How the government coerced Yahoo

It has come out how the government forced Yahoo to turn over online data to the NSA surveillance program known as PRISM.   A “civil contempt” ruling would have fined the company $250,000 a day.  Every week Yahoo refused to comply the fine would double.  Doing the math, that would come to $25 million after a month, $400 million the second month, $7.2 billion the third month, $9.5 trillion the fifth month, $117 trillion the sixth month, more than the total value of everything on earth the eighth or ninth month, and $7.9 sextillion by the end of the year. [Read more...]

Foiling spies by going back to the typewriter

Some German officials have become so paranoid over revelations of NSA surveillance and CIA spying, that they are considering dropping computers for communications and going back to typewriters.  They are also playing classical music during meetings to thwart American bugging devices. [Read more...]

Snowden revelations win Pulitzer Prize

The London Guardian and the Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for publishing the revelations from Edward Snowden about the extent of NSA snooping.   After the jump, an excerpt and link to the complete slate of winners.  What does this list suggest about the role of journalism in this internet age? [Read more...]

Why many Germans favor Russia

Prime minister Angela Merkel, Germany’s Iron Lady, is leading efforts to stand up against Russia’s incursion against the Ukraine.  But she is doing so against the tide of public opinion in her country.  Many Germans are sympathetic to  Russia out of resentment for America’s eavesdropping on them in the NSA surveillance program! [Read more...]

Should the NSA revelations win the Pulitzer Prize?

One of the biggest stories in journalism last year had to do with the revelations from Edward Snowden about the extent of the National Security Administration’s surveillance program, which includes harvesting data from the cell phones and internet usage of non-accused American citizens as well as foreigners and their leaders.

Now the Pulitzer Prize committee is agonizing over whether to give the prestigious award to the newspapers that broke the story–the Washington Post and the London Guardian–even though it was illegal for their source to leak the classified material.  What do you think? [Read more...]

Why Rand Paul is suing the President

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution reads as follows:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Doesn’t this rule out “general warrants” such as the non-particular legal power given to the NSA to monitor our cell phones and internet activities?

Senator Rand Paul thinks so, so he is suing the president. [Read more...]


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