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New York City owns a creepy island that almost no one is allowed to visit — here's what it's like

Less than a mile from Manhattan — one of the priciest and most densely populated places on Earth— exists a little-known island that people abandoned nearly 55 years ago.<p>"North Brother Island is among New York City's most extraordinary and least known heritage and natural places," wrote the authors …

Holder ducks NSA phone record questions in Senate hearing - as it happened

6.04pm BST<p>Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage of <b>attorney general Eric Holder's appearance</b> this morning on Capitol Hill. Here's a …

NSA's Prism surveillance program: how it works and what it can do

Since Prism was first revealed by the Guardian and the Washington Post, there has been much discussion across the media around exactly what the NSA's …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

NSA scandal: what data is being monitored and how does it work?

What is the scandal?<p>The US's National Security Agency (NSA), its wiretapping agency, has been monitoring communications between the US and foreign …

Prior NSA Whistleblower Warns Edward Snowden: Government Will Seek “Revenge and Retaliation”

Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America

In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material – and that definitely …

Meet the contractors analyzing your private data

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>Private companies are getting rich probing your personal information for the government. Call it Digital Blackwater<p>Tim Shorrock<p>June 10, 2013 3:15pm (UTC)<p>Amid the torrent of stories about the shocking new revelations about the National Security Agency, few have bothered to ask a …

Letters: Orwell's fears refracted through the NSA's Prism

After we'd fondly imagined that the free, open and accountable society was merely being gradually encroached on by military and commercial interests, …

Edward Snowden's explosive NSA leaks have US in damage control mode

Washington was struggling to contain one of the most explosive national security leaks in US history on Monday, as public criticism grew of the …

NSA snooping: Obama under pressure as senator denounces 'act of treason'

Barack Obama was facing a mounting domestic and international backlash against US surveillance operations on Monday as his administration struggled …