Tag Archives: Laura Poitras

DN!: “Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship”: Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him

“The White House is trying “to make the conversation not about the allegations,” …“They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government’s own wrongdoing.”

Vice News: Inside Washington’s Quest to Bring Down Edward Snowden

Leopold: A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to “damage” former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s “credibility in the press and the court of public opinion.”

Henry A. Giroux | Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper”

Giroux: The stories a society tells about itself are a measure of how it values itself, its children, the ideals of democracy and its future.

Evergreene Digest: Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper”

Moral and political courage is in short supply these days and rarely represented in any form in the Hollywood celluloid universe. Under a regime of neoliberalism, a persistent racism and politics of disposability are matched by a theater of cruelty in which more and more individuals and groups are considered throwaways. The Oscars: a decadent […]

John Nichols: David Carr Was Our Guide Through a ‘Dead-Bang Ugly’ Media Moment

Nichols: Carr was as sharp-witted as they came. And he had an eye that recognized every fumble by media moguls, elite anchormen, neo-Luddites and digital utopians. Yet, instead of calling them out for the sake of calling them out, he sought to understand and, ultimately, to explain the economic and technological and human demands that have thrown journalism and media into a new paradigm that is not evolving but, rather, coming at us at speeds now measured in gigabits.

▶ Watch David Carr’s Final Interview with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Edward Snowden

Just hours before his sudden death, New York Times media columnist David Carr hosted a TimesTalk interview with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and, via satellite, Edward Snowden about their Oscar nominated documentary Citizenfour. The hour-long conversation is now available online to watch in full. Watch video below, via NY Times: by Matt Wilstein | 11:07 pm, […]

Mint Press, Sacrifices In Journalism and Whistleblowing: A Tribute to Truth-Tellers

Whistleblowing was the buzzword of 2013 and 2014. Snowden and Assange are the big names splashed around headlines, but they’re not the only ones going to great lengths to preserve the Fourth Estate and, in doing so, saving democracy. By Frederick Reese  MintPressNews.com   December 22, 2014 Barrett Brown Photo: Nikki Loehr Occasionally, there are situations […]

Trailer for ‘Citizenfour,’ Laura Poitras’ Documentary on Edward Snowden

Filmmaker Laura Poitras was already hard at work on a documentary about government surveillance when Edward Snowden reached out to her. That event would change her own life, and the world. Truthdig.com  October 10, 2014 —Posted by Peter Z. Scheer Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page […]

Norman Solomon: Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Binney explained: “At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the U.S. This is no accident and allows the U.S. to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the U.S. The NSA lies about what it stores.” by Norman Solomon  Common […]

Antony Loewenstein: The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

 At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that’s a ‘totalitarian mentality’. Antony Loewenstein  theguardian.com  Thursday 10 July 2014 William Binney testifies before a German inquiry into surveillance. Photograph: Getty Images William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from […]

Glenn Greenwald: The Snowden Saga Begins, “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light”

Tomgram: Glenn Greenwald, How I Met Edward Snowden By Glenn Greenwald  Tom Dispatch.com  May 13, 2014 Read Tom Englehardt’s introduction here. [This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of […]

▶ Juan Cole: Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal, as evidenced in its award to The Guardian and The Washington Post for their reporting from his trove of government documents, is a scandal on the American Right. But it is not a new scandal.      Former Guardian […]

“This Award Is for Snowden”: Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor for Exposing NSA Surveillance

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Report  April 14, 2014 In their first return to the United States since exposing the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras were honored in New York City on Friday with the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting. Over the past 10 months, Poitras and […]

Luke Harding: How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden’s journey from patriot to America’s most wanted: The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man Luke Harding  The Guardian, Friday […]

▶ “There is a War on Journalism”: Jeremy Scahill on NSA Leaks & New Investigative Reporting Venture

Published on Dec 5, 2013 Six months ago today, Glenn Greenwald published his first article about Edward Snowden’s leaks from the National Security Agency in The Guardian newspaper. British police are now examining whether Guardian staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Snowden. Jeremy Scahill talks about the “war […]

Glenn Greenwald Is Leaving the Guardian to Build His Own Media Empire

Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras Reportedly Joining Forces With Greenwald For New Site     Posted on Oct 15, 2013  truthdig.com   Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA) After making a little history with the British paper and website, the writer who broke the NSA surveillance story says he is leaving for a “once-in-a-career opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.” Greenwald did […]

Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Poitras is the reporter who along with Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald began breaking stories of bulk domestic and international NSA surveillance at the beginning of the summer. By Alexander Reed Kelly  Aug 18, 2013  truthdig.com Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking […]

Glenn Greenwald’s Letter to Walter Pincus

Glenn Greenwald responds to Walter Pincus’s outrageous and inaccurate article in the Washington Post. Glenn Greenwald. (photo: Salon) By Glenn Greenwald  09 July 13  Guardian UK via RSN.org hat you decided to write an entire column grounded solely in baseless innuendo is between you and your editors. But your assertion of several factually false claims about me, […]

Glenn Greenwald> Surveillance State evils

Surveillance State evils BY GLENN GREENWALD   April 21, 2012    Salon.com Frank Church (Credit: Wikipedia)  “Th[e National Security Agency’s] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. […]