Tag Archives: America’s national security madness

▶ 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.

Henry Giroux: Selfie Culture at the Intersection of the Corporate and the Surveillance States

Giroux: The critique of the flight from privacy fails to address how the growth of the surveillance state and its appropriation of all spheres of private life are connected to the rise of the punishing state, the militarization of American society, secret prisons, state-sanctioned torture, a growing culture of violence, the criminalization of social problems, the depoliticization of public memory, and one of the largest prison systems in the world, all of which “are only the most concrete, condensed manifestations of a diffuse security regime in which we are all interned and enlisted.”

Glenn Greenwald: UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

“The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether,” the report concluded.    By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  First Look Media  15 October 2014 The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the “Special Rapporteur”) […]

What You Need to Know About the FISA Court—and How it Needs to Change

Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of the United States take place in one-sided secretive courts, away from the public eye? A look at the history and procedures of the FISC make it clear: real reform is needed now.  BY NADIA KAYYALI   EFF.org   AUGUST 15, 2014 Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of […]

▶ Guardian interviews Snowden: ‘If I End Up In Chains In Guantanamo I Can Live With That’

 Link to video: Edward Snowden: ‘If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that’ Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications Exclusive: Whistleblower says NSA revelations mean those with duty to protect confidentiality must urgently upgrade security   • Watch Snowden’s interview with the Guardian in Moscow • Read a summary […]

▶ Glenn Greenwald: No Place to Hide

In his new book, No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald traces the discovery and extent of the massive surveillance apparatus constructed by the National Security Agency.   Published on May 15, 2014 Audio-only version: http://www.cato.org/multimedia/daily-… Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog […]

Daniel Ellsberg: Don’t Do What I Did

This billboard is now outside the U.S. State Department, saying “don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth…” RootsAction.org Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today.  Rise Up Times is also […]

Juan Cole: America’s Secret 4th Branch of Government: The NSA kept even Obama in the Dark

Edward Snowden’s critics have alleged that he revealed classified US secrets to the enemies of the US. But it seems increasingly likely that he revealed them to . . . Barack Obama. By Juan Cole  10/28/2013  Informed Comment The revelation from the Snowden Papers that the National Security Agency had German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal cell […]