Now we get to the second phase of understanding the Surveillance State – once you have vacuumed up all this private information from everyone, what do you do with it? Answer: blackmail, extort, and destroy. Information is power, the power to punish your perceived enemies and reward your friends and the NSA’s mastery of the internet gives them access to a lot of information.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 27, 2013 6:56 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 26, 2013 9:30 am|
A National Security Agency history of intelligence activities during the Cold War has been further declassified. For the first time, the names of a few of the people who were on a watch list operated by the NSA have not been withheld. The history also contains various details that are exceptionally relevant to the debate around US intelligence and privacy that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden ignited.
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday July 21, 2013 8:32 am|
Bradley Manning faces life in prison for supposedly aiding the enemy by revealing past American misdeeds, Julian Assange is threatened with arrest for publishing his leaks if he sets foot outside the Ecuadoran embassy in London, and Edward Snowden is stuck in a transit no-man’s land in Moscow facing the same charges. These three musketeers are being hounded for exposing government wrong-doing that has cost thousands of lives as ‘the West’ crusades against terrorists and a select list of ‘dictators’ around the world.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 22, 2013 1:00 pm|
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided documents to The Guardian and blew the whistle on secret surveillance programs collecting the personal data and information of innocent Americans and others from around the world.
|By: MSPB Watch Sunday June 16, 2013 6:40 pm|
Whistleblowers need to recognize the opportunities that abound these days and convert them into tangible rights and legal protections. Yes, the government is hostile to whistleblowers (especially those from the national security sector), but with sustained, effective, and forward-looking political action, it can happen, even if not right away.
|By: DSWright Monday June 10, 2013 2:00 pm|
Legendary Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg has written a supporting article in the Guardian about Edward Snowden, the man behind the recent leaking of the NSA’s secret program to spy on Americans without a warrant.
|By: Norman Solomon Friday June 7, 2013 2:10 pm|
Dear Senator Feinstein:
On Thursday, when you responded to news about massive ongoing surveillance of phone records of people in the United States, you slipped past the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. As the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, you seem to be in the habit of treating the Bill of Rights as merely advisory.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday May 19, 2013 1:59 pm|
In his book, Fighting for the Press: The Pentagon Papers & Other Battles, Goodale presents a first-hand account of what happened as lawyers sought to defend the newspaper from the government. He describes how Max Frankel, foreign reporter for the Times, informed him he had “documents related to the Vietnam War.” He did not, at first, see them but was confronted with the issue of whether it was legal for the press to publish classified information.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 11, 2013 11:30 am|
The San Francisco Pride Committee held a meeting on Tuesday night. It was their monthly meeting and the Board of Directors was well aware that there would be individuals from the community that would be attending to express their outrage at the Board’s decision to not allow Pfc. Bradley Manning to be honored as a Grand Marshal at this year’s Pride parade. However, the meeting was held in a small conference room and members of the public and press were kept out of the meeting.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 20, 2013 5:00 pm|
Following Pfc. Bradley Manning’s statement in court, Daniel Ellsberg, who blew the whistle on the Pentagon Papers, shares his reaction to the statement and thoughts on his case. He draws comparisons between his case forty years ago and Manning’s today.