Tag: United States Intelligence Community

27 Phrases Only Spies Will Understand

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People and regions all around the world have unique phrases and slang that only they would understand, and the intelligence community of spies, analysts, and cryptography specialists is no different. For people working in the shadows of the intelligence community, “illegal”

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

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In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. Sometime early this summer, U.S. Special Operations Forces launched a raid into Syria in an effort to

White House and Senate close to agreement on curbing NSA spying

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Even with the start of a month-long congressional recess only two weeks away, lawmakers in the United States Senate may soon vote on a long-awaited surveillance reform bill before heading home for the rest of summer. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy

House Passes Curbs on NSA Phone Surveillance

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In an overwhelming vote, the House moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records Thursday, the most significant demonstration to date of leaker Edward Snowden’s impact on the debate over privacy versus

NSA spies on OSCE HQ in Vienna – report

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Among the many targets for the UN National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is the Vienna-based headquarters of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Austrian media reported. The OSCE is mentioned among the targets for NSA in the

How the Military Intelligence Community Has Failed to Incorporate Sociocultural Understanding of their Operational Environment

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The purpose of this paper will be to explore how the military intelligence community (IC) can create programs to foster a population centric approach to collection of intelligence in order to bolster sociocultural understanding of the operational environment. The objectives

US Tech Titans Reveal New Data About NSA Snooping

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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and LinkedIn have for the first time released new data about U.S. information requests made under the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), the controversial law that facilitates several of the National Security Agency’s most secret surveillance

Lawmakers overseeing NSA receive millions from private intelligence contractors

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US President Obama said last week that reforming the NSA in the midst of a major surveillance scandal could restore confidence in the government. Newly revealed connections between Congress and the private sector, however, may not do the same. Officials

Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of NSA Surveillance Tactics

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WASHINGTON—A presidential task force has drafted recommendations that constitute a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Agency, according to people familiar with the recommendations. The panel's draft proposals would change the spy agency's leadership from military to civilian and limit

U.S. shares raw intelligence data with Israel, leaked document shows

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WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel that probably includes sensitive information about Americans, according to the latest top-secret document leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The 2009 document, a memorandum of understanding

U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary

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U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget. The $52.6 billion “black

Senators strongly criticise intelligence chiefs over NSA data collection

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Ron Wyden tells US senate of 'violations of court orders' while Mark Udall calls for major reforms of surveillance programmes. On the eve of a major US Senate hearing on the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance, two senators called for

Report: Panel warns U.S. intelligence too focused on military support

A secret report from the President's Intelligence Advisory Board warns that American intelligence agencies have prioritized supporting military operations over traditional intelligence gathering, leaving the country vulnerable to new threats. The panel, which includes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and CIA

Spy chief toughens employee polygraph to stem leaks

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. intelligence official on Monday ordered that a new question be added to federal employee lie-detector tests to help uncover any leaks of secret information to the media. In true spy-agency form, the wording of