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The Privacy Paradox: How US Surveillance Acts Contradict Each Other

The Privacy Paradox: How US Surveillance Acts Contradict Each Other

The report from the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies on the US government’s mass spying — domestically and around the globe — has much that’s good in it. As the folks handling the only ongoing case where National Security Letters have been declared unconstitutional, we also especially…

NSA Spies On International Payments

NSA Spies On International Payments

German newspaper Spiegel Online reports that the NSA has its own financial database to track money flows through a “tailored access operations” division. According the newspaper, a special NSA branch called “Follow the Money” (FTM) “widely monitors international payments, banking and credit card transactions” around the world.

How The NSA Misleads The Public Without Technically Lying

How The NSA Misleads The Public Without Technically Lying

The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the US. Notably, NSA officials repeatedly refused to talk about this story on its conference call with reporters the next day. Instead the Director…