National Security Agency

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 […]

‘Restore the Fourth:’ An idea whose time has come?

‘Restore the Fourth:’ An idea whose time has come?

In more than 100 towns and cities across the nation on July 4th, protestors gathered not to celebrate America’s independence but instead to demand that freedom and liberty be returned to a nation where rights are under attack and disappearing. “Restore the Fourth,” had a double meaning:  Recognizing the nation’s founding and seeking restoration of […]

So, what’s a little spying among friends?

So, what’s a little spying among friends?

President Barack Obama had a simple answer to European outrage over new allegations that the U.S. spies on its allies: The Europeans do it too. Obama said Monday during his trip to Africa that every intelligence service in Europe, Asia and elsewhere does its best to understand the world better, and that goes beyond what […]

Snowden withdraws request for Russian asylum

Snowden withdraws request for Russian asylum

NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s attempts to seek refuge outside the United States hit hurdles Tuesday, after Russian media reported he canceled his asylum bid in Russia and several European countries said such applications wouldn’t be considered if they were made from abroad. Russian news agencies Tuesday quoted President Vladimir Putin‘s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying […]

U.S. now tries to rationalize spying on allies

U.S. now tries to rationalize spying on allies

The U.S. says it gathers the same kinds of intelligence as other nations to safeguard against foreign terror threats, pushing back on fresh outrage from key allies over secret American surveillance programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in European Union offices. Facing threatened investigations and sanctions from Europe, U.S. intelligence officials plan to discuss […]

Obama trys to downplay Snowden’s relevance

Obama trys to downplay Snowden’s relevance

The last thing President Barack Obama wants to do is turn Edward Snowden into a grand enemy of the state or a Daniel Ellsberg-type hero who speaks truth to power. In the shifting narrative of the Obama administration, the man whose leaks of top-secret material about government surveillance programs have tied the national security apparatus […]