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We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty to the Surveillance State

Samantha Wood | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Samantha Wood

The government now has an irresistible power. There are billions of dollars to be made in security contracts, campaign donations from security firms and rotating lobbying jobs. But this is also true: We have an obligation to govern our government.

Another Ho-Hum Week Surveilling You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream. One morning, I'll see a newspaper article that begins something like this: "The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to curtail the agency's significant powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers."

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Shenna Bellows

When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.

What I Don't Like About Life in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I don't like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don't like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don't like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

Using Metadata to Catch a Whistleblower

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

What if that someone also had, as we know the NSA does, access to your social media, email, snail mail, credit card data, travel information, air reservations, and bank records? Orwell was an amateur. Metadata is the key to stripping away the haystack so that the needle is just sitting there.

In the Age of the Selfie, Privacy Still Paramount

Ann Burroughs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Ann Burroughs

This USA Freedom Act isn't simply a reaction to NSA spying; it is a recommitment to protecting the right to privacy.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director: Snowden No 'Hero,' Revealed Government Operating Way 'Founders Intended'"

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey said he thinks there's a legitimate debate to be had about the National Security Agency's phone surveillance pr...

Be Thankful For the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What if Snowden had not revealed that shocking information on the vast government surveillance system that was hidden from the American public but known to Feinstein and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee?

NSA Spying: Did Bin Laden Win?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Life in a national insecurity state... ...

Jon Stewart Blames Congress For NSA Spying

Posted 10.31.2013 | Comedy

Remember the Patriot Act? The NSA certainly does. But Congress, in its efforts to appear outraged and shocked over the depth of our intelligence agenc...

Matt Sledge

NSA Reform Bill Introduced As Agency Remains On The Defensive

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major bill to reform the National Security Agency was introduced on Tuesday as the spy service's director defended its activities befo...

Opting Out From the Corporate State of Surveillance

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

With all these instances of Big Brother encroachment, one might want to opt out of the digital world entirely. Unfortunately, that is becoming more and more difficult in an increasingly technology-obsessed world.

We Don't Need More 'Spin' About NSA's Unconstitutional Domestic Snooping, We Need It Stopped

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

Foreign and national security policy should be protecting the republic and its institutions, not undermining them or taking priority over them. Unfortunately, as in Roman times, the republic is being undermined by a global empire.

Senators Seek Review Of NSA Spying

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is calling for the inspector general of the intelligence community to do a comprehensive review of s...

'American Fascism': Accurate or Misleading?

William Astore | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
William Astore

Certainly, since the attacks of 9/11 the U.S. has become more authoritarian, more militarized, and less free. But to describe this as "fascism" is misleading.

An Alternative 9/11 Vigil

Davide Mastracci | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Davide Mastracci

If we only think of 9/11's victims as the ones in the planes and on the streets of America, we miss the chance to think of what caused 9/11, and the ways 9/11 has led to terror for the world at large.

Talking About Spying With Nancy Pelosi's Office

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Tracy Rosenberg

The quickest way to describe the 45-minute meeting is as a tug-of-war between two ideas: a) blanket surveillance is fundamentally unconstitutional and needs to stop and b) NSA surveillance programs need to be tweaked to rein in some level of over-reach.

What We've Learned Since 9/11

Sally Steenland | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Twelve years after that terrible September day, it is worth recalling the premise of the choice presented to us -- safety versus civil rights -- because it was false.

Some Secret Info Being Made Public

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government's authority to seize records...

Latest DEA Scandal: All Your Calls Belong to Us

Jag Davies | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Jag Davies

It's remarkable how little scrutiny the DEA faces from Congress or other federal overseers. Over the last 40 years Congress has rarely held hearings on the DEA, its actions, or its efficacy. I hope this is a wake-up call for members of Congress.

Movie Review: Closed Circuit

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

John Crowley's Closed Circuit, arriving in the wake of the Bradley Manning decision and the ongoing Edward Snowden affair, is more than timely: It's the most chilling film of the year, more frightening than any horror film because it seems so real.

The False Choice Between Security and Liberty

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The road forward does not have to be one of either liberty or security. We can take steps to make our national security programs more transparent, accountable, and ultimately more effective.