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President-elect Trump, Trust Your Spies

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 11:47 am (UTC-5)
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The CIA and the myriad other agencies that should make the American President the world’s best-informed head of state cannot become scapegoats for any bad decisions or ill-conceived instincts. The consequences would be altogether catastrophic for his presidency and for the very security of the United States.

In His Own Words – Snowden’s Ex-Boss Reflects

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 12:12 pm (UTC-5)
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I woke up early to attend a leadership meeting at Church. My attention in the meeting was frequently distracted with the events of the week….My phone had blown up with missed calls and text messages. The first text…simply read, “Looks like your worst nightmare came true. Wasn’t Ed your employee?”

The Snowden Effect on Government Surveillance

Posted June 5th, 2015 at 1:53 pm (UTC-5)
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Fan or not of exiled NSA leaker Edward Snowden, he has become the poster boy for online privacy. The US Congress gave Snowden supporters a victory this week by allowing sections of the Patriot Act to expire that gave the government the ability to scoop up and store telephone metadata from millions of Americans who have no connection to terrorism.

Revisiting the Patriot Act

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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A federal appeals court in New York ruled last week that the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal. The key provision of the Patriot Act, Section 215, is set to expire in at the end of May, and Congress must decide whether to end or amend that program.