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

Whistleblowers, secrets and the public’s right to the truth


"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them." - Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked the details of secret government surveillance operations to the press One may call it despotic or guarded, paranoid or protective, but the reality… Continue reading Whistleblowers, secrets and the public’s right to the truth