National Security Agency

Intel officials claim NSA spying on Americans revealed terrorist plots

Intel officials claim NSA spying on Americans revealed terrorist plots

Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries — and that gathered data is destroyed every five years. Last year, fewer than 300 phone numbers were checked against the database […]

Government says 300 phone numbers ‘closely investigated’ in spy program

Government says 300 phone numbers ‘closely investigated’ in spy program

The U.S. government only searched for detailed information on calls involving fewer than 300 specific phone numbers among the millions of raw phone records collected by the National Security Agency in 2012, according to a government paper obtained by Reuters on Saturday. The unclassified paper was circulated Saturday within the government by U.S. intelligence agencies […]

A life surrounded by spycraft

A life surrounded by spycraft

In the suburbs edged by woods midway between Baltimore and the nation’s capital, residents long joked that the government spy shop next door was so ultra-secretive its initials stood for “No Such Agency.” But when Edward Snowden grew up here, the National Security Agency’s looming presence was both a very visible and accepted part of […]

Reactions over NSA spying split on Capitol Hill

Reactions over NSA spying split on Capitol Hill

Revelations of widespread spying on Americans by the U.S. government is bringing denouncement from some members of Congress and support from others. Differences on whether the program is legal or constitutional cross party lines.  Even those controlled by the tea party can’t agree on whether or not the program is justified. Michigan Republican Justin Amash […]

Republicans claim leaks caused terrorists to change tactics

Republicans claim leaks caused terrorists to change tactics

Two senior Republican lawmakers said Thursday that terrorists are already changing their behavior after leaks about classified U.S. data gathering programs, but they offered no details. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said it’s part of the damage from disclosures by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of two NSA programs, which collect millions of telephone records […]

The American government: It is, therefore it spies on everyone

The American government:  It is, therefore it spies on everyone

For many Americans, probably most, it came as no shock that Uncle Sam spys on his citizens 24/7. We’ve been writing about the constant surveillance for a long time here at Capitol Hill Blue.  Intrusion into the lives of ordinary citizens became the order of the day under the despotic leadership of the Federal Bureau […]

Lawmakers skeptical over claimed value of spying program

Lawmakers skeptical over claimed value of spying program

The former spy agency contractor who fled to Hong Kong to leak U.S. secrets said he’s not there to hide from justice and has faith in “the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate.” “I am neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American,” Edward Snowden declared to the South China Morning Post […]

NSA director claims spying on Americans diverted terror attacks

NSA director claims spying on Americans diverted terror attacks

The director of the National Security Agency vigorously defended once-secret surveillance programs as an effective tool in keeping America safe, telling Congress on Wednesday that the information collected disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks without offering details. In his first congressional testimony since revelations about the top-secret operations, Army Gen. Keith Alexander insisted that the public […]

Invasion of privacy lawsuits usually a long-shot

Invasion of privacy lawsuits usually a long-shot

Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing U.S. spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants. Klein’s allegations and the news reports about them launched dozens of consumer lawsuits in early […]

The Gestapo is alive and well in the American government

The Gestapo is alive and well in the American government

It’s official:  America today is no better than Nazi Germany.  It’s no different than Soviet Russia was during the height of communism.  The so-called land of the free and home of the brave is now the nation of spied upon where the government collects private data on any an all Americans under the guise of […]