Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept

The iconoclastic journalist is out at the publication he founded.

Whistleblowers vs Leakers vs Spies

Yes, officials who follow the law are “whistleblowers.”

Media Salary Wackiness

The business of the news is business–and it’s a weird business.

Trump’s CPAC Speech May Have Guaranteed His Re-Election

Reason’s Nick Gillespie makes an interesting case but I don’t buy it.

Federal Government Inadvertently Reveals Sealed Indictment Against Julian Assange

A filing in an unrelated case has apparently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Why Khashoggi Murder Was a Red Line

The Saudis have been awful for generations. Why this?

Defense Department Taking Over Security Clearance Process

A long-overdue overhaul of the way the United States vets those who access classified information is underway.

James Clapper Not Charged with Lying to Congress

The statute of limitations has expired. But he should never have been asked the question to begin with.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Leaked Documents Reveal International Web Of Hidden Assets, Secret Bank Accounts

A treasure trove of documents from a law firm in Panama could prove problematic for a large group of international leaders.

FBI: San Bernardino Shooters Tashfeen Malik And Syed Farook Radicalized Years Before Marriage

The Director of the F.B.i. told Congress today that the San Bernardino shooters were apparently radicalized much earlier than previously believed.

Federal Judge Rules N.S.A. Mass Data Collection Unconstitutional

A Federal Judge has ruled that the N.S.A. metadata collection program is unconstitutional, but it’s unclear if the ruling will have much of an impact.

Americans Say Civil Liberties Trump Terror Threats, Politicians Don’t Care

The American people don’t believe that liberty should be sacrificed in the name of security, but their leaders largely don’t care.

James Clapper Tells Congress He Testified Falsely Because, ‘I Forgot’

Director of National Intelligence now tells Congress that he testified falsely about NSA spying because he forgot the program existed.

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

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F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

All of America’s Secrets on Amazon Cloud

The US intelligence community is gambling that it can be more efficient through a public-private partnership than going it alone.

Government Spied on American Muslims Who May or May Not Be Bad Guys

The NSA and FBI are doing more spy stuff.

Edward Snowden: I Was More Than Just A ‘Data Analyst’

For the first time, Edward Snowden is talking to the American media.

Edward Snowden Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian

Thanks to Edward Snowden, the Washington Post and the Guardian are Pulitzer Prize winners.

Bill Clinton Has A Different Take On Edward Snowden Than Barack Obama

Bill Clinton seems far more understanding of Edward Snowden than the current President

Rand Paul’s N.S.A. Lawsuit: Campaign Stunt Or Real Legal Threat? Does It Matter?

If something is going to be done about an out of control National Security State, it’ll be because the American people demand it.

Obama Ambassador Follies

President Obama is rewarding unqualified hacks who raised huge sums for his campaign with ambassadorships.

Americans Have Mostly Negative View Of Putin And Russia

The Cold War may be over, but the negative opinions in the U.S. regarding Russia and its leadership seem to have continued.

John Boehner: Immigration Reform Unlikely Because Republicans Don’t Trust The President

John Boehner explains quite succinctly why nothing big is getting done in Congress.

Amanda Knox And Extradition: More Likely Than You Might Think

Yes. Amanda Knox could be extradited.

Amanda Knox and Double Jeopardy

The American justice system is unique.

New York Times: Time To Grant Clemency to Edward Snowden

The “paper of record” joins the call for some kind of deal with Edward Snowden.

Would N.S.A. Data Mining Have Been Able To Stop 9/11?

.Many have tried to justify N.S.A. data mining on the theory that it could have prevented 9/11. Is that true?

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge To N.S.A. Data Mining

Another Federal District Court ruling on the Constitutionality of the NSA’s data mining program, this time more favorable to the NSA.

Edward Snowden Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

In a new interview, Edward Snowden explains his motives for absconding from the country with NSA secrets.

Does Judge Leon’s Ruling On NSA Surveillance Vindicate Edward Snowden?

Does a determination that NSA data collection practices are likely unconstitutional mean that Edward Snowden’s actions were, in some sense, justified?

Obama Ending 2013 On A Rough Note

For a year that seemed to start out so well, 2013 has been among the President’s worst of this five years he’s been in office.

Time To Play “Let’s Make A Deal” With Edward Snowden?

Without a deal of some kind, it’s quite likely that Edward Snowden will remain beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement or some time to come.

Pope Francis Named Time’s Person Of The Year, Edward Snowden Second

Not surprisingly, Time’s editors chose Pope Francis as Person Of The Year. However, Edward Snowden arguably would have been the better choice.

Report: Julian Assange Will Not Be Prosecuted In Connection With Manning Case

The Justice Department is reportedly not planning to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in connection with the Bradley Manning case.

NSA Chief Apparently Finds Free Press To Be Very Inconvenient

NSA Director General Keith Alexander really doesn’t like the idea of a free press.

Revelations About NSA Surveillance Souring U.S. Relationships With Other Nations

The latest revelations about National Security Agency surveillance outside the United States have caused quite an uproar overseas.

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