FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: 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.

A Government Turning the Tools of War on Its Citizens

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 11:15 am

While poets and psychologists talk about soldiers bringing the battlefield home with them, in fact, the U.S. is doing just that. More and more, weapons, tactics, techniques and procedures that have been used abroad in war are coming home, this time employed against American Citizens.

Today’s front-page article in the Washington Post confirms that wartime surveillance blimps– aerostats– used in Iraq and Afghanistan will now monitor most of the Northeast United States.

Nick Turse: Secret Wars and Black Ops Blowback

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 7:08 pm

These days, when I check out the latest news on Washington’s global war-making, I regularly find at least one story that fits a new category in my mind that I call: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Internet Privacy or (In)Security..a lesson in paranoia

By: Sunday July 14, 2013 5:20 pm

Nobody can expect any privacy over the Internet any more.

Glenn Greenwald’s Speech to the Socialism Conference – with transcript

By: 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.

You Are Our Secret

By: 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.

Assessing the Rise in ‘Suspicious Package’ Reports Since the Boston Bombing

By: 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.”

The Folly of Obama National Security Officials Making Their Own Drone ‘Rules’

By: 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.

Rainbow Overboard: Carnival’s Faux Pas

By: 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.

“for the little person”

By: 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.

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