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Agreements with private companies protect U.S. access to cables’ data for surveillance

The U.S. government had a problem: Spying in the digital age required access to the fiber-optic cables traversing the world’s oceans, carrying torrents of data at the speed of light. And one of the biggest operators of those cables was being sold to an Asian firm, potentially complicating American …

Daniel Ellsberg: NSA leaker Snowden made the right call

<i>Daniel Ellsberg is the author of “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.” He was charged in 1971 under the Espionage Act as well as for theft and conspiracy for copying the Pentagon Papers. The trial was dismissed in 1973 after evidence of government misconduct, including illegal</i> …

4th of July DUI Checkpoint - Drug Dogs, Searched without Consent, while Innocent

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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has …

Ecuador offers U.S. rights aid, waives trade benefits

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador’s leftist government thumbed its nose at Washington on Thursday by renouncing U.S. trade benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.<p>Ecuador's Foreign Minister …

California Man Faces 13 Years In Prison For Offending Bank of America With Kiddie Chalk

<b>UPDATE</b> (<i>ACTION NEEDED</i>): The Daily Kos Community has launched a petition in support of Jeff Olson...and the First Amendment. Tell the San Diego City …

U.S. bugged EU offices, computer networks: German magazine

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States has bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged U.S. spy programs.<p>A general view of the large former …

NSA’s PRISM program: The government’s surveillance will lead to an abuse of power.

After the <i>Guardian’s</i> revelation that the National Security Agency is mining the data of Verizon customers on Thursday, some of my colleagues told me …

Cops Plead Guilty to Helping Plant Drugs on Woman Sexually Harassed by Judge

With a plot out of a Hollywood movie or a gripping Lifetime TV show, a mesmerizing drama of sex, power, frame-ups, planted drugs, and lies unfolded …

2 Senators Say the NSA Is Still Feeding Us False Information

How can a democratic republic function when the bureaucrats are constantly misleading the people?<p>President Obama avows that he welcomes a debate about the NSA, privacy, and national security. Before Edward Snowden's leak, Americans lacked the information necessary for that debate; Obama would …

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NSA memo eyed 4th Amendment

The National Security Agency pushed for the government to “rethink” the Fourth Amendment when it argued in a classified memo that it needed new authorities and capabilities for the information age.<p>The 2001 memo, later declassified and posted online by George Washington University’s National …

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Five myths about legalizing marijuana

<i>Doug Fine is the author of “Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution,” in which he followed one legal medicinal cannabis plant from farm to patient.</i><p>With 16 states having decriminalized or legalized cannabis for non-medical use and eight more heading toward some kind of …

'Meet the Press' Pundit With Financial Ties to NSA Misleadingly Slams Snowden

On <i>Meet the Press</i> yesterday, shortly after host host David Gregory stunned many by suggesting that <i>The Guardian</i>’s Glenn Greenwald should face …

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Five myths about privacy

<i>Daniel J. Solove is a law professor at George Washington University, the founder of the privacy and data-security training company TeachPrivacy and the author of “Nothing to Hide.”</i><p>The disclosure of two secret government surveillance programs — one involving phone records and the other personal data …

Glenn Greenwald on the NSA and PRISM: "It's well past time that we have a debate about whether that's the kind of country and world in which we want to live"

On the heels of Thursday's news that revealed government agencies have been using a secret program to collect various types of data from some of the largest digital companies – including Google, Apple, and Facebook – so as to monitor Americans communications, "Piers Morgan Live" invited <b>Glenn</b> …

US gov't defends NSA surveillance, slams 'reprehensible' journalists

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has defended secret data mining — and criticized media outlets for reporting it.<p>After media outlets …

Obama Administration Has Declared War On Whistleblowers, Describes Leaks As 'Aiding The Enemy'

In 2008, now President Obama ran with the following as a key plank in his campaign:<p><i>Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about</i> …

A Child's Guide to Why NSA Surveillance is Bad

<i>NSA surveillance is legal.</i><p>True, as was slavery in the U.S., the Holocaust under Nazi Germany, Apartheid in South Africa and so forth. Laws mean very little when they are manipulated for evil.<p><i>I'm not doing anything wrong, so why should I care? If you're doing nothing wrong, then you've got nothing</i> …

Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On?

As I write this, a bunch of reporters are flying from Moscow to Havana on an Aeroflot Airbus 330, but Edward Snowden isn’t sitting among them. His whereabouts are unknown. He might still be in the V.I.P. lounge at Sheremetyevo International Airport. He could have left on another plane. There are …

George Takei Fears NSA Spying Will Lead to Something Much Worse

George Takei is hardly the only American concerned about the NSA’s massive surveillance programs. But unlike most people, his fears are rooted in the …

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Wants Answers On NSA Surveillance - The National Memo - Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is leading a group of 26 senators — 22 Democrats, three Republicans and one Independent — in demanding answers from Director …

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THICK and fast they came at last, and more and more and more. On June 5th the <i>Guardian</i>, a British newspaper, reported that America’s National Security …