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The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate


In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be being missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

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Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008


The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

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Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia


The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

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Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

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Rand Paul Charges That the NSA Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants


Warrantless surveillance of foreigners is being used by the National Security Agency “to get to Americans,” the Kentucky senator says.

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Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Living Nightmare of Intelligence Groupthink


If you’re thinking of diving into the “intelligence community’s” latest quadrennial report on the future, I’ve done you an enormous favor and read it for you.

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Another Demand for Proof That Alleged Russian Hacking Aided Trump Campaign


More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans call on President Obama to release the evidence or admit that validation is lacking.

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Obama Expands Ability of National Security Agency to Share Data


The new rules open private information to 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

What About the NSA’s Hacking of American Allies?


The hyperventilating about alleged Russian hacking neglects to address similar actions by the U.S. against its friends.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

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Experts Aren’t Convinced by FBI and Homeland Security Report on Alleged Russian Hacking


Among the skeptics are veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower William Binney and a former vice president of security at Amazon.

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Snowden Leak Suggests the NSA Could Prove Identity of DNC Hackers


“If the NSA could use signals intelligence to track a specific hack of an American email account in 2005, it’s not too much to assume that, 10 years later, the agency possesses the same or better capability,” writes Sam Biddle at The Intercept.

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Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

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U.S. Spy Agencies Leak Intel to News Outlets but Won’t Brief Electors?


A new poll shows majority public support for delaying Monday’s Electoral College vote.

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William Binney, Ray McGovern and Other Intel Experts Call Russian Hacking Allegations ‘Baseless’


In a letter published on Consortium News regarding claims that Russia interfered in the recent U.S. elections, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity offered a powerful rebuke of the narrative being spread.

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Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State


At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

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Russell Brand Sees ‘Snoopers Charter’ as Proof the ‘State Sees Us as Its Enemy’ (Video)

The “Trews” host explains why whistleblower Edward Snowden describes the British Investigatory Powers Act as a legalization of “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles


Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

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With Obama’s Help, Commander in Chief Trump Will Wield Abundant Military and Surveillance Power


An unaccountable drone program, an FBI with a record of spying on mosques and activists, and a surveillance empire are among the powers currently held in check with restraints as durable as tissue paper.

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Yahoo Spied on Customers’ Email at the U.S. Government’s Request


The news proves “the failure of U.S. government reforms to curb NSA’s tendency to try and indiscriminately vacuum up the world’s data,” say rights groups.

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Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate but Didn’t


Too many issues that are far too important remain invisible during this presidential race. It is no wonder that elections seem less and less relevant.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Slams Washington Post for Promoting Punishment of Its Source, Edward Snowden


The newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on National Security Agency programs leaked by Edward Snowden. Now its editorial board wants him locked him away.

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A Subtler Oliver Stone Is Back in Top Form With ‘Snowden’


Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s quietly gripping performance, complemented by Stone’s smartly subdued direction, makes for a top-notch treatment of the former National Security Agency contractor’s real-life suspense story.

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Jill Stein: ‘If Elected President I Will Immediately Pardon Edward Snowden’


Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is promising, if she is elected, to pardon the NSA whistleblower, whose revelation of secret government spying ruled illegal by federal judges “was among the most important in US history.”

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Edward Snowden Makes His Case for a Pardon, Says Leaks Were ‘Necessary, Vital Things’ (Video)


“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” the whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor tells The Guardian.

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Edward Snowden Calls the Hack of NSA Hackers by ‘Shadow Brokers’ a Significant Turn in the Spy Wars


Calling a leak of sophisticated spy tools unprecedented, the whistleblower says things “could get messy fast.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Getting Down to Business


The national mood is charged with tension and anticipation, and this latest roundup of notable and quotable comments certainly picked up on it.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE

Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’


The “Snowden” filmmaker believes technology will lead to totalitarianism, and his points about domestic spying and data mining should not be dismissed.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE

The Convenience of Customized Advertising May Come at a High Price


Further erosions of privacy are likely as companies develop more and better methods for gathering information on internet users.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

The U.S. Government Renews Its Assault on Privacy


And this time there’s “much less public scrutiny,” writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press


The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Edward Snowden Tells Vice News All About the ‘State of Surveillance’

Vice Media founder Shane Smith traveled to Moscow to learn from the NSA whistleblower exactly what the U.S. government is able to do to bypass security on our digital devices and violate our privacy.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers


Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE

Declassified Documents Confirm That Edward Snowden Tried to Tell the NSA About Surveillance Concerns


Internal records obtained by Vice News show that the agency “did not tell the public the whole story about Snowden’s contacts with oversight authorities before he became the most celebrated and vilified whistleblower in U.S. history.”

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished


Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

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The Intercept Expands Public Access to the Snowden Archive With Release of SIDtoday Files


In order to make possible a fuller exploration of the U.S. government’s activities in the post-9/11 era, The Intercept on Monday began publishing more of the source material leaked by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

Edward Snowden Explains What Makes Whistleblowing Permissible


In a piece published by The Intercept, the ex-CIA employee and NSA subcontractor reflects on the risky but necessary act of revealing information not intended to be publicly known.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE

Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden


Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

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Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent


The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With William Binney About the iPhone and Blowing the Whistle on the NSA

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer sits down with William Binney, a former National Security Agency official turned whistleblower, to discuss the fight between Apple and the U.S. government over access to Americans’ cellphone data.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use


“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE

The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country


Under the federal agency’s new guidelines instructing high schools to report students who criticize government policies and “Western corruption,” Muslim students are likely to be disproportionately targeted, but virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE

Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in ‘Most Important Tech Case in a Decade’


To defend users’ privacy rights, Apple is refusing to give government encrypted iPhone data in the San Bernardino shooting case.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE

Could a President Hillary Clinton Be Impeached Over Her Emails?


In a word: yes. The pundit who claimed she would be shielded from the consequences of pre-inaugural actions was wrong. The big question is whether her email operations amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” ... whatever those words might mean at a given political moment.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE

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