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Presidential Pardons: Obama Picks Up The Pace On Commutations

Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. As Obama enters the final days of his administration, he has dramatically picked up the pace.

January 7, 2017

Justice Department Charges NSA Contractor Stole Secret Data

Harold Thomas Martin, 51, who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, was taken into custody in Maryland in August, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Booze Allen is the consulting firm that employed Edward Snowden when he revealed the collection of metadata by the NSA in 2013.

October 6, 2016

Congressional Report: Snowden Not A ‘Whistleblower’

The Republican-led committee released a three-page unclassified summary of its two-year bipartisan examination on Thursday, which details how Snowden was able to remove the documents from secure NSA networks, what information the documents contained, and the damage their removal caused to US national security.

September 18, 2016

Snowden: Russia Most Likely Culprits of NSA Hack

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said “circumstantial evidence and conventional wisdom” indicates that Russia is behind a major hack on the National Security Agency.

August 17, 2016
Eric Holder

Eric Holder Has Changed His Mind About Edward Snowden

Holder was the head of the Justice Department when the leak occurred. Back then, he maintained that Snowden had to return home and plead guilty, and that the Obama White House was not willing to consider “the notion of clemency.”

May 31, 2016
Rogue Justice Karen Greenberg

Excerpt: ‘Rogue Justice: The Making Of The Security State’

The most unusual thing about the case argued in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 19, 2008, was not that the court convening it, the FISA Court of Review, had met only once be­fore in its thirty-year history. It wasn’t the way technicians had swept the room for bugs and cut it off from the Internet, turning Court­room 3 temporarily into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

May 22, 2016
A police car blocks one of many entrance points into the National Security Administration facility in Fort Meade, Maryland March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The Nefarious Surveillance State Dangerously Inhibits Self-Expression And A Healthy Democracy

Researcher Jonathon Penney looked at Wikipedia searches conducted after June 2013, when news of NSA spying programs so thoroughly dominated headlines that 87 percent of Americans became aware of them. In the wake of the story, he found “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al-Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’”

May 22, 2016

Firm That Vetted Snowden In $30 Million Settlement With U.S.

The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that the settlement with USIS and its parent company, Altegrity Inc, will resolve claims that the firm failed to perform quality control reviews in connection with its background investigations.

August 19, 2015

Silicon Valley Emerges As A Political Force

Silicon Valley has surpassed many traditional political powerhouses as a source of campaign cash.

July 17, 2015

Has America Changed Since Edward Snowden’s Disclosures?

On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed — and what has not.

June 12, 2015
Rand Paul

Congress Curbs NSA Access To Phone Records While Resurrecting Spying Powers

For the first time since 9/11, Congress is enacting legislation that would actually limit intelligence authorities rather than dramatically expanding them.

June 2, 2015
Mitch McConnell

Congress Curbs NSA Surveillance, Sends Bill To Obama

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, sends bill to Obama

June 2, 2015
NSA, Patriot Act, Surveillance, Privacy, Congress, National News, Politics

Answers To 5 Questions About Patriot Act Spying Debate

When the Patriot Act expired Monday, people were left with questions as to what this means for the National Security Agency, for spying, and for the struggling presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul

June 2, 2015

Ruling On NSA Phone Data Splits GOP Presidential Hopefuls

A court decision Thursday that declared the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata to be illegal revealed a sharp split among several Republican presidential hopefuls over the scope of the surveillance.

May 7, 2015

Artists Demand NY Police Return Snowden Bust

“It is somewhat ironic that as Edward Snowden is in exile in Russia his statue is being held hostage in the basement of a police precinct in New York City.”

April 14, 2015

Correction: Obama Is Not A Liberal

Obama ran as a liberal Democrat in the 2008 presidential primary, edging out centrist Hillary Clinton from the left. But Obama is not a liberal.

April 10, 2015

Endorse This: John Oliver Meets Edward Snowden

Watch John Oliver’s wide-ranging questions, from the importance of whistleblowing to the genuine dangers that Snowden’s leaks have created.

April 6, 2015

Privacy vs. Security: How The Debate Changes

Can we ever be truly secure without giving up some privacy?

March 31, 2015

Book Review: ‘They Know Everything About You’

In his sharp new book, Robert Scheer exposes the bipartisan alliance that undermines American civil liberties.

March 29, 2015
Johanna Hamilton, COINTELPRO, FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, Government Survailance, Edward Snowden, John and Bonnie Raines, 1971, Movie, Entertainment

The Subjects of ‘1971’ Were Snowden Before Snowden

A healthy skepticism of government activities is stoked in the film ‘1971.’

March 26, 2015

To Protect Our Privacy, Make The FISA Court Act Like A Real Court

It’s time to provide real oversight for the NSA.

March 23, 2015

Edward Snowden Emerges As A Film Star

The director of ‘JFK’ will take on the Snowden affair.

March 5, 2015

Snowden Says He Left Clues About Data He Stole But NSA Missed Them

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden said in a magazine interview published Wednesday that he is sure his former employers at the National Security Agency are tracking his communications while in exile in Russia. In a lengthy interview with Wired magazine, the 31-year-old former NSA contractor wanted on U.S. charges […]

August 14, 2014

Snowden: Clapper Comments Pushed Me To Become Leaker

Washington (AFP) – Edward Snowden says dishonest comments to Congress by the U.S. chief of national intelligence pushed him over the edge and prompted him to leak a trove of national security documents. In a wide-ranging interview with Wired magazine over several days from Moscow, Snowden said he had been troubled for years by the […]

August 13, 2014