Tag Archives: Surveillance State Repeal Act

A Change of Seasons and Careers

October 24th marks my final day as senior policy advisor to Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. When I joined his staff during the first week of August 2004, my first crisis as his communications director was … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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