Edward Snowden Gives Prime Time Interview Defending Whistleblowing

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 5:46 am

Last night an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden conducted by NBC News Anchor Brian Williams aired in prime time on NBC. In the hour long broadcast Snowden addressed questions ranging from the details of NSA programs being used against Americans, being trapped in Russia, and why he felt the duty to blow the whistle [...]

Judge Opens Door For Drone Society

By: Friday March 7, 2014 8:46 am

Can anyone stop the forces of history, of technology and its proliferation? But I do drone on. Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that attempts by the FAA to prevent the use of civilian drones below 400 feet were illegal given there was no administrative rule in place. This ruling opens the door for widespread [...]

Countries Turn To United Nations To Restrain NSA

By: Friday October 25, 2013 7:36 am

After news broke that the US government was monitoring the calls of at least 35 world leaders, many of whom were allies, the question of restraining US spying power became a pressing international issue. Aggrieved countries such as Brazil and Germany are now even turning to the United Nations to rein in the NSA. Both [...]

NSA Spying Scandal Causes Uproar In France and Mexico

By: Monday October 21, 2013 10:43 am

The NSA spying scandal is causing an uproar in capitals around the world as revelations surface that the US intelligence agency has been spying on citizens of friendly countries in France and Mexico. In France the US ambassador was summoned to explain why French telephone data was recorded by the NSA between December and January [...]

Former NSA Director Equates Transparency Activists With Al Qaeda

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 9:44 am

Former NSA Director General Michael Hayden has made a stunning declaration sure to further poison relations between the so-called intelligence community and the public. Hayden has claimed that transparency activists are the equivalent of Al Qaeda – mocking both the victims of 9/11 and the First Amendment. The former director of the National Security Agency [...]

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against NSA Phone Spying Program

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 1:08 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NSA Phone Spying Program. The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a constitutional challenge to a surveillance program under which the National Security Agency vacuums up information about every phone call placed within, [...]

NSA Collecting Phone Records Of Millions Of Americans Daily

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 5:33 am

The Obama Administration has, according to a report in the Guardian, been collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily. Obviously the likelihood that this activity is restricted to Verizon is low. More likely is that all telecom companies are providing the government with unrestricted total information awareness. The National Security Agency is currently [...]

Brennan Confirmation Hearing Set As Battleground For Drone Assassination Program

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 5:57 am

Tomorrow will be one of the first and possibly last opportunities for a real discussion of the US Drone Assassination program as John Brennan goes before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in hopes of being confirmed as CIA director. Already a contentious issue, the stakes have been further raised as a Justice Department white [...]

Senate Passes Indefinite Detention Limitations Amid Various Interpretations of the Statute Language

By: Friday November 30, 2012 12:17 pm

Depending on who you believe, the Senate either voted today to limit indefinite detention practices or voted to allow those limits to be determined by the executive branch. You may need a degree in linguistics to figure this one out. First, here’s the basics of what happened: The Senate voted late on Thursday to prohibit [...]

UN to Investigate US Drone Program

By: Friday October 26, 2012 1:29 pm

The United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism will lead an inquiry into civilian deaths from US drone strikes around the world, to determine whether the strikes violate international human rights and humanitarian laws. The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, in a speech to Harvard law school in which he [...]

The “Disposition Matrix”: The Institutionalization of Targeted Killing

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:15 am

Greg Miller will shine a light on the new American way of war for the next three days, with a multi-part series in the Washington Post on the kill list, the way in which terrorist suspects are selected for death from above by Predator drones. The goal here appears to be to codify the techniques into executive branch practice, for turnkey use by any current or future Administration.

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