Tag Archives: NSA

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?

Behind the Curtain: A Look at the Inner Workings of NSA’s XKEYSCORE

From the article: Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything — write an email, post to a social network, browse the web or play a video game — there’s a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe.

How U.S. Law Enforcement Is Working To Criminalize Dissent

 Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), of which there are currently 104 located in cities and towns across the United States, were created in the 1980s and greatly expanded in the aftermath of 9/11. They were set up to coordinate between diverse federal agencies and local law enforcement, and often work in tandem with “Fusion Centers” […]

▶ Heidi Boghosian on Privatized Security | Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

How will free speech suffer if corporations can ally themselves with government spy agencies and private security firms to intimate and silence those who questions them?

The Guardian: US whistleblowers extend cautious welcome to NSA reforms | Stand Up for Truth

International Week to Support Whistleblowing. Democracy needs truth-telling. June 1-7, 2015   StandUpForTruth.org People in many countries will create Stand Up For Truth activities during the week of June 1-7, 2015 — to move toward a culture of openness and truth as well as security for those who take the risk of disclosing information that authorities want […]

VIDEO: Robert Scheer Identifies a ‘Serious Division’ Between His and Chris Hedges’ Views (Part 6/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Sheer have been carrying out an extended debate on the Real News Network. In this video  discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. American culture. View the full series:  Links below. Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (7/7) Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (5/7) Scheer and Hedges: They […]

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 […]

AUDIO: Robert Sheer Interview | What Does Chris Hedges Really Want From Us?

Because what happens is that when you rise up, the elites can no longer count on the foot soldiers that maintain control both within the civil service, within the police and everywhere else, to protect them.    mac_ivan (CC BY 2.0)  truthdig.com  May 9, 2015 In advance of the May 12 release of Truthdig columnist […]

VIDEO: The Edward Snowden Interview the U.S. Media Didn’t Want You to Watch

“The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”  —Edward Snowden Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata  truthdig.com  May 5, 2015 It’s gone largely unnoticed that the first interview […]

▶ William Binney on the NSA: ‘They’re Scrapping Our Constitution’

Also watch Scheer, Binney and Truthdig columnist Bill Blum talk about the NSA’s ability to ignore the provisions of the Patriot Act.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires in June. Is Congress Ready?

You may have heard that the Patriot Act is set to expire soon. That’s not quite the case. The Patriot Act was a large bill, as were the reauthorizations that followed in 2005 and 2006. Not all of it sunsets. But three provisions do expire on June 1st: Section 215, the “Lone Wolf provision,” and the “roving wiretap” provision.

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:

Thor Benson: Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance

From the article: “We believe that the NSA’s upstream surveillance has a chilling effect not only on Wikimedia’s writers and editors but on all of our plaintiffs,” Gorski said. “As a general matter, the private communications of innocent Americans don’t belong in the government’s hands, and if people know the NSA is watching, they’re going to hesitate before visiting controversial websites, before discussing controversial issues or investigating online politically sensitive questions.”

Glenn Greenwald: US threatened Germany over Snowden, vice chancellor says

Greenwald: In the case of Germany, no government official has previously claimed that they were threatened by the U.S. as an excuse for turning their backs on Snowden…

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance Of US Citizens

Filed in federal court in Maryland where the NSA is headquartered, the lawsuit (pdf) argues that the NSA is violating the plaintiffs’ privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment and infringing on their First Amendment rights.

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 […]