NSA spying and the 2013 revelations of Edward Snowden
By Tom Hall, 26 October 2015
After admitting the use of surveillance flyovers during police brutality protests, FBI Director James Comey sought to blame public scrutiny of police for a supposed spike in crime.
By Niles Williamson, 17 October 2015
The leaks shed light on the bureaucratized activity of drone assassination and the disturbingly sanitized jargon that government officials use when killing targets.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2015
Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law was a travesty of journalism that repeated the lies and propaganda of the US military-intelligence complex.
By Joseph Kishore, 29 August 2015
Two years after the first leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the American political establishment and media are treating the revelations of illegal and unconstitutional activity as an insignificant issue.
By Sandy English, 29 August 2015
Newly released documents show undercover cops took photographs of organizers of protests against police violence last winter and recorded their activities.
By Josh Varlin, 20 August 2015
New documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal reveal that law enforcement agencies are expanding their use of cellphone-tracking devices.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015
Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.
By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015
The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.
By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 15 August 2015
Gwyn, who oversees New Zealand’s state spy apparatus, was once a member of the Pabloite Socialist Action League.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2015
The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.
By Mark Blackwood, 10 August 2015
Over 14 million people upgraded to the new Windows OS in the first 24 hours, with many unaware of the privacy implications of the license agreement.
By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2015
WikiLeaks documents show that NSA surveillance not only covered top government figures but also major Japanese corporations.
By Josh Varlin, 30 July 2015
The Obama White House has denied the demand for a “full, free, and absolute pardon” for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, raised in a petition signed by almost 168,000 people.
By Kanda Gabriel, 29 July 2015
France’s Consitutional Council has rubber-stamped a controversial surveillance law that gives the intelligence service sweeping powers to spy on the entire population.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2015
The revelation that numbers of Australian police and spy agencies sought out the Italian Hacking Team is of a piece with a broader assault on democratic rights.
By Kevin Reed, 13 July 2015
Comey spoke before two Senate committees last week to press the case for stepped-up government surveillance of the American people.
By Mike Head, 13 July 2015
At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.
By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015
President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 July 2015
The move by the secret FISA court follows the passage of the “USA Freedom Act,” which codifies bulk surveillance while transferring data collection to telecommunication companies.
By Chris Marsden, 16 June 2015
Smearing Snowden is aimed at creating a climate of fear to justify state surveillance and repression.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 June 2015
Unsubstantiated accusations that Beijing stole personal data on millions of federal government employees are being trumpeted to boost the US war agenda.
By Andre Damon, 6 June 2015
NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden declared in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the passage of the USA Freedom Act was a “historic victory for the rights of every citizen.”
By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2015
The press coverage has falsely portrayed the USA Freedom Act as a major effort to curb police-state surveillance methods in the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2015
The grossly misnamed USA Freedom Act extends the majority of the surveillance powers first established under the Patriot Act.
By a reporter, 3 June 2015
More than 50 planes, equipped with video and cellphone surveillance equipment, are involved.
By Tom Hall, 3 June 2015
The TSA was unable to detect undercover DHS agents smuggling fake guns and even a bomb, indicating that the agency’s real function has little to do with preventing terrorism.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 June 2015
The USA Freedom Act “surveillance reform” legislation reauthorizes components of the Patriot Act that have served as the pseudo-legal basis for warrantless mass surveillance.
By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2015
Whether Section 215 of the Patriot Act is extended or allowed to expire, the vast US government apparatus for spying on the American people will continue unabated.
By Gustav Kemper, 27 May 2015
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper threatened to scrap cooperation with the German secret services because of leaks to the media.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 May 2015
The pseudo-reform bill, touted by supporters as a major blow against the NSA’s illegal mass spying programs, further entrenches and institutionalizes the surveillance.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2015
There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 May 2015
The legislation reauthorizes surveillance powers established by the USA Patriot Act while spreading a facade of legality over mass spying.
By Anthony Torres, 15 May 2015
Despite its superficial criticisms of the surveillance law, the NPA is complicit in the building of the infrastructure of a police state in France.
By Ed Hightower, 8 May 2015
Avoiding the vast constitutional issues at stake, the court essentially called on Congress to provide a more robust pseudo-legal basis for unlimited warrantless spying.
By Zaida Green, 8 May 2015
The US National Security Agency has been automatically transcribing, analyzing, and tagging vocal electronic communications for almost a decade.
By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2015
The Conservative government’s Bill C-51, in the name of combating terrorism, overturns core democratic rights and legal principles.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 May 2015
“Art is called upon to make a choice, to show a new direction,” explains Italian artist Davide Dormino.
By Sven Heymanns, 5 May 2015
The BND has been spying on leading European politicians and companies on behalf of the NSA for decades.
By Anthony Torres, 28 April 2015
The National Assembly is currently debating a digital surveillance bill that would legalize mass spying and data retention practices by French intelligence agencies.
By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.
By David Walsh, 15 April 2015
Penn’s views and activities are worth considering, especially in the light of his recent disgraceful comments about Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2015
A report in USA Today found that the Drug Enforcement Administration tracked most international phone calls made from the US over a period of two decades.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 April 2015
The comedy host had the audacity to reprimand the NSA whistleblower during an interview broadcast as part of Sunday’s edition of the “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
By Zaida Green, 30 March 2015
The CIA worked with the Justice Department to develop a program to spy on US cell phone conversations and data.
By Harvey Thompson, 25 March 2015
The covert Special Demonstration Squad monitored hundreds of political groups between 1968 and 2008.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2015
New Zealand spies on the Solomons and other Pacific countries to defend its imperialist interests in the region.
By Denis Krasnin, 21 March 2015
Sigmar Gabriel, SPD chairman, spoke out in favour of a data storage law in an interview with radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2015
Hammond’s speech was meant to reassure Britain’s spies that they will be protected from any possible fall-out, and that their criminal actions can continue.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 March 2015
The Intelligence and Security Committee report is a whitewash, aimed at legitimising the spy apparatus exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.
By Tom Peters, 14 March 2015
The government has attempted to suppress discussion of the revelations, which point to New Zealand’s collaboration with the US “pivot to Asia,” aimed at militarily encircling China.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2015
President Barack Obama harshly criticized proposed Chinese digital surveillance laws that are modeled on NSA and FBI Internet spying.
By Tom Peters, 9 March 2015
New Zealand’s spying on almost two dozen countries is bound up with its own neo-colonial interests and US efforts to undermine China’s influence.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 February 2015
US officials vowed Sunday to ramp up domestic surveillance and covert operations targeting “extremism” in immigrant communities.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2015
The latest revelations of hacking of the world's largest SIM card company further expose the criminality of the NSA and GCHQ spying operations.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 February 2015
While it is constantly charging China and Russia with hacking, the US government is by far the leading perpetrator of cyberwarfare on the planet.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2015
GCHQ and the UK government welcomed the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling as it allows them to continue the mass surveillance of the population.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2015
As the NSA spying programs have grown in size and scope, the Obama administration has staged a series of “reform” charades to confuse the public.
By E.P. Bannon, 31 January 2015
Under the guise of the “war on drugs,” the federal government is moving to create a centralized database of all drivers’ movements throughout the country.
By Evan Blake, 29 January 2015
The Internet company secretly turned over emails, IP addresses, photographs, calendars and other private information of WikiLeaks staff to the US government.
By Johann Müller, 21 January 2015
The programme details Snowden’s persecution by the US authorities and his search for a country that would grant him asylum.
By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2015
An article in the New York Times backing US claims that North Korea hacked into Sony’s computer system asserts that Washington has penetrated North Korean cyber networks.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 January 2015
The US Drug Enforcement Administration carried out mass surveillance of US telephone data over a period of more than a decade.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 January 2015
Beginning in 2008, the FBI received daily emailed reports listing new targets being added to the NSA’s spying programs.
White House rejects petitions to fire prosecutors who drove Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide
By Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015
The Obama administration had earlier defended the judicial hounding of the Internet pioneer as “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.”
By Thomas Gaist, 3 January 2015
New FBI internal regulations effectively authorize the bureau to conduct mass spying and data mining operations against cellphones in the United States.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 December 2014
Documents released by the NSA itself show that agents regularly violate legal restrictions on surveillance of US citizens.
By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2014
The ruling underlines the fact that the German ruling elite will not hesitate to collaborate in Snowden’s arrest and extradition to the US.
By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2014
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK.
By Ed Hightower, 11 December 2014
During a Georgetown University conference on cybercrime, leading right-wing jurist Richard Posner argued that “national security” needs must override privacy rights.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2014
Newly published secret documents show that NSA surveillance operations aim to spy on all of the world's cellular phone data networks.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2014
According to the New York Times, the military and its investigative agencies have almost as many undercover agents working inside the United States as the FBI.
By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2014
The home secretary will have the power to cancel passports and impose a “temporary exclusion” order for two years.
By Mike Ingram, 17 November 2014
The Justice Department’s US Marshals Service is using airborne devices to spy on thousands of cellphones across the US
By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2014
In an attempt to catch up with US and UK spy agencies, the BND is implementing a major upgrade.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2014
Within hours of Robert Hannigan becoming the new director of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters spy centre, he demanded it be allotted greater powers.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2014
The leading mobile phone companies use so-called “supercookies” to secretly record day-to-day Internet usage by at least 100 million customers
By Thomas Gaist, 4 November 2014
Launched in 2012, US military’s new in-house intelligence agency is developing a global network comparable to that of the CIA.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2014
Proposed changes to legal restrictions on government surveillance would authorize the FBI to infect computers worldwide with ultrasophisticated surveillance malware.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014
The distinction between government surveillance agencies and “private sector” technology corporations increasingly exists in name only.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 October 2014
The NSA’s internal documents indicate that corporations are actively abetting and benefiting from the US government’s illegal mass surveillance programs.
By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2014
Speaking of the NSA and the intelligence apparatus, Snowden asserts, in Laura Poitras’ documentary, “We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind.”
By Thomas Gaist, 18 October 2014
FBI Director James Comey’s remarks at the Brookings Institution underscored the unwillingness of the US ruling elite to tolerate any obstacles to its mass surveillance programs.
By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2014
A federal government “emergency response” centre has been systematically collecting information on demonstrations and other protest events.
By Dylan Lubao, 27 September 2014
The Communications Security Establishment Canada has developed high-powered software to hijack computers and use them to hack into other machines and networks.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 September 2014
Google complies with at least 84 percent of US government data requests, which have risen by 250 percent during the past five years.
By Tom Peters, 16 September 2014
Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald released documents detailing the NZ spy agency’s involvement in surveillance by the US National Security Agency.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2014
The NSA penetrated the systems of leading German companies as part of a global Internet mapping operation codenamed Treasure Map.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 September 2014
The documents cover rulings in 2008 upholding the NSA’s warrantless data mining programs.
The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site
By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014
The World Socialist Web Site, employing the method of Marxist analysis, has traced the various stages of the assault on democratic rights and sought to explain its relationship to fundamental historical and social processes related to the deepening crisis of American and world capitalism.
By Matthew MacEgan, 30 August 2014
The Truthy database has drawn sharp criticism from free speech advocates.
By Mike Head, 29 August 2014
While the government’s laws initially target Islamists, a police-state framework is being prepared for far wider purposes.
By Thomas Gaist, 26 August 2014
High-tech systems allowing users to pinpoint and manipulate cellular devices are increasingly available for purchase around the world.
By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2014
Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2014
The NSA is empowered by executive decrees to conduct limitless surveillance of overseas servers, even though they process large quantities of US data
By Thomas Gaist, 15 August 2014
The NSA is developing “autonomous cyber-warfare software” through a program called MonsterMind, Snowden said
By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2014
The move, which was furiously denounced by the US media and political establishment, comes amid the escalating US war drive against Russia.
By Tom Carter, 7 August 2014
The latest attack in the media campaign to smear NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden consists of the allegation that the documents he disclosed aided Al Qaeda.
By Tom Eley, 6 August 2014
A newly leaked document reveals that over 40 percent of those named on a US terror watch list—some 280,000 people—do not even have an alleged connection to terrorism.
By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2014
The NSA and Israeli ISNU cooperate to share and analyze data on governments throughout the Middle East.
By Eric London, 6 August 2014
Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.