Privacy

Privacy, Please

You can decide whether to use Facebook or let private sites install cookies to track your info. Johansson didn’t give that hacker permission to steal her photos. And I didn’t give the NSA — not to mention the IRS, FBI, etc. — permission to access my information.

Edward Snowden: Traitor by What Definition?

It’s now an undisputed fact, in the minds of our esteemed government officials: Edward Snowden, the man who exposed the U.S. government for spying on private, law-abiding citizens, is a traitor. Exactly how did this label get smuggled in to the whole controversy about...

Edward Snowden vs. Fascism

Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man’s only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old ex-CIA technician who has come forward to self-identify as the source for news reports about massive...

NSA, Obama and The Loss of Trust

Amid all the heated cross-currents of debate about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program, there is a growing distrust of the Obama administration that makes weighing the costs and benefits of the NSA program itself hard to assess. The...

Obama Exploits a Compliant America

“You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” So says Barack Obama, in defense of his administration’s policy of monitoring the phone...

Alan Dershowitz vs. Ben Franklin

The collection of millions of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency is a necessary compromise on privacy —but should be monitored to keep it from being abused, renowned civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz says. “Even Benjamin Franklin...