The NSA is violating its own spying rules many times every day, new documents show. That information is being withheld from Congress and the FISA court. [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
After yesterday’s revelations, did you think the news about warrantless spying on Americans couldn’t possibly get worse?
Well, you’re wrong. Today, there are more revelations about the spying program of the NSA, a branch of the U.S. military. These revelations are even worse than what came before.
What you read below takes for granted [...]
“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.” – Katelyn Sabochik, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, September 22 2011
This was (and remains) the promise of “We The People”, the official online petition website of the executive branch [...]
“Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment,” reads the latest release of polling data from the Pew Research Center. The story underneath reads:
To better understand how the manner in which the government’s surveillance program is described affects public evaluations, the Pew Research Center conducted a question wording experiment in a national telephone survey fielded between [...]
These explanations are all too simple. They warn us not to lose track of the possibility that we may now have a President of the United States who was born in Connecticut. [...]
Eric Lichtblau writes an article in Sunday’s New York Times that is worth reading because it provides detail on secret law and secret courts in America that President Barack Obama would rather you didn’t know. A FISA court of eleven justices, all appointed by the authoritarian Chief Justice John Roberts, have been authorizing massive warrantless [...]
On June 22, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since, reaching 127,000 signatures this morning.
Once a petition surpasses 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration has committed to responding to it. But two weeks later, there’s no response. Keep watching that space, but don’t [...]
We Act Radio in Washington DC is throwing aside the once-subversive, now-staid “hey hey, ho ho” mode of protest, replacing it with a NSA Mix Tape Bike Ride that is framed in jarring terms:
Does that depiction of a massive surveillance plan sweeping up all major internet and phone-mediated communications in the United States [...]
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