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A third of U.S. shield data from gov’t in wake of Snowden

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of Americans have taken action to shield their personal data from government surveillance programs that monitor phone and electronic communications, says a Pew Research Center poll released Monday. Those actions include strengthening privacy settings on

Edward Snowden won’t return to U.S. without a fair trial, lawyer says

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Edward Snowden’s lawyer on Wednesday sought to tamp down speculation that the fugitive whistle-blower could soon return to the United States. Anatoly Kucherena told a news conference Tuesday that his client wants to go home and has teamed up with

Edward Snowden Wants To Come Home, Still Faces Charges For NSA Leaks

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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden wants to come back home to the United States, but U.S. officials said the fugitive whistleblower would have to stand trial for leaking details about the NSA’s secret mass surveillance programs, Reuters reported.

Man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind slams CIA report on torture

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The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA’s program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a

How We Outsourced CIA Torture And Why It Matters

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One big revelation in the explosive summary of the Senate report on CIA torture is just how much the U.S. government is outsourcing its dirty work. The 500-page report on CIA interrogation tactics, released last week, details shocking instances of

What You Need to Know About the Senate’s CIA Torture Report

The Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence is expected to make public today a redacted version of the executive summary of its comprehensive investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. The comprehensive report has come to be known in shorthand

How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

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In March 2011, two weeks before the Western intervention in Libya, a secret message was delivered to the National Security Agency. An intelligence unit within the U.S. military’s Africa Command needed help to hack into Libya’s cellphone networks and monitor

Intelligence Agency Wants an Even More Super Supercomputer

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is funding research that could fundamentally change the field of supercomputing. Announced today, IARPA – the intelligence community’s research arm – awarded research contracts in support of its Cryogenic Computer Complexity, or C3, program

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,

FBI Identifies 2nd NSA Leaker

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The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called “second leaker” who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden,

Comforting the NSA and Afflicting Its Dissenters

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In a New Republic article on NSA surveillance, Yishai Schwartz defends the U.S. government against the critiques of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his supporters. This defense warrants close scrutiny, because several of the arguments offered echo misinformation spread by national

The Many Shades of Edward Snowden

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The world will never see Mark Felt’s body language as he told Bob Woodward about the Nixon administration’s illegal behavior or hear the timbre of Daniel Ellsberg’s voice when he handed over the Pentagon Papers. But thanks to Citizenfour, a

Hackers Used Windows Bug to Spy on Ukraine Officials

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For months this summer, unidentified hackers used a previously unknown hole in Microsoft Corp. ’s Windows operating system to spy on North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukrainian officials, according to an investigation by a U.S. cybersecurity company. Microsoft released a

Google’s Eric Schmidt on NSA spying: ‘We’re going to break the Internet.’

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt lobbed harsh criticism at NSA surveillance on American citizens. “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it,” Schmidt said during a hearing in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman

Alleged French Spy-Turned-Traitor Targeted in Airstrikes on Al Qaeda

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A former spy for France, who defected and joined al Qaeda, was one of the targets of American airstrikes in Syria last month aimed at stopping the terror group from blowing up planes over the skies of Europe or the

In Yahoo Versus NSA, Hypocrisy Wins

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Yahoo! Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents

U.S. drops contractor that did background checks for Snowden and Navy Yard shooter

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is dropping its largest security clearance contractor, U.S. Investigations Services LLC, which carried out background checks on Edward Snowden (pictured above) and the man who shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy

Did Obama Waste the Bin Laden Intelligence Trove?

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In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, Steve Hayes has an important piece looking at what happened to the reams of intelligence acquired in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The intelligence included “10 hard drives, nearly

Of Course States Spy on States

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The most recent skirmish between U.S. and People’s Republic of China (PRC) military forces occurred on August 19, when a Chinese J-11 fighter jet conducted reckless and confrontational maneuvers in close proximity to a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft

JPMorgan Data Breach Traced Back To Russia, Which Calls Claim ‘Nonsense’

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Weeks after JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) discovered a major data breach in its systems, investigators have found clues that show the hackers used a global network of computers available for hire to reroute the stolen data from the bank