Tag: Congress

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

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

When Will the NSA Stop Spying on Innocent Americans?

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Unless Congress acts, Americans will soon benefit from one of the Patriot Act’s most important safeguards against abuse: Language in Section 215 of the law is scheduled to expire in June, depriving the FBI and NSA of a provision they’ve

Federal judge denies FOIA request for secret CIA document

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A federal judge has determined that the CIA can keep secret a closely guarded internal analysis at the center of an intense fight between the agency and Congress. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled against a journalist on Tuesday who had tried

A third of U.S. shield data from gov’t in wake of Snowden

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of Americans have taken action to shield their personal data from government surveillance programs that monitor phone and electronic communications, says a Pew Research Center poll released Monday. Those actions include strengthening privacy settings on

Senate torture report: An exception in CIA oversight

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate report on the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 interrogations shows how a rigorous examination of a secret agency can expose misconduct, incompetence and bureaucratic spin, even to those who question the investigation’s assertion that torture did not

Obama to encourage companies to share cyber threat data

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment.

Edward Snowden Has Been Good for the USA

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I recently got the chance to see Citizenfour, a documentary about Edward Snowden and his NSA leaks, and it got me thinking once again about the impacts that Snowden has had—some predictable, some not. One of the stranger ones has

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

America needs to blow up its entire intelligence infrastructure and rebuild from scratch

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America ought to scrap the CIA. But that’s just a start. Because demolishing the CIA isn’t nearly enough to fix this country’s broken national security infrastructure. We need to tear down everything — the CIA, NSA, NRO, DIA, DHS, NGA,

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

CIA to Release Post-9/11 Torture Report From Senate Intelligence Committee

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A long-awaited report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA interrogation tactics, including torture, in the years after the Sept. 11 attack is expected to be released Tuesday. The full report is estimated to be 6,000 pages long. A 600-page

CIA Torture Report ‘Days’ Away, Feinstein Says

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It’s one of the central dramas playing out on Capitol Hill: When will Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats release the executive summary of their report on CIA torture? The chairwoman of the committee has been mobbed daily by reporters about the

N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Could Go On, Even if a Law Expires

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WASHINGTON — A little-known provision of the Patriot Act, overlooked by lawmakers and administration officials alike, appears to give President Obama a possible way to keep the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records program going indefinitely — even if Congress

Landmark bill to limit NSA surveillance dies in Senate

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It’s done. The USA Freedom Act has died in the 113th Congress. I’ve just filed a broader piece on this, but I thought I might offer some thoughts — questions, really — on what happens next. Does the Obama administration

Justice for Edward Snowden

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It is time for President Obama to offer clemency to Edward Snowden, the courageous U.S. citizen who revealed the Orwellian reach of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance of Americans. His actions may have broken the law, but his act,

Where’s the NSA reform?

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After leaks last year revealed a vast web of government surveillance of innocent Americans, the outrage in Washington could hardly be contained. Privacy advocates and lawmakers from both parties wanted the most intrusive program shut down. A federal judge called

Cyber Espionage and the Digital Redistribution of Wealth

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Since the computerization of modern business, intellectual property (IP) theft in the U.S. has escalated to unprecedented levels. According to the former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command General Keith Alexander, the approximate economic loss to the U.S. amounts to

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