Making the Right Call on NSA

Unless we want to accept an Orwellian future in which privacy is a distant memory, we need to limit the NSA’s authority to surveillance of legitimate foreign targets. Congress needs to pass a law telling the agency, in no uncertain terms, what it must never do.

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Shooting the Messenger

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/shooting_the_messenger_20131208 There is a deeply misguided attempt to sacrifice Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond on the altar of the security and surveillance state to justify the leaks made by Edward Snowden. It is argued that Snowden, in exposing the National Security Agency’s global spying operation, judiciously...

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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175771/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_a_surveillance_state_scorecard/ Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough.  It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America’s spymasters had made just that mistake.  If...

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