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Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

These strange bedfellows, who share the view that unrestricted government spying is a violation of the Constitution, were the major forces in ending the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and passing the USA Freedom Act.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Edward Snowden on the Expiration of Surveillance Powers: ‘This Is the Power of an Informed Public’

The whistleblower who let Americans know their government had trained its surveillance powers on them as a matter of policy takes stock of the legislative and technological progress that has been made in the two years that have passed since his revelations.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Dear NSA: This Call Will Not Be Recorded

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Why the ACLU’s Big Victory Against NSA Surveillance Falls Short

A federal court ruling that the National Security Agency’s vast telephone metadata collection program is illegal is a clear advance for civil liberties, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE



A Nation of Snitches

All totalitarian systems, including our own, rely on informants to keep the people afraid and under control. We will not be free of corporate tyranny until the network of snitches—in the government and on the streets—is banished.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE



So Much for Liberté: France May Beef Up Domestic Spying Program

The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris last January drew comparisons to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and now the French government appears to be responding in a similar manner to its American counterpart by doubling down on surveillance.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: William Binney on the NSA: ‘They’re Scrapping Our Constitution’

Find out how the National Security Agency harvests data on you, your family and everyone you know.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



Information-Sharing Bill Would Extend NSA’s Reach, Opponents Argue

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which includes no data-protection provisions, would set up a new network for private corporations to share customer data with nearly all levels of law enforcement and intelligence, including the National Security Agency.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE



Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance

The nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, claims that because of Edward Snowden’s revelations, the spy agency can no longer use the same old “state secrets” defense.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



The Coming Death, and Afterlife, of the NSA Spying Law

The Patriot Act provision that authorized mass surveillance on Americans is set to expire, but don’t be fooled: The snooping is likely to continue. In an interview with Truthdig, Sen. Ron Wyden calls ending dragnet surveillance a “big priority.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE


How to Arm Your Cellphone Against Hackers and Spies

One of the many uncomfortable realities that we all are increasingly obliged to accept, at least on a practical level, is that the many gadgets that power our personal and professional lives can’t ever be fully shielded from prying eyes.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE


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Just How Closely Do the NSA and U.S. Companies Work Together?

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



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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