Imagine stopping by Barnes & Noble to pick up a book for your niece. You search around for a book by a woman of color. But when you finally choose one, the store insists you buy 11 other novels along with it.
A few of the organizations behind the StopWatching.Us campaign and an organizer of the Restore the Fourth rallies happening across the country on July 4 held a press conference today on the public response to NSA spying and surveillance programs.
With news today that the Tribune Company has agreed to acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC, making it one of the largest TV station owners in the nation, we are seeing a dramatic escalation of media consolidation.
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors filed a formal criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, charging him with three felonies for leaking information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs to Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian and Barton Gellman at the Washington Post. Two of those charges were filed under the 1917 Espionage Act.
In June, before the National Security Agency surveillance story broke, everyone was talking about the Justice Department’s secret collection of phone records from Associated Press journalists and editors — and the Department’s classification of one Fox News journalist as an accomplice in a leak that he had reported on.
It’s been three weeks since the National Security Agency’s spying scandal erupted — and millions are outraged.
Nearly everyone gets it: Individual freedom and social justice simply cannot survive in a surveillance state.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s spying programs exposed extensive violations of Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights — and of the right to privacy established in numerous Supreme Court decisions.
These leaks have also prompted the reddit community to fight back.
In the past couple of weeks, the National Security Agency has, unsurprisingly, responded with a series of secret briefings to Congress that have left the public in the dark and vulnerable to misstatements and word games.