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Calling Edward Snowden an ‘International Human Rights Defender,’ EU Resolution Calls for His Protection

Calling Edward Snowden an ‘International Human Rights Defender,’ EU Resolution Calls for His Protection

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday urging its nations to afford NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden protection. Passed by a 285 to 281 vote, the resolution calls on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent […]

Federal Court Overturns Landmark Ruling on NSA Spying

Federal Court Overturns Landmark Ruling on NSA Spying

Published on Friday, August 28, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer A federal court on Friday reversed a lower court’s landmark 2013 decision that said the National Security Agency (NSA)’s spying operation was likely unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled (pdf) that the plaintiff in the case of Klayman […]

After NSA Ruling, Congress at Odds Over Mass Surveillance

After NSA Ruling, Congress at Odds Over Mass Surveillance

Published on Friday, May 08, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer In the wake of Thursday’s federal court ruling that the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass data collection program is illegal, officials in Congress have been left at odds over surveillance reform. In the remaining six days of the legislative session, some Senate Republicans are rushing to […]

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations

Published on Monday, March 23, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Canada’s spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE), is a major player in global hacking operations and boasts a vast array of cyberwarfare tools, revealed in news reports on Monday, that rivals that of the United States’ National Security Agency. Documents initially leaked to the […]

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, announced Tuesday that it—alongside a host of civil liberty advocates, news outlets, and privacy rights organizations—has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its […]

British Spy Agency: We Don’t Need Warrant for Americans’ Data. We Have ‘Arrangements’

British Spy Agency: We Don’t Need Warrant for Americans’ Data. We Have ‘Arrangements’

Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer British intelligence agencies can access Americans’ communications data without a warrant and keep it for two years, newly released documents show. The British spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), revealed the practices, called “arrangements” by the government, to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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