Tag Archives: mass surveillance

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.”

Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Donald Trump

War has been redefined in the age of global capitalism: it has expanded its boundaries and now shapes all aspects of society.

Glenn Greenwald | Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance Is in the West, Vindicating Snowden

…three major events prove how widespread, and dangerous, mass surveillance has become in the West.

Jenna McLaughlin | Spies for Hire

How the UAE is recruiting hackers to create the perfect surveillance state.

Video | Snowden to Iowa City Audience: What are we going to do about it?

Snowden: “It was no longer narrowly targeting people suspected of criminal activity,” Snowden said. “Instead, they began watching all of us all the time because any of us could be bad or we could go bad.”

Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

From the article: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul have little in common except for one important point: They are gutsy patriots who put their reputations and careers on the line in service of their country.

▶ “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.”

▶ Michael Ratner: Obama’s Record on Defending Civil and Constitutional Rights Abysmal

 Michael Ratner and Paul Jay [Real News Network] discuss Obama administration’s policy towards Ferguson, Guantanamo, the NSA and torture Uploaded on Nov 26, 2014 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 […]

Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here’s What Matters Instead.

The boredom of this spectacle was simply due to the fact that this has been seen so many times before—in fact, every time in the post-9/11 era that the U.S. Congress pretends publicly to debate some kind of foreign policy or civil liberties bill. Just enough members stand up to scream “9/11″ and “terrorism” over […]

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 […]

Chris Hedges: The Imperative of Revolt

The endless election cycles, he said, are an example of politics without politics, driven not by substantive issues but manufactured political personalities and opinion polls. There is no national institution in the United States “that can be described as democratic,” [Wolin] said.   Protesters chant as they are arrested at the intersection of Wall Street and […]

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”) […]

EFF: UN Human Rights Report and the Turning Tide Against Mass Spying

This report turns the tide in the privacy debate at the United Nations and opens the door for more substantive scrutiny of states’ surveillance practices and their compliance with international human rights law.    BY PARKER HIGGINS AND KATITZA RODRIGUEZ  EFF.org  July 16, 2014 The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights has released an excellent report today on the […]

Denial from Justice Department re targeting of Muslim and Arab American leaders

U.S. intelligence agencies target Muslim and Arab American leaders    Denial from Justice Dept. is disingenuous     The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund  July 10, 2014 The statement issued today by the Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence in response to Glenn Greenwald’s just-released story in The Intercept about NSA and FBI spying is disingenuous. It […]

Citing “Intense Public Interest and Concern” Over Mass Surveillance, Judge Orders DOJ to Turn Over Secret Legal Opinions for Court to Review

A federal judge today ordered the Department of Justice to hand over key opinions by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (also known as the “FISA court”) so the judge can directly review whether information about mass surveillance was improperly withheld from the public. BY DAVE MAASS  EFF.org  June 13, 2014 Courtroom sketch by Susie Cagle. Click to enlarge. The order is […]

Stephen Fry attacks ‘squalid’ coalition for inaction on Snowden revelations

Broadcaster denounces government response in speech at conference marking first anniversary of publication of NSA files Mark Townsend and Kevin Rawlinson  The Guardian/  The Observer  Saturday 7 June 2014 Link to video: Stephen Fry on surveillance: there is something squalid and rancid about being spied on Stephen Fry has denounced the government’s failure to act over the mass surveillance programme revealed […]

The Guardian: World’s leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners.  Writers demand ‘digital bill of rights’ to curb abuses Matthew Taylor and Nick Hopkins  The Guardian  Monday 9 December 2013 Clockwise from top left, eight of the people who have signed the petition: Hanif Kureishi, Björk, Arundhati Roy, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoppard,  and Martin Amis More than 500 of the […]

Evergreene Digest: Tuesday, February 11th, is The Day We Fight Back (against mass surveillance)

Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight. DemandProgress.org This Tuesday, February 11th, is The Day We Fight Back (against mass surveillance) […]