Tag: United States Department of Defense

Clapper Plays the ‘Insurance’ Card To Defend NSA Surveillance

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James Clapper, the nation’s top spy, said keeping logs of U.S. citizens’ phone calls is a preventive measure for discerning potential threats. Any legislation that shifts collection from the government to private telecom companies—a move Clapper has said he supports—could

US intelligence chief reveals details of secret mission to North Korea

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US spy chief James Clapper said that when he made a secret visit to North Korea in November to bring home two jailed Americans he was first given a 12-course banquet and then later told by his hosts that his

US spy chief describes cloak-and-dagger mission to N. Korea (+video)

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Washington — When US spy chief James Clapper flew to North Korea on a mission to bring home two US captives, he ran into a potential hitch. North Korean officials wanted a diplomatic concession of some sort in return for

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: The ‘transparent’ spy org. you’ve never heard of

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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a little-known organization under the Defense Department’s purview that provides geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to the spy community. Now it is moving from providing maps to focusing on analysis. The NGA’s mission is to provide

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

Congress Decides This Week Whether to Shut the NSA Backdoor: Here’s How You Can Help

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The NSA may seem like an intimidating giant, but it has a serious Achilles’ heel— the enormous budget it claims from taxpayer dollars every year. While change to the actual words of the laws that govern NSA surveillance seems to be

How the NSA plans to prevent another Snowden

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The National Security Agency is working overtime to make sure another Edward Snowden doesn’t happen again. But many of the methods are rubbing current NSA employees the wrong way. Two former NSA officials told VentureBeat that the agency, still reeling from

Congress Finally Put a (Really Obscure, But Important) Limit on NSA Power

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The House passed a toothless NSA reform bill yesterday, and VC Marc Andreessen says that meetings about privacy and surveillance between tech companies and the Obama administration haven’t been very productive. But the news isn’t all depressing for privacy advocates.

Clapper’s U.S. intelligence directive is the opposite of trust-building

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President Barack Obama’s promise of “the most transparent administration in history” has long devolved into a sour irony. It’s little wonder, then, that his director of national intelligence, James Clapper, seeks to go where Congress would not and unilaterally criminalize

Three former NSA workers accused of aiding Snowden

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WASHINGTON — Three people at the National Security Agency have been implicated in Edward Snowden's efforts to copy classified material, including a civilian employee who resigned last month after acknowledging he allowed Snowden to use his computer ID, according to

Ex-NSA Chief Details Snowden’s Hiring at Agency, Booz Allen

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DEL MAR, Calif.— Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about the agency's surveillance program, targeted Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. for employment because of its access to national security contracts, a company vice chairman said Tuesday.

Meet the New Boss of the NSA. Same as the Old Boss?

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President Obama has chosen Navy Vice Adm. Michael Rogers as the new director of the embattled National Security Agency as his administration begins working to implement a bevy of surveillance reforms, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Rogers currently runs the U.S.

Former NSA whistleblowers plead for chance to brief Obama on agency abuses

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A group of former National Security Agency insiders who went on to become whistleblowers have written a letter to President Barack Obama, requesting a meeting with him to offer “a fuller picture” of the spy agency’s systemic problems. The group

NSA director Keith Alexander and deputy expected to depart in early 2014

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The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency. Army general

The Cowboy of the NSA

On Aug. 1, 2005, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander reported for duty as the 16th director of the National Security Agency, the United States' largest intelligence organization. He seemed perfect for the job. Alexander was a decorated Army intelligence officer and

Interview with NSA expert James Bamford

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No one, it can be argued, knows more about the history of the National Security Agency than James Bamford. The investigative journalist, who served in the Navy and attended law school in his native Boston, has the distinction of having