Barrett Brown is an internet guy. He may or may not have been involved with web naughty boys Anonymous and most certainly was deeply involved with broad free speech issues online. In 2011 Brown posted a link in a chatroom, pointing to data that was obtained during the late-2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. The link pointed to the Wikileaks site.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 20, 2014 6:40 am|
Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance.
This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the first that any lawyer involved in cases against the government have heard this wild argument. Is it some kind of ham-handed attempt to help the NSA retain control of the phone records?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 19, 2013 11:45 am|
A batch of documents declassified as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been released. They were posted by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI), which disingenuously claimed the release was part of President Barack Obama’s directing the agency to be more transparent.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 16, 2013 1:22 pm|
It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal how the investigations were started.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 10, 2013 6:18 pm|
Hundreds of documents on the government’s secret interpretation of a section of the PATRIOT Act and the NSA’s abuse of a massive database of Americans’ phone records have been released. President Barack Obama would like the public to believe this is part of the administration’s effort to be the “most transparent administration in history.” However, that is completely dishonest because the administration never wanted to release these documents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 5, 2013 9:45 am|
One of the authors of the PATRIOT Act, which granted the Executive Branch of government broad powers to fight alleged terrorists after the September 11th attacks, has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that aims to challenge the NSA’s massive collection of Americans’ phone records.
The lawsuit, according to the ACLU, “argues that the dragnet, justified by the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215, violates the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment as well as the First Amendment rights of free speech and association.” It also argues that the “program exceeds the authority that Congress provided through the PATRIOT Act.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 15, 2013 5:54 pm|
YACHT, best described as an electronic rock or synth pop group, and Marc Maron, who is known for his “WTF” podcast and is also a guitarist, have recorded a delightfully irreverent protest anthem on total surveillance by the National Security Agency.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 8, 2013 2:45 pm|
Update: Silent Circle follows suit.
The owner of Lavabit, an email service believed to be better focused on privacy and security for users than Gmail, has decided to shut down the service. It is notable because this is the service that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on US government surveillance programs, was reportedly using.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 7, 2013 12:15 pm|
Over a dozen countries, including the United States, are currently negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The public is not allowed to know what is in the agreement, though large corporations are.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 16, 2013 3:10 pm|
Nineteen organizations including Calguns Foundation, a gun owners group, and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, have come together to file a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) for violating their right to freedom of association under the First Amendment by collecting and storing, in bulk, data from their members’ call records.