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Edward Snowden: Surveillance, Spying Practices Have Brought U.S. to ‘Brink of the Abyss’

Edward Snowden has just been granted three more years of asylum in Russia, and the former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower is understandably choosy about whom he meets with in person. 

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Open Doubts About the ‘Internet in a Box’

The open-source “FreedomBox” promises “turnkey” privacy, anonymity and security while surfing the Internet. But development problems may ensure it never escapes the feverish dreams of open Internet advocates.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE


A New Standard for Oxymoronic Newspeak

As Wired’s Spencer Ackerman reports, “Surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency [because] it would violate your privacy to say so.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Data Mining for a New American World

I was out of the country only nine days, hardly a blink in time, but time enough, as it happened, for another small, airless room to be added to the American national security labyrinth.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


Mike Farrell on Troy Davis and Political Cowardice

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Mike Farrell on Troy Davis, the battle for Latino voters, 9/11 by the numbers and Robert Scheer on America’s record poverty.

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Mike Farrell on Troy Davis and Political Cowardice

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Mike Farrell on Troy Davis, the battle for Latino voters, 9/11 by the numbers and Robert Scheer on America’s record poverty.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Magazine Publishes Full Manning-Lamo Chat Logs

More than a year after Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested on suspicion of passing tens of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, Wired magazine has released the full record of the conversations between Manning and former hacker Adrian Lamo that led to Manning’s imprisonment. Previously, the logs had appeared only in redacted form, a situation that generated criticism in some quarters. (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



Lies Our Teachers Are Telling Us

What rights do you have on an airplane, the political honesty of one’s own eyes, and Virginia’s school textbooks are chock full of lies. These gems and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


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White House Explores Global Warming’s Health Benefits

The White House should hand out pamphlets featuring stock photos of squealing, happy children and serene-looking seniors entitled “Global Warming And You!” after spokeswoman Dana Perino’s startling musings about possible “health benefits” of global warming.  Perino made the comments, with a disclaimer, in speaking with reporters Wednesday at the White House.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Terrorism in Perspective

Wired News put together a chart that compares the odds of being killed by a terrorist in the United States to other causes of death. Apparently, we’re much more likely to die from hernia.

  • Or, as Nora Ephron put it in “Sleepless in Seattle”: It’s easier to be killed by a terrorist than it is to find a husband when you’re over the age of 40.

  • Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Engineered Muscle
    From Wired News / Tissue Genesis

    Test-Tube Meat May Be En Route to Dinner Table

    Dutch scientists are working on growing artificial pork out of pig stem cells. Efforts to mass-produce it are underway.
    This use of stem cells may have the unintended effect of uniting militant vegans and evangelical right-to-life’ers.

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


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    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Blockbuster Report: AT&T Allows NSA to Spy on Entire Internet

    This is the big one, folks. Wired News unearths internal AT&T documents that show how the telecom company, at the behest of the government, built “secret rooms” in cities across America that enable the NSA “to look at every individual message on the Internet and analyze exactly what people are doing.”

  • Story and AT&T internal documents
  • Wired News explains why it published the story

  • Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


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