During President Obama’s recent speech about the pressing need to reform the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk data collection programs, he acknowledged that the US has exceeded the bounds of lawful surveillance in the past. In particular, he pointed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) secret directive to spy on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., further making the point that he would very likely not hold the office he does today had activists like Dr. King not continued to fight despite the presence of government repression.
Posts Tagged ‘drones’
12/15, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents
12/15, Editorial Board, New York Times, The Black Hole of Terrorism Watch lists
12/15, Rachel Martin, NPR, No sign of closing up shop at Guantanamo
12/14, Chris Strohm and Mike Dorning, Bloomberg Businessweek, AT&T to T-Mobile Keeping U.S. Spy Records Seen as Costly, Risky
12/13, McClatchy DC, Feinstein: Vote soon on releasing parts of secret CIA detention report
12/11, Kevin Johnson, USA Today, NSA director defends surveillance programs as necessary
12/11, Allya Sternstein, Nextgov, NSA Spends $1 Billion on Crypto – A Fraction of Total Spy Budget, Researchers Say
12/11, Libby Nelson, Politico, Education in the budget deal — NDAA — A 44-year lobbyist’s parting thoughts
12/11, Mark Gordon, Aleteia, The militarization of American policing
12/11, Adnan Falak, The Nation, Why we can’t stop drones
12/10, Chelynne Renouard, Desert News, Pew: Public divided on whether drones, surveillance, conflict in Afghanistan keep Americans safe
The militarization of the police has its roots in the war on drugs, and has been accelerated rapidly by the present war on terror. The effects have not only been detrimental to the entire Bill of Rights but have also dealt yet another blow to states’ rights.
Federalism means balancing the powers of a central government with those of semi-autonomous states. Aside from slavery and fear of the ignoble masses, federalism was the topic that most visibly revealed irreconcilable differences between founding constitutional factions.
There has always been a dispute between those that prefer a strong central government and those who insist on equally strong states. The evolution of this debate has clearly favored notions of strong federal power in statute, in practice, in decree and via gavel. Has this centralizing trend provided more justice, greater liberty or more security?
12/5, Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Trashing the Law against warrantless GPS tracking: NSA nabs 5 Billion Phone location Records a Day
12/5,Vindu Goel and Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, Internet Firms Step Up Efforts to Stop Spying
12/3, Maureen Dowd, New York Times, Mommy, the Drone’s here!
12/4, Nate Rawlings, Time, NSA Opponents Want To Cut Off Utah Facility From Water Supply
11/24, Cora Currier, PS Mag, Obama Promised to Divulge More on Drones 6 Months Ago: Here’s What We Still Don’t Know
11/24, Courtney Subramanian, Time, New Document Shows NSA Wanted More, More, More Power
11/23, New York Times, A Strategy for Surveillance Powers
11/23,Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Mashable, NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks Worldwide With Malware: Report
11/11, Michael Lofti, Ben Swann, Breaking: National Think Tank Launches Attack On NSA: The Secret To Killing It? Water
11/18, Yamiche Alcindor, USA Today, NSA grapples with huge increase in records requests
11/16, Brendan Sasso, The Hill, Supreme Court weighs NSA challenge
11/15, Matthew Weaver, The Guardian, NSA files: New York Times defends the Guardian’s Snowden leaks
11/15, Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post, Voices From the Drone Summit
11/15, Editorial, Washington Post, Jeremy Hammond, hacker for Anonymous, sentenced to 10 years
11/15, Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, Justice is reviewing criminal cases that used surveillance evidence gathered under FISA
Residents of San Diego county are justifiably concerned that new drone technology will soon be tested over their homes and schools. The area has recently been approved as an official FAA drone testing site. The people of Julian CA, in San Diego County, packed a crowded forum on the test site hosted by Back Country Voices. The event brought together a meeting of the minds to brainstorm ways to hold their local government accountable for brokering this deal with the FAA. Their concerns went beyond mere privacy concerns. What happens if a drone crashes and starts a fire? Who will be responsible? Will weapons be tested? How will local airspace be shared? Primary among the citizen’s concerns were the threats to privacy posed by the testing program.