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AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges: For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control (Part 4/7)

In this installment of their seven-part interview series posted on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges drill into the motivations for the collusion between big tech companies and the U.S. government. The end result: Control of Americans’ data leads to control of citizens themselves.

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Stop Logging Our Phone Calls

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

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VIDEO: Edward Snowden: When You Monitor Everyone, You Understand Nothing—and That Has to Change

In an exclusive one-hour interview with The Guardian, the NSA whistleblower weighs in on the recent (somewhat incomplete) shift in Congress toward bulk data collection, warning, “This is only the bare beginning of reform.”

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VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 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 READ MORE



Critics: USA Freedom Act Will Codify Government Data Collection

Legislative critics of the USA Freedom Act, which was celebrated by privacy advocates as it passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, say the law will merely adjust and codify the government’s practice of bulk telephone data collection, rather than end it.

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House Votes to Change Patriot Act by Stopping Bulk Phone Data Collection

The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a big reason to crank up his hustle if he wants to hang on to the part of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


Interview: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex (Part 1)

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Why the ACLU’s Big Victory Against NSA Surveillance Falls Short

A federal court ruling that the National Security Agency’s vast telephone metadata collection program is illegal is a clear advance for civil liberties, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE



A Nation of Snitches

All totalitarian systems, including our own, rely on informants to keep the people afraid and under control. We will not be free of corporate tyranny until the network of snitches—in the government and on the streets—is banished.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE



Veteran D.C. Attorney: ‘Without Edward Snowden, Our System Could Have Failed’

The efforts to reform the way the U.S. government gathers intelligence indicate that the whistleblower’s disclosures “have had the impact that motivated him,” writes Ronald Goldfarb, who served in the Justice Department of the Kennedy administration, at Time magazine.

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AUDIO: What Does Chris Hedges Really Want From Us? (Updated)

In advance of the May 12 release of Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer asks Hedges what he’s really asking people to do when he urges them to revolt. Update: Transcript added.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NSA, Immigration and Nice Nails

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a federal appeals court’s ruling that bulk metadata collection is illegal. Also, Hillary Clinton gets aggressive on innovation, and a New York Times article about nail salons has everyone talking.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

Posted on May 8, 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.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



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For 10 Years, NSA Software Has Made Phone Calls Searchable by Keyword

According to a report in The Intercept, the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and extract the content of voice conversations and to flag conversations of interest.

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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



FBI’s Proposals for Mandatory Tech Security ‘Back Doors’ Are Slammed by Bipartisan Committee

The U.S. Committee on Oversight and Government Reform considered Wednesday whether Congress should pass laws requiring companies to add “back doors” to their tech products. In other words, the FBI wants a way to get into consumer data that theoretically only law enforcement—and not hackers—can exploit.

Posted on Apr 29, 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 READ MORE



GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



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


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Data and Goliath

It was actually the corporate world that built a “massive Internet eavesdropping system,” a new book notes, and the NSA just tapped into it. “It’s less Big Brother, and more hundreds of tattletale little brothers.”

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Guerrilla Artists Install Bust of Edward Snowden in Brooklyn

An anonymous group worked in secret to place a 100-pound tribute to the whistleblower in Fort Greene Park.

Posted on Apr 6, 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



Information-Sharing Bill Would Extend NSA’s Reach, Opponents Argue

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which includes no data-protection provisions, would set up a new network for private corporations to share customer data with nearly all levels of law enforcement and intelligence, including the National Security Agency.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks Privacy With Scholar Aleecia McDonald

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center hosted Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and scholar Aleecia McDonald in a public conversation about the themes at the center of Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance

The nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, claims that because of Edward Snowden’s revelations, the spy agency can no longer use the same old “state secrets” defense.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



White House Office Celebrates Sunshine Week by Thwarting Freedom of Information Act Requests

Civil liberties advocates now have yet another reason to say President Obama has broken his 2008 promise to run the most transparent White House in history.

Posted on Mar 20, 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 READ MORE



The Coming Death, and Afterlife, of the NSA Spying Law

The Patriot Act provision that authorized mass surveillance on Americans is set to expire, but don’t be fooled: The snooping is likely to continue. In an interview with Truthdig, Sen. Ron Wyden calls ending dragnet surveillance a “big priority.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: ‘Fear, Secrecy and Data Fuel America’s Modern Surveillance State’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on the radio program “This Is Hell!” on Saturday to discuss his new book, “They Know Everything About You.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE


How to Arm Your Cellphone Against Hackers and Spies

One of the many uncomfortable realities that we all are increasingly obliged to accept, at least on a practical level, is that the many gadgets that power our personal and professional lives can’t ever be fully shielded from prying eyes.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



Raising the Alarm Over Devices That Let Police Snoop Into Our Homes

With the proliferation of technology allowing law enforcement agencies to observe people through walls, we may be entering an era where the word “transparency” takes on a new meaning.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every cell in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every mobile phone in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Samsung’s SmartTV Is Smart Enough to Spy on Its Owners

A startlingly vigilant new television by Samsung, the SmartTV, monitors what people say through a voice activation feature and, as it’s handily interfacing with the Internet, might just share that information with third parties.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Plan to Track Drivers Bigger Than Previously Thought

New documents released by the ACLU reveal that federal agencies proposed that license plate readers be used to monitor the travel patterns of Americans who attended certain public meetings.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE



A Report to the City Commissioners: A Poem About Freedom and Privacy in the Surveillance Age

At a time when the surveillance state seems stronger than ever, award-winning poet David Wagoner reminds us that sometimes even the most regimented pursuits may lead to a freedom that can only be found in unexpected places.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part Two

You’ve read part one—now find out which books made the cut in the last installment about our top 10 top reads of 2014.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 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.

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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


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