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How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance, Snowden Be Damned

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Since November 11, 2011, with the introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, American spy agencies have been pushing laws to encourage corporations to share more customer information. They repeatedly failed, thanks in part to NSA contractor Edward

With clock ticking, lawmakers have no plan for reforming NSA

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Lawmakers are nowhere close to a deal to renew provisions of the Patriot Act, with a deadline little more than two months away. They must now race to get legislation passed before the spying powers run out on June 1,

German opposition goes to court on Snowden hearing

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BERLIN (AP) — Opposition lawmakers have asked Germany’s highest court to rule on whether former NSA contractor Edward Snowden can come to Berlin to testify about the agency’s activities. Members of the Greens and the Left Party said Friday that

The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni

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One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else

Q&A: Former NSA Deputy Director John C. Inglis

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More than a year after ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began leaking details of the agency’s electronic surveillance programs, questions remain about how he accessed so many documents, and about the technology they described. At the Black Hat computer

Identify your spy: Germany asks other countries for names of secret agents

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Germany is asking foreign diplomatic missions to reveal the names of secret service agents working in the country, a report states. It comes amid the spy row between Berlin and Washington, following revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The

Intelligence security initiatives have chilling effect on federal whistleblowers, critics say

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In early April, Sen. Charles E. Grassley summoned FBI officials to his Capitol Hill office. He said he wanted them to explain how a program designed to uncover internal security threats would at the same time protect whistleblowers who wanted

Top Obama Aides Sent to Berlin Over U.S. Spy Tensions

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Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show

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Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents. The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries

After Snowden, Global Espionage Increased Fivehold

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After former NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole and released documents about spying activities of the NSA, the world got a glimpse of the war on the wires. Yet, after the mask over global espionage was pulled off, intelligence agencies in

China accuses U.S. of hypocrisy amid charges of economic espionage

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Chinese diplomats in Washington have accused the United States of hypocrisy after authorities in Beijing were charged with economic cyber-espionage earlier this week. Unresolved allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on a U.S. company’s Chinese competitor have resurfaced amid

‘New NSA document highlights Israeli espionage in US’

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A newly revealed NSA document highlights and corroborates allegations carried by Newsweek that Israel aggressively spies on the US, the magazine reported Saturday. The document, among those unleashed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and revealed by journalist Glenn Greenwald in his new memoir,

Google tries to NSA-proof Gmail

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney). Google just beefed up the security of Gmail to make mass surveillance of its customers' email nearly impossible. It's not quite NSA-proof, but it's close. To accomplish the feat, Google secured how you connect to its servers.

Snowden raised concerns about NSA internally 10 times before leaking documents

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Ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden said he tried more than 10 times to go through official channels to alert someone about government spying programs, but nobody listened. According to The Washington Post, Snowden claimed in European Parliament testimony that he reported

New NSA choice reflects desire to get past criticism

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WASHINGTON – President Obama's choice to head the NSA will confront a host of problems if confirmed in his new job, including a demoralized workforce, frayed relations with Capitol Hill and angry foreign intelligence partners. "He's got a lot of

Hackers sue Merkel & entire German govt over NSA spying

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Europe’s largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens’ privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Chaos

Argentina, Brazil agree on cyber-defense alliance against US espionage

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Defense ministers of Brazil and Argentina have pledged to cooperate closely to improve cyber defense capabilities following revelations of the scale of US spying on Latin American countries. “We need to reflect on how we cooperate to face these new

Obama meets with his intelligence review panel

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President Obama met for the first time on Tuesday with a panel he promised would review the U.S. intelligence community's collection of telephone and Internet data, according to the White House. Obama announced earlier this month that he would convene

‘Snowden did a great thing’: Matt Damon praises NSA leaker for opening debate on civil liberties

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Matt Damon has come out in defence of NSA leaker Edward Snowden by saying he did 'a great thing' in exposing details of America's spying operations. The Hollywood actor said the 'shocking' revelations that have emerged in recent weeks 'flew