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...]

What NSA can learn from your “Angry Birds” app

According to secret documents released by Edward Snowden, certain cellphone apps–including the popular game “Angry Birds”– are “leaky,” allowing the NSA to tap into your smartphone and its treasure trove of information about you. [Read more...]

NSA surveillance declared illegal, but will continue

An independent review board has said that the NSA surveillance system is illegal.  But the White House says essentially that it doesn’t care.  The courts are going to have to weigh in. [Read more...]


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