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Citizens’ Racy Photos Shared Among NSA Workers, Snowden Says

Citizens’ Racy Photos Shared Among NSA Workers, Snowden Says

Intelligence workers have a really good time looking at suggestive photos of unknowing Americans, says Edward Snowden. He said NSA analysts searching for signals intelligence were examining mostly mundane – but sometimes intimate – messages and photographs sent online or through cellphones by “ordinary citizens.” “They stumble across something … completely unrelated to their work, [...]

Are Your Naked Selfies Being Passed Around By The NSA?

In a new revelation, Edward Snowden is alleging that members of the spy agency routinely passed around naked photos that had been “intercepted.” In an interview with The Guardian, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that government analysts would routinely pass around sexually explicit photos they st stumbled across. In the course of [...]

Germany Plans To Defeat NSA Spying  With Manual Typewriters

The Guardian reports that Patrick Sensburg, the head of Germany’s parliamentary inquiry into NSA activity, is considering using manual typewriters for sensitive documents instead of e-mail. The Russian government took similar measures in 2013 in response to NSA spying allegations by Edward Snowden. The Federal Guard Service (FSO) placed an order for twenty Triumph Adler [...]

Germany Considering Using Typewriters After NSA Scandal

Chairman of Germany’s NSA Committee of Inquiry , Patrick Sensburg told Die Welt news yesterday that the German Government is considering reverting to old-fashioned typewriters to replace computers. As reported in The Gurdian: Asked “Are you considering typewriters” by the interviewer on Monday night, the Christian Democrat politician Patrick Sensburg said: “As a matter of [...]

Will Durst: Digital Cheese

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent makes the painful admission that he doesn’t mind much being digitally probed. Now read this:Michigan Police Using Military Cellphone Tracking Device To Gather Your Information (May 18, 2014) Ex-NSA Chief: ‘We Kill People Based On Metadata’ (May 12, 2014) Congress Votes To End [...]

Greenwald’s Latest NSA Bombshell Is An Incomplete Mess, Lacking Any Evidence of Wrongdoing

Glenn Greenwald’s “grand finale fireworks display” finally appeared online early Wednesday and, indeed, there were fireworks, but not the “spectacular multicolored hues” he predicted. The fireworks instead came in the form of a bombshell that exploded in a mushroom cloud of shoddy reporting and the usual hyperbolic, misleading accusations that have been the centerpiece of [...]

Want To Be An NSA Target? Just Try Looking For Tools To Protect Your Online Privacy

As revelations of government surveillance continue to leak out, many Americans have become alarmed about their online privacy. Most have done very little to address these concerns for a few reasons 1) there is a degree of technical savvy required to use and understand things like encrypted email, TOR, and alternative operating systems like Linux; and [...]

Significant Holes Emerge In The <em>Washington Post</em>‘s NSA Story After It’s Too Late

Throughout the past year of covering the shoddy journalism orbiting the NSA story, it never ceases to amaze that so many award-winning journalists, some veterans, some not-so-much, are unable to adequately explain things. Decide for yourself whether this murky reporting is deliberate or symptomatic of the complexities of this issue. There’s no real way of [...]

NSA Inadvertently Collected Thousands of Non-Targeted Emails, Uncovered Terrorism and Nuclear Projects

Last week, Glenn Greenwald was supposed to have published a “fireworks grand finale” NSA article drawn from documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The article was evidently going to reveal the names of various NSA surveillance targets, but as we reported on Tuesday, the article was withheld due to what Greenwald called “last-minute claims” by the [...]

Ordinary Internet Users Far Outnumber Targeted Foreigners In NSA-Intercepted Data

Ordinary Internet users, with no reason to be targeted, far outnumber those who are targeted by the NSA, according to a Washington Post investigation. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets [...]

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