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Archives by Tag 'NSA'
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...