Rep. Mike Rogers: The NSA’s New Minister of Radio Propaganda

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JP Sotille: The reality is that the Spook State now has a well-practiced mockingbird with access to millions of willing ears.

U.S. Security Agencies Are Out of Control

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Ivan Eland: Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder’s republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic.

Roots of Surveillance America

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Wendy McElroy: A supremely political animal, Hoover occupied high office for nearly 50 years, during which he was instrumental in laying the foundation for a national security state.

The Next Edward Snowden: ACLU President Susan Herman Explains the Perils of National Insecurity

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ACLU President Susan Herman: It is far from clear that the mega-surveillance programs are actually contributing to our safety.

Why Did the Edward Snowden Incident Happen?

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People like Edward Snowden are not particularly unusual. Others have worked in the national security arenaonly to discover wrongdoing.

Under the Global Shadow of Big Brother, Journalism Must Light Up the Political Sky

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Norman Solomon: The alternative to unrelenting independence is sheepism, and that’s not journalism; it’s a professionalized baseline of bowing to government and corporate pressure even before it has been overtly exerted.

Big Brother’s Loyal Sister: How Dianne Feinstein Is Betraying Civil Liberties

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Norman Solomon: As chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein generates an abundance of fog, weasel words, anti-whistleblower slander and bogus notions of reform — while methodically stabbing civil liberties in the back.

Now Who Is the Real “Narcissist”? Edward Snowden or the NSA?

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Joseph Palermo: The documents Snowden chose to share with the world have exposed the behavior, attitude, and culture of the NSA. The revelations alone about spying on allied heads of state, such as Brazil and Germany, have already caused real damage to bilateral relations between the U.S. and those countries. The NSA is clearly out of control.

Obama Channels Reagan on the Growing NSA Scandal

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JP Sotille: The Reagan Presidency set the gold-standard for Teflon-coating the truth, for conducting secret wars and for acquiescence and service to the all-encompassing power of the national security state.

The Snowden Debate: Liberal Versus Liberal

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Julie Driscoll: The battle seems to be pitched among the libs as to who’s the purest. Ed Snowden = hero = “good” lib; Ed Snowden = lying attention-seeking cowardly traitor = “bad” lib.

Protesting Domestic Surveillance

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Dan Bluemel: Restore the Fourth’s demonstration was the second of its kind in LA concerning Fourth Amendment rights since the NSA’s actions were made public in early June.

These Prying Eyes

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Walter Brasch: With the ubiquitous use of computers, every person who ever bought anything online, or even searched for anything online—product or information—can now be identified, their web addresses stored for use in target marketing campaigns.

Edward Snowden Not the Story

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Mary L.G. Theroux: If we today make Edward Snowden the story—if we ask, “Where’s Snowden?” rather than “What’s the U.S. intelligence community doing to Americans’ civil liberties?”—we censure our whistle-blowing protectors as traitors, renounce our rights to privacy, and sanction a government completely “unchained” from the Constitution’s checks.

The All-Time Whistleblower: Philip Agee

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William Blum: Agee’s goal in naming all these individuals, quite simply, was to make it as difficult as he could for the CIA to continue doing its dirty work.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Totalitarian State

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Walter Brasch: Americans who have been paying attention should also know that electronic spying—it sounds better when the government says it’s data mining to prevent terrorism—has been going on at least a decade.

Right-Wing Commentators Wish Snowden Had Just Followed Orders

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Norman Solomon: What a contrast between big-name journalists craven enough to toss the Fourth Amendment overboard and whistleblowers courageous enough to risk their lives for civil liberties.

Freedom of Too Much Information

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Tina Dupuy: Having no privacy and arbitrary puritanical laws is a recipe for a theocracy. We have no confidentiality yet petty prudes wield legal authority in the government.

The Frankendata Monster

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JP Sotille: So far, the biggest revelation of the NSA spying story is…that anyone actually thinks this story is a big revelation.

“Don’t Tread On Me!” Unless You’re the NSA

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Joseph Palermo: Our political leaders and courts are clearly incapable of providing the needed “check” on the inevitable abuses that will occur when the government chooses to keep a domestic spying behemoth behind a veil of state secrecy.

Is NSA Illegally Wiretapping the Electronic Transmissions of U.S. Citizens?

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Ted Vaill: It is ironic that we cannot adequately protect against deranged U.S. citizens and residents from buying assault weapons and shooting up our schools and malls, but the NSA and its operatives are being allowed potentially to conduct the most intrusive inroads into the privacy of all U. S. citizens and residents. Why is this?

Ron Paul, Russ Feingold Nailed Surveillance State

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Brent Budowsky: Ironic that when the final legacy of President Obama is written, it will include his championing of a surveillance state of a kind that that his predecessor, President George W. Bush, established over the objection at that time of Barack Obama.

On NSA Spying, What’s With the Silence of the Lambs?

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Peter Laarman: Do we suppose that today’s Thought Police, who have far more intrusive tools, will be more benign toward persons and groups whose behavior they regard as suspicious?

Give Me Honest Debate, Not Demonizing

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Berry Craig: Mum was the word from Republicans like Sensenbrenner when their guy in the White House collected the same sort of phone call data. The Bush administration said it was crucial to the “war on terror.”

GOP Election Fraud Part 2: Evidence of Vote Counting Fraud?

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Denis Campbell and Michael Duniho: The correlation of Republican (or in the case of the Republican Presidential Primary, with Mitt Romney) strongly suggests vote count fraud, which would occur in larger precincts because it is easier to hide it there.

The Trials of Julian Assange: A View From Sweden

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Tom Hayden: Why is the United States pursuing Assange as the conspiratorial mastermind of WikiLeaks, when his reputation, credibility and organization have been so damaged?

Super Spy Fly On The Wall Report

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The NSA has developed incredibly complex and sensitive intelligence gathering methods and instruments, none more fantastic then the bio-genetically engineered hybrid Super Spy Fly on the Wall, Musca investigatus.

Reports from Flies on Cheney’s Wall and Undisclosed Bunkers

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The average life of a spy fly, Musca ivestigatus, is two weeks. That means for the past 10 years, there has been approximately 260 generations of spy flies doing surveillance work on or about former V.P. Cheney’s walls and undisclosed bunkers. Some authorities suggest the fly has been more reliable in gathering and digesting investigative [...]

Would You Believe 14 Million Emails Were Lost by the Bush White House?

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Believe it or not. You don’t believe it? You’re probably right. More likely it’s 28 million e-mails that are lost or missing. How could this happen? All White House communications not regarded as top secret or considered intelligence sensitive, are supposed to be put in the archives. Instead, the RNC computer delete keys must be [...]

It’s Time for Bush Appointees to “Spend More Time with Their Families”

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by Joseph Palermo – Forty-eight years ago, President-Elect John F. Kennedy thought it would be a good idea to show “bipartisanship” and continuity by keeping on Allen Dulles from the previous administration as Director of Central Intelligence. He found out after the Bay of Pigs fiasco of April 1961 that he had made a big [...]

President-Elect Obama: NO To Anti-Freedom War-Hawk Jane Harman HR 1955

by Linda Milazzo – According to the local Los Angeles newspaper, California Congresswoman, Jane Harman, a blue dog conservative Democrat, is up for a high-level intelligence position in the Obama administration. The positions being considered are CIA Director, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Homeland Security. If this speculation becomes fact, and Harman is [...]

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