August 2013

  1. ACLU v. Clapper: ACLU files excellent declaration by Princeton Comp Sci Professor Edward Felten

    The lawsuit, ACLU v. Clapper, is groundbreaking in its own right. The ACLU filed suit following this summer’s revelation of the NSA’s massive phone metadata collection program. Beyond being the first high-profile lawsuit arguing that the dragnet metadata collection is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment, it also makes an argument that many critics had overlooked: […]

  2. Good WaPo piece explaining why NSA abuses of power are actual, not potential

    Big news here. Well-worth a read, if only to understand just how wrong Obama is when he claims that NSA power, excessive or not, is at least not being abused (bolding mine):   Today our colleague Barton Gellman released new documents that contradicted Obama’s claims. Gellman obtained an audit of the NSA’s compliance record from […]

  3. NSA “touches” more data than Google

    The NSA last Friday attempted to hide the unconstitutionality ball by appealing to some highly nuanced figures that the NSA apparently felt made their privacy invasions appear minimal. Citing data published by “a major tech company,” the NSA claimed that it only “touches” 1.6% of internet traffic. The problem with that claim, as Ars points […]


    Reuters revealed today that the Drug Enforcement Administration has been coordinating the sharing of information between domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies—including those with ostensibly only foreign spying directives (all bolding in this piece is mine):   The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two […]