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Harry Mount
by | Sep 6, 2013

Coordinated stories from the Guardian, the New York Times, and ProPublica reveal that the National Security Agency and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have undertaken systematic efforts to defeat online encryption standards, compromising the Internet’s fundamental integrity. No…

by | Aug 29, 2013

In a New York Times interview: I would meet directly with Syrian leaders. We would engage in a level of aggressive personal diplomacy in which a whole host of issues are on the table…but right now the only incentive that exists…

by | Aug 16, 2013

Senator Dianne Feinstein has had a busy year. She kicked off 2013 by leading the charge against “assault weapons,” analogous  to Nerf guns with extra plastic glued on. When the California Democrat’s gun control amendment decisively failed, she turned to…

by | Aug 2, 2013

This week I wrote that senior intelligence officials broke virtually no new ground at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. But Guardian National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman pointed out a very interesting development yesterday on “Democracy NOW!”: When pressed by…

by | Jul 31, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee members echoed the skepticism, if not the rancor, of their House counterparts, questioning broad domestic surveillance early Wednesday. But the biggest NSA news came outside the hearing room. The Guardian unveiled a powerful Internet monitoring program called…

by | Jul 29, 2013

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald promised to bolster the most extreme claims of former NSA infrastructure analyst and contractor Edward Snowden: The fugitive leaker stated in the first publicly revealed video of an interview with…

by | Jul 24, 2013

Josh Peterson at The Daily Caller points to an “awkward” ProPublica report that the NSA is having trouble fulfilling a freedom of information act (FOIA) request because it cannot easily search an internal email system that is “a little antiquated…

by | Jul 19, 2013

The American League of Lobbyists (ALL, as in all your tax dollar are belong to us) cordially invites you to an event called “Lobbying the Affordable Care Act” to be held Tuesday, July 23rd from 1 to 2 p.m. at…

by | Jul 18, 2013

Intelligence officials were castigated early Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with a few congressmen going so far as to call the mass collection of phone metadata “illegal” and demand that it cease…

by | Jul 16, 2013

Jack Hunter, an important advisor to Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has recently been accused of racism for his exploits as “The Southern Avenger” between 1999 and 2012. Although I would not say we are close, I know Jack personally and…

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