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Obama Expands Ability of National Security Agency to Share Data

The new rules open private information to 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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What About the NSA’s Hacking of American Allies?

The hyperventilating about alleged Russian hacking neglects to address similar actions by the U.S. against its friends.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE



With Obama’s Help, Commander in Chief Trump Will Wield Abundant Military and Surveillance Power

An unaccountable drone program, an FBI with a record of spying on mosques and activists, and a surveillance empire are among the powers currently held in check with restraints as durable as tissue paper.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE



AT&T’s Secret Surveillance Program Spies on American Customers Without Warrants and for Profit

Here’s yet another reason to be concerned about the implications of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner: The Daily Beast has detailed a sophisticated surveillance program created by AT&T that has been covertly providing U.S. law enforcement with consumers’ data. And guess who profits from “Project Hemisphere”?

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Yahoo Spied on Customers’ Email at the U.S. Government’s Request

The news proves “the failure of U.S. government reforms to curb NSA’s tendency to try and indiscriminately vacuum up the world’s data,” say rights groups.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE



Nine FOIA Requests Seek to Find the Extent of Government Spying on Climate Protesters

The Intercept revealed last month that federal agents went undercover at a fossil fuel auction protest.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

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War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use

“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



Why the Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports Apple in the Encryption Battle

“EFF applauds Apple for standing up for real security and the rights of its customers. We have been fighting to protect encryption, and stop backdoors, for over 20 years. That’s why EFF plans to file an amicus brief in support of Apple’s position.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



The [Redacted] Truth About the CIA

America’s most notorious spy agency even deceives its own employees.

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Does a ‘Koch Intelligence Agency’ Secretly Keep Tabs on Liberals?

An investigation by Politico suggests that the billionaire right-wing Koch brothers possess their own high-tech surveillance and intelligence-gathering operation devoted to “stealthily tracking liberal and Democratic groups.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Apple Boss Says He’ll Resist U.K. Spy Law

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged Wednesday to resist the British government’s effort to gain access to digital users’ encrypted data through a proposed spying law.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Privacy Bill Would Make Warrantless ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Illegal

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has introduced a bill aimed at controlling the use of a surveillance tool that is disguised as a cellphone tower in order to extract metadata.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

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Facing Encryption, Law Enforcement Recommends More Informants

A new document created by a state intelligence fusion center and the Department of Homeland Security says that widespread use of surveillance-hindering encryption software has created a need for more informants.

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U.K. Police ‘to Be Given Powers to View Everyone’s Entire Internet History’

The power will reportedly be included in the British government’s new surveillance bill, to be published next week.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by ACLU and Nation Magazine Against the NSA

In dismissing the plaintiffs’ claim that they were threatened by unwarranted surveillance, the judge ludicrously reasoned that, because the NSA did not admit to its spying, the plaintiffs’ fears were “subjective.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Fitbits for Bosses: The Future of Workplace Surveillance

If the thought of hidden cameras in the office and employee activity-monitoring software weren’t dystopian enough, digital Big Brother is now expanding into the world of workplace biosurveillance.

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Inside AT&T’s ‘Deeply Collaborative’ Relationship With the NSA

Although the fact that telecom giants have been in cahoots with the National Security Agency at the expense of consumers’ privacy isn’t news, a fresh exposé by The New York Times about AT&T’s eager service to the intelligence organization is enough to make users unplug from the company once and for all.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s How One German Artist Turned the Tables on the Surveillance State

In his project “Cached Landscapes,” Florian Freier uses a service we’re all familiar with to make an important statement about the ironies of spying in the digital age.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Google Listening Software Installed on Computers Without Consent

For a company whose governing motto has been “Don’t be evil,” this move seems to confirm some of the worst fears of privacy and Internet rights activists.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Controversial British Intelligence Unit Engaged in Domestic Law Enforcement

Documents published by The Intercept on Monday reveal that a British spy unit purported by officials to be focused on foreign intelligence and counterterrorism—and notorious for using the “most controversial tactics of surveillance, online propaganda and deceit”—is heavily focused on political groups and other domestic matters.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



Can the U.S. Government Still Spy on Me?

The expiration of certain parts of the Patriot Act and passage of the USA Freedom Act ended authority for several forms of surveillance of U.S. citizens. But the government still has ways of listening to your phone calls.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: The Clown Car Grows

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the new entrants into the presidential race, the Senate’s passage of the USA Freedom Act and whether political correctness on college campuses has gone too far.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Edward Snowden on the Expiration of Surveillance Powers: ‘This Is the Power of an Informed Public’

The whistleblower who let Americans know their government had trained its surveillance powers on them as a matter of policy takes stock of the legislative and technological progress that has been made in the two years that have passed since his revelations.

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Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE


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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.

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Here’s How to Help Deep-Six Section 215 of the Patriot Act

It’s not just Republican Sen. Rand Paul who doesn’t want Congress to allow the Patriot Act’s Section 215—which has enabled the U.S. government to spy on residents on an unprecedented scale in recent years—to be renewed before its scheduled expiration on June 1.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO:  Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

As Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points out to Chris Hedges in this interview for The Real News Network, the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

Posted on May 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



So Much for Liberté: France May Beef Up Domestic Spying Program

The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris last January drew comparisons to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and now the French government appears to be responding in a similar manner to its American counterpart by doubling down on surveillance.

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Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act

Twin bills that would revise the Patriot Act and curb the state surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden look certain to become law as bipartisan support mounts in both chambers of Congress.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



Report Says German Intelligence Agency Helped U.S. Spy on France

The German interior minister is denying claims of a cover-up.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



Bill Intended to Rein In NSA Spying Retains Significant Powers

Modifications to the USA Freedom Act made on behalf of the National Security Agency permit officials to warrantlessly monitor foreign targets in the U.S. and track certain domestic individuals.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: ‘Disturbing the Government Is an Obligation of Citizenship’

In a discussion with C-SPAN about the spying and civil liberty matters at the heart of his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says that “the word is not ‘privacy,’ it’s really ‘sovereignty.’ ”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Ex-Lobbyists for Spies Are Overseeing Government Spying

Increasingly, the task of overseeing the National Security Agency is going to former lobbyists for NSA contractors and other intelligence community insiders.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



Dead Spying Legislation Returns With Help From Big Business (Video)

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act failed after Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass government spying. But today it’s back, largely unchanged, and President Obama is expected to reverse his opposition to it.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: Secret NSA Documents Contradict Netanyahu’s Spying Denials

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, based on a White House leak, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed what it gathered to Republicans in Congress.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Speaks With Seattle About Privacy and Surveillance

The Truthdig editor-in-chief spoke about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” at a town hall event in Seattle.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Robert Scheer: Liberation and Enslavement in the Same Tool

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes how leaders in business and government abuse the Internet to deprive people of the privacy that is essential to the creation of a strong, independent self.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE



Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

As the surveillance state has harnessed the very technologies that were supposed to liberate us, a new book explores the shadowy world of Anonymous, an online “community” that has targeted corporations and governments guilty of perceived offenses against digital liberty.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE



Justice Department Tracked International Calls in Secret

The U.S. Justice Department kept a secret database of U.S. calls made to and from foreign countries, a new court filing and officials familiar with the program say.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



NSA Releases Internal Reports of Abuse and Negligence

The National Security Agency took advantage of the holiday lull in press coverage and released 12 years of internal oversight reports documenting abusive and improper practices by agency employees, The Intercept reports.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Sony Hack and Cuba

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s year-end news conference, during which the president said Sony should have consulted him before canceling the release of “The Interview.” Also, is it a new world for Cuba?

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



An Eye in the Sky Is Coming to America’s East Coast

In a few days, the U.S. Army will position in the skies over Maryland two billion-dollar blimps capable of monitoring activity in an area the size of Texas.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Takes Aim at Federal Government With Surveillance-Related Lawsuit

Twitter is taking out the big guns in Silicon Valley’s ongoing tussle with Washington over privacy issues.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE


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