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Mint Press: Whistleblowers — Snowden’s A Hero, Intelligence Community’s Out Of Line

Bold statements go a long way for whistleblowers calling Edward Snowden a hero and bringing attention to the fact that the U.S. intelligence community has simply gone too far. By Katie Rucke  @katierucke | March 27, 2014  MintPressNews.com A photo of former NSA security contractor Edward Snowden. (Photo/zennie62 via Flickr) Edward Snowden is not a traitor, the intelligence community More

Glenn Greenwald: On the UK’s Equating of Journalism With Terrorism

By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  19 Feb 2014 As my colleague Ryan Deveraux reports, a lower UK court this morning, as long expected, upheld the legality of the nine-hour detention of my partner, David Miranda, at Heathrow Airport last August, even as it acknowledged that the detention was “an indirect interference with press freedom”. Click to Read More

In Raucous Senate Hearing, Clapper Tells Snowden To Return Documents

Director of national  intelligence condemns NSA whistleblower in blistering testimony to Senate intelligence committee. Above photo: On Wednesday January 29th, CODEPINK activists attended an Intelligence Committee hearing on “Current and Projected National Security Threats Against the United States.” The witnesses included John Brennan, Director of the CIA, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligences, James Comey, Director of More

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Watchman — Surveillance State History

[youtube=http://youtu.be/_4NRny7uyPQ] Published on Jan 21, 2014 President Obama announces sweeping, loophole-filled changes to American intelligence oversight.  TheDailyShowWithJS 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. Find us on TWITTER at Rise Up Times(@touchpeace). Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, More

Chris Hedges: The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

Jeremy Hammond in a March 2012 booking photo from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago. AP/Cook County Sheriff\'s OfficeBy Chris Hedges   Posted on Nov 10, 2013   truthdig.com NEW YORK—Jeremy Hammond sat in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center last week in a small room reserved for visits from attorneys. He was wearing an oversized prison jumpsuit. More

Is the NSA Really Preventing Terrorist Attacks?

The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence the claim is true.    NSA operations center in 2012. (PHOTO: PUBLIC DOMAIN) By Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer  November 19, 2013  Pacific Standard  Two weeks after Edward Snowden's first revelations about More

Spencer Ackerman: Fisa court documents reveal extent of NSA disregard for privacy restrictions

Incensed Fisa court judges questioned NSA's truthfulness after repeated breaches of rules meant to protect Americans' privacy Spencer Ackerman in New York  Tuesday 19 November 2013 13.42 EST  theguardian.com   Fisa court judge John Bates found that the NSA engaged in 'systemic overcollection'. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP Newly declassified court documents indicate that the National Security Agency shared its More

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