National Security Agency & High Tech Spying

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Does the National Security Agency Tap That? by Justin Elliott, ProPublica Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data. The idea that the NSA is sweeping up vast data streams via cables and […]

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Guantanamo Bay: Judges Rule on Spiral Notebooks

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Now on Trial at Guantanamo Bay: Spiral Notebooks by Cora Currier, ProPublica The Guantanamo Bay trials of alleged terrorists,  restarted by President Obama in 2011, have been marked by secrecy, snafus, and delays. ProPublica’s Cora Currier is at Gitmo this week for one such case. Read her first dispatch, about arriving at the U.S.’s most infamous court.   […]

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Gun Control Stalls Due to Cowardice

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Photo courtesy of Doug Mills/The New York Times In the latest round of, cowardice, or “We appreciate your votes during the election, but we must serve our campaign financiers”, the senate dropped the ball on passing important gun control policies which would have forced background checks for online and gun-show sales and also voted against […]

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What Do Data Companies Know About You?


Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you’re pregnant or divorced or trying to lose weight, about how rich you are and what kinds of cars you have. Regulators and some in Congress have […]

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Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes


(photo above is a MQ-9 Reaper Drone, formerly known as the Predator, Wikipedia Commons) Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes by Cora Currier, ProPublica You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia — a […]

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How Bad Is Our Debt Problem?

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How Bad Is Our Debt Problem, Anyway? And Will a Deal Fix It? by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica President Obama met with congressional leaders in another attempt to avert the fiscal cliff — the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 unless Congress can strike a deal. The cuts and tax […]

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