Tag Archives: NSA

Suck it

For Glenn Greenwald the news that the NSA has not only been spying on Benjamin Netanyahu but members of Congress who spoke to him, most likely about blocking the Iran deal, is like a glass of Veuve Clicqot. On the … Continue reading

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Spook show

When hep cats read the phrase “ran the C.I.A.’s Latin American division,” they know to reach for the laughing gas grenade and aim it at Chuck Todd. A spook so repellent that he made George H.W. Bush’s list of pardons … Continue reading

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“Post-terror” world, my fanny

Boy, we sure love personalities, don’t we? Musicians, actors, politicians, even traitors (to quote Dana Perino) like Edward Snowden, who has never stopped being the story about the American surveillance state. Very well. Let’s recap what we learned from the … Continue reading

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Spy and punishment

No, domestic spying does not go on. Why worry? The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting … Continue reading

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Obama and the press

Well: The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The … Continue reading

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‘He’s lost his job. How much does the government want?’

Good on the NYT editorial board for decrying the double standard whereby respected establishment member David Petraeus gets a slap on the wrist and an earnest finger wag for the leaking of classified information to his favorite reporters while Abbe … Continue reading

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Collect away!

Meanwhile the wheels of justice continue to grind civil liberties to dust: A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a decision that comes more than … Continue reading

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The revolving door of government and lobbyists

Glenn Greenwald, co-star of Citizenfour, interviews James Risen about his new book with the self-explanatory title Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War. On record as claiming Barack Obama is the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a decade,” … Continue reading

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Out to get you: Citizenfour

Hours of explanation regarding how the National Security Administration spies on Americans with the collaboration of European allies. Nervous eye flickers as the Hong Kong hotel in which he’s hiding holds a fire drill. He has to plug the room … Continue reading

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‘You’re not patriotic just because you back whoever’s in power today or their policies’

Edward Snowden, whom Charles Pierce calls the International Man of Luggage, talks to The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen. Too lengthy to excerpt, it covers the iPhone 6’s encryption measures (done after the tech companies learned what … Continue reading

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‘“I don’t know of a single thing…that should not be public after ten years’

The author of The Looming Tower wrote a post for The New Yorker showing the degree to which the fetish for secrecy dominates American national security. The post addresses missing pages from the 2002 ““Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain … Continue reading

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James Risen on Obama: “He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

Well. Er, Maureen Dowd….correct? The president and the attorney general both spoke nobly about the First Amendment after two reporters were arrested in Ferguson, Mo., while covering the racial protests in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. Obama said that … Continue reading

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