Snowden Was Disturbed by ‘Strangelovian Cyberwarfare Program’ Called ‘MonsterMind’ Developed by NSA

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 2:56 pm

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in an interview with journalist James Bamford for Wired Magazine has revealed for the first time that he was disturbed by a “Strangelovian cyberwarfare program in the works,” which was codenamed “MonsterMind.” According to the interview, the program “would automate the process of hunting for the beginnings of a [...]

Caught Stealing Data in Europe, U.S. Now Seeks to Legalize the Theft

By: Monday August 4, 2014 7:57 am

Nearly unique among nations, the U.S. broadly imposes extraterritoriality– in the case, the enforcement of U.S. laws in other, sovereign nations. An Exceptional Nation Many examples of extraterritoriality grow out of America’s archipelago of military bases around the world, where Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) allow service members exemption from local laws, even when they [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Police Conspire with US Marshal’s Service to Hide Evidence of ‘StingRay’ Surveillance

By: Friday June 20, 2014 10:18 am

(update below) Local police in Florida are essentially conspiring with the US Marshal’s Service to keep details related to their use of cell phone tracking devices in criminal investigations secret, according to internal emails from the Sarasota Police Department released to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “StingRays,” according to ACLU staff attorney Nate Wessler, [...]

Judge Rules Against ACLU, Fails to Resolve Issue of US Marshals Seizing ‘StingRay’ Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12:08 pm

A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders, approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshals Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so [...]

Former Top NSA Lawyer Says He Didn’t Want to Be Bothered by Tom Drake’s Concerns About Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:02 am

Former National Security Agency deputy general counsel Vito Potenza asserted if an employee had come to him with concerns about the constitutionality of dragnet warrantless surveillance, which was intercepting the communications of Americans after 9/11, he would not have listened. In October 2001, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake spoke with one of the top lawyers in [...]

Is the NSA Trying to Frighten Americans Into Dropping Lawsuits Against Dragnet Surveillance?

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 4:44 pm

The National Security Agency appears to have devised a process to discourage lawsuits challenging NSA surveillance. NSA Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) director Theresa M. Shea submitted a “top secret” declaration to the court in two lawsuits brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The declaration was in response to concerns that the NSA was about to [...]

Obama Administration, Despite Pledges, Still Resists Release of Secret Legal Opinions on Surveillance

By: Friday May 2, 2014 10:12 am

Over the past months, President Barack Obama’s administration, especially Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, have postured themselves as being committed to some newfound level of government transparency in the aftermath of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosures. The administration has significantly sought to downplay the fact that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the government [...]

‘People Carry Their Entire Lives on Cell Phones’—Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Police Searches

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 4:45 pm

The Supreme Court heard argument in two cases related to whether law enforcement must obtain a warrant to search a cell phone. In both cases, the justices seemed reluctant to impose a one-size-fits-all approach—either a prohibition on searches without a warrant or a categorical rule that would allow a search if it fit within a [...]

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