Reality Winner. Photo via standwithreality.org
06 Oct 2017

Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner Denied Bail Because Judge Believes She ‘Hates’ America

Judge contended Winner’s “hate” for America and supposed admiration of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange make her a dangerous threat.

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Reality Winner. Photo via Lincoln County Jail.
28 Sep 2017

FBI Agents Didn’t Think Reality Winner Was Spy—Yet Government Is Prosecuting Her Like One

FBI agents did not think Reality Winner was a “big bad mastermind prolific spy,” yet the government is prosecuting her under the Espionage Act.

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FBI Director James Comey testifies at the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Photo: CSPAN.
20 Mar 2017

Russia Conspiracy Mongering Hits Wall At Congressional Hearing

A House Intelligence Committee hearing into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election ended with no substantial revelations.

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Photo from http://www.sanders.senate.gov/
15 Dec 2016

NSA Inspector General, Who Once Said Snowden Is Manic Thief, May Be Fired For Whistleblower Retaliation

NSA inspector general George Ellard, who believes NSA whistleblower was “manic in his thievery,” received termination notice for whistleblower retaliation.

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29 Nov 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Honey Trap’ And ‘Eyeball Constructors’

It has been awhile since a submission from an independent artist was featured so this week’s selection comes from a punk rock band from New York and Connecticut called Poor Lily. The band recently released a “punk rock opera” inspired by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and global mass surveillance.

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Screen shot from "Snowden" trailer of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley)
16 Sep 2016

Film Review: Human Element Makes Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Quite Captivating

Whistleblower Thomas Drake and Snowden attorney Jesselyn Radack share their insights on Oliver Stone’s film.

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United States Court House, which houses U.S. District Court for District of Columbia. Located at 333 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. (Via Wikimeadia Commons)
09 Nov 2015

Judge Blocks NSA From Collecting Data on Law Firm Under Phone Records Surveillance Program

A federal judge blocked the NSA from collecting data on a law firm under the agency’s phone records surveillance program.

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2016 Democratic Candidates - Caricatures (donkeyhotey on Flickr)
14 Oct 2015

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate Snowden, Ignore Whistleblower Protection Issues

Only one Democratic candidate, Lincoln Chafee, opposed jailing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden if he were to return to the United states.

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What you see when you try to load Barton Gellman's wiped presentation
09 Oct 2015

‘Classified Speech’: Purdue Destroys Video of Presentation on Snowden Documents

There are numerous examples of American colleges or universities invoking “civility” to stifle free speech, especially speech around the issue of Palestinian human rights. Multiple instances exist where students have demanded particular speech or acts of expression, which make them uncomfortable, be controlled or suppressed. On a lesser scale, there

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Sony Ericsson cell phone (via Photography Andreas on Flickr)
18 Sep 2015

U.S. Government Fights Ruling Requiring Warrant For Cell-Site Location Data

A federal appeals court ruled in August the government needs a warrant to seek and inspect cell-site location information or else the government is violating the Fourth Amendment. Now, the government has requested the appeals court reconsider its decision. In a filing [PDF], the government chastises the Fourth Circuit Court

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