The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime. For the full story, see: You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi - ProPublica
The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News.
Where are U.S. Special Operations forces and what are they doing?
In my latest article, I reveal — for the first time anywhere — the full extent of black ops deployments during 2013 and analyze the potential pitfalls of conducting a globalized secret war. Without a clear picture of where the U.S. military’s covert forces are operating and what they are doing, Americans may not even recognize the consequences of and blowback from our expanding secret wars as they wash over the world. But if history is any guide, they will be felt — from Southwest Asia to the Mahgreb, the Middle East to Central Africa, and, perhaps eventually, in the United States as well.
For the full story, see “The Special Ops Surge: America’s Secret War in 134 Countries”
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A new poll conducted in 68 countries around the world asked people which nation is the greatest threat to world peace. Guess who handily beat Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea to take the title?
Ever wonder what your state was the best at being the worst at? Does it lead the other 49 in cocaine use? Bestiality? Corruption? Poor health? Wonder no more thanks to this map created by Jeff Wysacki of Pleated-Jeans.com.
Kael Weston, a former State Department political adviser who worked with Marines for nearly three years in Falluja and the surrounding Anbar Province, following the recent taking of that city by Sunni insurgents.
The Obama administration has done it. In a country where its impossible to get people to agree on anything, 82% of Americans are now united in opposition to the war in Afghanistan.
|—||Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward J. Snowden reacting to the decision of a Federal District Court judge who ruled that the NSA program that is systematically keeping records of all Americans’ phone calls most likely violates the Constitution. That judge, Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia (a 2002 appointee of President George W. Bush), ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs’ personal calls and destroy the records of their calling history. For the full story, click here.|
|—||Nelson Mandela in 2002, courtesy of Newsweek.|