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Will Sweden Grant Edward Snowden Asylum?

Edward Snowden was granted the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “alternative Nobel Prize,” in the Swedish Parliament on Monday for leaking information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

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Campaign Seeks to Dry Out the National Security Agency

“The American surveillance state has an Achilles Heel,” organizers of the OffNow campaign say. “We can thwart mass surveillance without relying on Congress or [the] Supreme Court” by passing legislation that stops “the flow of state supplied water and electricity to federal agencies conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.”

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Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

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Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

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Amnesty Releases Free Tool to ‘Detekt’ Government Spyware on Computers and Phones

Sick of being tracked without your consent or knowledge by the National Security Agency and its ilk? Amnesty International has an app for that.

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Laura Poitras Tells Jon Stewart How She Persuaded Edward Snowden to Be Filmed

The “Citizenfour” documentary filmmaker stopped by “The Daily Show” on Monday for a captivating interview in which she discussed how Edward Snowden first got in touch with her and what the repercussions of the whistle-blower’s courageous acts have been.

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NSA Reform Blocked by Paranoid Republican Senators

“God forbid we wake up tomorrow and [Islamic State] is in the United States,” Sen. Marco Rubio said as the USA Freedom Act, considered a “gift to terrorists” by critics, was rejected by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

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Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

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‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

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Government Agencies Are Secretly Going Through Your Snail Mail, Too

Apparently the National Security Agency is not the only government organization
violating Americans’ privacy rights by collecting massive amounts of data.

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Julian Assange: Google’s Basic Business Model ‘Same as the NSA’s’

In a conversation with “Imaginary Lines” host Chris Spannos, WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange discussed his new book, “When Google Met WikiLeaks,” which is based on a conversation Assange had with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

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Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

Laura Poitras’ lens wordlessly captured the shock of the journalists, the youthful sincerity of the whistle-blower, and the unfolding tension that mounted as the stories started to get published and Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source to the entire world.

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Quantum Computers Are Coming, and Here’s How to Process That Information

There are potential positives and negatives in this equation.

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Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Having seen her remarkable new film on Edward Snowden, “Citizenfour,” in a packed house at the New York Film Festival, I sat down with Laura Poitras in a tiny conference room at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City to discuss just how our world has changed and her part in it.

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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.

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The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again

You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

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U.N. Report Says NSA’s Mass Digital Surveillance ‘Violates Core Privacy Rights’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes that a report recently released by the United Nations’ top official for counterterrorism and human rights rejects the “key argument often made by American defenders of the NSA.”

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This Is the Trailer for ‘Citizenfour,’ Laura Poitras’ Documentary on Edward Snowden

Filmmaker Laura Poitras was already hard at work on a documentary about government surveillance when Edward Snowden reached out to her. That event would change her own life, and the world.

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How Big Brother Can Watch You With Metadata

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013?

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Takes Aim at Federal Government With Surveillance-Related Lawsuit

Twitter is taking out the big guns in Silicon Valley’s ongoing tussle with Washington over privacy issues.

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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.

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Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth

In a capital riven by fierce political disagreements, just about everyone agrees on the absolute, total and ultimate importance of the “U.S. Intelligence Community” and whatever its top officials might decide in order to keep this country safe and secure.

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Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Reportedly Will Be Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Biopic

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the lead role in “The Snowden Files,” a film about the NSA whistle-blower directed by progressive filmmaker Oliver Stone, according to Variety.

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Edward Snowden: The NSA’s Passing Americans’ Private Data to a Secret Israeli Military Organization

The whistle-blower recently told journalist James Bamford that the National Security Agency is sharing the details of Americans’ phone calls and emails, including names and other sensitive data, with an Israeli military group called Unit 8200.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

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What Hackers Did to Celebs? The NSA’s Been Doing That to All of the U.S. Instead of Predicting ISIL

There has been a lot of justifiable outrage about the invasion of privacy of celebrities and the posting of their private, nude photos at 4Chan by hackers who apparently got into their cloud accounts.

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All Americans’ Private Photos Could Be Leaked Thanks to the NSA, Not Just Jennifer Lawrence’s

Everyone’s talking about personal privacy violations due to the recent leak of celebrity nude pictures, but the National Security Agency is missing from the debate; Americans have resented teachers throughout history based on moral panic; meanwhile, big Republican donors are considering spending their money to back Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 3, 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


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Edward Snowden: Surveillance, Spying Practices Have Brought U.S. to ‘Brink of the Abyss’

Edward Snowden has just been granted three more years of asylum in Russia, and the former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower is understandably choosy about whom he meets with in person. 

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Can Stay in Russia for 3 More Years

The Russian government gave the NSA whistle-blower permission to stay in the country for three more years, as well as the ability to travel abroad for three-month stints.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



Does the NSA Have Another Snowden on Its Hands?

Government officials suspect another whistle-blower is leaking documents from the National Security Agency to The Intercept; the left’s concern with ideology over beauty may be destroying art; meanwhile, Toledo, Ohio’s water contamination may finally change Republicans’ attitudes toward the environment. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Time to Tame the Monster

The CIA now admits that it spied on a Senate investigation into the agency’s shameful program of secret detention and torture. Do we need any more proof that the spooks are out of control?

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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.

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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.

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Glenn Greenwald Compares Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment to Nazi’s Essay

With the disclaimer that by contrasting the two statements, he wasn’t stating they were identical, Glenn Greenwald points out the similarities between the Israeli prime minister’s remark about Palestinians and another made by Joseph Goebbels; a writer argues that Israel helped make Hamas what it is today; meanwhile, a German graffiti artist uses light to protest the NSA in Berlin. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 24, 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


Edward Snowden: ‘The World Is Much More Unpredictable and Dangerous’ Than George Orwell’s ‘1984’

“If I end up in chains in Guantanamo,” the NSA whistle-blower tells The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill in a must-see interview, “I can live with that.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



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‘We Need’ People Like Edward Snowden, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Says

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a news conference Wednesday that Edward Snowden is a defender of human rights and should not be prosecuted.

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German Official Says Manual Typewriters May Be the Answer to NSA Spying

The idea has since been dismissed by other German politicians, but on a morning talk show, Patrick Sensburg, who is leading the Bundestag’s investigation into NSA surveillance, said the government has considered using non-electronic typewriters.

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Intelligence Agency Targets Public Opinion With Polls, Likes, Hits and Other Social Tricks

According to a new report based on Edward Snowden leaks by the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, Britain’s GCHQ has developed a library of tools that allow the agency to aggressively manipulate the public.

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Muslim NSA Targets Named in Snowden Leaks Speak About Surveillance

A spreadsheet leaked by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden enabled Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept to reveal the identities of five prominent Muslim Americans who were spied on by the National Security Agency, chiefly, it appears, for their political work and religious affiliation. Greenwald comments in an interview with “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



Nomads of the Digital Age

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions.

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Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List

Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor.

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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?

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