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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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The NSA Strikes Back

Just when you thought that momentum in the struggle to rein in the NSA was shifting in the direction of civil liberties, along comes another reminder that momentum is fleeting.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Demand Your Privacy

It seems our elected officials have no intention of reining in the National Security Agency’s mad-scientist quest to know everything about our communications and movements. If we want our privacy back, we’re going to have to fight for it.

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NSA Puff Piece Is ‘60 Minutes’ Latest Shame

Hot off the heels of a reporting scandal that saw the vaunted news program ooh and ahh over Benghazi lies, “60 Minutes” has just aired a mind-blowingly charitable “report” on the NSA’s mass surveillance.

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The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


What the President Knew and When He Knew It

The president knew. Presidents always know, but are supposed to be protected from what they saw, heard and did when the best-laid plans hit the fan.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The NSA Has Pissed Off the Entire World—Will the Supreme Court Intervene?

The National Security Agency has pissed off the world, and the world is fighting back.

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Spying Scandal Makes Clear That Europe Must Declare Independence

The crisis caused in Europe by American intelligence interceptions of its allies’ electronic communications derives from a problem Europeans have known and put up with since the Second World War. The time has come to call a halt.

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NSA Spying: It’s About the Money, Honey

European Union Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding says the NSA surveillance of top allies has nothing to do with terrorism, and may instead be an effort to seek advantages for American corporations.

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Edward Snowden’s Email Provider Explains Why He Refused the Government

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison chose to blow up his own company rather than turn over his 400,000 users’ data to the feds. Here he explains why to Amy Goodman.

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Brazil Could Take Extraordinary Measures for Privacy

Years from now, we might look back on NSA spying as the thing that broke the Internet.

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Brazil Cancels State Visit Over NSA Spying

Calling the U.S. government’s spying on Brazilian officials “a grave matter, an assault on national sovereignty and individual rights, and ... incompatible with relations between friendly nations,” the South American country has pulled out of the only White House state dinner scheduled this year.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Would You Vote for Someone Who Kept Quiet About NSA Spying?

Whether he passes reforms or not, President Obama’s mass surveillance program has made him the closest thing we have to Big Brother. Will his top lieutenants, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, take that funk with them into the next election?

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE


What NSA Reforms?

President Obama’s message about the government’s massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.

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Lavabit Owner’s Farewell Warning: Don’t Trust Your Data to American Companies

The owner and CEO of the secure email service reportedly used by Edward Snowden decided to shut down Thursday rather than help the U.S. spy on his customers.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President

When the House recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs. Here are some of the proposals he co-sponsored as a senator.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Members of Congress Denied Information About NSA Surveillance

If the House Intelligence Committee knows anything about the NSA’s controversial programs, it’s not sharing with other members of Congress, reports Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Top 10 Things That Don’t Make Sense About NSA Surveillance, Drones and Al-Qaida

All the stories about the government’s quest for Total Information Awareness about the phone calls, email, Internet searches, etc. of 312 million ordinary Americans raise some questions in my mind. There are so many things about these stories that don’t make sense.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


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The Surveillance State Is as Strong as Ever

Don’t let the acquittal of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on aiding the enemy charges or the temporary asylum Russia granted to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden fool you. The harsh treatment of whistle-blowers will likely continue into the foreseeable future in pace with the needs and expansion of the surveillance state itself.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE


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Obama Defends Summers, Franken Plans NSA Transparency Bill, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Anthony Weiner’s wife is reportedly taking a break from her job as Hillary Clinton’s top aide and North Carolina’s governor makes an insulting offer to protesters demonstrating against the state’s recently signed-into-law abortion bill.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



Greenwald Blows Lid Off Massive NSA Web Surveillance Operation ‘XKeyscore’

The Guardian columnist broke another major story about the NSA on Wednesday, this one detailing an Internet surveillance program that allows the powerful agency to spy on the emails, Web chats and search histories of millions of Americans without prior authorization.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Surveillance Critic Glenn Greenwald to Testify Before Congress

The Guardian columnist, who broke the story about the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, is among a handful of NSA critics who have been invited to give testimony before Congress to counter the “constant misleading information” from intelligence officials, Rep. Alan Grayson said.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Six Ways Congress May Reform NSA Snooping

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails

The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency uses those machines to sift through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture. But ask the NSA, as part of a FOIA request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees’ email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Secret Court Renews Controversial NSA Surveillance Program

A top U.S. intelligence official has confirmed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court on Friday extended the National Security Agency’s authority to gather the telephone metadata of tens of millions of Americans.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Five Ways to Have a Chat Behind Big Brother’s Back

Since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA’s mass surveillance of Americans, interest in cryptography has been piqued. That’s fine if you’re a nerd, but what about Grandma’s privacy? Luckily there are fairly simple ways to communicate privately.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Has Sensitive NSA ‘Blueprints,’ Greenwald Says

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald said that Edward Snowden has very sensitive documents that detail how the National Security Agency operates and reveal how one could evade the NSA’s surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenwald: Snowden Holds Information That Could Cause More Damage to U.S. Than Anyone Ever Has

The U.S. should be careful in its pursuit of whistle-blower Edward Snowden because he controls information that could become the United States’ “worst nightmare,” according to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE



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How Cash Secretly Rules Surveillance Policy

Have you noticed anything missing in the political discourse about the National Security Agency’s unprecedented mass surveillance?

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Says He Gave No Secrets to China or Russia

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden tells Glenn Greenwald that he did not reveal classified information to China or Russia, his recent hosts, or that, as was reported by The New York Times based on the speculation of anonymous sources, his laptops were “drained.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


Oliver Stone Urges Action to End ‘Surveillance State’

In a new video produced by the ACLU, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker says it’s time to take a stand for American civil liberties in the wake of the recent revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



Perry Makes Major Announcement, Koch Brothers Try to Kill Obamacare, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an IRS mistake leaves tens of thousands of Social Security numbers exposed and Fox News rules (at least according to a depressing new Gallup poll).

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Ellsberg: Snowden Made Right Decision by Leaving America

Daniel Ellsberg was able to remain in the U.S. after leaking the Pentagon Papers because, “The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago,” he argues in an op-ed Sunday. Edward Snowden would be greeted with a much different fate, Ellsberg notes, and as a result, he disagrees with those who compare Snowden to him unfavorably because of the NSA whistle-blower’s exit from the U.S.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



Bush Defends NSA Surveillance, Romney Was Against Presidential Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly renewing their gun control push and why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s catchy new campaign video against his Democratic Senate opponent is a big fail.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald Promises Another Bombshell NSA Revelation

The Guardian columnist told Fox News during an interview Tuesday that “the world will be shocked” by his next big story about the National Security Agency. 

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Releases Snowden Statement, Vermont Decriminalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including student loan interest rates double due to Congress’ inaction and Texas Republicans begin their push to pass a controversial anti-abortion law in the new special legislative session after their attempts were thwarted last week.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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European Officials Angered Over Reports NSA Spied on Them

Americans aren’t the only ones being spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency; European Union officials are being snooped on as well, according to a new report.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



Immigration Reform Passes, Rep. Duckworth Shames IRS Contractor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s latest concern about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and how we’re already seeing results from the Supreme Court’s monumentally bad Voting Rights Act decision.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis Hailed as Hero, Frank Rich Slams David Gregory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including reaction from the winners after the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings and results of the Massachusetts Senate special election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



Greenwald Blasts Critics, Dodd-Frank Under Attack, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some major new developments in the IRS targeting scandal and President Obama’s take on whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?

Speculation about the NSA whistle-blower’s whereabouts has heightened after several witnesses said that he wasn’t on board a flight from Moscow to Cuba, which reports had pegged as his next destination.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald Slams Obama Over Snowden Espionage Charges

After the announcement Friday that charges had been filed against NSA leaker Edward Snowden under the Espionage Act, the Guardian columnist told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the prosecution solidified the Obama administration’s “absolutely atrocious record” toward whistle-blowers.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Fact Check: The NSA and Sept. 11

In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program had been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporatizing National Security: What It Means

There’s big money to be made in moving government-owned functions and assets into corporate hands.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



Senate Progresses on Immigration Deal, GOP Official Makes Racist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the tea party turns against one of its own and the House’s farm bill goes up in flames.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Hang Up on Phone Tracking

From the evidence so far, there’s no good reason to let the National Security Agency continue its massively intrusive practice of logging our private phone calls. Congress should pull the plug.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Opposes Obama Nominee, Lawmaker Urges Gender-Role Class for Kids, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a third GOP senator throws her support behind legalizing gay marriage and a Democratic lawmaker takes a major step to end corporate personhood.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE


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