NSA spying and the 2013 revelations of Edward Snowden

Obama defends CIA torturers

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.

Democratic senator boasts NSA “reform” bill vetted by US intelligence agencies

By Thomas Gaist, 30 July 2014

The bill seeks to institutionalize the bulk collection of telephone records by the NSA.

UK tribunal hears evidence of mass surveillance

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.

Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order

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.”

Britain’s parliament rubber stamps police state surveillance law

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.

United Nations report: US, UK surveillance programs violate international law

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.

US knew of British plans to raid the Guardian for Snowden documents

By Nick Barrickman, 16 July 2014

US officials feigned ignorance, while celebrating the police state activities of their British ally.

Edward Snowden condemns UK surveillance legislation

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.

Cybersecurity bill will expand surveillance powers of US military and intelligence agencies

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.

Why is Stefan Kornelius so angry over the CIA spying scandal in Germany?

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.

The CIA spying scandal and the disintegration of American democracy

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.

Edward Snowden seeks asylum renewal from Russia

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.

British government rushes through emergency surveillance legislation

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.

The US spy scandal and the return of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014

The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.

Obama and the CIA—who runs Washington?

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.

German government demands departure of US spy chief

By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2014

The exposure of a second US spy in Germany in five days has unleashed a major scandal.

Snowden documents show NSA spied on prominent Muslim-Americans

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.

Following CIA spy revelations, German politicians turn on the US

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.

Clinton on Edward Snowden: Who are the real criminals?

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

New revelations shatter US government lies on illegal surveillance

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.

NSA targets anyone interested in online privacy

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.”

Obama-appointed civil liberties board upholds mass internet data collection by NSA

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2014

The administration's “reform” panel found that NSA electronic data mining does not violate the Fourth Amendment.

New documents highlight sweeping NSA surveillance powers at home and abroad

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.

The return of the state secret police in Germany

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.

Australian government plans new citizenship and surveillance powers

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.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks in California

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.

Every Internet user in the UK can be spied on without a warrant

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.

US appeals court rules defendant has no right to secret surveillance documents

By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2014

A federal appeals court overturned a previous ruling allowing a terrorism defendant’s lawyer access to FISA material.

CIA planned rendition of Edward Snowden

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.

Federal judge allows US government to destroy evidence in suit against NSA

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.

Vodafone privacy report reveals state access to its networks

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.

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

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.

NSA collects facial images of hundreds of millions of people

By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2014

Documents supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continue to expose police-state surveillance by the US intelligence apparatus.

The New York Times and freedom of the press

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.

Edward Snowden defends decision to reveal NSA spying in NBC interview

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.”

No Place to Hide: Glenn Greenwald’s account of the Snowden revelations

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.

Shedding light on the New York Times shake-up

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.

Government files reveal official campaign of spying against Occupy Wall Street

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.

US collecting all cell phone calls in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2014

Cell phone surveillance is a central component of the US drone war and targeted assassination program

NSA records and stores content of all phone calls in two countries

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.

US pushes cyber-war confrontation with China

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.

Documentary reviews history of domestic spying under Bush and Obama

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.

UK parliament attempts to restore confidence in intelligence agencies

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.

US media steps up espionage slander against 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.

Britain: Anti-terror legislation used to pursue whistleblower

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.

German government thwarts investigation of NSA scandal

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.

FISA court rejects Verizon suit vs. NSA telephone metadata surveillance

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.

Panel discussion on NSA surveillance covers for government spy programs

By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014

The event sponsored by the Washington Post peddled illusions in the Obama administration.

The Snowden Pulitzer

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.

French intelligence collects all data of France Telecom/Orange

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.

German government seeks to prevent parliamentary committee from questioning Edward Snowden

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.

Pulitzer Prize awarded for Snowden exposures of NSA spying

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.

NSA exploited Heartbleed bug

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.

Snowden says NSA spying on civil rights organizations

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.”

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald address Amnesty International event in Chicago

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.

New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014

The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.

Obama administration submits formal plan for NSA “reforms”

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.

The fraud of Obama’s NSA “reform”

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.

California police departments capture cellphone data

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.

Obama “reform” seeks new framework for illegal NSA spying

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.

Former President Jimmy Carter says NSA likely spying on his communications

By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014

Carter told reporters this week that he does not use email or phone calls for sensitive political correspondence.

Edward Snowden exposes NSA spying against Chinese telecom firm Huawei

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”

Former US intelligence contractor speaks on 1975 Australian coup

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.

Constitutional conflict escalates between US Senate and CIA

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.

US judge slams surveillance requests as “repugnant to the Fourth Amendment”

By Thomas Gaist, 21 March 2014

A federal judge ruled that warrant applications submitted by the Justice Department were unconstitutional.

The CIA spying scandal, Watergate and the decay of American democracy

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.

The NSA records “every single” phone call in a targeted country

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.

New Zealand media bury fresh Snowden revelations

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.

White House withholding documents from CIA torture probe

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.

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing promotes cyberwarfare and illegal spying

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.

Scandals grow in wiretapping of ex-French President Sarkozy

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.

Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”

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.

Leaked NSA documents expose agency’s sophisticated malware arsenal

By Thomas Gaist, 14 March 2014

NSA operations have already infected at least 80,000 computers according to documents provided by Edward Snowden.

The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy

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.

Senate Intelligence head accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”

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.

Snowden denounces global mass surveillance at SXSW festival

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.

CIA caught spying on US Senate

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.

Snowden’s testimony to European Parliament: “Billions of innocents” unlawfully spied upon

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.

CIA spied on US Senate oversight committee

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.

NSA listens in on the German chancellor’s contacts

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.

GCHQ, NSA collected webcam images from 1.8 million Yahoo users

By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2014

A secret surveillance program, “Optic Nerve,” has been engaged in mass collection of screen shots from users’ webcams.

Snowden documents show US, UK spy agencies infiltrate online groups

By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014

The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.

The David Miranda ruling and the attack on press freedom

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.

Judge dismisses suit against New York police spying on Muslims

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.

Canadian intelligence agencies deepen integration, expand spying

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.

US authorities seek national license plate tracking system

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

UK ruling against David Miranda escalates assault on democratic rights

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.”

Edward Snowden elected Rector of Glasgow University

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).

Leaked documents detail NSA surveillance operations against WikiLeaks

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.

Polk Awards honor Greenwald, other journalists who broke Snowden revelations

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.

Over one million petition for Brazil to grant asylum to Snowden

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.

More Snowden documents expose US-Australian spying on Indonesia

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.

Edward Snowden and Europe’s pseudo-left

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.

NSA spying poses “direct threat to journalism,” watchdog group warns

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.”

Australian attorney-general accuses Snowden of “endangering lives”

By Mike Head, 13 February 2014

Attorney-General Brandis amplified the earlier denunciation by Prime Minister Abbott of the NSA whistleblower as a “traitor.”

Former NSA chief Hayden praises Obama for “doubling down” on Bush-era spying

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.

Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

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.

Press leaks claim NSA collects “only” 30 percent of US phone calls

By Eric London, 10 February 2014

This weekend saw the publication of new Snowden revelations in addition to the publishing of planted government leaks.

New York Times and Washington Post intensify Snowden smear campaign

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.

US threats mount against journalists, Snowden

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.