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Snowden Makes New Spying Claims

AP | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

BERLIN (AP) — Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claims in a new interview that the U.S. agency is involved in industrial espionage. German publi...

Gerry Smith

U.S. Tech Industry Could Lose Billions From NSA Scandal | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

Election officials in India canceled a deal with Google to improve voter registration. In China, sales of Cisco routers dropped 10 percent in a recent...

Jon Ward

Republican National Committee Denounces NSA Spying, Calls For Investigation | Jon Ward | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee passed a resolution at its winter meeting Friday, denouncing domestic electronic surveillance conducte...

Federal Privacy Watchdog Slams NSA Practice

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records provides only minimal benefits to countering ter...

Edward Snowden Denies 'Absurd' Russian Spy Theory

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

In an interview with the New Yorker's Jane Mayer published Tuesday, former government contractor Edward Snowden denied accusations that he was collabo...

Snowden Trial Could Backfire

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should Edward Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about National Security Agen...

Obama Promises NSA Will Now Only Affect Americans with Computers, Phones, or Electricity

Spencer Green | Posted 03.19.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

At a press conference this morning, President Obama announced major changes in National Security Agency activities, promising that all future NSA surv...

Obama Hit For Giving 'Vague Assurance' On NSA

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics

(Adds quotes, details) By Michelle Martin BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has not gone far enoug...

Surveillance and Scandal

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

No one has pointed out the combination of factors that made the NSA's expanding programs to monitor the world seem like such a slam-dunk development in Washington. The answer is remarkably simple.

Lawmakers Throw Cold Water On Obama NSA Reform

AP | LIBBY QUAID | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chief element of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress' intelligence...

Republican Lawmaker Points Finger At Russia

Reuters | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Sunday he is investigating whether forme...

Obama Promises Germany: No Spying

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

* Ties frayed by reports U.S. bugged Merkel's phone * Differences of opinion no reason to wiretap - Obama * Rare TV inte...

Dem Rep Goes After Obama's NSA Reforms: Move Toward 'Eliminating The Practice'

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), a member of the House Homeland Security committee, said that the modest changes for the National Security Agency that P...

Michael McAuliff

The NSA's Biggest Fans Are Happy With Obama's Speech | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama managed to buy himself some breathing room among surveillance critics in his own party Friday, even as he propose...

President's Proposal For FISA Public Advocate Legislation a Ticket to Nowhere

Merton Bernstein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

President Obama's proposal that Congress authorize "outside government" public advocates is doubly useless: (1) Congress legislates almost nothing; and (2) such advocates would be too slow and limited to provide balance between intelligence needs and constitutional protections. The FISA Court can provide the rules.

Matt Sledge

Obama NSA Reform Speech Promises Modest Changes | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday laid out a vision of modest changes for the National Security Agency in a speech that will likely pleas...

Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made On NSA Surveillance

ProPublica | Kara Brandeisky | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

by Kara Brandeisky ProPublica, Jan. 17, 2014, 7 a.m.Today President Obama plans to announce some reportedly limited reforms to National Security Agen...

NSA Collects Millions Of Text Messages Globally: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has been gathering nearly 200 million text messages a day from around the world, ga...

Matt Sledge

'NSA Wasn't Forthcoming,' So A Computer Expert Briefed Congress Instead | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

A computer cryptography expert revealed that he met Thursday with members of Congress to explain Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Secur...

NSA Randomly Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

The Guardian | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location...

NSA Metadata Collection: Fourth Amendment Violation

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Whereas Leon's detailed analysis demonstrated how Jones leads to the result that the NSA program probably violates the Fourth Amendment, Pauley failed to meaningfully distinguish Jones from the NSA case, merely noting that the Jones court did not overrule Smith.

NSA Carves Pathway Into International Computers: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has put software in almost 100,000 computers around the world allowing it to carry ...

U.S.-India Relations Will Endure Despite the Khobragade Controversy

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

If recent headlines are to be believed, the arrest and alleged mistreatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade on December 12 in Manhattan have triggered an unprecedented deterioration in bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.

You Can't Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The debate Edward Snowden envisioned when he revealed the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans has taken a bad turn. It's time to face these arguments directly. So here are ten myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking.

Obama To Speak On NSA Decisions

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will announce on Jan. 17 the results of his review of National Security Agency surveil...