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Caught by the NSA

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Imagining an Ideal NSA

In the second part of their appearance on The Real News Network, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and 30-year former NSA official and whistle-blower William Binney grapple with the question of what, exactly, NSA policy should be.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can’t Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked

Instead of a careful examination of what the NSA does, the legality of its actions, and how effective it has been in its stated mission of protecting Americans, we increasingly have government officials or retired versions of the same demanding—quite literally—Edward Snowden’s head and engaging in the usual fear-mongering over 9/11.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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John McCain Wants Congress to Investigate NSA

Sen. John McCain may be a hawk, but that apparently doesn’t stop him from becoming a conspicuous, if incongruous, member of the chorus of critics demanding accountability on the highest levels of government when it comes to the U.S. administration’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE



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EU Parliament Committee Slams NSA, Votes to Hear Snowden

The U.S. National Security Agency and its U.K. equivalent were the targets of sharp condemnation by a European Union parliamentary committee on civil liberties, which released a report Thursday slamming the two agencies for their invasive surveillance programs in Europe and calling for systemic changes.

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Fess Up, NSA: You’re Spying on Congress, Aren’t You?

When Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked the National Security Agency if it is spying or has ever spied on Congress, the response he got was noncommittal.

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American Jihad 2014

Imagine what we call “national security” as, at heart, a proselytizing warrior religion. It has its holy orders, sacred, classified texts, dogma and warrior priests. It has seminaries, which we call think tanks. It is a monotheistic faith that broaches no alternatives to itself. And as with so many religions, its god is an eye in the sky, an all-seeing being who knows your secrets.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE


NSA

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Taps

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Enters 2014

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Happy NSA Year

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NSA New Year

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Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message (Video Update)

British television’s Channel 4, known for broadcasting “unusual but relevant” figures’ holiday messages as opposed to the Queen of England’s annual speech, has chosen whistle-blower Edward Snowden to convey this year’s address.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Spying on Santa

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They know every house Santa just visited...and for how long...and how many times he brought presents to people who have ever called or emailed anyone on the naughty list.
Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Edward Snowden: ‘I Already Won’

Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase “mission accomplished” from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE


Not Santa

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Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Rudolph

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Dave Eggers on Writers’ Fears of the NSA

Of more than 500 writers polled by PEN International, a writers rights and advocacy group, 16 percent said knowledge of NSA surveillance led them to abandon writing projects they thought could attract unwanted government attention. An additional 11 percent said they’ve “seriously considered it.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Program

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Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Transparency

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Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Privacy

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Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE


Babysitter

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Let's go out tonight! We've got someone watching the kids.
Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE


Court Ruling on the NSA

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Of Course the NSA Phone Program Is Likely Unconstitutional, but Now a Judge Thinks So Too

If you listen carefully, you can probably hear a chorus of “Duhs” breaking out worldwide as the news spreads about a federal judge ruling Monday that the National Security Agency’s phone data collection program constitutes unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE


A Visit From St. Nick

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World of Spycraft

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World of Spry Craft

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Chris Hedges on Invisible Revolutions and the Collapse of Ruling Institutions

What do Edward Snowden, the former Yugoslavia, Alexander Berkman and the logistical and legislative mess known as Obamacare have to do with one another? Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges connects these figures and concepts in conversation with The Real News Network’s Paul Jay.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Top Authors Lend Their Names to Anti-Surveillance Campaign

At least they’ll put it really well: A coalition of more than 500 major writers from some 81 countries has composed and signed a petition condemning the increasing violation of civilians’ privacy by state-sponsored surveillance programs.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Kin Cheung

Shooting the Messenger

The misguided attempts to justify Edward Snowden’s leaks by casting aspersions on those of Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and Hammond play into the hands of the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE


Watching

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Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Welcome to the Memory Hole

What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more ominous kind.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Eight Common Excuses for Mass Spying and Why They’re Wrong

The Electronic Frontier Foundation compiled a list of “common refrains of folks confused, nonplussed, or simply exhausted from the headlines” about NSA surveillance and informed responses that can be used to enlighten a conversation.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE



McDonald’s Heartless Advice to Its Low-Wage Workers

As many of the fast food chain’s employees struggle to feed their families, the company suggests they “break food into pieces” to feel full; Israel and Saudi Arabia join forces against Iran; meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is funding a $2.6 million mesh network surveillance grid that has its eye on us all. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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FISA Court Documents Reveal Just How Little the NSA Cares About Your Privacy

The National Security Agency is not only collecting all your personal data, it’s also sharing that information with other government agencies. And let’s face it, this has nothing to do with terrorism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE


Overheard

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Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

At the moment, Washington seems to be operating in a world in which the more you know about the secret lives of others, the less powerful you turn out to be.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


Eye on the NSA

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Merkel Privacy

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Spy With My Eye

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Electronics on Flights

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee Criticizes Spy Agencies

The British architect of the World Wide Web called for a “full and frank public debate” on Internet surveillance by U.K. and U.S. spy agencies.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE


Obama X-Ray Specs and Liberty

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Dear NSA

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How Is Brazil’s Spying Different From the NSA’s?

After Brazilian agents were discovered to have photographed American, Russian and other diplomats, Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso claimed these acts were nothing like U.S. spying.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Snake

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Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


NSA and Privacy

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New Leaks Show NSA Spying on U.N., Climate Summit, Text Messaging

New York Times reporter Scott Shane discusses new ways the NSA is known to be “an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, eavesdropping and hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets, all the while enforcing the utmost secrecy about its own operations.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


Liberty-Octopus

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Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE


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