Over at Lawfare blog, which is a bastion on the Internet for United States national security establishment thinking, editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes is pushing this argument that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is to blame for a massive civil liberties violation. That violation involves providing 160,000 emails collected by the NSA to the Washington Post for the purpose of publishing a major piece of journalism that would be in the public interest.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 8, 2014 1:24 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 9, 2014 5:00 pm|
On the same day that President Obama met with lawmakers and White House counsel Kate Ruemmler met with civil liberties groups to discuss National Security Agency reforms, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence (HSCI) decided to give the media a taste of what a classified Pentagon report on Edward Snowden.
HSCI Chair Mike Rogers leaked just enough details to promote fear around what files the NSA whistleblower may have taken. “This report confirms my greatest fears — Snowden’s real acts of betrayal place America’s military men and women at greater risk. Snowden’s actions are likely to have lethal consequences for our troops in the field,” Rogers said in a statement.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 5, 2014 9:00 am|
A column on why former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should not be granted clemency—and will not be given clemency—was written by Slate’s Fred Kaplan on January 3. It quickly became regarded as a sharp well-argued rebuttal to The New York Times’ editorial, which labeled Snowden a whistleblower and urged President Barack Obama to show him leniency so he could come back to the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 11, 2013 10:15 am|
Latest revelations from National Security Agency documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden renew focus on the need for online companies to provide users with better controls so “unique identifiers” do not aid the government in warrantless surveillance.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 4, 2013 4:01 pm|
New documents from former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA is storing location data from “at least hundreds of millions of devices.”
The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Koltani write, “The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 16, 2013 9:28 am|
President Barack Obama, although recently suggesting he would be open to discussion about some reforms to National Security Agency surveillance policies, has maintained that the United States has laws, which “specifically prohibit” the government from “surveilling US persons without a warrant. And there are a whole range of safeguards that have been put in place to make sure that that basic principle is abided by.”
The president has suggested that the public is wrong to think the NSA is somehow “out there willy-nilly just sucking in information on everybody and doing” what it pleases with it. However, documents provided to The Washington Post by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden indicate that thousands of privacy violations have occurred.