Civil Liberties & Privacy

Press About Oliver Stone-Peter Kuznick-Jeremy Scahill FFF Panel at SFL Conference

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The following is a list of articles written about the FFF panel at the Students for Liberty conference in Washington, D.C., on February 14-16, 2014. The panel consisted of Oliver Stone, the Academy Award Winning Hollywood director, Peter Kuznick, Stone's collaborator on their Showtime series "Untold History," and Jeremy Scahill, whose film "Dirty Wars" received an Academy Award nomination ... [click for more]

TGIF: Heroic

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Bradley Manning (who wishes to be known as Chelsea Manning) sure was naïve. During the sentencing phase of Manning’s court martial, Alexa O’Brien reports, a forensic psychiatrist said, Well, Pfc Manning was under the impression that his leaked information was going to really change how the world views the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and future ... [click for more]

TGIF: The Phony Trade-off between Privacy and Security

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Most people take it for granted — because they’ve heard it so many times from politicians and pundits — that they must trade some privacy for security in this dangerous world. The challenge, we’re told, is to find the right “balance.” Let’s examine this. On its face the idea seems reasonable. I can imagine hiring a firm to look after ... [click for more]

The Outrage of Stop-and-Frisk

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As the subject of an ongoing trial in federal court, Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., the controversial police policy known as “stop and frisk” is receiving more attention than perhaps at any other moment in its history. For most of that time — and indeed it is difficult to know exactly how long the ... [click for more]

Snowden and the Surveillance State

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When I first found out that the National Security Agency (NSA) was tracking my telephone and Internet activity, I must confess, a part of me felt flattered. Sure, it’s creepy, illegal, and unconstitutional, but on a certain level the idea that a supersecret government agency supposedly responsible for protecting the country from terrorists and other evildoers would bother with creating ... [click for more]

TGIF: Is Edward Snowden a Lawbreaker?

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Most people believe that Edward Snowden, who has confirmed that the U.S. government spies on us, broke the law. Even many of his defenders concede this. While in one sense the statement “Snowden broke the law” may be trivially true, in another, deeper sense it is untrue. He may  have violated the terms of legislation passed by Congress and signed ... [click for more]
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