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Tag Archives: NSA
A response to Keith Ng on Hobbes’s Leviathan
Thanks for the post on Hobbes’s Leviathan. As you note, it is a potent symbol and one with many meanings that wax and wane across different eras. In particular, the idea of the Leviathan as a great creature of the … Continue reading
Posted in local government, public sector, statesmanship Tagged Hobbes, Leviathan, NSA, Politics, Snowden, Surveillance, Thomas Hobbes Comments Off on A response to Keith Ng on Hobbes’s Leviathan
How Snowden’s naivety has harmed the NSA in his own words.
For many people, the NSA’s arguments against Snowden appear hollow as they lack a smoking gun. The NSA has not provided any evidence that the leaks have damaged their ability to collect intelligence and deal with terrorist threats. For some … Continue reading
Posted in Government, statesmanship, strategy Tagged Edward Snowden, Guardian, National Security Agency, NSA, Osama Bin Laden, Snowden, United States, Zero Dark Thirty 3 Comments
If the NSA suppresses political dissent, why are they so bad at it?
I came across Barry Eisler’s post Motive, Means, and Opportunity: Why NSA Secrecy Should Worry Us All and I thought he would explain why secrecy was bad for a liberal democracy. Although he never discussed this issue, he did make … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, Government, justice, philosophy Tagged Barry Eisler, Baruch Spinoza, Glenn Greenwald, National Security Agency, NSA, political dissent, Project Shamrock, United States, United States Constitution Comments Off on If the NSA suppresses political dissent, why are they so bad at it?
Surveillance and the experience of technological sin
Throughout the furore over the NSA revelations, one thing that has remained constant is the way that technology companies and technologists have expressed a certain naiveté over politics. I do not mean that they are unaware of politics. Instead, I … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, military, privacy, Uncategorized, war Tagged Bhagavad-Gita, Ethnography, Google Glass, History, National Security Agency, NSA, technology, Warfare and Conflict 3 Comments
Edward Snowden and America’s suicide
The Snowden revelations are a wakeup call for the United States. He and his promoters have preached a jeremiad, but not the one most people believe they are hearing. Most people will believe they are trying to wake America up … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Abraham Lincoln, American, Martin Luther King, National Security Agency, NSA, Snowden, United States, WikiLeaks 3 Comments
Surveillance, conformity and censorship: the reality and the myth
We have heard from many writers that when the NSA and GCHQ monitor the web and communications across the web they engage in censorship or the surveillance becomes a form of censorship because it chills the freedom of expression. In … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, Government, privacy, Uncategorized Tagged Edward Snowden, GCHQ, Liberal democracy, National Security Agency, NSA, Public speaking, public sphere 9 Comments
My response to the NSA public consultation
Background note: In response to the Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program, a review group was created on August 12, 2013. President Obama directed the establishment of a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Their mission … Continue reading
Posted in Government, philosophy, privacy, transparency, war Tagged Barack Obama, Edward Snowden, National security, National Security Agency, NSA, Politics, privacy, Surveillance, United States Comments Off on My response to the NSA public consultation
Surveillance, Safety and the Rule of Law: Questions and Answers
We have heard many stories about the surveillance state and its power over the individual. We have heard that the United States has abused its position and its power to its advantage. Many people are outraged at what they believe … Continue reading
Posted in Government, privacy, statesmanship, transparency, Uncategorized Tagged Edward Snowden, government, Law, National Security Agency, NSA, President of the United States, Rule of law, Surveillance, Surveillance state, United States Comments Off on Surveillance, Safety and the Rule of Law: Questions and Answers
When the NSA cannot decrypt, the seeds of the electronic state of nature are planted
When the NSA can no longer decrypt encrypted documents, we will not usher in a new era of liberty or freedom. What we will learn is that our freedom has a dangerous limit. We will wake up to the truth … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, education, Government, philosophy, privacy Tagged current-events, Edward Snowden, Government Communications Headquarters, National Security Agency, NSA, political philosophers, Rule of law, United States Comments Off on When the NSA cannot decrypt, the seeds of the electronic state of nature are planted
Does the NSA want to collect everything? Let’s check the facts and then decide.
Over the past several months, we have read headlines and stories about the new surveillance state. We have been told that the United States government, in particular the NSA, intends to “collect, monitor, and store every telephone and internet communication … Continue reading