The House of Representatives Validated Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 23, 2014 7:41 am

On Thursday the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for a bill to reform the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records. On its merits it is a pretty bad bill. The bill was gutted at the last minute, making it only a shade of what was originally proposed. But the fact that Congress even [...]

Call Congress: We Need A New Church Committee

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 11:04 am

Last week, in a speech from the chamber floor, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of hacking into the committee’s network and removing documents pertaining to their investigation of the agency’s infamous torture program. If true, this audacious act would be in violation of federal law, constitutional separation of powers and — [...]

Call Your Legislators: Today Is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Against Mass Surveillance

By: Tuesday February 11, 2014 7:43 am

Update: Our coalition has already placed over 24,000 calls this morning! Call your representatives now and help us keep the momentum up throughout the day. Today is ‘The Day We Fight Back.’ Firedoglake is joining forces with Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and over 6,000 other websites to promote calls to Congress in support [...]

The More the American People Learn, the More They Disapprove of the NSA

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 7:07 am

The more the American people learn about the reach and power of the NSA the less supportive they have become. According to a new Pew Research poll only 40 percent of Americans approve of the government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts. A majority, 53 percent, now disapprove of these [...]

If Snowden Made Us Stronger How Is He a Traitor?

By: Friday January 17, 2014 9:18 am

During his speech about the NSA President Obama said this current debate on surveillance will make us stronger as a country. From Obama: One thing I’m certain of: this debate will make us stronger. And I also know that in this time of change, the United States of America will have to lead. It may [...]

NSA Internal Oversight Must be Pathetic

By: Monday December 16, 2013 7:10 am

Despite half a year of an all-consuming investigation the NSA will probably never know what Snowden took.

Maybe the Economic Argument Against the NSA Will Be Its Undoing

By: Monday December 9, 2013 7:04 am

Beyond on the moral and civil rights argument against the NSA’s extreme surveillance programs, there is an economic argument steadily gaining in prominence. The United States has long been the symbolic, innovative and physical heart of the internet but now that is being truly threatened thanks to the NSA. Large countries like Brazil, India and [...]

What Is the Point of Spying on Allied World Leaders if the President Doesn’t Know?

By: Monday October 28, 2013 7:31 am

I don’t know which is the scarier possibility: that President Obama knew about the spying on our allied world leaders and is lying about it, or that he was ignorant of what the NSA was really doing.

Snowden Proves We Will Never Know How Many Abuses Took Place at the NSA

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 6:56 am

How many abuses did or did not take place at the National Security Agency over the past decade will probably never be known. I’m not referring to the fact that it is unlikely the public will ever be provided a full audit of the NSA’s activities. The more frightening reality is the NSA itself probably [...]

There Will Always Be Abuses

By: Friday August 23, 2013 11:42 am

People are only human. They are fallible. They are weak. They occasionally make mistakes, get greedy or use poor judgement. Some are just bad. Any significantly large organization made up of thousands of people is going to have problems. It doesn’t matter if it is business, religious, government, military or intelligence. There are always going [...]