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NSA surveillance needed to prevent Isis attack, claims former intelligence chair

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Mass surveillance should be retained because of the prospect of Islamic State attacks within the United States, a key Republican ally of the National Security Agency has claimed. Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the

With clock ticking, lawmakers have no plan for reforming NSA

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Lawmakers are nowhere close to a deal to renew provisions of the Patriot Act, with a deadline little more than two months away. They must now race to get legislation passed before the spying powers run out on June 1,

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty in affair-related case

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge relating to mishandling classified information in a case arising from the ex-U.S. Army General’s extramarital affair with a female Army Reserve officer, the

Feinstein, after release of CIA report, urges measures to ban ‘abusive’ interrogations

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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said she will seek to make “abusive” interrogation measures illegal and ban the CIA from holding prisoners under a series of measures shaped by the findings of a report released last month

Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin

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An American journalist believes that the slain Press TV correspondent Serena Shim appears to be the victim of a black operation by the US Central Intelligence Agency. Rodney Martin, who is the chairman of the American Nationalist Association, made the

Google’s Eric Schmidt on NSA spying: ‘We’re going to break the Internet.’

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt lobbed harsh criticism at NSA surveillance on American citizens. “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it,” Schmidt said during a hearing in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman

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

GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic spies

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GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic ‘neuro-diverse’ spies to harness their analytical skills in the fight against terror. The British intelligence agency uses their ability to analyse complex information in a “dispassionate, logical and analytical” way to combat

Obama overhauls intelligence panel

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With little fanfare, President Barack Obama has replaced much of a key intelligence advisory panel that he largely cleared out early last year. The six appointments to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board were buried deep in a routine personnel announcement

Obama’s Spy Chief Reverses Course, Comes Out in Favor of NSA Reform

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One of the biggest defenders of the government’s sweeping spying powers is now on board with legislation that would effectively end intelligence agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. In a letter sent this week to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman

The untransparent CIA

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— If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe. The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning their

The untransparent CIA is ridiculously

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WASHINGTON – If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe. The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning

Cyber warfare: The next front in the Israel-Gaza conflict?

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich, is sounding the alarm that that cyber warfare could be the next front in the conflict between Israel and Hamas as nations allied with the Gaza-based militants look for non-military ways to aid

Silicon Valley sees hope in battle against NSA

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Tech companies and civil liberties groups are becoming more optimistic that the Senate will take major steps to rein in the National Security Agency this year. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday

A year after U.S. spying revelations, German officials say questions remain unanswered

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is President Obama’s “go-to partner” when it comes to world crises from negotiations with Iran to persuading Europe to adopt harsher sanctions against Russia, according to a senior administration official. So if Merkel has a problem

Snowden Leaks Cost Nation’s Cyber Security Efforts, Former NSA Official Says

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A former deputy National Security Agency director said intelligence secrets leaked by Edward Snowden last June derailed legislative attempts to encourage the public and private sectors to share information about vulnerabilities in cyberspace, and said the government must do more

Snowden leaks prompt ‘insidious’ claims about spies: UK lawmaker

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Edward Snowden‘s disclosures of the scale of mass surveillance are “an embarrassing indictment” of the weak nature of the oversight and legal accountability of Britain’s security and intelligence agencies, MPs have concluded. A highly critical report by the Commons home

NSA critics express ‘deep concern’ over route change for House reform bill

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  Congressional critics of the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency fear that its allies are circumventing them in the House of Representatives. The House parliamentarian, who oversees procedural matters, has determined that a new bill

Boehner Says NSA’s Mass Phone Data Collection Will End

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House Speaker John Boehner signaled his confidence Wednesday that the government will cease its bulk collection of data on millions of Americans’ phone calls, one day after President Barack Obama and House leaders floated competing plans to reform the controversial