Posts Tagged ‘Edward Snowden’

Secretary of State slanders historic NSA whistleblower

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:04 am by

This Monday, BORDC’s Shahid Buttar appeared on the Pacifica Radio network’s Flashpoints program to respond to Secretary of State John Kerry’s confused, ironic, and self-serving statements about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Buttar noted Kerry’s complicity in mass surveillance given his voting record in the Senate, as well as his failure to maintain his own stated principles as a veteran who, at one point early in his career, testified before Congress about his opposition to the Vietnam War.


The president’s proposal is a red herring

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm by


In a March 26 interview responding to President Obama’s recent proposal to restrain unconstitutional and illegal bulk metadata collection by the National Security Agency, BORDC executive director Shahid Buttar told UpRising Radio:

How state secrecy protects government agencies from embarrassment, then and now

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:37 am by

Original commentary published on Privacy SOS blog on March 24.

J. Edgar Hoover's obsession with secrecy is a legacy that scars present-day government agencies.

J. Edgar Hoover’s obsession with secrecy is a legacy that scars present-day government agencies.

Often when the government wants to keep something secret, it claims that transparency would endanger national security. We’ve been hearing a lot of this lately in light of the new information about the FBI and NSA’s surveillance activities disclosed to the press by former contractor Edward Snowden. The leaks have caused “grave harm” to national security and even US foreign policy, Snowden’s critics repeat over and over again.

BORDC News Digest for 03/20/14

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm by

Current News

3/20, Saadia Faruqi, TruthOut, Why Everyone Should Care About the NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslims

3/19, Shahid Buttar, Huffington Post, Beyond CIA and NSA Spying: Corruption

3/19, Connor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, Beyond CIA and NSA Spying: Corruption

3/18, Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, Judge rebukes Feds for overbroad search warrant applications for e-mail

3/17,Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, Obama Transparency Promises Just ‘So Much Hot Air’

3/11, Paul Lewis, The Guardian, Snowden accuses Senate intelligence chair of hypocrisy over CIA disclosures

BORDC News Digest for 03/12/14

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm by

Current News 

3/12, Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, Ranking Intelligence Committee member seeks to end NSA bulk phone data collection

3/12, Carolyn Lochhead, SF Gate, Feinstein accuses CIA of tech crimes in torture probe

3/12, Wendy Davis, Media Post, Yahoo Says Users Consent To Email Scans

3/11, Editorial Board, New York Times, The C.I.A. Torture Cover-Up

3/11, Tal Kopan, POLITICO, Edward Snowden critiques Dianne Feinstein remarks

BORDC News Digest for 03/10/14

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm by

Current News 

3/10, Kevin Gosztola, FireDogLake, Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report?

3/9, Dustin Craun, Oakland Muslim Community Protests Building of DOMA

3/7, Andrea Peterson, Washington Post,  Snowden: I raised NSA concerns internally over 10 times before going rogue

3/7, Mark Marzetti, New York Times, Behind Clash Between C.I.A. and Congress, a Secret Report on Interrogations

3/4,  Associated Press, The Republic, Indiana Senate passes bill requiring search warrants for surveillance drone use, passwords

Snowden calls on tech community to join the fight against mass surveillance

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm by

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Edward Snowden, the man who initiated the debate on mass surveillance and the National Security Agency (NSA), further added to this critical dialogue on March 10 at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Through a video conference, Snowden spoke with two technology experts from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the role that the technology community has in the fight against the NSA.

Held in Austin, Texas, the Festival brought together the digital-oriented and Snowden, joined by Christopher Sogholan and Ben Wizner, argued that this tech community might be the most effective protection we have from mass surveillance.

“SXSW and the technology community are the folks who can really fix our rights, even if Congress hasn’t yet gotten to technical legislation,” said Snowden. “The NSA is setting fire to the future of the Internet and the people in this room now, you’re the fire fighters. We need you to fix this.”

This is “The Day We Fight Back”

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm by
Protest against government surveillance in Washington DC. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Protest against government surveillance in Washington DC. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Unwarranted mass surveillance has proven to be a universal issue, providing common ground for private corporations, libertarian groups, and civil liberty advocates to unite. On Tuesday February 11, a broad coalition will take a stand against the National Security Agency (NSA) and engage in a global day of action, “The Day We Fight Back.

The Day We Fight Back is tied to the activist and technologist Aaron Swartz and his contributions to the digital rights movement. Swartz was a key individual in the movement to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that sought to limit access to sites with user-generated content. Because of the efforts of Swartz and other activists, the Internet remains intact as a universal platform for all users.


According to Feinstein, Snowden’s not a whistleblower, but he might be Russian spy

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:03 am by

nsa-surveillance-confusion.jpeg3-1280x960After the Guardian first published the Snowden documents in June of 2013, supporters of civil liberties, privacy advocates, and everyday citizens around the world lauded Snowden as a whistleblower for bringing to light the US government’s illegal and dangerous surveillance programs. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinsten, a staunch defender of the current surveillance state, wasted no time in lambasting Snowden for what she called an act of treason.”


News Digest for 01/07/2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm by

Current News

1/7, Rosa Brooks, Foeign Policy, We can handle the truth: The CIA’s excuses about torture just don’t hold water.

1/7, NPR Staff, CIA Lawyer: Waterboarding Wasn’t Torture Then And Isn’t Torture Now

1/7, Carrie Johnson, NPR, The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

1/6, John Rizzo, Huffington Post, Should we? CIA memoir reveals what wasn’t asked

1/6, Salvado Rizzo, NJ Online, N.J. Assembly passes drone bill with warrant requirements

1/6, Liz Kimas, The Blaze, Why Is the NSA Buying a Maryland County’s Waste Water?