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Corrupt journalism doesn’t pay. Nor does abetting it.

By Erik Wemple<p>, Media critic<p>Former Atlantic contributing editor* Marc Ambinder is showing appropriate contrition for having participated in some dubious journalistic practices back in July 2009. As exposed by some Freedom Of Information Act documents secured by J.K. Trotter of Gawker, Ambinder was …

“Under internal review,” NSA CTO works part-time for agency’s former chief

It's the second possible conflict of interest involving former NSA head Keith Alexander.<p>The National Security Agency is now conducting an internal …

Laura Poitras's Citizenfour: the real story of Edward Snowden

The award-winning, fearless filmmaker's documentary on her work with Snowden premiered yesterday, and it's full of bombshells.<p>Most significant is …

Spy chief: We should have been ‘transparent’ about post-9/11 surveillance

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a man who’s had the onerous task of defending controversial National Security Agency domestic spy …

Paul files class-action suit vs. NSA

Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday officially filed his class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency data collection, joining with two prominent tea party leaders to make the announcement.<p>Paul, a libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican and potential presidential …

Hackers aren't the problem at Sochi; surveillance is

It was a story too good to check. Olympics-bound NBC News reporter Richard Engel gets off the plane in Sochi and steps into a fog of malware, Wi-Fi honeypots and sinister auto-downloads. Within minutes, his phone is compromised. Rushing to turn off his Wi-Fi and freeze his banking apps, he barely …

NBC Reporter's Story of Getting Hacked in Russia Is BS, Experts Say

An NBC report that claimed visitors to Russia would have their phones and computers hacked almost immediately upon arrival has come under fire from …

That NBC story 100% fraudulent

Yesterday (Feb 5 2014) On February 4th, NBC News ran a story claiming that if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it'll …

The police get the tools they want, Britain loses the liberties it holds dear | Henry Porter

Crime rates are down, yet the police create a fantasy world of chaos demanding ever greater control over a free people<p>There are two striking images of modern Britain in this week's news. The first is the story that crime in Britain is at a 32-year low, which confirms evidence in statistical trends …

The Techno-Militarization Of America

Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay!<p>Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their …

Terror squad yanks 12-year-old out of class over plan to protest at David Cameron's office

<b>Update:</b> Derp. This is from 2010 -- the Independent's masthead with today's date at the top of the page tricked me!<p>Nicky Wishart is a 12 year old from …

Retired Site | PBS Programs | PBS

Find program websites, online videos and more for your favorite PBS shows.<p>Subscribe to our Previews newsletter for a sneak peek at your favorite …

Microsoft labels US government a ‘persistent threat' in plan to cut off NSA spying

Microsoft is unveiling an aggressive plan today to combat government surveillance. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, says the software giant shares the concerns of its own customers about government surveillance of the internet, and is planning to address them with improved encryption, legal …

NSA Has 50,000 ‘Digital Sleeper Agents’ Via Computer Malware, Says Latest Snowden Leak

Sleeper agents are among the most sinister spy assets: they lie in wait, wolves in sheep’s clothing, and then deliver a critical blow when activated. The NSA has 50,000 of those waiting for the literal push of a button, according to the latest batch of leaked Snowden documents, as seen by Dutch …

Schneier tells Washington NSA broke Internet’s security for everyone

And techies can only fix it if government stays out of the way.<p>WASHINGTON, DC—To say that there are a lot of people who are angry with the National …

How the US government inadvertently created Wikileaks

I was in Germany for Chaos Congress 2009, a hacker conference, and after attending a series of talks I was headed back to my hotel when I spotted …

'Guardian,' 'NYT' partner on surveillance stories

Seeking broader First Amendment protection in the U.S., <i>The Guardian</i>, the British newspaper that broke the story on massive surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, said Friday it has formed a partnership with <i>The New York Times</i> to publish more related stories.<p>In the partnership, <i>The</i> …

NSA reportedly bugged UN offices, hacked into video conferencing feeds

The NSA bugged offices in the UN's New York headquarters as part of a comprehensive surveillance program, says <i>Der Spiegel</i>. According to files leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency has bugged more than 80 embassies and consulates under a program called the "Special Collection Service." The program is …

Deep State excerpt: The NSA's expensive, Orwellian choice

<i>This is an excerpt from</i> Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry<i>, by Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady. Over the next few weeks, we'll be</i> …

DEA Passed Secret Data, Tips For Covering Up To IRS

Shh. It turns out that Big Brother is doing a bit more than looking for terrorists.<p>Information uncovered this week indicates that one of the beneficiaries of government surveillance programs is none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS was reportedly the recipient of information …

Members of Congress denied access to basic details of NSA spying

Members of Congress from both sides of the house have been denied access to details of NSA spying, even as they are being asked to vote on extending …

US drug agency gets intel from NSA, then lies about its origins to build cases

Meet the Drug Enforcement Administration's “Special Operations Division."<p>On Monday, Reuters reported on previously undisclosed documents showing that …

The Government Lied About Being Able To Read Your Email Without A Warrant

<i>Edward Snowden: “I, sitting at my desk, [could] wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email [address].”</i><p><i>Rep. Mike Rogers: “He was lying. […] It’s impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do.”</i><p>Who is right, and who is …

Democratic establishment unmasked

One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves - and everyone else - is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no …

A Reporter Is Forced to Testify Against His Alleged Source

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A reporter for <i>The New York Times</i> will have to testify against a CIA official accused of leaking …

Holder announces major changes to leak probe guidelines

According to the rule changes, the FBI will no longer be able to portray a reporter as a co-conspirator in a criminal leak as a way to get around a legal bar on secret search warrants for reporting materials.<p>WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday announced changes to how it will conduct …

Federal Judge Allows EFF's NSA Mass Spying Case to Proceed