“The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.

Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging world.

“What last year’s revelations showed us was irrefutable evidence that unencrypted communications on the internet are no longer safe. Any communications should be encrypted by default,” he said.

The response of professional bodies has so far been patchy.”

via Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications | World news | theguardian.com.


Thanks to  World news | theguardian.com


“Among the most valuable contents—which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations—are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks.

Months of tracking communications across more than 50 alias accounts, the files show, led directly to the 2011 capture in Abbottabad of Muhammad Tahir Shahzad, a Pakistan-based bomb builder, and Umar Patek, a suspect in a 2002 terrorist bombing on the Indonesian island of Bali. At the request of CIA officials, The Post is withholding other examples that officials said would compromise ongoing operations.”

via Lawfare › A Quick Read of the Post’s Latest NSA Story.

As more and more detail about the Edward Snowden leaks continues to come out, it seems obvious – to me at least – that there still may be  1st amendment  issues regarding the privacy of those individuals caught in the surveillance net.

But the other other issues continues to be the justification for surveillance of suspicious activity or probable targets where terrorists and other threats might be active.

Thanks to Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices