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Cybersecurity, Encryption and the Golden Age of Surveillance

The governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Absurdity: Attorney Says Spy Chief Forgot About NSA Program When He Misled Congress (Video)

The top lawyer representing James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, said Clapper had “forgotten” about the NSA’s massive spying program when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

Oregonians Are ‘Mad as Hell’ About Trade Deals That Threaten Their Food Supply

Angry over losing a ballot measure to label GMO foods, Oregon residents are urging Sen. Ron Wyden to say no to fast-tracking the TPP and the TTIP.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Will Liberals and Conservatives Unite to Defeat Fast Track and the TPP?

A proposal to give President Obama the power to sign two international trade deals without congressional oversight has commentators on the left and right fuming.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE

John Brennan Admits to Agency Spying on Senate Staffers

In an extraordinary development Thursday, the CIA director reversed months of angry public denials and apologized for the agency’s past spying on staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE

USA Freedom Act Passes House With Protests and Sighs

Many legislators and campaigners are unsatisfied with the “watered-down” version of the anti-surveillance bill that passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE

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New Records Release Points to More NSA Privacy Invasions

Another round of declassified documents means another round of revelations about a spy agency run amok. But it’s OK, the NSA says it’s fixed it.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

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We Can Handle the Truth

I don’t believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn’t believe them, either.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE

AP/J. Scott Applewhite

James Clapper Says He Forgot About the Patriot Act

The mendacious national intelligence director who last month told NBC News that he gave the “least untruthful answer” in a March Senate hearing about the extent of government spying on U.S. citizens revised that assessment to “erroneous” Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Don Ryan

An Interview With Ron Wyden, the Senate’s Powerful Policy Wonk

Having served in Congress for more than three decades—and in the upper chamber since 1996—Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden has established a reputation as one of the Senate’s more serious and diligent members.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Yet More Power for the Global 1 Percent

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led free trade agreement that would exempt multinational corporations from having to comply with policies governing industry in signatory countries, looks set to be rammed into law without comment or notice from much of the American media.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE

Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan’s CIA Nomination

Telling his colleagues he would “speak until I can no longer speak,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to mount an old-school filibuster of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Electronic Frontier Foundation

As the larger part of American culture seems ready to surrender its claim to privacy without question, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are riding like Paul Revere through the digital Massachusetts night.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE

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