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Rand Paul Squandered The Only Shot At NSA Reform For A Long, Long Time

The Keystone XL pipeline wasn’t the only piece of legislation that was killed on Tuesday. Make no mistake, it’ll unfortunately be back after the new Congress is sworn in next year, but for now it’s been blocked. The other item on Tuesday’s agenda was the USA Freedom Act, a bill designed to reform the National […]

Citing terrorism fears, freedom-loving Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans’ phone calls in bulk. Mitch McConnell worked strenuously to defeat the bill.   The New York Times reports: Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure fell two votes […]

Speaking in Canada, Glenn Greenwald was asked why Edward Snowden isn’t on social media. “He doesn’t use Facebook because he hates Facebook,” he said. “They’re one of the worst violators of privacy in history. Nobody should use Facebook.” Greenwald did add that despite the difficulties of being the most wanted man in the world right […]

One of the most tone deaf and unconstitutional things the Obama Justice Department could possibly do would be to imprison reporter James Risen of The New York Times for refusing to testify in an Espionage Act case during which he might be forced to give up his source for a series of articles about a […]

James Risen, author of the new Pay Any Price, is facing jail time because of stories he broke about the NSA spying on Americans. He spoke on radio Thursday night of the corruption, excesses, and wasted billions in the war on terror. As the New York Times review of the book reported: We see how, […]

During his TED Talk presentation last week, The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald issued a challenge: If you defend the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities by insisting that you have nothing to hide, then you should send all of your usernames and passwords to Glenn Greenwald, allowing him to publish anything he finds particularly juicy. Here’s the […]

Glenn Greenwald says there is another leaker working inside the U.S. intelligence community, in addition to Edward Snowden. Towards the end of filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled Citizenfour, the label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald is seen telling Snowden about a second source. Snowden, at a meeting with […]

Edward Snowden’s long-time girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, has reportedly followed him to Russia. The couple was reunited in Moscow, which granted a three-year asylum residency to Snowden after he leaked classified information from the National Security Agency starting in June 2013. His girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, moved into his apartment in the Russian capital in July, a […]

It’s been a year and a half since heroic hacker Edward Snowden touched off a global firestorm with the news that the government was collecting millions of telephone records, but if you think the government is up your ass now, wait until legislators in Washington state get their way. Officials in Spokane have proposed that use of […]

Yahoo announced Thursday that the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering information about its users. Yahoo considered the government’s demands to be unconstitutional and challenged the government in court. “We refused to comply with […]

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