Curtis L. Winston

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Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files

Some of Edward Snowden cache shared with US paper after 'climate of intense pressure' from UK government<p>The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache of documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower …

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

• Top-secret files show first evidence of financial relationship • Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA • Costs were incurred after 2011 Fisa court ruling<p>The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism …

How Edward Snowden led journalist and film-maker to reveal NSA secrets

Whistleblower drew Glenn Greenwald and film-maker Laura Poitras together to expose surveillance programmes<p>Journalists would do well to read a 7,700-word article by Peter Maass in the New York Times magazine headlined How Laura Poitras helped Snowden spill his secrets.<p>It underlines just why the …

Obama touts NSA surveillance reforms to quell growing unease over programs

Barack Obama announced the first public review of US surveillance programs since 9/11 on Friday, in what amounts to the president's first concession that the mounting public concern in response to disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden justifies reform.<p>After weeks in which the Obama and senior …

Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ

• Secret payments revealed in leaks by Edward Snowden • GCHQ expected to 'pull its weight' for Americans • Weaker regulation of British spies 'a selling point' for NSA<p>The US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over …

Cruz says Obama going after guns with ‘stand your ground’ remark

<b>(CNN)</b> – President Barack Obama’s suggestion that state “Stand your Ground” laws should be examined after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin could amount to an assault on the right of Americans to own guns, Sen. Ted Cruz said in Iowa Friday.<p>Speaking after addressing a Republican group, Cruz told …

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin could have been me'

In unscheduled and unusually personal remarks, President Barack Obama tried Friday to explain why African-Americans were upset about last week's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin while lowering expectations for federal charges in the case.<p>"Trayvon Martin could …

Nationwide rallies demand 'Justice for Trayvon'

The parents of Trayvon Martin joined thousands of Americans at more than 100 scheduled vigils in cities nationwide demanding Saturday what they described as justice for their 17-year-old son, who was shot dead last year.<p>"It's overwhelming," Tracy Martin told CNN at a rally in Miami attended by …

Zimmerman verdict: the devastating message it sends

There are uncanny echoes of the politics of Stephen Lawrence case in the acquittal on Saturday in Florida of George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood …

The Zimmerman verdict outrage should also be about concealed guns

None of us know the specific events that took place on the night of 26 February 2010 in the housing complex Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida …

George Zimmerman acquittal leads to protests across US cities

Protesters have taken to the streets in the US as black community leaders demanded that the authorities pursue a federal civil rights case against …

George Zimmerman: half of jurors 'initially favoured conviction'

One of the six female jurors who acquitted the Florida neighbourhood watch leader George Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin has revealed that …

Open season on black boys after a verdict like this | Gary Younge

Let it be noted that on this day, Saturday 13 July 2013, it was still deemed legal in the US to chase and then shoot dead an unarmed young black man …

Evo Morales: plane rerouting over Edward Snowden 'a provocation'

The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, has called the rerouting of his plane over suspicions that the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was aboard a …

Edward Snowden: diplomatic storm swirls as whistleblower seeks asylum in Ecuador

The intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden will on Monday attempt to complete an audacious escape to the relative safety of South America after …

NSA surveillance is an attack on American citizens, says Noam Chomsky

The actions of the US government in spying on its and other countries' citizens have been sharply criticised by Noam Chomsky, the prominent political …

Prism: concerns over government tyranny are legitimate

Nobody would be shocked to hear me admit that I have a problem with authority. During most of my adult life, I have resisted the notion that the …

Prism and online privacy – news and teaching resources round up

The extent of the US National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance using a computer programme called Prism to access the contents of emails and live …

US intelligence outlines checks it says validate surveillance

The US intelligence community has written to Congress to confirm the existence of two sweeping surveillance programmes revealed by the Guardian, but …

Snowden's Perspective

Gary Webb is the journalist who blew the whistle on the CIA during the Iran Contra scandal in the 1980's. In 2005, Webb reportedly "committed suicide" by shooting himself in the head twice. This all happened prior to Twitter and Livestream globalizing citizen journalism online. We live in a …

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 …

Clapper admits secret NSA surveillance program to access user data

The US has admitted using a secret system to mine the systems of the biggest technology companies to spy on millions of people's online activity, …

And Of Course, It Gets Worse

<b>Well, it turns out</b> your data has been being minedlike you're a patch of fresh forest up in northern Wisconsin.<p>The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation - classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies - which was apparently used …

Surveillance

Anger swells after NSA phone records court order revelations

The scale of America's surveillance state was laid bare on Thursday as senior politicians revealed that the US counter-terrorism effort had swept up …

Cleveland kidnappings: Ariel Castro may face death penalty over miscarriages

Ariel Castro has been told he could face the death penalty for the “horrifying ordeal” inflicted on three young women who were kidnapped, locked in his home for a decade and repeatedly raped.<p>Dishevelled and wearing a baggy boiler suit, Castro, 52, made his first appearance in court today. He said …

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