Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 26, 2014 2:24 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday August 1, 2014 8:15 am|
The German government will end its contract with Verizon. Brazil dumped Boeing for Swedish company Saab to replace its fighter jets. Sources told Bloomberg News“The NSA problem ruined it” for the U.S. defense contractor.
Unfettered NSA spying has cost U.S. companies up to $180 billion in lost overseas business. The number is expected to grow.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday July 21, 2014 11:07 am|
Speaking via video link (he uses Skype!) from Russia to the HopeX hackers’ conference in New York City July 19, Edward Snowden issued a call to arms to those present. Engineers, he said, “need to think now in adversarial terms to defeat government technical capabilities.” While the government now uses technology to shield themselves from accountability, software and hardware must “become a way to express our freedoms while protecting our freedoms.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:52 am|
In the world of spying in general, and especially when you’re spying on allied nations, Rule No. 1 is “Don’t Get Caught.” Rule No. 2 is “Make Sure the Juice is Worth the Squeeze.” The U.S. broke both rules, several times, in Germany. For what?
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday June 24, 2014 7:49 am|
Based on the NSA training he was given, Snowden was questioning which carries more weight within the NSA– an actual law passed by Congress, or an order from the president (an E.O., Executive Order.) The answer was a bit curvy, saying that absent a specific law to the contrary, an order from the president has the force of a law.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday June 12, 2014 11:40 am|
Glenn Greenwald almost missed the story of his career because he didn’t understand how to communicate securely.
The person Greenwald now knows as Edward Snowden began contacting him via open email, urging Greenwald to learn how to use encryption and other web tools to receive sensitive information. When Greenwald was slow to act, Snowden even made a video tutorial to baby-step him through the necessary procedures. Absent these extraordinary efforts by Snowden, who knows when or even if his game-changing NSA information would have come to light.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:00 am|
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) in-house watchdog has demanded that the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) turn over all information it has collected related to abuses and mismanagement at VA medical facilities, according to a subpoena delivered to POGO May 30.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday May 27, 2014 1:17 pm|
Elliot Rodger, a college student who posted videos that documented his rage against women, killed six people and wounded 13 others last week. So where was the NSA?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 22, 2014 11:29 am|
The New York Times has published a review of journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide, by Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Kinsley in which he madly endorses the interest the United States government may have in prosecuting journalists who publish leaks.
|By: spocko Monday May 12, 2014 8:00 pm|
oday in the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald has an excerpt from his new book No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State. He reveals how the NSA tampers with exported US-made internet routers, servers and other computer networking devices.