NSA spying and the 2013 revelations of Edward Snowden
By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2014
The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 July 2014
The bill seeks to institutionalize the bulk collection of telephone records by the NSA.
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2014
A hearing on the operations of Britain’s GCHQ revealed that state interception of electronic communications can relate to political opposition to US foreign policy.
By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014
An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”
By Robert Stevens, 19 July 2014
The vote to fast track into legislation the Data Retention and Investigative Powers Act by Britain’s Parliament shows the extent to which the structures for police states are being prepared in Europe.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2014
The UN has declared that bulk metadata collection, use of secret courts, and surveillance-guided drone strikes violate basic principles of international law.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 July 2014
US officials feigned ignorance, while celebrating the police state activities of their British ally.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014
The emergency surveillance powers now being railroaded through parliament will establish in law key elements of the “Snoopers Charter” from which the government had been previously forced to backtrack.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, bound for the Senate floor, authorizes new forms of large-scale data transfer between US corporations and the state.
By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2014
Readers of the Süddeutsche Zeitung rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they saw a comment critical of Washington by the paper’s chief foreign correspondent, Stefan Kornelius.
By Tom Carter, 14 July 2014
The Obama administration’s refusal to bring charges underscores the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2014
The NSA whistleblower was forced to accept a one-year asylum period in Russia after his applications were refused by numerous other governments.
By Richard Tyler, 14 July 2014
Once again, the so-called “war on terror” is being employed to abrogate civil liberties and strengthen the repressive powers of the state.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014
The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2014
Either the US president is lying about being unaware of espionage in Germany, or he is patently not in control of the military-intelligence complex.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2014
The exposure of a second US spy in Germany in five days has unleashed a major scandal.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014
The leaks show that the surveillance apparatus collects information on anyone even remotely associated with opposition to the government’s repressive agenda.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 July 2014
The fierce reaction to the unmasking of a relatively low-ranking agent reflects a change in the direction of German foreign policy.
By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2014
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that whistleblower Edward Snowden should return to the United States and stand trial for of his actions in leaking top-secret documents that exposed illegal and unconstitutional spying by the National Security Agency.
Vast majority of those spied on by NSA are non-suspects
By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2014
Some 90 percent of those who have had their email and other communications intercepted by the NSA are members of the general public, including US citizens.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 July 2014
This is the first leak on NSA surveillance that includes a portion of the actual source code in use, and it exposes the lie that the spy agency collects “only metadata.”
By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2014
The administration's “reform” panel found that NSA electronic data mining does not violate the Fourth Amendment.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 July 2014
Congressional legislation and secretive executive decrees have invested the NSA with virtually unlimited authority to spy on targets around the world.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 June 2014
Top secret documents provided to the media by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden make clear the close collaboration between US and German intelligence agencies.
By Mike Head, 25 June 2014
Under the guise of preventing the return of “terrorists” from Syria and Iraq, new anti-democratic measures are being prepared.
By Tom Carter, 24 June 2014
Greenwald’s speeches on the West Coast exhibit many of the same strengths—and some of the same limitations—as his recent book No Place to Hide, which the journalist is touring to promote.
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2014
Tempora operates on a similarly massive scale to that of Prism and is able to record 600 million “telephone events” per day.
By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2014
A federal appeals court overturned a previous ruling allowing a terrorism defendant’s lawyer access to FISA material.
By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2014
According to an article published by the Register, an aircraft belonging to the CIA was sent to Europe last June as the US government was preparing to seize whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Eric London, 13 June 2014
Federal Judge Jeffrey White, citing “national security” concerns, reversed his earlier order proscribing the government from destroying evidence of its illegal actions.
By Mike Ingram, 9 June 2014
One year after revelations of mass NSA spying by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Vodafone released a privacy report detailing state surveillance in the 29 countries in which it operates.
By Eric London and Barry Grey, 6 June 2014
Since the first revelations a year ago, the reality of an emerging police state run by unelected intelligence spooks and military brass has been thoroughly exposed.
By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2014
Documents supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continue to expose police-state surveillance by the US intelligence apparatus.
By Patrick Martin, 31 May 2014
A commentary published by the Times asserts that the US government, not the press, should decide whether leaked information about government wrongdoing should be made public.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 May 2014
In his first television interview with the American media, Snowden denounced the criminal activities of the American government, saying, “The Constitution of the United States had been violated on a massive scale.”
By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014
Greenwald's account of the revelations by Edward Snowden, and the significant role the author played in bringing them to the public, is a welcome antidote to the unceasing vilification of the NSA whistleblower.
30 May 2014
Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide sheds new light on the politics of the firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and her replacement by Dean Baquet.
By Matthew MacEgan, 27 May 2014
4,000 pages of government communications detail the use of “fusion centers” in the coordinated mass surveillance against the protests in 2011 and 2012.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2014
Cell phone surveillance is a central component of the US drone war and targeted assassination program
By Eric London, 21 May 2014
New Snowden leaks reveal that the US government acquires the content of 100 percent of phone calls in the Bahamas and a second, as-yet undisclosed country.
By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2014
The Justice Department indicted five officers of the Peoples Liberation Army on 31 counts of computer hacking and economic espionage.
By Ed Hightower, 20 May 2014
A massive spying apparatus and program has been implemented, not without opposition even within the National Security Agency itself.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 May 2014
Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has not addressed the evidence of systematic and illegal mass surveillance by US and British agencies revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Barry Grey, 13 May 2014
As the one-year anniversary of the publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of government spying approaches, the campaign of vilification and character assassination against the former NSA contractor is being stepped up.
By Ben Trent, 10 May 2014
Since the legislation was enacted in 2000, Britain’s tax authorities have used it tens of thousands of times to snoop through phone and email records.
By Sven Heymanns, 3 May 2014
While Chancellor Merkel was being welcomed at the White House Friday by President Obama, the Bundestag (parliamentary) Committee of Inquiry into the NSA received a government file opposing the questioning of whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Eric London, 28 April 2014
FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the government’s bulk collection of phone data does not constitute a “search,” and that the protections of the Fourth Amendment from “unreasonable search and seizure” therefore do not apply.
By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014
The event sponsored by the Washington Post peddled illusions in the Obama administration.
By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2014
While the award went to the Guardian US and the Washington Post for publishing articles exposing illegal NSA spying and surveillance, there is no question that the main honoree was former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Anthony Torres, 17 April 2014
French intelligence services are collecting all the data of Orange’s customers with no restrictions, oversight, or legal foundation.
By Sven Heymanns, 16 April 2014
The coalition government parties are dead set against Snowden being allowed to endanger German foreign policy relations with the US.
By Patrick Martin, 15 April 2014
Columbia University has given the most prestigious award in journalism, the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service, to the newspapers that published articles based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
By Joseph Santolan, 14 April 2014
Both the White House National Security Council (NSC) and the NSA issued categorical denials that they had any awareness of the existence of the Heartbleed bug prior to its public disclosure on April 7.
By Thomas Gaist, 11 April 2014
In testimony to the Council of Europe, Snowden said the NSA has been targeting “peaceful groups, unrelated to any terrorist threat.”
By Nick Barrickman, 9 April 2014
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald addressed an event hosted by Amnesty International in Chicago.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014
The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 March 2014
A White House “fact sheet” includes proposed changes to the bulk phone records program, and is intended as a framework for new legislation to legitimize and further institutionalize mass spying.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2014
Far from curtailing the NSA’s activities, the White House is seeking to expand the amount of data to which the spy agency has access.
By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014
A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.
By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 26 March 2014
The proposed changes to the bulk telephone metadata program would affect only a small portion of the vast and unconstitutional police-state spying apparatus.
By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014
Carter told reporters this week that he does not use email or phone calls for sensitive political correspondence.
By Tom Carter, 24 March 2014
The NSA has been doing to the Huawei telecommunications firm exactly what the US government has routinely accused the Chinese company of doing.
Christopher Boyce: “Snowden is a very brave man”
By Mike Head, 24 March 2014
Boyce, now 61, confirmed his previous statements that the CIA was centrally involved in the dismissal of the Whitlam government.
By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2014
A letter from the Senate Majority Leader to the Justice Department renewed charges of unconstitutional CIA spying on the Senate.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 March 2014
A federal judge ruled that warrant applications submitted by the Justice Department were unconstitutional.
By Eric London, 20 March 2014
Whereas Nixon’s cover-up involved illegal “dirty tricks” operations, the Obama administration is covering up even more serious crimes—an international program of state torture and assassination.
By Andre Damon, 19 March 2014
The National Security Agency has developed and deployed a system capable of recording “100 percent” of the telephone calls made by residents of a targeted country.
By John Braddock, 19 March 2014
A wall of silence surrounds Snowden’s testimony that New Zealand was pressured by the NSA to change its laws to facilitate mass surveillance.
By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2014
The Obama administration has blocked the release of documents that likely include a presidential finding to authorize CIA torture of prisoners.
By Ed Hightower, 15 March 2014
Senators took the hearing as an opportunity to attack Edward Snowden and to inquire about the “PR” issues around the burgeoning military intelligence apparatus.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 15 March 2014
A wave of political scandals has hit France’s right-wing UMP shortly before the March 23 municipal elections.
By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 14 March 2014
The extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the Senate floor by Senator Dianne Feinstein provides grounds for immediate impeachment proceedings against top government officials, including President Barack Obama.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 March 2014
NSA operations have already infected at least 80,000 computers according to documents provided by Edward Snowden.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2014
The public clash between the Senate and the CIA reflects the effective collapse of democratic forms of governance in the United States.
By Barry Grey, 12 March 2014
The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on committee staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s program of interrogation and torture under President Bush.
By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 11 March 2014
NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden gave a live interview Monday to the South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas.
By Tom Carter, 10 March 2014
The revelations of CIA spying on the legislative committee charged with overseeing it underscores the fact that America is actually run by an unelected, unaccountable military/intelligence apparatus.
By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2014
The former NSA contractor gave eloquent testimony to the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee Friday, but the Guardian has made no mention of it to date.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2014
At least one Senate Democrat has suggested that President Obama was aware of the massive violation of the constitutional separation of powers, potentially an impeachable offense.
By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014
After President Obama’s promise not to listen in on Angela Merkel’s phone calls, the NSA has stepped up its operations against everybody she speaks to.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2014
A secret surveillance program, “Optic Nerve,” has been engaged in mass collection of screen shots from users’ webcams.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014
The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.
By Julie Hyland, 26 February 2014
The subordination of fundamental democratic rights to an omnipotent state runs as a constant thread through the ruling that deems David Miranda’s detention lawful.
By Sandy English, 26 February 2014
District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.
By Dylan Lubao, 24 February 2014
Canada’s principal spy agencies are becoming more tightly integrated as the state expands its spying on ordinary Canadians.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014
A national license plate tracking system sought by the Department of Homeland Security would provide officials with personal information on millions of individuals.
Partner of Glenn Greenwald was held at London airport
By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2014
The High Court judgement against David Miranda gives legal sanction to the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”
By Steve James, 20 February 2014
By electing Snowden as Rector, students showed their opposition to attacks on democratic rights by the NSA and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014
Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2014
Four journalists who reported on the US National Security Agency’s illegal surveillance programs are being given a prestigious award amid mounting attacks on democratic rights.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2014
The petition has gathered support from throughout Brazil and around the world, providing a powerful expression of popular support for Snowden and hostility to the global spying operations of the NSA.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2014
The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2014
Developments in the European Parliament have demonstrated that the pseudo-left organisations are part of bourgeois politics. For them, the fate of whistle-blower Edward Snowden is of no consequence.
By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014
The Committee to Protect Journalists is warning that the spy agency’s dragnet of communications data threatens to make it “next to impossible for journalists to keep sources confidential.”
By Mike Head, 13 February 2014
Attorney-General Brandis amplified the earlier denunciation by Prime Minister Abbott of the NSA whistleblower as a “traitor.”
By Gabriel Black, 13 February 2014
Michael Hayden gave a lecture Monday in which he described Obama’s “reform” of the NSA as largely cosmetic.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2014
The aim of the AP report is to lend a veneer of "transparency" and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder.
By Eric London, 10 February 2014
This weekend saw the publication of new Snowden revelations in addition to the publishing of planted government leaks.
By Eric London, 10 February 2014
In the face of ongoing revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the political establishment is growing increasingly nervous about the popular opposition the leaks are engendering.
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2014
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee suggested that journalists who have reported on illegal NSA surveillance should be prosecuted.