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John Oliver Flew to Russia to Interview Edward Snowden for One of the Best Clips You’ll See All Year

John Oliver recently discovered, much to his dismay, that many Americans still don’t know who Edward Snowden is or what he did. So the “Last Week Tonight” host did what any good political comedian would: He took a trip to Moscow to talk to the whistleblower.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama to End NSA Metadata Program As We Know It

President Obama is expected to announce major reforms to the best known and most controversial program in the government’s mass surveillance regime, however the devil is in the details.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE

Tech Giants Knew About NSA Surveillance

The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency said Wednesday that U.S. technology companies such as Yahoo and Google were fully in the know about the spy agency’s widespread collection of their customers’ data, contrary to claims they made at the time those programs became publicly known.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE

Robert Scoble (CC BY 2.0)

Taxpayer Money Used to Cover PRISM Compliance Costs

Top-secret material passed to The Guardian shows that the National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to help major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook cover the cost of certification for participating in the PRISM surveillance program.

Posted on Aug 23, 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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What We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Internet Surveillance

Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data.But like other aspects of NSA surveillance, virtually everything about this kind of NSA surveillance is highly secret and we’re left with far from a full picture.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting

America has become amnesiac—a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


Microsoft Gave NSA Access to Users’ Emails, Web Chats and Video Calls, Report Says

According to an account Thursday in The Guardian based off of top-secret documents obtained from whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Microsoft allowed the National Security Agency to access its users’ electronic communications as part of the NSA’s PRISM program.

Posted on Jul 11, 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

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The Chimerica Dream

With a set of cyber-campaigns—from cyber-enabled economic theft and espionage to the possibility of future state-sanctioned cyber-attacks—evolving in the shadows, it’s hard to spin the sunny “new type of great power relationship” President Xi suggested for the U.S. and China at the recent summit.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE

Google Fights for Transparency in FISA Court

The Internet giant’s petition to the tribunal says its free speech rights have been violated because it is legally prohibited from discussing even the vaguest details of government surveillance requests.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE

Say Hello to the ‘Super Rich’

The 0.001% of the world comprise a class all of their own, spanning several nations and holding 40% of global wealth; some activists are turning away from industrial agriculture and back to the Native Americans’ approach to harvesting; meanwhile, in an age flooded with tweets, videos and blogs, how are readers expected to wade through the news? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE

Say Goodbye to Unpaid Internships

Recent lawsuits could render the latest form of in-office slavery obsolete; an LGBT group visits a paradisiacal island to honor gays once relegated there under Mussolini’s fascist rule; meanwhile, death squads in Honduras are still fueled by U.S. dollars. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Kin Cheung

Snowden: NSA Spying Targets China, ‘I Am Here to Reveal Criminality’

The whistle-blower and former NSA spy said the PRISM program he helped expose last week extends to people and institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China, and that he has resolved to leave his fate to “the courts and people of Hong Kong.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Kin Cheung

One American Who Isn’t for Sale

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden worked for a private company that got 98 percent of its $5.8 billion last year from the taxpayers, who are the same folks being spied upon.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Whistle-Blower Edward Snowden Opens Up About NSA Leak

In an interview with The Guardian, the man who was revealed Sunday to be the source behind the British newspaper’s recent NSA stories explains to Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill why he became a whistle-blower, when he decided to leak the documents, what he expects to happen to him now and whether he sees himself as another Bradley Manning.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE

AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Intelligence Director Confirms Online Spying

The Obama administration has acknowledged using a secret program to spy on millions of customers of the biggest technology companies.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE

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