Snowden: The Worst NSA Revelations Are Yet to Come

Just when you thought Edward Snowden was finally finished trying to convince you that he's a great American, the exiled whistleblower gave an unprecedented interview to Wired magazine. It wasn't just any writer asking the questions either. Snowden sat down for three days with James Bamford, the other NSA whistleblower. » 8/13/14 10:15am 8/13/14 10:15am

The NSA Patented Tech That Will Catch You Swapping Sim Cards

Now that it's been over a year since the Snowden leaks, you might've thought that all of the insane NSA revelations had been revealed. Not so! Foreign Policy just published a fascinating and exhaustive list of every patent ever awarded to the spy agency. And one of its latest inventions is all about your SIM card. » 7/30/14 1:45pm 7/30/14 1:45pm

The Intelligence Community Finally Released a Transparency Report

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which includes the NSA, quietly posted its first ever transparency report on Tumblr this week. Complete with "Top Secret" written on the top, the three-and-a-half page document details basic statistics about the intelligence community's actions. It's not very… » 6/27/14 1:47pm 6/27/14 1:47pm

65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance We Didn’t Know a Year Ago

It's been one year since the Guardian first published the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that demonstrated that the NSA was conducting dragnet surveillance on millions of innocent people. Since then, the onslaught of disturbing revelations, from… » 6/05/14 2:20pm 6/05/14 2:20pm

Edward Snowden Wants to Know If He's Hurt You

The much anticipated interview between Brian Williams and Edward Snowden aired on Wednesday night. It's interesting. It's also revealing in a nuanced way, bringing flashbacks to 9/11 and vignettes of this past year's worth of NSA revelations. Most of all, though, it's a rare peek into the whistleblower's mind. » 5/28/14 10:19pm 5/28/14 10:19pm

How Much It Costs the NSA to Store an Entire Country's Phone Calls

On Monday, we learned that the NSA is recording every single phone call in the Bahamas and storing the data for a month. This news arrives just six weeks after we learned that the NSA was recording every single phone call, text, and email in Iraq. In fact, the spy agency is engaged in similar efforts in five different… » 5/20/14 10:00am 5/20/14 10:00am

The U.S. Built a Bizarre "Cuban Twitter" To Help Undermine Castro

In one of the oddest reports of spy games we've heard in years—and that's saying something—the AP has uncovered a United States plot to create a "Cuban Twitter" that would lure in users with soccer scores and music news before evolving its message into anti-Castro rhetoric. If any part of that made you say what, don't… » 4/03/14 8:53am 4/03/14 8:53am

Angry Birds Maker: We Do Not Collaborate With Spies

The maker of Angry Birds, one of the world's most popular video games of any type, today said it "does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies." The statement follows a report yesterday that said American and British spies have harvested data collected by the game. » 1/28/14 6:20pm 1/28/14 6:20pm

Hundreds of Firms Are Selling NSA-Level Spy Tech and That's Not Okay

While Americans shuddered over revelations about NSA surveillance earlier this year, hundreds of private companies have been marketing technology that lets anybody be a spy. We're not talking about a few nanny cams here and there, either. We're talking about military-grade tools for whomever has the cash. » 11/19/13 10:20am 11/19/13 10:20am

NSA Chief's Former War Room Was Modeled After the Starship Enterprise

NSA director Keith Alexander might be the most famous spy in America right now. Everyone wants to know who's really behind the agency's widespread snooping. And now, a lengthy profile of Alexander in Foreign Policy invites even more intrigue. It also reveals some of the general's weird ways. » 9/09/13 11:14am 9/09/13 11:14am

Obama Will Reform Spy Programs But Won't Call Snowden a Patriot

President Obama announced a series of reforms to the country's surveillance practices on Friday at his first full press conference in nearly three months. The actions the administration is taking are many, and there's still a lot that's up in the air. One thing's for sure, though. Obama does not think Edward Snowden… » 8/09/13 4:03pm 8/09/13 4:03pm

How to Pick Your Battles in the War Against Transparency

Are you worried about Barack Obama reading all your emails and listening to all your phone calls? Beefing up your privacy settings is one thing, but fighting in the greater war to protect your Constitutional rights is another. You should do the latter, y'know, to be a good American. Here's how to get started. » 6/13/13 2:18pm 6/13/13 2:18pm