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US intelligence agencies' 'black budget' detailed

<b>A breakdown of US intelligence's multi-billion dollar "black budget" has been revealed in files disclosed by leaker Edward Snowden to the Washington Post.</b><p>The CIA's budget is the most expensive, $14.7bn (£9.5bn) out of $52.6bn in total for 16 intelligence agencies, according to the files.<p>Two of …

Greenwald's Partner Carried Docs

US federal agencies want NSA data to help nab copyright violators

The primary defense of the necessity of the US National Security Agency’s broad spying powers—including, apparently, recording pretty much everything anyone anywhere is doing on the internet—is that its activities are necessary to protect against terrorists and violent criminals. But a report …

Ecuador says it blundered over Snowden travel document

Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden's asylum request and never intended to facilitate his flight from Hong Kong, president Rafael Correa said, …

The National Security Agency and Technological Change

This post builds on the one Lukas put up last week. Most commentaries on the Snowden Affair, PRISM, and the other NSA programs that have come to …

How Edward Snowden’s encrypted insurance file might work

Now we have a bit more clarity on what Edward Snowden meant last week when he said, “The US government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”<p>It turns out Snowden has given copies of the files he purloined from the US National …

NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls, a participant in the briefing said.<p>Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed on Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of …

U.S. surveillance architecture includes collection of revealing Internet, phone metadata

<b>Correction:</b> An early version of this article said James B. Comey had been nominated for the role of FBI director. Comey is the expected pick, but a nominee has not been named. This version of the article has been corrected.<p>On March 12, 2004, acting attorney general James B. Comey and the Justice …

Six reasons why choosing Hong Kong is a brilliant move by Edward Snowden | Corrente

I live in Hong Kong. And when the news broke that Snowden had decided to take refuge in my city, I was puzzled at first. But then, as I read and …

GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits

Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls …

Advice for Snowden from a man who knows: 'Always check six'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thomas Drake is one of the few people who understands from personal experience what the future may hold for Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former NSA contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s top secret phone and Internet surveillance programs.<p>His advice for Snowden: “Be …

Edward Snowden and the selective targeting of leaks

Jack Shafer<p>« Previous Post<p>The spy who came in for your soul<p>Next Post »<p>Snowden versus the dragons<p>18 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our …

Larry Hunter, the Cassandra of digital privacy

In the mid 1980s, when Mark Zuckerberg was still in diapers, computers ran on floppy disks, and a web was something a spider built, a …

NSA surveillance: anger mounts in Congress at 'spying on Americans'

Anger was mounting in Congress on Tuesday night as politicians, briefed for the first time after revelations about the government's surveillance …

In Context: Digital Surveillance, Ethics, and PRISM

With recent revelations about the U.S. government’s PRISM program targeting top internet companies to monitor online activity, state surveillance is …

Justice Dept. weighs Google's request to lift NSA gag order

The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Tuesday that it is considering requests from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that would let them clear their names after allegations they opened their networks to government spies, although U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has not yet issued a decision on …

Google: We’re No NSA Stooge and We’ll Prove It if the Feds Let Us

Tech giant Google has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for permission to publish the number of national-security information requests it receives …

PRISM scandal: The problem with "nothing to hide" and surveillance.

<i>This post originally appeared on Danah Boyd’s blog Apophenia.</i><p>Every April, I try to wade through mounds of paperwork to file my taxes. Like most …

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls<p>By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY<p>The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told …

Edward Snowden: Saving Us from the United Stasi of America

<i>Daniel Ellsberg’s opinion piece in the Guardian today:</i><p>In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward …

Surveillance

Worried about the Mass Surveillance? How to Practice Safer Communication — ProPublica

<b>Update:</b> A warning: Since this article was posted, we reported on the NSA's abilities to break encryption, as well as their secret efforts to weaken …

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