National Security Agency

Open season on leakers

Open season on leakers

The successful prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media. Manning was acquitted Tuesday of the most serious charge he faced, aiding the enemy, but he was found guilty by a military judge of enough charges […]

What else does Edward Snowden know?

What else does Edward Snowden know?

It’s the stuff of spy novels: The hunted-down protagonist wins in the end because he’s got damaging documents squirreled away, a bargaining chip against the bureaucrats who want to silence him. If National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden thinks he’s living in such a thriller, legal experts say he’s got another think coming. Nothing he […]

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Opponents of the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House. Furious lobbying and last-minute pleas to lawmakers ensured victory for the Obama administration as the House voted 217-205 Wednesday to […]

Supporters of spying on Americans claim disaster if program is halted

Supporters of spying on Americans claim disaster if program is halted

The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack. With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued an unusual, nighttime […]

NSA puts new anti-leak measures into place

NSA puts new anti-leak measures into place

The National Security Agency is implementing new security measures because of the disclosures by former NSA-systems-analyst-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden, top defense officials said Thursday. NSA chief Keith Alexander said his agency had implemented a “two-man rule,” under which any system administrator like Snowden could only access or move key information with another administrator present. With some […]

Those spying on Americans find hostility on Capitol Hill

Those spying on Americans find hostility on Capitol Hill

At a House Intelligence Committee hearing just a month ago on highly controversial National Security Agency surveillance issues, administration officials were well treated by both Republicans and Democrats. Wednesday’s return trip to Capitol Hill was decidedly different. For James Cole, John Inglis and Robert Litt, the latest session with Congress was a lesson in the […]

James Clapper’s sordid history of lying to Congress, America

James Clapper’s sordid history of lying to Congress, America

As the director of national intelligence, James Clapper has told Congress that the regime of Moammar Gadhafi would likely prevail in Libya, that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood party was “largely secular” and that the National Security Agency doesn’t collect data on millions of Americans. Not quite. Gadhafi ended up killed by Libyan rebel forces, and the […]

Federal oversight board hears testimony on NSA spying on Americans

Federal oversight board hears testimony on NSA spying on Americans

The federal oversight board directed by President Barack Obama to scrutinize the government’s secret surveillance system is hearing from civil liberties activists, a retired federal judge and a former Bush administration lawyer in the board’s first public event since the spying operations were revealed in news reports. They were among 16 experts set to testify […]

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