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British Spies Intercepted User Webcam Images

Secret documents reveal that British surveillance agency GCHQ and the U.S. National Security Agency collected and kept the webcam images of millions of Internet users who were suspected of no wrongdoing and some of whom were engaged in sexual activity at the time of capture.

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What’s the U.S. Got to Do With White Supremacists in Ukraine?

Neo-Nazis have formed a large part of the protesting population in Ukraine, and the U.S. may be supporting them; somehow the large majority of Wikipedia articles have been written about Western and Southern Europe; meanwhile, has a new NSA leaker emerged? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Four Darknesses: Internet Being Manipulated, Deceived by Western Intel Trolls

Researchers on online behavior have shown that internet trolls (people who use insincere techniques to disrupt conversations) really are psychopaths, marked by narcissism, sadism, Machiavellianism.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

In a speech at Oxford University, the Truthdig columnist frames his team’s argument in a debate on how we should view Snowden (left), the systems analyst who exposed the massive surveillance of Americans.

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Document Dump: Efforts to Track WikiLeaks Supporters Revealed

Julian Assange’s attorney comments on documents reported about on Glenn Greenwald’s new investigative site showing that U.S. officials sought to get governments worldwide to agree to prosecute Assange, that the British intelligence agency has a program to identify computers used to search for the whistle-blowing publisher WikiLeaks, and more.

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How a Thug State Operates

In the twenty-first century, the NSS has already generated hundreds of millions of documents that could not be read by an American without a security clearance. Of those, thanks to one man (via various journalists), we have had access to a tiny percentage of perhaps 1.7 million of them.

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The Rendezvous

In this excerpt from “The Snowden Files,” author Luke Harding describes Edward Snowden’s first meeting with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and how he was not at all what they expected.

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The Snowden Files

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The Snowden Files

Edward Snowden’s story, assembled for the first time in a single volume by Guardian correspondent Luke Harding, is one of the most compelling in the history of American espionage.

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On the Detention of David Miranda

A lower U.K. court Wednesday upheld the legality of the nine-hour detention of NSA investigator Glenn Greenwald’s partner under the Terrorism Act of 2000, and refused permission to appeal the decision. Greenwald comments on the outcome at The Intercept.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

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NSA Reporters Awarded Polk Journalism Honor

The prestigious 2013 George Polk Awards in Journalism have recognized the three journalists who with The Guardian broke the National Security Agency revelations from Edward Snowden.

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Our Sinister Dual State

Edward Snowden’s leaks expose a duality in which a government that carries out crimes under our Constitution lies beyond the reach of the law and citizens are rendered legally helpless. We must use his disclosures to purge from power those who have eviscerated our civil liberties.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE



John Kerry Slams Climate-Change Deniers for ‘Burying Their Heads in the Sand’

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot across the bow at climate-change skeptics and deniers during a diplomatic visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday.

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NSA Spying Caught Law Firm Activities

Investigator Laura Poitras and The New York Times reported Saturday that an unidentified American law firm that had been retained by the Indonesian government was targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency.

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Debate: Was Snowden Justified?

Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg opposes former NSA counsel Stewart Baker in a conversation about the significance of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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NSA at Work

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Committee to Protect Journalists Warns of NSA Effects

One of the world’s leading journalism watchdogs warns that the NSA’s activities pose a “direct threat to journalism” by compromising the confidence between reporters and sources who hope to remain anonymous.

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You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi

The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



By Jacob Appelbaum from San Francisco [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Today Is ‘The Day We Fight Back’

In honor of Aaron Swartz and the billions of us who want to use the Internet for the pursuit of knowledge and not a weapon of surveillance, control and war, thousands of websites on Tuesday, Feb. 11, are asking visitors to call their representatives and demand legislative action against the National Security Agency of the United States.

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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.

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Selling Your Secrets

Over the last eight months, journalists have dug deep into documents made available by Edward Snowden to reveal that the world of NSA mass surveillance involves close partnerships with a series of companies most of us have never heard of that design or probe the software we all take for granted to help keep our digital lives humming along.

Posted on Feb 7, 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



The Making of Edward Snowden

Before he became the early 21st century’s most important whistle-blower, Edward Snowden “was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek,” writes Luke Harding in his new book, “The Snowden Files.”

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Alleged: NSA Lured Belgian Cryptographer With Fake LinkedIn Page

An article published Saturday in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard reports British and American intelligence agencies hacked private networks used by cryptographer and academic Jean-Jacques Quisquater.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Christie, Clapper and Other Officials Who Should Be in Jail Instead of Snowden

The vindictiveness toward Edward Snowden in official Washington has nothing to do with law breaking and everything to do with the privileges of power.

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The NSA to Get a New Chief

The embattled spying bureau will get new leaders as Edward Snowden’s surveillance disclosures continue to embarrass and expose the Obama and Bush administrations.

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‘Angry Birds’ Attacked

Hackers defaced the website of the game whose “leaky” user database was revealed as a target of British and American spying agencies.

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Obama as Unreliable Narrator on Climate Action: From SOTU to NSA Spying at Copenhagen

When President Obama looked us in the eye and said that the U.S. is not engaged in electronic surveillance for economic reasons, he was lying through his teeth.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



Intelligence Director to Edward Snowden: Hand Over Your Documents

If former NSA analyst-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden is sitting on any more classified documents with intent to leak their contents, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper believes Snowden ought to give them back to the U.S. government.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE



Spying Scandal Taints Obama’s Rosy SOTU Story – and His Legacy

Edward Snowden was not one of the honored guests at the State of the Union speech Tuesday night. But the whistle-blower’s presence was felt, at least to a small degree.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s State of the Union 2014 Speech: Full Text

President Obama played on themes of harmony and unity for the nation, while issuing warning notes to his congressional combatants and (gesturing at) reprimanding Wall Street’s high-rollers, in his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have ‘Angry Birds’?

Somewhere in the lowest reaches of hell, Adolf Hitler and his coterie of lesser dictators must be tormented by the knowledge they did not live long enough to get their hands on “Angry Birds.”

Posted on Jan 28, 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.

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‘Angry Birds’ Are Helping the NSA Spy on You

Top secret documents reveal American and British intelligence agencies possess the capability to exploit vulnerabilities in “leaky” smartphone apps that transmit users’ private information across the Internet.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



The NSA Is Involved in Industrial Espionage

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden told a German television network the NSA acquires businesses’ data regardless of its value to national security.

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Balancing Act

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Eric Holder Hints at Plea Deal for Edward Snowden

The U.S. attorney general suggested Thursday that the government could allow the NSA whistle-blower to return home from Russia under negotiated terms.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE


Nick Turse on America’s Secret Soldiers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “Kill Anything That Moves” author on the clandestine commandos who operate in as many as 120 countries. Also: An NSA panel says shut it down, a little Persian history, and Arthur Yorinks.

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Nick Turse on America’s Secret Soldiers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “Kill Anything That Moves” author on the clandestine commandos who operate in as many as 120 countries. Also: An NSA panel says shut it down, a little Persian history, and Arthur Yorinks.

Posted on Jan 23, 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



The Golden Age of Journalism?

Only in the years that shrank the screen to your desk, then your hand, now your pocket—and one day soon on your eyeglasses—did it became apparent that throughout the print era the newspaper had been misnamed.

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NSA Pooch

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NSA Reform

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Jon Stewart: ‘These [NSA] Reforms Are Weak, but Don’t Worry, They’ll Never Take Effect’

“The Daily Show” host offers a hilariously annotated version of President Obama’s long-winded, contradictory speech on the surveillance state.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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No Place to Hide: We’re All Suspects in Barack Obama’s America

His unbridled defense of the surveillance state opened the door to the new McCarthyism of Mike Rogers and Dianne Feinstein.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


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