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Greenwald: The NSA Can ‘Watch Every Keystroke You Make’

In an explainer on the latest NSA revelations, Glenn Greenwald appears on “Democracy Now!” to comment on Tailored Access Operations, reported in Der Spiegel on Sunday; the agency’s unintended shutdown of homeowners’ garage door devices in 2010; and the “lies” of “hardened felon,” former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden.

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NSA New Year

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We Know the NSA Spies on Us—but on Whom Specifically? And Why?

Author Seth Rosenfeld, whose book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power” explored the federal government’s domestic spying programs of a generation ago, calls for a new incarnation of the Church Committee to mine the extent of present-day domestic spying. But can this Congress focus on truth ahead of political spin and gamesmanship?

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Glenn Greenwald Confronts MSNBC Host Over Media Bias

When asked if he’s more a spokesman for Edward Snowden than a journalist, Glenn Greenwald told MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, “Sure, I do defend him. Just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.”

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Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message (Video Update)

British television’s Channel 4, known for broadcasting “unusual but relevant” figures’ holiday messages as opposed to the Queen of England’s annual speech, has chosen whistle-blower Edward Snowden to convey this year’s address.

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NSA Spying on Santa

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They know every house Santa just visited...and for how long...and how many times he brought presents to people who have ever called or emailed anyone on the naughty list.
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Edward Snowden: ‘I Already Won’

Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase “mission accomplished” from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.

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Person of the Year

There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I’ve got to go with Edward Snowden.

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Not Santa

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Israel Fumes Over U.S. Spying

One week after documents revealed that British and American intelligence agencies targeted email addresses belonging to the offices of Israel’s former prime minister and defense minister, Israeli officials angrily demanded that U.S. spying on their government stop.

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NSA Rudolph

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Takes Stock at Year-End

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists assess “the running debacle of the health care law” amid President Obama’s historic low rating in the polls, new information from Edward Snowden, “Duck Dynasty” and the tapering stimulus.

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Edward Snowden Is the Whistle-Blower of the Year

For months, a debate over Edward Snowden’s status has raged. In the back and forth, one question about this icon who disclosed NSA abuses has dominated: Is he or is he not a whistle-blower with all the attendant protections that should come with such a designation?

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NSA Program

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Judge Richard Leon’s Anti-NSA Ruling May Not Be All You Think It Is

I don’t want to throw a wet blanket on the celebration, but at least two cautions are warranted about federal Judge Richard Leon’s surprising opinion declaring that the NSA’s telephone metadata program likely violates the Fourth Amendment.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

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Obama Transparency

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NSA Privacy

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Babysitter

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Let's go out tonight! We've got someone watching the kids.
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Stephen Colbert: NSA Is Distracting Us From FBI’s ‘Great Snooping’

The National Security Agency has been plastered all over the news since Edward Snowden leaked documents showing how widespread American surveillance is. But, as the late night pundit points out, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also doing a pretty darn good job playing Big Brother.

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Court Ruling on the NSA

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Of Course the NSA Phone Program Is Likely Unconstitutional, but Now a Judge Thinks So Too

If you listen carefully, you can probably hear a chorus of “Duhs” breaking out worldwide as the news spreads about a federal judge ruling Monday that the National Security Agency’s phone data collection program constitutes unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

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NSA Puff Piece Is ‘60 Minutes’ Latest Shame

Hot off the heels of a reporting scandal that saw the vaunted news program ooh and ahh over Benghazi lies, “60 Minutes” has just aired a mind-blowingly charitable “report” on the NSA’s mass surveillance.

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NSA Considers Snowden Amnesty for Document Return

NSA officials are considering allowing whistle-blower Edward Snowden to return to the United States in exchange for the massive trove of documents he took from the agency and gave to reporters in June.

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World of Spycraft

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World of Spry Craft

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Chris Hedges on Invisible Revolutions and the Collapse of Ruling Institutions

What do Edward Snowden, the former Yugoslavia, Alexander Berkman and the logistical and legislative mess known as Obamacare have to do with one another? Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges connects these figures and concepts in conversation with The Real News Network’s Paul Jay.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Kin Cheung

Shooting the Messenger

The misguided attempts to justify Edward Snowden’s leaks by casting aspersions on those of Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and Hammond play into the hands of the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE


Watching

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Hollywood Without the Happy Ending

Plea bargaining or persuading criminals to snitch on their associates—a tactic frowned upon by international legal experts—is widely used in the U.S. police and legal system. Over the last year or so, however, a trickle of information about the other secret program has come to light, and it opens an astonishing new window into the privatization of U.S. intelligence.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Welcome to the Memory Hole

What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more ominous kind.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Latest NSA Leak Shows the Agency’s Tracking Cellphone Locations All Over the Globe

According to documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency is gathering 5 billion records per day regarding the whereabouts of cellphones. And, of course, the NSA claims any information found about users of those devices during this widespread, paranoid data collection is merely incidental. 

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenwald: Privatized Reporting Claims Are Absurd

Glenn Greenwald responds to accusations from news personalities that he has “monopolized” and “privatized” reporting on documents given to him by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



Amazon: The New Drones on the Block

The online retail giant wants to deliver products to your door in 30 minutes via tiny unmanned aircraft; the minimum wage in the U.S. has decreased in the last 40 years; meanwhile, Canada and France assisted the NSA in its spying schemes, according to the latest leaks from Edward Snowden. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE


Secrets

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Greenwald Sacks BBC’s Stephen Sackur

Stephen Sackur of BBC’s “HARDtalk” appeared absurd this week when he challenged Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who led reporting on the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowen, on minutiae irrelevant to the historic revelations that British and American governments secretly spy on untold numbers of people around the world.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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World Fights Back Against the Biggest Brother in History

The United States’ vast and indiscriminate worldwide surveillance of ordinary people and heads of state has no historical precedent. Now countries around the world are fighting back using the United Nations as a vehicle for change.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



Why Was the NSA Tracking Porn Habits?

The latest Edward Snowden leak reveals the National Security Agency was collecting information on online sexual activity to disgrace “radicalizers”; right-winger Dinesh D’Souza tweeted an appallingly racist comment regarding Thanksgiving, Trayvon Martin and President Obama; meanwhile, it appears the bacteria in your gut shapes your brain. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Wikipedia Will Keep Its Servers in the U.S.—For Now

Should the world’s busiest curator of information relocate its databanks to another country in light of the NSA hacking revelations?

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FISA Court Documents Reveal Just How Little the NSA Cares About Your Privacy

The National Security Agency is not only collecting all your personal data, it’s also sharing that information with other government agencies. And let’s face it, this has nothing to do with terrorism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE


Overheard

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Singing Along to ‘The Sound of Music’ Fights Dementia

A new study finds crooning show tunes helps exercise the brain; Germany’s approach to the environment via politics and protest poses a model to be emulated; meanwhile,whistle-blower Edward Snowden leaked about 200,000 classified documents, according to the NSA chief. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Would Holder Prosecute Greenwald? A Blurry Answer

An inquiry by Florida Congressman Alan Grayson compelled Attorney General Eric Holder to state that “any journalist who’s engaged in true journalistic activities is not going to be prosecuted by [the U.S.] Justice Department.” But as civil liberties journalist Glenn Greenwald points out, the assertion is riddled with caveats.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Guardian Editor Discusses Snowden Leaks and a Security State Run Amok

In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Alan Rusbridger takes a long view of the efforts of government security apparatuses to bug our daily existences, including subverting online security, to make us safer. So, do you feel any safer?

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

At the moment, Washington seems to be operating in a world in which the more you know about the secret lives of others, the less powerful you turn out to be.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil to Vote on ‘Urgent’ Legislation Regarding Internet Privacy

In response to Brazilian citizens’ widespread outrage over the NSA leaks, President Dilma Rousseff has given “constitutional urgency” to an amendment aimed at protecting her country’s Internet users. Some fear, however, that the new legislation could lead to a “substandard version of the Net.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Megalomania Accomplishes Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Do you wish your taxes spent on gathering the numbers and addressees of every phone call made and every email sent in the United States (or Europe) during the next decade? This is madness.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

The corporate state’s illegitimacy and destruction of privacy and civil liberties are spawning a class of young idealists such as Jeremy Hammond.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE


Eye on the NSA

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Merkel Privacy

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