Obama Announces NSA Bulk Data-Collection Reform

Barack ObamaAn article in The Guardian, who first published whistle blower Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA bulk-information collection, reports on Pres. Obama’s announced reforms on data-collection policy.

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NSA Defense Falling Apart?

NSAA good article in The Post on the recent events that may lead to the collapse of the current NSA data-collection programs.

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Snowden: NSA Documents for Brazilian Asylum

snowden-340An article in The Post reports that the NSA document-leaker Edward Snowden has offered the Brazilian government access to his collection of secret documents in return for asylum.

Brazil has been the most vocal critic of NSA collection of their electronic communications for the most part.

But this, in my opinion, is beginning to smack of espionage by Snowden when he is just offering his collected materials to various other governments for asylum. His idealism is turning into pragmatism.

What’s your opinion?

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NSA, Cyber Command’s One Leader to Remain

NSAMany critics of the NSA’s data collection policies have been wanting a separate head of the NSA and Cyber Command (one a civilian) in light of the information released by American security rogue Edward Snowden. But this article in The Post reports that the Obama administration intends to maintain the single-leadership, military-only policy.

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ACLU in Court Challenging NSA Data Collection

NSAA report in the Washington Post on the first day of arguments in federal court by the ACLU regarding a court stoppage of NSA mass-data collection programs.

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Surveillance State: Could It Manipulate Elections?

29b466736A great thought-piece in The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf exploring the question of rather or not the mass-data being collected by the NSA and the CIA could be used to manipulate elections. He explores many differing scenarios through which this could happen. An important read.

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Feds Won’t Do It, States Will

felipe calderonThe federal government has shown that they have no qualms about collecting and tracking tons of electronic/internet information on American citizens here and abroad. So in this article in the NYT the paper reports that up to 10 states’ legislatures (from OK to CA) are passing laws that protect user privacy.

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Techies for Privacy

NSAA good article in The Post on how “techies,” and not off-the-grid wackos, are showing up to lobby congress against the extensive NSA spying. It’s not just the ACLU and similar groups against the data collection, it’s postgrad tech engineers who will be creating the next wave of technologies that are getting involved.

Also, there is a good mention and analysis of this weekend’s Stop Watching Us march in DC advocating for less privacy violations by the NSA and other government institutions.

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What Dangers Does Mass Data Collection Entail for Americans

NSAA great piece in The Atlantic on all of the reasons why we should fear the mass collection of data by the NSA and other government agencies.

It’s the best critique of the NSA spying programs, and their so-called “defense” of it,  I’ve read yet. A lot of in-depth thought and reasoning.

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NSA Now Admits Searching Message Contents

o-NSA-PHONE-RECORD-COLLECTION-facebook It seems like every other day the NSA is admitting that, after being leaked by some whistle-blower, they further and further invade American’s privacy by collecting, and now reading, our electronic communications. In this NYT article, pay attention to the quotes from the ACLU for people will soon be afraid to visit controversial pages or e-mailing politically incorrect content to each other due to NSA “collecting.”

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