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August 22, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
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 | By Steven Zeitchik
"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 | By Ken Dilanian
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 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
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.
August 10, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
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 9, 2013 | By Michael McGough
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 | By Christi Parsons, Ken Dilanian and David Lauter
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 9, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Ken Dilanian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to quell growing public unease, President Obama released new information about domestic spying, called on Congress to change the Patriot Act to increase oversight and safeguards, and urged lawmakers to consider allowing adversaries to appear against the government for the first time in the secret court that authorizes surveillance. Obama made clear in a nearly one-hour news conference that he was responding to what he called the “very passionate but not always fully informed debate” that has erupted in the weeks since a former National Surveillance Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden, leaked classified surveillance programs to the media.
August 7, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
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.
July 31, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
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.
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