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Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Terrorism Sting Tactics Under New Scrutiny In Report, Documentaries

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The undercover terrorism stings that the FBI has conducted in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, are coming under new scrutiny this week, w...

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

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.16.2014 | 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.

Letters from Men in Prison: The Call for Accessible Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

Forty years in, the war on drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surve...

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took A Picture Of This

James Prigoff | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
James Prigoff

A professional photographer taking a photo of a well-known Boston landmark is now considered to be engaged in suspicious terrorist activity?

Zach Carter

Top Spy Agency Has Hilariously Appropriate Welcome Message

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

You have to credit them for consistency. If you call the The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, you'll be greeted with an appropriate we...

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall

John Feffer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The German playwright Bertolt Brecht frequently used this "alienation effect" to jolt his audiences from their complacency. Edward Snowden is the Bertolt Brecht of the surveillance age.

Obama Signs Bill Expanding Protections For Whistleblowers Into Law

AP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intel...

Most NSA-Proof Security Solutions Are Deliberate Deceptions

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 07.07.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems Many products, ranging from texting, to email, to secure voice calling claim to be "N...

How to protect your Home from Zombies

Robert Siciliano | Posted 07.03.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

There’s all sorts of threats out there—including zombies—just waiting to get you. Today’s zombies look like the ones on TV and...

Here's One Issue The Supreme Court Justices Can Agree On

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ru...

238 Years Later, Would Americans Still Choose Freedom Over Slavery?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Imagine the shock and outrage these 56 men would feel were they to discover that 238 years later, the government they had risked their lives to create has been transformed into a militaristic police state in which exercising one's freedoms is often viewed as a flagrant act of defiance.

TOP-SECRET DOCUMENTS: Virtually No Foreign Gov't Off-Limits For NSA Surveillance

The Washington Post | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information from individuals ...

Is the Supreme Court Cellphone Ruling a Bad Decision?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Riley v. California may seem like an open-and-shut case because the Court unanimously found that when a person is arrested a cellphone may not be searched without a warrant. But the seemingly unanimous decision may have more fissures and cracks than most people think.

Surveillance: It's Worse Than You Think

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sooner or later -- count on it -- the company or business you work for will be capable, via intelligent software, of monitoring every move you make, not to speak of everyone you may be in touch with while on the clock.

Convict heads back to Jail for Burglary

Robert Siciliano | Posted 06.26.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

Criminals do what they do because that’s their nature. Once bad, there’s hardly a chance they can be good. Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, said, &...

One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

This week's unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming a robust Fourth Amendment protection for cellphone data is an enormously important victory for privacy rights in the digital age.

Federal Judge Rules Warrantless Bulk Surveillance Is Legal

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the U.S. government's bulk collection of phone and email data from foreign nation...

Stolen Business Debit Cards at Greater Risk

Robert Siciliano | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

A debit card from your business, in the virtual hands of a thief, spells a mountain of trouble. The thief can generate a duplicate of your business debit card, then splurge. A “cloned” card can be swiped in a card reader, appearing legitimate.

Encryption: The Problem is the Man in the Middle

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO, Ziklag Systems Encryption is becoming a big deal these days and some of the top companies are imp...

Kathleen Miles

Glenn Greenwald Explains Why Privacy Is Vital, Even If You 'Have Nothing To Hide'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

LOS ANGELES -- Journalist Glenn Greenwald defended the value of digital privacy and slammed those who dismiss its importance during a stop on his nati...

The NSA's Keith Alexander Goes Through Washington's Revolving Door

Bea Edwards | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

So Keith Alexander, the General who managed the National Security Agency's (NSA's) wholesale surveillance of Americans and the rest of the world, headed through Washington DC's revolving door last month. His calendar is filling up rapidly, too, despite his pricey rates.

Do You Really Want a Phone With Malware On It?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Most smartphones -- Android, iPhone, Windows phones, are made in China. How many of them have Trojans lurking inside?

Obama Pushing Local Cops To Stay Mum On Surveillance

AP | JACK GILLUM and EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are usi...

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You -- He Already Has You

William J. Astore | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
William J. Astore

You've been drafted into the American national security state. That much is evident from Edward Snowden's revelations. Your smartphone? It's a perfect tracking device if the government needs to find you. Your computer? Hackable and trackable. Your server? It's at their service, not yours.

Court Rules Warrantless Cell Tracking Unconstitutional

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Investigators must obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to obtain cellphone tower tracking data that is widely used as evidenc...