I sexually harassed my NSA polygrapher

There is a hotel near the Baltimore airport where National Security Agency (NSA) recruits stay. Some are linguists. Some are computer scientists. Some are security experts. Most are introverts. At night everyone uses their dinner vouchers sitting at one person tables around the perimeter of the hotel dining room. It is quiet. Everyone reads or … Continue reading I sexually harassed my NSA polygrapher

NSA XKeyscore can search nearly everything you do on the Internet

NSA XKeyscore is the latest privacy invasive technology revealed by documents leaked by Edward Snowden. According to the leaked documents Xkeyscore allows the NSA to search "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet" including the content of emails, websites visited and search history. Previously the NSA has asserted that they only collected "meta-data," but … Continue reading NSA XKeyscore can search nearly everything you do on the Internet

Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for the leaking of government documents about NSA spying programs. The nomination was made by a Swedish sociology professor to symbolize 'that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.' Does Edward Snowden deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions? When I wrote a … Continue reading Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Five reasons you should care about the NSA and privacy issues

Privacy issues have been in the news a lot recently, but a lot of people don't seem to care. A survey from the Pew Research Center concluded that 56% of American's view the government's tracking of phone records as "acceptable." Why should people care about privacy issues, particularly if they have nothing to hide? Here … Continue reading Five reasons you should care about the NSA and privacy issues

Why I chose not to work for the NSA

I got a job offer from the National Security Agency. Yes, the NSA. I might have had the opportunity to do some interesting work there, but I chose not to work for the NSA because I was concerned I might be asked to do something I'd find objectionable. It seems I made the right choice. … Continue reading Why I chose not to work for the NSA