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Entries from January 2013

FISA: The Movie

January 3rd, 2013 · 3 Comments

So what the hell happened with the FISA Amendments Act over the holidays?  I made a short video for Cato explaining it.

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

The Wall Street Journal’s Misleading Celebration of NSA Spying

January 2nd, 2013 · 7 Comments

The FISA Amendments Act has been extended, without amendment, for another five years—and The Wall Street Journal is delighted: Well, not everything President Obama and the 112th Congress managed to achieve is so terrible. With scarcely any notice, much less controversy, they did at least preserve one of the country’s most important post-9/11 antiterror tools. […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance

Your Television, I Am On It

January 2nd, 2013 · 39 Comments

As a general rule, going on television reminds me why I’ve chosen a career in print, but between the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act and the David Petraeus scandal, I’ve nevertheless ended up making a handful of small-screen appearances in the past couple months. For those of you who are into that sort of […]

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Tags: Self Promotion · Privacy and Surveillance

Highlights from Last Week’s Surveillance Debate

January 2nd, 2013 · 2 Comments

I’ve just had a chance to play around with C-SPAN’s clip-and-share functionality from its video archives, which seems like a pretty great tool for wonks like me who actually pay attention to stuff like last week’s marathon Senate debate over the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act, which President Obama signed on Sunday evening. With […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance