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Talk Shows this Week on FISA

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

The talk shows have been busy this week discussing FISA issues, both because of the Second Circuit decision last week and because of the House consideration of the USA Freedom Act. The Diane Rehm Show had a good discussion on Monday, in which I participated. Radio Times had an unusually good hour with Josh Gerstein of Politico, . . .
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No, Twitterati, Gen. Alexander Didn’t Leave His Laptop Unattended on Amtrak

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10:22 AM

I’m going to let this exchange on Twitter this morning speak for itself. [View the story “Facts Too Good to Check on Keith Alexander’s Laptop” on Storify] And for the record, no, I don’t have General Alexander’s cell phone number, and I didn’t call him. I emailed him. But nobody checked that fact either.

The Intercept Finds an Anonymous Source It Can Trust

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Friday, January 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM

For years, Glenn Greenwald has been railing against against mainstream newspapers for, as he put it just the other day, “as usual—corruptly grant[ing] anonymity to ‘senior administration officials’ to disseminate their inflammatory claims with no accountability.” At last, however, Greenwald’s publication, the always-adversarial The Intercept, has found an organization worthy of trust, one to whose senior officials it can . . .
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The Senate Kills Surveillance Reform and Glenn Greenwald Shrugs

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The Senate yesterday buried—at least for now—surveillance reform, when Republican senators refused to allow the current draft of the measure to proceed to a vote. Glenn Greenwald has an interesting reaction to the legislative death of the grandiosely-named USA Freedom Act: It doesn’t matter. He writes, “it has been clear from the start that U.S. legislation is . . .
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Why Glenn Greenwald’s Challenge is Asking the Wrong Question

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Over at Vox an admiring article appears on a challenge that Glenn Greenwald is giving to people who think they have nothing to hide: The most common defense for the massive expansion of government surveillance programs since 2001 is that they only negatively affect people who have something to hide. In a recent TED Talk, Glenn Greenwald, the journalist . . .
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A Less Generous Take on Greenwald’s Latest

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Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Jack is very generous to Glenn Greenwald in his post earlier today, in which he notes areas where he agrees with what he terms Greenwald’s “skeptical takedown of the factual basis for the attacks on the Khorasan Group (KG) in Syria, and the American Press’s complicity, based on anonymous USG sources, in spreading war-mongering exaggerations about . . .
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On Glenn Greenwald’s Skepticism on Threat Claims About the Khorasan Group

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Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Glenn Greenwald has a skeptical takedown of the factual basis for the attacks on the Khorasan Group (KG) in Syria, and the American Press’s complicity, based on anonymous USG sources, in spreading war-mongering exaggerations about KG’s imminent threat to the American public.  Greenwald concludes: So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled . . .
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My Twitter Exchange with Glenn Greenwald this Morning

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM

The thing kind of speaks for itself: [View the story “My Twitter Exchange with Glenn Greenwald ” on Storify]

What Exactly Was Edward Snowden’s Job?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

The New York Times the other day ran this story about an interview Edward Snowden gave to the Guardian in Moscow. The Guardian interview made a few waves because of Snowden’s claim that NSA analysts passed around racy photos they had intercepted. I was struck by a different aspect of it. The New York Times characterized it as follows: . . .
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On Glenn Greenwald’s Latest

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

After a huge amount of pre-publication hype, Glenn Greenwald’s new capstone NSA story is out, and I find myself with little to say about it. Greenwald has gotten his hands on a spreadsheet listing the email addresses of people supposedly subject to FISA surveillance, and he has identified five Muslim Americans whose addresses are on . . .
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The Atlantic Reports that the ACLU Reports that Glenn Greenwald Will Report Bad Surveillance Stuff

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Over at the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf is reporting that Anthony Romero of the ACLU in a speech in Aspen is reporting that Glenn Greenwald someday soon will report that really bad surveillance stuff is happening: Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, told an Aspen Ideas Festival panel Wednesday that forthcoming revelations . . .
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Why Does the Omniscient Panopticon Tolerate Glenn Greenwald?

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Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:11 AM

If you believe Glenn Greenwald’s new book (which I reviewed here), the NSA’s appetite for gobbling up communications is unlimited. Legal controls on its behavior are trivial. Its much-repeated claim that it does not spy on American citizens is a lie. And its goal in its collection activities is political control over citizens, whom surveillance renders . . .
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Two Great Essays on Glenn Greenwald’s New Book

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:06 AM

The first is by George Packer, writing in Prospect: Some of the instances are more subtle than others, but spread over the several hundred pages of this book, they reveal a mind that has liberated itself from the basic claims of fairness. Once the norms of journalism are dismissed, a number of constraints and assumptions . . .
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Critical Comments by Rahul Sagar on My Post on Kinsley

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Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Rahul Sagar is Associate Professor at Yale NUS and the author of the terrific and timely Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy (reviewed favorably by Steven Aftergood on Lawfare and Eric Posner in TNR).  He writes in with some critical comments on my post last week on Michael Kinsley, to which I have . . .
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David Cole on Glenn Greenwald’s New Book

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The best review I have seen of Glenn Greenwald’s new book No Place to Hide is by David Cole in the Washington Post, who concludes: This is an important and illuminating book. It would have been more important and illuminating were Greenwald able to acknowledge that the choices we face about regulating surveillance in the . . .
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Munk Debate on State Surveillance

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The resolution at this Munk Debate in Toronto is “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defense of our freedoms.” Supporting the motion are former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Opposing it are Glenn Greenwald and Reddit cofounder, Alexis Ohanian.

A Reply to Ryan Goodman

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Over at Just Security, the estimable Ryan Goodman of NYU Law School has responded to my post of Saturday taking on Glenn Greenwald over press eagerness to blow lawful classified programs. Goodman advances the remarkable claim that the legality of what he and Greenwald call “mass surveillance” is actually “an open legal question” under international law, and . . .
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A Very Brief Reply to Glenn Greenwald

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Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Over at his new publication, The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald has a piece taking to task those criticizing Edward Snowden for news stories that, in fact, reflect the editorial judgments of the newspapers that published them. I actually agree with Greenwald about this. I have criticized both the New York Times and the Washington Post for their editorial judgments . . .
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David Miranda Decision Gives Broad Scope to UK Detention Authority

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:45 AM

As I noted in an earlier post, the UK High Court in an opinion by Lord Justice John Laws dismissed David Miranda’s suit challenging his detention by the Metropolitan Police at London’s Heathrow Airport on August 18, 2013. Lord Justice Laws first considers Miranda’s claim that the Metropolitan Police acted beyond the scope of the . . .
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What I Am—And What I Am Not—Saying About Laura Poitras

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

This morning, Jane and I posted a critique of the New York Times‘s very silly story about non-NSA surveillance—by one foreign government against another foreign governments—surveillance not against US persons, surveillance which did not target lawyers. The story was headlined: “Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm.” The story’s dual byline included Laura Poitras, a documentary . . .
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