One of the exceptional things about Post-Constitutional America is how instead of using the traditional tools of an autocracy– secret police, torture, mass round ups– the majority of Americans have given up their rights willfully, voluntarily, almost gleefully. The key tool used by government to have accomplished this is fear-mongering.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 28, 2014 3:10 pm|
Democratic congressman Alan Grayson, who serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the US House of Representatives, has written a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. It requests answers related to how the NSA has weakened encryption standards.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday July 21, 2014 11:07 am|
Speaking via video link (he uses Skype!) from Russia to the HopeX hackers’ conference in New York City July 19, Edward Snowden issued a call to arms to those present. Engineers, he said, “need to think now in adversarial terms to defeat government technical capabilities.” While the government now uses technology to shield themselves from accountability, software and hardware must “become a way to express our freedoms while protecting our freedoms.”
|By: Brian Sonenstein Tuesday July 1, 2014 12:15 pm|
With the help of our friends at the Freedom of the Press Foundation we’re implementing the open-source SecureDrop whistleblower submission system for our writers. But we need your support to get set up.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday June 12, 2014 11:40 am|
Glenn Greenwald almost missed the story of his career because he didn’t understand how to communicate securely.
The person Greenwald now knows as Edward Snowden began contacting him via open email, urging Greenwald to learn how to use encryption and other web tools to receive sensitive information. When Greenwald was slow to act, Snowden even made a video tutorial to baby-step him through the necessary procedures. Absent these extraordinary efforts by Snowden, who knows when or even if his game-changing NSA information would have come to light.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:00 am|
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) in-house watchdog has demanded that the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) turn over all information it has collected related to abuses and mismanagement at VA medical facilities, according to a subpoena delivered to POGO May 30.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 3, 2013 6:30 am|
A federal judge has unsealed documents in a case involving the owner of the encrypted email service provider, Lavabit, which former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was using.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday August 9, 2013 10:10 am|
Yesterday the email services believed to be used by Edward Snowden — Lavabit — ceased operations, announcing they would suspend business rather than continue in compliance with court orders. Shortly thereafter Silent Circle, another privacy focused email service run by PGP creator Phil Zimmerman, saw the handwriting on the wall and ceased operations as well.