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The 'Least Untruthful' National Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

While we, the citizens of the U.S., remain in legal America, the U.S. national security state exists in "post-legal America" because no illegal act from warrantless surveillance to torture committed in its service will ever be prosecuted.

Clapper Says Spying Is A Two-Way Street

AP | JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing lawmakers who suggested U.S. surveillance has gone too far, the national intelligence director on Tuesday def...

Director Of National Intelligence: 'We Did Ask The Court'

AP | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration quietly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 for the National Security Agency to search delibe...

Surveillance Document Numbers To Be Revealed Annually

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top intelligence official said Thursday that he'll now release figures every year on how many new top secret court orders a...

Obama Meets With Surveillance Panel

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday named the members of a new intelligence review panel aimed at boosting public confidence in U.S. ...

Obama Reportedly Orders Release Of Syria Documents

CBS News | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

Obama ordered a declassified report be prepared for public release before any military strike commences. That report, top advisers tell CBS News, is d...

Dem Considered Revealing NSA Program

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a fervent opponent of the National Security Agency's surveillance program, admitted that he considered leaking the program in...

White House To Issue Executive Order On Cybersecurity

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, w...

America's Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy

William Astore | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Lost is the lesson of 9/11: We didn't have a collection problem but a connection one. Yet our response has largely been not to find better ways of connecting the dots, but rather simply to collect more dots.

PATRIOT Act: Four More Years Will Worsen Government Secrecy

Sarah Berlin | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Sarah Berlin

If the thought of the government accessing your business or medical records, telephone calls and even your genetic information isn't scary enough, the most frightening aspect is that we don't know how the government actually interprets and applies Section 215.

'Top Secret America' Expose Highlights Extensive Network Of Private Intelligence Contractors

The Washington Post | Dana Priest & William A. Arkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To ensure that the country's most sensitive duties are carried out only by people loyal above all to the nation's interest, federal rules say contract...

The Case For Reining In Washington's Out-Of-Control Intelligence Community

Time | Robert Baer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

No one intended to create a monster bureaucracy after 9/11 -- Washington has always thrown money and people at a problem rather than good ideas. But n...

Blair vs. Panetta: White House Tries To Settle Feud Between Top Intelligence Officials

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House this month issued a classified order to resolve mounting frictions between the nation's intelligence director and the CIA over issues ...

Senators, Spy Chief Focus On Bin Laden's New Beard

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Questions over the elusive Saudi extremist's beard cropped up at a Congressional hearing Monday featuring top US security experts, including Director ...