“The border agent asked what my job is. When I explained I was the Yemen project co-ordinator for London-based legal charity Reprieve he said, ‘Sir, please come with me. We have a Terrorism Act and I have some questions I need to ask you.’” – Yemeni human rights activist Baraa Shiban
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 25, 2013 3:25 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 9, 2013 2:56 pm|
A Brazilian television program has revealed that the National Security Agency in the United States spied on the internal and private computer networks of the oil company, Petrobras, which is partly state-owned.
Globo TV’s “Fantastico” program reported top secret documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, which were provided to program by Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, include a May 2012 presentation used to “train new agents step-by-step on how to access and spy upon private computer networks—the internal networks of companies, governments, financial institutions—networks designed to precisely to protect information.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 30, 2013 7:30 am|
A high court in the United Kingdom has given the Metropolitan police the expanded power to investigate whether David Miranda committed “crimes related to terrorism and breaches of the Official Secrets Act,” according to Robert Booth of The Guardian.
|By: Barry Eisler Wednesday August 28, 2013 5:45 am|
Today, I’d like to discuss a common leftist reaction to the National Surveillance State’s war on journalism: the idea that journalists should preempt government attacks like Miranda’s detention and the destruction of Guardian computers by immediately dumping onto the Internet any secret files that come into their possession.
|By: DSWright Friday August 23, 2013 8:25 am|
The UK newspaper The Independent published a story on a secret Middle East-based intelligence station, claiming some of the information for the story was contained in the leaked documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden. The problem, according to Glenn Greenwald, is that Snowden denies ever talking to The Independent and being a source for the story. The story is likely to be damaging to UK and US interests in the region.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday August 22, 2013 8:00 pm|
I’ve made a few bad calls in my time, like when I told a client not to buy a place in the industrial, brewery-scented backwater that was soon to become the tony “Pearl District,” but by far the most consequential was my misreading of how Americans would react to George W. Bush’s launching the return of Frontier Justice. I know I wasn’t alone, because even the long-suffering Laura visibly grimaced the first time he trotted out “Dead or Alive,” but then something odd happened. We, the People, ate it up. With relish.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 22, 2013 12:40 pm|
Shortly before the August recess, Alan Grayson and a bipartisan group of his fellow members of congress organized a hearing at which critics of the NSA’s surveillance practices would finally have their concerns voiced.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:55 pm|
Many were shocked by the nastiness of the British government – with America’s approval – holding Glenn Greenwald’s partner under an anti-Terrorism law for nine hours during which time they interrogated him and stole his property.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 18, 2013 5:20 pm|
The partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald was detained by United Kingdom authorities at Heathrow Airport for nine hours, the maximum period under a provision of a terrorism law in the country. His partner had “electronics equipment including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles” confiscated.