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Sheriff Tim Howard as Big Brother

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard has purchased equipment capable of snooping on citizens, but won’t discuss his surveillance program. An explosive report by Michael Wooten of WGRZ.


Russians to spy on Olympians

Vladimir Putin’s security apparatus is poised to monitor the emails, phone calls, social media posts and other forms of electronic communication by athletes and spectators at the upcoming games. Another ground-breaking investigation by The Guardian.


Every move you make

A top NSA official admits to a secret pilot program that uses cell phone technology to track the movement of American citizens. A report from the Guardian.


Worse than 1984

“Orwell could never have imagined anything as complete as this, this concept of scooping up everything all the time,” Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, tells a New York audience.


Surveillance in the name of national security

Mother Jones reports on the FBI’s ruthless response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Wrote a top FBI official: “We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.”


Higgins, Collins back NSA snooping

The House of Representatives narrowly defeated a measure Wednesday that would have reined in the federal government’s power to indiscriminately collect telephone records of American citizens. A report from the Guardian, including the roll call vote.


The perils of “collect it all”

Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian, citing the latest report by The Washington Post on the federal government’s efforts to establish a security state, explains the danger this poses to civil liberties in the United States and beyond.


Big Brother is on the line

If you’re a Verizon customer, the U.S. government knows who you are talking to thanks to a secret court order obtained by the Obama administration. “The communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing,” reports The Guardian.