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Lavabit Founder Caught in Kafkaesque Legal Battle

The tech executive who closed his secure email service last month says the Obama administration has created a surveillance state on a scale that has not been seen since the communist witch hunts of the 1950s.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE


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NSA Data Gathering

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Lady NSA

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 ENLARGE

Google and NSA Email Harvest

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 ENLARGE

Digital Privacy

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 ENLARGE

Guardian/Janine Gibson

U.K. Punishes Glenn Greenwald by Detaining His Boyfriend Under Terrorism Law

In a naked effort to intimidate and inconvenience Glenn Greenwald, who first reported the Edward Snowden leaks, authorities in the U.K. detained his partner, David Miranda, for nearly nine hours Sunday while Miranda traveled from Europe to the couple’s home in Rio de Janeiro.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Documentary filmmaker and government surveillance reporter Laura Poitras is a model for a new generation of investigative journalists bent on protecting their sources while uncovering government wrongdoing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE

People Peepers

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 ENLARGE

The Watchdog

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 ENLARGE

Revolutionary Learning: The Zapatistas’ First School

More than a thousand students have enrolled in the leftist group’s la escuelita de libertad to learn about the Mexican rebels’ life philosophies; a Canadian teenager protests Monsanto by eloquently refuting a bumbling TV host; meanwhile, same-sex marriage is garnering immense support in Latin America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Brazil May Be Losing Faith in the U.S. Due to NSA Leaks

The South American country was planning to spend $4 billion on 36 fighter jets for its air force in a contract promised to the U.S. Now, President Dilma Rousseff seems to be having second thoughts.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE

The Sane Asylum

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 ENLARGE    

NSA Dangers

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 ENLARGE

AP/Vincent Yu

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.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

NSA It’s Just Metadata

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 ENLARGE

National Security Shark

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Aug 11, 2013 ENLARGE

Data Vacuum

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 ENLARGE

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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.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Aug 9, 2013 ENLARGE

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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


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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.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

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.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

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.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE

Snowden in Russia

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 ENLARGE


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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.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE

‘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

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 ENLARGE


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.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE

Courtesy of the NSA

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 ENLARGE

AP/Russia24 via APTN

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.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Jul 31, 2013 ENLARGE

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.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE

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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

AP/Kin Cheung

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.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE

Size Matters

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 ENLARGE

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