America’s Real Subversives: FBI Spying Then, NSA Surveillance Now

Amy Goodman Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/26 As the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington approaches, commemorating that historic gathering where Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, it is important to recall the extent to which King was targeted by the government’s domestic spying apparatus. The FBI operation against King...

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NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails

The NSA turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data. But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a simple search of its own employees' email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

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How to Be a Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/16-4 A Manual for the Twenty-First Century It’s hard even to know how to take it in.  I mean, what’s really happening?  An employee of a private contractor working for the National Security Agency makes off with unknown numbers of files about America’s developing global security state on a thumb...

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The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping

by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica http://www.propublica.org/article/nsa-black-hole-5-basic-things-we-still-dont-know-the-governments-snoop Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still...

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It’s the Corporations, Stupid

Why we are 2nd Amendment fundamentalists but the 4th Amendment doesn’t count By Juan Cole Informed Comment http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/corporations-amendment-fundamentalists.html The Second Amendment to the Constitution is interpreted by lawmakers and judges in an absolute manner. Every American, we are constantly told– even mentally ill ones like the shooter at Santa Monica College who...

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