Tag: Law/Crime

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

Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program

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WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of mobile phones through devices deployed on airplanes that mimic cellphone towers, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar

Can CSIS spy on Canadians overseas? Government asks top court how it can legally track terror suspects

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been left in the dark about the legality of tracking Canadian terror suspects overseas, the federal government is telling the Supreme Court. In arguments filed with the high court, the government says CSIS needs

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.

Court Considers Suit Against NSA Phone Surveillance

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WASHINGTON—Can a government computer program violate a person’s constitutional rights? A federal appeals court weighing the legality of a controversial National Security Agency phone surveillance program wrestled with that question Tuesday as it discussed whether someone’s rights could be violated

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

FBI Identifies 2nd NSA Leaker

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The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called “second leaker” who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden,

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

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WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some

Poland Detains 2 Suspected of Espionage

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Polish officials say a high-ranking army officer and a civilian have been detained on suspicion that they spied for a hostile foreign intelligence service. Polish media reported that the two are suspected of spying for Russia, but prosecutors have refused

Google, Technology Firms Say Ungag Us on U.S. Spy Orders

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Google Inc. (GOOG), Facebook Inc. (FB) and other technology giants are seeking a court ruling that may allow them to disclose more about the user information they’re being forced to share with U.S. spy agencies. Eight months after reaching a

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

Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal

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WASHINGTON — IN Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who

US threatened Yahoo with $250,000 daily fine over NSA data refusal

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The US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it refused to hand over user data to the National Security Agency, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. In a blogpost, the company said the 1,500 pages of once-secret

U.S. drops contractor that did background checks for Snowden and Navy Yard shooter

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is dropping its largest security clearance contractor, U.S. Investigations Services LLC, which carried out background checks on Edward Snowden (pictured above) and the man who shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy

Redactions in U.S. Memo Leave Doubts on Data Surveillance Program

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has released a newly declassified version of a May 2004 legal memo approving the National Security Agency’s Stellarwind program, a set of warrantless surveillance and data collection activities that President George W. Bush secretly authorized

Russia says detained Estonian police officer is a spy

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Russia claims it detained an Estonian policeman for “intelligence gathering”, but Tallinn has accused Moscow of abducting him. The Estonian officer, Eston Kohver, was placed behind bars after a Moscow court approved his arrest, heightening tensions between European Union member

NSA Phone-Data Collection Program Set for Legal Challenge

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The legality of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records will be tested this week before a panel of federal judges, the first appeals court to address the controversial program amid efforts by Congress to rein it in.

GCHQ protest due over surveillance case

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Hundreds are expected to arrive for the demonstration in Cheltenham, organised by the We Are Anonymous group. They are supporting a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services. The

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

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Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: Corporations conduct espionage against U.S. nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice. Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic