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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Worked With Israeli Spyware Firm

The firm’s technology has since been used to spy on Mexican human rights lawyers, journalists and activists.

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Filmmaker Michael Moore Launches TrumpiLeaks

The new website aims to provide “courageous whistleblowers” an outlet to ensure crucial information continues making its way to the public.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Administration Deploys a Controversial Tool in Its Immigration Crackdown

The Detroit News reports that FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents used invasive surveillance equipment in their hunt for undocumented immigrants.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE


Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago

We tested internet security at four Trump properties. It’s not good.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



Comey Reportedly ‘Willing to Testify, but Wants It to Be in Public’

Questions continue to swirl after FBI Director James Comey was unexpectedly fired by Donald Trump this week.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



National Security Agency Tools, Built Despite Warnings, Used in Global Cyber Attack

Disruptions have been reported in at least 74 countries, including Russia, Spain, Turkey and Japan, with some reports of U.S. infiltration as well.

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Fighting for Privacy as Technology Monopolies Undermine Democracy

Author Jonathan Taplin joins Truthdig Publisher Zuade Kaufman, Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the editorial team Thursday to discuss how tech giants are destroying privacy rights—and how Americans can fight back.

Posted on May 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



James Comey: The Only Reason Julian Assange Is Not ‘Apprehended Yet’ Is He’s Out of Reach

Journalist Glenn Greenwald and WikiLeaks responded quickly on Twitter to Comey’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE



How Our Worlds Are Decided for Us From Behind the Computational Curtain

On websites like Facebook, our selves are not more free; they are more owned. And they are owned because we are now made of data.

Posted on May 2, 2017 READ MORE



Journalist Barrett Brown, Recently Released From Prison, Is Re-Arrested Before Scheduled Interview

New First Amendment concerns are raised over the treatment of Brown, who was imprisoned in a case related to email leaks.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE



Displacing the Unprofitable and Undesirable in California’s San Jose

The policing of the Fountain Alley area—and, by extension, downtown San Jose—targets the very people who need the most help and protection.

Posted on Apr 22, 2017 READ MORE


Government Monitoring: You Have the Right to Be Watched (Audio & Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback (pictured) discuss the demise of privacy online, safe drinking water and other topics in this week’s “Scheer Intelligence.” Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Documents Reveal NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter

The surveillance was uncovered after a protester filed a Freedom of Information request about demonstrations in 2014 and 2015.

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Do the FBI and Department of Justice Want a Photo of Every American?

A recent hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reviewed law enforcement use of facial recognition technology and got some troubling information.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE



In Trump’s America, Your Privacy Is for Sale

Unless you are reading this column in a good old print newspaper, odds are your internet service provider knows what you are up to.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE



The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate

In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

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Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth

The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

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Rand Paul Charges That the NSA Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

Warrantless surveillance of foreigners is being used by the National Security Agency “to get to Americans,” the Kentucky senator says.

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The Debate Over WikiLeaks and Privacy Rights

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers to use the latest leaks to help companies improve their cybersecurity, but critics argue that privacy is dead.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques

The whistleblowing organization says that the “Vault 7” leak details how the CIA uses sophisticated technology to hack into smartphones and computers.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE



How to Protect Your Digital Privacy in the Era of Public Shaming

We offer nine tips to foil hackers, online trackers, data brokers and other menaces.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE



Snowden: ‘Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated With Russian Intel’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says a report suggesting Vladimir Putin is considering sending him back to the U.S. as a “gift” to President Trump proves he is not a spy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2017 READ MORE


Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Long Ordeal of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

The WikiLeaks whistleblower has now served seven years of her sentence, experiencing extraordinary hardship as a person seeking gender-reassignment treatment while imprisoned by the U.S. military.

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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.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE


William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

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Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explores the New McCarthyism With Historian Ellen Schrecker

The Truthdig columnist and Yeshiva University professor, author of “Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America,” examine the role of President-elect Donald Trump and the impact the suppression of dissent has had on higher education.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State

At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

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Russell Brand Sees ‘Snoopers Charter’ as Proof the ‘State Sees Us as Its Enemy’ (Video)

The “Trews” host explains why whistleblower Edward Snowden describes the British Investigatory Powers Act as a legalization of “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Twitter Says ‘No’ to Helping Build Muslim Registry

The Intercept reached out to nine tech companies, including Facebook, to see where they stand on helping the Trump administration track Muslims.

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United Kingdom Passes ‘Snooper’s Charter,’ Giving Tremendous Surveillance Power to Agencies

The law also requires internet and phone companies to hold on to user data for at least a year and to make it easily searchable by law enforcement.

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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



Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Gave Data to a Firm Helping Police Track African-American Protesters

The social media companies’ leaders had previously expressed support for Black Lives Matter.

Posted on Oct 12, 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


Assange Promises ‘Significant’ Leak Before Election, Urges Journalists to Lend a Hand

By Emma Niles

Some are calling it an “October surprise” that could affect the U.S. voting. But the WikiLeaks founder says only that the website will release a mass of secret documents on American foreign policy over the next 10 weeks. And, he adds, with “more than a million documents to get through,” WikiLeaks needs all the help it can get.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



What Actually Keeps Americans Safe

The liberties designed by the Founding Fathers are still well aligned with the security of this country and the safety of Americans, while today’s government overreach is anything but.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE



Police Officers Nationwide Are Using Law-Enforcement Databases Illegally for Corrupt, Personal Ends

An Associated Press investigation shows officers spying and acquiring information on “romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life

The Obama administration has made an example of Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act. Now the former CIA agent is being denied proper medical care in the federal detention center where he is imprisoned after being sentenced to three years.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE



Cast Your Vote: Should President Obama Pardon Whistleblowers?

The current presidential candidates have expressed opinions about the punishment of whistleblowers, with ideas ranging from execution to full pardons. In light of renewed debate over the cases of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, we want to hear what you think.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Slams Washington Post for Promoting Punishment of Its Source, Edward Snowden

The newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on National Security Agency programs leaked by Edward Snowden. Now its editorial board wants him locked him away.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Makes His Case for a Pardon, Says Leaks Were ‘Necessary, Vital Things’ (Video)

“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” the whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor tells The Guardian.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Denies Entry to Former British Ambassador Craig Murray

The diplomat who served in Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004 is scheduled to chair the presentation of this year’s Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to CIA-torture whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE


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