Tech Companies Warning Customers When Government Demands Their Data

I have often pointed out that we should never expect corporations to stand for freedom against big government. Corporations want to reach mass markets and avoid costs. Big government can grant corporations monopolies and also cost them greatly by punishing them. So I’m pleasantly surprised to learn that some corporations are beginning to defy the national security state. According to the Washington Post: “Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands.” Major Read more […]

Was The iPhone Security Flaw A Mistake Or NSA Backdoor?

I don’t always agree with the conspiracies posited at Infowars.com. On the other hand, sometimes they are quite persuasive. And often the evil deeds they point to are not even really “conspiracies” since people are operating in plain sight, shamelessly. Yesterday, Steve Watson of Infowars addressed the question of the iPhone 6 “bug.” To get an idea of how serious this security vulnerability is, and how strangely silent Apple is being about it, see Techdirt’s post. Techdirt even mentions Read more […]

If The NSA Admits The Data Is Insecure, Why Are They Permitted To Collect It?

James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress, so instead he gets sympathetic propaganda in the Daily Beast. Of course he does. But even in the Daily Beast the truth comes out: Clapper also acknowledges that the very human nature of the bureaucracy he controls virtually insures that more mass disclosures are inevitable. “In the end,” he says, “we will never ever be able to guarantee that there will not be an Edward Snowden or another Chelsea Manning because this is a large enterprise Read more […]

Edward Snowden’s Interview In Germany

[Editor’s note: The embed code has given me bizarre problems! If you don’t see it above, here is the video at LiveLeak.com] The interview virtually no American media source reported, and which was repeatedly scrubbed from most all of the mainstream Web video services. Listening to Mr. Snowden… I see why the American political and security establishment is so very afraid of this man, [and wants him dead. Hero, traitor… you tell me. Read more […]

NSA Reform: Obama Promises, “If You Like Your Privacy, You Can Keep Your Privacy”

With people admitting (or boasting?) that they want to kill Edward Snowden (and that they fantasize about doing so), President Obama’s NSA speech seemed relatively mild. Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say: “Trust us, we won’t abuse the data we collect.”  For history has too many examples when that trust has been breached.  Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends Read more […]

Edward Snowden Fuels The Fantasy Life Of 007-Wannabe Tax-Feeders

Hop on a “mental plane” with me for a moment, and let’s take a look at this situation from 50,000 feet. Members of our “Intelligence community” want Edward Snowden murdered, and at least one is fantasizing about how he would do it, while another even believes we should dispense with this citizen’s constitutional right to a fair trial. From Buzzfeed: “In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself,” a current NSA analyst told Read more […]

NY Times Gets it Right on Edward Snowden and Barack Obama

I don’t always agree with the New York Times, but when I do… is now. Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they spend their nights. The public learned in great detail how the agency has exceeded its mandate Read more […]

From Irony To Irony: Senate Intel Committee Funds NSA, Especially For “Insider Threats”

From the Hill: The Senate Intelligence Committee has advanced legislation to reauthorize funding for the National Security Agency and surveillance programs. The bill includes new funding for technology to combat “insider threats” and leaks of classified information. The committee approved the legislation in a 13-2 vote late Tuesday. The approval of the annual funding measure comes after leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden earlier this year revealed controversial details about the Read more […]

Dear Edward Snowden: Don’t Appeal To Felons For Mercy

This makes me mad: (Newser) – Edward Snowden says he hopes international pressure will persuade the US government to stop “persecuting” him with espionage charges but he appears to have as much hope of receiving clemency as he does of getting his old job back. The NSA leaker “violated US law,” White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer says. “He should return to the US and face justice.” Snowden released a manifesto yesterday denouncing mass surveillance and saying that telling the truth shouldn’t be considered Read more […]

Barack Obama Knew Nothing About Spying On World Leaders; So Who Is President?

Though the German press reported that Obama gave permission to the NSA in 2010 to continue spying on Angela Merkel, Obama is denying the story. US officials are claiming that he didn’t know anything about the NSA’s spying on heads of state until recently. In the midst of the controversy over U.S. surveillance this summer, top intelligence officials held a briefing for President Obama at the White House – one that would provide him with a broad inventory of programs being carried out by the Read more […]

NSA At War With Planet: More Proof Of OBusha Sixteen-Year Presidency

I have not blogged about the reports that German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone was tapped by the National Security Agency since, I have recently commented on similar situations in which the NSA has been caught spying on three Mexican Presidents and most Frenchmen. But now the Guardian has released more on the NSA spying on foreign leaders: The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government Read more […]

A Spying Program Designed for Us

If the NSA spying program is so good at catching the bad guys, then why didn’t it know about the Boston bombers and Edward Snowden? The answer is simple: The program was designed to keep track of us. So, most of our “so called” elected officials here in the United States are outraged that Edward Snowden the whistle blower that leaked the news of NSA’s Verizon Telephone spying program on United States citizens will be granted asylum by more than a few countries around the world. What we Read more […]