Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- June 7, 2013

Are US Surveillance Measures Justified? -- Al Jazeera

Amid revelations that the government is collecting mobile phone records, we examine the scope of wiretapping.

A top secret court order has revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the phone records of millions of cell phone users in the US.

The court order obtained by The Guardian newspaper, requires Verizon, one of the largest telecommunication providers in the US, to hand over phone numbers, locations, the timings of the calls and their duration. It does not include the actual content of the calls.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Is the price of 'security' worth it? -- Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor

Politics Of PRISM: White House In Crisis, Obama Doubles Down -- Doug Schoen, Forbes

“Top Secret” Should Mean Just That -- Max Boot, Commentary

Four Big Questions About NSA Spying, Prism, and Tech Dragnets -- Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Why PRISM is Different and Scarier Than Other NSA Spying -- Jill Lawrence, National Journal

Prism: Just how much do the spooks know? -- Jane Wakefield, BBC

Analysis: Golan fighting spells more Syria woes for Israel -- Jerusalem Post/Reuters

Iran’s election will not be tweeted -- David Rohde, Reuters

Ayatollah's Ruse: Iran's Presidential Election Offers No Real Choice -- Dieter Bednarz, Spiegel Online

Erdogan the Bulldozer -- Michael Weiss, Real Clear World/NOW

US-China talks: Huge opportunity, formidable challenges -- Deutsche Welle

Paranoid Republic: No summit can bridge the political gap between Washington and Beijing. -- Minxin Pei, Foreign Policy

Forget Latvia. Slovenia is the next euro domino -- Cyrus Sanati, CNN

The Bizarre End to Vladimir Putin's Bizarre Marriage -- Julia Ioffe, New Republic

Manning's US court martial a ruthless gambit to put an end to whistleblowing -- Paul McGeough, Sydney Morning Herald

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