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“Open Informant” is an app created by Superflux that searches your phone using real NSA trigger keywords and then displays those communications on a wearable badge. The NSA, GCHQ and other government security services secretly collect and scan our personal information and correspondence for trigger words; from the overtly malevolent: ‘anthrax’, ‘assassination’ and ‘bomb’ to the seemingly benign: ‘pork’, […]

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Ron Paul is putting his money where his civil-liberties-minded mouth is. The Libertarian stalwart started a petition to give Edward Snowden clemency for leaking classified information about the NSA’s massive surveillance operation. Snowden’s year of asylum in Russia ends this July, and Paul says he hopes his petition will show the U.S. government that “Mr. Snowden […]

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No longer must every article about the National Security Agency be accompanied by the same, state-supplied image. The artist Trevor Paglen, commissioned by Creative Time Reports in partnership with The Intercept, rented a helicopter and took rare, hi-res aerial photos of the offices of the NSA, the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates American spy satellites, and the […]

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“Recently released NSA documents revealed the existence of DRAGONBROKER, a surveillance program that undermined NIST standards for securing one tenth of all internet traffic. Senator Dianne Feinstein assured the public that the program is actually run by the FBI, not the NSA.” Or, if you prefer: “Recently released NSA documents revealed the existence of STUMPSHADOW, a USB hardware host tap that copies traffic from […]

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A new report from the think tank New America Foundation claims NSA surveillance isn’t nearly as effective at stopping terrorism as the feds would have you believe. The study, titled “Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorism?” Of the 225 counterterrorism cases researchers studied, only 7.5 were investigated under evidence obtained by the NSA. The […]

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NSA’s ANT division — specializing in inserting itself into the global security architecture so they can spy on you through your iPhone microphone, etc — has a catalogue! The names of these end-user devices and software are funky. They sound like band names, almost. If they were band names, would would they sound like? EBSR: Post-dubstep, dark […]

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Edward Snowden’s latest leak, published by the Guardian, the New York Times, and ProPublica, reveals the startling breadth of the NSA and GCHQ’s international surveillance operations. In addition to the well-publicized monitoring of internet communications and cell phone metadata, the spy agencies were infiltrating video game networks like World of Warcraft and Xbox live. Read the full, 82-page NSA document here. The Guardian report paints […]

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This week’s news that the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office’s latest spy mission has a giant Earth-devouring octopus for a logo inspired us to look into the history of N.R.O’s visuals. Turns out the fearsome cephalopod is only the tip of the iceberg. The N.R.O., the existence of which was classified until 1992, over 30 years […]

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The NSA Haiku Generator is an automated poetry generator from programmer Grayson Earle. Generate your own three-line poems in the classic five-seven-five syllable format! The site sources each of its words from two distinct lists — one that’s reportedly being used by officials at the NSA and another that is definitely being used by the Department of Homeland Security. According to Earle, both of […]

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Anti-NSA surveillance protest group “Restore the Fourth” has successfully adopted a section of highway that will neighbor a new heavily guarded data center. This particular stretch of suburban highway cuts directly through a National Guard base the future home of this Salt Lake City data center location. Members of the group plan to maintain the highway as expected […]

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