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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.”

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Obama Eavesdropping

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NSA Reform

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Phone Guy

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Listen: Robert Scheer on the Honor of America’s Libertarian Politicians

On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA’s “Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet’s capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.

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How ‘Revolution’ Became an Adjective

For the last several years, the word has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody—visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian—to cue its appearance on camera.

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Bankers and Big Data

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Mark Zuckerberg Dropped President Obama a Line to Complain About NSA Surveillance

Because when you’re the 20-something bajillionaire CEO of Facebook, you can do this kind of thing: Mark Zuckerberg revealed, via a post on the social networking site he built, of course, that he called President Obama to air his grievances about the government’s privacy issues.

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An Interview With Noam Chomsky: Japan, America and the Racism Behind War

A young Noam Chomsky was appalled by the “special” hatred the U.S. reserved for the Japanese during WWII; a reason to appreciate the polar vortex arises; meanwhile, privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived.

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Two New Privacy Tools to Keep Your Secrets Safe

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Apple Mobile Devices at Risk of Hacking

A major flaw in Apple software for phones, tablets and music players could allow hackers to intercept email and other exchanges that are meant to be protected, the company announced.

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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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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.

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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.

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NSA at Work

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Will Bill de Blasio End Muslim Surveillance?

The New York City mayor announced Monday that he would act on plans to include Muslim holidays in the public school calendar. Journalist Uzma Kolsy says it’s not enough.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Balancing Act

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NSA Pooch

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Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords

Passwords are the first line of defense between your private data and an attacker.

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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.

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Obama’s NSA Speech, Translated

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President Obama gave a big speech Friday, but he forgot to mention these self-evident truths.
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Obama Spying Speech

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Surveillance and Scandal

The NSA’s global panopticon fulfills an ancient dream of empire. With a few computer key strokes, the agency has solved the problem that has bedeviled world powers since at least the time of Caesar Augustus: how to control unruly local leaders—who are the foundation for imperial rule—by ferreting out crucial, often scurrilous, information to make them more malleable.

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Edward Snowden’s Detractors in Congress Call Him a ‘Thief,’ Wonder Who Helped Him

It’s safe to say that Rep. Mike Rogers doesn’t think Edward Snowden’s leaks of U.S. government information were motivated by a sense of patriotism.

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New NSA Surveillance Regulations

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NSA Suction

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Greenwald and Maher Clash Over Edward Snowden

“I agree with what he says,” host Bill Maher said to guest Glenn Greenwald in a conversation about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden on HBO’s “Real Time” on Friday. “And then he says something totally batsh*t.”

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s New NSA Plans

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists have a heated discussion about President Obama’s new plans for the National Security Agency.

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NSA Strikes Again

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NSA Spying

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Four Questionable Claims Obama Made on NSA Surveillance Even Before Friday’s Speech

Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, President Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims have stood up to scrutiny.

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Targeted Shoppers

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Caught by the NSA

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Privacy Tools: How to Safely Browse the Web

In the course of writing her book, “Dragnet Nation,” ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin tried various strategies to protect her privacy. In this blog post, she distills the lessons from her privacy experiments into useful tips for readers.

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Imagining an Ideal NSA

In the second part of their appearance on The Real News Network, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and 30-year former NSA official and whistle-blower William Binney grapple with the question of what, exactly, NSA policy should be.

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