Streams

 

Surveillance

PRI's The World

As Snowden looks on, Russia cracks down on Internet freedom

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Edward Snowden is back in the news. While the former NSA contractor has asked to prolong his stay in Russia, the country is taking steps to expand online surveillance of its own citizens.

Comment

The Takeaway

Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amid growing tensions between Russia and the west, the U.K. government has decided to revisit the controversial death of former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

Comments [2]

The Takeaway

A British Spy Agency is Manipulating the Internet

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From changing the outcome of online polls to artificially increasing website traffic, GCHQ has been blurring the line between online surveillance and state propaganda, according to new documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Comments [1]

On The Media

Online Agitprop! Everyone's Doing It!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On the most recent TLDR, I spoke to Max Seddon, foreign correspondent for Buzzfeed, about some recently unearthed documents that show a massive online pro-Russia propaganda effort with ties to The Kremlin

In that interview, Max made it clear that Russia is far from the only government that does this sort of opinion influencing, citing an AP report from a couple months ago about US efforts to sway public opinion in Cuba by creating its own "fake twitter." from the interview:

USAID set up an entire fake social network for cuban people to get around all the internet filters to Cuba that was meant to create some sort of thing that they could use to influence popular opinion in Cuba, which is closed off to the US, and it's very difficult to do well. because On the internet, people are smart, it's very easy to compare things, and use multiple sources of information and come to the right conclusions. They can tell when something is fake.

On Monday, Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept produced another example of this governmental internet meddling, this time from Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). 

Read More

Comments [1]

The Brian Lehrer Show

Muslim-American Professor Spied on by NSA: 'They Owe Me An Explanation'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi isn't angry, but he thinks the NSA should use its resources more wisely. "They were looking into my emails," he says, and meanwhile "ISIS in Iraq took over the country."

Read More

Comments [3]

The Brian Lehrer Show

This Week in NSA: Muslim Spying, Thousands of Emails

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This week brings news about the NSA from the Edward Snowden leaks, from the extent of their surveillance on everyday communication to the fact that they targeted particular Muslim-Americans. We begin with Hooshang Amirahmadi, professor and former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, and one of five Muslim-Americans spied on between 2002 and 2008, per Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

→ Click Here for Quotes and More from the Interview with Amirahmadi

Then, Shane Harris, senior writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers discusses the news and updates our List of What We Know the NSA Can Do.

Comments [10]

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

US-German relations strained over new spying allegations

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

US-German relations strained over new spying allegations

Comment

The Takeaway

NSA Director: Snowden Leaks 'Manageable'

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It has been more than a year since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked around 200,000 thousand secret government documents, blowing the lid off of the American government's spying methods and their vast phone-data surveillance program.

Comments [1]

The Takeaway

House Votes to Defund NSA Spying Programs

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Republican controlled House of Representatives took a surprising step to curb the federal government's power by voting to defund two key NSA programs. But the bill still has to pass the Senate.

Comments [1]

The Takeaway

Snowden's Lawyer: No Return Under 'This Regime'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After the NSA contractor turned whistleblower revealed the U.S. government's vast network of surveillance, federal prosecutors charged Snowden with two felonies under the 1917 Espionage Act and one count of the theft. His legal advisor explains why he won't be returning Stateside anytime soon.

Comments [7]

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Snowden's Lawyer Speaks Out, New Immigration Challenges Test System, Tea Party Support Slides

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1. Wave of Immigration Tests Ill-Equipped System | 2. Chaos, Violence Erupt in Pakistan | 3. Tea Party Support Slides Among Republicans | 4. Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the GOP Face Off Against the Tea Party | 5. America's Police Departments See Influx of War Gear | 6. Snowden's ...

On The Media

A Year of Snowden

Friday, June 06, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, Brooke reflects on the man who set off a global debate about surveillance and the right to privacy, and whose personal saga and public image continue to intrigue and divide us.

Comment

The Takeaway

Glenn Greenwald on Snowden's Latest Revelations

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The journalist who helped Edward Snowden reveal the NSA's secrets says Snowden sleeps fine at night. And he says John Kerry is sounding like Dick Cheney these days.

Comments [11]

WNYC News

Activists Call for Investigation of NYPD Surveillance Practices

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's only his first week on the job, but political activists are already calling on the new Inspector General for the NYPD to investigate the department's Intelligence Division.

Comment

The Takeaway

Meet the Senator Who Wants to Reform Mass Surveillance

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ron Wyden on why he wants legislation to end bulk collection of data. The House is set to vote on such a bill this week.

 

Comments [2]

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Reforming Government Surveillance, Homegrown Militias, and the Secret World of Bob Dylan Superfans

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

China Furious Over Accusations of Economic Espionage | Meet the Senator Who Wants to Reform Mass Surveillance | Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty in $2.6 Billion Criminal Case | Military Evacuates Americans from U.S. Embassy in Libya |Senate Primary Races Could Determine the GOP's Future | Homegrown Militia Groups Multiply in Tense ...

The Takeaway

NYPD Uses Jails to Recruit Muslim Informants

Monday, May 12, 2014

According to documents obtained by our partner The New York Times, a team of NYPD detectives have been going through the city's jails looking for Muslim immigrants in order to turn them into informants.

Comments [2]

WNYC News

Local Muslims React to Ongoing NYPD Counter-Terrorism Tactic

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A report in the New York Times says a police unit seeks to use jailed Muslims as informants.

Comments [2]

The Takeaway

Report: FBI Coerces U.S. Muslims to Spy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The FBI has been coercing Muslims living in the United States to spy on other Muslims by threatening to put or keep them on the federal no-fly list.

Comments [3]

Life of the Law

Privacy Issues

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You’re driving your car down a street and as you pass, a camera takes a photo of your license plate. Who is taking the photo and what are they doing with the information? Reporter Cyrus Farivar has our story.

Comment