Ready on Day One

Ryan Cooper of The Week offers a clarifying and frightening look at the surveillance and assassination operation that Barack Obama is about to bequeath to Donald Trump: Let’s review what has been built over the last years and decades. There is the dragnet surveillance program at the NSA, built by Bush and expanded by Obama,… Continue reading Ready on Day One

The World’s Only Remaining Stuporpower

There was a piece in the Guardian over the weekend by John Naughton that has really generated some buzz, and rightly so. He’s pushing the media to cover the Snowden leaks for what they say about the internet, rather than “OMG WHERE IS SNOWDEN NOW?” or “OMG GLENN GREENWALD IS A TRAITOR,” which since it… Continue reading The World’s Only Remaining Stuporpower

Loose lips sink ships, even in 2013

Last week, McClatchy published a pretty frightening report into the Obama Administration’s program to eliminate whistle-blowers and leaks, creatively and not-at-all-chillingly named the Insider Threat Program: President Barack Obama‚Äôs unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S.… Continue reading Loose lips sink ships, even in 2013

Privatize Me (NSA and the Surveillance State)

“Privatization” is considered such an unalloyed blessing for society that we don’t even have a good antonym for it. “Publicization,” assuming that’s really a word, would have to do with giving publicity to something, not with taking something that’s been made private and bringing it back into the public sector. The word we use to… Continue reading Privatize Me (NSA and the Surveillance State)