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Long After Reaching Threshold, Unanswered Snowden Petition Still Adds 100s of Signatures a Day

217 days ago, the official petition to President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed 100,000 signatures. That number matters because President Obama and his White House staff promised explicitly that after petitions garner more than 100,000 signatures “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and [...]

Privacy And Civil Liberties Board Concludes That NSA Spying Is Useless And Illegal

For years, Barack Obama and congressional leadership worked together to prevent the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from even coming into existence. Even after the board was finally created, it was slow to engage in robust oversight activities. Finally, seven years after its protections were first promised, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board [...]

Code Pink Sends Anti-Surveillance Contingent to Stand Outside Obama NSA Speech

Live near Washington, DC? Sick of unconstitutional surveillance?

Heads up: tomorrow at 10 AM, CODE Pink will be holding a small demonstration outside the Justice Department (950 Pennsylvania Ave, Constitution Ave Side) while President Barack Obama gives his speech about the massive NSA surveillance program.

As Warrantless Surveillance Scandal Grows Massive, Government’s Privacy & Liberty Board is…

… out to lunch:

As new revelations continue to burst forth — today we find out that even an Internet-free computer is no match for the warrantless spying of the NSA — the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board appears to be planning nothing. The one entity within the federal government tasked with protecting [...]

Boycott of RSA Conference Expands as Presenters Back Out in the Double Digits

Last week, I shared the news that three presenters at the RSAC — the upcoming conference of the RSA “cybersecurity” corporation — had withdrawn from presenting as a way of protesting the revelation that RSA had accepted millions of dollars in payment on the hush from the National Security Agency, installing a “back door” method [...]

202 Days After Meeting Threshold for a Response, Snowden Petition Still Ignored by Obama

On June 22 2013, the the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures in the Obama White House’s We The People petition website. If a petition can gain a hundred thousand signatures, the Obama administration has pledged that “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy [...]

Jeff Carr Withdraws from RSA Conference, Expanding RSA-NSA Boycott

Last month, the world found out that RSA, the “security” corporation that sells supposedly lock-tight encryption software to clients worldwide, had actually accepted millions of dollars in payment from the National Security Agency to install a “back door” method allowing the NSA to break RSA clients’ encryption and spy on their communications without a warrant. [...]

What if they Gave a RSA Conference and Nobody Came?

Just before Christmas 2013 the world found out that RSA, the corporation making millions selling its software to provide security through encryption, had taken millions more in money from the U.S. military’s National Security Agency in order to build a “backdoor” so that the NSA could break any RSA-based encryption to spy on the communications [...]

Identity Theft: How to Build a Hype

How to build a hype:

1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that:

6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults found out about such activity was to be contacted by [...]

173 Broken Promises: Barack Obama Still Refuses to Respond to Huge Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since.

That hundred-thousand mark is significant. It represents a promise to the American people.

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official [...]

Are You Allergic To Exploding Gluten?

Some evidence suggests that, although gluten can explode, the lack of gluten may also result in explosions. The Denver Post warns, for example, of the “exploding gluten-free market”. [...]