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Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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What Can We Learn from the Numbers That Slipped by NSA Censors?

August 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of its ongoing push to increase transparency, the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday evening released the latest compliance report it submitted to Congress. For the most part, the actual data is obscured behind black bars — except on one pie chart, left unredacted, that appears to give ...

The Court That May Evaluate NSA Surveillance Hasn't Yet 'Gotten to Email'

August 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ultimate decision on the legality of NSA surveillance may come down to the Supreme Court. Perhaps by then the justices have learned how to use email. The Court's technological ignorance doesn't come as much of a surprise. Last year marked the first time that Pew Research found a majority ...

NSA Searches 10 Times as Much of the Internet as It Said

August 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Security Agency assured Americans last week that it only surveils a tiny percentage of the Web data it collects. But it turns out the NSA screwed up the math, and that percentage was off by an order of magnitude. That error is in a document released by the ...

Lawmaker Considered Blowing the Whistle on the NSA From the Senate Floor

August 16, 2013 Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, one of the most vocal critics of the NSA's surveillance infrastructure, revealed in an interview to Rolling Stone that he considered, however briefly, publicly exposing details of those programs from the Senate floor. That response came after Wyden was asked about his now-famous exchange with ...

The Government Now Admits There's an 'Area 51'

August 15, 2013 Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive, appear to for the first time acknowledge the existence of Area 51. Hundreds of pages describe the genesis of the Nevada site that was home to the government's spy plane program for decades. The documents do not, however, mention ...

Obama Returns Solar Panels to the White House

August 15, 2013 Now that the tedium of the 2012 campaign is over, President Obama is making good on his 2010 pledge to put solar panels on top of the White House. The panels (American-made, of course) will be the second set the building has ever seen. The first ones were removed when ...

Analysis: What We Don't Know About a Hillary 2016 Bid

August 15, 2013 For all of the incessant and on-going speculation about Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign — two days of stories about the Clinton Foundation, stepping to the center of New York City's mayoral debate — one point is worth making. There is nothing — no poll, no historic data, no web indicators ...

Larry Ellison, NSA Database Supplier, Approves of NSA Surveillance

August 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Larry Ellison is exceedingly rich and powerful. He is the third-most-wealthy person in the United States and runs Oracle, the database giant. And yet somehow, as he revealed during an interview on CBS Tuesday morning, he is hopelessly uninformed on the ramifications of NSA surveillance. Or, perhaps willfully uninformed. After ...

The Filmmaker Behind the Edward Snowden Leaks

August 13, 2013 The New York Times Magazine cover story by Peter Maass detailing how Edward Snowden reached out to the two reporters that broke the NSA surveillance story isn't about that surveillance. It's only sort of about journalism. Instead, it's largely a story about how close to the boundaries of civilization you ...

It Doesn't Count as Outreach When Obama Talks About the NSA in Secret

August 9, 2013 On Thursday, Obama met behind closed doors at the White House with tech company executives and privacy groups to discuss his administration's system of surveillance. The context was radically different from the last conversation he participated in on the subject, his chat with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. But ...