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Physicists Are Building an NSA-Proof Internet

It’s long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message has been intercepted or copied.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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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Lavabit Owner’s Farewell Warning: Don’t Trust Your Data to American Companies

The owner and CEO of the secure email service reportedly used by Edward Snowden decided to shut down Thursday rather than help the U.S. spy on his customers.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


To Repair the Damage Done in NSA Blowup, Start With Clapper

With the conviction of Bradley Manning and asylum granted to Edward Snowden in Russia, it may be time to turn attention away from the controversy over their actions and toward the government—specifically, the intelligence community.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Top 10 Things That Don’t Make Sense About NSA Surveillance, Drones and Al-Qaida

All the stories about the government’s quest for Total Information Awareness about the phone calls, email, Internet searches, etc. of 312 million ordinary Americans raise some questions in my mind. There are so many things about these stories that don’t make sense.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Surveillance State Is as Strong as Ever

Don’t let the acquittal of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on aiding the enemy charges or the temporary asylum Russia granted to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden fool you. The harsh treatment of whistle-blowers will likely continue into the foreseeable future in pace with the needs and expansion of the surveillance state itself.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE



Greenwald Blows Lid Off Massive NSA Web Surveillance Operation ‘XKeyscore’

The Guardian columnist broke another major story about the NSA on Wednesday, this one detailing an Internet surveillance program that allows the powerful agency to spy on the emails, Web chats and search histories of millions of Americans without prior authorization.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Promises Russia Snowden Will Have a Fair Trial

In a bid to get his hands on Edward Snowden, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Russia promising not to torture or kill the NSA whistle-blower.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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National Security Agency Lobbies Congress to Keep Spying Powers

The NSA’s top snoop spent four hours in classified briefings Tuesday trying to persuade members of the House to vote down an amendment that would defund the agency’s blanket surveillance of Americans.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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What We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Internet Surveillance

Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data.But like other aspects of NSA surveillance, virtually everything about this kind of NSA surveillance is highly secret and we’re left with far from a full picture.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Surveillance Blowback

For well over a century, what might be called “surveillance blowback” from America’s wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus. Its future (though not ours) looks bright indeed.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

With Occupy crushed, the corporate state aims to deny public space to any group that might trigger a new popular uprising. If this repression wins out, the resulting silence may be replaced with the thunder of violent resistance.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE



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How Cash Secretly Rules Surveillance Policy

Have you noticed anything missing in the political discourse about the National Security Agency’s unprecedented mass surveillance?

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The Groundwork Obama’s Laying for America’s Future

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter Kuznick argue that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that began during George W. Bush’s administration and has been expanded by President Barack Obama “is laying the foundation for a frighteningly dystopian future.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE


Oliver Stone Urges Action to End ‘Surveillance State’

In a new video produced by the ACLU, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker says it’s time to take a stand for American civil liberties in the wake of the recent revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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We Can Handle the Truth

I don’t believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn’t believe them, either.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE


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The Good Germans in Government

Why are we chasing after Edward Snowden and not the many others with access to such damning data of government malfeasance who remain silent?

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Praise the Whistle-Blower

Speaking at the esteemed All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., Truthdig’s editor addresses the faithful on issues of privacy, freedom and the surveillance state.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE


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The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg remains a steadfast example of the courage he recognizes in Edward Snowden and others in the current generation of whistle-blowers.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



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On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong

Rather than hyping the terrorist threat, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, President Obama has repeatedly framed a calmer—if equally resolute—attitude toward Islamist extremism.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Good, Bad, Crazy or Sane, We Need Whistle-Blowers

In the matter of Edward Snowden, I have no opinion as to whether he is a hero, a traitor or just a self-celebrating fool. I do, however, think he is necessary and his timing is good.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soar Amid NSA Surveillance Disclosure

In the wake of the National Security Agency snooping revelations, George Orwell’s dystopian novel is experiencing a renaissance. 

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Is the Surveillance State Constitutional?

Despite constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure, the Supreme Court and Congress have given the other branch of American government extraordinary power.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE


Rand Paul Wants to Sue Government Over NSA Surveillance

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Kentucky Republican said he was looking into filing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government over the National Security Agency’s surveillance of phone records and Internet data.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Suggests More Revelations Are Coming

On the heels of breaking the bombshell stories about the National Security Agency’s secret phone surveillance and data-mining programs, the Guardian columnist hinted on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that these reports were just the beginning.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: NSA Whistle-Blower Edward Snowden (Updated)

The Guardian notes, “Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE



DOJ Allegedly Spied on Fox News Correspondent, the FBI Investigates Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP candidate once trying to criminalize not reporting a miscarriage to police and Bob Woodward delivers some bad news for Republicans.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Former FBI Agent Confirms the Surveillance State Is Real

A former FBI counterterrorism agent acknowledged this week on CNN that every telephone conversation that takes place on American soil “is being captured as we speak.”

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Persecution of Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart, who as an attorney spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, is suffering from stage 4 cancer in a Texas prison. Her crime was to steadfastly fight for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Hijacking of Human Rights

The ideology espoused by “humanitarian interventionists” such as Suzanne Nossel, recently appointed the executive director of PEN American Center, is used by the security and surveillance state to perpetuate war crimes, curtail civil liberties and justify pre-emptive war.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Drone Wars: From ‘Kill Lists’ to the ‘Disposition Matrix’

The “conventional wars” the U.S. is waging may be winding down, but the implementation of a new phase in drone attacks means that the war on terror is far from over.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Challenges the Surveillance State

Some measure of privacy and secrecy for people is essential, especially when it comes to “effective activism,” the Salon blogger and former constitutional lawyer told an audience at the Socialism 2012 conference last week.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE


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