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Domestic Spying

Obama To Announce Overhaul Of NSA Spying

Reuters | STEVE HOLLAND AND MARK HOSENBALL | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basi...

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.

These Four Organizations Are Also Spying On You, And You Had No Idea

The Huffington Post | Cezary Jan Strusiewicz | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

When Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency has been accessing phone and email records of American citizens, the news shook the wor...

ACLU: Papers Show Domestic Spying Goes Too Far

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — Two men of Middle Eastern descent were reported buying pallets of water at a grocery store. A police sergeant reported concern a...

Fifteen Minutes of Fame and the First and Fourteenth Amendments

David Abbitt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Media
David Abbitt

At some point we have to ask ourselves: What are the costs for our increasing proclivity towards escapism in our social and news media?

Senate Insider Speaks Out: Ex-Wyden Staffer on Secret Laws, Domestic Spying and Obama's NSA Reforms

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

As President Obama proposed a series of changes to reform the government's surveillance policies and programs, Democracy Now! speaks to Jennifer Hoelz...

Did Obama Lie On 'The Tonight Show'?

Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

A New York Times article Thursday revealed previously unreported details about the United States' domestic surveillance program, namely that the Natio...

Glenn Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA Domestic Surveillance?

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

The Obama administration has announced it will keep 19 diplomatic posts in North Africa and the Middle East closed for up to a week, due to fears of a...

Sy Hersh and the Snoopers

Robert Miraldi | Posted 09.29.2013 | Media
Robert Miraldi

Reporters like Hersh and Greenwald, coupled with leakers like Snowden, principled or not, may bring some pain, but they cleanse the democracy, or at least open it up to light. Sunshine, still, is the best disinfectant, even as it opens some wounds along the way.

Glenn Beck To Michele Bachmann: Shame On You

Posted 07.26.2013 | Media

Glenn Beck went on a rant against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Thursday, blasting the congresswoman's support of the NSA's spying on Americans. ...

Tools of War Come Home to America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

More and more, weapons, tactics, techniques and procedures that have been used abroad in war are coming home, this time employed against American citizens.

When Big Brother Meets Big Data

Rep. Rush Holt | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Rep. Rush Holt

If federal authorities want to see the data of an American citizen, they should be forced to come through the front door -- and only with a court order based on probable cause, as our Founders intended.

Is Snowden Working for an Enemy of the US?

Mike McCready | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Mike McCready

Edward Snowden is likely either working for someone or he didn't think this all the way through. It seems to me that if he were a true whistle-blower,...

The Transparency Prism

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Pierre Guerlain

When a Chinese dissident breaks an illegitimate Chinese law the West applauds. When an American whistleblower reveals hidden crimes the accomplices of these crimes cry foul. Transparency in political matters is claimed only when the other has something to hide.

Hello NSA

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Leaders in House and Senate Intelligence Committees have defended the program, saying it's nothing new. To my mind, "Of course we're spying on you!" constitutes a new definition for government transparency.

America's Take On the Fourth Amendment and the NSA

Michel Floyd | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michel Floyd

The original revelations about spying on the AP have been overshadowed by the recent confirmations of the NSA's long suspected and extensive domestic spying activities. The opinion of the public appears to be strongly in favor of improved privacy protections.

Are the FBI and IRS Secretly Reading Your Email Without a Warrant?

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.10.2013 | Technology
Democracy Now!

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents revealing that the FBI and IRS may be reading emails and other electronic communications of ...

Domestic Surveillance: Spy vs. Spy, American vs. American

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Spy technology continues to become ever more sophisticated-and deadly too. That's sparked a major debate about how domestic spying should be limited to ensure constitutional safeguards of US citizens.

Prioritize Your Rights

Walker Bragman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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9 Ways To Make Yourself Disappear

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 09.18.2012 | Technology

We live in a world where infrared cameras can scan for drunks and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is sinking $1 billion into a new facial recognit...

We Won't Spy On Americans' Emails, NSA Chief Claims

Reuters | Tabassum Zakaria and David Alexander | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Am...

Andrea Stone

Mitt Romney's Homeland Security Record In Massachusetts: Everyone A Suspect

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts as the man who saved the 2002 winter Olympics. While much of his focus had been on righting the games in...

The NYPD Should Build, Not Disrupt Faith

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The very logic behind this NYPD initiative raises my hackles. Is a religious community really free to assemble when it does not feel safe doing so?

WATCH: NYPD Cops Training Included This Anti-Muslim Movie

| Posted 01.24.2012 | New York

By Sonja Sharp MANHATTAN -- A movie about radical Islam was shown to nearly 1,500 NYPD recruits for up to a year of their training, The New York Ti...

Federal Intelligence Agencies May Help Target Pot Growers

Andrew Becker | Posted 01.11.2012 | San Francisco
Andrew Becker

Lawmakers soon may enlist the nation's spymaster to help fight Mexican drug traffickers and others who use federal land in California and elsewhere to grow marijuana.