Tag: American Civil Liberties Union

Botched CIA operation is a reminder: Still no transparency around drones

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At his press briefing today, White House press secretary Josh Earnest faced tough questioning from reporters about legal questions surrounding the CIA drone strike that inadvertently killed two hostages, including one American. The exchange neatly captured a galling truth about

Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate

CIA inspector general to resign

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CIA Inspector General David Buckley, the agency’s internal watchdog, will resign at the end of the month, officials confirmed Monday, though they denied it had anything to do with the controversy surrounding the discovery that agency employees were hacking into

Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on Americans

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The campaign to rein in the surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) has become even more difficult. Instead, Congress has used a set of provisions to expand the agency’s data-gathering power. READ MORE: House votes to avoid

Hackers Used Windows Bug to Spy on Ukraine Officials

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For months this summer, unidentified hackers used a previously unknown hole in Microsoft Corp. ’s Windows operating system to spy on North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukrainian officials, according to an investigation by a U.S. cybersecurity company. Microsoft released a

Everyone agrees that NSA reform legislation is needed. So why hasn’t it happened?

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Last year, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world with news of the extent of the National Security Agency‘s surveillance programs. You might have thought that Congress would react by passing legislation to address the issue. But with Congress now on break

Obama: The Most Secretive President?

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Having been elected to the White House with the promise of increased openness and transparency regarding government operations, Barack Obama may end his presidency as among the most secretive in American history. That, anyway, was the conclusion of a couple

Who Is Running Phony Cell Phone Towers Around The Country?

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On August 29, Popular Science published a map of interceptor towers, surveillance devices that masquerade as cell phone towers to intercept voice and data transmissions from every cell user in an area. 19 of the interceptors were found in the

NSA Phone-Data Collection Program Set for Legal Challenge

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The legality of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records will be tested this week before a panel of federal judges, the first appeals court to address the controversial program amid efforts by Congress to rein it in.

GCHQ protest due over surveillance case

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Hundreds are expected to arrive for the demonstration in Cheltenham, organised by the We Are Anonymous group. They are supporting a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services. The

NSA mass spying undermines journalists and attorneys’ ability to work

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Dozens of journalists and attorneys surveyed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch for a new report say that the United States government’s surveillance operations are eroding their ability to work. The results of the collaborative effort

NSA contractors use LinkedIn profiles to cash in on national security

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NSA spies need jobs, too. And that is why many covert programs could be hiding in plain sight. Job websites such as LinkedIn and Indeed.com contain hundreds of profiles that reference classified NSA efforts, posted by everyone from career government

Snowden unlikely to ‘man up’ in face of Espionage Act, legal adviser says

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Responding to US secretary of state’s comments, Snowden adviser Ben Wizner says ‘negotiated settlement’ would be necessary. An adviser to Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that an unfair legal landscape made it unlikely that the NSA whistleblower would take US

Everyone should know just how much the government lied to defend the NSA

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If you blinked this week, you might have missed the news: two Senators accused the Justice Department of lying about NSA warrantless surveillance to the US supreme court last year, and those falsehoods all but ensured that mass spying on

AT&T: We don’t have to disclose NSA dealings

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AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers' communications records to the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it does with customers' data. In a

The price of surveillance: U.S. gov’t pays to snoop

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WASHINGTON – How much are your private conversations worth to the U.S. government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has