Tag: director of national intelligence

Clapper Plays the ‘Insurance’ Card To Defend NSA Surveillance

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James Clapper, the nation’s top spy, said keeping logs of U.S. citizens’ phone calls is a preventive measure for discerning potential threats. Any legislation that shifts collection from the government to private telecom companies—a move Clapper has said he supports—could

Obama Sets Limitations on NSA Spying After Snowden Leaks

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US intelligence agencies will limit the use of information they gather on foreigners, including eliminating material that isn’t relevant to national security after five years, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, reports Bloomberg. NSA analysts will delete some information collected about US citizens which

Obama skipped most of his daily intelligence briefings

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US President Barack Obama has attended only 42 percent of his daily intelligence briefings since assuming office more than five and a half years ago, according to a new study. The Government Accountability Institute, a watchdog non-profit organization, calculated the

Clapper’s off-target intelligence strategy

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Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has just released a new National Intelligence Strategy, the first in five years. It’s a highly unsatisfying read for two reasons. First, no public document can or should tell us everything we want

NSA Reform Will Likely Have to Wait Until After the Election

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A bill that would curtail the government’s broad surveillance authority is unlikely to earn a vote in Congress before the November midterms, and it might not even get a vote during the postelection lame-duck session. The inaction amounts to another

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

Are you ready for the first leak @CIA?

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The Central Intelligence Agency is announcing today that it’s getting into the social media biz. “@CIA” will be its handle on Twitter, the short-attention-span platform with 255 million monthly active users, and it’ll also launch on Facebook. The presence on these

NSA spies on OSCE HQ in Vienna – report

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Among the many targets for the UN National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is the Vienna-based headquarters of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Austrian media reported. The OSCE is mentioned among the targets for NSA in the

Intelligence Policy Bans Citation of Leaked Material

House Select Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing On Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but technically still-secret information: citing news reports based on unauthorized disclosures. A new pre-publication review policy

Clapper’s U.S. intelligence directive is the opposite of trust-building

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President Barack Obama’s promise of “the most transparent administration in history” has long devolved into a sour irony. It’s little wonder, then, that his director of national intelligence, James Clapper, seeks to go where Congress would not and unilaterally criminalize

Most major intelligence agencies failed to achieve a clean audit in 2012 and 2013

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The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) “received an unqualified audit opinion for three years straight”, according to a Senate Select Intelligence Committee report, dated July 2012. Meaning that in the opinion of the auditor’s the financial statements reflect a “true and

American intelligence agencies disagreed on Russia threat in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies disagreed on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would order military intervention last week in Ukraine, officials said Tuesday, and the House Intelligence Committee is examining what caused the differing analyses. “We have begun a review

NSA explores options for relinquishing vast telephone record database

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The National Security Agency has been exploring options for relinquishing its massive database of telephone records that include searching across phone companies’ data for numbers linked to those of suspected terrorists, and having the firms search daily against a watch

Ex-NSA Chief Details Snowden’s Hiring at Agency, Booz Allen

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DEL MAR, Calif.— Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about the agency's surveillance program, targeted Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. for employment because of its access to national security contracts, a company vice chairman said Tuesday.

Spying on Congress — NSA scandal gets even worse in 2014

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Happy New Year. Just when you thought the NSA spying scandal couldn’t get any worse, it has. Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), wrote to Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Administration (NSA), and asked plainly whether the

New documents detail NSA privacy violations

House Select Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing On Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency acknowledged that it repeatedly violated its own privacy guidelines in a now-defunct program to collect "to and from" data in American email, according to newly released documents that paint a picture of incompetence but offer