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Tag: Edward Snowden

The Sane Asylum









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NSA Dangers









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Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden

Without the leaks, there would be no reforms. The politicians who kept us in the dark are the ones who should have to answer to the public.

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NSA It’s Just Metadata









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National Security Shark









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Snowden









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Data Vacuum









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Truthdigger of the Week: Lavabit’s Ladar Levison

Americans love an underdog. So they should be cheering Ladar Levison, a 32-year-old digital security specialist who closed the email service he operated for 10 years rather than help the U.S. government spy on his customers.

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Julian Assange Hails Obama’s Reform Announcement

The WikiLeaks founder called President Obama’s announcement of plans to review the government’s sweeping spying program a “victory of sorts” for fugitive NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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Lavabit Owner’s Farewell Warning: Don’t Trust Your Data to American Companies

The owner and CEO of the secure email service reportedly used by Edward Snowden decided to shut down Thursday rather than help the U.S. spy on his customers.

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To Repair the Damage Done in NSA Blowup, Start With Clapper

With the conviction of Bradley Manning and asylum granted to Edward Snowden in Russia, it may be time to turn attention away from the controversy over their actions and toward the government—specifically, the intelligence community.

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NSA Loophole Permits Warrantless Invasion of Americans’ Privacy

Top secret documents passed to The Guardian by Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency has a “secret backdoor” into its databases that allows its agents to search U.S. citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant or other oversight.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


Chatter









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

Washington is now spy central. It surveils not just potential future enemies, but also its closest allies as if they were enemies. Increasingly, the structure built to do a significant part of that spying is aimed at Americans, too, and on a scale that is no less breathtaking.

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Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin

The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama had canceled a scheduled visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision follows the country’s decision to grant NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden temporary asylum for a year.

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U.S. Decides to Talk to Russia Despite Massive Pouting

Sorry to take the hard news edge off the story, but this is so high school.

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Snowden in Russia









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Out









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Welcome to Post-Constitution America

On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states.”

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The Surveillance State Is as Strong as Ever

Don’t let the acquittal of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on aiding the enemy charges or the temporary asylum Russia granted to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden fool you. The harsh treatment of whistle-blowers will likely continue into the foreseeable future in pace with the needs and expansion of the surveillance state itself.

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GOP Rep. Tells Fox News: Edward Snowden Is a ‘Whistle-Blower’

Although some in Congress have called Edward Snowden a “traitor” or accused him of treason, one elected representative is coming to the self-admitted NSA leaker’s defense.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Putin as America’s Frenemy: The Snowden Paradox (Video)

Russia’s decision on Thursday to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum for one year and allow him freely to live and work in the Russian Federation hit Washington like a hydrogen bomb.

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‘Left, Right & Center:’ Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Iran Sanctions and the Fed

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists touch on a court’s finding Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy as the NSA declassifies mounds of documents in preparation for congressional hearings. Also, a moderate Iranian is about to assume the office of president and Larry Summers appears ready to lead the Fed.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


NSA Declassified Documents Released









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Reaction to Snowden Asylum, Another State Legalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including San Diego’s mayor blames the city for sexual harassment allegations against him and the Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee claims that Democrats are “anti-God.”

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‘The Net Is Finished as a Global Network’

The story of the Obama administration’s pursuit of one man exposing unconstitutional spying is important. But the real issue we should be discussing in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations is the fate of the Internet, Open University professor John Naughton writes in The Observer.

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Courtesy of the NSA









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Edward Snowden Gains Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport

The NSA whistle-blower has left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and crossed into the city upon being granted temporary asylum for one year in Russia.

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Manning









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Greenwald Blows Lid Off Massive NSA Web Surveillance Operation ‘XKeyscore’

The Guardian columnist broke another major story about the NSA on Wednesday, this one detailing an Internet surveillance program that allows the powerful agency to spy on the emails, Web chats and search histories of millions of Americans without prior authorization.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE


Out of Control









Posted on Jul 30, 2013 ENLARGE



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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

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NSA Surveillance Critic Glenn Greenwald to Testify Before Congress

The Guardian columnist, who broke the story about the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, is among a handful of NSA critics who have been invited to give testimony before Congress to counter the “constant misleading information” from intelligence officials, Rep. Alan Grayson said.

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Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

After years in absentia, retired CIA operative Robert Seldon Lady reappeared out of nowhere on the border between Panama and Costa Rica. And then—poof!—he vanished a second time. Not another news story was heard here in the U.S.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Promises Russia Snowden Will Have a Fair Trial

In a bid to get his hands on Edward Snowden, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Russia promising not to torture or kill the NSA whistle-blower.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



Signs of the Apocalypse in Red Square

The Russian Orthodox Church warns that the legalization of gay marriage spells impending doom; former President Carter proclaims “America does not have a functioning democracy”; meanwhile, Booz Allen Hamilton took over Washington, and nobody noticed until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Edward Snowden Cleared to Leave Airport, Russian News Agency Says

However, the NSA leaker’s attorney says his client has received no such document and that his asylum status is still very much up in the air.

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Size Matters









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Germans ‘Duty Bound’ in Light of ‘Shameful Past’ to Give Snowden Asylum

European governments—Germany in particular, for its role in the human atrocities of the last century—should recognize the United States’ manifesting authoritarianism and respond humanely by offering safe haven to the fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, journalist Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The U.S. Government Is Metamorphosing Into the Borg

Describing the U.S. government is becoming increasingly complicated: “petro–imperial,” “coal–fired,” “plutocratic,” “oligarchic,” “inverted totalitarian,” “fascist,” “propagandistic,” “Big Brother.” Things are beginning to simplify though. Soon you’ll be able to refer to the institution with a single idea from “Star Trek”: the Borg.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Secret Court Renews Controversial NSA Surveillance Program

A top U.S. intelligence official has confirmed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court on Friday extended the National Security Agency’s authority to gather the telephone metadata of tens of millions of Americans.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE


America Spies on the World









Posted on Jul 20, 2013 ENLARGE



Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Lewis Black Messes With Texas, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the closure of three Texas women’s health clinics and why President Obama is reconsidering a scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Prometheus Among the Cannibals

Dear Edward Snowden: Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure, you.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



Swedish Professor Nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

In suggesting the NSA whistle-blower, Stefan Svallfors wrote a letter in which he explained that rewarding Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost” would start to make up for the blunder the Nobel Committee committed when it gave the prize to President Barack Obama.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Be a Rogue Superpower

From the time Edward Snowden’s first leaks came out, it was obvious he was in control of how much of the NSA’s secret world would be seen. But the Obama administration went after him anyway. No thought of future embarrassment stopped officials, nor possible resentments engendered by their heavy-handed pressure on numerous foreign governments.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



Elizabeth Warren’s Senate Win, Liz Cheney to Run for Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Attorney General Eric Holder condemns “Stand Your Ground” laws and Jeremy Scahill stops by “The Colbert Report” to discuss President Obama’s drone strike policy.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Surveillance Blowback

For well over a century, what might be called “surveillance blowback” from America’s wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus. Its future (though not ours) looks bright indeed.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Has Sensitive NSA ‘Blueprints,’ Greenwald Says

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald said that Edward Snowden has very sensitive documents that detail how the National Security Agency operates and reveal how one could evade the NSA’s surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE


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