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NSA surveillance news and analysis from The Nation
June 17, 2020
How Bill Barr Became Trump’s Generalissimo
The mastermind of the D.C. crackdown has a long history of working for the surveillance state.
October 28, 2019
What It Feels Like to Be Watched
From the streets to our smartphones, surveillance has taken on frightening proportions.
October 9, 2019
Edward Snowden Deserves to Be Tried by a Jury of His Peers, Just Like Everyone Else
The Justice Department has declined Snowden’s request for a jury trial—what are they afraid of?
October 3, 2019
‘Is It a Crime to Expose Crimes Already Committed?’
Reading Edward Snowden’s new memoir in the midst of the current scandal raging in Washington, the famous Iraq War whistle-blower explains why all whistle-blowers deserve our protection.
September 19, 2019
Edward Snowden Speaks
The NSA whistleblower’s new memoir is essential reading.
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September 18, 2019
Exclusive: Edward Snowden’s First Adventures in Cyberspace
An excerpt from the whistleblower’s new memoir.
August 16, 2019
‘Official Secrets’ Reveals How Little We Still Know About the Push for War in Iraq
In 2003, Katharine Gun risked everything to try to stop the war. The reporter who broke her story—coming to the big screen later this month—reminds us how many questions remain unanswered.
December 6, 2018
In America’s Panopticon
The Known Citizen
examines the linked histories of privacy and surveillance in the United States.
May 11, 2018
That ‘Deep State’ You Keep Hearing About? It Doesn’t Exist
Former NSA director Michael Hayden is no white knight. But he’s right on this point, which he makes in his new book,
The Assault on Intelligence.
September 22, 2017
In the Manning Affair, Harvard Once Again Demonstrates Its ‘Liberal’ Values
This year, the university dumps Manning and Michelle Jones. In the 1960s, it honored Vietnam War architect—and admitted war criminal—Robert McNamara.