FISA Court Judges Signing Off On NSA Surveillance Programs Invest In Verizon Stock

By: Monday July 28, 2014 9:43 am

The secretive court that rules on the legality of NSA domestic surveillance programs has members holding stakes in the telecommunications companies affected by the court’s decisions. This conflict of interest poses a serious risk to the actual and perceived impartiality of the shadowy court. According to Vice, FISA Court Judges James Zagel, Susan Wright, and [...]

Researcher Discovers Intentional Security Back Door For Apple iPhones And iPads

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 5:42 am

Apple has been under increasing scrutiny regarding its civil liberties record after security researcher Jacob Applebaum showed evidence gathered from an NSA whistleblower that a program called DROPOUT JEEP existed to gain access to a user’s iPhone. Applebaum postulated that developing this system would have been nearly impossible without Apple’s involvement. For its part, Apple [...]

Germany Boots CIA Station Chief Over Spying Scandals

By: Friday July 11, 2014 5:34 am

The German government appears to have reached the breaking point over US espionage in the country and has now ejected the CIA Station Chief in Berlin – a move generally not done by friendly nations and represents a considerable deterioration of US-German relations. Earlier this year it was revealed by Edward Snowden that the NSA [...]

Justice Dept Will Not Investigate CIA Spying On Congress, UK Gov Destroys CIA Rendition Files

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 10:48 am

One of the reasons the CIA and other US intelligence services can operate continuously, even after being repeatedly caught breaking America’s most dearly held laws, is the lack of consequences. The CIA, NSA, and US intelligence community in general is allowed to wage endless war on American democracy and face no official response because they [...]

XKeyscore Story Might Mean There Is Second NSA Leaker

By: Friday July 4, 2014 4:05 am

Edward Snowden might not be the only former NSA worker blowing the whistle. New revelations concerning an NSA surveillance program called “XKeyscore” seem to point to another source of NSA leaks. XKeyscore is, according to German broadcaster Das Erste who was one of the first publishers of the story, an NSA surveillance program that logs [...]

Facebook And BuzzFeed Violating User Privacy

By: Monday June 30, 2014 5:37 am

This is some serious potential evil from Buzzfeed. Collecting lists of rape victims, ppl with eating disorders, etc. http://t.co/fp3pR0BMBU — Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) June 26, 2014 The NSA are not the only ones violating people’s rights online. Both Facebook and BuzzFeed have been recently caught engaging in transgressive conduct regarding users’ privacy.Treating their users with [...]

John Schindler Put On Leave From Naval War College After Sending Nude Photo

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:17 am

John Schindler,  a former NSA analyst who made a name for himself as a leading critic of Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, has been put on leave by the US Naval War College after it was discovered that he had sent at least one photo of his genitals to a woman he met through social [...]

Dan Sullivan’s WikiLeaks Problem

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 10:41 am

One of the benefits to having a large archive of US dirty deeds such as the one over at WikiLeaks is the ability to see the unauthorized background of rising political stars. Take Dan Sullivan, Republican candidate for the US Senate from Alaska. Prior to his candidacy for US Senate, Sullivan was in the Bush [...]

FTC Recommends Congress Regulate Data Broker Industry

By: Friday May 30, 2014 5:54 am

The Federal Trade Commission made a formal recommendation to Congress that the data broker industry face tougher regulations to stop current practices that abuse and violate Americans’ privacy. The FTC claimed data brokers “operate with a fundamental lack of transparency” and that Congress should enact legislation that makes the data broker industry’s practices more open [...]

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 [...]

Congressman Mike Rogers Planning To Retire From House

By: Friday March 28, 2014 6:08 am

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers will reportedly not be seeking re-election. Rogers is perhaps most famous for claiming, without evidence, that Edward Snowden was a Russian agent. His seeming contempt for the Bill of Rights and any limitations or oversight of US intelligence agencies has made him one of the more polarizing figures on [...]

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