Obama Official: Bowe Bergdahl Was Swift-Boated

By: Friday June 6, 2014 9:08 am

Let’s be clear: I am glad Bowe Bergdahl is home from five years with the Taliban. If he was truly captured on the battlefield, give him a parade. If he ran away, send him to trial. At the same time, the Obama administration’s bleating that “all the facts aren’t in” and that somehow after five [...]

Technology and the End of Privacy

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:31 am

The self-created end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as desire. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPROfrom 1956 to at least 1971 – do not understand the impact of [...]

U.S. Government Hilariously Creates Secret Cuba Twitter, Then Just Quits

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 12:24 pm

There is, clearly to at least two or three people in Washington, no greater threat to American safety and security than Cuba. America has had a Cold War hard-on over Cuba for decades, and so spending millions of taxpayer dollars on it, even if it means a lot of that money actually and knowingly gets [...]

Kevin Gosztola Reports From The NATO 3 Trial, Day 3

By: Friday January 24, 2014 12:36 pm

Follow Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) on Twitter for live updates from the courtroom of the “NATO 3″ trial in Chicago. Read more about the NATO 3.

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, [...]

In Twitter/WikiLeaks Case, Appeals Court Rules Government Allowed to Keep Surveillance Secret

By: Friday January 25, 2013 7:22 pm

An appeal requesting that all orders or court documents relating to three individuals under investigation because of their association with WikiLeaks be unsealed or publicly listed was denied by a federal appeals court in Virginia. The three individuals—Tor software developer Jacob Appelbaum and Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir and Rop Gonggrijp, who worked on the release [...]

Julian Assange’s Show on How Companies Have Become Privatized Secret Police

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 10:18 am

The eighth episode of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s show, “The World Tomorrow,” is up and it features the Cypherpunks, people who Assange describes as being on the front lines of a war against cyber surveillance and a growing battle for control over technology. The guests include cyber activists Jacob Appelbaum, a Tor Project developer, Andy [...]

Twitter’s Continued Defense of User’s Rights

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 5:03 pm

Twitter has moved to quash a court order requiring the company to hand over data on  one of its users. The user, Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protester who is being prosecuted in New York for disorderly conduct, has been battling a government subpoena for his communications. On April 20, a judge ruled Harris [...]

London Riots: The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:52 pm

(photo: FOAMAR) (update below) Four nights of riots in the United Kingdom (the first three primarily in London) have given way to calls for the arrests of those who have used mobile technology or social networking to “incite violence.” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said some messages on Twitter related to the riots have been [...]

How WikiLeaks Books Came to Be Liberated & No Longer Categorized Under ‘Extremist Websites’

By: Saturday July 23, 2011 11:03 am

(photo: mvlslibrary) The Library of Congress (LOC) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) have, in the past week, reviewed their categorization for WikiLeaks books that were on file. A bottom-up movement of WikiLeaks supporters and writers on Twitter going back and forth on how WikiLeaks books were being categorized led the LOC and NLA [...]

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