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REPORT: Snowden Regrets Putin Q&A

The Daily Beast | Posted 04.20.2014 | World

Even the NSA leaker’s closest advisers now say his appearance on a Kremlin call-in show, which touched off yet another international firestorm, was ...

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 04.18.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.

Snowden: Putin 'Must Be Called To Account On Surveillance Like Obama'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

One day after he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about surveillance, Edward Snowden, known for leaking details of U.S. intelligence eavesdroppi...

The Brave New World of Campus Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.17.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently released a report that compares faculty and administrator compensation. It comes as...

GOP Candidate 'Shoots Down' A Drone In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

Congressional candidate and Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale (R) makes a point about federal government intrusion by seemingly firing a shot at a dro...

My Face Shouldn't Be Up for Grabs

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Shaffer

Here's an idea for all high-tech inventors in Silicon Valley and there's a pile of money waiting for the person who can make it a reality: Get me a personal cloaking device.

'Privatization' Is Not 'Privacy'

Peter M. Shane | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

America's cultural turn toward a glorification of the private and a denigration of the public has coexisted with what quite obviously is a deterioration in privacy. As individuals, we have dramatically less capacity than in earlier decades to control information about even the most personal aspects of our lives.

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They've already...

Monitoring FX Markets for Antisocial Behavior

John Bates | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
John Bates

If there are lessons to be learned from the recent foreign exchange markets scandal, then the need to monitor the behavior of traders must be on the top of the list.

Pay No Attention to What They Tell You, They Are Listening In

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's rare that we ever get a glimpse of how our expanding secret state really works. But every now and then, a single case can suddenly illuminate an otherwise dark landscape.

How Many Watch Lists Fit on the Head of a Pin?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Despite years of effort by the DOJ, Rahinah Ibrahim won her lawsuit. However, in our evolving post-Constitutional era, what that "victory" revealed should unnerve those who claim that if they are innocent, they have nothing to fear.

9 Ways You're Being Spied On Every Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 04.03.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Casinos. Banks. Airports. We all know there are public places where we're being watched, ostensibly for crime-prevent...

Clapper Confirms Warrantless Search Of Americans

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the National Security Agency's...

'Just Salute and Follow Orders': When Secrecy and Surveillance Trump the Rule of Law

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Unfortunately, with so much of the public attention focused on the NSA's misdeeds, there is a tendency to forget that the NSA is merely one of a growing number of clandestine intelligence agencies tasked with spying on the American people.

Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a historic burglary, to put it mildly. It was also the first time modern newspapers were faced with the ethical question of whether to publish news stories which had as their sole source stolen government documents that arrived anonymously in the mail.

NSA Chief Says Jimmy Carter Can Stop Using Snail Mail

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, on Tuesday denied the agency spies on former President Jimmy Carter's emails. Car...

Snowden's Ill-Deserved 'Fifteen Minutes'

Jane Harman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Jane Harman

The debate about the intersection of security and privacy is long overdue: It should have happened as the programs were put into place by the secretive Bush/Cheney White House. But a debate requires more than one perspective, and usually a bit of history.

Invasion of the Data Snatchers

Catherine Crump | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Catherine Crump

Welcome to a world where everything you do is collected, stored, analyzed, and, more often than not, packaged and sold to strangers -- including government agencies.

Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty-three years ago this month, an obscure branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations located in a Philadelphia suburb was burgled. All their files were stolen (being 1971, these files were all on paper) and whisked away to a secret hideout, then they were sorted and sent to the media.

Obama To Propose End To NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection: Report

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency may be getting out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on people's phone ...

Open Diplomacy, Wartime, and the Modern Surveillance State

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The amorphous nature of wars since at least the dawn of the Cold War in the mid-1940s has meant that the U.S. has more or less been at war for generations. This, in turn, has precipitated the ever-burgeoning war-industrial-intelligence complex.

Beyond CIA and NSA Spying: Corruption

Shahid Buttar | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Few have recognized that both the NSA's pattern of spying and then lying about it and the CIA's trajectory of first committing torture crimes, then spying on Congress to cover it up, then lying about the spying when caught, can be described in a single word: corruption.

Rand Paul Compares Republican Party To Domino's Pizza

AP | By PAUL ELIAS | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul's criticisms of President Barack Obama and other government leaders over recent surveillance discl...

CIA-Senate Accusations Complicate Oversight Of Surveillance Programs

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's top intelligence lawyers on Wednesday renewed assurances that Congress is adequately monitoring U.S. surveillance...

In the Age of the Selfie, Privacy Still Paramount

Ann Burroughs | Posted 03.18.2014 | 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.