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Introduction

This is a collection of resources and articles related to the NSA surveillance program called PRISM, overall government surveillance, the Verizon metadata and eavesdropping affaird and Edward Snowden the Whistleblower who revealed it all.

PRISM is a clandestine national security electronic surveillance program operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) since 2007. PRISM is a government codename for a data collection effort known officially as US-984XN.


Documents leaked by Edward Snowden in June 2013 describe the PRISM program as enabling in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information. It provides for the targeting of any customers of participating corporations who live outside the United States, or American citizens whose communications include web content of people outside the United States. Data which the NSA is able to obtain with the PRISM program includes email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, voice over IP conversations, file transfers, login notifications and social networking details

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program)

Actions/Protests/Groups

Info about actions, protests and organising groups in relation to the NSA/PRISM surveillance revelations


International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance: https://en.necessaryandproportionate.org/text

Australia

Protect Our Privacy

Protect our Privacy website: http://ourprivacy.org.au/

Flyer for Rallys in Australia: File:Citizens-not-suspects flyer.pdf
Posters for Rallys in Australia: File:Citizens-not-suspects.pdf | File:Citizens-not-suspectsA.pdf




New Australian Protests planned for 24 August 2013
  • State level planning meetings (27th July 2013):
    • Sydney meeting at the Paragon 1pm this Saturday
    • Melbourne, 1pm this Saturday, mail exchange hotel
    • Perth Sat 10 August at 1pm Perth cultural center
    • Brisbane 1pm Saturday @ the Plough Inn South Bank
    • Hobart TBA
    • Adelaide 1pm at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, George Street, Thebarton (BYO Food to share) (added post-meeting)




These boxed protests have been and gone
  • Melbourne: Rally being planned
    • Rally at 1pm Saturday the 6th of July at State Library of Victoria, Swanston St
      • Speakers:
        • Joe Miles, Pirate Party Australia
        • Adam Bandt, Greens
        • Sam Castro, WACA
        • Margarita Windsich, Socialist Alliance
        • Fiona Patten, Australian Sex Party
        • Greg Barns, Wikileaks Party
        • Angela Daly, EFA
        • Vince Emanuele, Iraq Vets against the War
        • Sean Bedlam as MC.
      • Facebook Event Page
  • Brisbane: Rally being planned
    • 1pm Saturday 6th July 2013 Brisbane Square, Top of Queen St Mall
      • Speakers:
        • Mel Thomas, Pirate Party Australia
        • Adam Stone, Greens
        • Sean Rintel, EFA
        • Liam Flenady, Socialist Alliance
        • Gary Lord, Wikileaks Party
      • Facebook Event Page
  • Perth: Rally being planned
    • 1:30pm Saturday 6th July 2013 Perth Cultural Centre
      • Speakers include Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, EFA Chair David Cake, Independent Journalist/Activist Tony Serve
      • Facebook Event Page



USA

Restore the Fourth

Washington DC July 4th protest

Stop PRISM


Europe

AntiPRISM


UK

Canada



Resources

  • PRISM Break
    • Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program. Stop reporting your online activities to the American government with these free alternatives to proprietary software.
    • A resource that list alternate software options for better privacy.
  • Tox
    • Secure Private Messaging (in development)
  • http://lavabit.com/
    • Private secure email used by Snowden (reported to be, use at own risk anyway)
  • Hello, NSA: http://nsa.motherboard.tv/
    • The government is listening to your internets. Generate a sentence with some of the keywords they're looking for. Tweet or share and you could earn a new follower in Washington.


  • Where is this going?
    • Visualization showing examples of how Internet packets, originated from Germany, wander around the Internet cables while we use some of the most popular Internet services. Each country your data packets visit offers an opportunity for snooping.
  • http://www.pozible.com/project/27982
    • Fundraising project to raise $2,900 (AUD) to fund an advert in the MX newspaper for Friday July 5th of July to promote the Protect Our Privacy (#PRISMBREAK) protest actions happening across Australia. In response to the mass surveillance of users of internet services such as facebook, google and skype as reveled by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, together multiple organisations have joined together to demand the Government Protect's our privacy. Find out more about the nation wide actions at ourprivacy.org.au

Memes, Images, Posters, Placards and other things of interest


  • Stasi versus NSA
    • How much space would the filing cabinets of the Stasi and the NSA use up, if the NSA would print out their 5 Zettabytes?




Videos, Audio, Podcasts, Radio

Dan Carlin's "Common Sense" Podcast
Show 255 - The Big Long Surveillance Show (Mon, 10 Jun 2013 - 1:32:57 minutes - 67.60mb)
http://www.dancarlin.com//disp.php/csarchive/Show-255---The-Big-Long-Surveillance-Show/


Why Privacy Matters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsG-UoZnPTo
Privacy International asked lawyers, activists, researchers and hackers at Defcon 2012 about some of the debates that thrive at the intersection between law, technology and privacy. We also wanted to know why privacy matters to them, and what they thought the future of privacy looked like. This video is a result of those conversations. Featuring Cory Doctorow, Kade Crockford, Jameel Jaffer, Dan Kaminsky, Chris Soghoian, Marcia Hoffman, Moxie Marlinspike, Phil Zimmerman, Hanni Fakhoury and Eli O.


Take note speech on answers to PRISM questions without notice
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/questions-without-notice/take-note-speech-answers-prism-questions-without-notice
Ludlam raises PRISM in the Senate, questions without notice.


When Obama reads your email
http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2013/06/11/when-obama-reads-your-email.html

Biden talking about metadata surveillance in 2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXwt8tVrGY0
Hypocritical change in tune to the administrations current activities

David Gregory To Glenn Greenwald: 'Why Shouldn't You Be Charged With A Crime?'
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/david-gregory-glenn-greenwald-crime_n_3486654.html
"Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked columnist Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn't be charged with a crime for working with NSA leaker Edward Snowden.



Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uulv4ve6RJ8&t=10m15s
Glenn Greenwald speaks via Skype to the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago regarding Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's mass surveillance program.



Buzzsaw : Daniel Ellsberg on Snowden, Manning, Government and Whistleblowers 29 June 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIIjeHVuZtw
Daniel Ellsberg--the legend behind the pentagon papers--speaks about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and the necessary business of government whistleblowing in this Buzzsaw interview. Mr. Ellsberg discusses the government's war on constitutional rights, information, and the media, plus if there is a worthy case for impeaching President Obama (at least, any more than there was for Bush...), as well as his own experience being persecuted by the Nixon administration. Mr. Ellsberg speaks freely and gives an uncensored or edited account of the nation with Tyrel Ventura and Sean Stone on Buzzsaw.




NSA Blackmailing Obama? | Interview with Whistleblower Russ Tice 9 July 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6m1XbWOfVk
Abby Martin talks to Russell Tice, former intelligence analyst and original NSA whistleblower, about how the recent NSA scandal is only scratches the surface of a massive surveillance apparatus, citing specific targets the he saw spying orders for including former senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.



Wire Transfer: NSA paid $150 mln to GCHQ to spy on UK citizens 2 August 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=576EmqWwRio
Snowden's leaks continue to span the Atlantic. The latest revelations published by the Guardian show not only was Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spying extensively on UK citizens - but it was receiving funds from Washington to do so. RT's Polly Boiko takes a closer look at the US role in it



Has the Gov't Lied on Snooping? Let's Go to the Videotape 30 July 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eptZuXkUGmI
Since Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing the NSA's sweeping surveillance programs, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was forced to admit that part of his congressional testimony was "erroneous." Here are six claims about NSA surveillance that have been undermined by recent disclosures. Read the full story: http://propub.ca/nsa-claims


Article Dump

These articles will eventually be formatted in a more meaningful manner, but for now it is just a dump of relevant links and articles.

Blogs, Newspapers and Special Section etc covering the issues:

The Guardian special section: The NSA Files http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/the-nsa-files

Glenn Greenwald on Security and Liberty http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/series/glenn-greenwald-security-liberty

Greenwalds/Gibsons Reddit AMA highlights: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/01/glenn-greenwald-janine-gibson-reddit-nsa

Wikipedia entry on PRISM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program)

Ryan J Gallagher (Journalist) blog: http://notes.rjgallagher.co.uk/

NSA Topics at Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/topics/nsa
Domestic Surveillance Topics at Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/topics/domestic_surveillance

www.prism.hol.es http://www.prism.hol.es/category/prism-english/

Restore the Fourth Subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/restorethefourth/

Article title Source Author Date
We're Glenn Greenwald and Janine Gibson of the Guardian US, and we’ve been breaking stories on the NSA Files since June. AUA!

A Reddit AMA from Glenn Greenwald and Janine Gibson. Well worth a look.

Reddit Glenn Greenwald and Janine Gibson 1 October 2013
Guardian Story on Israel and N.S.A. Is Not ‘Surprising’ Enough to Cover

Why the NYTimes didnt cover the Israeli revelations

New York Times Margaret Sullivan 16 September 2013
#Miranda: Where is the UK Government getting its numbers from?

Analysis of British statements on what was recovered from Miranda

EXTRAORDINARY POPULAR DELUSIONS (blog) Naomi Colvin 31 August 2013

Note: Months long backlog of Articles to be added here.

Article title Source Author Date
The Lies Your Government Tells You About NSA Surveillance

 The folks over at ProPublica have collected a series of flat-out lies by government officials concerning NSA snooping and put them all together in a short video.

TechDirt Mike Masnick 2 August 2013
Here’s what real reform of the NSA looks like

 Last week, Holt introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act. A number of members of Congress have offered proposals to rein in domestic surveillance, but Holt’s bill may be the most ambitious. It would repeal the 2001 Patriot Act, which the NSA has cited as the legal basis for its phone records surveillance program. It would also repeal the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, the legal foundation for the government’s PRISM program. And it would extend whistleblower protections to cover employees of intelligence agencies.

Washington Post Timothy B. Lee 2 August 2013
Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ

 Secret payments revealed in leaks by Edward Snowden; GCHQ expected to 'pull its weight' for Americans; Weaker regulation of British spies 'a selling point' for NSA

Guardian Nick Hopkins and Julian Borger 2 August 2013
NSA paid British spy agency $150 mln in secret funds – new leak

 The NSA has made hush-hush payments of at least $150 million to Britain’s GCHQ spying agency over the past three years to influence British intelligence gathering operations. The payouts were revealed in new Snowden leaks published by The Guardian.

RT RT 1 August 2013
Obama Starting to Lose It Over Snowden

 One sign that Obama is off balance is his unforced errors in dealing with Russia. The bizarre assumption from the get-go seemed to be that Putin would cooperate and hand over Snowden once the Russian leader was prodded a bit. Given the status of US-Russian relations, that was borderline delusional.

Naked Capitalism Yves Smith 1 August 2013
NSA Targets Internet Users Who Search for "Suspicious Stuff," Newly Revealed Documents Show

If you have ever searched the Internet for something the NSA has deemed “suspicious,” you may have found yourself flagged up on the screen of a government spy. At least, that’s what a series of newly published secret documents suggest—raising fresh privacy concerns about the pervasive reach of the NSA’s global surveillance programs.

Slate Ryan Gallagher 31 July 2013
The NSA’s top-secret slide deck on XKeyScore, its massive internet surveillance program

The latest revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is currently seeking political asylum in Russia, hit the Internet today, and they’re staggering.

VentureBeat John Koetsier 31 July 2013
NSA acknowledges its ‘3 hops’ get millions of Americans’ phone records, not just terrorists

President Barack Obama’s national security team acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that, when investigating one suspected terrorist, it can read and store the phone records of millions of Americans.

Washington Post AP 31 July 2013
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data; NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches; Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history... Holy Shiiiiit

Guardian Glenn Greenwald 31 July 2013
Has the Gov't Lied on Snooping? Let's Go to the Videotape

Since Edward Snowden leaked a trove of documents detailing the NSA's sweeping surveillance programs, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged that part of his congressional testimony in March was "erroneous." But that's not the only questionable comment by administration officials about the programs. Here are six claims by administration officials about NSA surveillance that have been undermined by recent disclosures.

ProPublica Kara Brandeisky and Stephen Suen 30 July 2013
Why NSA Surveillance Will Be More Damaging Than You Think

The real threat from terrorism is not the harm it inflicts directly but the over-reaction it provokes. We saw that with the invasion of Iraq. We're seeing it with security-state overreach.

The Atlantic James Fallows 30 July 2013
Momentum Builds Against N.S.A. Surveillance

What began on the political fringes only a week ago has built a momentum that even critics say may be unstoppable, drawing support from Republican and Democratic leaders, attracting moderates in both parties and pulling in some of the most respected voices on national security in the House.

New York Times Jonathan Weisman 28 July 2013
Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is

The press has lost the plot over the Snowden revelations. The fact is that the net is finished as a global network and that US firms' cloud services cannot be trusted

Guardian John Naughton 28 July 2013
NSA faces backlash over collecting phone data

Federal officials continue to defend the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records, but public and congressional support is eroding. Even supporters say changes may be needed.

Los Angeles Times Ken Dilanian 27 July 2013
Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

The numbers tell the story — in votes and dollars. On Wednesday, the House voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters.

Wired David Kravets 26 July 2013
They Know Much More Than You Think

Today, as the Snowden documents make clear, it is the NSA that keeps track of phone calls, monitors communications, and analyzes people’s thoughts through data mining of Google searches and other online activity. “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it,” Orwell wrote about his protagonist, Winston Smith.

New York Review of Books James Bamford 15 August 2013 (?)
Narrow defeat for Amash amendment to restrict NSA surveillance

First major challenge to NSA's bulk collection of phone records defeated by only 217 votes to 205 in House of Representatives

Guardian Spencer Ackerman 25 July 2013
House vote reflects growing revolt over NSA surveillance

Six weeks ago, only a few in Congress were ready to challenge the government on surveillance – but opposition has grown

Guardian Ewen MacAskill 25 July 2013
US tech firms losing business over PRISM: poll

Revelations about the US government's vast data collection programs have already started hurting American technology firms, according to an industry survey released this week.

phys.org 24 July 2013
House Vote 412 - Rejects Limits on N.S.A. Data Collection

Roll Call of votes

NYTimes 24 July 2013
House Defeats Effort to Rein In N.S.A. Data Gathering

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 the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities since Edward J. Snowden’s security breaches last month.

NYTimes Jonathan Weisman 24 July 2013
Justin Amash Amendment To Stop NSA Data Collection Voted Down In House (UPDATE)

The House of Representatives on Wednesday evening narrowly defeated an amendment from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) meant to halt the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone record data.

Huffington Post Matt Sledge 24 July 2013
Edward Snowden Is Winning

Earlier this month, Politico warned that Edward Snowden's "nightmare may be coming true" — that is, that his efforts would yield no systemic change. Even at the time, that was an iffy argument. But now it seems that the opposite is the case. Edward Snowden may be getting everything his heart desired: a change in policies, a shift in attitudes, and — perhaps surprising even himself — personal freedom.

Atlantic Wire Philip Bump 24 July 2013
The Talking Points for NSA’s Dragnet Don’t Hold Up

It’s worth surveying their main talking points to see just why they aren’t persuasive. Note that they begin, as many defenders of the phone dragnet do, by lumping it together with the very different PRISM program, which involves monitoring of international e-mail and Internet traffic.

Cato Institute Julian Sanchez 24 July 2013
Rep Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduces "Surveillance State Repeal Act"

Bill Would Repeal PATRIOT Act, Other Over-broad Surveillance Law

http://www.holt.house.gov Rush Holt - Press Release 24 July 2013
Amash Amendment Narrowly Rejected After Heated (And Partly Ridiculous) Debate

So, this isn't a huge surprise, but this evening there was a rather fascinating debate in the House in which Congressional Reps debated and then rejected the Amash Amendment to defund the NSA's Section 215 efforts to collect every bit of data about every communication made by Americans.

Techdirt Mike Masnick 24 July 2013
White House scrambles to stop NSA surveillance ban

The White House is scrambling to head off attempts by libertarian and liberal members of Congress to outlaw the blanket collection and trawling of phone data by US intelligence agencies, warning the move would damage American security..

Telegraph Peter Foster 24 July 2013
Role Reversal: How the US Became the USSR

Snowden did what Americans are supposed to do–disclose government crimes against the Constitution and against citizens. Without a free press there is nothing but the government’s lies. In order to protect its lies from exposure, Washington intends to exterminate all truth tellers.

Infowars.com Ryan Gallagher 24 July 2013
Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys

Whether the FBI and NSA have the legal authority to obtain the master keys that companies use for Web encryption remains an open question, but it hasn't stopped the U.S. government from trying.

CNet Declan McCullagh 24 July 2013
The White House is Trolling Democracy with its Statement on the Amash-Conyers Amendment

The White House just released a statement on the amendment, and it just seems as though they are consciously trolling democracy here.

DailyKos Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 23 July 2013
White House urges Congress to reject moves to curb NSA surveillance

Obama administration alarmed by vote on 'Amash amendment' aimed at blocking blanket surveillance of phone records

Guardian Spencer Ackerman 23 July 2013
N.S.A. Director Lobbies House on Eve of Critical Vote

Snowden did what Americans are supposed to do–disclose government crimes against the Constitution and against citizens. Without a free press there is nothing but the government’s lies. In order to protect its lies from exposure, Washington intends to exterminate all truth tellers.

New York Times James Risen and Charlie Savage 23 July 2013
WYDEN ON NSA DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE AT CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS

Speech. On July 23, 2013, Senator Wyden's gave remarks on NSA domestic surveillance and the PATRIOT Act at the Center for American Progress. In his speech Wyden warns that "if we don't seize this unique moment in history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we will all live to regret it."

Ron Wyden (blog/official site) Ron Wyden 22 July 2013
NSA Can Reportedly Track Phones Even When They're Turned Off

The NSA has a diverse range of surveillance capabilities—from monitoring Google Maps use to sifting through millions of phone call records and spying on Web searches. But it doesn’t end there. The agency can also track down the location of a cellphone even if the handset is turned off, according to a new report.

Slate Ryan Gallagher 22 July 2013
General Alexander: NSA leaks causing sources to dry up

The U.S. Army general who runs the National Security Agency, in charge of the government surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, say the disclosures and the resulting fallout have greatly distorted how they actually work and have caused some intelligence sources to dry up.

NBC Pete Williams 22 July 2013
'Prolific Partner': German Intelligence Used NSA Spy Program

Angela Merkel and her ministers claim they first learned about the US government's comprehensive spying programs from press reports. But SPIEGEL has learned that German intelligence services themselves use one of the NSA's most valuable tools.

Spiegel Spiegel 20 July 2013
Transcript: Interview with former CIA, NSA chief Michael Hayden

The Australian Financial Review held an exclusive interview with General Michael Hayden on a wide range of national security issues. Mr Hayden is the only American to have led both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. He served as director of the NSA between 1999 and 2005, having been appointed by President Bill Clinton. He was appointed director of the CIA by President George W. Bush in 2006 and retired in 2009. Between his NSA and CIA roles Mr Hayden was the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence over 2005 and 2006, which meant he was the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the US armed forces.

Financial Review Christopher Joye 19 July 2013
NSA Phone Snooping Cannot Be Challenged in Court, Feds Say

The Obama administration for the first time responded to a Spygate lawsuit, telling a federal judge the wholesale vacuuming up of all phone-call metadata in the United States is in the “public interest,” does not breach the constitutional rights of Americans and cannot be challenged in a court of law.

Wired David Kravets 19 July 2013
The Surveillance State in Your Head

Michel Foucault warned that an all-seeing prison—the panopticon—would mold our character. Has Snowden proved him right?

The American Conservative Reid Smith 19 July 2013
‘America has no functioning democracy’ – Jimmy Carter on NSA

Former US President Jimmy Carter lambasted US intelligence methods as undemocratic and described Edward Snowden’s NSA leak as “beneficial” for the country.

RT RT 18 July 2013
Email exchange between Edward Snowden and former GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey

Former two-term GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire emailed Edward Snowden yesterday: 'I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States constitution'

Guardian Glenn Greenwald 17 July 2013
EFF Sues U.S. Government to Stop NSA Spying

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the NSA’s spy programs.

Torrentfreak Ernesto 16 July 2013
About the Reuters article

The latest effort to distract attention from the NSA revelations is more absurd than most

Guardian Glenn Greenwald 15 July 2013
Obama considers ending NSA surveillance programs, Democratic senator says

In the wake of NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s recent revelations, the Obama administration may be willing to backtrack on some of its more notorious surveillance policies, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told reporters.

RT RT 12 July 2013
How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

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.

Guardian Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe 12 July 2013
How the U.S. forces Net firms to cooperate on surveillance

Officially, Uncle Sam says it doesn't interfere. But behind the scenes, the feds have been trying to browbeat Internet firms into helping with surveillance demands.

CNet Declan McCullagh 12 July 2013
Telcos 'Volunteered' To Hand Over Data To NSA... And Got Over $100 Million For It

It would appear that AT&T and Verizon actively "volunteered" to hand over data to the government... and then proceeded to make over $100 million dollars as the government paid for this "voluntary" dismantling of the privacy of their customers.

Tech Dirt Mike Masnick 12 July 2013
Five things Snowden leaks revealed about NSA’s original warrantless wiretaps

Looking through call records? It was actually the telcos' idea.

Ars Technica Julian Sanchez 10 July 2013
U.S. Voters Say Snowden Is Whistle-Blower, Not Traitor, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Big Shift On Civil Liberties vs. Counter-Terrorism

American voters say 55 - 34 percent that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Quinnipiac University (Press Release) Quinnipiac University 10 July 2013
America against democracy

REVELATIONS in the wake of Edward Snowden's civil disobedience continue to roll in. The New York Times reports that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, "has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come..." How is the FISA court like a shadow Supreme Court? Its interpretation of the constitution is treated by the federal government as law.

The Economist W.W. 9 July 2013
Europe Is Fed Up With Snooping

A string of leaks have revealed the extent of US surveillance around the world – and Europeans are starting to ask questions about the involvement of their own governments, writes Charles McPhedran.

New Matilda Charles McPhedran 8 July 2013
Snowden Der Spiegel Interview

Just before Edward Snowden became a world famous whistleblower, he answered an extensive catalog of questions. These came from, amongst others, Jacob Appelbaum, 30, a developer of encryption and security software. Appelbaum educates international human rights groups and journalists on how to work with the Internet in safe and anonymous way.

Cryptome Jacob Appelbaum, Laura Poitras 7 July 2013
The NSA/GCHQ metadata reassurances are breathtakingly cynical

The public is being told that the NSA and GCHQ have 'only' been collecting metadata, not content. That's nothing to be thankful for

Guardian John Naughton 7 July 2013
Documents: Sweden Wiretapping Russia's International Traffic for the NSA

Earlier documents put in context with recent revelations show that Sweden has been systematically wiretapping Russia on behalf of the United States. This is clear after putting a number of previous questionable agreements and developments in context today. The question that remains is what Sweden gets in return.

Falkvinge.net Rick Falkvinge 7 July 2013
Snowden Interview: NSA and the Germans 'In Bed Together'

In an interview, Edward Snowden accuses the National Security Agency of partnering with Germany and other governments in its spying activities. New information also indicates close working ties between the German foreign intelligence agency and the American authority.

Spiegel SPIEGEL 7 July 2013
NSA Rejecting Every FOIA Request Made by U.S. Citizens

Clayton Seymour, a 36-year-old IT specialist from Hilliard, Ohio, recently sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the NSA, curious as to whether any data about him was being collected. What he received in response made his blood boil.

Daily Kos David Harris Gershon 6 July 2013
Stasi vs. The NSA Back To Back: Who's Worse - A Visual Guide

If you were to compare the evil, reprehensible Stasi to the NSA side by side in a visual comparison, who’s the worse surveillance hawk? The people over at OpenDataCity have put together a nice visual guide with astonishing results. We tend to think of Stasi-scale surveillance as the epitome of evil surveillance, and have completely lost track of what today’s governments are doing to their people.

Falkvinge.net Falkvinge 4 July 2013
EU votes to support suspending U.S. data sharing agreements, including passenger flight data

The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that would back the Commission should it wish to suspend data sharing agreements with the U.S., such as the passenger name records system, in light of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency.

ZDNet Zack Whittaker 4 July 2013
Me and my metadata – thoughts on online surveillance

Metadata turns out to be a surprisingly rich source of information on who people are, who they know and what they do.

ethanzuckerman.com (blog) Ethan Zuckerman 3 July 2013
James Clapper, EU play-acting, and political priorities

Fixations on denouncing Edward Snowden distract, by design, from the serious transgressions of those who are far more powerful

Guardian Glenn Greenwald 3 July 2013
‘Infiltrated from all sides’: Bug found in London’s Ecuadorian embassy

A hidden microphone has been discovered in the Ecuadorian ambassador’s office in London, said Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino.

RT RT 3 July 2013
Clapper: I gave 'erroneous' answer because I forgot about Patriot Act

Intelligence chief tries to explain false Senate testimony by saying he 'simply didn't think' of NSA efforts to collect phone data

Guardian Spencer Ackerman 3 July 2013
UN alarm after new Edward Snowden leak

UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged nations to protect the integrity of diplomatic missions on their soil, amid allegations that the US government spied on the EU and other allies.

The Australian AFP 2 July 2013
CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is serving a thirty-month sentence in prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written a letter expressing support for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden,

The Dissenter - Firedoglake Kevin Gosztola 2 July 2013
Edward Snowden: Obama guilty of deceit over extradition

US president pledged to avoid 'wheeling and dealing' while bullying countries that might grant asylum, says whistleblower

Guardian Dan Roberts and Rory Carroll 2 July 2013
Germany ready to charge UK and US intelligence over alleged NSA bugging operations

Outrage grows in Europe over allegations of extensive hacking and bugging operations

The Independent Tony Paterson 30 June 2013
U.S. bugged EU offices, computer networks: German magazine

The United States has bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged U.S. spy programs.

Reuters Reuters 29 June 2013
The World Says Yes To Snowden, No To Obama – OpEd

No one likes a bully and no one likes a liar. The United States government is surely both because other nations have no problem openly treating it with the disdain it deserves.

Albany Tribune Margaret Kimberley 28 June 2013
The Criminal N.S.A.

2 law professors explain how NSA spying is illegal

New York Times Jennifer Stisa Granick and Christopher Jon Sprigman 27 June 2013
Ten Thousand Urge Asylum for Snowden, Add Your Name

Open letter signed by Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Tom Hayden and Ten Thousand Others Urging President Correa to Grant Snowden Asylum

Portside Portside.org 26 June 2013
What exactly did Edward Snowden reveal? Is the U.S. really at risk because of the information he divulged?

A reddit comment in response to this question that attempts to explain in plain terms what is going on.

Reddit (/r/NeutralPolitics) jarretwold 26 June 2013
The Original NSA Whistleblower: I Know The NSA Wiretapped Barack Obama In 2004 Because I Saw The Order

"In the summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a 40-some-year-old senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives now would you? It’s a big White House in Washington D.C. That’s who the NSA went after. That’s the President of the United States now."

Daily Beast Michael Kelley 23 June 2013
Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA's surveillance of Americans' communication

Guardian Glenn Greenwald and James Ball 21 June 2013
Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA's surveillance of Americans' communication

Guardian Glenn Greenwald and James Ball 21 June 2013
Lawyers eye NSA data as treasure trove for evidence in murder, divorce cases

Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook

MSN Bob Sullivan 21 June 2013
PRISM - Just The Beginning of Spying on You

The Young Turks video episode talking about PRISM

The Young Turks - Youtube Channel The Young Turks 18 June 2013
Evil in a Haystack

How do you find a terrorist hidden in millions of gigabytes of metadata?

Foreign Policy J.M. Berger 17 June 2013
The NSA's Prism: why we should care

Politicians tell us the innocent need fear nothing from involuntary disclosure, but their actions threaten privacy and more

Guardian Cory Doctorow 15 June 2013
It’s Time to Rewrite the Internet to Give Us Better Privacy, and Security

It’s not too late to restore confidence, writes “digital Cassandra” Lawrence Lessig, but we need to start by asking the right questions.

The Daily Beast Lawrence Lessig 12 June 2013
Pirate Party reflects on a disastrous week for civil and digital liberties

Pirate Party PR and Blog Post

Pirate Party Australia Pirate Party Australia 10 June 2013
U.K. government 'complicit' in NSA's PRISM spy program

According to a report, the U.K. government allegedly bypassed international intelligence-sharing treaties by tapping into the NSA's reported PRISM network.

ZDNet Zack Whittaker 7 June 2013
NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook

Guardian Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill 7 June 2013
NSA Spying on Americans
EFF EFF
Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying
EFF EFF
What We Need to Know About PRISM
EFF Dan Auerbach, Jonathan Mayer and Peter Eckersley 12 June 2013
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

Guardian Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras 10 June 2013
Edward Snowden, NSA files source: 'If they want to get you, in time they will'

Q&A with Edward Snowden, source for the Guardian's NSA files on why he carried out the biggest intelligence leak in a generation – and what comes next

Guardian Ewen MacAskill 10 June 2013
Opinion: PRISM, Suspicious until proven innocent Pirate Party UK Andy Halsall 8 June 2013
Leader's Update: The Pirate Party and PRISM Pirate Party UK Loz Kaye 8 June 2013
UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation

Exclusive: UK security agency GCHQ gaining information from world's biggest internet firms through US-run Prism programme

Guardian Nick Hopkins 7 June 2013
Web inventor Berners-Lee warns forces are 'trying to take control'

Companies and governments “trying to take control of the internet” are undermining the founding principles of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

The Telegraph (UK) James Hurley 8 June 2013
Solving the mystery of PRISM

What exactly is PRISM? How does it work? Who uses it?

The Week Marc Ambinder 7 June 2013
NSA surveillance: anger mounts in Congress at 'spying on Americans'

After a closed-door briefing of the House of Representatives, lawmakers call for a review of the Patriot Act

Guardian Dan Roberts and Spencer Ackerman in Washington and Alan Travis 12 June 2013
Nine reasons you should care about NSA’s PRISM surveillance

In the wake of former CIA employee Edward Snowden’s revelations of the PRISM NSA mass surveillance, people are once again asking why the general public should care if they’ve got nothing to hide.

The Conversation Sean Rintel 11 June 2013
Gathering private information online is abuse of state power

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to information on the servers of major American internet companies, according to reports published in the Guardian and the Washington Post.

The Conversation Grant Blank 8 June 2013
UK to Brit hacks: Shut Up

Defence ministry warns against leaks on joint us-brit spying

AND Magazine Jeff Stein 7 June 2013
Tech giants condemn US spying program PRISM, deny giving authorities 'back door'

Some of the world's biggest internet giants have condemned online spying and the PRISM surveillance program run by the US's National Security Agency (NSA). - Collection of Statements from Tech Co's

ABC News ABC News 8 June 2013
More Americans see man who leaked NSA secrets as 'patriot' than traitor: Poll

Roughly one in three Americans say the former security contractor who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance activity is a patriot and should not be prosecuted, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Reuters Andy Sullivan 12 June 2013
Sensenbrenner: Obama Administration’s NSA Assurances ‘a Bunch of Bunk’

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, who introduced the PATRIOT Act on the House floor in 2001, has declared that lawmakers’ and the executive branch’s excuses about recent revelations of NSA activity are “a bunch of bunk.”

National Review Lindsey Grudnicki 12 June 2013
NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar

Infiltration. Sabotage. Mayhem. For years four-star general Keith Alexander has been building a secret army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. now it’s ready to unleash hell.

Wired James Bamford 12 June 2013
NSA revelations only 'the tip of the iceberg,' says Dem lawmaker

The federal surveillance programs revealed in media reports are just "the tip of the iceberg," a House Democrat said Wednesday.

The Hill Daniel Strauss 12 June 2013
Reflections on the so-called PRISM "scandal"

The fact that the U.S. government (among others) relies on private corporations with quasi-monopolistic power to police cyberspace does not exactly come out as a surprise. It is just history repeating.

The Pirate Organization The Pirate Organization 10 June 2013
NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama

Guardian Glenn Greenwald 6 June 2013
New NSA tool to quantify, track intelligence collection revealed – live

Guardian Live-blog from the days of the revelations

Guardian Tom McCarthy 9 June 2013
Boundless Informant: NSA explainer – full document text

View the three-page explanation document, which showed the NSA collected almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March

Guardian guardian.co.uk 9 June 2013
Boundless Informant NSA data-mining tool – four key slides

The top-secret Boundless Informant tool details and maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks

Guardian guardian.co.uk 9 June 2013
U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

The U.S. government is accessing top Internet companies’ servers to track foreign targets. Reporter Barton Gellman talks about the source who revealed this top-secret information and how he believes his whistle-blowing was worth whatever consequences are ahead.

Washington Post Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras 7 June 2013
US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

Americans assured they are not in the NSA's sights

The Register Jasper Hamill 10 June 2013
NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program

These slides, annotated by The Washington Post, represent a selection from the overall document, and certain portions are redacted.

Washington Post Washington Post 6 June 2013
It’s Time to Rewrite the Internet to Give Us Better Privacy, and Security

It’s not too late to restore confidence, writes “digital Cassandra” Lawrence Lessig, but we need to start by asking the right questions.

Daily Beast Lawrence Lessig 6 June 2013
NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants

National Security Agency discloses in secret Capitol Hill briefing that thousands of analysts can listen to domestic phone calls. That authorization appears to extend to e-mail and text messages too.

CNet Declan McCullagh 15 June 2013
Did NSA snooping stop 'dozens' of terrorist attacks?

Testifying before Congress on Wednesday, Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, asserted that his agency's massive acquisition of U.S. phone data and the contents of overseas Internet traffic that is provided by American tech companies has helped prevent "dozens of terrorist events." ... REALLY?

CNN Peter Bergen 17 June 2013
PRISM D Notice

Following disclosures by the Guardian earlier this month about a US National Security Agency internet surveillance program called Prism, it has emerged that UK government officials issued a so-called "D notice" in a bid to censor coverage of spy tactics.

http://notes.rjgallagher.co.uk/ (blog) Ryan J Gallagher 18 June 2013
As World Awaits U.S. Reaction to NSA Leaks, Movement Emerges to Support Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Democracy Now! interview with Charles Mok, a legislative councilor representing the Information Technology Functional Constituency of Hong Kong, and Tom Grundy, an activist and blogger who organized Saturday’s rally in defense of Edward Snowden. - transcript & video

Democracy Now! Amy Goodman 17 June 2013
Everything you need to know about US security leaks and PRISM

INTERNET users have been shocked by claims that US law enforcement has been spying on their activity on sites such as Facebook, Google, Skype, YouTube and more. Here's what you need to know.

News.com.au Claire Porter 11 June 2013
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden conducted live web Q&A; says "truth is coming"

EDWARD Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, is defending his disclosure of top-secret US spying programs in an online chat Monday with The Guardian and is attacking US officials for calling him a traitor.

News.com.au News Limited 18 June 2013

Articles that specifically refer to the Australian Government or impacts upon Australians

Article title Source Author Date
Nick Xenophon to call summit on international surveillance scandal

The independent senator Nick Xenophon will hold a summit on the international surveillance scandal and the activities of the US National Security Agency in Australia, accusing the major parties of “sleepwalking” on an issue causing outrage around the world.

Guardian Lenore Taylor 22 October 2013
XKeyscore revelations see Pirate Party pressuring Australian government on US surveillance

Upstart political party Pirate Party Australia has put the boot into the Australian government after documents released by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggested the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been routinely siphoning Australians’ personal information and sharing it with Australian intelligence under the auspices of an Internet surveillance program called XKeyscore.

CSO Online David Braue 02 August 2013
Turnbull calls for global cyber espionage agreement

Shadow Communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has put his support behind an international agreement on cyber espionage in the wake of revelations surrounding the NSA’s electronic data surveillance and accusations of Chinese corporate spying.

IT News Paris Cowan 02 August 2013
Australia complicit in US surveillance scandal, Pirate Candidates demand answers

The newly released slides are explicit in naming Australia, and prove that Australian spy agencies are recipents of information collected by this program

Pirate Party Australia Pirate Party Australia Press Release 01 August 2013
WikiLeaks Party demands investigation into Telstra’s secret FBI deal

The WikiLeaks Party has written to Australia’s Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim formally complaining about the recently revealed news that the telco signed a secret agreement a decade ago with US Government agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Justice that provided American law enforcement with access to all of the telco’s traffic passing in and out of the US.

Delimiter Renai LeMay 22 July 2013
AFP blocks FoI access to social media info

Some five months ago, Pirate Party Australia founder Rodney Serkowski made what many would consider to be a fairly standard Freedom of Information request with the Australian Federal Police. ... However, the AFP’s FoI team saw fit to reject Serkowski’s request.

Delimiter Renai LeMay 15 July 2013
Exposed: Telstra’s secret FBI spy deal

Telstra signed a secret agreement a decade ago with US Government agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Justice that provided American law enforcement and national security organisations with an extremely broad level of access to all of the telco’s telecommunications passing in and out of the US, it was revealed late last week.

Delimiter Renai LeMay 14 July 2013
AFP DENIES ACCESS TO SOCIAL MEDIA SURVEILLANCE DOCUMENTS

A little while ago (5 months ago) I made a request under the Freedom of Information Act for the following documents....Access to these files and documents was denied completely

Rodney Serkowski//Info Politics (blog) Rodney Serkowski 13 July 2013
Telstra’s deal with the devil: FBI access to its undersea cables

The US government compelled Telstra and Hong Kong-based PCCW to give it access to their undersea cables for spying on communications traffic entering and leaving the US. (Paywalled)

Crikey Bernard Keane 12 July 2013
Doc of the agreement between Telstra and the US Feds
Via Crikey 12 July 2013
Telstra storing data on behalf of US government

Telstra agreed more than a decade ago to store huge volumes of electronic communications it carried between Asia and America for potential surveillance by United States intelligence agencies.

Sydney Morning Herald Linton Besser 12 July 2013
Snowden reveals Australia's links to US spy web

United States intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has provided his first disclosure of Australian involvement in US global surveillance, identifying four facilities in the country that contribute to a key American intelligence collection program.

The Age Philip Dorling 8 July 2013
PRISM: the Australian connection

Looks like the DSD in Australia is part of it all... Australia is one of the most important cogs in the global security network run by the United States.

ABC: The Drum Michael Brissenden 28 June 2013
Spy chief Steve Meekin says Australian intelligence concerned about rogue insiders in wake of Edward Snowden leaks

One of Australia's most senior spy chiefs says the threat that local intelligence might have a rogue insider like Edward Snowden is real and one that security agencies are increasingly concerned about.

ABC News Michael Brissenden 28 June 2013
Snowden leaks may embarrass Canberra

American intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden may expose top secret Australian intelligence gathering operations and embarrass Australia's relations with neighbouring Asian countries, Australian intelligence officials fear.

The Age Philip Dorling 25 June 2013
US Preparing for Environmental and Energy Chaos with NSA PRISM

But why have Western security agencies developed such an unprecedented capacity to spy on their own domestic populations? Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increasingly spied on political activists, especially environmental groups, on behalf of corporate interests. This activity is linked to the last decade of US defence planning, which has been increasingly concerned by the risk of civil unrest at home triggered by catastrophic events linked to climate change, energy shocks or economic crisis - or all three. Just last month, unilateral changes to US military laws formally granted the Pentagon extraordinary powers to intervene in a domestic "emergency" or "civil disturbance"

DailyKos Climate Change SOS 18 June 2013
PRISM surveillance in Australia: Government confirms it couldn't care less

The Australian Government has indicated breathtaking complacency in answer to Senator Scott Ludlam's Senate question today about the PRISM surveillance program. - See related video here: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/questions-without-notice/take-note-speech-answers-prism-questions-without-notice

Greens Scott Ludlam 17 June 2013
Govt plays terrorism card to block PRISM questions

The Australian Government has provided the strongest indication yet that it receives information from the data-collection PRISM program run by the United States Government.

IT News Allie Coyne 17 June 2013
Pirate Party reflects on a disastrous week for civil and digital liberties

Pirate Party PR and Blog Post

Pirate Party Australia Pirate Party Australia 10 June 2013
Australia gets 'deluge' of US secret data, prompting a new data facility

The Australian government has been building a state-of-the art, secret data storage facility just outside Canberra to enable intelligence agencies to deal with a data deluge siphoned from the internet and global telecommunications networks.

Sydney Morning Herald Philip Dorling 13 June 2013
Australians likely caught up in PRISM surveillance program

Australians are likely to have been caught up in a US spy agency program designed to track people's movements, according to surveillance experts.

ITNews Charis Palmer 7 June 2013
Australians at risk in US electronic surveillance program

Australians are likely to have been caught up in an American electronic surveillance program that allows analysts to track people's movements and contacts, an academic and lobby group have warned.

Sydney Morning Herald Nick O'Malley and Ben Grubb 7 June 2013
Turnbull seeks clarity on PRISM

Shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the public needs clarity on the scope of programs such as PRISM

Computerworld Stephanie McDonald 12 June 2013
Government refuses to say if it receives PRISM data

The government is standing by its refusal to disclose whether Australia is actually receiving or swapping intelligence with the US in connection with the widespread phone and internet surveillance programs revealed in the past week.

The Border Mail David Wroe 12 June 2013
Attorney-General rejects metadata warrants: ‘Law enforcement would grind to a halt’

Australia’s Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has made the extraordinary declaration that Australian law enforcement in Australia “would grind to a halt” if police officers and other law enforcement agents were forced to apply for a warrant every time they wanted to access Australians’ telecommunications data.

Delimiter Renai LeMay 12 June 2013
Senator Ludlam questions PM&C on internet filtering, Wikileaks and cybersecurity

in Senate Estimates on Monday 27 May, Senator Ludlam questioned officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on on internet filtering, Wikileaks and cybersecurity

YouTube Australian Greens· 27 May 2013

Anti Snowden, Anti Leak, Pro-Surveillance Articles

Article title Source Author Date
Edward Snowden is a self-regarding idealist whose warnings of tyranny ring hollow

There is no evidence to support the rogue US defence contractor’s fears of a surveillance state

The Telegraph Peter Foster 18 July 2013
The lives of others

European governments should not kick up a fuss about American spying. They have too much to lose

The Economist 6 July 2013
NSA chief says agency eavesdropping helped foil 54 plots

The director of the U.S. National Security Agency on Thursday offered a more detailed breakdown of 54 schemes by militants that he said were disrupted by phone and internet surveillance, even as a British newspaper offered evidence of more extensive spying.

Reuters Deborah Charles and Mark Hosenball 27 June 2013
Snowden a threat to US national security

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

Sydney Morning Herald Paul Sheehan 11 June 2013
The Solitary Leaker

David Brooks does a hatchet job on Snowden... "Oh noes, he didn't finish high school?!?"

New York Times David Brooks 10 June 2013

Articles etc specifically related to Snowden, his fate, options, etc

(plus articles of a personal nature on other key actors such as Greenwald)


Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

(Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC)

As of the 1st July 2013 Snowden is at the Sheremtyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, and has requested asylum there (with the Ecaudor option apparently having dried up, likely from US pressure and internal divisions within the Ecuadorian govt). Snowden has issued a 6 paragraph statement via Wikileaks, with quite stinging attack upon the actions of President Obama.

... In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be. ...



Article title Source Author Date
Is Edward Snowden a Pirate?

Spoiler alert: in the next few lines, we're going to argue that yes, Snowden is a pirate. But before you get angry about this statement, please read another few lines and give us a chance to explain what we mean by that.

The Pirate Organisation The Pirate Organisation 2 August 2013
Court Rejects First Russian ‘SOPA’ Lawsuit, Target Offers Snowden a Job

 Following the introduction of a new anti-piracy law yesterday, Russian rightsholders were quick off the mark. A movie company immediately filed a lawsuit against social networking giant vKontakte but it was deemed a failure when the court deciding the company had failed to prove it owned the content. In the meantime, vKontakte say they would love it if Edward Snowden came to work for them, protecting the privacy of the site’s millions of users.

TorrentFreak Andy 2 August 2013
Our man in Moscow

 So what is the "extremely disappointed" Obama administration, the Orwellian/Panopticon complex and the discredited US Congress to do? Send a Navy Seal Team 6 to snatch him or to target assassinate him - turning Moscow into Abbottabad 2.0? Drone him? Poison his borscht? Shower his new house with depleted uranium? Install a no-fly zone over Russia?

Asia Times Pepe Escobar 2 August 2013
Statement on Snowden’s Successful Russian Asylum Bid

Today, Thursday 1st August at 15:50 MSK, Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia. He left Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow with WikiLeaks staffer and legal advisor Sarah Harrison who has accompanied him during his 39 day stay in the transit zone and continues to do so. Ms Harrison has remained with Mr Snowden at all times to protect his safety and security, including during his exit from Hong Kong. They departed from the airport together in a taxi and are headed to a secure, confidential place.

Wikileaks Wikileaks 1 August 2013
Edward Snowden given a year’s asylum in Russia

"Snowden has left Sheremetyevo airport. He has just been given a certificate that he has been awarded temporary asylum in Russia for one year," his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Thursday

Sydney Morning Herald AFP 1 August 2013
Holder Tells Russia Snowden Won’t Face Torture or Death, But Does U.S. Record Undermine Its Pledge?

The Obama administration has assured Russia that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will not be executed or tortured if he is sent back to the United States.

Democracy Now 24 July 2013
Edward Snowden remains in Moscow airport after chaotic day

Edward Snowden’s hopes of ending his month-long limbo in a Moscow airport were dashed after hours of confusion about the fugitive’s status.

Telegraph Raph Sanchez, Peter Foster 24 July 2013
Edward Snowden 'will stay in airport' while Russia asylum request processed

Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden will stay in the transit zone of the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for three weeks while Russian authorities process his asylum request, a lawyer helping him has said.

Telegraph AFP 16 July 2013
Obama to pressure Putin to give up Snowden; White House says he's "not a dissident"

"Mr. Snowden is not a human rights activist or dissident," White House spokesman Jay Carney said today, adding that "providing a propaganda platform" for the National Security Agency leaker was "counter to the Russian government's previous declarations of Russia’s neutrality."

Boing Boing Xeni Jardin 12 July 2013
Edward Snowden speaks at Moscow airport, seeks Russia asylum en route to Latin America

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden invited human rights groups to meet him at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport to discuss his options for seeking political asylum from the United States. He says his government is denying his right to seek asylum in retaliation for having exposed details of the NSA's previously secret spying programs.

Boing Boing Xeni Jardin 12 July 2013
Video from Edward Snowden's statement in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

At YouTube, Cryptome has published a 30-second video of the conference Edward Snowden held in Moscow today. The video first surfaced on Russia's Life News website, which did not name the source for this clip. Notable because no press were permitted inside, and no video was allowed.

Boing Boing Cryptome 12 July 2013
Edward Snowden abandons bid for asylum in Russia as future options narrow

The future of fugitive American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden remains unclear, with a host of nations rejecting his bid for political asylum.

ABC ABC/Wires 3 July 2013
Edward Snowden submits asylum applications

On 30th June 2013 WikiLeaks’ legal advisor in the Edward Snowden matter, Sarah Harrison, submitted by hand a number of requests for asylum and asylum assistance on behalf of Edward J. Snowden, the NSA whistleblower.

Wikileaks Wikileaks 2 July 2013
Snowden applies for political asylum in Russia

Vladmir Putin says US whistleblower can stay if he stops 'bringing harm to our American partners'

Guardian Miriam Elder 2 July 2013
Rafael Correa: we helped Snowden by mistake

Ecuador's president reveals travel pass was granted 'without authorisation' and says whistleblower is now Russia's problem

Guardian Rory Carroll 2 July 2013
Edward Snowden's letter to the president of Ecuador – full text

The NSA whistleblower, who is currently in Moscow, has written to Rafael Correa regarding his request for political asylum

Guardian Press Assocation/Edward Snowden 2 July 2013
The World Says Yes To Snowden, No To Obama – OpEd

No one likes a bully and no one likes a liar. The United States government is surely both because other nations have no problem openly treating it with the disdain it deserves.

Albany Tribune Margaret Kimberley 28 June 2013
Obama jabs Russia, China on failure to extradite Snowden

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would not start "wheeling and dealing" with China and Russia over a U.S. request to extradite former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Reuters Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal 27 June 2013
Putin rules out handing Snowden over to United States

A former U.S. spy agency contractor sought by Washington on espionage charges appeared on Wednesday to be still in hiding at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and the national airline said he was not booked on any of its flights over the next three days.

Reuters Alessandra Prentice & Steve Gutterman 26 June 2013
U.S. presses Russia as mystery over Snowden deepens

The United States on Monday increased pressure on Russia to hand over Edward Snowden, the American charged with disclosing secret U.S. surveillance programs, and said it believed he was still in Moscow despite reports he was leaving for Cuba.

Reuters Jeff Mason and Lidia Kelly 24 June 2013
US charges NSA leaker Snowden with espionage

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to US officials.

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Finn and Sari Horwitz 22 June 2013
Snowden defends his NSA leaks in a live chat on Guardian Web site

Edward Snowden, who acknowledged leaking top-secret documents about extensive U.S. surveillance of telephone calls and Internet communications, claimed in an unusual live Web chat Monday that he sees no possibility of a fair trial in the United States and suggested that he would try to elude authorities as long as possible.

Washington Post Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horwitz 18 June 2013
As World Awaits U.S. Reaction to NSA Leaks, Movement Emerges to Support Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Democracy Now! interview with Charles Mok, a legislative councilor representing the Information Technology Functional Constituency of Hong Kong, and Tom Grundy, an activist and blogger who organized Saturday’s rally in defense of Edward Snowden. - transcript & video

Democracy Now! Amy Goodman 17 June 2013
China's state media says extraditing Edward Snowden would be 'unwise'

The Global Times, one of China's largest and most strident state newspapers, published an editorial in both its English and Chinese editions calling on Beijing not to return Mr Snowden to the US, stating that Beijing should "safeguard its interests".

Telegraph (UK) Malcolm Moore 17 June 2013
The Snowden Index: A glance at opinions about the NSA leaker

Is Edward Snowden a hero, a traitor or something in between? - Interactive Plot graphic thing

CNN CNN 17 June 2013
US suggests whistleblower 'in league with the Chinese'

US lawmakers have set out to puncture the claimed altruism of the man whose disclosure of top-secret surveillance programs have caused a storm in Washington, portraying him as a Beijing partisan in continuing US-China cyber wars.

Sydney Morning Herald Paul McGeough 15 June 2013
A timeline of Edward Snowden's life

A timeline of the life of Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who leaked NSA documents revealing a wide-reaching government surveillance program.

Washington Post Washington Post 12 June 2013
Investigators looking into how Snowden gained access at NSA

Counterintelligence investigators are scrutinizing how a 29-year-old contractor who said he leaked top-secret National Security Agency documents was able to gain access to what should be highly compartmentalized information, according to current and former administration and intelligence officials.

Washington Post Peter Finn, Greg Miller and Ellen Nakashima 11 June 2013
Edward Snowden and the selective targeting of leaks

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

Reuters Jack Shafer 11 June 2013
Man on the Run

Former cia spies on what they'd do if they were Snowden

AND Magazine Jeff Stein 11 June 2013
Blogger, With Focus on Surveillance, Is at Center of a Debate

After writing intensely, even obsessively, for years about government surveillance and the prosecution of journalists, Glenn Greenwald has suddenly put himself directly at the intersection of those two issues, and perhaps in the cross hairs of federal prosecutors.

New York Times NOAM COHEN and LESLIE KAUFMAN 11 June 2013

Protest Coverage

Article title Source Author Date
Edward Snowden: Venezuela offers asylum to fugitive US intelligence leaker

Protesters gather across Australia demanding privacy (Scroll down)

ABC ABC News 6 July 2013
SBS World News 6:30 News 6 July part 2

Video of Edward Snowden and Melbourne Protest Coverage with footage of Adam Bandt, Greens and Joe Miles, Pirate Party Australia

SBS SBS World News 6 July 2013
Protestors demand privacy

Protestors called for more privacy protection at rallies held around Australia on July 6 in response to the revelations that US’s National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on the communications of most internet users.

Green Left Weekly Mel Barnes 6 July 2013
Qld Greens candidate raises spy concerns

GOVERNMENT security services shouldn't be allowed to monitor online activity by citizens without a warrant, Queensland Greens Senate candidate Adam Stone has argued.

The Telegraph AAP 6 July 2013
Video from #prismbreak Perth Protect our Privacy! National Day of Action

Video of Important speak out in Perth (Australia) yesterday supporting #Snowden, #Assange, #Manning and other whistleblowers…#PRISM

Occupy Perth Occupy Perth 6 July 2013
Internet sites join July 4 anti-NSA protest

The online community rallied on Thursday in support of live protests against the US government's surveillance of internet activity, a practice recently exposed by a former contractor for the National Security Agency.

Sydney Morning Herald Reuters 5 July 2013
Rallies planned to call for greater online privacy protection

THOUSANDS of angry Australian iPhone, Facebook and Google users are expected to protest around the country this Saturday for greater protection of their online privacy.

Daily Herald Jackson Gothe-Snape 5 July 2013
Rallies planned to call for greater online privacy protection

THOUSANDS of angry Australian iPhone, Facebook and Google users are expected to protest around the country this Saturday for greater protection of their online privacy.

Daily Herald Jackson Gothe-Snape 5 July 2013
NSA surveillance: protesters stage Restore the Fourth rallies across US

Protests took place across the US on Thursday to demonstrate opposition to sweeping National Security Agency surveillance programs.

Guardian Rebecca Bowe 5 July 2013
Protests against the NSA spring up across U.S.

Anti-NSA protesters took to the streets in cities across the United States on Thursday, using the Independence Day holiday to call attention to recent disclosures about the U.S. government's telephone and Internet surveillance programs.

CNN Heather Kelly 5 July 2013
Crowds across America protest NSA in 'Restore the Fourth' movement

Crowds across the U.S. gathered Thursday to protest the federal government’s surveillance of the American public – recently highlighted by leaker Edward Snowden – as part of pro-Forth Amendment rallies, chanting “NSA go away!”

Fox News FoxNews.com 4 July 2013
Fourth of July brings protesters to Utah NSA facility

July 4 brought numerous patriotic events to Utah County and the nation. One of those was in the form of a rally to decry the National Security Agency and show support for the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Daily Herald Barbara Christiansen 4 July 2013
This Saturday: PRISM protests spread to Australia

Global protests against the PRISM surveillance program operated by the Unites States’ National Security Agency are slated to spread to Australia this Saturday, with a broad coalition of political and digital rights groups banding together to hold actions in major cities around Australia from lunchtime.

Delimiter Renai LeMay 4 July 2013
Mass protests planned over web NSA spying revelations

Some of the web's biggest names have backed mass protests over internet surveillance carried out by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

BBC BBC 3 July 2013

Evo Morales (Bolivian President) Flight incident

Article title Source Author Date
S. American states to recall ambassadors from Europe over Bolivian plane incident

South American countries belonging to the Mercosur trade bloc have decided to withdraw their ambassadors for consultations from European countries involved in the grounding of the Bolivian president’s plane.

RT RT 12 July 2013
‘Infiltrated from all sides’: Bug found in London’s Ecuadorian embassy

A hidden microphone has been discovered in the Ecuadorian ambassador’s office in London, said Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino.

RT RT 3 July 2013
The Argentine President's Riveting Account of Tuesday's Snowden Crisis

When Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane was rerouted last night on the suspicion that it was carrying NSA leaker Edward Snowden out of Russia, outraged, frantic South American leaders spent the evening on the phone in an attempt to seek justice.

Gawker Max Read 3 July 2013

Other surveillance related links/articles

Article title Source Author Date
Dear Rotolight: The Internet Never Forgets Your Censorious Past, Even If You Deny It
TechDirt Mike Masnick 02 August 2013
The Government Has Made Its Point

Prosecutors may have hoped to establish the dangerous precedent that leaks to the press could be equated with 'aiding the enemy.'

NY Times Ben Wizner 01 August 2013
HOW THE CIA CAN SEND A DRONE AFTER ANY MOBILE PHONE

NEW REVELATIONS FROM THE CIA'S KILLER UAV PROGRAM SHOW HOW THE AGENCY IS ABLE TO LOCK PREDATOR DRONES ON TARGETS THROUGH THEIR MOBILE PHONES--EVEN AFTER THEY HAVE TURNED THEIR PHONES OFF.

Fast Company Neal Ungerleider 22 July 2013
Holder Tightens Rules on Getting Reporters’ Data

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been criticized for the Justice Department’s aggressive tactics in secretly obtaining phone logs and e-mails of reporters as part of leak investigations, announced new guidelines on Friday that would significantly narrow the circumstances under which journalists’ records could be obtained.

New York Times Charlie Savage 12 July 2013
Latin American complaints over U.S. spying ignore their own wiretap programs

Several Latin American presidents have complained bitterly following recent revelations about U.S. electronic surveillance, but there’s a bit of hypocrisy in some of their griping.

McClatchy Tim Johnson 11 July 2013
Defcon de-invites the spooks

Defcon is an astounding hacker convention held annually in Las Vegas, and is known as an extraordinary environment in which spooks and hackers mix freely -- last year, the head of the NSA gave a keynote in which he called for cooperation between security professionals and America's spies. That cooperation is being paused, and may be coming to an end.

Boing Boing Cory Doctorow 11 July 2013
Data retention might not be proportional to risks

Judges of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on 9 July 2013 adamantly asked for proof of the necessity and efficiency of the EU Data Retention Directive.

Internet Policy Review Monika Ermert 9 July 2013
DOJ Says Public Has No Right To Know About The Secret Laws The Feds Use To Spy On Us

Justice Department has now hit back with a new filing that says, flat out, the public has no right to know what the secret court is ruling on and how it's codifying secret laws.

Techdirt Mike Masnick 8 July 2013
‘Infiltrated from all sides’: Bug found in London’s Ecuadorian embassy

A hidden microphone has been discovered in the Ecuadorian ambassador’s office in London, said Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino. He denounced the find as yet more evidence of the loss of ethics at an international level in government relations.

RT RT 3 July 2013
THE NSA COMES RECRUITING

Some students and I had an exchange with NSA recruiters today. They came to recruit at a language program at the University of Wisconsin where I am spending my summer learning a language. Includes rough transcript and Audio

THE MOB AND THE MULTITUDE @Madi_Hatter 2 July 2013
It’s Time to Rewrite the Internet to Give Us Better Privacy, and Security

It’s not too late to restore confidence, writes “digital Cassandra” Lawrence Lessig, but we need to start by asking the right questions.

The Daily Beast Lawrence Lessig 12 June 2013
Electronic surveillance under Presidents Bush and Obama

A timeline of surveillance in the United States from 2001 to 2013: from the Patriot Act to the PRISM program.

Washington Post Masuma Ahuja 7 June 2013
Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere

Using Paul Revere as an analogy, shows how revealing metadata is...

Kieran Healy (blog) Kieran Healy 9 June 2013
How the U.S. Government Hacks the World

info on TAO program

Bloomberg Michael Riley 23 May 2013
IRS tracks your digital footprint

The IRS has quietly upgraded its technology so tax collectors can track virtually everything people do online.

MSN Money Jack Shafer 10 April 2013
Former home secretaries urge Clegg to drop snooper's charter opposition

Labour's Jack Straw, David Blunkett and Alan Johnson and Tory Lord Baker says bill is vital tool in fight against terrorism

Guardian Sam Jones 14 April 2013
Leaked HBGary Documents Show Plan To Spread Wikileaks Propaganda For BofA... And 'Attack' Glenn Greenwald Tech Dirt Mike Masnick 10 February 2011
AT&T engineer: NSA built secret rooms in our facilities

An old article where Mark Klein, an AT&T engineer and witness in the EFF's case against the company explains that AT&T installed powerful traffic monitoring equipment in a "secret room" in their San Francisco switching office at the behest of the NSA.

Ars Technica Nate Anderson 13 April 2006

Privacy

Specifically related to privacy, and why it is important

Why Privacy Matters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsG-UoZnPTo Privacy International asked lawyers, activists, researchers and hackers at Defcon 2012 about some of the debates that thrive at the intersection between law, technology and privacy. We also wanted to know why privacy matters to them, and what they thought the future of privacy looked like. This video is a result of those conversations. Featuring Cory Doctorow, Kade Crockford, Jameel Jaffer, Dan Kaminsky, Chris Soghoian, Marcia Hoffman, Moxie Marlinspike, Phil Zimmerman, Hanni Fakhoury and Eli O.

The Age newpaper special feature articles on Privacy: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/the-privacy-question

Article title Source Author Date
Debunking the dangerous "If you have nothing to hide, You have nothing to fear" Falkvinge & Co Rick Falkvinge 19 July 2012
Privacy as a political right

We must recognise that all political systems require privacy to function, and devise our policies and build our technologies accordingly.

Privacy International. Daniel J. Solove 15 May 2011
Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' The Chronicle Review Daniel J. Solove 15 May 2011
Privacy as a political right Index on Censorship, Vol. 39, No. 1, 58-68 (2010). Privacy International 11 May 2011
The Eternal Value of Privacy Wired Bruce Schneier 18 May 2006
The Future of Privacy Online Surveillance & Society Huey et al. 2012 (Volume 10, No 3/4, 334-361)
The Right to Privacy Harvard Law Review Samuel D Warren & Louis D Brandeis 1890 (Volume 4, No 5)
Nine reasons you should care about NSA’s PRISM surveillance

In the wake of former CIA employee Edward Snowden’s revelations of the PRISM NSA mass surveillance, people are once again asking why the general public should care if they’ve got nothing to hide.

The Conversation Sean Rintel 11 June 2013
What Does Facebook Know About You – An Analysis DaylanDoes (blog) Daylan Pearce 8 July 2013

Tales from surveillance states

Related anecdotes, tales and stories of interest

Another Childhood Memory Published Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM
http://www.newsfromme.com/2013/06/09/another-childhood-memory-2/

Reddit post to /r/changemyview which give a compelling account of how an authoritarian surveillance state unfolds
http://www.reddit.com/r/changemyview/comments/1fv4r6/i_believe_the_government_should_be_allowed_to/caeb3pl

National Security Inquiry

This whole issue bears some relevance to the National Security Inquiry undertaken by the Australian government into a range of 'cyber'-security issues, not least of which was a wide ranging Data Retention scheme. The Pirate Party wiki maintains a page of resources on the National Security Inquiry here: https://pirateparty.org.au/wiki/National_Security_Inquiry

Other Misc Articles

How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/12/nsa_logo_scandal/
TV star plundered for key PRISM asset without so much as a thank-you

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance
http://rt.com/usa/prism-floyd-nsa-surveillance-723/
A firefox browser plugin that plays "dark side of the moon" whenever you visit a site the NSA is tracking your activity on.

London's Privacy Falling Down
http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2002/11/56152





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Apple reveals details on US data requests: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/apple-reveals-details-on-us-data-requests-20130617-2oee9.html

Surveillance cameras can be hacked: expert: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/surveillance-cameras-can-be-hacked-expert-20130618-2of65.html

'You have to assume everything is being collected': http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/you-have-to-assume-everything-is-being-collected-20130617-2oczi.html

China says US should explain surveillance claims: June 18, 2013: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/china-says-us-should-explain-surveillance-claims-20130618-2of2b.html

US sued over privacy as Snowden disappears: June 12, 2013: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/us-sued-over-privacy-as-snowden-disappears-20130612-2o2yh.html

US government can't stop the truth: Ed Snowden: June 18, 2013: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/us-government-cant-stop-the-truth-ed-snowden-20130618-2oexh.html#ixzz2WXEysl7h

Germany widens its web of surveillence: June 17, 2013: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/germany-widens-its-web-of-surveillence-20130617-2od4o.html

Protests in Response to PRISM: 11 June 2013: http://weare1776.org/5765/domestic-policy/protests-in-response-to-prism/

Europe Protests PRISM And The AIPAC/Pro-PRISM People Are In Cahoots To Spy On Us: 11 June 2013: http://emsnews.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/europe-protests-prism-and-the-aipacpro-prism-people-are-in-cahoots-to-spy-on-us/

NSA PRISM: Pentagon bracing for anti-government activism over climate change disasters: 14 June 2013: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/14/nsa-prism-pentagon-bracing-for-anti-government-activism-over-climate-change-disasters/

How to trend Twitter successfully: http://stopprism.tumblr.com/post/52952650251/how-to-trend-twitter-successfully

'Restore the Fourth' protests planned nationwide in response to NSA leaks: 10 June 2013: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/06/10/restore-the-fourth-protests-planned.html?page=all

British, US agencies spied on world leaders at G20: 18 June 2013: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/british-us-agencies-spied-on-world-leaders-at-g20-20130617-2oeh4.html#ixzz2WXHOJyh2

An open letter to Congress from "Restore the Fourth". This is being sent to news media outlets across the country. http://www.reddit.com/r/restorethefourth/comments/1gafsc/an_open_letter_to_congress_from_restore_the/

NSA spying: historical legal challenges and growing grassroots resistance: 17 June 2013: http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/?p=13739

NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You: 18th June 2013: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/nsa-spied/

What is PRISM? Reddit "Explain like I'm 5" subreddit post: http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/1fx8zs/what_is_prism/

Breakdown of the PRISM/NSA story so far - with links http://www.reddit.com/r/inthenews/comments/1fxgcx/breakdown_of_the_prismnsa_story_so_far_with_links/

US government invokes special privilege to stop scrutiny of data mining: 8 June 2013: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/07/us-government-special-privilege-scrutiny-data

Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind: 13 June 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/technology/secret-court-ruling-put-tech-companies-in-data-bind.html

Glenn Greenwald on How NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Helped Expose a "Massive Surveillance Apparatus": 10 June 2013: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/10/glenn_greenwald_on_how_nsa_leaker


Dirty Bomb Blows Liberty: 8 June 2013: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323844804578531131808392240.html


Want to File a Motion in the FISA Court? First You Have to Find Them: 17 June 2013: http://www.mynsarecords.com/blog/2013-06-17-want-to-file-a-motion-in-the-fisa-court/

Stop stalking me, Facebook, it's over, and you can keep my 3448 friends 7 July 2013: http://m.theage.com.au/technology/stop-stalking-me-facebook-its-over-and-you-can-keep-my-3448-friends-20130706-2pivh.html

Top DHS Officials Went Ballistic Over Rolling Stone Contributor Michael Hastings' OWS Report, Internal Emails Show: 31 July 2012: http://truth-out.org/news/item/10634-dhs-on-rolling-stone-reporter-michael-hastingss-ows-report-he-can-be-provocative-help-him-understand-our-mission


The Japanese Response to Terrorism: 21 June 2013: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/06/the_japanese_re.html

Snapshots from an American dystopia 10 July 2013: http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/07/10/snapshots-from-an-american-dystopia/


http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12981 June 17, 2013 President Barack Obama sits down with Charlie Rose for an exclusive 45-minute interview at the White House, the President shares his thoughts on Syria, Iran, the NSA leaks controversy and more


http://www.smh.com.au/execute_search.html?text=NSA&ss=smh.com.au http://www.reddit.com/r/RestoreSectionEight/ http://www.reddit.com/r/restorethefourthuk


Meltdowns Hobble NSA Data Center, October 7, 2013 Investigators Stumped by What's Causing Power Surges That Destroy Equipment http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702304441404579119490744478398-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwNzEwNDcyWj.html