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Before Snowden, a Debate Inside NSA

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Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program

NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s Authority To Label ‘Terrorists’ Is The Same Rule The Nazis Issued In 1933

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Former National Security Agency crypto-mathematician Bill Binney was blowing the whistle on domestic spying long before Edward Snowden became a household name, and has gone on record describing the agency’s growing powers as increasingly “totalitarian.” Now the 36-year agency veteran is

Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil

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Bill Binney worked at the National Security Agency nearly three decades as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. He then became one of its leading whistleblowers. Now 70 and on crutches, both legs lost to diabetes, Binney recalls the July morning

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

Blimp flies over NSA’s Utah Data Center to protest ‘illegal mass surveillance program’

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BLUFFDALE, Utah — A group of activists from a coalition of environmental, privacy and anti-spying organizations flew a blimp over the NSA’s massive Utah Data Center in protest over allegations of domestic spying. “It’s not often that you can get

How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet

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Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The classified

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

Glenn Greenwald to publish list of U.S. citizens that NSA spied on

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Glenn Greenwald, one of the reporters who chronicled the document dump by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden via the U.K. press, now said he’s set to publish his most dramatic piece yet: The names of those in the United

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

Schneier: Divide espionage from surveillance

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(CNN) – According to NSA documents published in Glenn Greenwald’s new book “No Place to Hide,” we now know that the NSA spies on embassies and missions all over the world, including those of Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, the European Union,

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

5 questions about the NSA court ruling

NSA 'incidentally collected' British citizens’ mobile phone and fax numbers, emails and IP addresses

Washington (CNN) — A federal judge ruled the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on nearly every call made by U.S. phone subscribers is likely unconstitutional, providing ammunition to efforts to rein in surveillance programs that have expanded since

Spain fears NSA is targeting communications data of its citizens

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Spanish authorities believe the US' National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting communication data in the country, echoing recent revelations about the NSA's activity in France. According to a report in Spanish daily El Pais, the country's intelligence agency CNI

Declassified court documents highlight NSA violations in data collection for surveillance

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The National Security Agency for almost three years searched a massive database of Americans’ phone call records attempting to identify potential terrorists in violation of court-approved privacy rules, and the problem went unfixed because no one at the agency had

New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach

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WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency—which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens—has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans' Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say. The system has the capacity to

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

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The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the