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The NSA Says It'll Destroy Some Phone Records It Collected Illegally 

When the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this summer, the NSA was pushed to stop collecting phone records in bulk. The question of what would happen to the massive amount of data it’d already collected on people remained. That question was answered today: Those old troves of metadata are mostly going in the garbage. » 7/27/15 3:50pm Monday 3:50pm

The US Secretly Expanded Domestic Spying While Praising Transparency

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Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents.
» 6/04/15 12:30pm 6/04/15 12:30pm

The Patriot Act Is Changing. Here's What That Means for Your Privacy

This week, certain key sections of the notorious Patriot Act—the law that gives the NSA its snooping powers—automatically expired. Don’t get too excited just yet, though: they’re probably coming back with a few changes. Here’s what we know, and what it means for your privacy.
» 6/02/15 11:30am 6/02/15 11:30am

How the Government Will Spy on You If the Patriot Act Dies

The story being spun by the defenders of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Obama Administration is that if the law sunsets entirely, the government will lose critical surveillance capabilities. The fearmongering includes President Obama, who said: “heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could’ve prevented a… » 6/01/15 12:30pm 6/01/15 12:30pm

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires—For Now

Section 215 has expired. At least for now. The law that the NSA used to authorize its collection of vast amounts of information about the telephone calls of ordinary Americans is no more. Even though it’s likely temporary, it’s a good thing and we should pause to celebrate a little. The calls and emails Congress… » 6/01/15 3:30am 6/01/15 3:30am

Erect a Monument to Freedom by 3D Printing This Bust of Edward Snowden

A few weeks ago, two artists carefully placed a bronze bust of Edward Snowden atop a vacant war monument in a Brooklyn park. It was quickly removed, of course, by police, who fined the artists $50 each for trespassing. But now anyone can bring a Snowden statue to their city—the artists have shared the 3D printing… » 5/12/15 7:20pm 5/12/15 7:20pm

Court Rules that the NSA's Justification for Surveillance Is Bullshit

Another flimsy justification for mass surveillance bites the dust— the Second Circuit court ruled today that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not give the National Security Agency any authority to collect metadata. In other words: the NSA’s phone snooping program is straight-up unlawful. » 5/07/15 10:13am 5/07/15 10:13am

The Navy's Most Shadowy Spy Is 450 Feet Long & Named After Jimmy Carter

Submarines are a lot like Batman, they are covered in rubber and are great fighters, but they are gadget toting stealth detectives at their core. Of the Navy’s sub force, there is no boat more capable at sleuthing under the high seas than the heavily modified Seawolf Class submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23. » 4/23/15 1:38pm 4/23/15 1:38pm