First Look Joins Legal Fight Over Hulk Hogan Sex Tape

First Look Joins Legal Fight Over Hulk Hogan Sex Tape

First Look Media, owner and publisher of The Intercept, today filed a motion objecting to Hulk Hogan’s request that the public and press be prevented from seeing Hogan’s sex tape during Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker.

U.S. Will Resume Sending Weapons to Bahrain Despite Ongoing Repression

U.S. Will Resume Sending Weapons to Bahrain Despite Ongoing Repression

The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011. “The Administration has decided to lift>>

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Flip-Flop on NSA Spying

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Flip-Flop on NSA Spying

Two years after she cancelled her state visit to Washington in outrage over revelations that the U.S. had spied on her, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is back in Washington, taking a decidedly more friendly approach to President Barack Obama. News articles in July 2013 based on documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden>>

Center for Security Policy Compares Islamic Religion to the Plague

Center for Security Policy Compares Islamic Religion to the Plague

The Center for Security Policy’s gala last Monday, a black-tie affair at the stately Metropolitan Club of New York, featured a procession of speakers warning darkly about the threat posed by the religion of Islam. Tommy Waller, a marine veteran and the legislative outreach director for the group, said he had fought the enemy on the battlefields>>

Florida Man, Accused of Terrorism Based on Book Collection, Set Free

Florida Man, Accused of Terrorism Based on Book Collection, Set Free

The U.S. government had produced “snippets of information from various sources, out of context, to weave together a narrative of terrorist ideation,” a Florida judge said Friday, ordering the release of Marcus Dwayne Robertson, an Orlando-based Islamic scholar who stood accused of supporting terrorism. Robertson, also known as “Abu Taubah,” had been incarcerated since 2011>>

Orwell’s Triumph: How Novels Tell the Truth of Surveillance

Orwell’s Triumph: How Novels Tell the Truth of Surveillance

We are characters in narratives constructed by algorithms. Joshua Cohen’s new novel, Book of Numbers, explores the ambiguity of surveillance.

No Child Left Un-Mined? Student Privacy at Risk in the Age of Big Data

No Child Left Un-Mined? Student Privacy at Risk in the Age of Big Data

A multibillion-dollar ed-tech industry says it needs to track student performance to improve education, but privacy advocates and parents worry about children’s data being exploited for profit.

Hillary Clinton ca. 1993 on Presidents Fighting Rich Corporations: “Tell Me Something Real”

Hillary Clinton ca. 1993 on Presidents Fighting Rich Corporations: “Tell Me Something Real”

A recent article in Politico includes a fantastic anecdote about Hillary Clinton’s worldview as of 1993. It describes how she believed that universal Medicare-for-all health coverage like Canada’s made rational sense, but that insurance company money would stop it from ever happening — and that it was hilariously naive to think a U.S. president could do anything about that. From>>

Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking — Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the U.S.

Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking — Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the U.S.

Given how embedded, pervasive and recent anti-gay sentiment has been in the fabric of American life, witnessing the arrival of full-scale legal equality is surreal.

How the NSA Started Investigating the New York Times’ Warrantless Wiretapping Story

How the NSA Started Investigating the New York Times’ Warrantless Wiretapping Story

After the newspaper published its 2005 story, the NSA issued a top-secret assessment of the damage to intelligence efforts. The memo, along with a marked-up copy of the article, is among the Snowden files.