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  • Turkish Police Shoot Down Drone As It Flies Over Protestors

    Turkish Police Shoot Down Drone As It Flies Over Protestors

    As personal drones become more usable – and more ubiquitous – I think we’ll see more and more scenes like this one. The video, taken in Istanbul by a protester named Jenk Kose, shows the quadcopter falling out of the sky after being shot at by the police. The quadcopter’s camera failed when it was hit but Jenk was able to save some of the footage. Read More

  • State Machinery For State Machines

    State Machinery For State Machines

    My name is Andrew Auernheimer. I used to believe problems could be solved with criticism and discourse in our marketplace of ideas. Three years ago I incremented an integer on a public web API and analyzed the output for all to read. It was then demanded I apologize for abusive arithmetic. I disagreed that addition could be abhorrent, so now I write this from the Special Housing Unit of a… Read More

  • Ecuador, Where Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum, Is No Utopia For Journalists

    Ecuador, Where Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum, Is No Utopia For Journalists

    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is bound for the sunnier skies of Ecuador, on this whirlwind tour of countries semi-hostile to the United States. While Ecuador has been a safe haven for world-class leakers in the past, including Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, the country is no utopia for journalists. Read More

  • Edward Snowden Charged With Espionage

    Edward Snowden Charged With Espionage

    According to the Washington Post, the U.S. government has brought the hammer down on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, charging him with one of the most serious offenses: espionage. Snowden, who is holed up in Hong Kong, is currently searching for asylum with the help of fellow leak-enthusiast, Julian Assange of Wikileaks. Read More

  • FAA Takes Further Steps To Abolish In-Flight Electronics Ban

    FAA Takes Further Steps To Abolish In-Flight Electronics Ban

    In a move that’s sure to make gadgeteers cheer and worry worts grumble, the Federal Aviation Administration (lovingly called the FAA) is reportedly making plans to relax some of the rules put on passengers regarding in-flight use of electronics. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. It’s not the first time we’ve seen promise of our Kindles during take-off, but it… Read More

  • New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption Of Innocence

    New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption Of Innocence

    The Guardian released new details about the National Security Agency’s spying practices, which reveals how analysts can store vast sums of data without a warrant. Specifically, if the NSA “inadvertently” stumbles upon anything related to a potential crime, it can store the data for later investigations. Quite reasonably, the Supreme Court has declared that law enforcement… Read More

  • In First NSA Interview, Obama Can’t Confirm If Courts Ever Rejected Spying Requests

    In First NSA Interview, Obama Can’t Confirm If Courts Ever Rejected Spying Requests

    President Obama finally took a sit-down interview on the National Security Agency scandal and we’ve pasted a partial transcript below. Disappointingly, most of it is (very) generic and defensive. But, there is one important takeaway: President Obama couldn’t answer whether oversight courts (FISA) have ever rejected a single NSA spying request. PBS’s Charlie Rose asked… Read More

  • Encrypting Your Email Works, Says NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

    Encrypting Your Email Works, Says NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

    In the “ask me anything” format made famous by Reddit, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden returned to the Guardian’s website this morning to answer questions from the general public as part of a live event known as “AskSnowden.” It was a fascinating exchange, and you can see the whole thing here — and we’ll have a rundown of the full event here soon. Read More

  • A Handy Guide For Comparing Spying Vs. Terrorism Disaster Scenarios

    A Handy Guide For Comparing Spying Vs. Terrorism Disaster Scenarios

    The week’s news has been a fear-mongering marathon between civil libertarians who are convinced we’re on the road to becoming North Korea, and security hawks who are building bunkers for the inevitable post-cyberattack hell scape. Unfortunately, because the most important facts about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs are top secret, the entire debate… Read More

  • Senators Say No Evidence NSA Spying Prevented Attacks

    Senators Say No Evidence NSA Spying Prevented Attacks

    I just got flashbacks of seeing congressmen debate on C-SPAN whether there were, in fact, any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Only a decade ago, Members of select intelligence committees saw identical pieces of evidence and came to vastly different conclusions. Now, it’s happening again with the National Security Agency: Senator Mark Udall has written, “We have not yet seen… Read More

  • Congressman King Wants To Punish Journalists Who Published NSA Leaks

    Congressman King Wants To Punish Journalists Who Published NSA Leaks

    First Amendment pioneer and current Republican U.S. Congressman Peter King thinks that journalists should be punished for publishing the leaked documents about the National Security Agency’s top-secret spying program. Unfazed by Anderson Coopers perfect jaw-line, Representative King said in a CNN interview: “Actually, if they–if they knew that this was classified… Read More