What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

Hillary Clinton is wrong about Edward Snowden. Again. The presidential candidate and former secretary of state insisted during the recent Democratic debate that Snowden should have remained in the United States to voice his concerns about government spying on U.S....
The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand? When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating my secrecy agreement, even as they...
Mouth Wide Shut

Mouth Wide Shut

Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It’s a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate (though, of course, if the...
Author Event: After Snowden

Author Event: After Snowden

Edward Snowden’s release of classified documents about top-secret government surveillance programs have opened up an unprecedented debate on issues related to privacy, security and mass surveillance. In After Snowden, Ronald Goldfarb serves as editor and contributor...
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...
How I Exposed an Undercover Cop

How I Exposed an Undercover Cop

She was an undercover cop who called herself “Missy.” When I first met her four years ago, I couldn’t have known that the small-framed woman with spiky brown hair and intense eyes was anything but a fellow activist showing up for a protest in...
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...
Snooping Makes an Easy Road to Riches

Snooping Makes an Easy Road to Riches

Only 23 percent of Americans, a new Reuters poll says, consider former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden a “traitor” for blowing the whistle on the federal government’s massive surveillance habit. Many Americans clearly do find the...
One Nation, Under Surveillance

One Nation, Under Surveillance

If on cell phones, You rely; Say hello, To the FBI. Does it matter that the federal government can track your cell phone at any moment of the day? That protesting at an event where the Secret Service is present is now a felony? That any American can be jailed...

Western Multinationals Enabled Qaddafi’s Suppression of Libyans

Cross-posted from the Arabist. Reporting from Tripoli, The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Sonne and Margaret Coker reveal the depths of collusion between Colonel Qaddafi’s spooks and their foreign tech support: The recently abandoned room is lined with posters...