A thought experiment for the surveillance agency's former lawyer
The rogue surveillance bureaucrat revealed a trove of American secrets, cracked Japanese code, coerced Western Union into turning over cables, and won big at poker.
What would journalism look like without conventional standards of objectivity? An interview with Jay Rosen about the quarter-billion-dollar experiment he's joining
A defense of the icon in three verses
Journalists opposed to the surveillance state are accused of sensationalism and withholding context. But unlike our critics, we're eager for the whole truth to out.
Questioning the claim that Americans now are more vulnerable to terrorism, and probing its implications
The Obama Administration touts an improved customer experience. But there's reason to fear that it's illusory.
Its targets extend beyond suspected terrorists—and some rhetoric that the First Amendment would protect is singled out.
Congress was surprised to find that a federal intelligence agency they'd scarcely heard of was bigger and more powerful than one that they'd created.
The financial crisis, Obamacare, and disinterest in fixing dysfunction in the system
10 unsatisfying rules for disagreeing with friends and family over the holidays
Is the "robots are never snotty" approach to selling products a portent of things to come?
The Vatican's representative at the United Nations warns the U.S. about the moral pitfalls of its targeted killing program.
He must have known that his words would be quickly disproved. His public optimism before the rollout remains a big mystery.
Dubious terminology in reporting on the end of filibusters for the president's nominees
The ethos of their faction: "This situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture."
The Florida Republican's dubious commentary on America's most famous whistleblower
The taboo surrounding it hasn't recovered from the Bush years—and helping to reestablish it is our generation's responsibility.
In the latest example, Britain's GCHQ reached a secret deal with the U.S. that gives us private information on innocent Britons.
The alarming parallels between recent surveillance-state behavior and its lawless past