Tag: NSA

Continuing Opacity: Surveillance Under the Next Administration

Continuing Opacity: Surveillance Under the Next Administration

Amid an election full of outlandish statements, Twitter spats and ad hominem accusations, many important problems facing America have failed to grace headlines. In the fourth of a five-part series exploring issues ignored during the 2016 presidential election season, Ryan J. Suto addresses the...

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Laura Poitras discusses her new film, Citizenfour, on the Edward Snowden affair that unveiled a global surveillance scandal. Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This author has long had a fascination with lions, perhaps because Singh in Sanskrit means lion. Tragically, West African lions are facing extinction. Researchers estimate that about 400 lions are...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. This author has long had a fascination with lions, perhaps because Singh in Sanskrit means lion. Tragically, West African lions are facing extinction. Researchers estimate that about 400 lions are left...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. As we enter 2014, the world continues to be as kaleidoscopic a swirl of activity as ever. At a time of emails, tweets and cell phones, there is a real risk of drowning in the noise. Our goal is to cut...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. As we enter 2014, the world continues to be as kaleidoscopic a swirl of activity as ever. At a time of emails, tweets and cell phones, there is a real risk of drowning in the noise. Our goal...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This week, researchers found a large reservoir of melt water under Greenland ice "that persists throughout the winter." The melting of ice has been causing a rise in sea levels for...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. This week, researchers found a large reservoir of melt water under Greenland ice "that persists throughout the winter." The melting of ice has been causing a rise in sea levels for the past...

India and the US: A Tale of Two Foreign Policies

India and the US: A Tale of Two Foreign Policies

The treatment of Khobragade underscores the real problem with US foreign policy. The US and India are engaged in a diplomatic row over the arrest and strip-search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. The deputy general consul has been charged with non-payment of the US minimum wage to her...

Five Misconceptions About US Cyber Espionage

Five Misconceptions About US Cyber Espionage

While evidence of US spying is clear, the interpretations are full of misconceptions. The evidence is clear; thanks to former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden’s meticulous gathering of largely uncontested documents before his effective defection from his employer and...

How To Be a Rogue Superpower in the 21st Century (Part 2/2)

How To Be a Rogue Superpower in the 21st Century (Part 2/2)

Has Snowden inadvertently unmasked the world's real rogue power? This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. In this light, no incident has been more revealing than the downing of the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the democratically elected head of a...

How To Be a Rogue Superpower in the 21st Century (Part 1/2)

How To Be a Rogue Superpower in the 21st Century (Part 1/2)

Has Snowden inadvertently unmasked the world's real rogue power? This is the first of a two part series. It’s hard even to know how to take it in. I mean, what’s really happening? An employee of a private contractor working for the National Security Agency makes off with...

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