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Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Edward Snowden: When You Monitor Everyone, You Understand Nothing—and That Has to Change

In an exclusive one-hour interview with The Guardian, the NSA whistleblower weighs in on the recent (somewhat incomplete) shift in Congress toward bulk data collection, warning, “This is only the bare beginning of reform.”

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Explains How to Keep Your Data Away From the NSA

In an April interview with acTVism Munich, Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald explains how tech giants were “eager” to cooperate with the National Security Agency and offers important advice that individuals can follow to make it harder for the NSA to collect private data.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO:  Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

As Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points out to Chris Hedges in this interview for The Real News Network, the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’

Addressing an audience at Stanford University via video chat on Friday, Edward Snowden discussed the moral conundrums he faced as a whistleblower. He also made some recommendations on how authorities should address whistleblowers and surveillance.

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AUDIO: Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, the NSA Is a Latter-Day King George

In an appearance on “The Campaign With Ernie Powell,” a radio show concerned with learning how progressives can win political campaigns, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says the NSA is engaged in the same invasive behavior “that sparked the American Revolution.”

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE


NSA Whistleblower William Binney: Seeking Blackmail Power, U.S. Officials Enabled 9/11

The 31-year National Security Agency veteran blew the whistle when he realized technology that he had developed to protect Americans was being used to spy on them. In a wide-ranging, 45-minute discussion, he and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discuss who’s responsible for the surveillance program, how authorities’ desire for blackmail power through mass spying was a factor in their failure to stop the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 13, 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



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What Will Verizon’s $4.4 Billion Cash Purchase of AOL Mean for The Huffington Post?

The surveillance state-friendly communications giant declared Tuesday that it will acquire AOL with the goal of expanding its video offerings. But the acquisition of the onetime king of media comes with much more than just videos; it comes with one of the biggest left-leaning websites online, The Huffington Post.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Absurdity: Attorney Says Spy Chief Forgot About NSA Program When He Misled Congress (Video)

The top lawyer representing James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, said Clapper had “forgotten” about the NSA’s massive spying program when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans.

Posted on May 11, 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



Veteran D.C. Attorney: ‘Without Edward Snowden, Our System Could Have Failed’

The efforts to reform the way the U.S. government gathers intelligence indicate that the whistleblower’s disclosures “have had the impact that motivated him,” writes Ronald Goldfarb, who served in the Justice Department of the Kennedy administration, at Time magazine.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: What Does Chris Hedges Really Want From Us? (Updated)

In advance of the May 12 release of Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer asks Hedges what he’s really asking people to do when he urges them to revolt. Update: Transcript added.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NSA, Immigration and Nice Nails

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a federal appeals court’s ruling that bulk metadata collection is illegal. Also, Hillary Clinton gets aggressive on innovation, and a New York Times article about nail salons has everyone talking.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al-Jazeera Journalist a ‘Member of al-Qaida’

A top-secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that the U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist a member of al-Qaida and put him on a watch list of suspected terrorists.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



Bulk NSA Phone Surveillance Exposed by Edward Snowden Ruled Illegal (Video)

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the mass collection of telephone metadata unlawful in a landmark decision that provides a foothold for a full legal challenge to the National Security Agency.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Edward Snowden Interview the U.S. Media Didn’t Want You to Watch

In light of the recent revelations gleaned from the Snowden documents, we dug up the video and transcript of Edward Snowden’s first interview with a media outlet, a clip from the German channel ARD, which wasn’t covered by U.S. media.

Posted on May 6, 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



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For 10 Years, NSA Software Has Made Phone Calls Searchable by Keyword

According to a report in The Intercept, the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and extract the content of voice conversations and to flag conversations of interest.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer, Binney and Blum on the Patriot Act

“They can do anything with your cellphone once they have your SIM card and your key.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE



Bill Intended to Rein In NSA Spying Retains Significant Powers

Modifications to the USA Freedom Act made on behalf of the National Security Agency permit officials to warrantlessly monitor foreign targets in the U.S. and track certain domestic individuals.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Ex-Lobbyists for Spies Are Overseeing Government Spying

Increasingly, the task of overseeing the National Security Agency is going to former lobbyists for NSA contractors and other intelligence community insiders.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



Guerrilla Artists Install Bust of Edward Snowden in Brooklyn

An anonymous group worked in secret to place a 100-pound tribute to the whistleblower in Fort Greene Park.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Flew to Russia to Interview Edward Snowden for One of the Best Clips You’ll See All Year

John Oliver recently discovered, much to his dismay, that many Americans still don’t know who Edward Snowden is or what he did. So the “Last Week Tonight” host did what any good political comedian would: He took a trip to Moscow to talk to the whistleblower.

Posted on Apr 6, 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



A Forceful Call to Rescue Democracy: Peter Richardson on Robert Scheer’s New Book

The Truthdig editor-in-chief’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” continues the important work on the abuse of power he began five decades ago, writes Peter Richardson at The National Memo.

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



Glenn Greenwald: Secret NSA Documents Contradict Netanyahu’s Spying Denials

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, based on a White House leak, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed what it gathered to Republicans in Congress.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said the U.S. government threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin gave asylum to the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel there.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE


Farewell to Privacy

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Speaks With Seattle About Privacy and Surveillance

The Truthdig editor-in-chief spoke about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” at a town hall event in Seattle.

Posted on Mar 19, 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


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Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: ‘Fear, Secrecy and Data Fuel America’s Modern Surveillance State’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on the radio program “This Is Hell!” on Saturday to discuss his new book, “They Know Everything About You.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE



Robert Scheer: Liberation and Enslavement in the Same Tool

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes how leaders in business and government abuse the Internet to deprive people of the privacy that is essential to the creation of a strong, independent self.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Even If Hillary Used a Personal Email Account at State, Didn’t the NSA Keep a Record?

The “Daily Show” host makes an important (and humorous) point about the most recent attempt at a Hillary Clinton scandal.

Posted on Mar 5, 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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That’s All, Folks

Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, Obama’s ‘Probably the Worst President We’ve Had’

Barack Obama “makes George W. Bush and Richard Nixon look good by comparison,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief told Salon in an interview about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE



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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every cell in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every mobile phone in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



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How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Has the NSA Planted Hidden Spying Files on Your PC?

Russian researchers have discovered that the hard drives of personal computers in 30 countries have been infected by deeply hidden National Security Agency spying software.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE


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