Domestic Spying

Morning Open Thread

Snuggly the Security Bear and Obama have been busier than we all thought in the United States of Surveillance. After the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know more about the full extent of NSA domestic spying.

Story Didn't Do Damage To National Security, Greenwald Says

From this Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald pushed back at Rep. Mike Rogers' assertions that he "doesn't have a clue" about what really goes on at the NSA and that he somehow did damage to the national security of the United States by publishing his recent articles on the agency's datamining and surveillance programs.

Democracy Now Interviews NSA Whistleblower William Binney On Growing State Surveillance

Democracy Now did a follow up this Friday on their previous segment I posted here -- James Bamford: NSA is Building the World's Largest Spy Center. This story of course is being ignored again by our corporate media and is terrifying quite frankly as to the amount of data they're collecting and the abuses and potential abuses that are inevitable when you allow anyone access to this much personal information about their fellow citizens.

No Legal Approval For Joint CIA-NYPD Domestic Spying

Seriously, is it likely that such a murky enterprise was set up without being approved by someone higher up the food chain, like Tenet? Of course not. The question is, did the authorization reach even higher? The top lawyer at the CIA never