Tom Engelhardt: Documenting DarknessFebruary 2014
How a thug state operates.
Pratap Chatterjee: The World of SurveillanceFebruary 2014
Imagine that you could wander unseen through a city, observing everything.
Alfred McCoy: Surveillance and ScandalJanuary 2014
NSA surveillance isn’t just about security. It’s about blackmail.
Peter Van Buren: We Have to Destroy Our Constitution to Save ItJanuary 2014
Debunking ten myths about NSA surveillance.
Justin Elliott: Presidential Panel Tells NSA to Stop Undermining EncryptionDecember 2013
The government agency comes under fire for its attempts to undercut the protection of privacy.
Pratap Chatterjee: Hollywood Without the Happy EndingDecember 2013
How the intelligence community in America fails to achieve the success of its fictonal counterpart.
Peter Van Buren: Welcome to the Memory HoleDecember 2013
Why the NSA’s reaction to Snowden hints at a future that is closer to 1984 than even Orwell could have imagined.
Tom Engelhardt: Mistaking Omniscience for OmnipotenceNovember 2013
In today’s global surveillance state, American moles aren’t spying for a foreign power, but for us.
Jeff Larson: NIST to Review Standards After Cryptographers Cry Foul Over NSA MeddlingNovember 2013
The federal institute that sets national standards for data encryption has announced it is reviewing all of its previous recommendations.
Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer: Claim of “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of EvidenceOctober 2013
The oft-cited number is 54, but there’s no evidence that it is accurate.
Pratap Chatterjee: The Data HackersOctober 2013
When the FBI hires hackers and hacking tools, it’s because they don’t have any other choice.
Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood: Destroying the Right to Be Left AloneSeptember 2013
The NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete.
Tom Engelhardt: Letter to an Unknown WhistleblowerSeptember 2013
How the security state’s mania for secrecy will create you.
Jannis Brühl: Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in GermanyAugust 2013
Understanding why the NSA spying programs are such a hot-button issue in the current German pre-election season.
Heather Smith: SecretsAugust 2013
On Chelsea Manning and the prices of disclosure.
Kara Brandeisky: Before Obama was PresidentAugust 2013
As a senator, Obama supported strong controls on surveillance. As president, not so much..
Kara Brandeisky: Six Ways Congress May Reform NSA SnoopingJuly 2013
A measure to end one NSA program was just defeated in the House by a surprisingly narrow margin. Here are other proposals on the table.
Justin Elliott: Does the NSA Tap That?July 2013
What we still don’t know about the agency’s internet surveillance.
Rajkamal Kahlon: A Time for Breaking LawsJuly 2013
An intervew with the Jameel Jaffer, the Director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, about surveillance, privacy, and the importance of “meta data.”
Tom Engelhardt: How to Be a Rogue SuperpowerJuly 2013
No one’s laughing in a global security state.
Tom Engelhardt: The Dictionary of the Global War on You (GWOY)July 2013
Vocabulary for life in the surveillance state.
Peter Van Buren: Edward Snowden’s Long FlightJuly 2013
What a whistleblower thinks a fellow whistleblower might have thought.
Trevor Paglen: Turnkey Tyranny, Surveillance and the Terror StateJune 2013
We’re not moving toward a surveillance state; we live in the heart of one.
Tom Engelhardt: The Making of a Global Security StateJune 2013
The five uncontrollable urges of a secrecy-surveillance world.
Christie Thompson: The Best Stories on the Government’s Growing SurveillanceJune 2013
What we know about what the government knows.