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Archives by Tag 'NSA'
Fallacies on Whistleblowing
BINOY KAMPMARK
It did not take long for the critics to pounce on the shootings at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. on September 16 as the product not so much of a disturbed mind but one who had not been sufficiently policed and excluded. 13 people were left dead, one of them being...
WikiLeaks and Defining Journalism
BINOY KAMPMARK
hey are at it again, those eager policy makers keen to define what journalism actually is. To be a journalist, or not to be one, may well be the difference between punishment or protection under the latest discussions by members of the U.S. Senate. The Senate Judiciary Co...
The NSA Has Effectively Destroyed Internet Privacy
ALFREDO LOPEZ
The revelations this week by whistle-blower Edward Snowden (through documents provided to the ...
Surveillance and Leakage
JOANNE KNIGHT
As the Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden episodes draw to a close with Manning receiving an outrageous 35-year jail sentence and Snowden being granted temporary asylum in Russia, Julian Assange continues to campaign from within the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. These peo...
Internet Hackers and the Real Threat They Expose
ALFREDO LOPEZ
While certainly not over-shadowing the Obama Administration’s military threats against Syria, the cyber attack that brought ...
The Tipping Point
KEVIN CARSON
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that when a garment gets so old, attempting to patch it with new cloth will just tear it up worse. The authoritarian state seems to be reaching that point, beyond which any attempt to patch it up or prolong its life just inflict new ...
Manning, Snowden and the U.S. Coup in Iran
ROB URIE
With the CIA finally admitting the open secret this week that it and its counterparts in the British oil mafia (‘intelligence’ service) were behind the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected leader Mohammad Mossadegh in a coup it orchestrated in 1953 the economi...
13 Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret From You
BILL QUIGLEY
“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act.  As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government se...
Forward to Fascism?
JASON HIRTHLER
The Orwellian concept of doublethink, and its synonyms ‘doublespeak’ and ‘doubletalk’, are relatively recent euphemisms for political deceit, but they have a classical analogue in the Roman Empire. Janus was the Roman god of transitions, principally between war an...
The Right to Remain Silent in an Age of Mass Surveillance
CHRISTOPHER H. PYLE
Last weekend, British police detained David Miranda, husband of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald at Heathrow Airport, seized his computer and thumb drives, and forced him to disclose the passwords. The computer and thumb drives presumably contained information abo...
Libertarianism in the Age of Obama
ANDREW LEVINE
In national politics these days, the most ardent opponents of the Bush-Obama surveillance state are libertarians in the GOP. In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, a few Democrats have taken leading positions too, but they equivocate, emphasizing the importan...
NSA Lies
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, evoked Monet when, in fine impressionistic form, he said under oath that the NSA does “not wittingly” collect any kind of data on millions of Americans. As with 19th century Impressionism, the idea is not t...
John Kerry, Organization Man
THOMAS L. KNAPP
Lots of people have lots of complaints about the Internet, and some of those complaints are based in fact. One that I hadn’t heard before, until US Secretary of State John Kerry brought it up in recent remarks to embassy personnel in Brazil, is that the Internet makes i...
Obama Versus Snowden
ROB HAGER
Obama’s recent media counteroffensive against Edward Snowden is unquestionably a tribute to Edward Snowden, who so far has managed to secure an offshore sanctuary from the strongest most far-flung empire in history where he might continue his premeditated acts of ci...
The Rise of the Internet Dissidents
NOZOMI HAYASE
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s volcanic revelations of ubiquitous US surveillance are in their third month. The aftershocks felt around the world continue. As Russia granted Snowden temporary asylum, the White House ...
Snowden and the Stupidity of the Security State
KEVIN CARSON
Back in 2006 Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom, in The Starfish and the Spider, contrasted the...
A Social History of Wiretaps
DAVID H. PRICE
With Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive NSA electronic surveillance and metadata mining of domestic telephone and internet activities comes renewed scrutiny of American intelligence agencies intrusions into our lives.  But with this news of NSA and outsourced surv...
Insults to Our Intelligence
ANDREW LEVINE
George W. Bush was never at a loss for something idiotic to say.  Still his speech to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001 was exceptional. He said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon had been attacked nine days earlier because: “They hate our ...
Pissing Off Friends is a Doomed Strategy
DAVE LINDORFF
Like an obnoxious drunk harassing everyone and spilling drinks at a party, the US has continued to make itself both loathed and laughed at in the wake of the revelations about the National Security Agency’s global spying program as revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden....
The NSA and Global Terror Alerts
BINOY KAMPMARK
Let us not get too worked up. Let us not even feel too conspiratorial. But is it coincidence that, after a series of exposures of such programs as PRISM, that a “global terror alert” has been announced? Tax payers want bang for their buck; even more so, they want to s...
Snowden Escapes
BINOY KAMPMARK
Not so fast, but very furious – U.S. officials have been checked by the latest move on the part of the Russian government to grant Edward Snowden a year’s asylum. This is not so much cat and mouse as better feline against tricked feline, a combination of various anima...
America’s Police State Marches On, Media in Tow
DAVE LINDORFF
BREAKING!: It could well be that the harsh pretrial treatment of Bradley Manning and the harsh verdict handed down against him Tuesday may have been what convinced Russian authorities of the validity of National Security Agency whistleblower ...
The Earth’s Most Wanted Man Finds a Refuge
STEPHEN LENDMAN
On June 23, he arrived in Moscow. He applied for asylum. He’s been stuck in Sheremetyevo Airport transit zone limbo. Putin was clear and unequivocal. He won’t extradite him. No treaty obligation exists. Official requests don’t matter. Snowd...
The Gentleman Whistleblower
JACK CLANCEY
Hong Kong. “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail,” Henry Stimson famously commented when in 1929, as the U.S. Secretary of State, he withdrew funding from the Black Chamber program that had been deciphering messages sent by foreign ambassadors. By...
A Shameful Day to Be a US Citizen
DAVE LINDORFF
I have been deeply ashamed of my country a number of times. The Nixon Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong was one such time, when hospitals, schools and dikes were targeted. The invasion of Iraq was another. Washington’s silence over the fatal Israeli Commando raid ...