President Richard Nixon’s faithful secretary Rose Mary Woods famously claimed to have stretched to answer a phone call when she inadvertently erased 18 ½ crucial minutes of the Watergate tapes. This week, National Intelligence Director James Clapper was awarded the 9th annual National Security Archive Rosemary Award for worst open-government performance, named for the 37th […]
I’ve written several articles questioning Edward Snowden’s past history. Now, another serious point comes to light. Snowden claims he raised concerns about NSA spying more than 10 times before he went rogue with stolen files.
The brash Exene Cervenka, who used to front legendary punk band X, is selling her stuff and packing out of Orange County, Calif. – her home for more than three decades – to settle down in Austin, Texas. Why? She’s sick of California’s oppressive regulations and laws.
This post, written by Cindy Cohn and Katitza Rodriguez and Parker Higgins, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Dec. 17. Last Monday, eight of the largest Internet companies took the unprecedented step of publicly calling for an end to bulk collection of communications data. Then on Tuesday, a coalition of over 550 […]
On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released details pertaining to a highly secretive, multinational trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, warning that passage of the NAFTA-esque trade agreement could have a serious negative impact on Internet freedom, innovation, medicine, patent law and civil liberty.
A new survey conducted by a leading literary organization finds that the recent revelations of pervasive spying on American citizens have had a chilling effect on the intellectual freedom, creativity and social discourse of American writers. The PEN American Center, a nonprofit literary group, partnered with the FDR Group to produce the report titled “Chilling […]
The CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, reportedly the Nation’s largest food outreach program, is insinuating that riots could erupt if program cuts slated to kick in this weekend are allowed to take effect. The whole chicken-little tone of the impending SNAP “disaster” almost smacks of bloodlust.
This post, written by Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohn and policy analyst Mark Jaycox, was originally published by the EFF on Oct. 22. The Senate is moving quickly on bills to reform many aspects of the NSA spying. Currently, the Judiciary Committee, which has favored privacy in the past, and the chairs of […]
This post originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website. This summer, some of our worst fears and suspicions about the NSA have been confirmed. We now have evidence that the NSA is actively undermining the basic security of the Internet. It is collecting millions and millions of phone records of individuals not suspected of […]
Happy Constitution Day! September 17 marks the anniversary of the Constitutional Congress’s signing of the Constitution in 1787. In 2004, Constitution Day officially became a holiday. Celebrate by re-reading the U.S. Constitution, which protects your rights as an American and is in perpetual need of protection from a government bent on overstepping the limitations laid […]