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Snowden Spotlights Dangers of Privacy-Security Trade-Off »

Few figures have been as polarizing as Edward Snowden, the intelligence-agency computer contractor turned whistleblower who leaked national security files to the press and raised global awareness about the breadth of U.S. government spying. Snowden has been in effective exile since 2013, when the government revoked his passport and started pressuring Russia to extradite...
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Politics and American Surveillance »

Editor: Today is the publication date of the Independent Institute’s newest book, American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment, by Anthony Gregory (Research Fellow, Independent Institute). Published for Independent by the University of Wisconsin Press, this widely acclaimed new book traces the history of government surveillance in the U.S. that transcends party divides,...
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Whistleblower Reveals Drones Are Deadly and Poorly Used »

For those interested in when and how the U.S. government uses drones abroad, getting data is difficult, if not impossible. I speak from personal experience. In writing on the use of drones internationally and domestically, I’ve found that data is sparse. Putting together anything that resembles a “comprehensive data set” means hundreds of hours...
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How Many Warnings Do We Need? »

One would be hard pressed to look at these faces and think “Ooo, dangerous subversives,” yet that is precisely the picture President Obama would like to paint of these men and those like them who are trying desperately to call Americans’ attention to the very real fact that, as Thomas Drake, NSA contractor for...
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