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Domestic Drones Cometh: Report Exposes Rapid Expansion of Surveillance Flights

Domestic Drones Cometh: Report Exposes Rapid Expansion of Surveillance Flights

Published on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer The U.S. government has quietly expanded its use of unmanned surveillance drones inside the country to the extent that now half of the nearly 2,000 mile border with Mexico is monitored by military drones that were once reserved for foreign battlefields, according tonew […]

FBI Director Equates Protecting Personal Privacy with Lawlessness

FBI Director Equates Protecting Personal Privacy with Lawlessness

Published on Friday, September 26, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer FBI Director James Comey has responded to recent moves by tech giants Apple and Google to offer better encryption services on their handheld devices by suggesting that giving people the ability to protect their private communications from state law enforcement agencies is akin […]

Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as ‘Last Straw’ Before Leak

Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as ‘Last Straw’ Before Leak

Published onWednesday, August 13, 2014 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer In an in-depth interview published by Wired Magazine on Wednesday, Edward Snowden discloses what government activities proved to be the “last straw,” prompting the whistleblower to expose the depths of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance operation. Speaking with investigative journalist James […]

Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government “Watchlist”

Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government “Watchlist”

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer “A source within the intelligence community” has leaked the government’s secret guidebook to how it adds names to and manages its controversial terrorist “watchlist” and was published in full by The Intercept on Wednesday. Reported by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, […]

NSA ‘Bombshell’: Agency Spied on Prominent American Citizens

NSA ‘Bombshell’: Agency Spied on Prominent American Citizens

– Jon Queally, staff writer According to new reporting published by The Intercept at midnight on Tuesday, the National Security Agency has used its massive surveillance apparatus to directly target and spy on American citizens who have absolutely no ties to criminal or terrorist activities. “I’m outraged as an American citizen that my government, after […]

Germany Detains ‘Double Agent’ for Spying on Spy Investigation: Reports

Germany Detains ‘Double Agent’ for Spying on Spy Investigation: Reports

Published on Friday, July 4, 2014 by Common Dreams – Jon Queally, staff writer German news outlets on Friday are reporting that a so-called "double agent" has been detained after confessing to investigators that he was paid by U.S. agents to spy on the German parliamentary panel now investigating the extent of U.S. National Security […]

‘Kafkaesque’ No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

‘Kafkaesque’ No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Common Dreams – Sarah Lazare, staff writer In a watershed decision, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the 'No-Fly' list—which bans tens of thousands of people suspected of 'terrorism' from boarding flights—is unconstitutional because it violates the right to due process and travel by air. The decision […]

‘Politically Explosive’ Docs Show How NSA Wiretaps Earth

‘Politically Explosive’ Docs Show How NSA Wiretaps Earth

Published on Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Common Dreams – Jon Queally, staff writer New reporting by The Intercept and a partner newspaper in Denmark reveals that the National Security Agency, beyond its well-documented close-ties to the so-called Five Eyes nations, has extensive and previously unknown surveillance agreements with other nations that allow it unsurpassed […]

‘We Are Resetting the Net to Shut Off Mass Surveillance’

‘We Are Resetting the Net to Shut Off Mass Surveillance’

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Common Dreams – Jon Queally, staff writer To mark the one year anniversary of the first reporting based on information revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on June 5, 2013, privacy advocates, organizations, and technology companies all over the world on Thursday are participating in 'Reset The Net'—an […]

New Organization Hangs Sign: ‘Whistleblowers Welcome’

New Organization Hangs Sign: ‘Whistleblowers Welcome’

Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Common Dreams – Jon Queally, staff writer A new organization called ExposeFacts—backed by well-known source of The Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg—is debuting itself in Washington, DC on Wednesday as a new place where government and corporate employees aware of wrongdoing can more safely and securely report their concerns. […]