August 17, 2013

Congress Fails on NSA Oversight

Julian Sanchez, Politico

An explosive Washington Post exposé has revealed that the National Security Agency has trouble following its own lax rules: An internal audit caught 2,776 “compliance incidents” at NSA headquarters alone in a single year — with no hint of how many innocent American communications are improperly swept up in each “incident,” and no way of telling how many “incidents” are never caught at all.

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TAGGED: Surveillance, NSA


October 22, 2013
The NSA's Flawed Defense of Data Collection
Bruce Schneier, Atlantic
The basic government defense of the NSA's bulk-collection programs—whether it be the list of all the telephone calls you made, your email address book and IM buddy list, or the messages you send your... more ››
Lavar Levison, owner of the now-defunct encrypted email site Lavabit, made headlines back in August when he shut the service down to avoid “becom[ing] complicit in crimes against the American people.” But the Lavabit saga is... more ››
Given the recent revelations about just how pervasive the government's electronic surveillance has been, it's no surprise these surveillance programs are popping up in criminal cases, as defense attorneys are finding gaps in how... more ››
October 15, 2013
Democracy and Surveillance
Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
The current level of general surveillance in society is incompatible with human rights. To recover our freedom and restore democracy, we must reduce surveillance to the point where it is possible for whistleblowers of all kinds... more ››