On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure Kevin Gozstola and I speak with Montague Simmons, the chair of the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) and founder of Hands Up United, about the latest developments in Ferguson, Missouri, where police continue to harass and arrests protesters and journalists in the aftermath of the execution of unarmed black […]
Tag / NSA
A recently released survey of American writers conducted by PEN America Center in October found that government surveillance is having a chilling effect on freedom of expression. PEN surveyed over 500 US writers about the impact of NSA surveillance revelations on their work and found that self-censorship is rampant due to anxieties about being spied […]
To all you recreational drug users and dealers out there, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is listening. Well actually, it’s the NSA that’s listening and watching. But Reuters has uncovered a secret DEA unit that uses the information collected by NSA surveillance programs to launch criminal investigations of Americans—primarily drug dealers who pose no […]
For nearly a week mainstream news outlets have been saturated with fear mongering over the Obama administration’s warning about a looming threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist group’s Yemeni branch. Lawmakers were told the threat was discovered thanks to controversial NSA surveillance programs. Coincidence?
Since the NSA spying story broke last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about this Martin Niemöller saying: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew. Then they came […]