John Oliver Interviews Ed Snowden in Moscow

HBO "fake news" anchor John Oliver sits down with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to discuss government surveillance, the balance between privacy and security, and how even your most, er, intimate photos are being grabbed off the Internet by spies.

Source: Last Week Tonight

Posted on: April 6, 2015

New York Times’ David Carr Dies after NSA Forum

Here's the last public appearance by NY Times' media critic David Carr, at a remarkable forum on Thursday with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden. Carr, sadly, passed away just hours after this. This lively event is a fitting tribute to his work and contribution.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 15, 2015

Think Tank Investigative Journalism: NSA Spying

Did the NSA's blanket surveillance really stop terrorists? Check out this work by an investigative team led by CNN contributor Peter Bergen at the New America Foundation. Here's more evidence of how investigative journalists are finding new outlets -- and new bases of support -- to do public interest journalism.

Source: New America Foundation

Posted on: January 18, 2014

Story of the Day: NSA’s Secret Hacking Unit

As part of its continuing coverage of the Snowden leaks, Germany's Der Spiegel takes readers inside the NSA's secret "plumbers" unit. This fast-growing, elite hacking group is responsible for tapping into hard targets ranging from terrorists and cyber spooks to more traditional spies. Based at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the unit is called TAO -- the Office of Tailored Access Operations.

Source: Der Spiegel

Posted on: December 29, 2013

NSA Growth Fueled by Need to Target Terrorists

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest looks at the NSA’s explosive growth after 9/11. The technical spying agency has enlarged all its major domestic sites, as well as those in Australia and Britain. Since the attacks, its civilian and military workforce has grown by one-third, its budget has roughly doubled, and the number of private companies it depends on has more than tripled.

Source: Washington Post

Posted on: July 23, 2013