The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded The Guardian and The Washington Post prizes for journalism on National Security Agency documents from Edward Snowden that they considered a “public service.” But, notably, the individual journalists, whose bravery and courage made the stories themselves possible, were not recognized with awards.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 14, 2014 2:43 pm|
|By: emptywheel Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm|
Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 7, 2014 9:02 am|
US government officials realized that hypocrisy had been exposed. Both countries could now be said to engage in hacking. As one senior administration official said to the Times, “We clearly don’t occupy the moral high ground that we once thought we did.”
|By: spocko Saturday April 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
Daniel Suarez’s book Kill Decision takes on the topic of drones, especially autonomous drones that can make their own decision to kill, with no human in the loop.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday March 29, 2014 1:59 pm|
This book is a window into a period of American history when secret government used its vast powers to engage in the widespread quashing of dissent.
In the midst of this dark era, a group of conscientious citizens chose to burglarize an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, because they thought they might be able to confirm how the FBI was spying on Americans who dared to protest the policies of their government.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 28, 2014 12:10 pm|
The FBI wanted him to “give the FBI his computer so it could securely remove the classified information.” McClanahan would not allow the FBI to do this and Belvin suggested he was being uncooperative. When McClanahan suggested the FBI apply for a warrant to gain access to his computer, which he would probably then move to quash, Belvin informed him the FBI would likely do this.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday March 28, 2014 7:35 am|
So, after nine months of ignoring the Snowden revelations, downplaying the the Snowden revelations, not telling the truth about the Snowden revelations, insulting the Snowden revelations, sending members of his administration to lie to Congress about the Snowden revelations and claiming everything the NSA does is legal, righteous and necessary to keep the barbarians outside the gates, Obama is coincidentally now proposing some “reforms” without acknowledging the Snowden revelations. Let’s have a look based on what we know right now.
|By: DSWright Friday March 28, 2014 6:40 am|
House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers will reportedly not be seeking re-election. Rogers is perhaps most famous for claiming, without evidence, that Edward Snowden was a Russian agent. His seeming contempt for the Bill of Rights and any limitations or oversight of US intelligence agencies has made him one of the more polarizing figures on Capitol Hill.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday March 27, 2014 8:00 pm|
So it turns out that Michele Bachmann was right all along, but as usual, not in the way she intended. America is exceptional; just like say, Saudi Arabia is.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 26, 2014 12:02 pm|
It now seems the bulk surveillance program, which collects all American consumers’ phone records, which Obama and others in government have spent months defending, will never have the public’s support. And now that Americans know about the nature of this once kept secret program, Obama and members of Congress that sought to defend the surveillance are having to support “ending” the program in some way or another. But is it all for show?