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Kate Sheppard

Peter King: Spying Is Great And Obama Should Stop Being Defensive About It | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the former chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized President Barack Obama on Sunday for b...

GOP Rep Says Spying Allegations Are '100% Wrong'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Aruna Viswanatha and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Two Republican congressmen on Sunday defended Washington's surv...

Report: U.S. Spying On Merkel's Phone May Date Back To 2002

Reuters | Posted 12.26.2013 | Politics

BERLIN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The United States may have bugged Angela Merkel's phone for more than 10 years, according to a news report on Saturday th...

Peter S. Goodman

Europe Left Bitter After NSA Spying Betrayal | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.24.2013 | World

The furor provoked by revelations that the American government has for years monitored the private communications of its allies showed no signs of aba...

Did They Think They Would Get Away With it Forever?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.24.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, CEO Ziklag Systems Now we know that among world leaders, NSA allegedly spied on Angela Merkel's mobile phone. We d...

Marco Civil: Brazil's Push to Govern the Internet

T.A. Ridout | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
T.A. Ridout

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is staking out a leadership role for Brazil on the contentious issue of Internet governance. She has prioritized certain legislation amid revelations of widespread electronic espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

What's Behind the Spying?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.21.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

The United States has been carrying out political and economic spying. Terrorism probably accounts for only a small portion of what the mighty NSA collection apparatus sweeps up. Why is this?

The Spies Who Hate Us

William J. Furney | Posted 12.16.2013 | World
William J. Furney

Britain and America's Orwellian spy agencies seem to think they know what's best for their respective, snooped-upon citizens, even if it means apparent side-stepping of democratic institutions designed to keep them in check.

Was the NSA Back Door Worth It?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.08.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

This is an earthquake in the crypto business world and it makes it clear that NSA "information assurance" program also might be an information spying operation, but aimed at whom?

The Book Ban Club Still Lives

Robert Miraldi | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Robert Miraldi

A possible threat to national security is perhaps more understandable, but getting a prior restraint on a book for national security is near impossible; getting a book banned because people cuss or if the content is "ungodly" (look out Harry Potter books!) is a lot easier.

Conspiracy Theory, WIFI and Android Backup

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

These days it is getting more and more difficult not to be a conspiracy theorist. If you are concerned about security, especially mobile phone security, the amount of angst has risen by now to unprecedented levels.

U.S., Brazil Talk Privacy Concerns

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's national security adviser conceded there are legitimate questions about U.S. spying on its allies, the Whi...

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.

The Politics of Private Manning

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

Both Bradley and Chelsea are part of the LGBT community. Shouldn't we have treated them with equal care, particularly given the extreme nature of Manning's valor, the disproportionate nature of the risks Manning took?

Spying Agency Edges Into The Light After Snowden Revelations

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

(Drops extraneous word 4th paragraph) By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - There was a time when the U.S....

Spy vs. Spy

David Sable | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
David Sable

I just played a little free-word association and you can see where I landed: Start with secrecy -- often the excuse for spying -- and see where you end up.

Can Merkel Survive Snowden, and Other Jokes

Eva Claudia Schweitzer | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Eva Claudia Schweitzer

Will the NSA scandal hurt Angela Merkel in the upcoming elections? If Merkel is seen as a tool of the NSA, that might make her collateral damage.

We Need A Whistleblower Prize

Radley Balko | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

This Washington Post piece looking at what has happened to several notable government whistleblowers is sobering. The former high-ranking Natio...

Corporate Phone Spying Is Becoming a Big Deal

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 10.09.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Americans are increasingly aware about government spying activities, which are getting more and more scrutiny as leaks about the range and extent of "official" spying become known. But Americans are far less aware that spying is hardly limited to our government, or any other government for that matter.

I Only Regret That I Have But One Life to Give for My Country: Yours

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's harder these days to imagine a use for such a heroically solitary statement -- not in an America in which spying and surveillance are boom businesses, and our latest potential Nathan Hales are corporate contractors, who often don't get closer to the enemy than a computer terminal.

10 Sci-Fi Hacks That Are Now a Reality

David Kennedy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Science
David Kennedy

If you missed this year's Black Hat and DefCon hacking conferences in Las Vegas, take note: an array of futuristic hacks were revealed that could change the way we think about all of the gadgets, devices and machines that fill our lives.

Birds -- Israel's New Spies

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Micah D. Halpern

No doubt a major part of Israel's reputation is earned, but these far ranging ideas transform Israel into an enemy that is not of this world, an enemy that defies nature.

Senator Ron Wyden: How We Forced the NSA to Curtail Email Spying

Joe Conason | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Joe Conason

I spoke with the Oregon Democrat about secrecy, intelligence, the Snowden case, and how to curb abuses without compromising national security.

Military To Step Up Drone Spying: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 09.19.2013 | World

The steel-gray U.S. Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. For Kurdish guerrill...

Smartphones and Tablets: Two Suggestions That May Help You Stay Secure

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 09.18.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Even if our phone is turned off, a hacker or intruder may have the means to turn the phone back on without letting you know. You won't see the screen light up or any other activity on the phone. But ON it is.