Are you still hearing, “But they’re just collecting metadata!” when the subject of the NSA’s rampant collection of information about us comes up? There is no such thing as “just metadata.” With enough different data points, your life becomes an open book that a variety of government agencies can examine at will. “Just metadata” is a big lie that supports the surveillance state, and makes a mockery of our expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 18, 2014 4:59 pm|
The self-serving admission by Director for National Intelligence James Clapper that the government should have never kept secret a program under the PATRIOT Act to collect the phone records of all Americans may be further affirmation of the fact that former National Security Agency Edward Snowden is a whistleblower.
It also reflects unwavering confidence in the government position that the collection is entirely legal, constitutional and not wrong at all so, therefore, it probably could have been made public without upsetting Americans.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 17, 2014 6:29 pm|
DNI Clapper’s admission that basic details on the existence of the program should not have been kept secret coupled with his regret that the NSA did not make the right decision to be a bit more open is another result of Snowden’s disclosures for which Snowden deserves credit. It is another argument for why he is a whistleblower.
|By: msmolly Friday February 14, 2014 6:27 pm|
The myths surrounding the revelations by Ed Snowden about the unchecked surveillance state are like zombies that never die. After I posted the Day We Fight Back information on my Facebook timeline on Tuesday, a friend replied with the following comment:
“I’m sorry but I believe it’s a small price to pay for our protection from evil.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 28, 2014 6:47 am|
According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, are working on ways to use weak security for smartphone games like Angry Birds to spy on people. The games contain information both about the phone being used and the user – location, gender, age – which would allow the spy agencies to track someone and run the information they suck out through their surveillance infrastructure.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 25, 2014 8:59 am|
CNBC has been hanging out all week with all the cool kids at Davos. I happened to see bits and pieces of their coverage, and found like much like watching the E! network reporting on the Golden Globes, albeit without Joan Rivers. Even the CNBC folks cop to this comparison, given the headline to their roundup of links to a bunch of their interviews.
But if a scoop falls in your lap and no one notices, does it make a sound?
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday January 16, 2014 9:08 am|
Your doctor does not need your authorization to share your health information with the government. If the NSA asks for it, they get it. I found no provision requiring your medical provider to tell you the information was passed to the government.
|By: patrick devlin Saturday December 28, 2013 12:20 pm|
The judge declared that the personal communications of Americans and the citizens of other countries, even as these communications are the physical expressions that reveal the personal cogitative energies carried out by individual humans – the thoughts that are our own and that we understand to be ‘self-expressions’, are in fact not “owned” by us (the expressing individuals) but, are rather the personal possessions of the data service and communications businesses upon whose equipment we hire to deliver our personal ideas and expressions through.
|By: Elliott Friday December 27, 2013 10:31 am|
Glenn Greenwald headlines the 30th Chaos Communication Congress today in Hamburg, Germany.
|By: David Swanson Saturday December 7, 2013 10:45 am|
Google may have been, until now, the Obama of hip internet monopolies. No matter how many nations the President bombs, people still put Obama peace-sign stickers on their cars. No matter how many radical rightwing initiatives Google funds, people still think it’s a “progressive corporation” — How could it not be? It’s making progress!
Google is funding Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union, and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation.
And there’s more really bad news: Google is funding ALEC.