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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 READ MORE


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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



FIFA: No End to the Corruption

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner: “Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming,” he said. “The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Bush-Era House Speaker Indicted on Bank-Related Charges

Federal prosecutors have indicted Dennis Hastert, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, for allegedly violating banking laws when he paid an unnamed person to conceal unspecified “past misconduct.”

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



FBI’s Proposals for Mandatory Tech Security ‘Back Doors’ Are Slammed by Bipartisan Committee

The U.S. Committee on Oversight and Government Reform considered Wednesday whether Congress should pass laws requiring companies to add “back doors” to their tech products. In other words, the FBI wants a way to get into consumer data that theoretically only law enforcement—and not hackers—can exploit.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



Multiple Investigations Into Hanging Death of Mississippi Man

The FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are investigating the death of an African-American man who was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. Investigators don’t know whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, but local civil-rights leaders are calling for authorities to determine whether it was a racially motivated hate crime.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE



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The Subversive James Comey

Thursday’s speech by FBI Director James Comey at Georgetown University was remarkable on its own terms and revolutionary in the context of his agency’s history.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?

The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



‘Sabu’ Tells Charlie Rose How He Went From Anonymous Hactivist to FBI Informant

Former-“Anonymous”-hactivist-turned-FBI-informant Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu,” has turned to the news media to defend himself against accusations of “snitching” on his colleagues.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



Alcatraz: A Prison as Disneyland

The Alcatraz tourism site is the equivalent of using one of Stalin’s gulags as a prison-themed amusement park. It is a vehicle for peddling delusional myths about mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



J. Edgar Hoover’s ‘Suicide Letter’ to Martin Luther King Jr. Is Even Worse Than We Knew

Half a century ago, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover had what he clearly considered to be a big problem in the form of civil rights galvanizer Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE



Patriot Act Expiration Could Curb NSA Powers

A drastic curtailment of government surveillance powers is scheduled to occur if the House of Representatives allows a crucial section of the U.S. Patriot Act to expire.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE



FBI Facial Recognition System Threatens Civil Liberties, Group Says

A ready-to-use facial recognition program unveiled by the FBI on Monday could turn millions of people with no criminal record into suspects of the law, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Los Angeles Called ‘Epicenter’ of Cartel Money Laundering

Agents from the FBI and ICE swept through downtown L.A.’s fashion district on Wednesday, grabbing $65 million that allegedly belongs to Mexican drug traffickers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



Inappropriate Government Watchlisting Threatens Innocent Lives

“A single, uncorroborated source of information—including a Facebook or Twitter post”—is enough to put innocent foreigners and Americans on a watchlist of “known” and “suspected” terrorists shared with foreign and domestic agencies as well as private contractors, ACLU legislative counsel Arjun Sethi writes at The Guardian on Saturday.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE



Barrett Brown Guilty Plea Could Chill Reporting

The hacktivist journalist pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from his reporting on a high-profile hack by the group Anonymous and his long-standing conflict with the FBI.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports

According to newly released documents from Edward Snowden’s treasure trove, the National Security Agency not only gave domestic law enforcement entities access to private data, it made it as easy as possible.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



New Details About Louisiana Resident Victor White III’s Shooting Challenge Police Account

How did 22-year-old African-African man Victor White III manage to shoot himself in March while handcuffed and in the back of a deputy’s car parked at the New Iberia, La., sheriff’s station? Turns out an official report released that month by Louisiana State Police may not have told the whole story about his death.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



Civil Rights Leaders Make the Case for Peace in Wake of Michael Brown Shooting (Video)

While acknowledging the outrage that followed the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday after the unarmed teenager was shot in a police car by a still-unnamed police officer, on Tuesday activists like the Rev. Al Sharpton emphasized the need for calm and justice as the case is investigated.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Government Doesn’t Need Evidence to Call You a Terrorist

A key government document obtained by The Intercept confirms that the Obama administration does not require “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” to brand Americans or foreigners as suspected terrorists.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



The Intercept Publishes Names, Interviews Some of the ‘Muslim-American Leaders’ the NSA Targets

“The five Americans whose email accounts were monitored by the NSA and FBI,” Intercept journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain write, “have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives.” So why are U.S. intelligence agencies surveilling them?

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



It’s Time Several Women, Not Just Hillary Clinton, Ran to Run America (Ahem, Elizabeth Warren)

There are several strong female contenders, including one Massachusetts senator, who should challenge the former secretary of state for the Democratic presidential nomination; spies are being recruited on college campuses; meanwhile, the U.S. government will financially reward people who support TAFTA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Alleged Sex Traffickers Exploit Welfare System to Abduct and Sell Child Slaves

After a national operation in which 168 children were rescued from sex slavery right here in First-World America, the BBC reports that pimps take advantage of a system meant to care for children without families of their own.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



Hacktivist Leader Goes Free After Selling Out His Comrades

Hector Monsegur, aka Sabu, walked free Tuesday with little more than a slap on the wrist. Jeremy Hammond, the whistle-blowing hacker who leaked information about security firm Stratfor, was sentenced to 10 years thanks in part to Monsegur’s work as an informant.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE


FBI to American Muslim: ‘You Might Get Hit by a Car’

Naji Mansour’s life was turned upside down when he refused to become an informant for the FBI. After being detained, repeatedly interrogated and ultimately forced into exile and separated from his children for years, he began recording his telephone conversations with bureau agents.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Hacker ‘Weev’ Is Out of Jail, but His ‘Fight for Freedom’ Isn’t Over Yet

After spending over a year in a federal correctional institution, “Weev” Auernheimer’s conviction has been vacated by an appeals court. The U.S. government may try him again and critics of his prosecution hope Auernheimer’s plight will underscore the need to put an end to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Clandestine FBI Inquiry Rattles 9/11 Tribunals

A visit by FBI agents to a member of the team defending one of the men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks is a reminder that, “no matter how much the proceedings” at Guantanamo Bay “resemble a familiar American trial, the invisible hand of the United States government is at work there in ways unlike anything seen in typical courtrooms.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE


Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Feds to Look Harder at Cell Carriers When Tower Climbers Die

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will systematically track whom subcontractors were working for when accidents occur on cell tower sites.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Does the FBI Treat Nonviolent Activists Like Terrorists?

Peace activists in the Midwest are the latest victims of a surveillance state hellbent on prosecuting terrorists where none likely exist.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Lee Baca to Step Down From L.A. County Sheriff Post

After 48 years in the department, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is hanging up his hat at the end of January as federal probes continue into allegations of prisoner abuse in local jails and racial discrimination in an area over which his office presides.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Edward Snowden: ‘I Already Won’

Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase “mission accomplished” from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert: NSA Is Distracting Us From FBI’s ‘Great Snooping’

The National Security Agency has been plastered all over the news since Edward Snowden leaked documents showing how widespread American surveillance is. But, as the late night pundit points out, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also doing a pretty darn good job playing Big Brother.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE


Corporations Enlist Ex-U.S. Spies to Surveil Nonprofits

A new report reveals how corporations use ex-U.S. intelligence agents to spy on environmental, anti-war, consumer safety and other kinds of nonprofit groups they regard as potential threats.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Rape Is Grossly Underreported in the U.S.

A new study by the National Research Council found major gaps in the data on rape collected by three major accounting groups.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Barrett Brown’s Mother Sentenced

The mother of the activist-journalist with links to Anonymous was sentenced to six months’ probation Friday for helping her son hide laptops from the FBI.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



Karen Lancaster

Gagging the Press: The Federal Case Against Barrett Brown

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the controversial case against journalist Barrett Brown, accused of a crime for, among other things, posting a link to a public site containing hacked files. Yes, the feds are trying to criminalize a journalistic act.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



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FBI Let Informants Break the Law 5,658 Times in One Year

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from USA Today, we now know that agents authorized an average of 15 crimes a day in 2011.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE


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Weiner’s Campaign Sinks, Limbaugh and Hannity Reportedly Dropped, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney denies his infamous “47 percent” remark and Eliot Spitzer weighs in on Anthony Weiner’s latest round of illicit messages.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



iKnife: The Surgical Tool That Detects Cancer

A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE


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