By Barry Grey, 22 April 2017
The World Socialist Web Site condemns the reported preparations of the US Justice Department to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage and issue an arrest warrant against him.
By Eric London, 15 April 2017
Pompeo’s speech lays out the new standard: the First Amendment only applies to speech that the CIA deems tolerable.
By Philip Guelpa, 6 April 2017
The settlement of a pair of long-standing lawsuits provides only a fig leaf to cover the NYPD’s extensive surveillance of Muslims and others.
US House votes to repeal internet protections
By Kevin Reed, 1 April 2017
Congress has decided that internet providers own the information that consumers provide when they use the internet to shop, browse or message.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 March 2017
If signed into law, the new legislation would give the American intelligence agencies access to even greater means for spying on the population.
By Niles Niemuth, 15 March 2017
The number of phone searches is expected to more than double in 2017, targeting anyone, including US citizens and legal residents, as they enter the country.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 March 2017
Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan when he was killed in a June 2013 car crash.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2017
Amid Democrats’ claims of Russian hacking in support of Trump and Trump’s charge that he was bugged by Obama, WikiLeaks has revealed a vast CIA operation directed against the people of the US and the world.
By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2017
The court’s ruling reverses a recent legal precedent that allows corporations to withhold data related to criminal investigations as long as it is stored abroad.
By Zaida Green, 4 February 2017
More than 1,000 pages of FBI guidelines obtained by The Intercept detail the expansion of the agency’s spy powers under the Obama administration, now inherited by Trump.
By Barry Grey, 23 January 2017
Trump’s attack on the corporate-controlled press underscores the degree of tension and conflict within the state as the new administration takes office.
By Trevor Johnson, 19 January 2017
Under the RIPA spying apparatus, local councils in Britain launched 2,800 separate surveillance operations lasting up to 90 days each.
Only days before Trump’s inauguration
By George Gallanis, 14 January 2017
Under new rules imposed by the Obama administration, the NSA can share the personal communications data of millions of people with 16 other US intelligence agencies.
By Zaida Green, 14 January 2017
Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” central repair team had at least one supervisor that was an active FBI informant who was paid $500 and subsequently discovered allegedly incriminating evidence.
By Sven Heymanns, 6 January 2017
Some of the emails published by Wikileaks show the panicked reaction of the spy agencies to the revelations made by Edward Snowden in 2013.
By E.P. Milligan, 31 December 2016
The request is part of the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a visa waiver application that many visitors must complete before traveling to the United States.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2016
The Investigatory Powers Act is a staggering and unprecedented attack on the rights and privacy of every UK citizen.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 December 2016
A recently declassified House Intelligence Committee report smears Snowden as a dishonest miscreant who stole information for Moscow’s and his own personal gain.
By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2016
The Liberal government has lamely criticized the head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee for calling for NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden to be shot.
By Jerry White, 21 November 2016
In an interview with German media outlets, Obama rejected a presidential pardon for NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Anthony Torres, 14 November 2016
By setting up a single database monitoring the entire French population, the Socialist Party government is arming the state with vast repressive powers.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 October 2016
Court dockets released to the ACLU in July show that federal officials’ requests to conduct electronic surveillance on the population in the DC metropolitan region has skyrocketed in recent years.
By Shelley Connor, 20 October 2016
A recent report by Georgetown Law Center reveals that half of American adults are in photo recognition databases maintained by law enforcement agencies.
By Nick Barrickman, 6 October 2016
The revelation further reveals the near-seamless collusion of the major internet and telecommunications firms with the US intelligence apparatus.
By Joanne Laurier and David Walsh, 20 September 2016
Veteran American filmmaker Oliver Stone has made a movie about National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Toby Reese, 17 September 2016
Following a “sneak preview” of Oliver Stone’s new film, Snowden, he and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden participated in a live interview September 14.
By Trevor Johnson, 7 September 2016
Anderson’s report is a cover for the real aim of the Investigatory Powers Bill—to increase the power of the state to monitor the population for potential threats to ruling class interests.
By Kevin Reed, 5 September 2016
In a keynote address to cyber security specialists, FBI Director James Comey elaborated on plans to force a backdoor into encrypted private data and communications.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 August 2016
A group called the Shadow Brokers released computer code reportedly taken from the NSA, which had been used for hacking the networks of foreign rivals of the US.
By Daniel de Vries, 10 June 2016
The NYPD's successful denial of an open records request about spying operation sets a potentially far-reaching precedent.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 May 2016
Congress is reviewing statutory changes to a little known “Rule 41” that will allow the FBI and other security agencies to hack and spy on computers and networks anywhere in the world, based on a single, non-specific warrant.
By Josh Varlin, 16 April 2016
The company’s complaint makes clear that it regularly receives requests from the government for its customers’ private data stored on Microsoft’s remote servers.
By Norisa Diaz, 24 March 2016
The UC board president and ex-homeland security chief, Janet Napolitano, has overseen the installation of a massive spyware system.
By Niles Williamson, 23 March 2016
Until the DOJ’s filing on Monday, the US government held that it lacked the means to access the contents of the encrypted phone without the direct assistance of Apple engineers.
By Tom Peters, 19 March 2016
Backed by the Labour Party, the government is preparing to effectively merge the internal and external spy agencies and remove restrictions on mass surveillance.
By Evan Blake, 14 March 2016
Speaking at the South by Southwest festival, Obama sought to minimize the far-reaching scope of the FBI’s demands that Apple create anti-encryption software.
By Barry Mason, 14 March 2016
ISPs will have to keep records of the browsing history of everyone who accesses the Internet for 12 months, with this data freely available to the police and the GCHQ.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2016
The use of military drones is part of a broader expansion of domestic military activity, under the cover of the “war on terror,” which is a serious warning to the working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2016
FBI demands for access to Apple encryption systems are fueling divisions within the US political and corporate elite.
By Barry Grey, 2 March 2016
The hearing indicated that a majority on the House Judiciary Committee will support a law compelling tech firms to provide the government backdoor access to encrypted information.
By Tom Hall, 27 February 2016
Thursday’s court filing by Apple accused the government of seeking to establish a precedent to “conscript” American corporations into spying on the population.
By Isaac Finn, 25 February 2016
The NYPD has disclosed documents on its extensive use of a mobile cellphone surveillance device known as “StingRay.”
By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2016
With its highly public court battle over access to an encrypted phone, the Obama administration is seeking to expand spying powers and counter the popular anger that followed the revelations by Edward Snowden.
By Andre Damon, 23 February 2016
The Obama administration’s demand that Apple hack a single iPhone is the spearhead of a concerted drive to undermine the use of encryption worldwide.
By Andre Damon, 19 February 2016
Tuesday’s ruling by a US judge demanding that Apple create a “backdoor” to its mobile device operating system is part of the drive to weaken, or even criminalize, encrypted communications.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 February 2016
The Obama administration is seeking to use last year’s attacks in San Bernardino to intensify the assault on democratic rights and expand the police-state spying powers of the government.
By Roger Jordan, 3 February 2016
The Liberal government has sought to downplay the latest exposure of illegal acts committed by Canada’s intelligence agencies.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 January 2016
The CIA stationed a plane in Copenhagen for the specific purpose of seizing the whistleblower, documents published by Danish media on Thursday show.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 January 2016
A delegation of top Obama administration officials met with tech industry leaders Friday as part of efforts to step up government spying on social media and other online communications.
By Carl Bronski, 5 January 2016
The Montreal Police Department is strongly defending the actions of an undercover cop who drew his revolver and threatened protesters who had “outed” him.
By Trevor Johnson, 15 December 2015
The GCHQ claims the authority to target groups as loosely-defined as “all mobile telephones” in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 November 2015
Despite the rhetoric of reform from President Obama and other politicians and officials, illegal electronic surveillance programs have continued to expand.
By Mark Blackwood, 14 November 2015
Amidst revelations of bulk spying on the population, the Cameron government is allocating yet more resources to the vast state surveillance system already in place.
By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2015
Home Secretary Theresa May outlined the bill terminating democratic rights stretching back to the Magna Carta.
By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2015
While cynically bowing to mass support for Snowden’s exposure of state criminality, the EU offers him no protection from persecution by US and European spy agencies.
By Tom Carter, 27 October 2015
The publication of documents related to torture from the private email account of John Brennan is a reminder that there are torturers and war criminals who remain at large and have yet to be brought to justice.
By Tom Hall, 26 October 2015
After admitting the use of surveillance flyovers during police brutality protests, FBI Director James Comey sought to blame public scrutiny of police for a supposed spike in crime.
By Niles Williamson, 17 October 2015
The leaks shed light on the bureaucratized activity of drone assassination and the disturbingly sanitized jargon that government officials use when killing targets.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2015
Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law was a travesty of journalism that repeated the lies and propaganda of the US military-intelligence complex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015
The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.
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.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2015
The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2015
WikiLeaks documents show that NSA surveillance not only covered top government figures but also major Japanese corporations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Chris Marsden, 16 June 2015
Smearing Snowden is aimed at creating a climate of fear to justify state surveillance and repression.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By a reporter, 3 June 2015
More than 50 planes, equipped with video and cellphone surveillance equipment, are involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 May 2015
“Art is called upon to make a choice, to show a new direction,” explains Italian artist Davide Dormino.
By Sven Heymanns, 5 May 2015
The BND has been spying on leading European politicians and companies on behalf of the NSA for decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.