Snooping on Everyone While the Big Box Thieves Get Busy

Snooping on Everyone While the Big Box Thieves Get Busy

In a more innocent time not so long ago, perhaps only a million or so people in this country fell under the government’s suspecting glare. Achieving that distinctively fat FBI file might have required marching against a war or traveling to leftist lands. These days,...
Revelations About The NSA: A Talk with James Bamford

Revelations About The NSA: A Talk with James Bamford

Join us on Tuesday May 20 at IPS in our conference room from noon to 2 for a conversation with James Bamford about the Edward Snowden revelations and what they mean for the country. Bamford is an American bestselling author and journalist noted for his writing about...
Emphasis Added: the Week in Pieces (7/5)

Emphasis Added: the Week in Pieces (7/5)

Total Surveillance Failed to Net Snowden Except that all the national security surveillance in the world didn’t catch him before he flew to Hong Kong to meet with reporters and turn over evidence of these secret slides that document an out-of-control surveillance...

Emphasis Added: the Week in Pieces (7/1)

Erdogan Rallies His Base Mr. Erdogan, in rally after rally … sought to energize the conservative masses who propelled him to power. … His supporters represent a social class that was previously marginalized, and Mr. Erdogan has used his speeches to play on those class...
Germans Shocked That Obama Allowed NSA Free Rein

Germans Shocked That Obama Allowed NSA Free Rein

The former East Germany’s Stasi used similar justifications as the U.S. for total surveillance. If recent revelations have led Americans to question how the United States defines freedom, Germans are questioning how the United States defines friendship. Turmoil...
Surveillance State Is Only New to Whites

Surveillance State Is Only New to Whites

The past three weeks have been a bombardment of information regarding the US Surveillance State. I was tempted to say “a bombardment of revelations,” but that would have implied it was surprising, and to anyone paying attention for the past decade, that would have...

Jamming the NSA

جهـاد or الـجهـاد (jihad) James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: the Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11...

Revisiting Intelligence Reform

As the Bush administration winds up nearly seven years of intelligence fiascos, a quiet revolution has been going on at the Pentagon, which controls more than 80% of America’s $60 billion intelligence budget. Since taking over from Donald Rumsfeld as secretary...