Tag: Social Issues

Senate Cybersecurity Bill Is ‘Surveillance By Another Name,’ Says Lone Senator Who Voted Against It

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All but one of the 15 members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill Thursday. The measure would allow government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security to exchange information with private companies

Feinstein, after release of CIA report, urges measures to ban ‘abusive’ interrogations

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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said she will seek to make “abusive” interrogation measures illegal and ban the CIA from holding prisoners under a series of measures shaped by the findings of a report released last month

Seymour Hersh attacks ‘useless’ NSA over surveillance

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The role of investigative journalists remains crucial in holding power to account, even when that power is ‘incompetent’, according to veteran reporter Seymour Hersh. “The whole purpose of what I think we should be doing is counter-narrative. They have their

Australian Parliament passes counterterror laws

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CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament on Wednesday passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom. The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill gives greater search and surveillance powers to

NSA official: ‘Much easier’ to explain operations after Snowden

The official in charge of making sure the National Security Agency is complying with the law says it’s been “much easier” to talk about his agency ever since Edward Snowden revealed details of its operations. “It’s actually much easier today,”

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Revelations about the National Security Agency’s electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls

Majority of Americans think Snowden was right to leak

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A forthcoming Yougov survey found that 55 percent of Americans believe Edward Snowden was right to leak the details of Prism (it’s not clear whether they were surveyed on other leaks). Nearly one in two employed Americans name constitutional rights

German foreign intelligence agency wants to access social media sites in real time

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The German foreign intelligence agency (BND) reportedly plans to expand its digital espionage operations, according to several German media outlets. The German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, as well as broadcasters NDR and WDR said on Friday that confidential files from the

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

Restrictions placed on NSA’s data store after intense talks over surveillance bill

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Last-minute negotiations over the details of a congressional surveillance bill have resulted in restrictions around the National Security Agency’s massive repository of analysed call data. Intense closed-door talks between lawmakers and Obama administration and intelligence officials that wrapped up Tuesday

Pakistan’s spy agency ISI accused of kidnapping and killing journalists

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Amnesty International says it has "credible concerns" that Pakistan's powerful military spy agency kidnaps, threatens and even kills journalists who cross it. The allegations come amid an unprecedented public standoff between the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the country's

Obama promises changes after latest NSA snooping disclosure

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Washington (CNN) — Under fire about disclosures of broad National Security Agency snooping on global leaders, President Barack Obama is offering a two-pronged response: You do it, too, and we'll make some changes. Thousands of documents leaked by former NSA

US Drug Enforcement Agents Involved In Questionable Espionage

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A covert squad of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agents are secretly feeding intelligence obtained from electronic intercepts, wiretaps, informants and telephone records to other federal agencies and state or local law enforcement departments throughout the United States to aid

US will not seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, Holder tells Russia

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The US has told the Russian government that it will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden should he be extradited, in an attempt to prevent Moscow from granting asylum to the former National Security Agency contractor. In a

Edward Snowden’s new statement released through WikiLeaks

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WikiLeaks ‏@wikileaks 22m We have the Edward #Snowden statement made today to human rights groups corrected as delivered and it will be released shortly.  

Former Israeli Intelligence Operatives Now Working For Hedge Funds

Nathan Vardi, Forbes Staff       A company staffed with former operatives of Israel’s top intelligence agencies and founded with the help of the former head of the Mossad is being used by hedge funds looking for an edge

48 Killed in Ethnic Clashes in Kenya

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At least 48 people, including 11 children, have been killed in clashes between two ethnic groups in Kenya's eastern Tana River region. Police said Wednesday the victims were either hacked to death or burned after fighting erupted between the Pokomo

Julian Assange: UK seeks diplomacy with Ecuador

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The UK has insisted it will not grant Julian Assange "safe passage" to Ecuador as it seeks a diplomatic solution to him being given asylum. Downing Street said the government was obliged to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden where he

CIA Website Hacked, Struggles To Recover

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Anonymous and other hacktivists also left their marks on the U.S. Census Bureau, Interpol, and Mexico, as well as law enforcement websites in Alabama and Texas. An Anonymous-related Twitter channel claimed Friday that the group had successfully taken down the