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Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

Laura Poitras’ lens wordlessly captured the shock of the journalists, the youthful sincerity of the whistle-blower, and the unfolding tension that mounted as the stories started to get published and Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source to the entire world.

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Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency

President Obama has called his administration the “most transparent in history,” but instead of allowing companies to be completely transparent regarding their involvement in government surveillance, Washington has muzzled them.

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Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Having seen her remarkable new film on Edward Snowden, “Citizenfour,” in a packed house at the New York Film Festival, I sat down with Laura Poitras in a tiny conference room at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City to discuss just how our world has changed and her part in it.

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Just How Closely Do the NSA and U.S. Companies Work Together?

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

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U.N. Report Says NSA’s Mass Digital Surveillance ‘Violates Core Privacy Rights’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes that a report recently released by the United Nations’ top official for counterterrorism and human rights rejects the “key argument often made by American defenders of the NSA.”

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How Big Brother Can Watch You With Metadata

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013?

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Channels Bloomberg on Muslim Spying

Legal justifications taken up by lawyers for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to defend the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim communities are the same initially put forward by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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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.

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Patriot Act Expiration Could Curb NSA Powers

A drastic curtailment of government surveillance powers is scheduled to occur if the House of Representatives allows a crucial section of the U.S. Patriot Act to expire.

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NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports

According to newly released documents from Edward Snowden’s treasure trove, the National Security Agency not only gave domestic law enforcement entities access to private data, it made it as easy as possible.

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Putting the Police Under Surveillance

In some places in America, a black man holding a toy gun or a banana is more likely to be shot by the police than a white man with an actual gun. We live in a country of lethal fruit.

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Why Isn’t the United States Releasing Its July 17 Satellite Images of MH17?

The following is a letter from a concerned reader who prefers to remain anonymous, but raises some interesting questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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NSA Court Judges Invest in Verizon While Surveillance Warps Law and Journalism

We must never be surprised when we learn once again that our lawmakers and law interpreters are in bed with the country’s largest corporations—this is how the American government now operates.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



Russia Offers 3.9 Million Ruble Bounty for Help Identifying ‘Users of Tor’

Russia’s interior ministry has offered 3.9 million rubles (about $111,000) to anyone who can develop software capable of identifying users of the anonymous Internet browsing platform, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Future Is Not Ours (and Neither Is the Past)

The famed fog of war is nothing compared to the fog of the future or, as I’ve often said, I’d be regularly riding my jetpack in traffic through the spired city of New York, as I was promised in my childhood. Our urge to predict the future is unsurpassed. Our ability to see it as it will be: next to nil.

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‘We Need’ People Like Edward Snowden, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Says

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a news conference Wednesday that Edward Snowden is a defender of human rights and should not be prosecuted.

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German Official Says Manual Typewriters May Be the Answer to NSA Spying

The idea has since been dismissed by other German politicians, but on a morning talk show, Patrick Sensburg, who is leading the Bundestag’s investigation into NSA surveillance, said the government has considered using non-electronic typewriters.

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Aaron Swartz Can’t Fight the New Cybersecurity Bill, So We Must Do It

A year-and-a-half after Swartz killed himself because of pressure from felonies he faced over alleged “cyber crimes,” the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.

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Muslim NSA Targets Named in Snowden Leaks Speak About Surveillance

A spreadsheet leaked by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden enabled Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept to reveal the identities of five prominent Muslim Americans who were spied on by the National Security Agency, chiefly, it appears, for their political work and religious affiliation. Greenwald comments in an interview with “Democracy Now!”

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NSA’s Misguided Mission

Even those who believe the National Security Agency’s vacuum-cleaner surveillance of electronic communications does not trample privacy rights should be troubled by this practical implication: If you try to know everything, you end up knowing nothing.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Hospitals Are Mining Patients’ Credit Card Data

Medical centers are jumping aboard the bandwagon of privacy invasion as they buy data on millions of patients both to anticipate when they’ll get sick and for their own financial purposes.

Posted on Jul 6, 2014 READ MORE



Demonstrated: NSA Spies More on Ordinary Users Than Legal Targets

A four-month investigation by The Washington Post revealed that ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, “far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks.”

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Hillary Clinton: I Don’t Give Snowden Credit for the Privacy Debate

The former secretary of state tells The Guardian in a video interview that if whistle-blower Edward Snowden is “serious” about joining the debate over “the tension between privacy and security,” he can come home. “But that’s his decision,” she adds.

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Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for his reporting on the U.S. surveillance state, told me that in the year since he first met whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he went back and re-read Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

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One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming the right to privacy is a reminder that support as well as opposition to civil liberty these days can come from unexpected quarters.

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News of the World Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks is officially off the hook. For those who might not know, or might have lost track of this story in the whirl of the spin cycle, Brooks is the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid in the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



Drafted by the National Security State

This country has changed a lot since I joined ROTC in 1981, was fingerprinted, typed for blood, and otherwise poked and prodded. Nowadays, in Fortress America, every one of us is, in some sense, government issue in a surveillance state gone mad.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Wireless Cellphone Tracking Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that investigators must obtain a search warrant from a judge to acquire cellphone tracking data that is often used as evidence to show suspects were in the vicinity of where a crime occurred.

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Vodafone Reveals Government Wiretaps

The Britain-based multinational telecommunications company confirmed that a small number of governments have direct access to the information coursing through its networks.

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Spying a Difference Among Democrats in ‘Silicon Beach’ Congressional Race

To evaluate contenders for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat, I looked at an issue that is central to American life today: domestic spying by the federal government.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE



The Last Commencement Address: Surveilling the Class of 2014

Internet Class of 2014, I’m in awe of you! To this giant, darkened auditorium filled with sparkling screens of every sort, welcome!

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Can Finally Sleep at Night

NBC has released a score of snippets from the network’s interview with Edward Snowden (posted after the jump), and one of the main takeaways is this, in the leaker’s own words: “I may have lost my ability to travel, but I’ve gained the ability to go to sleep at night and to put my head on the pillow and feel comfortable that I’ve done the right thing even when it was the hard thing. And I’m comfortable with that.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: VA Scandal, China’s Cyber War and NSA Spying

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal, the Justice Department’s announcement that it will charge Chinese military officials with stealing business secrets from U.S. corporations, and reports in The New York Times that the NSA acknowledges corporate spying.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Row Sparks Rush for Encrypted Email

A new push to encrypt email, keeping messages free from government snooping, is gaining momentum.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



CapitaLetters Review of ‘No Place to Hide’

Glenn Greenwald’s new book makes a compelling case about the rightness of Edward Snowden’s actions.

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Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden Gleefully Admits: We Kill People Based on Metadata

Since the very first Snowden leak a year ago, one of the more common refrains from defenders of the program is “but it’s just metadata, not actual content, so what’s the big deal?”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Gov’t Agency, UPS Accidentally Send Drone Parts to College Student

Well, oops, UPS. A logistical glitch, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is attributing to a delivery snafu by UPS, caused parts of a drone designed to monitor marine life and ocean conditions to end up far from its intended destination.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



Apple Removed Encryption Protection for Email Attachments, Researcher Says

The tech giant withheld safeguards from parties seeking access to users’ email attachments in the latest versions of its operating system for the iPad and iPhone, contrary to claims made on its website, an independent security research firm based in Germany reports.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



They Are Watching You

It is here at the Border Security Expo 2014 that U.S. Homeland Security officials, local law enforcement, and border forces from all over the world talk contracts with private industry representatives, exhibit their techno-optimism, and begin to hammer out a future of ever more hardened, up-armored national and international boundaries.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers’ Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years. Fortunately for our democracy, people like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack have been paying attention.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE


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