Tag: Mark Udall

Did The National Archives Give The CIA Permission To Destroy Evidence?

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WASHINGTON — In mid-January of this year, a small request was slipped quietly to the National Archives and Records Administration, the lord of the U.S. government’s record-keeping operations. One government agency’s method for storing documents was clogging up its system,

Everyone agrees that NSA reform legislation is needed. So why hasn’t it happened?

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Last year, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world with news of the extent of the National Security Agency‘s surveillance programs. You might have thought that Congress would react by passing legislation to address the issue. But with Congress now on break

Nerves fray over CIA report’s release

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Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee have been planning for months to release the findings of their investigation on the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program this fall. But with little more than 60 days until the midterm elections, a release of

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

CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers

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The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials.

NSA reform bill finds few allies before Senate intelligence committee

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Senators on the intelligence committee expressed deep doubts about curbing the National Security Agency’s broad data collection powers as the upper legislative chamber begins to consider a landmark surveillance bill that passed the House last month. Lawmakers attacked the USA

Edward Snowden responds to release of e-mail by U.S. officials

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Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden responded to questions from The Washington Post following the release of an e-mail he had sent while working for the National Security Agency. Q: How do you respond to today’s NSA statement and the release

CIA and senators in bitter dispute over Capitol Hill spying claims

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Relations between the CIA and the US senators charged with its political oversight were at a nadir on Wednesday after the head of the agency issued a rare public rebuke to lawmakers who accused it of spying on their staff.

Senate Asks C.I.A. to Share Its Report on Interrogations

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the C.I.A. for an internal study done by the agency that lawmakers believe is broadly critical of the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program but was withheld from congressional oversight committees. The committee’s

NSA Spying in Congress: Stop the Intelligence Committee and What to Watch For in Upcoming Bills

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The Senate is moving quickly on bills to reform many aspects of the NSA spying. Currently, the Judiciary Committee, which has favored privacy in the past, and the chairs of the Intelligence Committees, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mike Rogers,

Senators Push to Preserve N.S.A. Phone Surveillance

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be moving toward swift passage of a bill that would “change but preserve” the once-secret National Security Agency program that is keeping logs of every American’s phone calls, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the

Senators Announce Bill That Ends NSA Phone Records Collection

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Four senators at the vanguard of bipartisan efforts to rein in US government spying programs announced the most comprehensive package of surveillance reforms so far presented on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The draft bill represented the first sign that key

Senators strongly criticise intelligence chiefs over NSA data collection

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Ron Wyden tells US senate of 'violations of court orders' while Mark Udall calls for major reforms of surveillance programmes. On the eve of a major US Senate hearing on the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance, two senators called for