Orwell Revisited: Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

June 18, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | Orwell understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan flag-waving, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people—even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way…

NSA Wiretapping Public Service Announcement (VIDEO)

June 12, 2013 in News

Funny or Die | Trevor Moore, of Whitest Kids U Know, with a “public service announcement” about NSA surveillance and what you, the ordinary citizen, can do to render the surveillance state useless.

Ron Paul ‘Worried’ U.S. Might Kill Snowden With Drone (VIDEO)

June 12, 2013 in News

YouTube | Towards the end of an outspoken 24 hours of media appearances, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) appeared via phone on Fox Business Network with Melissa Francis and made a bold prediction about NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s future.

ACLU sues four top Obama administration officials over Verizon metadata sharing

June 12, 2013 in News

Ars Technica | The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against four high-level government officials, arguing that Verizon’s ongoing sharing of telephone metadata to the National Security Agency (NSA) is unconstitutional. The officials include Director of National Intelligence James Clapper…

America’s New Normal: Mass Surveillance, Secret Courts and Death to Whistleblowers

June 11, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | There is a deep and abiding sense of unease permeating American society. From the IRS targeting politically conservative groups to the Department of Justice targeting journalists for surveillance, from the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is tracking the telephone calls…

Why Obama Cannot Undo the Surveillance Society—But We Can

June 11, 2013 in News

Russ Baker | President Obama, taking a smart political tack in the uproar following several explosive disclosures on NSA domestic spying practices, said he was all in favor of a vigorous public debate—that it would be a “healthy” thing. But calling for a public debate is one thing; actually doing anything…

Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America

June 11, 2013 in News

Daniel Ellsberg | In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of…

TOR Radio: June 8, 2013 – Daniel McAdams: How Perpetual War Abroad Leads to the Police State at Home

June 9, 2013 in TOR Radio

TOR Radio | Download TOR Radio: June 8, 2013 | Guest: Daniel McAdams | We discuss the national security state, the NSA surveillance, and how our country’s foreign policy in the warfare state helps to drive the police state at home. We get into Turkey, Syria, and the various programs and goals of the newly formed Ron Paul Institute.

TOR Radio: June 8, 2013 – Marcy Wheeler on NSA Surveillance, Verizon, PRISM, and Patriot Act: Section 215

June 9, 2013 in TOR Radio

TOR Radio | Download TOR Radio: June 8, 2013 | Guest: Marcy Wheeler | We cover the NSA surveillance scandal, the collection of “metadata” from Verizon customers, and revelations of a program code-named PRISM, FISA, Section 215 of the Patriot Act and much more.

Surveillance-State Communism: NSA Surveillance Scandal

June 7, 2013 in News

Jacob Hornberger | In the name of keeping us safe, it’s now indisputable that the U.S. national-security state has enveloped the American people in an extensive web of surveillance, one that characterizes communist regimes. It’s just the latest episode in the sordid, dark-side history of the national-security state…