Surveillance

Signs of a Dying Society

While Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou are vilified for revealing vital information about spying and bombing and torture, a man who conspired with Goldman Sachs to make billions of dollars on the planned failure of subprime mortgages was honored by New York University for his “Outstanding Contributions to Society.”

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New Docs Reveal NSA Never Ended Bulk Email Collection, Just Hid It Better

The National Security Agency (NSA) secretly replaced its program monitoring Americans’ emails and moved it overseas before the operation was exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013, according to new reporting. NSA officials responded to Snowden’s leaks by stating that the email records program had shut down in 2011—and in a way, it had.

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Armed With Fear, Not Facts, Officials Go After Encryption in Wake of Paris

Echoing the post-9/11 era, intelligence officials and lawmakers are exploiting Friday’s massacre to expand mass surveillance Despite no available evidence that terror suspects used encryption to plan the Paris attacks, U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are seizing on the massacre to demand access to protected communications—in what critics warn is a blatant attempt to exploit […]

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Snowden Celebrates ‘Broadly Influential’ Ruling Against NSA Dragnet

Reiterating his prior ruling which found the U.S. government’s surveillance of civilians’ telephone records to be unconstitutional—”Orwellian,” even—a federal judge on Monday ordered the National Security Agency to halt its bulk collection program.

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‘I’m comfortable with my choices’: Snowden on CIA torture, ISIS and surveillance

In an interview with Swedish media, whistle-blower Edward Snowden opened up about CIA torture, ISIS, and mass surveillance. Two-and-a-half years after revealing the NSA’s mass surveillance tactics, he says he’s “very comfortable” with his choices.

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New Probe Reveals NSA Targeted Entire Staffs of EU Governments

A German government-sanctioned special investigation has exposed a “clear breach” of intelligence-sharing agreements—including illegal surveillance of European authorities—between the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its German counterpart, known as the BND.

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Obama is now obliged to publicly address encryption

Thanks to the pressure of civil liberties organizations and heavy-hitters in the tech industry, President Barack Obama will now have to publicly comment on his position on strong encryption. The savecrypto.org petition requested the Obama administration to publicly affirm their support for strong encryption and “[r]eject any law, policy, or mandate that would undermine our […]

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Police can use Stingray surveillance devices to listen to calls – documents

It’s long been known that authorities can use the secretive Stingray tools to track people by their cell phones. Now it’s been revealed that police are actually able to listen in on calls using the device. Stingrays, cell-site simulators, are suitcase-sized devices that work by mimicking cell towers and intercepting the signals of mobile phones.

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NSA spied on German Chancellors for 10 yrs, tapped 125 govt phone numbers – WikiLeaks

America,s National Security Agency has spied on German chancellors and their offices for more than 10 years, a new WikiLeaks report says. The three leaked NSA intercepts indicate that the US targeted 125 phone numbers of top German officials. The National Security Agency’s (NSA) intercepts published on Wednesday show that Washington has been tapping the […]

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NSA’s XKEYSCORE spy program is “as easy as typing a few words in Google”

The National Security Agency’s infamous XKEYSCORE program, revealed by leaker Edward Snowden, makes searching the world’s private communications as easy to use as Google, according to training documents published by the Intercept. XKEYSCORE was one of the first programs that the Guardian wrote about when Snowden began leaking NSA documents in 2013.

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“US 4th-class allies France, Germany should cipher everything they have”

France and Germany seem to have a servile attitude towards the US and its foreign policy which has to do with their “anti-terrorism” collection capabilities. They felt they had not to upset the collection arrangements says former CIA officer Ray McGovern. The latest documents published by WikiLeaks suggest that America’s snooping activities in France are […]

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Status Quo Act | From Patriot Act to the USA Freedom Act

From Patriot Act to the USA Freedom Act, America’s debate on government surveillance of citizens – thanks to Edward Snowden – has created some heat but hardly any light in American politics. NSA backers claim the new law is reform, but isn’t it only a distinction without a difference? CrossTalking with Fred Fleitz, Ken O’Keefe, […]

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Snowden will remain criminal for revealing that US spied on its own people

It’s unlikely that Snowden will ever be removed from the US wanted list, as he told the truth about the “bastion of freedom” that lectures other states while spying on its own citizens, said Matteo Bergamini, director of Shout Out UK. It’s been two years since the publications of the NSA documents by Edward Snowden. […]

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Snowden still on the lam 2 years after blowing whistle on illegal NSA activities

A lot has changed in the two years since Edward Snowden decided to let the world know about the NSA’s illegal activities, ranging from the mass collection of surveillance data, to tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phones. Despite having his world turned upside down, Snowden says he has no regrets about the life changing […]

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Fate of Freedom Act surveillance reform in Senate’s hands

The United States Senate on Tuesday will decide which direction to go next with regard to the USA Freedom Act, the supposed surveillance reform bill that already has passed the House and been endorsed by the president. According to its backers, passage of the Freedom Act would ensure that critical counterterrorism tools remain at the […]

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