Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

Inspector general investigation prompted by reports from The Intercept and its partners on New Zealand intercepting communications in bulk across neighboring islands.

Deployment of Controversial Urban Sensor System Aided by Aggressive Lobbying

Deployment of Controversial Urban Sensor System Aided by Aggressive Lobbying

“Is NYC’s new gunshot detection system recording private conversations?” asks Fusion in a recent story about ShotSpotter, a sensor technology currently being set up in the Bronx and Brooklyn. ShotSpotter sensors use microphone and satellite technology to detect, locate and report gunshots to police. Critics worry that the microphones are prone to false alarms, and more>>

Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low

Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low

A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability. The details are crucial for understanding the magnitude of the abuse here. At the center>>

Latest Assault on Net Neutrality Launched at Telecom Industry-Funded Think Tank

Latest Assault on Net Neutrality Launched at Telecom Industry-Funded Think Tank

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., last week addressed the Free State Foundation to announce his new plan to undermine recently enacted net neutrality rules by going after the funding of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency behind the decision. The FCC’s approach to net neutrality represents “potential untenable rules and regulatory overreach that will hurt consumers,” said Walden, the>>

Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

“Hostile” Israel possesses “the third most aggressive intelligence service against the U.S.,” says secret assessment.

Saudi Government Retains GOP’s Big Data Firms

Saudi Government Retains GOP’s Big Data Firms

Saudi Arabia already employs a team of U.S.-based lobbyists, lawyers, public relations professionals and even the chairman of one of the largest Super PACs. But now the Kingdom is hoping to buttress those efforts to influence American public opinion and policy by hiring politically connected tech talent. The latest addition to the Saudi lobbying team, newly>>

Taiwan Lobbyist Wrote Republican Party Resolution Calling for More Weapons for Taiwan

Taiwan Lobbyist Wrote Republican Party Resolution Calling for More Weapons for Taiwan

When the Republican National Committee convened in Chicago last August for its annual summer meeting, it unanimously approved a resolution urging the White House to supply a host of weapons, ranging from submarines to advanced warplanes, to the island nation of Taiwan. However, Justice Department records show the resolution was not written by any of the RNC’s members, but by>>

Prison Dispatches from the War on Terror: Gitmo Detainee’s Life an “Endless Horror Movie”

Prison Dispatches from the War on Terror: Gitmo Detainee’s Life an “Endless Horror Movie”

Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, a Yemeni national who has been detained at the American prison facility at Guantánamo Bay since 2002, weighs only 98 pounds. Never charged with a crime, al-Alwi, now 35 years old, is one of many detainees at the camp who have gone on a prolonged hunger strike. As described in a recent petition submitted to the>>

A Prosecutor Seeks Redemption. Can We Allow Prisoners the Same?

A Prosecutor Seeks Redemption. Can We Allow Prisoners the Same?

A Louisiana prosecutor apologized for sending an innocent man to die. Why not grant prisoners the same potential for change?

Emails Show Jeb Bush Coordinated With Florida Legislature for Favorable Primary Date

Emails Show Jeb Bush Coordinated With Florida Legislature for Favorable Primary Date

Emails obtained by The Intercept via a public records request reveal Jeb Bush closely coordinating with the Florida legislature to schedule Florida’s 2016 presidential primary in a way most favorable for Bush. State Representative Matt Gaetz wrote to Bush on January 2 that he is “concerned that Florida’s current primary date will lead to proportional allocation of delegates”>>