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If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
JEFF COHEN
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets – especially TV news – that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media o...
The Spy Who Wouldn’t Spy
TOM CLIFFORD
The  simplicity of the US constitution’s fourth amendment is as refreshing as it is clear. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons   houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and n...
Why the Ruling Class is So Upset About Edward Snowden
GARY LEUPP
I don’t have a weak stomach, but I confess that watching TV news does get me nauseated. So I do so sparingly. I have of course been following the coverage of the Edward Snowden story, just to see how opinion is being shaped. In the days immediately after June 5, ...
Empty Lectures About the Sanctity of the ‘Rule of Law’
DAVE LINDORFF
The spectacle of the US threatening Hong Kong, China, Russia and now little Ecuador with all manner of reprisals if they don’t respect the “rule of law” and hand over whistleblower Edward Snowden to the tender mercies of the US national security apparatus is delicio...
It Isn’t Snowden Who Needs Clemency
THOMAS KNAPP
A White House petition asking US president Barack Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has passed the 100,000-signature mark, theoretically compelling a response from the Obama administration (I say “theoretically” because the finish line on these petition...
Rafael Correa, the Press, and Whistleblowers
ADAM CHIMIENTI
Once again, we are witnessing a growing frustration with “tiny” Ecuador. The United States government is clearly not happy with what would be the latest diplomatic slap in the face coming from the South American country, i.e. the pending arrival of NSA whistleblower E...
The Limits of US Power
BINOY KAMPMARK
By trying to crush these young whistleblowers with espionage charges, the U.S. government is taking on a generation, and that is a battle it is going to lose. – Julia...
Snowden’s Escape
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that Edward Snowden is safely away out of the clutches of the US police state, at least for now, let’s take a moment to contemplate how this one brave man’s principled confrontation with the Orwellian US government has damaged our national security state. F...
GCHQ, Tempora and Global Surveillance
BINOY KAMPMARK
The relationship between Britain (or the UK, if you wish to be properly official) and the United States has always been peculiar. Accents are mocked, styles of language derided and the occasional library burned (oh, to remember 1812 again). The older party is often treate...
Things Fall Apart
ROB URIE
The conspicuously nonsensical efforts by President Barack Obama and NSA spy chief Alexander to assure Americans massive corporate-government spy operations had prevented terrorist attacks were supported by only a few easily disproved ...
Edward Snowden and America’s Moral Complacency
DREUX RICHARD
Today, Edward Snowden is my hero. More importantly, he is my father’s hero. And he speaks for us both, among others. In 1976, my father was appointed to the Church Committee, which had been convened to review (and rein in) US intelligence gathering practices. Its...
PRISM and the Rise of a New Fascism
JOHN PILGER
In his book Propaganda, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. “Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of ...
Corporatizing National Security
RALPH NADER
Privacy is a sacred word to many Americans, as demonstrated by the recent uproar over the brazen invasion of it by the Patriot Act-enabled National Security Agency (NSA). The information about dragnet data-collecting of telephone and internet records leaked by Edward Snow...
Somebody’s Watching You
WALTER BRASCH
It makes no difference if Edward Snowden, who had fled to Hong Kong and revealed that the American government was spying upon American citizens, is a traitor or a hero. Intelligence agencies from China, Russia, England, Israel, and maybe even Lichtenstein, pro...
Congratulations! You’re Being Watched
RANDALL AMSTER
With revelations (yet again) that we are all essentially being watched virtually all the time, we might expect a popular backlash against such a massive and unprecedented intrusion on privacy. Americans may differ on a plethora of political issues, but there’s a common ...
Spying by the Numbers
BILL QUIGLEY
Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the US and world-wide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spying.  There are publicly available numbers which show the reality of these problems are bigger than most think and most of ...
Lessons of the Snowden Revelations
ALFREDO LOPEZ
If Edward Snowden’s goal in blowing his whistle was to spark a public debate about privacy and surveillance, he has marvelously succeeded. Everybody’s talking about Snowden, his revelations and their significance. The talk, predictably, is contentious a...
The National Security State and the Whistleblower
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
A major problem in the United States is not there are too many whistleblowers…there are too few.  Where were the whistleblowers when the Central Intelligence Agency was operating secret prisons; conducting torture and abuse;  and kidnapping individuals off the str...
The Stunning Illogic of the New York Times
DAVE LINDORFF
So New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and former Times executive editor Bill Keller are both saying that the massive NSA spying program on all Americans’ communications is a needed thing because if they don’t do it, then maybe there could be another m...
Spying on the G20 Summit
MARCIA MITCHELL
Today’s news is yesterday’s news—release of additional details about a shocking international surveillance operation that took place in 2009. And the 2009 spy operation was a remake of a questionable international surveillance operation that took place in 2003. ...
The NSA and the Rest of Us
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Context One: It is 1971 and the United States is mired in a losing war in Vietnam. Thousands of young American soldiers are coming back to the U.S. in coffins or physically and psychologically maimed. Scenes of war can be witnessed nightly on the evening news. In t...
Surveillance and the Corporate State
ROB URIE
With all of the fear mongering the subject has received in recent decades, Americans have in fact had remarkably little to fear directly from ‘terrorism.’ While actual attacks have been spectacular—they were designed to garner attention, they are both rare and far l...
Is the Snowden Case Headed for a Plea Deal?
PETER LEE
I’m guessing that there is more to Edward Snowden’s choice of Hong Kong instead of Iceland as an intial refuge than a matter of dim sum over ...
The Human Equivalent of the $640 Toilet Seat
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Neoliberal economics has been an ideological mantra of Republicans and Democrats alike since President Jimmy Carter began the wave of privatization and deregulation that exploded during the succession of Republican and Democratic presidencies after 1980. The centra...
The Frankendata Monster
JP SOTTILE
So far, the biggest revelation of the NSA spying story is…that anyone actually thinks this story is a big revelation. A look back to 2006 reveals a ...
American Narcissism
MISSY BEATTIE
If you see something, say something. Who isn’t familiar with this slogan, trademarked by New York’s Transportation Authority and licensed to Homeland Security for the government’s rule-by-fear campaign? Whistleblower Edward Snowden saw something, said somethi...
Edward Snowden and the Real Issues
CHRISTOPHER H. PYLE
Edward Snowden is not a traitor.  Nor is he a hero, at least not yet.  But he probably will be martyred by an establishment that cannot abide critics. Both House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal...
Snowden, Hong Kong Extradition, and a Good Old Fashioned Ratfucking
PETER LEE
Further my speculation that Edward Snowden, as a CIA guy, may have chosen Hong Kong because the PRC would be less eager than most jurisdictions to assist the CIA in whatever derring-do it might try to practice on Snowden in Hong Kong, Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch...
The NSA and the Infrastructure of the Surveillance State
ERIC DRAITSER
It has long been known that cyberspace is one of the main battlegrounds in the 21st century. However, last week’s shocking revelations about the NSA’s surveillance and data-gath...
Why is Edward Snowden in Hong Kong?
DAVE LINDORFF
A lot of people in the US media are asking why America’s most famous whistleblower, 29-year old Edward Snowden, hied himself off to the city state of Hong Kong, a wholly owned subsidiary of the People’s Republic of China, to seek at least temporary refuge....
Insults to Our Intelligence
SHELDON RICHMAN
It’s bad enough the federal government spies on us. Must it insult our intelligence too? The government’s response to Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s secret monitoring of the Internet and collection of our telephone logs is a mas...
Greenwald Botches NSA Leak
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA material was not well executed. One of several mistakes was that he sought refuge in Hong Kong, which, as the Times ...
Miss Nixon Yet?
MYLES B. HOEING
s this Obama’s U-2 moment? Back in 1960 while the US was flying spy missions over the Soviet Union one of its planes was shot down. President Eisenhower at the time denied its existence two weeks befor...
Edward Snowden and China
PETER LEE
First, why Hong Kong? My answer: Because he’s a spook. There has been no end of sniggering from the liberal Colonel Blimps that Snowden chose to reveal his identity in Hong Kong. As in (from the Twitter feed of a journalist who relentlessly works th...
Exposing the Turnkey Tyranny
NOZOMI HAYASE
Edward Snowden, the leaker of the National Security Agency top-secret PRISM surveil...
What is the Government’s Real Agenda?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It has been public information for a decade that the US government secretly, illegally, and unconstitutionally spies on its citizens. Congress and the federal courts have done nothing about this extreme violation of the US Constitution and statutory law, and the insoucian...
Whistleblowing at the NSA
BINOY KAMPMARK
He has been so naughty, at least in the eyes of the security establishment.  The British are up in arms about what information is being obtained on their citizens via U.S. channels.  Foreign Secretary William Hague has tried dousing the fires, claiming that GCHQ’s all...
Checking Bill Maher in Real Time
ADAM CHIMIENTI
In June 2009, Bill Maher readied himself to pick a fight with his comrades. He lashed out against...
Surveillance USA
BINOY KAMPMARK
Ever since The Patriot Act came into being, the body of liberties citizens cherish have been chipped away by a bloated security state keen to find nourishment.  When rights and liberties are deferred to the voyeurs, the monitors, and the paranoid, a bill of rights starts...
Obama’s Zones of Ambiguity
WILLEM de LINT and ADAM POCRNIC
“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” ― Upton Sinclair “If the president does it, it isn’t illegal.” ― Richard M. Nixon In a 5-4 ruling labelled “Kafkaesque” the Supreme Court refused an application by ...
The Security State
KEVIN CARSON
Stratfor internal documents posted on Wikileaks reveal that Abraxas corporation — a security state contractor with close ties to the spooks at the US National Security Agency — has developed a software system networking countless public surveillance cameras wi...
Slouching Towards Nuremberg?
MORRIS BERMAN
Strange things are happening in the United States these days, and every day seems to bring additional scary news.  The similarity to the erosion of civil liberties in Germany during the 1930s is a bit too close for comfort. Many will regard this statement as hyperbole, a...