NSA whistleblower supporters to speak on civil liberties

Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and plans to march in the upcoming San Francisco Pride Parade to honor Bradley...

Solomon: Historic challenge to support the moral actions of Edward Snowden

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How...

Dianne Feinstein fails

You have to have your head deeper in the sand than the worst Republicans not to have noticed that the federal government has been...

It’s only to keep you safe, why worry?

As the story of the government data mining Verizon's customers gains (and loses) momentum, the various responses (all predictable) are rolling out. "It's Obama's...

Double standard and then some

"Let's see. I was a reporter for the AP in Washington. I'm a Verizon customer in America. Way to go, govt. You have my...

NSA spying extends to Internet companies, reports say

As if a top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand telephone records over to the National Security Agency weren't enough, the UK Guardian...

NSA spying on Verizon calls is nothing new

So, the federal government is spying on millions of Americans. Still. And this time, there’s a document to prove it. In a momentous scoop...

Rope a dope the whackaloon

Susan Rice, the current US ambassador to the United Nations will be the next national security advisor. She replaces the resigning Tom Donilon. Unlike...

Film Listings

OPENINGAmigo John Sayles' career is a fascinating one too varied to fully examine here; suffice it to say, the man's first big gig was...

Film Listings

OPENINGFinal Destination 5 Because Death never dies, or stops making sequels. (1:32)Glee: The 3D Concert Movie The TV show goes cinematically 3D. (1:30)The Help...

Film Listings

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Michelle Devereaux, Max Goldberg, Dennis Harvey, Louis Peitzman, Lynn Rapoport, Ben Richardson, and...

Film Listings

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Michelle Devereaux, Peter Galvin, Max Goldberg, Dennis Harvey, Johnny Ray Huston, Louis Peitzman,...

Stop the AT&T boxes!

By the League of Pissed Off Voters More than 60 people showed up on the steps of City Hall May 21 to demand that AT&T...

Big Brother Obama

The federal government's electronic eavesdropping continues under the new presidential administration

“The Viagra Diaries”: sexy chick lit for the over-sixty set

If the idea that a mainstream San Francisco newspaper would publish a weekly sex/dating column called The Viagra Diaries -- targeted at...


The top 10 stories not brought to you by mainstream news media in 2008 and 2009

Full disclosure

Secrecy investigates executive power and the need-to-know

The new privacy

The National Security Agency may be about to gain access to the phone calls and Internet activities of millions

Citizens vs. spies

San Francisco is at the center of a national debate over government and corporate surveillance of US residents

The real FISA problem

The entire premise of secret electronic surveillance seems shaky, judge or no

Polite message from the surveillance state

Privacy, spying telcos, and the Protect America Act

Technology in wartime

In a time of war you can't enjoy a party game without thinking about your game console being used to kill people

James Madison Freedom of Information Award Winners

The 2007 James Madison Freedom of Information Award Winners: this year's First Amendment heroes

James Madison Freedom of Information Award Winners

SF journalism association honors this year's First Amendment heroes