Links: June 19, 2013 (Snowden + Drones)

Regarding Edward Snowden – There are a lot of obvious parallels between the recent developments surrounding Snowden’s NSA leaks and the particular discourse found at The Drone Fallacy. I will elaborate further on the links and the relevance of Snowden’s leaks to understanding both state surveillance and the general phenomenon of unmonitored and excessive state policies – concerning both domestic and foreign populations. In the meantime, here are some links concerning Snowden’s case that I have found helpful. Most of the links are from the Guardian, where Glenn Greenwald first broke the story.

The Leaks:

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily GG

Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks GG

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others GG

Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data GG


On Prism, partisanship and propaganda GG


Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process GG [on its relation to drones, see this article]

Minimization in the Age of Cyberwar emptywheel

The Truth: The NSA Has Been Working on Domestic Spying for Ten-Plus Years  emptywheel

So the NSA Is ‘Only’ Collecting Metadata? You Should Still Worry Wired

NSA surveillance is an attack on American citizens, says Noam Chomsky Guardian


FBI Admits It Surveils U.S. With Drones Wired

U.S. aerospace companies seek to reassure public on drones Reuters

General Atomics to Sell Unarmed Predator Drones to Foreign Countries USNews

China’s Latest Discount Product: Drones Atlantic

Obama’s Former Legal Adviser Urges U.S. To ‘Discipline Drones’ NPR

Drone ‘Signature Strike’ Witness Responds To Obama Speech: ‘I Don’t Trust A Single Word’ HuffPo

Foreign buyers eye Chinese drones People’s Daily Online

Facing Drone Gap, Europe Plays Catch-Up on Capabilities and Ethics World Politics Review

Illegal Drone Business Thrives in US Tech News Daily

Military Suppliers Push for Europe-Made Drone NYT

Drone Sales Flourish in a Time of Austerity NYT

Plea against drones: Petition filed in SC to halt drone attacks in FATA IHT

Pakistan should do more to check drones Pakistan Observer

Drones making things worse, UN toldNation

Imran Khan urges Pakistan to take steps to halt US drone attacks AFP

Why Drones Fail Foreign Affairs

Are drones along the border (all day, every day) cost-effective? LA Times

The brave new world of ‘drone journalism’ Telegraph

Pakistan summons envoy after U.S. drone strike kills nine Reuters

O’Reilly And Powers Get In Shouting Match Over Drones: We Shouldn’t Attack The Enemy Because ‘They Might Get Mad?’ Mediaite



Disposable Drones Will Collect Data by Surfing Along with Hurricanes IEEE Spectrum


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