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Obama ready to accept some changes in NSA spying

Obama ready to accept some changes in NSA spying

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans’ phone records for possible future surveillance, but he’ll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. That move would thrust much of the […]

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would tighten controls on the government’s sweeping electronic eavesdropping programs but allow them to continue. In a classified hearing, the panel voted 11-4 for a measure that puts new limits on what intelligence agencies can do with bulk communications records and imposes a five-year limit on […]

NSA spying scandal leads to turnaround by Congressman

NSA spying scandal leads to turnaround by Congressman

He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about privacy abuses, and famously shut down a 2005 hearing to silence critics. Now Rep. James Sensenbrenner wants to scale back some of the counterterror laws he once championed, citing an overreach by the National Security Agency that has […]

Protestors target NSA spying in America and world

Protestors target NSA spying in America and world

Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “Unplug Big Brother” as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol […]

Secret court defends government spying on Americans

Secret court defends government spying on Americans

The surveillance court that oversees the U.S. government’s massive collection of telephone data gave its fullest defense to date on Tuesday of why it considers the program lawful, despite the uproar after its existence was made public in June. In an opinion dated August 29 and released on Tuesday, Judge Claire Eagan of the U.S. […]

Obama claims new limits against spying on Americans by America’s government

Obama claims new limits against spying on Americans by America’s government

President Barack Obama announced plans on Friday to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the United States “can and must be more transparent.” “Given the history of abuse by governments, it’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is […]

Obama fights to keep U.S. surveillance court secret

Obama fights to keep U.S. surveillance court secret

The Obama administration on Friday urged a secret U.S. court that oversees surveillance programs to reject a request by a civil liberties group to see court opinions used to underpin a massive phone records database. Justice Department lawyers said in papers filed in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the court’s opinions are a […]

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. […]

Congress endorses, extends Patriot Act abuses

Congress, under a Democratic leadership that once promised to roll back the excesses of the USA Patriot Act, gave overwhelming approval to an extension of the act without any new protections or restrictions to curb widespread government spying and other widespread intrusions into the lives of American citizens. By a 315-97 vote Thursday, the House […]