Tag: Law/Crime

Scientists, Not Politicians, Should Regulate NSA Surveillance

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The raging public debate over the surveillance state could actually benefit from the expertise of an unsuspecting source, a recent academic article suggests. Instead of relying on the myriad privacy and legal experts, congressmen, or former NSA directors chiming in on the NSA

7 Pages That Gave President Obama Cover to Kill Americans

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Before David Barron was confirmed this year to a lifetime seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, his critics objected that the cover he gave President Obama to carry out extrajudicial killings of American citizens

NSA asked judge to delete ‘classified’ testimony without public awareness

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The National Security Agency worked behind the scenes to remove a section of a court transcript after suspecting one of its lawyers inadvertently disclosed secret information in a court case over alleged illegal surveillance. Has the wall of secrecy protecting

Bruce Schneier: The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker

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Ever since The Intercept published this story about the US government’s Terrorist Screening Database, the press has been writing about a “second leaker”: The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or suspected terrorist names

U.K. announces inquiry for Russian spy death

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LONDON (AP) — The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. The decision, which comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia, is a

UK forges close cyber ties with China despite ‘endemic espionage’

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As the US continues to take a hard line with China over alleged criminal hacking of American companies, UK cyber investigators have quietly forged relationships with their counterparts in China, the Guardian has learned. Over the past six months, at

How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

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Though the NSA says its mass surveillance of Americans targets only “terrorists,” the spying may turn up evidence of other illegal acts that can get passed on to law enforcement which hides the secret source through a ruse called “parallel construction,” writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray

NSA Fires Back at Snowden and Claims His Email Didn’t Raise “Concerns About Wrongdoing”

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Update, Thursday, 2:25 EDT: The NSA has released the email it received from Edward Snowden on April 5, 2013. In the email, Snowden posed questions regarding a training session. He asked whether presidential executive orders supersede federal laws. He also asked

NSA Releases Email Snowden Sent Before Leaks

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The National Security Agency released an email Thursday from Edward Snowden to its Office of General Counsel, acknowledging for the first time that the former contractor had contacted officials within the agency before leaking information about widespread surveillance activities. Snowden

No, you can’t remotely turn on phones

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In the NBC interview, Snowden confirms that the NSA can remotely turn on Brian William’s phone. This isn’t true. Just because the NSA can hack into a lot of phones doesn’t mean it can hack a specific model of phone

Snowden unlikely to ‘man up’ in face of Espionage Act, legal adviser says

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Responding to US secretary of state’s comments, Snowden adviser Ben Wizner says ‘negotiated settlement’ would be necessary. An adviser to Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that an unfair legal landscape made it unlikely that the NSA whistleblower would take US

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

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In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gave two reasons why the slavery into which the Romans had tumbled under Augustus and his successors left them more wretched than

CIA knows something about missing Flight MH370, says former Malaysian PM

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Missing Flight MH370 did not crash and its current whereabouts may be know to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Boeing aircraft company, Malaysia’s influential former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has claimed. Dr Mahathir said the plane could have been

U.S. accuses Chinese military of cyber espionage

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused Chinese military officials of hacking into several U.S. enterprises to steal trade secrets and intellectual property in an indictment to be made public Monday, two senior federal law enforcement officials said. It is the first

Everyone should know just how much the government lied to defend the NSA

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If you blinked this week, you might have missed the news: two Senators accused the Justice Department of lying about NSA warrantless surveillance to the US supreme court last year, and those falsehoods all but ensured that mass spying on

The official US position on the NSA is still unlimited eavesdropping power

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Modern American privacy law begins with Charles Katz, an accused gambler, making a call from a Los Angeles phone booth. In a now-famous opinion, Justice John Marshall Harlan concluded that the US Constitution protected Katz’s “expectation of privacy” in his

SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY

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Future American historians will marvel at how long the CIA engaged in such utter unconstitutional lawlessness as the torture of its captives and drone-plane executions of alleged terrorists – including U.S. citizens – without trials, using “kill lists” provided by

GCHQ’s spy malware operation faces legal challenge

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GCHQ, the government’s monitoring agency, acted illegally by developing spy programs that remotely hijack computers’ cameras and microphones without the user’s consent, according to privacy campaigners. A legal challenge lodged on Tuesday at the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) calls for

Glenn Greenwald: how the NSA tampers with US-made internet routers

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For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a “threat” because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them.