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|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday January 25, 2015 9:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 20, 2015 11:00 am|
Documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the British spy agency, GCHQ, listed “investigative journalists” as a threat alongside hackers and terrorists in an “information security assessment.” Another batch of files indicated the agency had collected emails from journalists working in the United States and United Kingdom. The Guardian’s James Ball reported [...]
|By: BrandonJ Friday January 16, 2015 5:00 pm|
[*Editor's Note: During his research for The Muslims Are Coming!, Arun Kundnani noted five books, which provide insightful understanding of the surveillance state along with the importance of public resistance. In the third part of this interview, Kundnani discusses briefly how academics define terrorism and approach the issue of Islamophobia. He then delves into the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 7, 2015 4:00 pm|
Lawyers for a man who was targeted by an FBI sting operation and charged with terrorism offenses have asked the United States Supreme Court to review their case to determine if an appeals court erred in denying access to material the government collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Adel Daoud is charged with [...]
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:00 pm|
As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the Caribbean, where a revolutionary named Fidel Castro seized power from a corrupt but U.S.-friendly regime run by Fulgensio Batista. In the global power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union in which much of the planet has chosen sides, Cuba, only 90 miles from the American mainland, finds itself in the eye of the storm. Having lost Washington’s backing, it has, however, gained the support of distant Moscow, the other nuclear-armed superpower on the planet.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 24, 2014 12:00 pm|
Police departments throughout the United States have escalated the vigilance in which they monitor speech on social media. Multiple people have been arrested and accused of threatening officers, as part of a law enforcement response to the execution of two New York Police Department officers. Ismaiiyl Brinsley shot NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu [...]
|By: Ben Norton Friday November 21, 2014 4:25 pm|
Yale University American historian Beverly Gage was sifting through the US National Archives in the summer of 2014, doing research for a book on J. Edgar Hoover, when she came across a letter historians had been searching for for many a decade. Written from the perspective of an imaginary yet disappointed admirer of Martin Luther King, Jr., the missive encouraged the leading civil rights, anti-war, and socialist activist to kill himself.
“There is only one thing left for you to do,” the anonymous author warned, “before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” “You know what it is.”
|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday November 9, 2014 7:00 am|
It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door.
When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, “Chico Police Department.”
“I had tunnel vision,” Gill said, “The only thing I could see was their guns.”
After telling him to step outside with his hands in the air, the officers lowered their guns and explained. They had received a report — later determined to be unfounded — that a suspect in a domestic disturbance had fled into Gill’s house. The police officers asked the then-26-year-old if one of them could do a sweep of the premises.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:17 pm|
House Republican Tom Cotton looks set to defeat Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. If this happens, it is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power.
|By: DSWright Friday October 31, 2014 11:16 am|
Amazon’s $600 million contract with the CIA related to cloud computing services has caused alarm throughout the civil liberties community. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed raising concern that the CIA could be using its access to Amazon’s massive data to conduct intelligence work rather than simply storing data. In light of the ongoing domestic spying scandal regarding the NSA, fewer and fewer people are willing to take government assurances on protecting the public’s privacy.