired by Sprint Nextel Corp. Friday as security director...

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...

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.

Jon Ward

George W. Bush 'Not Surprised The President Is Having A Difficult Go' | Jon Ward | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush has steered clear of criticizing President Obama, saying his time in the spotlight is over and he does 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.

Matt Sledge

Senator 'Extremely Concerned' Over FBI Surveillance | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said Thursday he was "extremely concerned" over revelations that the FBI continues to believe it can conduct war...

Matt Sledge

U.S. Wiretapping Agency: We're 'One Of The Most Highly Regulated Entities In The World' | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day after the Supreme Court blocked a lawsuit against warrantless wiretapping, the National Security Agency's top lawyer offered a r...

Matt Sledge

Supreme Court's Warrantless Wiretapping Ruling Could Send Civil Liberties Ripple Effects | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The Supreme Court's Tuesday ruling in a case about warrantless wiretapping, Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, could have larger conseq...