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August 05, 2013 12:03 PM Warning to Americans: Be Afraid, Very Afraid

It seems as if al-Qaeda, or its Arabian Peninsula branch, has succeeded in terrorizing the United States of America again, but this time without - as of this writing - detonating an ounce of C4. It doesn’t strike me as...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 02, 2013 9:01 AM The Expanding Homeland

On Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting California Senator Diane Feinstein, who chairs the committee, was defending the National Security Agency's infamous top secret spying program. As Philip Bump first reported at the Atlantic, part of Feinstein's presentation consisted...

By Daniel Luzer

July 31, 2013 11:50 AM Pardon Dick Cheney, and Pardon Bradley Manning

Since it's timely, I’m republishing my modest proposal from last year, one half of which is meant in all seriousness: It’s not at all surprising that most US media have yawned at today’s news that a UN rapporteur has found...

By Henry Farrell

July 19, 2013 8:06 AM How the European Union May Overreact to Security Concerns

The Financial Times has an editorial warning gravely that the European Union may overreact to the PRISM surveillance program revelations. If recent leaks about US internet surveillance spur Europe’s political leaders to press ahead with a proposed privacy directive, so...

By Henry Farrell

July 05, 2013 10:40 AM The Difference Between Offense and Defense in Cybersecurity

This New York Times article about Edward Snowden implicitly highlights the perceived dilemmas of US cybersecurity policy. In 2010, while working for a National Security Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden learned to be a hacker. He took a course that...

By Henry Farrell