Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared them. […]
While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA’s collection of Americans’ telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are looking to legal challenges already underway in the courts to limit government surveillance powers. Three appeals courts are hearing lawsuits against the bulk phone records program, creating the potential for an eventual Supreme Court review. Judges in […]
Nearly half of surveillance files contained names, email addresses of U.S. citizens
When the National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to an investigation by The Washington Post. Nearly half of those surveillance files contained names, email addresses or other details […]
An internal board claims the controversial program follows the law
The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records “lacked a viable legal foundation” and should be shut down. But in its latest study, the five-member board takes the […]
House libertarians and liberals banded together for a surprise win in their fight against the secretive National Security Agency, securing support for new curbs on government spying a year after leaker Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records. The Republican-led House voted 293-123 late Thursday to add the limits […]
'If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States, we'll have him on a flight today'
Secretary of State John Kerry says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden “should man up and come back to the United States.” Kerry was asked about Snowden in a nationally broadcast interview Wednesday in the wake of Snowden’s interview earlier with NBC News. In that session, Snowden said he never intended to end up Russia, […]
Privacy and civil liberties activists denounced the measure, saying it had been 'gutted'
The House is poised to take the first significant step to change the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, a compromise bill that is displeasing many civil liberties activists. The USA Freedom Act would codify a proposal made in January by President Barack Obama, who said he wanted to end the NSA’s […]
the first sign of consensus in the bitterly divided House on the NSA surveillance
The House crossed a major hurdle in its efforts to rein in the National Security Agency when two oversight committees agreed this week on a proposal to end the agency’s practice of collecting Americans’ phone records and the bulk collection of all other records, such as credit card data. The House could vote on the […]
Four journalists who reported on the extent of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden are among the winners of the 65th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post will receive the award […]
Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency did the impossible.
Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their “socialistic, Marxist, communist” ways. Toni Lewis suspects tea party Republicans are “a bunch of people who probably need some mental health treatment.” Politically speaking, the tea-party supporter in rural North Carolina and the Massachusetts liberal live a world apart. Who or what could […]