Tag: Presidency of Barack Obama

Obama Sets Limitations on NSA Spying After Snowden Leaks

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US intelligence agencies will limit the use of information they gather on foreigners, including eliminating material that isn’t relevant to national security after five years, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, reports Bloomberg. NSA analysts will delete some information collected about US citizens which

Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on Americans

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The campaign to rein in the surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) has become even more difficult. Instead, Congress has used a set of provisions to expand the agency’s data-gathering power. READ MORE: House votes to avoid

Landmark bill to limit NSA surveillance dies in Senate

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It’s done. The USA Freedom Act has died in the 113th Congress. I’ve just filed a broader piece on this, but I thought I might offer some thoughts — questions, really — on what happens next. Does the Obama administration

Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home -U.S. officials

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WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – North Korea freed two American citizens from prison and they were returning to the United States on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official in their release. Kenneth Bae and Matthew

Obama overhauls intelligence panel

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With little fanfare, President Barack Obama has replaced much of a key intelligence advisory panel that he largely cleared out early last year. The six appointments to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board were buried deep in a routine personnel announcement

Source: Obama given detailed intelligence for a year about rise of ISIS

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President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon

Looking A New Job? Earn $175K As NSA Spokesman; Position Requires ‘Crisis Management’ Experience

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The US National Security Agency is hoping that a new spokesman will be able to help clean up the public relations mess created by years of widespread, indiscriminate surveillance on prominent members of the international community and American citizens alike

The NSA is monitoring dead people

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You may be dead, but the U.S. government won’t take you off its terrorist roster. That’s according to newly leaked internal guidelines from last year that reveal intimate details regarding the government’s process for determining whether an individual should be

A year after U.S. spying revelations, German officials say questions remain unanswered

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is President Obama’s “go-to partner” when it comes to world crises from negotiations with Iran to persuading Europe to adopt harsher sanctions against Russia, according to a senior administration official. So if Merkel has a problem

NSA to test legal limits on surveillance if USA Freedom Act becomes law

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In a secured room beneath the US Capitol last week, legislative aides working to finalize a bill intended to constrain the National Security Agency attempted to out-think a battery of lawyers working for the Obama administration and the intelligence services.

Marc Andreessen: Tech companies are still fuming over the NSA

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Almost a year after he released a flurry of documents showing the National Security Agency was collecting data on everyone from foreign leaders to U.S. citizens, Edward Snowden is still the predominant Washington story in the minds of tech executives

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that

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

Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End

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WASHINGTON — An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down. The findings are laid

The limits of President Obama’s power on NSA reform

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President Barack Obama on Friday will try to put the ongoing surveillance controversy behind him, laying out reforms to U.S. intelligence-gathering activities aimed at reassuring Americans that his administration will right the balance between civil liberties and national security. But

White House holding NSA gatherings with tech, lawmakers

U.S. President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington December 14, 2012. A tearful President Obama expressed "overwhelming grief" for the victims of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school and called on Americans to set aside politics and "take meaningful action" to prevent more tragedies of this kind. A heavily armed gunman opened fire on school children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing 26 people including 18 children in the latest in a series of shooting rampages that have tormented the United States this year, U.S. media reported.     REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

The White House is planning a series of meetings this week on NSA practices with members of Congress, the intelligence community and the technology industry as it prepares to unveil proposed surveillance reforms. President Barack Obama is due to meet

Debating the N.S.A.’s Data Collection, and a Panel’s Findings

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Washington — A member of President Obama’s advisory committee on signals intelligence, the panel that recommended major restrictions on the National Security Agency’s data collection, on Sunday countered the notion that the panel had found no value in the agency’s

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

White House Picks Panel to Review NSA Programs

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A group of veteran security experts and former White House officials has been selected to conduct a full review of U.S. surveillance programs and other secret government efforts disclosed over recent months, ABC News has learned. The recent acting head

Obama announces proposals to reform NSA surveillance

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President Obama said Friday he would pursue reforms to open the legal proceedings surrounding government surveillance programs to greater scrutiny, the administration’s most concerted response yet to a series of disclosures about secret monitoring efforts. At his first full news