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US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Patriot Act surveillance law about to expire, the Obama administration is unveiling a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans‘ calls and emails. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Guidelines call for 20-year sentence in CIA leak case

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to derail Iran‘s nuclear ambitions would spend 20 years in prison if a judge follows federal sentencing guidelines. Jeffrey Sterling of O’Fallon, Missouri, will

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

Senate Cybersecurity Bill Is ‘Surveillance By Another Name,’ Says Lone Senator Who Voted Against It

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All but one of the 15 members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill Thursday. The measure would allow government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security to exchange information with private companies

Snowden and Poitras sued for making ‘Citizenfour’ doc on NSA leaks

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A recently released documentary about former government contractor Edward Snowden is being considered a potential candidate for the Academy Awards next year, but all isn’t well for the team behind the flick “Citizenfour.” Attorneys representing a Kansas man filed a

Man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind slams CIA report on torture

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The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA’s program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a

How We Outsourced CIA Torture And Why It Matters

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One big revelation in the explosive summary of the Senate report on CIA torture is just how much the U.S. government is outsourcing its dirty work. The 500-page report on CIA interrogation tactics, released last week, details shocking instances of

What Is the Impact of the CIA Torture Report?

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It will take a while to absorb all of the important information in the Senate report. It tells multiple stories: the evolving policy of torture at black sites around the world; the misinformation fed to the public about a number

CIA torture in Poland

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ZBIGNIEW SIEMIATKOWSKI may yet end up with the dubious honour of being the only person in the world to face legal proceedings over the torture programme carried out by America’s Central Intelligence Agency—and he is not even American. The former

Russia Denounces U.S. Over C.I.A. Torture Report

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MOSCOW — Often castigated by the United States over its record on human rights, democracy and civil liberties, Russia on Thursday seized on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture by the C.I.A. to turn the tables

John Kerry asks to delay CIA torture report

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In a personal phone call to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked for the so-called torture report to be delayed, arguing it could damage foreign relations and pose risks to US personnel

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

Libyan former CIA detainees say US torture inquiry never interviewed them

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As the US government prepares to defend its record on torture before a United Nations panel, five Libyan men once held without charge by the CIA say the main criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse never even interviewed them.

GCHQ views data without a warrant, government admits

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British intelligence services can access raw material collected in bulk by the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without a warrant, the government has confirmed for the first time. GCHQ’s secret “arrangements” for accessing bulk material are revealed in documents

MH17 investigators still awaiting U.S., Russian intelligence reports

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(Reuters) – Dutch prosecutors are still awaiting U.S. intelligence reports on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 but American laws on passing on such information to criminal investigations are complicating the process, the Dutch government said on Tuesday. The

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Obama To Release CIA Torture Report

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Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners penned an open letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to release the a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture. In the letter, released Sunday night on TheCommunity.com, the laureates asked

Meet the D.C. Circuit Judges Who Will Decide NSA Case

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When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit convenes Nov. 4 to consider the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone data, lawyers will make their case to one judge steeped in surveillance issues in recent years. The

Switzerland ‘won’t extradite Snowden’ in return for NSA testimony

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Switzerland has reportedly decided it will not extradite National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US if he comes to testify against the NSA’s spying activities, Swiss media said. In the document, titled “What rules are to be followed

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post

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The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be. As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database