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Film Explores Human Toll of Obama’s Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

How far would you go to tell the truth? “Democracy Now!” talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary “Silenced,” which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle “to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers’ Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years. Fortunately for our democracy, people like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack have been paying attention.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: The Pulitzer Prize Committee


When institutions lend their support to the powerless, as the Pulitzer committee did this week to whistle-blowers and their newspapers, the battle is no longer merely between the weak and its oppressors.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE

Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin About Mass Surveillance in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a Q-and-A session Thursday to field questions from the public, joke about annexing Alaska (nope—it’s “too cold”) and answer Edward Snowden’s query about Russia’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism


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The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal is a scandal on the American right. But it is not a new scandal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do


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All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

Pulitzer Committee Vindicates NSA Reporters With Highest Honor


“What splendid courage!” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said upon hearing the announcement. “By recognizing the astounding threat posed by the NSA to the basic freedoms our government is sworn to observe, the award effectively honors Edward Snowden and, through his example, other brave whistle-blowers.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE

Greenwald, Poitras: ‘This Award Is for Snowden’

In their first return to the U.S. since exposing the NSA’s mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras received the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting in New York City on Friday.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE

NSA Said to Have Left Us Vulnerable to Attack in Order to Exploit Heartbleed


In violation of one of its primary missions, the National Security Agency has kept secret the biggest threat to Internet security in memory in order to exploit it, sources say.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE

NSA Reporters Greenwald and Poitras to Return Home to Collect Honors


American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras will return to the United States on Friday for the first time since the start of the Snowden revelations to accept one of the craft’s most prestigious awards.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE

Edward Snowden Says NSA Spied on Amnesty International and Other Human Rights Groups


Former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden made a virtual visit to a Council of Europe summit in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday to claim that the American security agency had spied on human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE

No, Greed Is Not Good. So Why Do We Act Like It Is?


Avarice has become widely accepted in today’s world; violinists prefer new instruments to old, prized ones in a blind test; meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald reveals that information similar to the Cuban Twitter scandal appears throughout the Snowden files. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE

NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent


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Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE

Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

What You’re Reading About the NSA in Some Newspapers May Be Purely Propaganda


Shocking revelations in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post could merely be attempts by the National Security Agency to justify its activities; a new law in Saudi Arabia labels all atheists as terrorists; meanwhile, Mississippi passed an anti-gay segregation bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Physicists Are Building an NSA-Proof Internet


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It’s long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message has been intercepted or copied.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Eavesdropping

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‘Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “recent conflicting federal court decisions on the legality of NSA spying” in a talk at the Connecticut Civil Liberties Conference at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE

NSA Reform

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Crimea Naivete, Hobby Lobby, Trusting the NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists, including this week former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, discuss former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s claim that he could handle Russia better. Also, the Supreme Court hears arguments about religious freedom, and can we trust anything the NSA says?

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Proposes End to Bulk Telephone Data Collection


Nearly 10 months after Edward Snowden and Guardian reporters exposed the NSA’s telephone spying program, President Obama on Thursday said he would pursue legislation that would require the agency to seek customer records from phone companies on an individual basis via a still-secret court process.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

Phone Guy

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Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History


Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Clears Up Questions Regarding NSA Reporting


The journalist puts several “false assumptions” to rest regarding stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks; Alcoholics Anonymous is highly unsuccessful and overrated; meanwhile, scientists figure out what’s the best diet out there. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE

Congressman Mike Rogers Says Snowden’s to Blame for Russia’s Aggressive Actions Against Ukraine


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Mike Rogers is still willing to spread his stupidity to any new outlet that will have him.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE

Obama to End NSA Metadata Program As We Know It


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President Obama is expected to announce major reforms to the best known and most controversial program in the government’s mass surveillance regime, however the devil is in the details.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE

Listen: Robert Scheer on the Honor of America’s Libertarian Politicians

On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA’s “Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet’s capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE

NSA Spies on CIA Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE

Tech Giants Knew About NSA Surveillance


The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency said Wednesday that U.S. technology companies such as Yahoo and Google were fully in the know about the spy agency’s widespread collection of their customers’ data, contrary to claims they made at the time those programs became publicly known.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and Hobby Lobby

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., the NSA program that records all phone calls to one country, and the Supreme Court’s pending decision over whether a hobbies chain has the right not to cover contraception in its insurance for employees.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Hedges at Oxford University: Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

With an impassioned defense of a patriotism that stands against the abuse of state power, the Truthdig columnist and other speakers convinced an Oxford University audience that the answer is yes.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

Advice Too Secret to Ignore


Col. Manners answers questions on CIA practices, proper cyberwar behavior, and invasion etiquette.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

Google’s Larry Page Says NSA Spying Threatens Democracy


The Google co-founder condemned U.S. government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report


Twitter has stopped a project that would have encrypted direct messages between users, according to anonymous sources speaking to The Verge.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

How ‘Revolution’ Became an Adjective


For the last several years, the word has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody—visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian—to cue its appearance on camera.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE

Spying

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The CIA Is Out of Line


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We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’


Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won’t return to her home country because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE

Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE

Mark Zuckerberg Dropped President Obama a Line to Complain About NSA Surveillance


Because when you’re the 20-something bajillionaire CEO of Facebook, you can do this kind of thing: Mark Zuckerberg revealed, via a post on the social networking site he built, of course, that he called President Obama to air his grievances about the government’s privacy issues.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE

When It Is Feinstein Being Spied On, Suddenly She Squawks


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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s speech Tuesday was a chess move in a contest with the CIA, which has played hardball with the California Democrat’s staff.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE

Why We Didn’t See Crimea Coming

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE

Edward Snowden Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Do It Again

The NSA whistle-blower told an audience at the SXSW festival/conference via video chat, “Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.” He added: “I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I felt the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

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