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Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden

Almost universally, the government officials, pundits and reporters who comprise Permanent Washington have derided Snowden and those who helped him disseminate his disclosures.

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The NSA

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Former NSA Whistle-Blower: Don’t Go to the Cops

Thomas Drake, one of the few government whistle-blowers of the Bush and Obama years to stave off prosecution, explains why people like him should avoid official channels when disclosing classified information.

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The Next Step in Equality: Genderless Bathrooms

Transgender people face discrimination every time they go to restrooms marked men or women; as the NSA destroys our sense of privacy, perhaps rather than looking to Orwell’s “1984,” we should brush up on our Kafka; meanwhile, journalist Phyllis Richman responds decades later to a misogynistic letter from a Harvard professor regarding married women pursuing graduate studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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A New Balance Toward Liberty

The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.

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What Is Metadata?

Wondering exactly what the “metadata” that we learned the NSA is scooping up from all of our digital communications really is? The Guardian gives you the chance to see exactly the kinds of details you generate in an average day via the use of common applications and technologies.

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Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

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NSA Buddy

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Mugged

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Safety First

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NSA Spying and Public Apathy

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AP/Kin Cheung

Snowden: NSA Spying Targets China, ‘I Am Here to Reveal Criminality’

The whistle-blower and former NSA spy said the PRISM program he helped expose last week extends to people and institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China, and that he has resolved to leave his fate to “the courts and people of Hong Kong.”

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AP/Kin Cheung

Good, Bad, Crazy or Sane, We Need Whistle-Blowers

In the matter of Edward Snowden, I have no opinion as to whether he is a hero, a traitor or just a self-celebrating fool. I do, however, think he is necessary and his timing is good.

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Old-Fashioned Detective Work, Not NSA Snooping, Solved Terror Cases

The Obama administration says NSA surveillance data collected by programs like the secret one revealed last week helped make arrests in two important anti-terrorism cases. Critics say that simply isn’t true.

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Chris Hedges on Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Is Edward Snowden a criminal for leaking information about secret NSA spying to The Guardian newspaper? “I suppose in a technical sense it was criminal,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday as he debated law professor Geoffrey Stone. “But set against the larger crime that is being committed by the state,” his strictly technical crime is trivial.

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Data Mining

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The Leaker

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Feingold Correctly Predicted Patriot Act Abuse in 2001 (Video)

When the Senate passed the Patriot Act after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, only one senator voted against it: Russ Feingold, a Democrat from Wisconsin. At the time, he expressed concern over where it could lead. And in the wake of revelations about the scope of NSA surveillance, it turns out the former senator’s fears were completely justified.

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AP/Kin Cheung

One American Who Isn’t for Sale

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden worked for a private company that got 98 percent of its $5.8 billion last year from the taxpayers, who are the same folks being spied upon.

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We Still Need This Debate

The important thing right now isn’t whether Edward Snowden should be labeled hero or villain. First, let’s have the debate he sparked over surveillance and privacy.

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SCOTUS Rules for Rumsfeld, Maher Slams ‘Original Teabagger’ Reagan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a petition to pardon NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is created and a former colleague of Fox News host Sean Hannity has some tough criticism for him.

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Ellsberg on NSA Leaker Snowden: ‘He’s Done an Enormous Service’ (Video)

“It can’t be overestimated to this democracy,” Daniel Ellsberg told CNN on Sunday night. “It gives us a chance, I think, from drawing back from the total surveillance state that we could say we’re in process of becoming, I’m afraid we have become. That’s what he’s revealed.”

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Whistle-Blower Edward Snowden Opens Up About NSA Leak

In an interview with The Guardian, the man who was revealed Sunday to be the source behind the British newspaper’s recent NSA stories explains to Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill why he became a whistle-blower, when he decided to leak the documents, what he expects to happen to him now and whether he sees himself as another Bradley Manning.

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Truthdigger of the Week: NSA Whistle-Blower Edward Snowden (Updated)

The Guardian notes, “Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning.”

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