Commentary / World Jun 21, 2013

In electronic snooping, level of oversight is key

by Walter Pincus

Americans are learning what electronics whizzes and hackers have known all along — that computers and smartphones, which make our lives more productive and entertaining, have at the same time ended privacy as most of us have understood it. Every e-mail, cellphone call, transferred photo, ...

World Jun 20, 2013

Surveillance 'foiled more than 50 terrorist attacks' on U.S. soil

The U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs have disrupted more than 50 terrorist plots in the United States and abroad, including a plan to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, senior Obama administration officials testified Tuesday. The officials, appearing before a largely friendly House committee, defended ...

Digital Jun 19, 2013

The NSA has us all trapped

by John Naughton

Watching British Foreign Secretary William Hague doing his avuncular routine in the Commons on June 10, I was reminded of the way establishment figures in the 1950s used to reassure hoi polloi that they had nothing to worry about. Everything was in order. The ...

World Jun 7, 2013

U.S. spies track all Verizon calls

The National Security Agency appears to be collecting the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon, one of the nation's largest phone companies, under a top-secret court order issued in April. The order appears to require Verizon to provide the NSA with daily ...

Editorials Oct 29, 2009

Coaxing an employment boost

Although Japan's economy has come through the worst phase of the current crisis, the government's October economic report shows that the unemployment rate remains high. At 5.5 percent in August, the rate was only slightly better than the all-time high of 5.7 percent registered ...