Tag Archives: National Security Agency
FINDING YOUR VOICE: Voice Recognition Technology and the NSA
The former government official noted that raw voice data could be stored with private companies and accessed by the NSA through secret agreements…
As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years in Prison by Chris Steele
Guilty by Association in the Age of Trump. Comparing Charlottesville to J20: A Case Study in Hypocrisy.
Repression, Harsh Sentencing and Sexual Assault.
Surveillance, freedom of speech, civil liberties
With the advent of the National Security State many articles related to surveillance, freedom of speech, and civil liberties appear routinely. Links provided.
Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon
“Unfortunately, many candidates in the political mainstream today, even pundits and commentators who aren’t running for office, believe we have to be able to do anything, no matter what, as long as there is some benefit to be had in doing so. But that is the logic of a police state.”
VICE Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal
Before he leaked the documents, Snowden said, he had repeatedly attempted to raise his concerns inside the NSA about its surveillance of US citizens — and the agency had done nothing.
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why
We have collectively shared documents with more than two dozen media outlets, and teams of journalists in numerous countries have thus worked with and reported on Snowden documents … This partnership approach has greatly expedited the reporting, and also ensured that stories that most affect specific countries are reported by the journalists who best understand those countries.
Court Ruling Builds a Barrier Against Challenges to NSA Spying on Americans
Benson: The case now goes back to the district court from the appeals court, and it’s unlikely it will be resolved before the USA Freedom Act takes effect, according to experts contacted by Truthdig. So what do these developments mean for the surveillance state in which we live?
Pew Survey: Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance
From the article: A federal appeals court recently ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects Americans’ phone records is illegal. In striking down the program, Judge Gerald Lynch wrote: “Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.
Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection
In what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory for Rand Paul and for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program. Scheer mentions the Kentucky senator because of his 10-hour, 30-minute filibuster Wednesday in which he aimed to prolong the voting process […]
Just Security: The Patriot Act’s Sunset is the Perfect Chance to Make the FISA Court More Like a Real Court
The collection of Americans’ personal information by intelligence agencies is one of the most intrusive powers the executive branch can exercise. Such programs require a strong check in the form of robust judicial review. By Elizabeth Goitein, Faiza Patel Just Security CommonDreams.org April 14, 2015 The collection of Americans’ personal information by intelligence agencies is one of […]
▶ John Oliver: Government Surveillance (Interview with Edward Snowden)
There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.
Glenn Greenwald: Why John Oliver can’t find Americans who know Edward Snowden’s name (it’s not about Snowden)
Greenwald: Propagandizing 70 percent of the population is not easy to do, and obviously requires active deceit or pervasive acquiescence by the country’s news media. As part of his discussion last night, Oliver showed my favorite MSNBC clip in order to illustrate the lack of substantive surveillance discussion in the media:
▶ “When you collect everything, you understand nothing” – Snowden
“Democracy is about participation…we take risks. We dare,” he said. “Sometimes we do right and sometimes we do wrong, even if we intended to do right.” He suggested that expressing disagreement with the government is the right course of action when its behavior is perceived as“morally unjustifiable.”
The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle
the aim of being able to use the net to paralyze computer networks and, by doing so, potentially all the infrastructure they control, including power and water supplies, factories, airports or the flow of money.
Glenn Greenwald: The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations
In a graphic describing an “illustrative example,” the report heralds “technology acquisition by all means.” Some of the planning relates to foreign superiority in surveillance technology, but other parts are explicitly concerned with using cyber-espionage to bolster the competitive advantage of U.S. corporations. BY GLENN GREENWALD TheIntercept September 5, 2014 Throughout the last year, the […]
The Intercept: Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and the U.S. Government Revealed
In 2007, Yahoo fought back against the government’s demand for information on certain overseas customers, saying that the request was over-broad and violated the constitution. BY CORA CURRIER The Intercept September 11, 2014 Update: The office of the Director of National Intelligence has released many of the declassified documents from the Yahoo litigation. More than […]