MIT Technology Review: Bruce Schneier – NSA Spying is Making Us Less Safe
Prominent cryptographer and security expert Bruce Schneier, who has been working with The Guardian on the disclosures of NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden, gave an interview detailing what the disclosures have truly revealed, how the actions have made Americans less safe, that more huge revelations “might” be coming, and that the average person interested in privacy should advocate for political change.
Also, the New York Times' editorial board has reacted to recent disclosures showing that the NSA weakened software encryption standards and apparently can decrypt anything. The article calls the back doors and special access routes “another example of the intelligence communities overreach.”
Key Quote (Schneier): The NSA’s actions are making us all less safe. They’re not just spying on the bad guys, they’re deliberately weakening Internet security for everyone—including the good guys. It’s sheer folly to believe that only the NSA can exploit the vulnerabilities they create. Additionally, by eavesdropping on all Americans, they’re building the technical infrastructure for a police state.
International Business Times: Snowden NSA Leaks – Rep. Schiff Introduces Bill to Reform Secret Court
This past Friday, California Democrat Adam Schiff introduced legislation to include a public advocate at FISC hearings before decisions are made. The congressman’s press release can be found here.
Providence Journal: Edward Fitzpatrick – Manning’s Providence-based Lawyer Warns of Chilling Effect on Whistleblowers
Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s lawyer David Coombs said that his client’s 35-year sentence has a chilling effect for those who reveals "stuff that embarrasses the government.” He also added that those who disclose information that makes the “government look good” will not be prosecuted. The article also tells the story of how Coombs came to represent Manning, whose disclosures “might have embarrassed US diplomats,” though prosecutors provided no proof of actual harm done to US national security or military personnel.
Financial Times: Whistleblower in the Eye of the Storm
A Beninese accountant who served as executive director of finance and risk for the pan-African Ecobank Transnational says she was suspended because of her “resistance to actions she felt were not in the interests of the bank.” While the bank’s incoming CEO maintains his right to make changes in upper-management at the institution, the reason for the accountant’s dismissal are still unclear given her stellar reviews from former employers and her award for African businesswoman of the year in 2010.
Jack Davis is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.