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No Security: HOPE X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 3

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

I had a great epiphany on the train last week which was that I'm beginning to see hacking not merely as cracking codes, or as Richard Stallman says "playful cleverness", but as man's will to deconstruct things in order to rebuild them into something better.

No Security: Hope X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 2

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

This is Day 2 of my journal shooting my history on computer hacking at HOPE X Conference.

No Security: Hope X (Is Not) Decadent and Depraved - Day 1

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

This is part one of my three-day diary on filming my currently untitled history of hacking documentary at the Hackers On Planet Earth X (HOPE X) Convention hosted by the legendary 2600 Hacker Quarterly.

Obama Choosing the Wrong Enemies

Robert Miraldi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Miraldi

The Obama administration is toying with whether to send New York Times reporter James Risen to jail for refusing to reveal a source involved in a federal leak investigation dating back to 2006.

70 Years Later, Still Playing Politics With Freedom of the Press

Carey Shenkman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

In forty years perhaps the WikiLeaks cables will be declassified and heralded in the same way that the Pentagon Papers were a few years ago. And by then, the investigation into WikiLeaks will be seen as the selective political assault that it is.

U.S. Nearly Used Nukes During Vietnam War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If the president had done what the Joint Chiefs recommended, the movement would have grown even larger, but so would the war, much larger than it ever became.

Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Whistleblowers don't sign up to be whistleblowers. Almost always, they begin their work as true believers in the system that conscience later compels them to challenge.

Daniel Ellsberg Blasts John Kerry's 'Despicable' Edward Snowden Comments

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg came to the defense of Edward Snowden after Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden a "coward...

An Assault From Obama's Escalating War On Journalism

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2014 | Media
Norman Solomon

Charging that the administration has launched "an assault on freedom of the press," a new petition tells Obama and Holder: "We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources."

Whistleblowers, Painted from Life by Florence Hartmann

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.23.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I have tended to see whistleblowers as courageous individuals performing an often useful function, but also as slightly crazy vigilantes who were participating in that conspiracy against confidentiality, and thus against privacy.

It Can Happen Again: Covert Government Programs to Discredit Martin Luther King and Other Dissenters Show Dangers of NSA

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Given the recent history of clandestine government operations against American citizens like Martin Luther King, there's good reason to reason to be worried about the future of liberty in America.

Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and COINTELPRO

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of those making the case that Snowden should "return to the United States and face the music in a court of law" regularly offer up (as an example for how whistleblowers should act) the story of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. But a better parallel exists.

Edward Snowden Joins Press Freedom Group

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Edward Snowden is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the press freedom group launched by Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and o...

WATCH: NSA Insider's Message To President Obama

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

On a day when President Obama met with congressional critics of NSA surveillance, a group of former NSA officials continued their call for major refor...

Whistleblowing Is About the Message, Not the Messenger

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Snowden, in a larger sense, in a good way, doesn't matter as a person. What matters is what he has revealed to us about a national security state that has clearly gone quite insane, violating our liberty and our freedom to live without unwarranted search and seizure of our private lives.

'Spies, Lies, and Unsavory Ties'

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Metadata mining sounds so cool and innocent. High-speed, high-resolution, high-on-drones and the intergalactic intertwined net is no longer a spy web of the future.

Baez, Belafonte & Ellsberg Celebrate the War Resisters League

John Dear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
John Dear

In her diary on October 19, 1923, 48-year-old New York City educator Jessie Wallace Hughan wrote, "Took Tracy to dinner -- had hair done -- organized the War Resisters League..." That day she launched a new independent, secular network of peace activists that has continued to resist every war since.

Conversations With Seymour Stein, Lori Lieberman and Sun Records' Josh Collum, Collin Brace & Julie Roberts, Plus an Ed Kowalczyk Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Back in my teens, New York WAS the music business. ... I'd go up to Harlem to buy my records. It was a straight line on the D train from King's Highway to 125th street, and they had great record stores up there. ... I mean, I just couldn't think of a better place to be."

Ellsberg: U.S. Becoming A Police State

Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

The NSA surveillance of millions of emails and phone calls. The dogged pursuit of whistleblower Edward Snowden across the globe, regardless of the dip...

Ellsberg: Bradley Manning Conviction Is Beginning Of Police State

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Tuesday for handing WikiLeaks a massive cache of sensitive government documents. On Wednesday, ...

Pentagon Papers Leaker Says Manning Is A 'Casualty' Of War

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg says Bradley Manning is "one more casualty of a horrible, wrongful war" and he did not deser...

Terms and Conditions May Apply Documentary: A Must See Horror Film

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Cullen Hoback's film takes us down a rabbit hole to try and answer the question: Is privacy dead? In the process, he exposes us to a massive civil liberties nightmare.

Government Response will Grade Snowden's 'Hero Test.'

Meg Mott | Posted 09.18.2013 | College
Meg Mott

When Ellsberg leaked state secrets from the McNamara Report to the press, he went into hiding in his Cambridge home. Two weeks later, he turned himself in. He did what Senator Dianne Feinstein ordered Snowden to do, "come back and face the music."

The Obama Administration's Hostility to Whistleblowers Is Both Immoral and Illegal

Jason Ditz | Posted 09.15.2013 | DC
Jason Ditz

President Obama ran his initial campaign on a pledge for transparency and a promise to enhance whistleblower protection, both of which have been scrapped. Instead, the administration now forwards the narrative that whistleblowers by their very nature are a threat to national security.

Cracked: Or Are Snowden and Palin Really, Really Smart (Like a Fox)?

Marie Woolf | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Marie Woolf

Cracked is one thing but, contrary to my first impressions, Snowden and Palin are smart, even cunning. Like a Fox. Who cares if you're cracked? There's a fortune to be made in fanatics.