NSA spying

German government seeks to prevent parliamentary committee from questioning Edward Snowden

By Sven Heymanns, 16 April 2014

The coalition government parties are dead set against Snowden being allowed to endanger German foreign policy relations with the US.

Pulitzer Prize awarded for Snowden exposures of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 15 April 2014

Columbia University has given the most prestigious award in journalism, the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service, to the newspapers that published articles based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

NSA exploited Heartbleed bug

By Joseph Santolan, 14 April 2014

Both the White House National Security Council (NSC) and the NSA issued categorical denials that they had any awareness of the existence of the Heartbleed bug prior to its public disclosure on April 7.

Snowden says NSA spying on civil rights organizations

By Thomas Gaist, 11 April 2014

In testimony to the Council of Europe, Snowden said the NSA has been targeting “peaceful groups, unrelated to any terrorist threat.”

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald address Amnesty International event in Chicago

By Nick Barrickman, 9 April 2014

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald addressed an event hosted by Amnesty International in Chicago.

US intelligence director confirms that NSA runs warrantless searches of Americans’ communications

By Andre Damon, 2 April 2014

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted in a letter made public Tuesday that the NSA conducts searches for personal information about Americans.

New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014

The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.

Obama administration submits formal plan for NSA “reforms”

By Thomas Gaist, 28 March 2014

A White House “fact sheet” includes proposed changes to the bulk phone records program, and is intended as a framework for new legislation to legitimize and further institutionalize mass spying.

The fraud of Obama’s NSA “reform”

By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2014

Far from curtailing the NSA’s activities, the White House is seeking to expand the amount of data to which the spy agency has access.

California police departments capture cellphone data

By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014

A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.

Obama “reform” seeks new framework for illegal NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 26 March 2014

The proposed changes to the bulk telephone metadata program would affect only a small portion of the vast and unconstitutional police-state spying apparatus.

Former President Jimmy Carter says NSA likely spying on his communications

By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014

Carter told reporters this week that he does not use email or phone calls for sensitive political correspondence.

Edward Snowden exposes NSA spying against Chinese telecom firm Huawei

By Tom Carter, 24 March 2014

The NSA has been doing to the Huawei telecommunications firm exactly what the US government has routinely accused the Chinese company of doing.

Christopher Boyce: “Snowden is a very brave man”

Former US intelligence contractor speaks on 1975 Australian coup

By Mike Head, 24 March 2014

Boyce, now 61, confirmed his previous statements that the CIA was centrally involved in the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

Constitutional conflict escalates between US Senate and CIA

By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2014

A letter from the Senate Majority Leader to the Justice Department renewed charges of unconstitutional CIA spying on the Senate.

US judge slams surveillance requests as “repugnant to the Fourth Amendment”

By Thomas Gaist, 21 March 2014

A federal judge ruled that warrant applications submitted by the Justice Department were unconstitutional.

The CIA spying scandal, Watergate and the decay of American democracy

By Eric London, 20 March 2014

Whereas Nixon’s cover-up involved illegal “dirty tricks” operations, the Obama administration is covering up even more serious crimes—an international program of state torture and assassination.

The NSA records “every single” phone call in a targeted country

By Andre Damon, 19 March 2014

The National Security Agency has developed and deployed a system capable of recording “100 percent” of the telephone calls made by residents of a targeted country.

New Zealand media bury fresh Snowden revelations

By John Braddock, 19 March 2014

A wall of silence surrounds Snowden’s testimony that New Zealand was pressured by the NSA to change its laws to facilitate mass surveillance.

White House withholding documents from CIA torture probe

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2014

The Obama administration has blocked the release of documents that likely include a presidential finding to authorize CIA torture of prisoners.

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing promotes cyberwarfare and illegal spying

By Ed Hightower, 15 March 2014

Senators took the hearing as an opportunity to attack Edward Snowden and to inquire about the “PR” issues around the burgeoning military intelligence apparatus.

Scandals grow in wiretapping of ex-French President Sarkozy

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 15 March 2014

A wave of political scandals has hit France’s right-wing UMP shortly before the March 23 municipal elections.

Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”

By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 14 March 2014

The extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the Senate floor by Senator Dianne Feinstein provides grounds for immediate impeachment proceedings against top government officials, including President Barack Obama.

Leaked NSA documents expose agency’s sophisticated malware arsenal

By Thomas Gaist, 14 March 2014

NSA operations have already infected at least 80,000 computers according to documents provided by Edward Snowden.

The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2014

The public clash between the Senate and the CIA reflects the effective collapse of democratic forms of governance in the United States.

Senate Intelligence head accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”

By Barry Grey, 12 March 2014

The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on committee staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s program of interrogation and torture under President Bush.

Snowden denounces global mass surveillance at SXSW festival

By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 11 March 2014

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden gave a live interview Monday to the South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas.

CIA caught spying on US Senate

By Tom Carter, 10 March 2014

The revelations of CIA spying on the legislative committee charged with overseeing it underscores the fact that America is actually run by an unelected, unaccountable military/intelligence apparatus.

Snowden’s testimony to European Parliament: “Billions of innocents” unlawfully spied upon

By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2014

The former NSA contractor gave eloquent testimony to the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee Friday, but the Guardian has made no mention of it to date.

CIA spied on US Senate oversight committee

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2014

At least one Senate Democrat has suggested that President Obama was aware of the massive violation of the constitutional separation of powers, potentially an impeachable offense.

NSA listens in on the German chancellor’s contacts

By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014

After President Obama’s promise not to listen in on Angela Merkel’s phone calls, the NSA has stepped up its operations against everybody she speaks to.

GCHQ, NSA collected webcam images from 1.8 million Yahoo users

By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2014

A secret surveillance program, “Optic Nerve,” has been engaged in mass collection of screen shots from users’ webcams.

Snowden documents show US, UK spy agencies infiltrate online groups

By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014

The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.

The David Miranda ruling and the attack on press freedom

By Julie Hyland, 26 February 2014

The subordination of fundamental democratic rights to an omnipotent state runs as a constant thread through the ruling that deems David Miranda’s detention lawful.

Judge dismisses suit against New York police spying on Muslims

By Sandy English, 26 February 2014

District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.

Canadian intelligence agencies deepen integration, expand spying

By Dylan Lubao, 24 February 2014

Canada’s principal spy agencies are becoming more tightly integrated as the state expands its spying on ordinary Canadians.

US authorities seek national license plate tracking system

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014

A national license plate tracking system sought by the Department of Homeland Security would provide officials with personal information on millions of individuals.

Partner of Glenn Greenwald was held at London airport

UK ruling against David Miranda escalates assault on democratic rights

By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2014

The High Court judgement against David Miranda gives legal sanction to the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”

Edward Snowden elected Rector of Glasgow University

By Steve James, 20 February 2014

By electing Snowden as Rector, students showed their opposition to attacks on democratic rights by the NSA and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Leaked documents detail NSA surveillance operations against WikiLeaks

By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014

Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.

Polk Awards honor Greenwald, other journalists who broke Snowden revelations

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2014

Four journalists who reported on the US National Security Agency’s illegal surveillance programs are being given a prestigious award amid mounting attacks on democratic rights.

Over one million petition for Brazil to grant asylum to Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2014

The petition has gathered support from throughout Brazil and around the world, providing a powerful expression of popular support for Snowden and hostility to the global spying operations of the NSA.

More Snowden documents expose US-Australian spying on Indonesia

By Mike Head, 17 February 2014

The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Edward Snowden and Europe’s pseudo-left

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2014

Developments in the European Parliament have demonstrated that the pseudo-left organisations are part of bourgeois politics. For them, the fate of whistle-blower Edward Snowden is of no consequence.

NSA spying poses “direct threat to journalism,” watchdog group warns

By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014

The Committee to Protect Journalists is warning that the spy agency’s dragnet of communications data threatens to make it “next to impossible for journalists to keep sources confidential.”

Australian attorney-general accuses Snowden of “endangering lives”

By Mike Head, 13 February 2014

Attorney-General Brandis amplified the earlier denunciation by Prime Minister Abbott of the NSA whistleblower as a “traitor.”

Former NSA chief Hayden praises Obama for “doubling down” on Bush-era spying

By Gabriel Black, 13 February 2014

Michael Hayden gave a lecture Monday in which he described Obama’s “reform” of the NSA as largely cosmetic.

Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2014

The aim of the AP report is to lend a veneer of "transparency" and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder.

Press leaks claim NSA collects “only” 30 percent of US phone calls

By Eric London, 10 February 2014

This weekend saw the publication of new Snowden revelations in addition to the publishing of planted government leaks.

New York Times and Washington Post intensify Snowden smear campaign

By Eric London, 10 February 2014

In the face of ongoing revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the political establishment is growing increasingly nervous about the popular opposition the leaks are engendering.

US threats mount against journalists, Snowden

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2014

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee suggested that journalists who have reported on illegal NSA surveillance should be prosecuted.

Canada’s government curtly dismisses concerns over blanket spying

By Keith Jones, 6 February 2014

Canada’s Conservative government and its intelligence agencies are vigorously defending the state’s arrogation of the power to spy on Canadians’ electronic communications.

Tech company “transparency reports” reveal massive NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 5 February 2014

The data, which cover only a small portion of surveillance operations, show the NSA requested content from tens of thousands of accounts during the first half of 2013.

Guardian reveals threats of imprisonment and closure over Snowden leaks

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014

On July 20 last year, the British government sent two security service agents to the Guardian’s London office to oversee the destruction of hard drives and memory cards containing encrypted files from Edward Snowden.

CSEC and Harper government assert right to spy on Canadians

By Keith Jones, 4 February 2014

The CSEC has declared it has the unfettered right to systematically collect and analyze the metadata from Canadians’ electronic communications.

Australian government joins international witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2014

The attacks on Snowden by Abbott and Bishop demonstrate the utter servility of the Australian government to Washington.

Obama names advocate of cyber-warfare to head NSA

By Eric London, 3 February 2014

By appointing Admiral Michael Rogers to head the NSA, President Obama will further entrench and expand the unconstitutional police state apparatus.

Obama administration officials escalate attack on Snowden and “accomplices”

By Ed Hightower, 31 January 2014

Among those who attacked Snowden this week was Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who, as a result of the NSA leaks, has been shown to have committed perjury.

Australian PM denounces Edward Snowden as a “traitor”

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014

Tony Abbott’s accusations against Snowden were made in the course of a McCarthy-style attack on the ABC.

Obama administration announces new deal with tech companies on NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014

New rules slightly modify an existing “gag order,” allowing telecommunications companies to make limited disclosures about surveillance orders they receive from the government.

New report reveals

NSA, GCHQ mapping “political alignment” of cellphone users

By Eric London, 28 January 2014

New revelations from Edward Snowden show that the US and UK governments are trawling data from cellphone users' "apps" to obtain detailed information on their private lives.

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014

German television’s broadcast of the first extended on-air interview with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden was largely blacked out by the US media.

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2014

Those threatening to kill Snowden are themselves guilty of the massive crimes that have been exposed by the former NSA contractor.

US officials “want to kill me,” warns Edward Snowden

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2014

“These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me,” the former NSA contractor said in an interview broadcast by Germany’s ARD television network.

Report confirms illegality of NSA bulk-collection programs

By Eric London, 27 January 2014

A report published by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board reflects official fears that the spying programs are generating deep opposition amongst the public.

Australian foreign minister slanders Edward Snowden

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 January 2014

Julie Bishop’s statements point to Australian imperialism’s role as the junior partner of the United States.

Democratic rights and the defense of Edward Snowden

By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2014

In the wake of Obama’s speech on NSA spying programs, the American political establishment is escalating its witch-hunt of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden defends his exposure of NSA’s mass spying in online chat

By Ed Hightower, 24 January 2014

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions online Thursday posted by an audience via Twitter.

Democrats, Republicans back Obama’s police state spying

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2014

Leading congressmen of both parties have applauded the speech Obama gave Friday defending mass spying by the National Security Agency.

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2014

The real content of Obama’s “reform” of the NSA was made clear Sunday when politicians of both parties followed his lead and renewed the witch-hunt of Edward Snowden.

Meeting at Toronto’s York University on implications of Snowden/CSEC spying revelations

20 January 2014

SEP (Canada) National Secretary Keith Jones will speak Thursday, January 23 on the implications of the global police-state spying operations.

Obama defends police state spying

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 18 January 2014

As Obama’s speech underscored, for the US ruling elite, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are virtually dead letters.

Canada’s spy agencies lied to the courts

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 18 January 2014

The Canadian state’s principal spy agencies have been found by a senior federal judge to have “systematically” omitted and concealed information in numerous warrant applications

NSA collects nearly 200 million phone text messages a day

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 January 2014

The US National Security Agency has been intercepting and permanently storing billions of messages sent by ordinary people around the world.

Obama’s NSA “reform” defends illegal spying

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014

The Obama White House is preparing an NSA “reform” that is aimed at institutionalizing illegal spying while suppressing future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.

US government signals it will not sign no-spying agreement with Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 16 January 2014

The Obama administration is not willing to forgo its spying on German government officials and extensive monitoring activities in Germany.

Obama administration moves to freeze lawsuit challenging spying programs

By Eric London, 13 January 2014

The pseudo-legal arguments used by the Obama administration to prevent the disclosure of state surveillance programs demonstrate the hostility of the political establishment to the democratic rights enumerated in the US Constitution.

Father of slain Boston bombing witness releases letter to Obama accusing FBI of murder

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014

In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.

NSA does not deny spying on US Congress

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2014

The declaration that “Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons” should be read as a confirmation of the unlimited scope of the NSA’s spying operations.

US appeals court upholds suppression of legal memo approving collection of phone records

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2014

A three-judge panel, including a new Obama appointee, agreed to keep secret the government’s legal rationale for the collection of consumer telephone data.

New York Times proposes clemency for Snowden: An exercise in damage control

By Eric London, 4 January 2014

The editorial “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower” is a belated acknowledgment of the massive popular support for the man who exposed the NSA’s totalitarian operations.

Snowden reveals massive National Security Agency hacking unit

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2013

Among the TAO’s “most productive operations” is the direct interception of new PCs and other computer accessories ordered by individuals targeted by the NSA.

The pseudo-legal arguments for a police state

By Tom Carter, 31 December 2013

US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.

Swedish intelligence service spying on Russia for US National Security Agency

By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013

The deepening connections of Swedish intelligence services with the US and Britain over the past decade have coincided with the country’s formal abandonment of its posture of neutrality.

Australian Greens initiate Senate inquiry to whitewash mass surveillance

By Mike Head, 30 December 2013

The inquiry is about updating and boosting the powers of the security apparatus.

Federal judge rules NSA phone data collection is legal

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2013

The court decision upheld the constitutionality of a program that, in the judge’s words, “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States.”

US government steps up attack on exposure of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2013

The report issued last week by a White House panel on US surveillance programs has set the stage for an intensified effort to suppress any further revelations of illegal government spying.

Canada’s foreign minister calls on Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities

By Keith Jones, 23 December 2013

Canada’s foreign minister has called on US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities and face prosecution—action that Baird knows full well could result in Snowden being executed for treason.

East Timor takes Australia to International Court of Justice over ASIO raids

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 December 2013

East Timor has asked the court to rule that the seizure of legal documents by Australia’s spy agency violated the country’s sovereignty and breached international law.

Latest Snowden revelations expose Obama’s lies on NSA spy programs

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2013

President Obama used an end-of-the-year press conference to deliver an Orwellian defense of the massive spying operations of the National Security Agency.

Obama advisory committee whitewashes US spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013

The report released Wednesday by the Obama administration’s hand-picked panel proposes minor reforms aimed at legitimizing the government’s illegal spying programs.

Edward Snowden’s open letter sparks asylum debate in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2013

In an “Open letter to the Brazilian people,” the former NSA contractor expressed his desire to help expose the agency’s crimes and cited Washington’s efforts to silence him.

“Almost Orwellian”: US Judge indicts NSA spying

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2013

The ruling by Judge Richard Leon, while doing nothing to curb the NSA’s mass spying operations, nonetheless acknowledges that they embody the methods of a police state.

Federal judge holds NSA telephone surveillance unconstitutional

By John Burton, 17 December 2013

A federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled that the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

White House-backed panel to call for cosmetic changes to illegal spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013

A hand-picked panel is due to submit recommendations to the White House this weekend, part of efforts to ensure the continuation of mass spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden.

New documents expose more NSA programs

By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2013

The new documents were released as the European Union agreed to allow Edward Snowden to give evidence by video link to its committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs.

Canadian spy agency set up covert sites worldwide at NSA’s request

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 14 December 2013

A top-secret US National Security Agency (NSA) memo leaked by Edward Snowden provides evidence of the extent to which the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) functions as an intimate partner of the NSA.

Millions caught in cell phone tracking by US police agencies

By Joseph Kishore, 10 December 2013

Revelations that US police agencies work with phone companies to spy on calls and track movements follow reports that the NSA collects billions of phone records daily.

Canadian Conservatives’ cyber-bullying bill—a pretext for expanding police surveillance

By Dylan Lubao, 10 December 2013

Under legislation now before parliament, Canada’s Conservative government is seeking to greatly expand the state’s power to spy on Canadians’ use of the Internet, including authorizing warrantless investigations of Internet activity.

Australian government threatens lawyer with charges over Timor spying revelations

By Mike Head, 5 December 2013

The extraordinary threat underscores how far the government will go to prevent further exposures of the vast US-Australia surveillance network.