Archive for the 'Freedom' Category

ON THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH CONCEPT…

April 18th, 2014

PULITZER AWARDED FOR SNOWDEN REPORTING…

April 15th, 2014

From this morning’s The Guardian: The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden. The award, announced in New York on Monday, comes 10 […]

NSA: GOOGLE, YAHOO, APPLE, ET AL. KNEW…

March 19th, 2014

Spencer Ackerman, for The Guardian, writes: The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms. Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested […]

YOU THOUGHT SPEED CAMS WERE BAD…?

March 17th, 2014

Dan Froomkin writes: What’s the problem with a nationwide license plate tracking database, anyway? [Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty program at the ACLU of Massachusetts] recently asked and answered that question in her blog: If you aren’t the subject of a criminal investigation, the government shouldn’t be keeping tabs on when you […]

PASSING THE GREENWALD TEST

March 11th, 2014

) Note: due to multiple levels of security, the video does not play perfectly. Please be patient, and make a donation to the ACLU (see comments below). Via Mano Singham…

DEAR ZELDA…

March 8th, 2014

Dear Zelda, Here’s the scenario: when the boss sees co-workers having a quiet conversation, he wants to know what is being said (it’s mostly work related). He has his designated “snitches” and expects them to keep him apprised of all the office gossip – even calling them at home and expecting a run-down! This puts […]

MASTER SPY TALER SPEAKS OUT…

March 6th, 2014

Alison Flood writes: John le Carré has warned that the intelligence services could “become as much of a peril to our democracy as their supposed enemies” if they are not subjected to rigorous examination. The novelist was defending himself against the accusation that his former colleague John Bingham, upon whom he based his most famous […]

SPYING IS ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL…

March 5th, 2014

Dan Froomkin writes: In the wake of an explosive new allegation that the CIA spied on Senate intelligence committee staffers, one senator felt this morning that he needed to make something clear. “The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around,” Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) said in a press release. In normal […]

OUR GAME, OUR RULES, DEAL…

March 4th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: The vast bulk of the commentary issuing from American commentators about the Russian military action in Ukraine involves condemning exactly that which they routinely advocate and which the U.S. itself routinely does. So suffocating is the resulting stench that those who played leading roles in selling the public the attack on Iraq […]

NOT ALL ARE LAMBS TO BE SILENCED…

February 28th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: In his last, seemingly prescient Facebook post, published just hours before his arrest, Begg wrote: “Sometimes knowing too much can be a curse.” UK-based human rights investigator Nawaz Hanif told The Intercept that the charges against Begg are a transparent attempt at silencing political dissent: The arrest of Moazzam Begg under British […]

WHEN IS IT OK TO LIE TO THE SUPREME COURT…?

February 27th, 2014

Dan Novack writes: Verrilli’s false assurance to the Court came in the context of the ACLU’s lawsuit – Clapper v. Amnesty International USA — challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance authority under Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, codified as U.S. Code § 1881a. Title VII, which was added […]

FALSE FLAG DIRTY TRICKS ACROSS THE WATER…

February 25th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive […]

FOR THE BOSS, ONLY FEAR & INTIMIDATION WORK…

February 24th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: [Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, also acknowledges that the very human nature of the bureaucracy he controls virtually insures that more mass disclosures are inevitable. “In the end,” he says, “we will never ever be able to guarantee that there will not be an Edward Snowden or another Chelsea Manning because […]

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN’T HURT YOU…

February 21st, 2014

That is now official United States’ law, at least as far as U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini is concerned. In the case of spying by the New York City Police Department Judge Martini wrote: None of the Plaintiffs’ injuries arose until after the Associated Press released unredacted, confidential NYPD documents and articles expressing […]

FOR CRIMES COMMITTED IN OUR NAMES…

February 21st, 2014

Ryan Devereaux writes: The [Human Rights Watch] report also calls on the U.S. government to explain how the attack could possibly have complied with the new policies President Obama announced in May 2013, and repeated less than three months before the wedding strike, that he had “limited the use of drones so they target only […]

I SAY JOURNALIST, THEY SAY TERRORIST…

February 19th, 2014

On a court ruling this morning Glenn Greenwald writes: In sum, the U.K. Government wants to stop disclosure of its mass surveillance activities not because it fears terrorism or harm to national security but because it fears public debate, legal challenges and accountability. That is why the U.K. government considers this journalism to be “terrorism”: […]

THE INTERCEPT LAUNCHED…

February 10th, 2014

From Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill: The Intercept has a two-fold mission: one short-term, the other long-term. Our short-term mission is limited but critically important: to provide a platform and an editorial structure in which to aggressively report on the disclosures provided to us by our source, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We decided […]

EDWARD SNOWDEN SPEAKS…

February 2nd, 2014

Mano Singham writes: After watching the 30-minute interview I can understand why the US government is freaking out. Snowden comes across as a thoughtful, calm, intelligent, and articulate person who chooses his words very carefully and makes the case for why what he did was right in a very compelling way. Put this guy up […]

HAPPY FUCKING NSA NEW YEAR…

December 31st, 2013

Mano Singham writes: Does anyone seriously still think that all this is just to counter the efforts of groups of low-budget malcontents with primitive technology? What we are seeing is the attempt by elements within the US government for full-spectrum dominance over the entire world. All of us are just ciphers, with no more privacy […]

UNLESS YOU’RE A U.S. PRESIDENT, THAT IS…

December 11th, 2013

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