NSA spying

A judicial victory for illegal NSA spying

By Joseph Kishore, 29 August 2015

Two years after the first leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the American political establishment and media are treating the revelations of illegal and unconstitutional activity as an insignificant issue.

New York cops spied on activists against police violence

By Sandy English, 29 August 2015

Newly released documents show undercover cops took photographs of organizers of protests against police violence last winter and recorded their activities.

US police expanding use of potentially warrantless cellphone trackers

By Josh Varlin, 20 August 2015

New documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal reveal that law enforcement agencies are expanding their use of cellphone-tracking devices.

AT&T collaboration with the NSA reveals US corporate-intelligence nexus

By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015

Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.

Chelsea Manning facing indefinite solitary confinement

By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015

The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.

The curious career of Cheryl Gwyn, New Zealand’s inspector-general of intelligence and security

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 15 August 2015

Gwyn, who oversees New Zealand’s state spy apparatus, was once a member of the Pabloite Socialist Action League.

Sweden drops some allegations against Julian Assange but US-backed persecution continues

By James Cogan, 14 August 2015

The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.

Windows 10: An operating system that gathers data on everything you do

By Mark Blackwood, 10 August 2015

Over 14 million people upgraded to the new Windows OS in the first 24 hours, with many unaware of the privacy implications of the license agreement.

US has spied on Japanese government for a decade

By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2015

WikiLeaks documents show that NSA surveillance not only covered top government figures but also major Japanese corporations.

White House rejects petition for Snowden pardon signed by 168,000

By Josh Varlin, 30 July 2015

The Obama White House has denied the demand for a “full, free, and absolute pardon” for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, raised in a petition signed by almost 168,000 people.

France’s Constitutional Council approves draconian surveillance law

By Kanda Gabriel, 29 July 2015

France’s Consitutional Council has rubber-stamped a controversial surveillance law that gives the intelligence service sweeping powers to spy on the entire population.

Australian police, spy agencies flocked to Italian hacking company

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2015

The revelation that numbers of Australian police and spy agencies sought out the Italian Hacking Team is of a piece with a broader assault on democratic rights.

FBI Director Comey demands “backdoor” access to encrypted data

By Kevin Reed, 13 July 2015

Comey spoke before two Senate committees last week to press the case for stepped-up government surveillance of the American people.

WikiLeaks email release reveals hacking by governments worldwide

By Mike Head, 13 July 2015

At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.

French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015

President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.

FISA court reinstates bulk surveillance of US communications

By Thomas Gaist, 2 July 2015

The move by the secret FISA court follows the passage of the “USA Freedom Act,” which codifies bulk surveillance while transferring data collection to telecommunication companies.

UK government, Murdoch press smear of Edward Snowden unravels

By Chris Marsden, 16 June 2015

Smearing Snowden is aimed at creating a climate of fear to justify state surveillance and repression.

US media escalate anti-China propaganda over alleged hacking

By Thomas Gaist, 6 June 2015

Unsubstantiated accusations that Beijing stole personal data on millions of federal government employees are being trumpeted to boost the US war agenda.

Edward Snowden lends his support to “USA Freedom Act”

By Andre Damon, 6 June 2015

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden declared in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the passage of the USA Freedom Act was a “historic victory for the rights of every citizen.”

“USA Freedom Act”: A fig leaf for illegal spying

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2015

The press coverage has falsely portrayed the USA Freedom Act as a major effort to curb police-state surveillance methods in the United States.

US Senate approves extension of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2015

The grossly misnamed USA Freedom Act extends the majority of the surveillance powers first established under the Patriot Act.

FBI operates spy planes over dozens of US cities

By a reporter, 3 June 2015

More than 50 planes, equipped with video and cellphone surveillance equipment, are involved.

Report: Invasive US airport screenings unsuccessful at finding concealed weapons

By Tom Hall, 3 June 2015

The TSA was unable to detect undercover DHS agents smuggling fake guns and even a bomb, indicating that the agency’s real function has little to do with preventing terrorism.

US Senate prepares to extend NSA spy powers

By Thomas Gaist, 2 June 2015

The USA Freedom Act “surveillance reform” legislation reauthorizes components of the Patriot Act that have served as the pseudo-legal basis for warrantless mass surveillance.

The fraudulent debate over NSA reform

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2015

Whether Section 215 of the Patriot Act is extended or allowed to expire, the vast US government apparatus for spying on the American people will continue unabated.

NSA affair creates tensions between Berlin and Washington

By Gustav Kemper, 27 May 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper threatened to scrap cooperation with the German secret services because of leaks to the media.

NSA spying bill stalls in US Senate

By Thomas Gaist, 25 May 2015

The pseudo-reform bill, touted by supporters as a major blow against the NSA’s illegal mass spying programs, further entrenches and institutionalizes the surveillance.

Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights

By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2015

There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures.

US House passes surveillance “reforms” aimed at codifying illegal spying

By Thomas Gaist, 15 May 2015

The legislation reauthorizes surveillance powers established by the USA Patriot Act while spreading a facade of legality over mass spying.

French NPA seeks to strangle opposition to draconian surveillance law

By Anthony Torres, 15 May 2015

Despite its superficial criticisms of the surveillance law, the NPA is complicit in the building of the infrastructure of a police state in France.

US Court of Appeals finds NSA phone data collection is illegal

By Ed Hightower, 8 May 2015

Avoiding the vast constitutional issues at stake, the court essentially called on Congress to provide a more robust pseudo-legal basis for unlimited warrantless spying.

NSA conducts real-time analysis of spoken communications

By Zaida Green, 8 May 2015

The US National Security Agency has been automatically transcribing, analyzing, and tagging vocal electronic communications for almost a decade.

Canada’s parliament adopts bill to greatly expand intelligence agencies’ powers

By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2015

The Conservative government’s Bill C-51, in the name of combating terrorism, overturns core democratic rights and legal principles.

Statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning unveiled in Berlin

By Stefan Steinberg, 7 May 2015

“Art is called upon to make a choice, to show a new direction,” explains Italian artist Davide Dormino.

German foreign intelligence service aided NSA spying in Europe

By Sven Heymanns, 5 May 2015

The BND has been spying on leading European politicians and companies on behalf of the NSA for decades.

Surveillance law lays basis for political police in France

By Anthony Torres, 28 April 2015

The National Assembly is currently debating a digital surveillance bill that would legalize mass spying and data retention practices by French intelligence agencies.

New Zealand shared intelligence with Bangladesh’s repressive agencies

By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.

The Gunman, Sean Penn’s attack on WikiLeaks and related matters

By David Walsh, 15 April 2015

Penn’s views and activities are worth considering, especially in the light of his recent disgraceful comments about Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

US drug agency tracked billions of international phone calls

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2015

A report in USA Today found that the Drug Enforcement Administration tracked most international phone calls made from the US over a period of two decades.

John Oliver’s interview with Edward Snowden: Pseudo-satire in defense of NSA surveillance

By Thomas Gaist, 9 April 2015

The comedy host had the audacity to reprimand the NSA whistleblower during an interview broadcast as part of Sunday’s edition of the “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

CIA helped spy on US cell phone data

By Zaida Green, 30 March 2015

The CIA worked with the Justice Department to develop a program to spy on US cell phone conversations and data.

Whistleblower from UK covert police unit reveals spying on workers

By Harvey Thompson, 25 March 2015

The covert Special Demonstration Squad monitored hundreds of political groups between 1968 and 2008.

New documents expose New Zealand surveillance of Solomon Islands

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2015

New Zealand spies on the Solomons and other Pacific countries to defend its imperialist interests in the region.

German Social Democrat leader backs mass data retention by telecommunication companies

By Denis Krasnin, 21 March 2015

Sigmar Gabriel, SPD chairman, spoke out in favour of a data storage law in an interview with radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

UK government pledges further spying powers and to “move on” from Snowden

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2015

Hammond’s speech was meant to reassure Britain’s spies that they will be protected from any possible fall-out, and that their criminal actions can continue.

UK parliamentary committee justifies mass spying on e-communications

By Paul Mitchell, 14 March 2015

The Intelligence and Security Committee report is a whitewash, aimed at legitimising the spy apparatus exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

Snowden documents reveal New Zealand’s spying on China

By Tom Peters, 14 March 2015

The government has attempted to suppress discussion of the revelations, which point to New Zealand’s collaboration with the US “pivot to Asia,” aimed at militarily encircling China.

US hypocritically denounces Chinese Internet spying

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2015

President Barack Obama harshly criticized proposed Chinese digital surveillance laws that are modeled on NSA and FBI Internet spying.

Snowden documents reveal New Zealand’s spying in Pacific

By Tom Peters, 9 March 2015

New Zealand’s spying on almost two dozen countries is bound up with its own neo-colonial interests and US efforts to undermine China’s influence.

US seizes on video to escalate repression at home and war in Somalia

By Thomas Gaist, 24 February 2015

US officials vowed Sunday to ramp up domestic surveillance and covert operations targeting “extremism” in immigrant communities.

US and UK intelligence agencies hacked cell phone encryption keys

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2015

The latest revelations of hacking of the world's largest SIM card company further expose the criminality of the NSA and GCHQ spying operations.

Report points to global spyware operation by US

By Thomas Gaist, 18 February 2015

While it is constantly charging China and Russia with hacking, the US government is by far the leading perpetrator of cyberwarfare on the planet.

Britain’s GCHQ given free rein to continue mass surveillance

By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2015

GCHQ and the UK government welcomed the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling as it allows them to continue the mass surveillance of the population.

Obama administration announces cosmetic surveillance “reforms”

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2015

As the NSA spying programs have grown in size and scope, the Obama administration has staged a series of “reform” charades to confuse the public.

Drug Enforcement Administration tracks movements of millions of Americans

By E.P. Bannon, 31 January 2015

Under the guise of the “war on drugs,” the federal government is moving to create a centralized database of all drivers’ movements throughout the country.

WikiLeaks considers legal action over Google’s compliance with US search orders

By Evan Blake, 29 January 2015

The Internet company secretly turned over emails, IP addresses, photographs, calendars and other private information of WikiLeaks staff to the US government.

German TV documentary on the hunt for Edward Snowden

By Johann Müller, 21 January 2015

The programme details Snowden’s persecution by the US authorities and his search for a country that would grant him asylum.

New York Times publishes new “revelations” on North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2015

An article in the New York Times backing US claims that North Korea hacked into Sony’s computer system asserts that Washington has penetrated North Korean cyber networks.

US drug enforcement agency acknowledges longstanding warrantless wiretapping program

By Thomas Gaist, 19 January 2015

The US Drug Enforcement Administration carried out mass surveillance of US telephone data over a period of more than a decade.

Top secret report details FBI mass surveillance

By Thomas Gaist, 14 January 2015

Beginning in 2008, the FBI received daily emailed reports listing new targets being added to the NSA’s spying programs.

White House rejects petitions to fire prosecutors who drove Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide

By Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015

The Obama administration had earlier defended the judicial hounding of the Internet pioneer as “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.”

Senate letter exposes FBI domestic warrantless cellphone data mining

By Thomas Gaist, 3 January 2015

New FBI internal regulations effectively authorize the bureau to conduct mass spying and data mining operations against cellphones in the United States.

Internal NSA reports detail violation of laws, regulations

By Thomas Gaist, 27 December 2014

Documents released by the NSA itself show that agents regularly violate legal restrictions on surveillance of US citizens.

Edward Snowden denied entry by German Constitutional Court

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2014

The ruling underlines the fact that the German ruling elite will not hesitate to collaborate in Snowden’s arrest and extradition to the US.

Mass surveillance ruled legal in UK

By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2014

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK.

US Court of Appeals judge: Lawmakers should give NSA carte blanche in online spying

By Ed Hightower, 11 December 2014

During a Georgetown University conference on cybercrime, leading right-wing jurist Richard Posner argued that “national security” needs must override privacy rights.

NSA tapping vast majority of cell phone networks worldwide

By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2014

Newly published secret documents show that NSA surveillance operations aim to spy on all of the world's cellular phone data networks.

US Defense Department organizing covert operations against "the general public"

By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2014

According to the New York Times, the military and its investigative agencies have almost as many undercover agents working inside the United States as the FBI.

Cameron announces plans to remove British passports from suspected terrorists

By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2014

The home secretary will have the power to cancel passports and impose a “temporary exclusion” order for two years.

US Justice Department uses spy planes in mass surveillance of cellphones

By Mike Ingram, 17 November 2014

The Justice Department’s US Marshals Service is using airborne devices to spy on thousands of cellphones across the US

German intelligence agency plans major expansion of spying powers

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2014

In an attempt to catch up with US and UK spy agencies, the BND is implementing a major upgrade.

New head of Britain’s GCHQ demands Internet companies act as state informers

By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2014

Within hours of Robert Hannigan becoming the new director of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters spy centre, he demanded it be allotted greater powers.

AT&T and Verizon use “supercookies” to track users’ online activities

By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2014

The leading mobile phone companies use so-called “supercookies” to secretly record day-to-day Internet usage by at least 100 million customers

US military’s Defense Clandestine Service to deploy hundreds of international spies

By Thomas Gaist, 4 November 2014

Launched in 2012, US military’s new in-house intelligence agency is developing a global network comparable to that of the CIA.

Justice Department seeks massive expansion of FBI hacking powers

By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2014

Proposed changes to legal restrictions on government surveillance would authorize the FBI to infect computers worldwide with ultrasophisticated surveillance malware.

NSA chief calls for more “permeable” barrier between state and tech corporations

By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014

The distinction between government surveillance agencies and “private sector” technology corporations increasingly exists in name only.

Leaked documents expose secret contracts between NSA and tech companies

By Thomas Gaist, 20 October 2014

The NSA’s internal documents indicate that corporations are actively abetting and benefiting from the US government’s illegal mass surveillance programs.

Citizenfour documentary on Edward Snowden premieres in UK and US

By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2014

Speaking of the NSA and the intelligence apparatus, Snowden asserts, in Laura Poitras’ documentary, “We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind.”

FBI director demands unfettered access to all encrypted phone data

By Thomas Gaist, 18 October 2014

FBI Director James Comey’s remarks at the Brookings Institution underscored the unwillingness of the US ruling elite to tolerate any obstacles to its mass surveillance programs.

Canada’s government engaged in mass surveillance of protest groups

By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2014

A federal government “emergency response” centre has been systematically collecting information on demonstrations and other protest events.

Canadian spy agency creates global hacking network

By Dylan Lubao, 27 September 2014

The Communications Security Establishment Canada has developed high-powered software to hijack computers and use them to hack into other machines and networks.

Google report documents surge in electronic surveillance requests by governments worldwide

By Thomas Gaist, 20 September 2014

Google complies with at least 84 percent of US government data requests, which have risen by 250 percent during the past five years.

Ahead of election, Snowden reveals mass spying on New Zealanders

By Tom Peters, 16 September 2014

Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald released documents detailing the NZ spy agency’s involvement in surveillance by the US National Security Agency.

NSA developing real time map of all Internet-connected devices

By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2014

The NSA penetrated the systems of leading German companies as part of a global Internet mapping operation codenamed Treasure Map.

New documents detail NSA surveillance of Yahoo

By Thomas Gaist, 13 September 2014

The documents cover rulings in 2008 upholding the NSA’s warrantless data mining programs.

The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site

By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014

The World Socialist Web Site, employing the method of Marxist analysis, has traced the various stages of the assault on democratic rights and sought to explain its relationship to fundamental historical and social processes related to the deepening crisis of American and world capitalism.

US government-funded database created to track “subversive propaganda” online

By Matthew MacEgan, 30 August 2014

The Truthy database has drawn sharp criticism from free speech advocates.

Australian spy chief defends new “terror” laws

By Mike Head, 29 August 2014

While the government’s laws initially target Islamists, a police-state framework is being prepared for far wider purposes.

Companies sell mobile phone spying tools to governments worldwide

By Thomas Gaist, 26 August 2014

High-tech systems allowing users to pinpoint and manipulate cellular devices are increasingly available for purchase around the world.

Assange says he may soon leave Ecuadorian embassy

By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2014

Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

Executive order 12333 authorizes NSA to collect vast quantities of US data

By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2014

The NSA is empowered by executive decrees to conduct limitless surveillance of overseas servers, even though they process large quantities of US data

Snowden discusses US surveillance and cyber-warfare programs in interview with Wired

By Thomas Gaist, 15 August 2014

The NSA is developing “autonomous cyber-warfare software” through a program called MonsterMind, Snowden said

Snowden permitted to stay in Russia for three more years

By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2014

The move, which was furiously denounced by the US media and political establishment, comes amid the escalating US war drive against Russia.

Washington Post accuses Snowden of aiding Al Qaeda

By Tom Carter, 7 August 2014

The latest attack in the media campaign to smear NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden consists of the allegation that the documents he disclosed aided Al Qaeda.

US terror list ensnares hundreds of thousands

By Tom Eley, 6 August 2014

A newly leaked document reveals that over 40 percent of those named on a US terror watch list—some 280,000 people—do not even have an alleged connection to terrorism.

New Snowden leak highlights collaboration between NSA and Israeli intelligence

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2014

The NSA and Israeli ISNU cooperate to share and analyze data on governments throughout the Middle East.

Release of Senate report on torture stalled by CIA redactions

By Eric London, 6 August 2014

Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.

Obama defends CIA torturers

By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2014

The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.

Democratic senator boasts NSA “reform” bill vetted by US intelligence agencies

By Thomas Gaist, 30 July 2014

The bill seeks to institutionalize the bulk collection of telephone records by the NSA.