Big Brother

NY Times has the stats.  A deeply divided House defeated legislation Wednesday that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting vast amounts of phone records, handing the Obama administration a hard-fought victory in the first Congressional showdown over ...

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward ...

In court where civilians have no representative, government’s “national security” claims win again and again – Lauren McCauley A secret federal court last year did not deny a single request to search or electronically spy on people within the United ...

Federal authorities step up efforts to license surveillance aircraft for law enforcement and other uses, amid growing privacy concerns. WASHINGTON — While a national debate has erupted over the Obama administration’s lethal drone strikes overseas, federal authorities have stepped up ...

Politico reports: Fifty-three percent of Americans believe the government is a threat, and 43 percent do not, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Three-in-ten Americans believe government constitutes a major threat. In a poll conducted October 2003, only 45 percent ...

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