National Security Agency

More spying abuses by NSA

More spying abuses by NSA

The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism — a practice it says was an unintended consequence when it gathered bundles of Internet traffic connected to terror suspects. One of the documents […]

NSA revelations spark concern

NSA revelations spark concern

New revelations from leaker Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency has overstepped its authority thousands of times since 2008 are stirring renewed calls on Capitol Hill for serious changes to NSA spy programs, undermining White House hopes that President Barack Obama had quieted the controversy with his assurances of oversight. An internal audit provided […]

NSA breaks thousands of laws

NSA breaks thousands of laws

Looks like the National Security Agency, which makes it a practice to snoop into lives of Americans, broke privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times a year since Congress, at the urging of then President George W. Bush, expanded the agency’s powers in 2008. Most of the infractions involve illegal surveillance of […]

Terrorists use online chat rooms

Terrorists use online chat rooms

Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks — including the threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week. It’s highly unlikely that al-Qaida’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, or his […]

Mad as hell about NSA spying?

Mad as hell about NSA spying?

Charlotte Scot isn’t one to take things lying down — like the time President George W. Bush was re-elected and she moved to Canada in protest. So when the 66-year-old artist from Old Lyme, Conn., heard that major telecommunications providers have been turning over data about every Americans’ phone calls to the government since 2006, […]

IRS manual revealed how to doctor facts

IRS manual revealed how to doctor facts

Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years. The practice of recreating the investigative trail, highly criticized by former prosecutors and defense lawyers after […]

NSA spying on Americans just ‘tip of the iceberg’

NSA spying on Americans just ‘tip of the iceberg’

Widespread spying on Americans by the National Security Agency is just “the tip of the iceberg,” says intelligence officials, and the Obama administration is scrambling to find ways to stop Congress before it learns just how much probing of U.S. citizens is standard operating procedure authorized by the White Hosue. “Americans don’t have privacy,” former […]

Obama faces spying critics

Obama faces spying critics

Struggling to salvage a massive surveillance program, President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records Thursday as snowballing concerns made new limitations on the intelligence effort appear increasingly likely. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office […]

Limits on NSA spying?

Limits on NSA spying?

Senators are questioning top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA’s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday will include testimony from the No. […]

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