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NSA Court Judges Invest in Verizon While Surveillance Warps Law and Journalism

We must never be surprised when we learn once again that our lawmakers and law interpreters are in bed with the country’s largest corporations—this is how the American government now operates.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Why the NSA’s Metadata Program Won’t Change Anytime Soon

Whatever legal test is utilized by the FISA Court, there is no reason to believe that it will act as anything other than a rubber stamp for the NSA as it has so often in the past.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

The NSA Strikes Back

Just when you thought that momentum in the struggle to rein in the NSA was shifting in the direction of civil liberties, along comes another reminder that momentum is fleeting.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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FISA Court Documents Reveal Just How Little the NSA Cares About Your Privacy

The National Security Agency is not only collecting all your personal data, it’s also sharing that information with other government agencies. And let’s face it, this has nothing to do with terrorism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Taxpayer Money Used to Cover PRISM Compliance Costs

Top-secret material passed to The Guardian shows that the National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to help major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook cover the cost of certification for participating in the PRISM surveillance program.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Judge Calls Out Feds for Repeated ‘Misrepresentation’ in Secret FISA Court

A declassified 2011 secret court ruling found the federal government had offered “substantial misrepresentation(s)”—in laymen’s terms, it lied—in legal filings to the judges assigned to oversee the NSA’s secret surveillance programs.

Posted on Aug 22, 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


Secret Intelligence Court a Precursor to Tyranny

The justification for this secret court—as is usual in the development of 20th century secret police states—is national security.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


Oliver Stone Urges Action to End ‘Surveillance State’

In a new video produced by the ACLU, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker says it’s time to take a stand for American civil liberties in the wake of the recent revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Most Secretive Court in America May Also Be the Most Conservative

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is a unique judicial body, not only in terms of its procedures but in terms of the political leanings of its judges, who comprise a panel so uniformly Republican that the five-justice right-wing majority on the current Supreme Court appears positively liberal in comparison.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Fights for Transparency in FISA Court

The Internet giant’s petition to the tribunal says its free speech rights have been violated because it is legally prohibited from discussing even the vaguest details of government surveillance requests.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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A New Balance Toward Liberty

The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Feingold Correctly Predicted Patriot Act Abuse in 2001 (Video)

When the Senate passed the Patriot Act after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, only one senator voted against it: Russ Feingold, a Democrat from Wisconsin. At the time, he expressed concern over where it could lead. And in the wake of revelations about the scope of NSA surveillance, it turns out the former senator’s fears were completely justified.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The End of the Right of Privacy?

Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Millions of Verizon Phone Records Secretly Collected Daily (Video)

The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon via an order that requires the company to hand over the records on an “ongoing, daily basis,” Glenn Greenwald reports in The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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An Interview With Marjorie Cohn About Targeted Killings

We have a global battlefield, where if there is someone, anywhere, who might be associated with Al-Qaida, according to a high government official, then Obama can authorize on Terror Tuesday who he is going to kill after consulting with counterterrorism guru John Brennan.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Electronic Frontier Foundation

As the larger part of American culture seems ready to surrender its claim to privacy without question, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are riding like Paul Revere through the digital Massachusetts night.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Senate Preserves Sweeping Surveillance Powers

On Friday, Congress extended through 2017 a bill that grants the government power to monitor Americans without a warrant and accepted none of the proposals to ensure protections to privacy and civil liberties.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE



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The Congressional Push for Secrecy

The U.S. Congress—one of the branches intended by America’s founders to balance the president’s power—is showing just as much and in some cases more interest in preserving a growing culture of secrecy as its executive counterpart, says Steven Aftergood, secrecy researcher at the Federation of American Scientists.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Senator Moves to Rein In Warrantless Spying

A bill put forward by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposes to slap some limits on the U.S. government’s collecting of information on Americans under its warrantless electronic spying program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE


Senate Aims to Advance Government Surveillance Rules

The Senate is moving to renew the soon-to-expire 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorized the U.S. government to monitor American citizens’ emails and telephone calls without a warrant. Former National Security Agency Director William Binney has warned that its vast data mining program, which operates under the amendments, could “create an Orwellian state.”

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Judge Rules That Bush’s Illegal Wiretap Program Was Just That

Lagging a few years behind the liberal media, public opinion and common sense, the justice system has come to the conclusion that President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program broke the rules. (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Surveillance Case Gets Canned

A judge has rejected a challenge to FISA brought by activists abroad who fear that their communications may be tapped by the U.S. government. The judge said fear is not enough to warrant a change in the law, and that challenges need to make explicit claims of unlawful surveillance. The question remains: How does one know he is being surveilled?

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Bush’s Wiretaps Now Even More Warrantless

It turns out George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretap program wasn’t just illegal, it was pretty useless. A new report by the inspectors general of the agencies charged with catching the evildoers determined that many agents were flummoxed by the vague information coming out of the overly secretive program, and those who weren’t couldn’t demonstrate how it was helpful.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Whistle-Blower: Bush’s NSA Spied on ‘All Americans’

Russell Tice helped blow the whistle on Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program back in 2005, but the revelations don’t end there. On Wednesday’s “Countdown,” the former NSA analyst said the agency had “monitored all communications” and specifically targeted journalists.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Keeping Track of Change

For anyone seeking real reform of America’s foreign and defense policies in the years ahead, the introduction of Barack Obama’s national security team last Monday was a mixed bag. Yet what these and other appointments really suggest about Obama’s broader prospects for reform requires vigilant public attention.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


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thirdphaze.com

Report: NSA Listened In on Americans’ Phone Sex

Just what kind of interpretation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would allow U.S. National Security Agency linguists to eavesdrop on Americans’, er, pillow talk? That’s the charge being leveled by more than one such NSA interpreter who worked at an NSA listening station at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama on the Brink

Barack Obama is betraying his promise of change and is in danger of becoming just another political hack. Yes, just like former maverick John McCain, who has refashioned himself as a mindless rubber stamp for the most inane policies of the miserably failed Bush administration.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE



Chris Hedges: ‘Stop the New FISA’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges warns in an L.A. Times Op-Ed that “If the sweeping surveillance law signed by President Bush on Thursday—giving the U.S. government nearly unchecked authority to eavesdrop on the phone calls and e-mails of innocent Americans—is allowed to stand, we will have eroded one of the most important bulwarks to a free press and an open society.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


Case Closed

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Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Hedges, Klein Join The Nation, ACLU in FISA Lawsuit

Following Thursday’s announcement that Congress had passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, there were some who weren’t willing to take the news sitting down. In fact, Congress’ capitulation sparked a legal response from the ACLU and The Nation magazine and two of its key contributors—Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein—in the form of a lawsuit.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE



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Bush’s Christmas in July: Senate Passes FISA

You know a legislative compromise is one-sided when the AP headline announcing its passage reads “Senate Bows to Bush.” Democratic advocates of the new FISA bill, passed by the Senate on Wednesday, are still trying to explain what they got in exchange for rolling back a few civil liberties and burying some of the president’s abuses. When they figure it out, someone, somewhere, will surely be listening.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Playing Down the Middle

Politics is a cruel and disappointing business. This year, Democratic liberals gambled on a young man who offered hope and change. But after those wondrous primary days, they are furious over Sen. Barack Obama’s understandable effort to reach out to an electorate that is, and long has been, planted firmly in the middle of the road.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE



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Daniel Ellsberg’s Guide to FISA

What’s the big deal about the new FISA “compromise”? Simply put, it legitimizes warrantless spying on Americans while papering over one of George W. Bush’s worst abuses. Daniel Ellsberg would like your help in stopping it, provided you can set aside 60 seconds of your Monday.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


How to Steal an Election With the Help of FISA

There’s a lot more to object to in the new FISA bill than just retroactive immunity for the telecoms. It seems that the regulation of surveillance is still hopelessly out of date. How is a court supposed to handle complex algorithms and countless terabytes of data? Truthdig contributor Elliot Cohen warns that the new law could conceivably allow the theft of the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


It’s Not the Man, It’s the Movement

I was on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado this week when Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter asked me, “Is Obama a sellout?”

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann to Obama: ‘Give Them Something to Cry About’

The “Countdown” host is as frustrated as can be with Barack Obama’s newfound enthusiasm for the dreaded FISA bill, but luck has provided the senator with a second chance to walk the “tight rope,” and Keith Olbermann hopes he takes it.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama and McCain’s FISA Flip-Flop

Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights has the goods on the new FISA bill, which offers retroactive immunity to the telecoms and allows the government to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


Capitol Closed Doors
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Congress Holds Sensory-Deprived Session

At the request of House Republicans, Congress on Thursday held a closed-door session to debate the FISA warrantless eavesdropping bill. The last time a closed-door session occurred was in 1983, when lawmakers convened in secret to discuss clandestine U.S. support of Contra paramilitaries in Nicaragua.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


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nationalsecurity.org

Senate Lets Telecoms Off the Hook

This might be a moment when Democratic supporters wonder what all the “changing of the guard” fuss was about when Dems took control of Congress in 2006: On Tuesday, the Senate effectively voted in favor of granting telecommunication companies retroactive immunity for their cooperation in the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Feingold

Feingold’s Quick and Easy Guide to FISA

Lawmakers who take a principled stand on the tough and often complex issues that face our nation typically struggle to condense the relevant intricacies into a comprehensible sound bite. Here, Sen. Russ Feingold bucks the trend as he explains the administration’s plan for spying on Americans.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


Dodd

Dodd to the Rescue

Sen. Chris Dodd just put his money where his mouth has been in the presidential campaign, filibustering a nasty bit of legislation the Senate tried to push through before the Christmas break. Here he tells MSNBC why giving retroactive immunity to the telecom companies for spying on Americans is a bad thing.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Dodd Gears Up for FISA Filibuster

Sen. Chris Dodd is preparing to take to the Senate floor with a filibuster to thwart the legislative advancement of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it doesn’t include his proposed amendment, co-sponsored with Sen. Russ Feingold, that would prevent the Bush administration from retroactively letting big telecom companies off the hook for allowing the government to conduct warrantless surveillance on their networks.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Verizon Admits Domestic Spying Role

Under pressure from Congress, Verizon has provided some insight into the government’s domestic surveillance program. The telecommunications giant defended the legality of its actions, but admitted complying “as expeditiously as possible” when federal officials, without a subpoena, asked for telephone and Internet records.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


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NYT:  Bush Has Shredded Constitution Since 9/11

In a scathing editorial on Sunday, The New York Times accused President Bush of playing on the nation’s post-9/11 fears in order to justify violating our civil liberties and protecting big telecom companies implicated in his wiretapping scheme.  The Bush camp “use[d] the nation’s tragedy to grab ever more power for its vision of an imperial presidency,” the Times editorial board charged.

Posted on Oct 14, 2007 READ MORE


Intelligence Chief Gets His Facts Mixed Up

After German authorities foiled a terror plot earlier this month, U.S. National Intelligence Director J. Michael McConnell was all to eager to give credit to recently revised FISA rules, arguing, in effect, that potential civil liberty violations helped save American lives. Woops. It turns out that much of the information used by the Germans was obtained under the old FISA law, which McConnell continues to claim wasn’t effective enough.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher’s Summer Vacation

The “Real Time” host returns with a look back on the summer, full of the usual barbs like this gem about the Democrats’ FISA capitulation: “Yes the Democrats in Congress took advantage of a deeply unpopular lame duck president by caving into his every whim and agreeing to allow the attorney general to spy on Americans without a warrant.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Big Brother Update With National Intel Director

J. Michael McConnell, the director of national intelligence, has in part explained Congress’ hurry to revise domestic surveillance law. It seems that the FISA court, established three decades ago to keep the government from abusively spying on American citizens, decided that the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program was illegal—and that just wouldn’t do.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


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