Nobody can expect any privacy over the Internet any more.
|By: cmaukonen Sunday July 14, 2013 5:20 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 29, 2013 7:52 am|
At the annual Socialism Conference in Chicago last night, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald delivered a speech where he talked about connecting with and meeting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden for the first time. He spoke about being surprised by how he was young and how his resolve and conviction about revealing the inner workings of the NSA inspired him to be courageous and go out and report on documents he was given over the next three to four months.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday June 17, 2013 2:55 pm|
As happens with so much news these days, the Edward Snowden revelations about National Security Agency (NSA) spying and just how far we’ve come in the building of a surveillance state have swept over us 24/7 — waves of leaks, videos, charges, claims, counterclaims, skullduggery, and government threats. When a flood sweeps you away, it’s always hard to find a little dry land to survey the extent and nature of the damage. Here’s my attempt to look beyond the daily drumbeat of this developing story (which, it is promised, will go on for weeks, if not months) and identify five urges essential to understanding the world Edward Snowden has helped us glimpse.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 26, 2013 1:10 pm|
It has been more than ten days since the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon took place. Since the bombing, there has been a spike in reported “suspicious packages.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 20, 2013 11:50 am|
A “rule book” for drones that the administration of President Barack Obama has been developing is reportedly near completion, according to the Washington Post. Unnamed US officials told the newspaper the CIA is set to benefit from a “major exemption” that would allow them to continue conducting CIA drone operations without having to follow the rules. But the Obama administration is fine with this exemption because John Brennan, a national counterterrorism adviser, is set to take the position of CIA chief.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday November 28, 2012 4:08 pm|
A travel agency called Al and Chuck Travel chartered a cruise on a Carnival ship with special performances by some of the popular drag queen stars of the Reality TV program Ru-Paul’s Drag Race. Six days before departure, ticket holders received a letter from Carnival Vice-President Vicky Rey informing them that passengers would not be permitted to dress in drag.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday October 17, 2012 1:30 am|
You may never have heard of Gary McKinnon, a rather talented but eccentric British man (Asperger’s among other conditions) but he won a major victory yesterday.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 18, 2012 10:31 am|
A federal appeals court judge granted the government a stay against a federal judge’s ruling permanently enjoining a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed last year and granted the military the legal authority to indefinitely detain persons. Lawyers from the Justice Department under Obama argued they needed an emergency stay because the injunction appears to be “worldwide in its effect, intruding upon military operations in the ongoing armed conflict against al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 7, 2012 10:40 am|
The transformation of a city area into a completely locked down zone was both fascinatingly surreal and discomforting, both because one had to wonder if it was all necessary and ponder what it says about our republic that political events are believed to require this high level of security.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 4, 2012 4:52 pm|
As a major protest march against the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, wound its way past the Time Warner Cable Center on Sunday, September 2, two journalists were confronted by undercover cops or agents, who threatened to assault one journalist and actually laid hands on another journalist.
The two journalists, Kevin Gosztola, a Firedoglake.com writer, and Steve Horn, a Truthout contributor, who is credentialed to cover the DNC for WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin, took notice of four burly middle-aged white males taking photos of the undocumented immigrant contingent in the march. They were carrying “No Papers, No Fear” blue flags and had put stickers from the activist group, Code Pink, on their person to make it appear as though they were part of the protest. When the journalists noticed one of the men in an orange shirt was wearing a black earpiece, he two felt they were suspicious and decided to investigate further.