United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

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 […]

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. […]

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

The authority used by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence monitor telephone conversations as part of a program to spy on Americans expired Friday. No problem.  Under orders from the Obama administration, the program simply instructed the secret court that allows such invasion of the rights of Americans to reauthorize the classified program […]

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 […]

White House defends intentional invasion of American citizens’ privacy

White House defends intentional invasion of American citizens’ privacy

The White House on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.” While defending the practice, a senior Obama administration official did not confirm a newspaper report that the NSA has been collecting the telephone records […]