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

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

Rand Paul sticks to his guns on Patriot Act


UPDATE: After reaching an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Rand Paul was able to bring two of his amendments to the floor for limited debate before a vote to table was taken, which is expected to kill both offerings. A vote on extending the Patriot Act will follow. ___________________ Standing alone,… Continue reading Rand Paul sticks to his guns on Patriot Act