National Security Agency

Pelosi’s defense of NSA spying draws boos

Pelosi’s defense of NSA spying draws boos

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has disappointed some of her liberal base with her defense of the Obama administration’s classified surveillance of U.S. residents’ phone and Internet records. Some of the activists attending the annual Netroots Nation political conference Saturday booed and interrupted the San Francisco Democrat when she commented on the surveillance programs carried […]

Snowden in Moscow, America revokes his passport

The former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed a highly classified surveillance program has had his U.S. passport revoked, an official said Sunday. Edward Snowden’s passport was annulled before he left Hong Kong for Russia and while that could complicate his travel plans, the lack of a passport alone could not thwart his plans, the […]

Bush and Obama: Do both belong in jail?

Bush and Obama:  Do both belong in jail?

Interesting, but sad, that the rank and file of both parties in Capitol Hill are scrambling to find excuses to excuse and rationalize the increased spying on Americans by the National Security Agency and the federal government. Republicans who would love to use the revelations against President Barack Obama are caught between the stereotypical rock […]

Obama muddles NSA debate with vague numbers

Obama muddles NSA debate with vague numbers

Seeking to win over public trust, the Obama administration has been throwing around a lot of numbers as it tries to describe — in as much detail as possible without jeopardizing national security — the terror plots it says were thwarted by the government’s sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications. There’s 50, 12, 10 and four. […]

Was background check on NSA leaker bungled?

Was background check on NSA leaker bungled?

A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with a security clearance background check conducted on the 29-year-old federal contractor who disclosed previously secret National Security Agency programs for collecting phone records and Internet data — just as news media disclosed more information about those programs. Appearing at a Senate hearing, Patrick McFarland, […]

Obama set to meet with privacy, civil liberties board

Obama set to meet with privacy, civil liberties board

President Barack Obama is holding his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as he seeks to make good on his pledge to have a public discussion about secretive government surveillance programs. Obama has said the little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will play a key role in that effort. The […]

Obama uses obscure, untested oversight board to justify NSA spying on Americans

Obama uses obscure, untested oversight board to justify NSA spying on Americans

The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully during its eight years of low-profile existence, stymied by congressional infighting and, at times, censorship by government lawyers. The privacy […]

Obama lies, downplays impact of government spying on Americans

Obama lies, downplays impact of government spying on Americans

President Barack Obama, lying outright in an televised interview on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Monday,  claimed the U.S. is spying only on foreign citizens. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Obama said “if you’re a U.S. person, then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it’s not targeting your emails” but records […]

The real terrorists are our so-called leaders who allow spying on Americans

The real terrorists are our so-called leaders who allow spying on Americans

The despotic government that runs the United States of America has made it clear that it supports spying 24/7 on any and all American citizens. The current administration of Barack Obama and the former administration of George W. Bush both trotted out officials to the talk shows and interview circuits over the weekend to praise […]

Obama, Bush officials back NSA spying on Americans

Obama, Bush officials back NSA spying on Americans

Top officials from the Obama and Bush administrations say the government’s newly exposed secret surveillance programs have been essential to disrupting terrorist plots and have not infringed on Americans’ civil liberties. The officials justify the massive trawling for phone and Internet data as new revelations add to public disclosures about the classified operations. Denis McDonough, […]