NSA

It's the Corporations, Stupid

Juan Cole
Informed Consent
I am genuinely puzzled as to why the Fourth Amendment is no longer taken seriously, much less literally, by any significant faction in American politics. My hypothesis is that whereas the gun manufacturers clearly make big bucks off their weird absolutist interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, there is no set of corporations that would lose billions of dollars if the government snoops into your phone records or email traffic.

Edward Snowden: The Whistleblower Behind Revelations of NSA Surveillance

Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras
Guardian UK
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

When More is Not Better

Government spying on millions of innocent Americans is undermining our democracy, destroying our privacy, and quite likely unconstitutional. It is also counterproductive and does not make us safer. But the seeming need for government to collect more and more information keeps on expanding.

Verizon Responds to Domestic Spying Report

Matthew Flamm
Crain's New York Business
Verizon Communications has responded to an explosive report that outlines the telecommunications giant's role in an ongoing domestic spying program. The response, in a memo to employees, seems aimed at containing a public relations disaster. The wording, however, has to adhere to restrictions, imposed on Verizon by the secret court, not to disclose that the company was ordered to hand over phone logs to the FBI and the National Security Agency.

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