Tag: James R. Clapper

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

US intelligence chief reveals details of secret mission to North Korea

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US spy chief James Clapper said that when he made a secret visit to North Korea in November to bring home two jailed Americans he was first given a 12-course banquet and then later told by his hosts that his

US spy chief describes cloak-and-dagger mission to N. Korea (+video)

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Washington — When US spy chief James Clapper flew to North Korea on a mission to bring home two US captives, he ran into a potential hitch. North Korean officials wanted a diplomatic concession of some sort in return for

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

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

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.

To reform the NSA, fire officials who lie

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The NSA has lied to the Congress, the courts, and perhaps even to the president himself, but no one seems to care. The Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper admitted he lied to Congress about the NSA metadata collection

Declassified court documents highlight NSA violations in data collection for surveillance

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The National Security Agency for almost three years searched a massive database of Americans’ phone call records attempting to identify potential terrorists in violation of court-approved privacy rules, and the problem went unfixed because no one at the agency had

U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary

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U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget. The $52.6 billion “black

NSA critics to decry intelligence ‘lies’ at congressional hearing

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Critics of the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance programs will be provided with a platform to speak out against the spy agency on Wednesday at a congressional hearing. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) told the Guardian on Friday that a bipartisan