Today in the Surveillance State: The NSA's Website Is Down
by Ansel Herz
on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM
NSA.gov appears to be down. Twitter feeds associated with the hacking group Anonymous are claiming credit for taking it offline, the Huffington Post reports.
Over across the sea, Germany and France have "exploded with anger" over new relevations of NSA spying on their people and leaders, according to Glenn Greenwald, who's still breaking stories based on secret documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden.
But my favorite surveillance story of the week has to be this one from yesterday: Tom Matzzie, formerly of the liberal group MoveOn, happened to be on the same D.C.-area Acela train as former NSA chief Michael Hayden. On his cell phone, Hayden was apparently blabbing loud enough that Matzzie could overhear most of the conversation. And from the sound of it, he was bashing critics of the NSA, all the while insisting on being quoted only as a "former senior administration official."
Matzzie started live-tweeting what he was hearing, worrying that word would reach Hayden and the guy would confront him. He did, but was friendly enough to pose for a photo and offer an interview, not long after Matzzie tweeted, "There is a faint smell of sulfur on the train. #Haydenacela."