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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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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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

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

File: A close-up of the touch screen of a smartphone using Verizon networks. (Flickr / Robert Scoble)
16 Sep 2015

U.S. Wrongly Argues Verizon Wireless’ Participation In NSA Program Is Classified

In a challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program, President Barack Obama’s administration claims whether Verizon Wireless participated in the program is a state secret. This is remarkable given there is irrefutable evidence from government documents of Verizon Wireless’ involvement in a similar challenge to this program.

US Spy Chief James Clapper compares himself to Spider-Man during recent speech.
10 Sep 2015

Spy Chief James Clapper Compares U.S. ‘Intelligence Community’ to Spider-Man

The spy chief of the United States compared the American “intelligence community” to the Marvel superhero Spider-Man in a speech he gave at an intelligence summit on September 9. In a description for Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper, the organizers of the AFCEA/INSA National Security and Intelligence Summit wrote, “U.S. intelligence

File: A gavel rests atop a printed document. (Flickr / Brian Turner)
28 Aug 2015

Key Constitutional Issues Avoided as Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance Heads Back to Lower Court

Today, a federal appeals court vacated a preliminary injunction against the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program, and the lawsuit was sent back to the lower court for further proceedings if appropriate. But the U.S. Court of Appeals did not rule on whether the program, exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was lawful or not.

11 May 2015

DNI Clapper’s Lawyer Claiming Clapper Lied To Congress Because He ‘Forgot’ About NSA Program

From the Department of you can’t be serious. The top lawyer for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is making a novel argument as to why Clapper did not technically commit perjury despite saying something he knew to be untrue while testifying under oath before Congress – Clapper somehow “forgot”

08 May 2015

Obama And Clinton Endorse USA Freedom Act After Court Ruling

Congress should move ahead now with the USA Freedom Act—a good step forward in ongoing efforts to protect our security & civil liberties. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 7, 2015 In the aftermath of yesterday’s court ruling and the looming June 1st deadline to reauthorize the section of the