NSA spying

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.

UK tribunal hears evidence of mass surveillance

By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2014

A hearing on the operations of Britain’s GCHQ revealed that state interception of electronic communications can relate to political opposition to US foreign policy.

Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order

By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014

An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”

Britain’s parliament rubber stamps police state surveillance law

By Robert Stevens, 19 July 2014

The vote to fast track into legislation the Data Retention and Investigative Powers Act by Britain’s Parliament shows the extent to which the structures for police states are being prepared in Europe.

United Nations report: US, UK surveillance programs violate international law

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2014

The UN has declared that bulk metadata collection, use of secret courts, and surveillance-guided drone strikes violate basic principles of international law.

US knew of British plans to raid the Guardian for Snowden documents

By Nick Barrickman, 16 July 2014

US officials feigned ignorance, while celebrating the police state activities of their British ally.

Edward Snowden condemns UK surveillance legislation

By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014

The emergency surveillance powers now being railroaded through parliament will establish in law key elements of the “Snoopers Charter” from which the government had been previously forced to backtrack.

Cybersecurity bill will expand surveillance powers of US military and intelligence agencies

By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, bound for the Senate floor, authorizes new forms of large-scale data transfer between US corporations and the state.

Why is Stefan Kornelius so angry over the CIA spying scandal in Germany?

By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2014

Readers of the Süddeutsche Zeitung rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they saw a comment critical of Washington by the paper’s chief foreign correspondent, Stefan Kornelius.

The CIA spying scandal and the disintegration of American democracy

By Tom Carter, 14 July 2014

The Obama administration’s refusal to bring charges underscores the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus.

Edward Snowden seeks asylum renewal from Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2014

The NSA whistleblower was forced to accept a one-year asylum period in Russia after his applications were refused by numerous other governments.

British government rushes through emergency surveillance legislation

By Richard Tyler, 14 July 2014

Once again, the so-called “war on terror” is being employed to abrogate civil liberties and strengthen the repressive powers of the state.

The US spy scandal and the return of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014

The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.

Obama and the CIA—who runs Washington?

By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2014

Either the US president is lying about being unaware of espionage in Germany, or he is patently not in control of the military-intelligence complex.

German government demands departure of US spy chief

By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2014

The exposure of a second US spy in Germany in five days has unleashed a major scandal.

Snowden documents show NSA spied on prominent Muslim-Americans

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014

The leaks show that the surveillance apparatus collects information on anyone even remotely associated with opposition to the government’s repressive agenda.

Following CIA spy revelations, German politicians turn on the US

By Peter Schwarz, 8 July 2014

The fierce reaction to the unmasking of a relatively low-ranking agent reflects a change in the direction of German foreign policy.

Clinton on Edward Snowden: Who are the real criminals?

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2014

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that whistleblower Edward Snowden should return to the United States and stand trial for of his actions in leaking top-secret documents that exposed illegal and unconstitutional spying by the National Security Agency.

Vast majority of those spied on by NSA are non-suspects

New revelations shatter US government lies on illegal surveillance

By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2014

Some 90 percent of those who have had their email and other communications intercepted by the NSA are members of the general public, including US citizens.

NSA targets anyone interested in online privacy

By Joseph Santolan, 4 July 2014

This is the first leak on NSA surveillance that includes a portion of the actual source code in use, and it exposes the lie that the spy agency collects “only metadata.”

Obama-appointed civil liberties board upholds mass internet data collection by NSA

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2014

The administration's “reform” panel found that NSA electronic data mining does not violate the Fourth Amendment.

New documents highlight sweeping NSA surveillance powers at home and abroad

By Thomas Gaist, 2 July 2014

Congressional legislation and secretive executive decrees have invested the NSA with virtually unlimited authority to spy on targets around the world.

The return of the state secret police in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 June 2014

Top secret documents provided to the media by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden make clear the close collaboration between US and German intelligence agencies.

Australian government plans new citizenship and surveillance powers

By Mike Head, 25 June 2014

Under the guise of preventing the return of “terrorists” from Syria and Iraq, new anti-democratic measures are being prepared.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks in California

By Tom Carter, 24 June 2014

Greenwald’s speeches on the West Coast exhibit many of the same strengths—and some of the same limitations—as his recent book No Place to Hide, which the journalist is touring to promote.

Every Internet user in the UK can be spied on without a warrant

By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2014

Tempora operates on a similarly massive scale to that of Prism and is able to record 600 million “telephone events” per day.

US appeals court rules defendant has no right to secret surveillance documents

By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2014

A federal appeals court overturned a previous ruling allowing a terrorism defendant’s lawyer access to FISA material.

CIA planned rendition of Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2014

According to an article published by the Register, an aircraft belonging to the CIA was sent to Europe last June as the US government was preparing to seize whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Federal judge allows US government to destroy evidence in suit against NSA

By Eric London, 13 June 2014

Federal Judge Jeffrey White, citing “national security” concerns, reversed his earlier order proscribing the government from destroying evidence of its illegal actions.

Vodafone privacy report reveals state access to its networks

By Mike Ingram, 9 June 2014

One year after revelations of mass NSA spying by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Vodafone released a privacy report detailing state surveillance in the 29 countries in which it operates.

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 6 June 2014

Since the first revelations a year ago, the reality of an emerging police state run by unelected intelligence spooks and military brass has been thoroughly exposed.

NSA collects facial images of hundreds of millions of people

By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2014

Documents supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continue to expose police-state surveillance by the US intelligence apparatus.

The New York Times and freedom of the press

By Patrick Martin, 31 May 2014

A commentary published by the Times asserts that the US government, not the press, should decide whether leaked information about government wrongdoing should be made public.

Edward Snowden defends decision to reveal NSA spying in NBC interview

By Joseph Kishore, 30 May 2014

In his first television interview with the American media, Snowden denounced the criminal activities of the American government, saying, “The Constitution of the United States had been violated on a massive scale.”

No Place to Hide: Glenn Greenwald’s account of the Snowden revelations

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

Greenwald's account of the revelations by Edward Snowden, and the significant role the author played in bringing them to the public, is a welcome antidote to the unceasing vilification of the NSA whistleblower.

Shedding light on the New York Times shake-up

30 May 2014

Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide sheds new light on the politics of the firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and her replacement by Dean Baquet.

Government files reveal official campaign of spying against Occupy Wall Street

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 May 2014

4,000 pages of government communications detail the use of “fusion centers” in the coordinated mass surveillance against the protests in 2011 and 2012.

US collecting all cell phone calls in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2014

Cell phone surveillance is a central component of the US drone war and targeted assassination program

NSA records and stores content of all phone calls in two countries

By Eric London, 21 May 2014

New Snowden leaks reveal that the US government acquires the content of 100 percent of phone calls in the Bahamas and a second, as-yet undisclosed country.

US pushes cyber-war confrontation with China

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2014

The Justice Department indicted five officers of the Peoples Liberation Army on 31 counts of computer hacking and economic espionage.

Documentary reviews history of domestic spying under Bush and Obama

By Ed Hightower, 20 May 2014

A massive spying apparatus and program has been implemented, not without opposition even within the National Security Agency itself.

UK parliament attempts to restore confidence in intelligence agencies

By Paul Mitchell, 16 May 2014

Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has not addressed the evidence of systematic and illegal mass surveillance by US and British agencies revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

US media steps up espionage slander against Edward Snowden

By Barry Grey, 13 May 2014

As the one-year anniversary of the publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of government spying approaches, the campaign of vilification and character assassination against the former NSA contractor is being stepped up.