This should be fun. A bunch of whistleblowers that were hounded, surveilled and prosecuted/persecuted by the US government are banding together to sue all the big names in domestic surveillance. Thomas Drake, Diane Roark, Ed Loomis, J. Kirk Wiebe and William Binney have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the NSA, FBI, DOJ, Michael Hayden, […]

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Well, here’s one we did not see coming at all. Both former Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff and former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden have said that they actually disagree with current FBI director Jim Comey about his continued demands to backdoor encryption. Given everything we’ve seen in the past from both Chertoff and […]

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Posters of CIA director Michael Hayden and former NSA director Keith Alexander in Berlin (all photos courtesy Paolo Cirio) Ever since Edward Snowden leaked top-secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents that revealed the extent of the US government’s surveillance program, the response from the art world has been vast and varied. In the past year alone a […]

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We’ve written enough about former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden that you should already know to take what he says with a large grain of salt. He will say basically anything to further his argument, no matter how false or disingenuous. He doesn’t appear to care. He’s admitted that September 11th gave him permission […]

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Given all the fuss over the ridiculous article this past weekend — which has since been confirmed as government stenography rather than actual reporting — security maven Bruce Schneier has written up an article making a key point. It’s quite likely that the underlying point in the article — that Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies […]

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Michael Hayden, the former CIA and NSA director, has revealed what most people already suspected — to him, the Constitution is a document that he can rewrite based on his personal beliefs at any particular time, as noted by Conor Friedersdorf at the Atlantic. Specifically, he admits that after September 11th, 2001, he was able […]

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In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday, many people have been talking about various issues related to free speech and satire. We didn’t have much to add to that discussion so we stayed out of it, but it’s concerning to see that those who wish to suppress other civil liberties […]

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The Islamic terrorist attack at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo underscores the importance of national surveillance programs, specifically the collection of metadata, former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden said Thursday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.” “One of the things the French will come to us almost certainly and ask as they continue their investigation, […]

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Former CIA director Michael Hayden warned anyone who would listen that the release of the Torture Report would turn our enemies against us… or further against us, or something. He also claimed that he and the CIA had been generally forthright and open about this program over the past several years. “To say that we […]

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The NSA’s many, many surveillance programs. The TSA’s security theater. “See something, say something.” The DHS and its “Fusion Centers,” in which First Amendment-protected activity is viewed as inherently suspicious. The distribution of armored vehicles and high-powered weapons to law enforcement agencies. The FBI’s constantly expanding investigative scope and powers. The NYPD’s “Demographics Unit.” These […]

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As the cloture vote is set to happen tonight on the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act, the hysterics are getting… well, more hysterical. Michael Hayden (former NSA and CIA director) and Michael Mukasey (former Attorney General) have an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal dubbing the bill “NSA Reform That Only ISIS […]

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Jason Leopold has a big article at Vice detailing some more of what’s in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report, but the bigger news is that the long fought over, somewhat redacted executive summary may be released next week: … the Senate committee is hoping to release its report as early as next week, […]

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