The Monkey Cage: Surveillance


Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Querying the FISA Queries

Last week’s FISA news -- about how the NSA “queries” its database for information about American citizens -- was not actually new. But they highlighted just how much information the agency has and the loose constraints on its use.

By H.L. Pohlman  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FISA, intelligence policy, national security, Surveillance

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Snowden-type leaks will force the U.S. to be more transparent

The Snowden leaks are forcing the US intelligence community to be more transparent. They may push foreign policy decision makers into being more transparent too.

By Henry Farrell  |  12:09 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cybersecurity, Surveillance

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 02/12/2014

The political science of cybersecurity II: Why cryptography is so important

Battles over cryptography will help determine the future of the Internet

By Henry Farrell  |  11:44 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cybersecurity, Surveillance

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/10/2014

How the 9/11 Commission helped Edward Snowden

The September 11 Commission’s recommendations led to more openness and new technologies within the intelligence community, but also making it easier to mine NSA computers for useful information.

By Henry Farrell  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Media, Surveillance

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 01/17/2014

‘Data Control’: The week in one song

We know everything about you, but we’re trying to tone it down.

By Christopher Federico  |  02:10 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Surveillance, The Week in One Song

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Our allies’ spooks don’t just spy on each other. They help each other change the law.

Alliances across different countries’ spying agencies are probably more important than the disagreements between them.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Surveillance

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 11/01/2013

The week in one song: ‘Telephone Thing’

Sorry to be so short with you, but I’m tapped.

By Christopher Federico  |  11:26 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Surveillance, The Week in One Song

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Five things you need to know about the transatlantic wiretap scandal

Hypocrisy, timing, personal relationships, costly signals and European domestic politics explain what’s happening over wiretapping.

By Henry Farrell  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Surveillance

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Obama takes big bucks from telecoms, ramps up national security state

It’s fun to look at the political contributions of celebrities, but more is learned by looking at industry breakdowns.

By  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance, National Security State, Surveillance