Monthly Archives: July 2013

X-Keyscore, Or “How NSA Knows All About Your Blog Visitors, Your Emails, And Your Life”

From today’s edition of The Guardian: A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided … Continue reading

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Some Whistleblower Resources From CRS

With the Manning verdict pending, I thought it might interest folks in what Congress’s research arm, the Congressional Research Service, has had to say about this topic: National Security Whistleblowers Survey of Federal Whistleblower And Anti-retaliation Laws Whistleblower Protections Under … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Washington Post Puts Whistleblowers In The “Style” Section

Rather bizarre placement for this Emily Wax piece, and some interesting omissions. In the section on Thomas Drake’s case (involving the TRAILBLAZER fiasco at NSA), there’s this gem: The former top spokesman for the Justice Department, Matthew Miller, later said … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Makes It EASIER To Prosecute Whistleblowers

From the Federation of American Scientists Secrecy News blog: In a new interpretation of the Espionage Act, a federal judge made it easier for prosecutors in leak cases to meet their burden of proof, while reducing protections for accused leakers. … Continue reading

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Greenwald Repeats Claim NSA Analsyts Can Snoop Without Warrants

From The Hill, regarding Greenwald’s restated assertion that low-level NSA analysts can listen to To the phone calls or read the emails of U.S. Persons without a warrant: “These programs are, are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket … Continue reading

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Fourth Amendment Cake

A very thoughtful gift. 🙂

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Pew Poll Shows Hope For NSA Domestic Spying Opponents

Although the poll shows the public narrowly approving of NSA’s activities, a closer look at the data shows the following: And the historical trend shift is very encouraging: The key to moving public opinion further towards repeal is 1) more … Continue reading

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Paul And Christie Spar Over Domestic Spying Scandal

Pretty typical Christie demagoguery, as reported by the Star-Ledger.

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Hightower Calls For PATRIOT Act Repeal

Jim Hightower has joined the chorus of those calling for the repeal of the PATRIOT Act. Listen here.

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Beware The Thief At Your Back Door

From this week’s National Journal cover story on the relationship between NSA and the telecoms: Then, in the late 1990s, a furor erupted over export controls on software encryption. The NSA sought to bar exports of the best encryption technology, … Continue reading

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