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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
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Trump’s Plea to Russian Hackers Foreshadows a Dangerous Stance on NSA Surveillance

July 28, 2016 PHILADELPHIA––On Wednesday, Leon Panetta, the former director of the CIA, declared on stage at the DNC that the Republican Party’s nominee is unfit for office. He was responding in part to news that Donald Trump “hoped Russian intelligence services had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, and encouraged them to publish...

Trump Shows the Flaws of NSA Surveillance

July 28, 2016 PHILADELPHIA––On Wednesday, Leon Panetta, the former director of the CIA, declared on stage at the DNC that the Republican Party’s nominee is unfit for office. He was responding in part to news that Donald Trump “hoped Russian intelligence services had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, and encouraged them to publish...

'We Are Not Frozen in a Nightmare,' Says Defiant John Kerry

June 29, 2016 Amid tumult in world affairs, with a deadly attack on an airport in Istanbul, Turkey, EU countries grappling with Britain’s impending exit, and an ongoing war against ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry sought to reassure an Aspen audience Tuesday that “the world is not witnessing global gridlock. We are...

John Kerry: "We Are Not Frozen in a Nightmare"

June 29, 2016 Amid tumult in world affairs, with a deadly attack on an airport in Istanbul, Turkey, EU countries grappling with Britain’s impending exit, and an ongoing war against ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry sought to reassure an Aspen audience Tuesday that “the world is not witnessing global gridlock. We are...

Should the Careless Be Punished for Getting Hacked?

June 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly everyone with internet access is harmed, at least indirectly, by digital criminals. Josephine Wolff, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, believes cybersecurity policy would benefit from a debate about if and when it might be appropriate to punish careless computer users for their role in enabling those...

The Senate's Anti-Encryption Bill Could Become a Problem

April 14, 2016 A generation ago—after America’s spy agencies were exposed as perpetrators of massive civil-rights violations, abuses of power, and misdeeds abroad—oversight committees were created to protect liberal democracy from the national security state. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr now sit on one of those committees. And they are not just...

What We Know About the Brussels Attacks

March 22, 2016 Updated on March 22 at 6:52 p.m. ET Here’s what we know so far: —There were two explosions at Brussels’s Zaventem airport at about 8 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) and one on the city’s metro system. —The Belgian government’s Crisis Center said a dozen people were killed at...

Explosions Hit Brussels Airport and Metro Station, Killing at Least 26

March 22, 2016 Explosions have hit Brussels airport and a main metro station, Belgian officials say, and, according to news reports and the transit agency, at least 26 people have been killed. “What we feared has happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said during a televised news conference. “We were hit by blind...

The Obama Administration's Drone-Strike Dissembling

March 14, 2016 As a frequent critic of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, I found Jeffrey Goldberg’s excellent interview a useful reminder that, for all my misgivings aboutthe Iraq War hawks that Barack Obama elevated, his persecution of whistleblowers, his decision to assassinate an American without due process, and his flagrantly illegal warmaking...

All the Federal Agencies that Fly Drones over US Soil

March 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A little more than a decade ago, the border patrol started using surveillance drones. The technology and the mission were a perfect match, and few did any worrying—almost no one objects to closely monitoring America’s southern border. The belief that the federal government was using drones to conduct domestic surveillance...

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