The 1% are changing America. It’s our move.

Summary: The moment approaches when every American sees that the 1% are taking it away. Then we each make a choice to go with the flow or resist. Here are a few events that show this time is close. I've predicted the events leading to this point, but have no idea how we'll react. Much … Continue reading The 1% are changing America. It’s our move.

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Members of the Deep State exchange high-fives, celebrating our passivity

Summary:  On 6 June 2013 the Guardian and Washington Post published the first in the latest round of revelations about the NSA's surveillance programs. Amidst the outpouring of brave rhetoric about the need to change, I predicted that nothing would happen. Rather, our passivity would encourage the leaders of the national security state (aka the … Continue reading Members of the Deep State exchange high-fives, celebrating our passivity

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

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!

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

Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.

Summary: Marcus Ranum looks to our past -- the government's history of surveillance -- to see the future which the government's vast surveillance machinery makes possible, and perhaps will help bring into being. . The NSA Doppleganger and Enemies The Nation currently has an excellent piece on some of the history of surveillance in the … Continue reading Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.

What they mean when the government says “We do not have ‘direct’ access to your info”

Summary: Even the best journalists and national security experts have difficulty with technical stories like the recent NSA revelations. Today Marcus Ranum (bio) cuts through the government's lies, explaining the truth behind the NSA's tapping vital telephone and email communication systems. . When politicians and spokespeople choose their words with exquisite care, then it's time … Continue reading What they mean when the government says “We do not have ‘direct’ access to your info”