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Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin About Mass Surveillance in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a Q-and-A session Thursday to field questions from the public, joke about annexing Alaska (nope—it’s “too cold”) and answer Edward Snowden’s query about Russia’s surveillance practices.

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NYPD Pressured to Eliminate Controversial Muslim Spying Program (Video)

After the closure of a police unit that indiscriminately investigated American Muslims, civil rights groups want the NYPD to eliminate all traces of the operation.

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What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.

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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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Edward Snowden Says NSA Spied on Amnesty International and Other Human Rights Groups

Former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden made a virtual visit to a Council of Europe summit in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday to claim that the American security agency had spied on human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.

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Obama Eavesdropping

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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.

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Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

Twitter has stopped a project that would have encrypted direct messages between users, according to anonymous sources speaking to The Verge.

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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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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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Edward Snowden Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Do It Again

The NSA whistle-blower told an audience at the SXSW festival/conference via video chat, “Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.” He added: “I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I felt the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale.”

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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

An NSA official writing under the pen name “Zelda” advises spies on everything from “co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas being stolen from shared fridges, [and] supervisors not responding to emails,” Peter Maass reports at The Intercept. But the most interesting exchange involves a staffer who complains his or her boss continuously spies on employees.

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Government Sues Sprint for Inflating Surveillance Charges

It turns out even Uncle Sam has had enough of hidden fees.

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British Spies Intercepted User Webcam Images

Secret documents reveal that British surveillance agency GCHQ and the U.S. National Security Agency collected and kept the webcam images of millions of Internet users who were suspected of no wrongdoing and some of whom were engaged in sexual activity at the time of capture.

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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

In a speech at Oxford University, the Truthdig columnist frames his team’s argument in a debate on how we should view Snowden (left), the systems analyst who exposed the massive surveillance of Americans.

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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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What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

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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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You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi

The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime.

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The Menace of the Military Mind

The suggestion of the U.S. intelligence director, a retired general, that some reporters are Edward Snowden’s “accomplices” points up the military’s antipathy to a free press.

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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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Edward Snowden Tapped for Nobel Peace Prize—Again

Edward Snowden has once again landed on the list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, this time thanks to two Norwegian politicians.

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Intelligence Director to Edward Snowden: Hand Over Your Documents

If former NSA analyst-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden is sitting on any more classified documents with intent to leak their contents, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper believes Snowden ought to give them back to the U.S. government.

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Spying Scandal Taints Obama’s Rosy SOTU Story – and His Legacy

Edward Snowden was not one of the honored guests at the State of the Union speech Tuesday night. But the whistle-blower’s presence was felt, at least to a small degree.

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Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych Concedes Everything but His Position

Tuesday was a victorious day for the Ukrainian protesters who have thronged their streets and clashed with government forces for months, as President Viktor Yanukovych handed them some major concessions ... except for one.

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Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have ‘Angry Birds’?

Somewhere in the lowest reaches of hell, Adolf Hitler and his coterie of lesser dictators must be tormented by the knowledge they did not live long enough to get their hands on “Angry Birds.”

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Real Irony of Jane Harman Being Interrupted on NSA Spying by Bieber Bulletin

Former Rep. Jane Harman is both a victim of NSA spying and a big defender of it.

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Balancing Act

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Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

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Privacy Board Finds NSA Phone Data Surveillance System Illegal ... and a Dud

A five-member board tasked with evaluating the National Security Agency’s telephone data surveillance program has come away with a distinctly different take on the matter from that of the president.

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NSA Pooch

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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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No Place to Hide: We’re All Suspects in Barack Obama’s America

His unbridled defense of the surveillance state opened the door to the new McCarthyism of Mike Rogers and Dianne Feinstein.

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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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