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Germany Plans to Ban Computer Companies That Work With NSA From Sensitive Public Contracts

Beyond the political fallout of NSA spying, there is a considerable risk that there will be serious economic consequences too.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



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What’s the Point of a Source Protection Law That Wouldn’t Protect Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden?

Laws are bad when they don’t do what they are meant to and even worse when they cause harm instead.

Posted on May 19, 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



The Money-Making Spies Inside Digital Textbooks

With the expressed goal of identifying problems in learning, tech companies are monitoring the mouse clicks, keystrokes and “split-second hesitation[s]” of 4 million children across the country, Politico reports.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE


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Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

A new survey from Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry—and not for the better.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



CapitaLetters Review of ‘No Place to Hide’

Glenn Greenwald’s new book makes a compelling case about the rightness of Edward Snowden’s actions.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald to Stephen Colbert: NSA ‘Story That Will Make the Biggest Impact’ Is Yet to Come

The “Colbert Report” host finally gets his hands on the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who brought us the Edward Snowden leaks on the National Security Agency.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



Book Excerpt: How I Met Edward Snowden

On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden Gleefully Admits: We Kill People Based on Metadata

Since the very first Snowden leak a year ago, one of the more common refrains from defenders of the program is “but it’s just metadata, not actual content, so what’s the big deal?”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Administration Threatens Leak-Citing Intelligence Workers

Current and former members of U.S. intelligence services who cite news reports based on leaks in any of their public statements now face penalties and the possible loss of access and security clearances.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE


Watch Glenn Greenwald Debate the Former Head of the NSA

In case you missed the Munk Debate on State Surveillance, here’s another look at the rhetorical contest between one of the NSA’s biggest critics and its former director.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the inner secrets of the NSA, he has been urging Americans to use encryption to protect themselves from rampant spying.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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More Aggressive NSA Reform Bill Moves Forward in the House

After a half-year in stasis, the USA Freedom Act—the most aggressive of various NSA reform measures—is headed for markup by the House Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


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Apple Removed Encryption Protection for Email Attachments, Researcher Says

The tech giant withheld safeguards from parties seeking access to users’ email attachments in the latest versions of its operating system for the iPad and iPhone, contrary to claims made on its website, an independent security research firm based in Germany reports.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE



German Chancellor ‘Humiliated’ at Frosty News Conference With Obama (Video)

Angela Merkel and President Obama put on a thin display of unity against an assertive Russia during the chancellor’s “awkward” visit to the White House on Friday, much delayed on account of revelations that Obama’s NSA had bugged her communications.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Two Felons Could Force the Supreme Court to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

The last thing we would expect from the Roberts court is a robust defense of civil liberties, but judging from the tenor of Tuesday’s oral argument, we could be in for some surprises.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Now We Know: Economic Inequality Is a Malady—and Not a Cure

It has been a long, long time since Americans accepted the advice of a French intellectual about anything important, let alone the future of democracy and the economy.

Posted on Apr 25, 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


Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin About Mass Surveillance in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a Q-and-A session Thursday to field questions from the public, joke about annexing Alaska (nope—it’s “too cold”) and answer Edward Snowden’s query about Russia’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal is a scandal on the American right. But it is not a new scandal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



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What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.

Posted on Apr 15, 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 Said to Have Left Us Vulnerable to Attack in Order to Exploit Heartbleed

In violation of one of its primary missions, the National Security Agency has kept secret the biggest threat to Internet security in memory in order to exploit it, sources say.

Posted on Apr 11, 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



No, Greed Is Not Good. So Why Do We Act Like It Is?

Avarice has become widely accepted in today’s world; violinists prefer new instruments to old, prized ones in a blind test; meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald reveals that information similar to the Cuban Twitter scandal appears throughout the Snowden files. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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


Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



What You’re Reading About the NSA in Some Newspapers May Be Purely Propaganda

Shocking revelations in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post could merely be attempts by the National Security Agency to justify its activities; a new law in Saudi Arabia labels all atheists as terrorists; meanwhile, Mississippi passed an anti-gay segregation bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Physicists Are Building an NSA-Proof Internet

It’s long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message has been intercepted or copied.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


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‘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


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Crimea Naivete, Hobby Lobby, Trusting the NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists, including this week former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, discuss former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s claim that he could handle Russia better. Also, the Supreme Court hears arguments about religious freedom, and can we trust anything the NSA says?

Posted on Mar 28, 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


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Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Clears Up Questions Regarding NSA Reporting

The journalist puts several “false assumptions” to rest regarding stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks; Alcoholics Anonymous is highly unsuccessful and overrated; meanwhile, scientists figure out what’s the best diet out there. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE


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