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 Monday July 21, 2014 11:07 am|
|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.
|By: spocko Thursday May 8, 2014 7:05 pm|
After 9/11 I remember predicting another attack. Yet in the US it didn’t happen. (Of course we don’t count the anthrax attack because reasons. That also happened on the Bush/Cheney/Rice watch, but never mind.)
|By: spocko Monday April 14, 2014 8:00 pm|
This award might help journalists and their publishers stand up more, but they are still going to need those whistleblowers. And whistleblowers can see that their lives will be ruined. Who is helping and protecting them?