I’m One of the Muslims the NYPD Spied On

New York’s Anti-Terrorism Surveillance Program Not Only Wasted Money. It Also Robbed People Like Me of Our Trust in American Government.

For many years, local and federal law enforcement agencies spied on Muslims and mosques in the U.S., hoping to find bad guys before they could commit acts of terrorism. But earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he was abolishing the police department’s Muslim-spying task force so that “our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.” Which makes sense, because in over a decade of surveillance, the NYPD failed to find even one potential terrorist.

Instead, they found people …

How I Learned to Stop Worrying, Love China, and Be OK With Spying

Charles Kenny on the Myth of American Decline and Kevin Bankston and Katherine Mangu-Ward on Obama and the NSA

Economist Charles Kenny, currently a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, explains to Anne-Marie Slaughter why a rising China is something Americans should embrace rather than fear. Kevin …

He’s No Whistle-Blower … For Now

It’s Not Yet Clear Whether Edward Snowden Revealed Illegal Behavior

Edward Snowden is many things to many people, and in recent days The New York Times and The Guardian have favorably editorialized about the overdue debate he has initiated. Rightly …

Will We Fracture the Internet?

Unless We Curb Our Addiction to Surveillance and Secret Hacking, We Might Not Have a Choice

Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff’s recent indictment of the United States’ cyber-spying practices has profound global repercussions for the U.S. vision of a borderless, open Internet.

What makes this backlash especially potent …

Who Got Hurt By This NSA Scandal? California.

The Golden State Depends On Business With Foreigners For Its Prosperity. Now Trust Has Been Dangerously Undermined.

California and its businesses have a problem. It’s called the National Security Agency.

That may sound provincial. The debate over the massive NSA surveillance programs disclosed by Edward Snowden is a …