A bipartisan bill was introduced yesterday that would to finally start regulating the NSA including ending the bulk collection of Americans’ communication records. The bill is authored by Democrats Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Richard Blumenthal, and Republican Rand Paul. This is one of the first attempts to rein the NSA in after abuses by the agency were revealed by Edward Snowden.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 26, 2013 6:45 am|
|By: DSWright Thursday August 22, 2013 6:35 am|
The initial defense of the NSA spying program echoed by everyone from Congress to the agency heads to the White House was that the program was “legal.” But newly declassified material shows that even the secret court stacked with Chief Justice Roberts’ judges recognized the NSA was conducting a domestic spying program when the NSA gathered thousands of Americans’ emails.
|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.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 3, 2013 9:00 am|
One of the ripples from Edward Snowden’s revelations of the orders issued by the FISA court has been shock and surprise (from those who have not been paying much attention) at the workings of the FISA court. They have been roundly attacked for operating behind closed doors, hearing only one side of things, and issuing judgments only in secret. Thus, when Snowden made public one of their rulings — the order to Verizon to turn over metadata — it not only brought that specific surveillance tactic into the open, but demonstrated more broadly how the secret rulings of this confidential court reach into everyday life of ordinary people.
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|By: DSWright Thursday August 1, 2013 6:40 am|
One of the key deflections over the ethical questions related to domestic spying by the government is that “it’s legal.” Stated ad nauseum, this defense was supposed to reduce violations of Fourth Amendment protected privacy to technical misunderstandings. However, it turns out the NSA did, in fact, go beyond technical limits by violating court orders.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday July 25, 2013 8:00 pm|
As I watched the first tiny peep of congressional rebellion against the odious, authoritarian policies that have swamped America since The Day That Changed Everything narrowly defeated in the House yesterday, I was reminded of the endlessly repeated, tinny refrain of those dark days, “They hate us for our freedom.” According to such preschool logic, the “Patriot Act,” passed nearly unanimously a few weeks later, should have fixed that once and for all.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 18, 2013 3:30 pm|
In the government nexus of public and legally disclosed information there is a surreal pocket of time where something that everyone knows cannot be legally admitted to. We know, they know we know, but officials cannot admit anything until there is a legal clearing process. Such it is now with the NSA. We all know they monitor, record and archive every phone call and email within the United States and elsewhere in the world, they know we know, but they cannot admit it under the law. So drip drip drip.
|By: DSWright Monday July 8, 2013 6:40 am|
Nothing exemplifies an open society like secret laws. According to a report by the New York Times, an entire new body of law has been created, in secret, to govern the NSA’s operations. The FISA court, under dubious pretexts, has rewritten the Fourth Amendment.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday June 19, 2013 11:10 am|
The world has spent the last two weeks digesting Edward Snowden’s disclosures illustrating top secret US domestic communications surveillance and cyber warfare programs. Even though the pundit classes are doing their best to launch an intensive investigation of the messenger rather than the government, people around the world are beginning to ask questions and speak out against these extreme intrusions into basic privacy.
|By: Phoenix Woman Friday June 14, 2013 8:00 pm|
Time to repeal the “PATRIOT” Act and rein in FISA.