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Pissing off the Government Via Investigative Journalism

Via the Guardian, for whom Glenn Greenwald has done much reporting, including a lot of the best stuff on Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations: The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National SecurityAgency was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK…

Brooklyn Is Not Baghdad: What Is the CIA Teaching the NYPD?

Most Americans think that the CIA works overseas while the FBI and local police protect them at home. But the agency has long worked domestically, and in the last decade it has become involved in counterterrorism operations with local police as well. A recent report by the CIA’s inspector general shows that such cooperation can…

Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11

Leaker Edward Snowden accused the National Security Agency of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after the 9/11 attacks and warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters. Snowden said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine published Tuesday that he came to…

NSA Loophole Allows Warrantless Searches of Americans

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden. The previously undisclosed rule change allows NSA operatives to hunt for individual Americans’…

New CIA Whistleblower: Bush & Cheney Knew About 9/11

Susan Lindauer’s story is utterly shocking. The US government new the attacks were coming and wanted them to take place as a pretext for an invasion of Iraq. Iraq was informed about the potential attacks BEFORE THEY HAPPENED, and offered to allow a full CIA investigative team into the country. Tags: cia, criminal intel agencies,…

NSA ‘blackmails’ members of Congress

An American investigative journalist says the US National Security Agency “possesses highly embarrassing communications” of some members of Congress, using the records to “blackmail” the lawmakers. Tags: cia, criminal intel agencies, fascism, fbi, nsa

NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ

The US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over Britain’s intelligence gathering programmes. The top secret payments are set out in documents which make clear that the Americans expect a return on the investment, and that GCHQ has…

Google ‘Pressure Cookers’ Get a Visit from the Cops

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling? Tags: cia,…

NSA Spying Directly Harms Internet Companies

Mass surveillance by the NSA may directly harm the bottom of line of Internet companies, Silicon Valley, California … and the entire national economy. Money News points out: The company whose shares you own may be lying to you — while Uncle Sam looks the other way. Let’s step through this. I think you will…