European Parliament Wants Snowden, NSA Chief to Testify on Spying

European Parliament Wants Snowden, NSA Chief to Testify on Spying

The European Parliament is gearing up to launch an investigation into the recently revealed NSA surveillance programs—and lawmakers are drawing up an interesting list of witnesses who they want to invite to interview about the snooping.

Corporatizing National Security: What It Means

Corporatizing National Security: What It Means

Privacy is a sacred word to many Americans, as demonstrated by the recent uproar over the brazen invasion of it by the Patriot Act-enabled National Security Agency

Congress Digs Into the Colossal Mistake It Made That Enabled NSA Fiasco

Congress Digs Into the colossal Mistake It Made That Enabled NSA Fiasco

As Congress holds its second major public hearing on the National Security Agency’s bulk spying, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations. The NSA admitted their analysis of phone records and online behavior far exceeded what it had previously disclosed.

Metadata Is More Intrusive Than Eavesdropping

Metadata Is More Intrusive Than Eavesdropping

While President Obama insists that nobody is listening to your telephone calls, cybersecurity expert Susan Landau says the metadata being collected by the government may be far more revealing than the content of the actual phone calls.

Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

A debate: Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and former Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and Geoffrey Stone, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

Who's The Target In A Surveillance State

Who's The Target In A Surveillance State

Chris Hayes talks about the recent history of government surveillance in America with famed civil rights activist Julian Bond, Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion, and former deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton.

MSNBC's Reaction To The Report Of The Extent Of The US Surveillance State

MSNBC's Reaction To The Report Of The Extent Of The US Surveillance State 

Anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention was aware that the government  was extending their reach into the ordinary citizen privacy drip by drip. However, yesterday's revelation by The Washington Post and The Guardian. What's unclear is what other data mining is being accomplished by whom and for what purpose.

All Eyes Are Watching As Gag Laws Evolve

All Eyes On Criminalizing Whisle-blowing

In the desirability of factory farming debate, regardless of which side you come down on, the idea of criminalizing whistle-blowing and reporting of illegal activities is a dangerous precedent.

America's $124 Billion Secret Welfare Program

Social Security Disabilty Abuse

The fact that abuse of the Social Security Disability system is occurring is no revelation for it has been known for some time to all but the casual observer. Some people are and have been drawing funds when they are not actually disabled.

Why the Trader Joe's Model Benefits Workers--And the Bottom-Line

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A well paid, healthy, happy employee is a more productive employee. How much more productive? Very, and there are plenty of examples of these employees paying for themselves. Why don't most businesses do the same? Because shorting an employee's wages flows into the pockets of the management and owners for awhile.

Right Wing Crazies Aren’t Crazy Anymore

It turns out those far-right tin foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists aren't that crazy after all. But how did crazy conspiracy theories become unfortunate realities in America today? Ask Attornery General Eric Holder.

Is This The Slippery Slope To A Police State?

It seems that everywhere you look or is it "don't look" these days, the State is continuing to tighten its grip on personal freedoms once held dear by the general population.

But times change.  Some of the developments are downright shocking and some are just under most people's radar.

The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State

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On Wednesday a few hundred activists crowded into the courtroom of the Second Circuit, the spillover room with its faulty audio feed and dearth of chairs, and Foley Square outside the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan where many huddled in the cold...

Who Is Tracking You?

Who's Tracking You

It is a wonder if the general population is quite certain they are comfortable with being tracked. Some folks are horrified by what tracking technology is capable while other just shrug their shoulders and say "I don't have anything to hide".

10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

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The indefinite-detention provision in the defense authorization bill seemed to many civil libertarians like a betrayal by Obama. While the president had promised to veto the law over that provision, Levin, a sponsor of the bill, disclosed on the Senate floor that it was in fact the White House that approved the removal of any exception for citizens from indefinite detention.

Are Civil Liberties Now At the Discretion Of A President

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Many on the right and on the left are arguing that the signing of National Defense Authorization Act, which provides funding for 2012, contains provisions that put the civil liberties of Americans at the discretion of the Presidency.

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