Quote of the Day

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 …

The Obama Administration and NSA Reforms

I don't have too much to say about the president's recent speech other than to note that it leaves in place the essentials of the current surveillance program, which the National Security Agency ought to be happy about. Some news is made in the president's announcement that the NSA will no longer be holding bulk metadata, …

“Change We Can Believe In”

Alternatively titled "Things Obamaphiles Didn't Vote For": As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. …

The Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy Confirms Realist Expectations and Should Utterly Frustrate Obama Supporters

It is a fundamental tenet of realist theory (and I identify as a classical realist, though I have a healthy and pronounced respect for the notion that international anarchy also causes nation-states to place interests over ideological considerations) that while domestic considerations--such as a change in the nature of a nation-state's government, or a change …

Utterly Outrageous

Now, this is whistleblowing: Security researchers tonight are poring over a piece of malicious software that takes advantage of a Firefox security vulnerability to identify some users of the privacy-protecting Tor anonymity network. The malware showed up Sunday morning on multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting. That would normally be considered a …