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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



President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



Mr. Kerry: Here’s Why Snowden Can’t ‘Make His Case’ in ‘Our System of Justice’

Secretary of State John Kerry said that Edward Snowden should “return home and come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case.”

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards

An amendment adopted by a House committee would, if enacted, take a step toward removing the National Security Agency from the business of meddling with encryption standards that protect security on the Internet.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Row Sparks Rush for Encrypted Email

A new push to encrypt email, keeping messages free from government snooping, is gaining momentum.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE


Film Explores Human Toll of Obama’s Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

How far would you go to tell the truth? “Democracy Now!” talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary “Silenced,” which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle “to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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



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 READ MORE



NSA Reporters Greenwald and Poitras to Return Home to Collect Honors

American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras will return to the United States on Friday for the first time since the start of the Snowden revelations to accept one of the craft’s most prestigious awards.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



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



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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


‘Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “recent conflicting federal court decisions on the legality of NSA spying” in a talk at the Connecticut Civil Liberties Conference at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE



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


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 READ MORE


‘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 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



Greenwald and Scahill Launch First Look Media With NSA-Drone Story

The National Security Agency is endangering the lives of innocents by using electronic surveillance rather than human intelligence to identify targets for lethal drone strike, Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill report in the first article of their new Web magazine, The Intercept.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Talks to the Germans

In a recent interview, the NSA whistle-blower brought the German television channel NDR up to date on the state of worldwide surveillance by the governments of Britain and the United States.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Real Irony of Jane Harman Being Interrupted on NSA Spying by Bieber Bulletin

Former Rep. Jane Harman is both a victim of NSA spying and a big defender of it.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Privacy Board Finds NSA Phone Data Surveillance System Illegal ... and a Dud

A five-member board tasked with evaluating the National Security Agency’s telephone data surveillance program has come away with a distinctly different take on the matter from that of the president.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



Surveillance and Scandal

The NSA’s global panopticon fulfills an ancient dream of empire. With a few computer key strokes, the agency has solved the problem that has bedeviled world powers since at least the time of Caesar Augustus: how to control unruly local leaders—who are the foundation for imperial rule—by ferreting out crucial, often scurrilous, information to make them more malleable.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can’t Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked

Instead of a careful examination of what the NSA does, the legality of its actions, and how effective it has been in its stated mission of protecting Americans, we increasingly have government officials or retired versions of the same demanding—quite literally—Edward Snowden’s head and engaging in the usual fear-mongering over 9/11.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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John McCain Wants Congress to Investigate NSA

Sen. John McCain may be a hawk, but that apparently doesn’t stop him from becoming a conspicuous, if incongruous, member of the chorus of critics demanding accountability on the highest levels of government when it comes to the U.S. administration’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE


Greenwald: The NSA Can ‘Watch Every Keystroke You Make’

In an explainer on the latest NSA revelations, Glenn Greenwald appears on “Democracy Now!” to comment on Tailored Access Operations, reported in Der Spiegel on Sunday; the agency’s unintended shutdown of homeowners’ garage door devices in 2010; and the “lies” of “hardened felon,” former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Elite NSA ‘Hacking Unit’ Exposed

National Security Agency documents referenced in the German magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday reveal a top-secret hacking unit that infiltrates computer systems and breaks into fortified data targets around the world.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Federal Judge Rules NSA Phone Spying Is Legal

U.S. District Judge William Pauley ruled Friday that the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of telephone data is legal, dismissing a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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ACLU Argues Bulk Gathering Violates Rights

Civil liberties campaigners with the ACLU told a New York court Friday that the NSA’s dragnet collection of U.S. phone records violates constitutional rights to freedom of association and privacy.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows ‘Institutional Obsession’

As a delegation of French and German lawmakers press in Washington for answers to allegations of U.S. spying in their home countries, the journalist who spearheaded reporting on the leaked documents that led to those disclosures comments on the NSA’s goal to “eliminate privacy worldwide.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Pressed to Discuss Spying on Merkel

The White House is under pressure to reveal how much President Obama knew about or even authorized U.S. spying on the leaders of allied countries after the disclosure that the NSA monitored the phone calls of at least 35 world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Tables Turned on Ex-Spy Boss; Eavesdropped Conversations Get Tweeted

Former Moveon.org Washington, D.C., director Tom Matzzie live-Tweeted overheard (and ill-advised) “on background” phone conversations on a train between former spy chief Michael Hayden and reporters. And no, he hasn’t moved in with Edward Snowden for protection.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Robbery Victim Finds Good Use for the NSA

The National Security Agency has been pretty unpopular since Edward Snowden leaked documents showing it has been unceremoniously spying on Americans. But one woman found a way to use the NSA’s omnipresence for good.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Editors and Reporters of The Guardian

In an age of unprecedented antagonism toward the press, one newspaper headquartered in the heart of a former empire is making a spirited thrashing of the image and ambitions of some of the world’s proudest elites.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Journalist Protection Group Denounces Obama Administration on Press Freedoms

One wonders if the Obama administration’s increasing hostility toward reporters, editors and publishers may frighten members of the traditional press—who eschew any and all claims to activism—into becoming the open campaigners for public welfare that their fellow citizens need them to be.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The Data Hackers

Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in all of our data devices by companies that sell them to Washington for a profit.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

An Associated Press article in February confirmed a purchase order by the Department of Homeland Security for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. That’s enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over twenty years. Someone in government seems to expect some serious civil unrest. Why?

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Holds Internet Records Longer Than Obama Said

The NSA stores the online metadata of millions of Internet users for up to a year, whether they are targets of investigations or not, The Guardian reports Monday that top secret documents reveal.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Polish Dissidents Cry Out for Snowden

Four members of Poland’s Solidarity movement, which toppled the country’s totalitarian regime in the 1980s, recently issued an open letter calling for their government to grant NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden sanctuary from the United States. “The fact that only dictatorial governments agreed to give him shelter shames the democratic states,” they wrote.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Agent Spied on Women for Years

Skeptical that government officials would use their privileges for perverse ends? The NSA’s internal watchdog revealed an employee was able to secretly intercept the phone calls of nine foreign women for six years without being detected by his managers.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Shortcuts Seen at Background Check Firms

Evidence suggests the outsourcing of security checks of the kind that cleared NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and accused Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis are leading private contractors to cut corners and falsify reports.

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Spied on Vietnam War Critics

The National Security Agency tapped the phones of prominent Vietnam War opponents in the late 1960s and ’70s, including Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King. Jr., newly declassified files reveal.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE


Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger on the Snowden Leaks

Three-and-a-half months after NSA leaker Edward Snowden brought the U.S. government’s massive spying operations to the public, “Democracy Now!” spends an hour Monday with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the British newspaper that first reported the leaked documents.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Letter to an Unknown Whistle-Blower

Dear Whistle-Blower: I don’t know who you are or what you do or how old you may be. I just know that you exist somewhere in our future as surely as does tomorrow or next year.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Michael Hayden: Terrorists Love Gmail

While defending the legal basis for the NSA’s mass domestic data mining program, the former NSA and CIA director claimed Sunday that “Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide,” adding: “I don’t think you’re going to see that in a Google commercial, but it’s free, it’s ubiquitous, so of course it is.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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On Chelsea Manning and Privacy, Cumberbatch Still Sides With Authority (Updated)

After reading Benedict Cumberbatch’s full, unedited remarks on the punishment of Chelsea Manning and government destruction of privacy, published Monday at The Guardian, I believe his meanings as originally reported remain intact.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Intellectuals as Subjects and Objects of Violence

Intellectuals are out of place in a society that values only ideas that serve the interests of the market and the powerful and rich. Their chief alleged wrongdoing today is that they have revealed the illegalities, military abuses, sordid diplomacy and crimes committed by the United States government in the name of security.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Use a Dead Man’s Switch to Announce NSA Sabotage

Security systems deliberately weakened by the NSA put their users at risk. Cory Doctorow, author and co-editor of the group blog Boing Boing, suggests building a service that puts a “dead man’s switch” on every website subject to government interference that would alert users that security has been compromised.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE


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