Edward Snowden

Whistleblower protections are on shaky ground under Trump

This week’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing foreshadowed a possible clash between stopping leaks and protecting leakers.<p>The Senate Intelligence …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Refugees who helped Edward Snowden now look to Canada as their only hope

Lawyers in Canada are frantically working to bring four refugees and their children over, amid concerns that they face grave reprisals over their actions<p>For two weeks they sheltered the world’s most wanted man, ferrying Edward Snowden between tiny apartments in Hong Kong’s poorest neighborhood.<p>Now …

Refugees

Too much surveillance makes us less free. It also makes us less safe.

After terrorist attacks in Boston, Orlando and Manchester, authorities informed the public that they “were aware” of the perpetrator months or even years before the violence occurred. Time and time again we learn that informants — clergy, neighbors, family members — filed reports with authorities, …

Surveillance

CIA Plans to Destroy Some of Its Old Leak Files

The National Archives has tentatively approved a proposal to let the agency get rid of files that don’t have historical value. Historians fear there’s a lot of room for error.<p>The CIA is scheduled to begin destroying old records related to leaks of classified information in August unless critics …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Canada: Expedite Snowden-Linked Asylum Cases

(New York) – The Canadian government should fast-track its consideration of the refugee claims of seven people who sheltered US National Security …

Refugees

Canadian government accused of abandoning families that sheltered Edward Snowden

Lawyers representing three families who once sheltered U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong say they are taking the federal government to …

Canadian News

Group asks Canadian court to expedite applications of refugees who hid Snowden

A group of lawyers are hoping the courts will force the federal government to speed up refugee applications for three families who helped hide former CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong.<p>The lawyers have asked a Federal Court judge to order Ottawa to live up to it obligations to protect …

Refugees

Top iPhone or iPad apps for productivity | ZDNet

Mail<p>If you're a Gmail user, then I recommend Inbox by Gmail. However, if you use a different email service -- or you use several -- then I suggest …

Apps

What makes whistleblowers speak out while others stay silent about wrongdoing

Gold-medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu was once a self-described people pleaser, laser-focused on keeping her coaches, fans and parents happy. But she endured years of abusive coaching on her way to the top, and as an adult, she decided that speaking out about the problems in her sport was more …

Psychology

Asylum seekers who housed Snowden to sue Canadian government

The seven asylum seekers who housed American whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013 are set to sue the Canadian government on Tuesday for …

Hong Kong

‘Authorities want me removed from case,’ lawyer for asylum seekers who helped Snowden claims

The Immigration Department has asked to replace the lawyer for the seven asylum seekers who sheltered American whistle-blower Edward Snowden in 2013, …

Asylum Seekers

Why is data journalism important these days?

<i>The internet may have eaten some newspapers’ lunch, but it’s also blessed them with something extraordinary: data journalism.</i><p><b>What’s data journalism?</b><p>Data journalism is a marriage of a reporter’s nose for news with a statistician’s love for data analysis. By analyzing the massive data sets that have …

Journalism

Support Group and Defense Fund

Jeff Paterson<p>Co-founder<p>A Marine veteran and web developer, Jeff has spent the last eleven years as the project director of Courage to Resist, which …

Journalism

Rachel Maddow’s Exclusive “Scoop” About a Fake NSA Document Raises Several Key Questions

<b>(updated below)</b><p>MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow devoted the first 21 minutes of her Thursday night program to what she promoted as an “exclusive” scoop. The …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Trump's pursuit of friendship with Putin fulfills his campaign promise

The president has been uniquely tireless in his efforts to pursue warmer relations with Moscow, despite the political costs at home.<p>HAMBURG — When it comes to dealing with Russia, President Donald Trump is keeping his promise.<p>As president, Trump has backed away from campaign promises to impose …

Russia

Netflix: What's new? What's worth it?

<b>American Pie</b><p>Everyone has that one film that shaped their adolescent years, and my pick may be raunchier than some others.<p>American Pie is a film that …

Canadian News

Wikileaks Hits Miami Democratic Operative for Saying He'd Kill Snowden, Assange

Evan Ross is a little-known but well-connected lobbyist in Miami-Dade County. He's also fairly active within the Miami-Dade Democratic Party: He's …

National Security Agency (NSA)

The USA and the Fourth of July

<i>The US Bill of Rights</i><p>Today is the fourth of July. It is considered to be ‘independence day’ for the USA as its <i>Declaration of Independence</i> was adopted …

U.S. Supreme Court

The Fight for Freedom Begins in Culture

To a first approximation, American political history before the 18th century is British political history. As most American schoolchildren know, in …

Democracy

Edward Snowden On Chris Christie Sunbathing Pic: 'The Politics Of An Era In One Frame'

The New Jersey governor was photographed Sunday lounging on a beach that he closed to the public.<p>WASHINGTON — National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden says a photographer managed to “capture the politics of an era” when he snapped a photo of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) lounging …

Chris Christie

We Must Declare Independence

By: Ron Paul <br>As Independence Day comes around again we should spend a few moments between barbecue and fireworks to think about the meaning of …

Conservative POV

Judge Allows Fraud Claims Over Financing of Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'

Vendian Entertainment allegedly concealed a principal who controlled the film company's purse strings.<p>Vendian Entertainment has failed in its initial …

Law

The NSA Confronts a Problem of Its Own Making

Recent cyberattacks show what happens when America’s secret-keepers can’t keep their secrets.<p>It is hard to imagine more fitting names for code-gone-bad than WannaCry and Eternal Blue. Those are just some of the computer coding vulnerabilities pilfered from the National Security Agency’s …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Review: American director Oliver Stone produces an embarrassing puff piece in ‘The Putin Interviews’

Rather than insight into the Russian president’s controversial policies, what we get is a puff piece.<p>Since the election of Donald Trump as the …

FinTech

German regulator suspends law on storing phone and Internet data

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German regulator has suspended the launch of a law obliging German telecom companies to keep telephone and Internet data for up to 10 weeks to help fight crime, citing a court ruling.<p>The data retention law, which had been due to come into effect on Saturday, requires companies …

Privacy

Flawed reporting about WhatsApp

Cumulative effect of missteps led the Guardian to overstate the potential impact on the security of users’ messaging<p>The Guardian was wrong to report in January that the popular messaging service WhatsApp had a security flaw so serious that it was a huge threat to freedom of speech.<p>But it was right …

WhatsApp

Facebook now has two billion monthly users

Facebook has hit a new milestone, with the number of its active monthly users crossing two billion. The firm's CEO Mark Zuckerberg says its new …

Social Media

In Praise of the Intelligence Oversight Process: Our New Anti-Populist Paper

Years ago, when <i>Lawfare</i> was still in its infancy, the two of us made an entirely serious video (well, maybe not <i>entirely</i> serious) for YouTube about the …

Judiciary

Once Reserved For Spies, Espionage Act Now Used Against Suspected Leakers

Support the news<p>A hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Espionage Act to deal with spying against the U.S. in World War I.<p>…

National Security Agency (NSA)

Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons

Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States — Britain and Ukraine.<p>The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons. White House officials have …

Cybersecurity