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New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents — Agents from New Zealand's national police force ransacked the home of a prominent independent journalist who was collaborating with The Intercept on stories from the NSA archive furnished by Edward Snowden.

UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights — The United Nations' top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the "Special Rapporteur") issued a formal report to the U.N. General Assembly today that condemns mass electronic surveillance as a clear violation of core privacy rights guaranteed by multiple treaties and conventions.

The transformation of Anwar al-Awlaki — The Washington Post today has the latest leak-based boasting about how the U.S. is on the verge of "defeating" Al Qaeda, yet - lest you think this can allow a reduction of the National Security State and posture of Endless War on which it feeds - the article warns that "al­-Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen is now seen as a greater counterterrorism challenge than the organization's traditional base" and that this new threat, as Sen.

Edward Snowden's Girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, Moved to Moscow to Live with Him — CITIZENFOUR, the new film by Intercept co-founding editor Laura Poitras, premiered this evening at the New York Film Festival, and will be in theaters around the country beginning October 24. Using all first-hand, real-time footage, it chronicles the extraordinary odyssey of the NSA whistleblower in Hong Kong while he worked with journalists, as well the aftermath of the disclosures for Snowden himself and countries and governments around the world.

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters — Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything you need to hide."

Panetta: Iraq War was “worth it” — (updated below) A day after visiting Iraq, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to reporters in Turkey on Saturday and said this, according to the DoD's own site: "There is no question that the United States was divided going into that war," he said. "But I think the United States is united coming out of that war.

Edward Snowden: whistleblower, criminal ... Nobel Peace Prize winner? — The US government says he's a criminal. Others call him a hero. But will Edward Snowden soon be described as a Nobel Peace Prize winner? Some experts are predicting that the former US contractor for the National Security Agency now living under asylum in Russia will be announced on Friday as this year's honoree.

Sam Harris, the New Atheists, and anti-Muslim animus — Two columns have been published in the past week harshly criticizing the so-called "New Atheists" such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens: this one by Nathan Lean in Salon, and this one by Murtaza Hussain in Al Jazeera.

Key Democrats, Led by Hillary Clinton, Leave No doubt that Endless War is Official U.S. Doctrine — Long before Americans were introduced to the new 9/11 era super-villains called ISIS and Khorasan, senior Obama officials were openly and explicitly stating that America's "war on terror," already 12 years old, would last at least another decade.

Glenn Greenwald: Abbott exploits terrorism to seize new powers — If you're an Australian citizen, you have a greater chance of being killed by the following causes than you do by a terrorist attack: slipping in the bathtub and hitting your head; contracting a lethal intestinal illness from the next dinner you eat at a restaurant; being struck by lightning.
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Oct 21, 2014

@iD4RO If I start talking about dogs, I won't stop, so be careful what you wish for.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @MazMHussain: This is a great analysis of the origins and use of the word "terrorism" in NYT:… via @RBrulin

Oct 21, 2014

The New Yorker's SteveColl has some great observations on how "Edward Snowden changed journalism" - "for the better"…

Oct 21, 2014

Oops RT @Xav711 So are top US generals going to indefinitely detain themselves for material support for terrorism?

Oct 21, 2014

RT @AlleenBrown: My first post for @the_intercept on the death of climate change whistleblower Rick Piltz…

Oct 21, 2014

@onekade She fell in with the wrong crowd: one that doesn't even trust the US Govt.

Oct 21, 2014

@onekade We should work on an intervention for her - barge into her Berlin apartment and tell her we're taking over: no more tech friends.

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