National Security Agency

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. […]

Open season on leakers

Open season on leakers

The successful prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media. Manning was acquitted Tuesday of the most serious charge he faced, aiding the enemy, but he was found guilty by a military judge of enough charges […]

What else does Edward Snowden know?

What else does Edward Snowden know?

It’s the stuff of spy novels: The hunted-down protagonist wins in the end because he’s got damaging documents squirreled away, a bargaining chip against the bureaucrats who want to silence him. If National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden thinks he’s living in such a thriller, legal experts say he’s got another think coming. Nothing he […]

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Opponents of the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House. Furious lobbying and last-minute pleas to lawmakers ensured victory for the Obama administration as the House voted 217-205 Wednesday to […]

Supporters of spying on Americans claim disaster if program is halted

Supporters of spying on Americans claim disaster if program is halted

The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack. With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued an unusual, nighttime […]

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