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Pentagon Testing Surveillance Balloons Over America

Pentagon Testing Surveillance Balloons Over America

The Guardian reports that recently released documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal the previously unknown extent of the Pentagon’s wide-area surveillance capabilities. South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois have been playing unknown host to 25 solar-powered balloons as part of a test through U.S. Southern Command since mid-July and the tests...

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Was Snowden Right? Disputed NSA Phone Program Is Shut Down

Was Snowden Right? Disputed NSA Phone Program Is Shut Down

In June 2013, NSA network administrator Edward Snowden gave Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian internal documentation of a surveillance system that analyzes logs of Americans’ domestic calls and texts in the search for suspected terrorists. Now, a senior Capitol Hill Republican staffer says NSA has discontinued the program and the Trump administration might not ask...

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Eyes in the Sky: A Conference on Aerial Surveillance 

Eyes in the Sky: A Conference on Aerial Surveillance 

The Project on Government Oversight, otherwise known as POGO, is a Washington pubic interest group, on the cutting edge of accountability. POGO is calling attention to the growth of aerial surveillance in America with a conference on March 7. This is not the NSA-CIA version of spying–mass surveillance and espionage–but a more ordinary task carried...

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Reuters: Ex-NSA Cyberspies Reveal How They Hacked Foes of UAE

Reuters: Ex-NSA Cyberspies Reveal How They Hacked Foes of UAE

This is a story about how intelligence agencies deploy private contractors for surveillance and repression. It’s about the globalization of intelligence. Exhibit A: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which detained an innocent British graduate student as a spy and conferred with the chief of Israel’s Mossad. The UAE is an ally of the United States,...

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Who Is Spying on Citizen Lab, the Cybersecurity Watchdog?

Who Is Spying on Citizen Lab, the Cybersecurity Watchdog?

Citizen Lab, based out of the Munk School at the University of Toronto, has for years played a leading role in exposing state-backed hackers operating in places as far afield as Tibet , Ethiopia and Syria . Lately, CItizen has drawn attention for its repeated exposés of an Israeli surveillance software vendor called the NSO Group, a firm whose wares have...

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