Government secrecy is increasingly the norm. At the same time, government surveillance is pervasive, reversing the proper relationship between a democratic government and its citizens.
The FBI's current proposed rewrite of wiretap law creates serious security risks.
There is no question that bad actors, from criminals and terrorists use the network to conduct their activities. But better protections for transactional information needs to be part of new wiretap law.
Let's get one thing straight. If you are angry at Barack Obama, or any member of Congress, you are angry at your fellow citizens who voted for them. There is a name for this process: we call it democracy.
Is your email private? You may think it is, but you may also be surprised how easy it is for law enforcement to access it without a warrant.
We live in a country where privacy is melting away bit by bit. In the interest of what? Some will say if you've got nothing to hide, why worry? But the truth is actually the inverse of that argument.
The White House tapes reveal Haig as the ultimate sycophant, urging Nixon to smite the enemy in Vietnam, unleash the bombs, stand tough against the Soviets, and, not incidentally, to keep Kissinger in his place.
By Al Norman As the Christmas shopping season mercifully ends, Wal-Mart was caught in the middle of an improbable holiday peep show of its own making...
Courrielche has not been been forthcoming about how he came to have the recorded conversations, which may be a way of invoking his right to self-protection, since recording that call was illegal in several states.
Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.
Gossip, for Murdoch, is partly business intelligence, but Murdoch also likes to know who is sleeping with whom. It is a prurient interest, but it is also leverage.
Given that the team's super-rich owners used taxpayer subsidies to help finance their gilded ballpark, it serves them right that they're losing some revenue.
With the kind of inept leadership that would make even Merrill Lynch shudder, the Republican Party has nowhere to go but down, even though, at 19% approval, there is not much of a cushion left.
About a week ago, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs got off a good line about the progress of the stimulus package: "The sausage race is the be...
Other professional obligations have kept me from writing in this space for the last few months. During that time, my piece on the influence of Friedr...
Top aides of Dick Cheney revealed that he is shopping his new memoir, even as they lashed out at critics who claim that he abused his power as vice pr...