Category Archives: Surveillance

Udall, The Torture Report and The Pentagon Papers Option

Shortly after Colorado Senator Mark Udall lost his reelection bid to Rep. Cory Gardner, it began–first as conversations among civil liberties activists, then in media outlets, and finally Udall himself raised the possibility: on his way out of the Senate, … Continue reading

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On Ending The Surveillance State

Some fresh musings on Medium. 

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HPSCI’s “Statue of Liberty” Play On PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Did the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) engage in the document-based form of the old football deception play? That’s the allegation coming from Michigan Rep. Justin Amash: Justin Amash, the Michigan Republican whose effort to defund theNSA‘s mass phone-records collection … Continue reading

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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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Paul And Christie Spar Over Domestic Spying Scandal

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

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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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The Surveillance State And The Mob Mentality

Former Republican Budget Committee staffer Mike Lofgren in HuffPo today: The most depressing result of the polls, however, was the variability of the partisan response depending on which party occupies the White House: “In early 2006, 37 percent of Democrats … Continue reading

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