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WATCH: Oliver Stone Slams 'NSA Surveillance Machine'

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment

Politically-outspoken director Oliver Stone addressed the still-unfolding NSA spying scandal in a video released Wednesday, cautioning that Americans'...

Venezuela: Delete Facebook To Fight 'Gringo Spying'

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2013 | World

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan government minister on Wednesday urged citizens to shut Facebook accounts to avoid being unwitting informants for the...

Hero or Villain?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

So is Edward Snowden a hero or a creepy betrayer? The fact that he is huddled in a Moscow airport waiting for some country to take him in lends credence to the betrayer view. Since September 11, 2001, a lot of queasy liberals have cut the U.S. government a fair amount of slack when it comes to surveillance of potential terrorist plots. The attacks happened, after all. And more plots followed. Al-Qaeda is no paranoid fantasy. We can't have people with top-secret information making national policy, as free-lances. But as one detail after another has emerged in the wake of Snowden's initial disclosures, the weight of evidence keeps shifting to the hero side of the scale. Put aside for the moment Snowden's motives, or character defects, or awkward international flight from Hong Kong to Russia. History is likely to record him as something of a hero for the long overdue national debate that he has forced. Since Snowden, a largely intimidated press has begun doing its job, and the revelations are not pretty.

Report: Brazil Target Of U.S. Spying

Reuters | Posted 09.06.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency monitored the telephone and email activity of Brazilian companies and individua...

The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.04.2013 | World
James Marshall Crotty

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Isr...

BACKLASH: EU Parliament Urges Blocking U.S. Data Access After Spy Leaks

Reuters | Claire Davenport | Posted 07.04.2013 | World

By Claire Davenport BRUSSELS, July 4 (Reuters) - The European Parliament called on Thursday for the scrapping of two agreements granting the United...

French Agency Spies On Phone Calls, Emails, Social Media Activity: Report

Reuters | Posted 07.05.2013 | World

PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) - France's external intelligence agency spies on the French public's phone calls, emails and social media activity in France a...

NSA Hit With Furloughs Starting Next Week

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) - The National Security Agency, the spy agency thrown into the public eye following former contractor Edward Snowden's ...

EU: No Trade Deal Without NSA Talks

AP | GEIR MOULSON and SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 09.02.2013 | World

BERLIN — European countries agreed Wednesday that talks on a free-trade deal with the United States should start in parallel with discussions ab...

Edward Snowden's Long Flight

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As a State Department whistleblower, I think a lot about Edward Snowden. I can't help myself. Here are five things that I imagine were on his mind (they would have been on mine) as that plane took off.

Germany: NSA Spying Shows 'Cold-War' Behavior

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2013 | World

By Stephen Brown and Annika Breidthardt BERLIN, July 1 (Reuters) - Germany said on Monday if media reports of large-scale U.S. spying ...

What Do Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald Have to Do With Gandhi?

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Subhankar Banerjee

Snowden didn't "betray" his country, but his courageous act and Greenwald's journalism is certainly "inciting people to rebel against the authority of [the] state." Viewed in this way, their act could be considered as seditious, and they are in good company -- with none other than Mahatma Gandhi.

Leaked NSA Documents Show How U.S. Is Bugging European Allies

The Guardian | Posted 06.30.2013 | World

US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US Nat...

Report: U.S. Taps Half-Billion German Phone, Internet Links A Month

Reuters | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

* Classes its biggest European ally as target like China -Spiegel * Has bugged EU offices, computer networks too -German magazine ...

NSA Reportedly Bugged European Union Offices, Networks

Reuters | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

* NSA bugged offices, spied on internal networks -magazine * U.S. agency "accessed documents, read emails" (Adds U.S. spokesman had...

Mick Jagger: 'I'm Sure Obama Is Listening In'

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment

Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were performing in Washington D.C. on Monday night when the singer threw some shade in the direction of President B...

Dem Senator Takes Action On Exposed NSA Programs

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, introduced a bill on Monday seeking to rein in the sw...

How To Save America From Becoming A Dystopia

92nd Street Y | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with, senior writer Andrew O'Hehir spoke with us about the validity behind the view of America becoming...

Snowden's Escape From China Reveals Beijing's Anger Over U.S. Spying

AP | KELVIN CHAN | Posted 06.24.2013 | World

HONG KONG -- Officially, admitted leaker Edward Snowden was able to leave Hong Kong because U.S. authorities made a mistake in their arrest request, b...


Neil McCarthy | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

Like the philosopher's world of metaphysics, the NSA's world of meta-data clothes reality in an abstract lingo that suggests nothing all that personal -- or real -- is being examined.

Filing: Gov Wants To Ensure No High Court Challenge To Expanded Surveillance

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Lawyers for a U.S. citizen charged with terrorism in Chicago said in a Friday filing that the government is dodging questions about wh...

Laughing Matters: U.S. Government vs. Voices of Conscience

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Subhankar Banerjee

The US government and voices of conscience are now engaged in a war -- not a laughing matter. We can only hope -- to make sense of this ongoing war -- there will be humor.

NSA Director: Spying Prevented Wall Street Attack

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over n...

NKorea: NSA Leaks Prove That U.S. Is 'Kingpin Of Human Rights Abuses'

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea rushed to the defense of American civil liberties on Tuesday, saying revelations of mass surveillance operations showed ...

World Reacts Angirly To News Of UK Spying

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 06.17.2013 | World

LONDON -- A newspaper report that British eavesdropping agency GCHQ repeatedly hacked into foreign diplomats' phones and emails has prompted an angry ...