Podcast: Oakland Planned Federally-Funded Citywide Total Surveillance System—But Citizens Fought Back

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 10:28 am

While the National Security Agency should still be of concern to citizens when it comes to indiscriminate massive surveillance, there is another agency or department in the United States government that has far more potential to specifically intrude upon the lives of citizens. That department is the Department of Homeland Security, which offers federal funds [...]

In Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance, Coalition Moves to Prevent Destruction of Evidence

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:20 pm

Attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represent twenty-two organizations in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, have filed a motion to prevent the government from destroying any evidence related to the case. The evidence also apparently relates to other lawsuits against the NSA. The case was filed in July of last year. It [...]

Barrett Brown: The Criminalization of Web Links

By: Friday March 7, 2014 9:25 am

This– A LINK– could have sent me to jail. Another link came very, very close to sending Barrett Brown to jail. First, a quick recap of how the internet works. People from all over the world put stuff on the web (“posts”). In many cases you the viewer do not know who posted something, when [...]

Unnamed Officials Tell Wall Street Journal They May Keep More Data Because of NSA Lawsuits

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:47 am

Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance. This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the [...]

FISA Court: Vast Majority of Internet Communications Data NSA Collected Was Not Relevant to Counterterrorism

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 12:06 pm

A batch of documents declassified as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been released. They were posted by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI), which disingenuously claimed the release was part of President Barack Obama’s directing the agency to be more transparent.

Government Efforts to Keep Use of Surveillance Secret from Drug Defendants Challenged

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 11:00 am

It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal [...]

Obama Administration Dishonestly Wants Public to Believe It Voluntarily Declassified Secret NSA Documents

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:44 pm

Hundreds of documents on the government’s secret interpretation of a section of the PATRIOT Act and the NSA’s abuse of a massive database of Americans’ phone records have been released. President Barack Obama would like the public to believe this is part of the administration’s effort to be the “most transparent administration in history.” However, [...]

Patriot Act Author Supports ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA Bulk Data Collection Program

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 12:05 pm

One of the authors of the PATRIOT Act, which granted the Executive Branch of government broad powers to fight alleged terrorists after the September 11th attacks, has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that aims to challenge the NSA’s massive collection of Americans’ phone records. The [...]

YACHT & Marc Maron Record Delightfully Irreverent Protest Anthem, ‘Party at the NSA’

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 4:23 pm

YACHT, best described as an electronic rock or synth pop group, and Marc Maron, who is known for his “WTF” podcast and is also a guitarist, have recorded a delightfully irreverent protest anthem on total surveillance by the National Security Agency. This electro-pop dance tune’s lyrics include, “We don’t need no privacy/What do you want [...]

Email Service Snowden Was Reportedly Using Shuts Down

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 5:04 pm

Update: Silent Circle follows suit. The owner of Lavabit, an email service believed to be better focused on privacy and security for users than Gmail, has decided to shut down the service. It is notable because this is the service that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on US government surveillance programs, [...]

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