August 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency improperly collected the emails of tens of thousands of Americans for three years before acknowledging the problem in 2011 and bringing it to the attention of the secret intelligence court, which ordered the program overhauled. Officials disclosed the history of that unlawful surveillance Wednesday, releasing three partially redacted opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that detailed the judges' concerns about how the NSA had been siphoning data from the Internet in an effort to collect foreign intelligence.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Leaked documents showing the National Security Agency overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2011 have spurred new calls to restrict surveillance on Americans and threatened to further erode trust in the powerful spy agency. In an attempt to contain the damage Friday, intelligence officials rushed to brief congressional staffers and the White House issued a statement of support for the NSA, which critics say has violated Americans' privacy and civil liberties in its efforts to track terrorists and foreign agents.
August 10, 2013 |
Critics offered cautious praise Friday following President Obama's hourlong press conference to unveil proposed changes and responses to a much-criticized government surveillance program. But they also made it clear that more needed to be done to reform a system that has generated widespread controversy in recent weeks. This week, Obama held two meetings with technology executives, privacy advocates and industry trade groups to discuss issues raised by leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
August 10, 2013 |
Edward Snowden is now out of his limbo at Moscow's airport, presumably ensconced in some Russian dacha, wondering what the next phase of his young life will bring. Having spent 30 years in the intelligence business, I fervently hope the food is lousy, the winter is cold, and the Internet access is awful. But I worry less about what happens to this one man and more about the damage Snowden has done - and could still do - to America's long-term ability to strike the right balance between privacy and security.
August 9, 2013 |
President Obama announced at a news conference Friday that he was prepared to work with Congress to introduce greater transparency and accountability to the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance programs. Just don't call it the “Snowden effect.” Obama insisted, rather defensively, that he had called for a reappraisal of the programs before the man he once called a "29-year-old hacker" spilled the beans. Besides, he said, Edward Snowden could have gone through channels if he wanted to blow the whistle on what he thought was improper snooping.
August 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama proposed significant new limits on the power of intelligence agencies to secretly collect vast amounts of information on Americans, responding to weeks of controversy with steps he said were designed to "ensure that the American people can trust that our efforts are in line with our interests and our values. " The proposals include measures to ensure that the government no longer will be the only side represented before the secret court that approves intelligence surveillance.
August 7, 2013 |
Even before former National Security Agency consultant Edward Snowden exposed the breathtaking extent of the intelligence agency's electronic surveillance programs, civil libertarians worried that information obtained as part of anti-terrorism investigations might find its way to the criminal justice system and that Americans would be tried and convicted on evidence obtained without warrants, in violation of the 4th Amendment. Is that happening? As with much about the NSA, it is hard to be sure.
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August 7, 2013 |
The widow of Michael Hastings -- the journalist whose reporting led to the resignation of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan -- is calling his fatal crash in Los Angeles a “really tragic accident.” In her first nationally televised interview since her husband's death on June 18, Elise Jordan told CNN's Piers Morgan on Monday that she didn't “really have anything to add” to the ongoing police investigation into the fiery single-car crash...
August 4, 2013
Re "What next for Snowden?," Editorial, Aug. 2 It's a bit disingenuous to say about Edward Snowden that "those who engage in civil disobedience should be prepared to accept some legal consequences for their actions. " "Some legal consequences" could be taken by many to mean solitary confinement or multiple life sentences. In fact, the U.S. had to assure Russia that Snowden wouldn't be tortured or executed; given our country's treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, it was an assurance that had to be made.
July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The public got its first look at the secret court order that authorized the government's vast collection of records of domestic telephone calls as the Obama administration moved Wednesday to try to boost public confidence in the National Security Agency's program. The order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court lays out the rules under which the program operates, mirroring the descriptions that U.S. officials have given in the weeks since the program was disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.