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Ordinary Americans trapped in NSA data sweeps

Ordinary Americans trapped in NSA data sweeps

When the National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users,…

New report now claims NSA spying is legal

New report now claims NSA spying is legal

The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA’s…

House ready to approve curbs on NSA spying

House ready to approve curbs on NSA spying

The House is poised to take the first significant step to change the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, a compromise bill that is displeasing many civil…

House committees limit NSA spying on Americans

House committees limit NSA spying on Americans

The House crossed a major hurdle in its efforts to rein in the National Security Agency when two oversight committees agreed this week on a proposal to end the agency’s…

Senate once rejected what Obama now proposes for NSA

Senate once rejected what Obama now proposes for NSA

The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered — but ultimately rejected — alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans’ phone…

Obama to propose end to NSA ‘phone sweeps’

Obama to propose end to NSA ‘phone sweeps’

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans’ phone calls. The Obama administration…

NSA spying under the spotlight in Crimea crisis

NSA spying under the spotlight in Crimea crisis

President Barack Obama talks often by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — at least five times over the past month. But he can no longer be as certain as…

U.S. now tries to rationalize spying on allies

U.S. now tries to rationalize spying on allies

The U.S. says it gathers the same kinds of intelligence as other nations to safeguard against foreign terror threats, pushing back on fresh outrage from key allies over secret American…