On Sunday, CBS moderator Bob Schieffer invited former NSA head retired Gen. Michael Hayden to appear on “Face the Nation” to discuss privacy and government spying. Schieffer’s choice should be both revealing and infuriating to any American who rejects the notion that government has the right to violate citizen privacy.
Technology is making it easier than ever for the surveillance state to flourish. America now knows that the National Security Agency is involved in the bulk collection of electronic communication data; wireless technology has made hacking, by government officials or criminals, a breeze for people with the right set of skills; and just about anything […]
Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.), a 73-year-old civil rights icon on par with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., stepped away from the thinking of many of his Congressional peers in a recent interview with The Guardian, in praising whistle-blower Edward Snowden as a man appealing to “a higher law.” Via The Guardian: Asked in interview with […]
If you support National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and believe that his actions were well-intentioned and benefit the public good, your government views you as a potential terrorist who may be as dangerous as an al-Qaida operative. According to remarks made by former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden during a speech on cybersecurity […]
Following the revelations about the National Security Agency’s vast and unConstitutional spying, many politicians have said: The tactics the NSA uses, even the unConstitutional ones, protect the American public from terrorists. As it turns out, law enforcement agencies at all levels of the Federal government employ similar tactics.
This article, written by Former Congressman Ron Paul, first appeared at the-free-foundation.org, the temporary home for his weekly column until his personal web page is up and running. In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong […]
On Wednesday, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald released more information provided by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden in June about the agency’s ability to spy on electronic communications. The latest installment revealed an NSA project called XKeyscore that, with a few keystrokes, can give a data analyst access to nearly everything a user does on the Internet.
The GOP isn’t packed with politicians like Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Justin Amash (Mich.) because establishment Republicans are fond of accusing any lawmaker who dares question government’s power of having “libertarian ideas.” And it’s certainly an effective strategy, packing a one-two punch that makes foreign policy hawks balk and the religious right squirm.
Pretty soon, a pair of massive high-tech Army blimps will be floating over the greater Washington D.C. area to provide 24-hour, 360-degree surveillance. And as testing and advancement of the airship surveillance technology continues, the eyes in the sky could have the ability to keep an eye on folks spanning hundreds of acres, from North Carolina to Niagara Falls and beyond.
This article, written by Kara Brandeisky, was originally published by ProPublica, July 25, 2013, 4:39 p.m. Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals […]