Posts Tagged ‘Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’


Total Recall

If the NSA’s massive intelligence operation sounds like a certain Bush-era program, that’s because it is. Continue reading…

Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh Air Interview

I talked with Terry Gross about surveillance, data mining, and the recent revelations of NSA intelligence programs. Listen here.

What We Know About the NSA Metadata Program

A primer on what we know, what we might infer, and the big unanswered questions about the government’s collection of Americans’ phone records. Continue reading…

Read the rest of this entry »

Giving in to the Surveillance State

My op-ed in today’s New York Times looks at a decade of secret government surveillance and why we’re still powerless against it.

The Story Behind the Story about Warrantless Wiretapping

A just-published paper offers new insights and intriguing details about the New York Times’ 2005 blockbuster on government spying. More here.

Read the rest of this entry »

Patriot Act–deja vu all over again

I was a guest on this week’s “On the Media,” talking about the renewal of the Patriot Act, and whether the Obama administration is secretly interpreting the law in a way that allows the government to collect more information.

Read the rest of this entry »

A Clueless President

I’ve long known that, on many important national security decisions, former president George W. Bush wasn’t in the driver’s seat. But I was shocked to discover that at one of the most critical points of his presidency, Bush wasn’t even in the car. Here’s my review of Bush’s shocking admission, in his new memoir, about […]

Read the rest of this entry »

The Consultant was a Spy

The Russian spies arrested last month and traded back to Moscow have mostly been introduced to the American public as a hot girl and a bunch of bumbling Borises and Natashas. But people who crossed paths with one of the recently deported spies, a Bostonian calling himself Donald Heathfield, suggest that he, at least, may […]

Read the rest of this entry »

A Matter of Opinions

Somewhere on the fifth floor of an immense federal office building in downtown Washington is a filing cabinet, or perhaps a computer hard drive, that holds a set of documents that the next president and his lawyers will want to read very, very carefully. Read the story here in National Journal.

Read the rest of this story »

Surveillance Standoff

In the old days, everyone was linked to a lug nut, and Jim Kallstrom liked it that way. It was 1985, a simpler time for a cop like Kallstrom, who was in charge of setting telephone wiretaps on suspected drug dealers and mobsters for the FBI’s New York City field office. In New York, Kallstrom’s […]

Read the rest of this story »