On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to rein in the NSA's dragnet phone surveillance programs. But as the debate moves to the Senate, it's not clear whether we're debating a phone dragnet or an Internet one.
The woman who outed Frances Abbott's secret $60,000 scholarship may have been freed, but the government's willingness to spy on citizens and prosecute a remorseful young woman highlights its own hypocrisy.
As a pilot program in Rialto, California, reveals, when cops film all their interactions with civilians and suspects, complaints against officers go down. So why aren't more departments around the country doing this?
Senator Chuck Schumer recently suggested that NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly take over the Department of Homeland Security. Immediately a chorus of agreement went up talking about Kelly's "experience" and "professionalism," but putting such an authoritarian
While Americans fret over the US government spying on citizens in the name of fighting terrorism, the very terrorist regimes the feds are trying to thwart are using surveillance technology from Silicon Valley to monitor and censor dissidents fighting for
Instead of getting drunk and grilling on a roof somewhere, several hundred New Yorkers chose to spend their Fourth of July protesting the establishment of the surveillance state. The rally, along with dozens of others across the country, was organized by
There's precedent for saying "I'm going on vacation" then showing up in Moscow. Fifty-three years ago, two NSA agents told their bosses they were going on vacation, went to Mexico before slipping off to Havana en route to the Soviet Union, where they surf…
The NSA's surveillance of the internet and the phone records of millions of Americans isn't not the first time US government has taken an Big Brotherly interest in its citizens. The feds have been tapping into the private lives of Americans without warran…
The most important reason that the media exists is to tell the public what's happening and what the people in power are doing about it. That's increasingly difficult when the decisions that matter are shrouded in multiple levels of secrecy.
In what is being called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into a news organization, the Department of Justice has admitted that it seized two months' worth of phone records from the Associated Press. That's bad.
A recent lawsuit has resulted in free speech being restored in the giant "Clean Zone" around the Superdome, but the Super Bowl is still causing hardship for many, including food truck owners and cabbies.