Just because what the NSA is doing doesn't violate the letter of the Constitution, that doesn't mean it stays true to the spirit.
The alerts can be appropriate in settings where one doesn't expect disturbing material. But why would a university classroom be one of those places?
My personal picks for must-read nonfiction from 2013.
What's the least awful way to arrange dates to the dance?
The consequences of eliminating Fourth Amendment protections for all international communication with foreigners
Early thoughts on the new orientation requirement for first-year graduate students at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Frontline's new documentary about NSA spying is an important reminder of how Bush officials violated the Constitution.
Glenn Greenwald's new book is far more grounded in traditional American norms, laws, and values than the surveillance programs it is critiquing.
He wasn't just trying to spark democratic debate on surveillance. He also hoped his revelations would prompt programmers to build better encryption.
America's biggest city is still engaged in religious profiling.
Will President Obama refuse a demand that unites the Kentucky Republican and the ACLU?
A new rule bars some of them from discussing information that is both already public and true.
It's hard to justify letting the agency collect sensitive data when even its defenders admit it struggles to protect its secrets.
A deadly barrage endangered numerous innocent residents of Miami.
Government officials increasingly want to treat Americans as if we're under suspicion until proven innocent.
America has failed to prepare for proliferation.
That should disqualify David Barron from becoming a federal judge.
Republicans are unlikely to learn anything useful from their investigation, since they're more interested in discrediting Obama.
But contra Alan Dershowitz, history shows how dangerous uncritical support for surveillance can be.
The former head of the NSA asserted that one can't know whether spying is legitimate or not unless one knows all the details about it.