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CapitaLetters Review of ‘No Place to Hide’

Glenn Greenwald’s new book makes a compelling case about the rightness of Edward Snowden’s actions.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer’s Mini Review of Glenn Greenwald’s New Book

It is 4 a.m. and I have just finished reading, in one sitting, the Kindle download of a book that I intended only to skim because I thought that I knew the full story.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald to Stephen Colbert: NSA ‘Story That Will Make the Biggest Impact’ Is Yet to Come

The “Colbert Report” host finally gets his hands on the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who brought us the Edward Snowden leaks on the National Security Agency.

Posted on May 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Book Excerpt: How I Met Edward Snowden

On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden Gleefully Admits: We Kill People Based on Metadata

Since the very first Snowden leak a year ago, one of the more common refrains from defenders of the program is “but it’s just metadata, not actual content, so what’s the big deal?”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the inner secrets of the NSA, he has been urging Americans to use encryption to protect themselves from rampant spying.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on May 5, 2014 ENLARGE



German Chancellor ‘Humiliated’ at Frosty News Conference With Obama (Video)

Angela Merkel and President Obama put on a thin display of unity against an assertive Russia during the chancellor’s “awkward” visit to the White House on Friday, much delayed on account of revelations that Obama’s NSA had bugged her communications.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Posted on May 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers’ Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years. Fortunately for our democracy, people like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack have been paying attention.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: The Pulitzer Prize Committee

When institutions lend their support to the powerless, as the Pulitzer committee did this week to whistle-blowers and their newspapers, the battle is no longer merely between the weak and its oppressors.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin About Mass Surveillance in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a Q-and-A session Thursday to field questions from the public, joke about annexing Alaska (nope—it’s “too cold”) and answer Edward Snowden’s query about Russia’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal is a scandal on the American right. But it is not a new scandal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



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What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Pulitzer Committee Vindicates NSA Reporters With Highest Honor

“What splendid courage!” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said upon hearing the announcement. “By recognizing the astounding threat posed by the NSA to the basic freedoms our government is sworn to observe, the award effectively honors Edward Snowden and, through his example, other brave whistle-blowers.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE


Greenwald, Poitras: ‘This Award Is for Snowden’

In their first return to the U.S. since exposing the NSA’s mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras received the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting in New York City on Friday.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Edward Snowden Says NSA Spied on Amnesty International and Other Human Rights Groups

Former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden made a virtual visit to a Council of Europe summit in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday to claim that the American security agency had spied on human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



No, Greed Is Not Good. So Why Do We Act Like It Is?

Avarice has become widely accepted in today’s world; violinists prefer new instruments to old, prized ones in a blind test; meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald reveals that information similar to the Cuban Twitter scandal appears throughout the Snowden files. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



What You’re Reading About the NSA in Some Newspapers May Be Purely Propaganda

Shocking revelations in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post could merely be attempts by the National Security Agency to justify its activities; a new law in Saudi Arabia labels all atheists as terrorists; meanwhile, Mississippi passed an anti-gay segregation bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 29, 2014 ENLARGE



Obama Proposes End to Bulk Telephone Data Collection

Nearly 10 months after Edward Snowden and Guardian reporters exposed the NSA’s telephone spying program, President Obama on Thursday said he would pursue legislation that would require the agency to seek customer records from phone companies on an individual basis via a still-secret court process.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


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Glenn Greenwald Clears Up Questions Regarding NSA Reporting

The journalist puts several “false assumptions” to rest regarding stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks; Alcoholics Anonymous is highly unsuccessful and overrated; meanwhile, scientists figure out what’s the best diet out there. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Congressman Mike Rogers Says Snowden’s to Blame for Russia’s Aggressive Actions Against Ukraine

Mike Rogers is still willing to spread his stupidity to any new outlet that will have him.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama to End NSA Metadata Program As We Know It

President Obama is expected to announce major reforms to the best known and most controversial program in the government’s mass surveillance regime, however the devil is in the details.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE


Listen: Robert Scheer on the Honor of America’s Libertarian Politicians

On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA’s “Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet’s capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and Hobby Lobby

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., the NSA program that records all phone calls to one country, and the Supreme Court’s pending decision over whether a hobbies chain has the right not to cover contraception in its insurance for employees.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges at Oxford University: Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

With an impassioned defense of a patriotism that stands against the abuse of state power, the Truthdig columnist and other speakers convinced an Oxford University audience that the answer is yes.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Google’s Larry Page Says NSA Spying Threatens Democracy

The Google co-founder condemned U.S. government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

Twitter has stopped a project that would have encrypted direct messages between users, according to anonymous sources speaking to The Verge.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



How ‘Revolution’ Became an Adjective

For the last several years, the word has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody—visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian—to cue its appearance on camera.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’

Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won’t return to her home country because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Do It Again

The NSA whistle-blower told an audience at the SXSW festival/conference via video chat, “Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.” He added: “I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I felt the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Welcome to Satan’s Ball

The rise of a global corporate oligarchy means there is little difference between Moscow’s and Washington’s ruling elites. The dispute on Ukraine is just one example of their duplicitous posturing.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE



The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

An NSA official writing under the pen name “Zelda” advises spies on everything from “co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas being stolen from shared fridges, [and] supervisors not responding to emails,” Peter Maass reports at The Intercept. But the most interesting exchange involves a staffer who complains his or her boss continuously spies on employees.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE



Are the Images of Violence Coming From Venezuela Falsified?

Pictures of police brutality supposedly from protests in Venezuela are spreading all over social media, but they may not have been taken in the South American country; an average-sized healthy version of a Barbie doll is being developed; meanwhile, the worst revelation Edward Snowden made is that the U.S. government is trying to discredit political activists. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



British Spies Intercepted User Webcam Images

Secret documents reveal that British surveillance agency GCHQ and the U.S. National Security Agency collected and kept the webcam images of millions of Internet users who were suspected of no wrongdoing and some of whom were engaged in sexual activity at the time of capture.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

In a speech at Oxford University, the Truthdig columnist frames his team’s argument in a debate on how we should view Snowden (left), the systems analyst who exposed the massive surveillance of Americans.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



How a Thug State Operates

In the twenty-first century, the NSS has already generated hundreds of millions of documents that could not be read by an American without a security clearance. Of those, thanks to one man (via various journalists), we have had access to a tiny percentage of perhaps 1.7 million of them.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



The Rendezvous

In this excerpt from “The Snowden Files,” author Luke Harding describes Edward Snowden’s first meeting with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and how he was not at all what they expected.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



The Snowden Files

Edward Snowden’s story, assembled for the first time in a single volume by Guardian correspondent Luke Harding, is one of the most compelling in the history of American espionage.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Reporters Awarded Polk Journalism Honor

The prestigious 2013 George Polk Awards in Journalism have recognized the three journalists who with The Guardian broke the National Security Agency revelations from Edward Snowden.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Our Sinister Dual State

Edward Snowden’s leaks expose a duality in which a government that carries out crimes under our Constitution lies beyond the reach of the law and citizens are rendered legally helpless. We must use his disclosures to purge from power those who have eviscerated our civil liberties.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Spying Caught Law Firm Activities

Investigator Laura Poitras and The New York Times reported Saturday that an unidentified American law firm that had been retained by the Indonesian government was targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE


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