Mass Surveillance, Leak Investigations & the Chilling Effect Against Journalism

By: Monday July 28, 2014 9:21 pm

A number of American journalists, who work for small and large media organizations, contend that the spike in leak investigations is tied to government mass surveillance. They report experiences with sources, who are no longer willing to speak to them. They have found it increasingly difficult to build new relationships with sources. A chilling effect [...]

Congressman Grayson Requests Answers from Clapper on NSA’s Weakening of Encryption Standards

By: Monday July 28, 2014 4:11 pm

Democratic congressman Alan Grayson, who serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the US House of Representatives, has written a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. It requests answers related to how the NSA has weakened encryption standards. As ProPublica and The New York Times reported in September 2013, documents from NSA [...]

UK Watchdog Warns Country’s Terrorism Laws Could Be Used to Criminalize Newspapers as Terrorists

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 1:01 pm

The official in the United Kingdom, who is tasked with reviewing terrorism legislation, has released a report warning about the breadth of terrorism laws and how they could be used to criminalize journalism. Citing the case of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband who was detained at Heathrow Airport under the UK’s Terrorism Act of [...]

Why State Department Whistleblower Didn’t Reveal More About How Key Executive Order Is Used for Spying

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 10:29 am

A former State Department executive came forward on July 18 to warn against how the United States government is using an executive order issued by President Ronald Reagan to collect data from Americans, especially when they are located outside US borders. And, even though President Barack Obama’s administration has waged an unprecedented war on whistleblowers, [...]

At HOPE X Conference, Protecting and Supporting Dissenters is at Forefront of Many Presentations

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 11:50 am

The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government. A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in [...]

Revealed NSA Surveillance of Muslim-Americans Focuses Attention on Islamophobia in Security Agencies

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 11:15 am

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept have published a much-anticipated story revealing five prominent Muslim-Americans the National Security Agency and FBI spied upon. The surveillance, which primarily appears to have involved monitoring their emails, was conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The five individuals are: Faisal Gill, a former member of [...]

Snowden is Not a ‘Civil Liberties Violator’—But One Prominent National Security State Apologist Thinks So

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 11:47 am

Over at Lawfare blog, which is a bastion on the Internet for United States national security establishment thinking, editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes is pushing this argument that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is to blame for a massive civil liberties violation. That violation involves providing 160,000 emails collected by the NSA to the Washington Post [...]

The Overwhelming Collateral Damage Caused by the National Security State’s Massive Dragnet

By: Monday July 7, 2014 1:04 pm

In a major story further demonstrating how the privacy of Americans can so easily become collateral damage of the national security state’s dragnet surveillance, the Washington Post reported “incidental” collection or “inadvertent” collection of US persons’ data “far outnumbered” the data specifically related to “legal” targets by a ratio of 9-to-1. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden [...]

NSA Whistleblowers to Testify Before German Parliamentary Committee in July

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:31 am

National Security Agency whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney will testify before a German parliamentary committee on July 3. They both will give testimony as part of an inquiry into details of NSA surveillance in Germany, which have been revealed through news stories based upon documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. German parliamentary members had [...]

Hillary Clinton Still Doesn’t Think Snowden Did Anything Positive & Continues to Delude the Public

By: Friday June 13, 2014 12:33 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book on her four years in the State Department, was on NPR’s “Fresh Air” for a wide-ranging interview. She was asked about former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and again Clinton refused to admit that Snowden had any positive impact in the United [...]

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