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Bearing the Cross

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, whose funeral was held Friday in New York, exemplified the radical call of the Christian Gospels to defy the laws of the state for the laws of God. If we seek salvation, for our nation and for ourselves, we must find his courage and his faith.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE


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Rest in Peace, Dan Berrigan—Just as You Lived

Daniel J. Berrigan lived his life true to his calling, literally practicing what he preached.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Won’t Tell Apple How It Hacked iPhone but Vows to Help Local Police

“Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Offers to Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Homicide Case

If the FBI succeeds, it will be the first time that the “backdoor” technology used in the San Bernardino case will have been used elsewhere—exactly the situation that Apple said it wanted to prevent.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



David Medine, Leading U.S. Privacy Watchdog, Resigns Unexpectedly

The head of the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is stepping down. Why he quit so suddenly is unknown, but his recent Twitter posts reflect a concern over expansion of government surveillance.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Drops Lawsuit Against Apple, Saying ‘Third Party’ Has Helped It Unlock iPhone

While the legal battle may now be over, the debate about privacy and surveillance continues.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



As the FBI Finishes Its Probe of Clinton’s Email, Let’s Review What We Know So Far (Video)

The scandal over Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account and server during her tenure as secretary of state has “has outraged advocates of government transparency and mystified political supporters and adversaries alike.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE


Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live Blog: A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Says It May No Longer Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone of Slain San Bernardino Killer

Round 1 of the legal battle between the Justice Department and the tech company may be over soon.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Apple Fight Is About All of Us

The fight between Apple and the FBI is not about just one iPhone—it implicates the security of all technology users.

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 READ MORE


John Kiriakou Says the FBI Tried to Entrap Him and Charge Him With Espionage

The whistleblower alleges that when he was a Senate investigator, agents of the bureau cooked up a scheme against him involving an undercover agent posing as a foreign diplomat.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Gives All the Reasons to Be on Apple’s Side in Encryption Fight With the FBI

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the complex issues Apple and the U.S. government are battling over since the FBI decided it needs a back door into the company’s products.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Facebook, Google and WhatsApp Plan to Increase Encryption of User Data

Leading Silicon Valley companies are developing their own enhanced privacy technology as Apple fights the U.S. government over encryption.

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Civil Rights Activists Say Encryption Is a Racial Justice Issue

An association of activists, including a founder of Black Lives Matter, published a letter claiming that the civil rights of minorities could be abused if the FBI gains the power to force a technology company such as Apple to undermine its users’ activities.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE


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The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country

Under the federal agency’s new guidelines instructing high schools to report students who criticize government policies and “Western corruption,” Muslim students are likely to be disproportionately targeted, but virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE



Apple Gets Legal and Congressional Boost in Privacy Fight Against U.S. Government

First a New York judge sided with Apple in its battle with the FBI over privacy. Then the technology company helped its case in Congress.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Human Rights Risks of Encryption ‘Back Doors’

Calls by candidates and law enforcement to undermine encryption could seriously harm many people, including sexual and gender-based rights activists, domestic violence victims, human rights defenders, psychiatrists and counselors and their clients, and journalists and their sources.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



Congressman Asks FBI to Back Down on Apple

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is pressing FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s demand that Apple create a new operating system version that lacks key security features.

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San Bernardino Says FBI at Fault for Losing Data in Shooting Investigation

Apple executives say new information shows there was a way to avoid going to court in momentous privacy battle.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Like Your Privacy? Then Get Behind Apple’s Battle to Save It

The FBI is pressuring the tech giant to create a “back door” to gain access to everything on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Supposedly it would be a one-time-only thing. Don’t believe it.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in ‘Most Important Tech Case in a Decade’

To defend users’ privacy rights, Apple is refusing to give government encrypted iPhone data in the San Bernardino shooting case.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Apple’s Tim Cook

This week, it’s a no-brainer. Tim Cook is our Truthdigger of the Week for his willingness to take on the “1984”-like security state with a statement of principle on behalf of privacy.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Could a President Hillary Clinton Be Impeached Over Her Emails?

In a word: yes. The pundit who claimed she would be shielded from the consequences of pre-inaugural actions was wrong. The big question is whether her email operations amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” ... whatever those words might mean at a given political moment.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Federal Agencies Spar Over Hillary Clinton’s ‘Top Secret’ Emails

Tensions in the dispute over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to store and exchange classified information while secretary of state have risen as U.S. intelligence agencies have sought to block the State Department from releasing emails on the basis of their “top secret” classification.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis

Federal prosecutors are reportedly “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



Intelligence Official Says Some of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Were ‘More Than Top Secret’

Clinton’s campaign has dismissed a U.S. intelligence community inspector general’s finding that some of the classified emails found on a home Internet server she used while serving as secretary of state were more sensitive than “top secret.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



The American Empire: Murder Inc.

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn knows firsthand how the U.S. uses mass killing as a routine tool of foreign policy. The horrifying tactics of Islamic State, he says, are an imitation of what we have been doing and what we have been teaching our international proxies for generations. Update: Video added.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Third Democratic Debate: The Gloves Come Off

Two issues dominated the opening of the third and last Democratic presidential debate of 2015: the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton data breach controversy, and foreign policy—namely how to deal with Islamic State. (Updated)

Posted on Dec 19, 2015 READ MORE



The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



FBI Admits Lack of Data on Police Shootings Is ‘Embarrassing,’ ‘Ridiculous’

Director James Comey says The Guardian and The Washington Post are doing a better job of tracking information than the U.S. government.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



A Flawed ‘Black Mass’: Tale of a Rat, as Told by Rats

Director Scott Cooper’s film about Boston gangster “Whitey” Bulger shines in its casting but is shaded by earlier works from Martin Scorsese and others.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



Can Apple, Google and Facebook Save Us From Big Brother?

The big tech companies have the resources to launch a campaign for privacy that could change the world. As one scholar and researcher has written, “They may be our best chance out of this surveillance mess.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



2,000 Cases in Baltimore Could Be Overturned Because of Unlawful Police and Prosecutor Collusion

More than 2,000 criminal cases in Baltimore could be thrown out as a result of a retrial motion accusing the state’s attorney’s office and police of “deliberate and willful misrepresentation” of their methods of evidence collection—and attorneys say there may be many more such cases.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE



Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



FBI Pressured Scandinavian Countries to Arrest and Extradite Edward Snowden

The FBI repeatedly asked Scandinavian countries to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he attempted to enter their territories, recently released official documents reveal.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Dangerous Effort to Wipe Out Humanity’s Past

The militant group’s destruction this week of the ruins of a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra is an attempt to reduce history to a mere digital memory, the epistemological equivalent of a LOLCats meme or a Vine prank.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE



Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

Hillary Hysteria is raging everywhere, from the most disreputable websites to the most respected newspapers. But why is the political press so agitated?

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE



The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists, but Almost Nobody Uses It

For roughly 30 years, the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE



Cybersecurity, Encryption and the Golden Age of Surveillance

The governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Government Wants to Improve Its Cybersecurity and Weaken Ours

The FBI wants tech companies to build “back doors” into encryption that protects user information but allows government to access the data. But even if that was OK with you, it wouldn’t work, says one expert.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Has America Changed Since Edward Snowden’s Disclosures?

On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed—and what has not.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Can the U.S. Government Still Spy on Me?

The expiration of certain parts of the Patriot Act and passage of the USA Freedom Act ended authority for several forms of surveillance of U.S. citizens. But the government still has ways of listening to your phone calls.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE


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