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If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE


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Declassified Documents Confirm That Edward Snowden Tried to Tell the NSA About Surveillance Concerns

Internal records obtained by Vice News show that the agency “did not tell the public the whole story about Snowden’s contacts with oversight authorities before he became the most celebrated and vilified whistleblower in U.S. history.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



The Intercept Expands Public Access to the Snowden Archive With Release of SIDtoday Files

In order to make possible a fuller exploration of the U.S. government’s activities in the post-9/11 era, The Intercept on Monday began publishing more of the source material leaked by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Explains What Makes Whistleblowing Permissible

In a piece published by The Intercept, the ex-CIA employee and NSA subcontractor reflects on the risky but necessary act of revealing information not intended to be publicly known.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE


Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent

The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With William Binney About the iPhone and Blowing the Whistle on the NSA

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer sits down with William Binney, a former National Security Agency official turned whistleblower, to discuss the fight between Apple and the U.S. government over access to Americans’ cellphone data.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use

“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country

Under the federal agency’s new guidelines instructing high schools to report students who criticize government policies and “Western corruption,” Muslim students are likely to be disproportionately targeted, but virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE



Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in ‘Most Important Tech Case in a Decade’

To defend users’ privacy rights, Apple is refusing to give government encrypted iPhone data in the San Bernardino shooting case.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Could a President Hillary Clinton Be Impeached Over Her Emails?

In a word: yes. The pundit who claimed she would be shielded from the consequences of pre-inaugural actions was wrong. The big question is whether her email operations amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” ... whatever those words might mean at a given political moment.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Books of the Year

A look back at some of our favorites from the reading stack.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



John Cusack and Arundhati Roy: Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

This is the narrative result of an encounter between Cusack, Roy and whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg. Cusack and Roy provide their own accounts and joint conversations.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Why Government Access to Encrypted Messages Won’t Make Us Safer

Since the Paris attacks, some officials and pundits have argued that government agencies should have a “back door” to encoded apps. But such a capability would only compromise the communications of law-abiding citizens, and terrorists would quickly find new ways to evade detection.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Scapegoating Edward Snowden Is ‘Irrational’ and Troubling, Advocates Warn

Shifting the blame to “unauthorized disclosures,” security officials seize on Paris tragedy to expand the surveillance state.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Calls E.U. Vote to Offer Him Protection From Extradition a ‘Game-Changer’

The former N.S.A. contractor-turned-whistleblower, who has been living in Russia, also called it “extraordinary.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by ACLU and Nation Magazine Against the NSA

In dismissing the plaintiffs’ claim that they were threatened by unwarranted surveillance, the judge ludicrously reasoned that, because the NSA did not admit to its spying, the plaintiffs’ fears were “subjective.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: U.N. Report Calls on Governments to Protect Whistleblowers, Not Prosecute Them

In a dramatic new report, the U.N. envoy charged with protecting free speech around the globe has declared that confidential sources and whistleblowers are a fundamental element of a healthy democracy. Here, Edward Snowden describes how “a whistleblower almost has to become comfortable with the idea of becoming a martyr, because the probability of retaliation is so certain.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

The former secretary of state attacked the NSA whistleblower without bothering to get her facts straight.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Can Apple, Google and Facebook Save Us From Big Brother?

The big tech companies have the resources to launch a campaign for privacy that could change the world. As one scholar and researcher has written, “They may be our best chance out of this surveillance mess.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter Is Taking a Page Out of Edward Snowden’s Book

The Black Lives Matter movement is interested in learning from the NSA whistleblower; a Caucasian poet submitting work under an Asian name has caused controversy in the literary world; meanwhile, “superhenge,” a Neolithic site five times the size of Stonehenge, was recently discovered. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



Court Ruling Builds a Barrier Against Challenges to NSA Spying on Americans

Rights advocates say an impossible standard is being imposed for the opponents of the federal government’s mass collection of telephone records.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE



FBI Pressured Scandinavian Countries to Arrest and Extradite Edward Snowden

The FBI repeatedly asked Scandinavian countries to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he attempted to enter their territories, recently released official documents reveal.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’: Whistleblower Describes NSA ‘Installation’ at AT&T

Mark Klein, a former AT&T communications technician who became a whistleblower, has been aware for many years of the unconstitutionally cozy relationship his onetime employer has shared with the National Security Agency, but as he tells Amy Goodman on Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” he didn’t know everything.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Here’s Why the Close Collaboration Between the NSA and AT&T Matters

New disclosures about the National Security Agency’s partnership with AT&T could reignite constitutional challenges to the spy agency’s efforts to wiretap the Internet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Inside AT&T’s ‘Deeply Collaborative’ Relationship With the NSA

Although the fact that telecom giants have been in cahoots with the National Security Agency at the expense of consumers’ privacy isn’t news, a fresh exposé by The New York Times about AT&T’s eager service to the intelligence organization is enough to make users unplug from the company once and for all.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Republican Media Stunts, NSA Data Dump and Cecil the Lion

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the upcoming GOP presidential debate, the NSA’s dump of metadata collected over the last five years, and why the illegal killing of Cecil the lion has outraged so many when so much awfulness abounds.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Here’s How One German Artist Turned the Tables on the Surveillance State

In his project “Cached Landscapes,” Florian Freier uses a service we’re all familiar with to make an important statement about the ironies of spying in the digital age.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Consequence of the Iran Deal: Imported Pistachios

The momentous deal Iran reached with P5+1 nations Tuesday could have some delicious consequences; another revelation made thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden makes the agency’s mass data collection truly indefensible; meanwhile, the Senate hinders the advance of LGBT rights by voting down an important measure about discrimination in schools. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



ACLU Moves to Shut Down NSA’s Ongoing Bulk Phone Data Collection

Just after he signed the USA Freedom Act in early June, President Obama took steps to ensure that the government’s contentious practice of collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk, one of the main sticking points in the tussle over the bill, could continue through the end of 2015.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



How Israel Used F-16s and High-Tech Soldiers to Devastate Gaza

Forty-six days into Operation Protective Edge in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Israeli military was attacking with renewed ferocity.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Not Just the NSA—the IRS Is Reading Your Emails Too

Once your emails reach the tender age of 180 days, government agencies can easily gain access to them without your even knowing it. The Email Privacy Act would change that.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Foreign Entanglements Derailed the American Experiment (Part 8 of 10)

In the eighth installment of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that American leaders “lost sight of the essential wisdom of the American experiment,” which was that if you enable prosperity “for your own people, and if it’s good, others will follow it.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’

On Independence Day, against official claims that mass domestic surveillance is needed to ensure U.S. security, Truthdig reprints the farewell address of the first president of the United States.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Here’s the Haunting First Trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

The dramatic official trailer for the Edward Snowden biopic has arrived, six months ahead of its Christmas release date.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



European Authorities Ask America to Let Edward Snowden Come Home to a Fair Trial

The Council of Europe declared its support of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday and called on the European Union to offer whistleblowers asylum from “retaliation in their home countries.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden

The New York Times on Wednesday reported details about American counterterrorism officials’ use of drone strikes in countries such as Yemen, as well as the working relationship between intelligence agencies in the U.S. and the U.K.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Edward Snowden Teaches John Oliver How to Create Strong Passwords, Because His Are ‘a Joke’

Most of us have seen the memorable “Last Week Tonight” interview with Edward Snowden that aired in spring, but here’s a clip you may have missed about the importance of making better passwords than the “embarrassingly bad” ones most of us have.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Former NSA Director Hayden Dismisses Snowden’s Impact

At The Wall Street Journal’s CFO conference, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden disparaged the idea that the leaking of documents by Edward Snowden was a two-year “nightmare” for the agency.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Has America Changed Since Edward Snowden’s Disclosures?

On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed—and what has not.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Lawyers Asked Secret Court to Bypass Public Court’s Decision on NSA Spying

The Obama administration asked a federal court to resume the NSA surveillance programs ended by the expiration of parts of the Patriot Act on June 1.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



L.A. Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Edward Snowden

A recent L.A. Times editorial called for the whistleblower’s prosecution. As Glenn Greenwald writes in denouncing the editorial, this is part of a wider journalistic war on transparency.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: The Clown Car Grows

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the new entrants into the presidential race, the Senate’s passage of the USA Freedom Act and whether political correctness on college campuses has gone too far.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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