Pete Seeger and the NSA

With the passing of moral and artistic heroes like Seeger, we should redouble our efforts to make sure that our "private affairs" remain safe and the government's ability to access them remains subject to careful controls.

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Beyond Orwell’s Worst Nightmare

The NSA spying program captures all of us, including European leaders, people in Mexico, Brazil, the United Nations, and the European Union Parliament, not just the terrorists. Although Obama assured us that the government “does not collect intelligence to suppress criticism or dissent,” our history, particularly during COINTELPRO, tells us...

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Ikea Isn’t Only Furnishing Your Bedroom, It’s Watching You There

ristina Chew Care2 http://www.care2.com/causes/ikea-isnt-only-furnishing-your-bedroom-its-watching-you-there.html   Ikea is not only furnishing people’s bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. The company’s French unit has also beenconducting surveillance of employees andeven customers who complained about items that were not delivered. It’s not just that Ikea has a record of what color of couch or size bookshelves that...

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The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

Yasha Levine PandoDaily http://pando.com/ “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” “Your digital identity will live forever… because there’s no delete button.” —Eric Schmidt Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley recently announced that they had gotten...

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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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