The surveillance state is on hiatus, sort of, except not really


UPDATE: The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives' changes to sections of the PATRIOT Act, Tuesday evening, known as the USA FREEDOM Act, after GOP Senate leaders failed to get any of the changes they wanted to the House bill. The final vote was 67-32. It now heads to President Obama's desk for… Continue reading The surveillance state is on hiatus, sort of, except not really

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Blurred lines between secrets and discretion trouble NSA


"Well the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It's basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it's wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protestor so that state secrets, bad developments, are not hidden anymore." Microsoft founder, Bill Gates Spy… Continue reading Blurred lines between secrets and discretion trouble NSA

Snowden shines a light on methods; White House tosses us a bone on phones


"These types of programs allow us to collect the information that enables us to perform our missions successfully – to defend the nation and to protect US and allied troops abroad." - National Security Agency statement to The Guardian, on the phone and internet surveillance programs The dribble of revelations coming from Edward Snowden, via… Continue reading Snowden shines a light on methods; White House tosses us a bone on phones

Pelosi’s less than stellar moment at Netroots Nation


"The fact is, you should reject any notion that President Obama's action have anything to do with what President Bush was doing... "We protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. That's our oath of office, so we have that responsibility." - House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, to the Netroots Nation conference, Saturday, June… Continue reading Pelosi’s less than stellar moment at Netroots Nation