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EFF Victory Results In Release Of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance UnConstitutional

For almost two years, EFF has been fighting the government in Federal court to force the public release of an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Issued in October 2011, the secret court’s opinion found that surveillance conducted by the NSA under the FISA Amendments Act was unConstitutional and violated “the spirit of” Federal law.

Amash Vows Renewed Effort To Stop The NSA

Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) vowed over the weekend to revive a legislative attempt to block the National Security Agency from collecting American phone and Internet data en masse following the narrow defeat of a similar effort last month. “I’m hopeful that we’ll have another opportunity,” Amash said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It might […]

Poll: Almost Nobody Believes Obama’s Promise To Reform NSA; Patriot Act

Poll: Almost Nobody Believes Obama’s Promise To Reform NSA; Patriot Act

Almost nobody believes President Barack Obama’s pledge to implement a series of self-policing policies to rein in government spying will amount to much, according to the results of a Rasmussen weekend poll.

Fear, Terror To Be Used By Senate To Regulate Virtual Currencies Out Of Existence

Fear, Terror To Be Used By Senate To Regulate Virtual Currencies Out Of Existence

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee set the wheels in motion this week for a comprehensive review of how it plans to clamp down on virtual currencies like Bitcoin.

The CIA Admits To Spying On Noam Chomsky, Destroying Records

For years, the Central Intelligence Agency denied that it kept a file on linguist, polemicist and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky related to his decades of brazen political activism. But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Foreign Policy, the agency included documents proving that it kept an eye on Chomsky throughout […]

Infographic: Nine Tips To Keep Your Internet Usage Private

If you’ve paid any attention to the national headlines at all over the past couple of months, you’re well-aware that your privacy is under attack in our technological society. Barring a complete embrace of a Luddite philosophy, you probably can’t hope to totally protect your privacy; but there are easy ways to avert snoops. The […]

The NSA And The Government’s Public Relations ‘Journalist’

The NSA And The Government’s Public Relations ‘Journalist’

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.

Is Privacy Becoming A Relic Of The Past?

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 […]

John Lewis, Obama’s ‘Conscience Of Congress’: Snowden Appealed To ‘Higher Law’ To Expose Wrongs

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 […]

Former NSA Chief: If You Get Upset When The Government Gets Snowden, You Might Be A Terrorist

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 […]

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