The Clapper and Obama Wars (spying on Americans) must go. Snooping on millions of Americans’ private data was interpreted in Section 215 of the Patriot Act as legitimate by the Obama Administration. In 2013 Director James R.Clapper was asked by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence “does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” The Clapper said no. Shortly after he had made that statement, he had sent a private letter, of which the content not on public record, to the committee admitting he clearly had made an error. A few months afterward, Edward Snowden had defected the NSA and had revealed classified information to the same effect. Edward Snowden is now assumed to Russia.
Glenn Greenwald writes a piece on his blog, The Intercept, about the National Security Agency and General Keith Alexander, which helps to promote his new book, No Place To Hide. He plans to release “all of the previously unpublished NSA documents” on his published book web site.
Reason TV’s Zach Weissmueller interviews Ladar Levinson of Lavabit on Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency (NSA). Why did Levinson shut down Lavabit? What was the NSA trying to do? How is the NSA breaking privacy? What is dark mail? How is Levinson going to resurrect? What can be done to change the NSA’s practice of cyber surveillance that breaks the privacy of American citizens? What can be done to change or strengthen encryption standards and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) keys? Where is Edward Snowden in all this?