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Using old school typewriters will not protect you from snooping

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:08pm
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How expansive is electronic espionage?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly does not have a computer in his office, does not use email and does not have a private phone. I read a while ago that he even uses hand signals in some situations, although I can’t find the link now.

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Double Spy: Did US spy on German committee investigating US spying?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 7, 2014 at 3:00pm
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If the relationship between the Obama Administration and German Chancellor Angela Merkel weren’t frosty enough over the NSA spying on her phone — things got a lot more tense over the weekend.

With mystery enveloping a German intelligence service employee accused of spying — reportedly for the United States — German officials...

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You’re not paranoid, the government really is watching you

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 5:30pm
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After an extraordinary four-month data-crunching investigation of material leaked by Edward Snowden, the Washington Post let off some fireworks this Fourth of July weekend. Their investigation proves that the National Security Agency (NSA) has monitored many more ordinary Americans’ internet usage than non-American foreigners under suspicion of terrorist activities.

Nine of 10...

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Clapper: Gov’t should have been transparent about phone record collection

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:00am
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The Director of National Intelligence indicated Monday that the federal government probably should have been more transparent in the first place about its collection of phone records.

In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Eli Lake, James Clapper reflected on how the program may have been received differently had general information about...

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Debut of The Intercept reveals things we mostly already knew

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:45pm
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Today was the unveiling of The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald’s new venture backed by mega-money from the founder of Ebay.

The debut is being described with extreme hyperbole, as if a new age in investigative journalism had been launched, not a website.  But even a cursory review, plus the ability to do Google...

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Obama NSA Reform Speech (Video)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:05pm
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Obama just completed his speech on NSA reforms.

Below the key video portion of the speech (full text here).

I found this part to be a key dose of reality often lacking from the debate:

First, everyone who has looked at these problems, including skeptics of existing programs, recognizes that we have real enemies...

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Now a split decision on NSA data mining

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 27, 2013 at 3:30pm
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We reported last week on how Judge Leon in the District of Columbia ruled against the government, preliminarily, on NSA mass data surveillance. I cautioned against the media assumption that the ruling would survive:

The judge issued a preliminary injunction, but stayed his...

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NSA surveillance court decision

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:20pm
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Sorry, but I have too many other things on my plate right now to dig into this, even though it’s clearly an important decision which may eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A federal judge in D.C. has found parts of the NSA metadata surveillance program to violate the...

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The Guardian has published just one percent of Snowden leak

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:17pm
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The Guardian has only published about one percent of the material leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to statements made by the outlet’s editor to a British parliamentary committee Tuesday.

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Brazilian spying hypocrisy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:26pm

I have warned repeatedly that the NSA disclosures by Edward Snowden via Glenn Greenwald and others serve a dual purpose.

Part is to expose genuine breaches of privacy about which we should be concerned; part is to disrupt U.S....

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Google, Facebook, Yahoo petition FISA court for increased transparency

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 9, 2013 at 4:52pm

Facebook, Google and Yahoo are together putting increased pressure on the government to allow the companies to distinctly identify the number of national security related requests for user data separately from other law enforcement requests.

From the LA Times:

Technology giants Facebook, Google and Yahoo presented a rare united front in filing separate...

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Government to release more NSA surveillance documents in response to FOIA lawsuit

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:00am

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced on its website today that the Justice Department will release hundreds of pages of documents related to the government’s interpretation of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit it had filed.

From the EFF’s post, titled Hundreds of...

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Greenwald reveals NSA surveillance of Brazil and Mexico presidents

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 2, 2013 at 7:30pm

The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has since early June been reporting on leaked documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, told a Brazilian television program Sunday that the NSA read emails of the Presidents of Brazil and Mexico.

From NBC News:

Glenn Greenwald told Globo news program “Fantastico” that a document...

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Syria overtakes Snowden, NSA on social media

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 9:00am

Edward Snowden and the NSA debate seem to have lost some significant momentum on Twitter in light of the current discussion about what the US will or won’t be doing about the situation in Syria.

Business Insider noticed that Syria Tensions Have Knocked The NSA Spying Scandal Completely Off The Radar, and...

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