articles tagged "espionage"

Tin Foil Hats For the Rest of Us

Monday, 3 February 2014 | buzz
Jon Ippolito

Worried about the NSA tapping your phone or your laptop? Jon Ippolito gives us some tips. more »

Thought Police Go Virtual

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | buzz
Cartoon Spy

That troll you just vanquished in World of Warcraft might have been a true-life NSA spy. Pro Publica and New York Times reporter Justin Elliot tells us more more »

Tail Gunner Joe

Monday, 2 December 2013 | buzz
Joe McCarthy

On this day, 59 years ago, the U.S. Senate voted 67 to 22 to censure Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy. The Senate resolution said that McCarthy “acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute, to obstruct the constitutional processes of the Senate, and to impair its dignity; and such conduct is hereby condemned.” This effectively brought to a close the political career of “Tail Gunner Joe,” one of the most feared politicians in U.S. history. McCarthy served the remainder of his term in the Senate, but took to drinking heavily and died from complications associated with alcoholism in 1957. History professor Ellen Schrecker of Yeshiva University …. more »

“The Way of the Knife” A History of CIA Covert Operations

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 | buzz
Mazetti_Book

On its website, the Central Intelligence Agency says that its mission is “collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US government officials.” Not included in that description is “assassination, covert operations, and drone warfare.” Our next guest is the author of “The Way of the Knife” which chronicles the shift of the CIA’s mission from information-gathering to murder. Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for The New York Times. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response, and he has won numerous other …. more »

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