Tag Archives: NSA

NSA Reform Legislation Update

I’ll withhold final judgement on the pending Conyers-Sensenbrenner bill until I see the bill text, but here’s a reality check based on the summary provided thus far by the bill’s authors and some accounts online: Conyers-Sensenbrenner would leave the Surveillance … Continue reading

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Richard Cohen’s Edward Snowden Assessment, Revised

You can read his column here. Being both a former CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower-turned-Hill staffer, my background–and my sense of the history of these things–lead me to offer the following: The only traitors in this episode are executive branch officials who knowingly … Continue reading

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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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“The Transcript Is Classified”

Glenn Greenwald reports today on how Rep.’s Morgan Griffith (R) and Alan Grayson (D) have been shafted by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) regarding their NSA scandal-related inquiries. Here’s the key passage: On June 19, Grayson wrote … Continue reading

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David Bromwich On “Liberty, Security, and Fear”

Yale literature professor David Bromwich has a superb piece on HuffPo today that articulates so well the fraud that is the American Surveillance State: And what of liberty? A view taken by many apologists for massive surveillance holds that liberty is … 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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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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