Edward Snowden

Snowden Heartens NSA Spying Protesters

United Press International Staff

At a DC rally activists pushed for reforms that would prohibit blanket surveillance of phone and Internet activity of citizens. They also want a special committee to investigate and report domestic spying violations and create regulatory reforms. Edward Snowden sent an encouraging note to the crowd.

NSA Spying Angers France, Mex, More

Associated Press Staff

France is the latest in a growing list of nations including Germany, Mexico, and Brazil, that have loudly complained to Obama about the sweep and scope of NSA snooping abroad.

NSA Collects Your Friend Lists

Associated Press Staff

Edward Snowden's latest revelation? The NSA intercepts hundreds of thousands of email address books every day from private accounts on Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook and Hotmail that move though global data links. The NSA also collects about a half million buddy lists from live chat services and email accounts.

Paul Joins Dems to Wrangle NSA

Paul Lewis and Dan Roberts, The Guardian

Rand Paul joined three Dem senators in introducing legislation that is "the most comprehensive bipartisan intelligence reform proposal since the [Snowden] disclosures of last June."

NSA Shares US Data W/ Israel

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian

NSA routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided by Edward Snowden reveals.

NSA Subverted Online Privacy Tools

Brendan Sasso, The Hill

The NSA has successfully cracked many of the tools that people use to protect their online privacy, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Who's Screening Gov Employees?

John Nolte, Breitbart

In a shockingly short period of time, we've learned of four massive failures in our government's ability to screen out troubled individuals before they are given access to national security areas: Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, and the military.

Congressional Republicans Need to Understand the Politics of Privacy

It’s time to ask tough questions about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. The problem is that too many Republican members of Congress, who should have the constitutional rights and liberty of their fellow Americans upper most in their minds, have become complicit in the advancement of the surveillance state.

New Snowden NSA Leaks

Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

The disclosure of a top secret internal audit shows the NSA has overstepped its legal authority 2,776 times since 2011, involving unauthorized collection of data on Americans or eavesdropping.

NSA: Obama’s Culture of Lies Documented

Congress should do its job and conduct much more detailed oversight of the Obama administration's NSA, but the documents really cry out for the creation of a public advocate or ombudsman to represent the Constitution before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to act as a counterpoint to the government’s surveillance state advocacy and to demand the level of detail from the NSA that the Court is currently ill-equipped to obtain.

Snowden: NSA Targeted Reporters

Jonathan Easely, The Hill

Edward Snowden accused the NSA of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after 9/11. He warned that it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted emails.

Obama Snubs Putin Over Snowden

Associated Press Staff

Obama canceled his summit with Putin over Russia's harboring of Snowden as well as its stubborness over missile defense and human rights.

Obama: There's No Domestic Spying

RT.com Staff

Obama told Leno that the US has no domestic spying program and that the intelligence gathering is a “critical component to counter terrorism.”

Amash: Snowden Isn't a Traitor

Scott Wong, Politico

Without Snowden, Congress wouldn't know about the extent of the NSA’s surveillance, Amash said. For that, he should be seen as a “whistleblower,” not a traitor.

Does It Matter Where Edward Snowden Obtained Asylum?

So far Snowden’s American supporters have largely remained silent on the issue of whether or not the location of his asylum matters. We’re interested in what you think. Please tell us in the comments below or by voting in today’s poll on our home page if you think it matters where Edward Snowden obtained asylum.

Snowden Living in Russia

Isabel Gorst, Washington Post

The Kremlin gave the NSA leaker permission to leave the Moscow airport as well as temporary asylum. 

Republican Leaders in Denial about Lies Behind Obama’s Surveillance State

Until the Republicans' Capitol Hill leadership pulls its head out of the sand and stops buying the lies they are being fed by the Obama administration, or better yet, they are replaced by principled limited government constitutional conservatives like Rep. Justin Amash and Senator Rand Paul, the surveillance state is going to continue to grow and our privacy and liberty will continue to be diminished.

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: The First 11

In the first of a four part series on the surveillance state writer Ben Hart outlines 48 facts about how the U.S. government now tracks, monitors, records, and stores most of your activities and communications. Arguing that in this surveillance state you have no privacy anymore Hart claims this has led to a society where you must be very careful what you say, even what to think . . . because whatever you say, write, or even think can (and probably will) be used against you.

Amash Rattles Obama’s Surveillance State

In addition to actually curtailing the extra-constitutional actions of the Obama NSA – if it passes – the great benefit of Justin Amash’s amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 will be to put every Member of the House on the record with regard to the Obama NSA’s overreach.

Boehner: Graham's Russia Boycott Dumb

Russell Berman, The Hill

Boehner dismissed LGraham’s suggestion of a U.S. boycott of the '14 Olympics in Russia if Putin gives Snowden asylum.