politics

This Man Cannot Be Allowed To Decide The Fate Of The US Patriot Act

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear this week that, while the Senate is rapidly approaching recess, the Senate “will stay in [session] until a deal is struck to extend” the Patriot Act. McConnell has also introduced legislation for both long-term and short-term reauthorisation of the Patriot Act’s expiring provisions. It seems that McConnell is trying to bully the entire Senate into passing short-term reauthorisation, giving him more time to further weaken reform efforts.


A Whimpering Ending For The NSA's Illegal Dragnet Spying Program

The National Security Agency’s controversial bulk phone data collection program is winding down with a weird whimper following an especially bilious round of legislative squabbling.


Mean Tweets Just Landed An Emirati Man In Prison For 10 Years

An Emirati national was sentenced to 10 years in prison for badmouthing political leaders on social media. In addition to locking Al Wadhi up, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi shut down the account and confiscated documents related to the trash-talking.


Read Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Emails Right Here

Since the State Department’s taking its time making public information public, The New York Times just released about a third of Hillary Clinton’s private, Benghazi-related emails. Read up because it’s transparency America’s been denied — plus it’s just fun to read politicians’ private correspondence.


NSA Planned To Sneak-Attack App Stores To Put Spyware On Smartphones

Another day, another cynicism-inducing reminder that the NSA hasn’t just been unlawfully dragnet spying on our digital lives — it has also rigged up new and complicated techniques to do so, like hijacking app stores to put spyware on smartphones.


"Ya Ever Feel Like Galileo?" Bizarre Highlights From A US Climate Change Hearing

This is one of the greatest/saddest highlight reels I’ve ever seen from a U.S. government hearing on climate change. Last week, the Committee on National Resources got experts and politicians together to explore whether climate change and carbon emissions should be considered “environmental impacts” in federal projects.


Why Switchblades Are Banned

Second Amendment enthusiasts are adding a new front to their right-to-bear-arms battle: knives. In particular, the infamous switchblade, which is banned in many countries, including Australia. Why all the fuss? Well, it all dates back to racism, xenophobia, class warfare and political theatre. Sound familiar? It’s no coincidence this was the knife Freddie Grey was arrested for carrying.


So Domain Trolling Is Totally A Campaign Tactic Now

The first big trend in online campaigning is emerging for the 2016 presidential race, and it’s domain trolling, or buying up the domain names of your political foes.


The NSA Actually Named A Program Skynet

In the Terminator franchise, Skynet is an evil military computer system that launches war on humanity. And at some point, someone in the National Security Agency sat down and thought, “Damn, that’s a sick thing to name a secret system!”


US Court Rules That The NSA's Justification For Surveillance Is Bullshit

Another flimsy justification for mass surveillance bites the dust — the Second Circuit court ruled today that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not give the National Security Agency any authority to collect metadata. In other words: the NSA’s phone snooping program is straight-up unlawful.