National Security Agency

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, […]

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 […]