September 21, 2013 |
Vice President Joe Biden, in the Mexican capital Friday for meetings with top government officials and business leaders, said he was glad to be focusing on trade rather than on security issues and argued that an economically prosperous Mexico would strengthen the economy of the United States. Biden said that his visits to Mexico as a senator in previous decades were "mostly about security issues -- mostly about drugs, mostly about immigration. And finally -- finally -- we have reached the point we should have reached a long time ago, I think ... where we're looking at the relationship as partners.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The secretive federal court that oversees government surveillance released a recent opinion Tuesday that explains and defends its decisions giving the National Security Agency broad power to collect the phone records of all Americans. At issue were decisions going back to 2006 that permitted the agency to order phone companies to turn over the dialing records of calls made in this country. This "metadata" did not include the names of the callers, nor did it include the content of the calls.
September 7, 2013 |
Amid reports this summer of the National Security Agency's accessing troves of private communications, technology companies have sought to distance themselves from allegations of cooperation with government authorities, while reassuring users that their information is safe. The latest chapter in the face-off between the government intelligence apparatus and technology companies emerged last week with reports that the NSA was working, often successfully, to undermine encryption technology.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Do Americans care about their online privacy? More and more. As they share more personal information on social networks and other online services, they are hankering for better control over who has access to that stockpile of intimate and telling details about their shopping habits, medical records and family photos. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far So says a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft, Google and other major U.S. technology companies fighting to reveal more detail about the surveillance demands by U.S. intelligence say negotiations with the government have not reached an agreement “acceptable to all.” In a blog post Friday, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said the talks recently broke down and Microsoft planned to move forward with the lawsuit filed this summer. Technology companies are on the defensive after damaging revelations that they turn over users' data to the National Security Agency's secret Internet surveillance program.
August 27, 2013 |
"Closed Circuit" is a crisply enjoyable, professionally executed paranoid thriller of the "everyone is out to get us" variety. In an earlier, simpler day, its plotting would have been dismissed as far-fetched, but that was then and this is now. "Closed Circuit" comes at a moment when the U.S. National Security Agency has admitted to extensive spying on civilians and Britain employs half a million closed circuit cameras in London. So not surprisingly a film that posits that governments can spy on whoever they want, whenever they want, ends up being advertised in magazines like The Nation with the tag line "They See Your Every Move.
August 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In February 2011, when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bowed to a popular uprising and relinquished power, President Obama welcomed the change and declared, "Egypt will never be the same. " Two and a half years after the elation of the "Arab Spring," Egypt looks much as it did under the aging autocrat, only more violently polarized. Critics say Obama has mostly watched from the sidelines. Mubarak's court-ordered release from prison Thursday in effect capped the end of Egypt's brief experiment with democracy and its return to military rule.
August 19, 2013 |
"Paranoia” didn't exactly set the box office afire this weekend. In fact, it nearly sank into the icy depths. The once-promising project -- based on a bestselling Joseph Finder novel, starring an action icon in Harrison Ford and a supposed comer in Liam Hemsworth -- took in a microscopic $3.5 million, landing it in an abysmal 13th place. Still, the movie -- about a tech whiz who infiltrates a company as a spy, only to be spied on himself -- helps form a new wave of surveillance movies that may have only begun to crest.
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.
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August 11, 2013 |
As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, where 20 students and six educators were killed, new safety efforts swept through school districts. President Obama called on administrators and law enforcement officials to reevaluate emergency procedures.