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Nika Knight – NSA Inspector Who Criticized Snowden for Not Using ‘Official’ Channels Found Guilty of Retaliating Against Whistleblower Who Did Just That

National Security Agency (NSA) inspector general George Ellard, an outspoken critic of whistleblower Edward Snowden, personally retaliated against another NSA whistleblower, Adam Zagorin reported at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) on Thursday. An intelligence community panel earlier this year found that Ellard had retaliated against a whistleblower, Zagorin writes, in a judgment that has still not been made public. …

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United Kingdom Passes ‘Snooper’s Charter,’ Giving Tremendous Surveillance Power to Agencies

On Tuesday, the United Kingdom instated the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, a piece of legislation described by whistleblower Edward Snowden as “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.” The law, informally known as the “Snooper’s Charter,” spent over a year in Parliament before it was passed. The Guardian reported: The new surveillance law requires web and phone …

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John Nichols - The Koch Brothers’ Favorite Congressman Will Be in Charge of the CIA

In the “Republican Wave” election of 2010, when brothers Charles and David Koch emerged as defining figures in American politics, the greatest beneficiary of Koch Industries largess was the newly elected Congressman Mike Pompeo. Since his election, Pompeo has been referred to as the “Koch Brothers’ Congressman” and “the congressman from Koch.” Pompeo, who on Friday accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s …

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Jon Queally – Court Rules UK Mass Spying Was Unlawfully Conducted for Nearly Two Decades

In what rights campaigners heralded as a “significant” reproach to government overreach, a British court which oversees the nation’s  intelligence and clandestine services ruled Monday that mass surveillance by agencies—including the bulk collection of private data from unwitting citizens and residents—was unlawfully conducted for nearly two decades. Called the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the panel of judges which provides legal oversight …

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The Gary Null Show – 10.17.16

Today On The Gary Null Show, Gary opens up the program with the latest in health and healing covering topics on the negative impacts of alcohol and the importance of roughage. Did you know that acupuncture can reduce hot flashes? Gary goes into full details about that. In the second half of the program Gary goes into the audio clip vault to play clips on “The Real Reason Gaddaifi was murdered” and “Jill Stein Shows Her Aptitude On Foreign Policy”. Gary finishes the program with a commentary on the environment from Charles Esstein.

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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Gave Data to a Firm Helping Police Track African-American Protesters

Records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram shared users’ information with a software company that helps police conduct surveillance and targets African-American protesters. Read more

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John Kiriakou – Kathleen Kane: Another Whistleblower Goes to Prison in America

ormer Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane is likely headed to prison. She was found guilty recently of multiple counts of perjury and criminal conspiracy for leaking grand jury information to a reporter. But Kathleen Kane is also a whistleblower. And like most whistleblower cases, there is more than meets the eye in this one, more than what the press would have you …

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Theresa May’s Surveillance Bill Is Chilling

WHEN my union, the National Union of Journalists, has been campaigning about secret state surveillance it has often felt like we are boxing with shadows. No member of the public is allowed to know the extent of the types of operations involved and no-one is able to access the policies that relate to whether or not journalists and trade unionists …

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Secret Stingray Manuals Reveal How Spying Tools Leave ‘No Place to Hide’

The Intercept publishes instruction manuals detailing how to build and use cell phone surveillance devices The technology manufacturing company Harris Corporation has fought to keep the public from knowing about how its surveillance devices work—specifically, the controversial cell phone spying tools known as Stingrays—but The Intercepton Monday published about 200 pages of Harris Corp. instruction manuals detailing how to build and use them. Harris …

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Lauren McCauley – The NSA Abroad: The UK Base That Makes US Targeted Killing Possible

In a damning exposé published Monday, The Intercept reporter Ryan Gallagher dives into the inner workings of National Security Agency’s (NSA) largest overseas spying base, the U.K.’s Menwith Hill Station, and reveals concrete evidence that the British government is complicit in the United States’ targeted killing program. Citing top-secret documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Gallagher reports, “The files reveal for the first time …