Celebrate what happened one year ago. It’s the birthday of a New America!

Summary:  Exactly one year ago Glenn Greenwald published the first of Snowden's revelations. Two days later I forecast that our response to these momentous disclosures would be nothing. That our passivity would mark the birthday of the New America, and the death of the Second Republic (under the Constitution). Today I add this to the … Continue reading Celebrate what happened one year ago. It’s the birthday of a New America!

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Scoring the game so far: NSA is winning, we’re losing

Summary:  Eleven  weeks have passed since the first revelations by Snowden about the NSA's surveillance programs. Let's total up the results. Spoiler for the post: the NSA is winning, we're losing. But there are some potentially significant effects in other nations. . What's been the effect of the revelations by Snowden about the NSA's surveillance … Continue reading Scoring the game so far: NSA is winning, we’re losing

“You’ve had your debate. There’s no need to write any more.”

Summary: We have moved to the steep downward part of the "S"-shaped slippery slope. Sharks bump their prey repeatedly, testing for a reaction. Once they confirm weakness, the attack begins. Similarly our elites have repeatedly tested us, probing the extent of our passivity. Now that they're confirmed our weakness, they move more boldly. Strong efforts … Continue reading “You’ve had your debate. There’s no need to write any more.”

The government strikes again, but finds yet another American willing to fight. Applause is not enough!

Summary:  As the Second Republic fades away, the Constitution abandoned, the government grows more powerful and bolder. As we see in its latest strike against Edward Snowden. But this time something strange happened. They came up against yet another American. A real American, willing to fight for the Republic against the government even at great … Continue reading The government strikes again, but finds yet another American willing to fight. Applause is not enough!

Will a wave of leakers undercut America’s national security?

Summary: Will hordes of Americans working for security services become leakers, undercutting the government's wall of secrecy and endangering national security? Many national security experts worry about this. Before we attempt an answer, let's examine why people become leakers -- and who becomes leakers. . Why become a leaker? Two of the most prominent recent … Continue reading Will a wave of leakers undercut America’s national security?

America’s courtiers rush to defend the government – from us

Summary: Those paying attention to Snowden's revelations have learned much about our government (although we're told he told us nothing new). Those reading the government's defenders learned much as well. Not just that Snowden's revelations did immense damage, but also that we stand alone when resisting the government. Our best and brightest are on the … Continue reading America’s courtiers rush to defend the government – from us

The Empire Strikes Back: The Demonization of Snowden Begins

Summary: Marcus Ranum, our in-house cyber-expert, looks at the next stage of the government's defense against the revelations of NSA surveillance. Like the surveillance itself, they rely on non-governmental agents to get the job done. I'm sure we're all shocked to see attempts to downplay the significance of the PRISM story. What's that you say? … Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back: The Demonization of Snowden Begins