Yearly Archives: 2015

Intercepted catalog shows off secret surveillance gear

A secret catalog of surveillance gear has been leaked by a concerned US intelligence official. The document reveals details about devices that can intercept, collect and read civilian communications, such as the ‘dirtboxes’ or the notorious ‘Stingray.’ The catalog was obtained by The Intercept through

Ted Cruz Is Right: NSA Reform Bill Allows More Spying

Sens. Marco Ru­bio and Ted Cruz clashed over their op­pos­ing votes on a key sur­veil­lance bill dur­ing Tues­day night’s GOP de­bate, with each sen­at­or try­ing to es­tab­lish him­self as the strongest on na­tion­al se­cur­ity. Ru­bio ac­cused Cruz of ham­per­ing in­tel­li­gence agen­cies by sup­port­ing the USA

David Miranda in fresh challenge over Heathrow detention

David Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, has launched a fresh appeal challenging the legality of his detention under counter-terrorism powers for nine hours at Heathrow airport in 2013. The hearing at the court of appeal in London is an attempt

Surveillance State? It’s So Much Worse

The invasiveness of today’s digital technology is breathtaking. We know that our network service providers, search engines, and social media monitor our every digital action to recommend products and fuel consumption. Google collects and mines our Gmails, attachments, contacts, and calendars. Twitter watches our activity

NSA Requests Extension for Access to US Citizens’ Phone Records

The US National Security Agency (NSA) requested a 90-day extension for limited access to Americans’ phone metadata collected to date for technical and verification purposes, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said in a press release. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On November 29,

NSA’s Mass Metadata Collection Still Constitutional, Says Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit has denied Larry Klayman’s emergency petition for rehearing en bac of the appeals court’s ruling to stay a lower court injunction on the government’s bulk metadata collection program. Judge Brett Kavanaugh explained in his concurring opinion

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

Current and former government officials have been pointing to the terror attacks in Paris as justification for mass surveillance programs. CIA Director John Brennan accused privacy advocates of “hand-wringing” that has made “our ability collectively internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging.” Former National

NSA to Continue Bulk Data Collection Regardless of Legal Changes

Former White House National Security Council advisor Gwenyth Todd claims that NSA will continue its mass surveillance practices despite changes to the legislation. The US National Security Agency (NSA) will continue its mass surveillance practices despite changes to the legislation, former White House National Security

Cotton pushes to block NSA reforms in wake of Paris attack

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is seeking to halt a looming expiration of controversial National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, saying the Paris terror attacks Friday prove the value of the spy agency’s data collection. On Tuesday, Cotton is introducing legislation to delay this month’s deadline to

Edward Snowden: Choosing Truth Over Comfort

At this time Snowden remains in temporary asylum in Russia, persecuted in his home country, while international support for the whistleblower is growing. When one speaks of political asylum, the name that springs to mind first is probably Edward Snowden. A former contractor for the