Coleen Rowley, a former FBI special agent and whistleblower on the failures of the FBI on 9/11, looks at mass shootings as a consequence of the US fighting perpetual wars.
In relative obscurity, Congress is about to hand President Donald Trump permanent surveillance powers over US citizens. Most Americans don’t even seem to know how this controversial legislation would affect them. Here is what’s at stake.
Russ Baker recently spoke to RT news about the Trump administration’s efforts to renew a controversial section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law that has resulted in excessive privacy violations against American citizens.
As the nightmare of George Orwell’s 1984 becomes reality in slow motion, there may be a silver lining. It turns out that the people have some powerful surveillance tools of their own.
The technology of surveillance has outpaced the law and oversight. How far will it go? And what can we do about it?
What effect does the awareness of surveillance have on the behavior of people? WhoWhatWhy looked at the available results of research being conducted, and found that we may be reaching the tipping point — when awareness of being watched starts to affect behavior.
In a case with echoes in the US, Germany’s top prosecutor got the boot as a result of his decision to launch an investigation into whether bloggers had committed treason by publishing confidential documents. The prosecutor’s move resulted in Germans taking to the streets to defend freedom of the (digital) press.
As NATO allies’ focus shifted from the Cold War to their own economic interests, the lack of a common enemy caused them to turn on each other.
A past presidential administration official weighs in on the complicated view of the NSA whistleblower… or traitor.
The multi-state military drill known as Jade Helm has provoked a fierce debate. Is it much ado about nothing—or, as some claim, an effort to desensitize the public toward martial law? WhoWhatWhy takes a look.
On May 18, 2015, President Obama made a surprising announcement: he ordered the federal government to reverse its standing practice of providing American police departments with surplus weapons and vehicles from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Given declining confidence in police after a seemingly constant recent stream of fatalities involving black suspects, this newfound caution with heavy provisioning is understandable. But questions about the wisdom of militarizing police are not new. WhoWhatWhy first wrote about the issue in February, 2014.