Tag: Intelligence agency

NSA Chief Recommends Severely Curtailing Spying. Obama Won’t. »

  A few weeks ago, Obama triumphantly announced NSA spying “reforms” that got lots of front page coverage, but amounted to: Absolutely No Change. Further, his speech carried his full endorsement of the sweeping collection and storage in bulk of private phone calls, emails, email address books, online transaction information, location data, and more,...
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America’s Spymasters and Cultural Propaganda »

The U.S. intelligence community has come under fire for its mass electronic surveillance programs designed to discover what Americans talk about privately. But would it surprise anyone to learn that the nation’s spymasters have also tried to shape what Americans read? And not only disinformation they feed to credulous journalists—such skullduggery has been known...
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Et tu, Angry Birds? »

Just when you thought it was safe to relax and have some fun, it turns out that the NSA is even tracking you through Angry Birds: The National Security Agency has targeted popular smartphone-based social games like “Candy Crush” and “Angry Birds” to pilfer personal information, including phone numbers, e-mails and codes that identify...
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Habeas corpus Still Dead, NSA Records Now Assist: Obama Signs NDAA 2014 »

As most Americans were contemplating where to put their new Christmas presents, President Obama on Thursday signed into law the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual federal law that provides the budget for the Department of Defense—and lately has delivered a whole lot of power to the Executive, to boot. As reported...
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Aircraft Targeted for Unconstitutional Searches »

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits searches and seizures without probable cause. Since 9/11 searches without probable cause have increased alarmingly, as most Americans must know. Here is another case that applies to a narrow enough population that most Americans are probably unaware of it. That population is general aviation pilots and the...
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NSA Spying Threatens Law-Abiding Americans »

I was talking with an older German citizen about the NSA’s data collection program that has recently been the subject of much debate. He worked for the East German government during the Cold War and viewed the NSA’s activities as similar to the Stasi’s under communist rule, but potentially more threatening. The argument often...
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“Parallel Construction”: Government Term for Lying About Its Investigations »

President Obama pledged to create “...an unprecedented level of openness in Government...” and to “... work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” With all the recent revelations about IRS abuses and NSA snooping that the president wants to keep secret, transparency in government increasingly appears...
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NSA Collects ‘Word for Word’ Every Domestic Communication »

It has been interesting to me that the most frequent question that I have been asked in the aftermath of our, “Civil Liberties and Security in an Age of Terrorism,” is regarding my description of our cell phones as a government listening device. Even though the information that U.S. surveillance agencies can remotely turn...
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Obamacare: All Your Intimate Information Available to (Almost) Anyone »

Does it bother you that a 29 year-old high school drop-out and former security guard could “wire-tap” all of your email and phone communications basically on his own authority? Will it bother you when almost anyone can access your name, birth date, Social Security number, gender, ethnicity, family size, Indian status, incarceration status, veteran...
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Government Claims It Can Legally Prevent People from Telling Others What It Is Doing to Them »

Among the many facts recently revealed about the NSA’s constitutionally questionable collection of personal information, one that I find especially troubling is the government’s claim that it can legally prevent people from telling others what government is doing to them. The NSA has apparently ordered Microsoft to turn over some information to them, but...
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