NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Jul 3, 2014

NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Endorsement of the NSA’s Internet surveillance programs by a bipartisan privacy board deeply disappointed civil liberties activists Wednesday while providing a measure of vindication for beleaguered U.S. intelligence officials. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, welcomed the conclusion by the independent Privacy and Civil ...

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

| Jul 2, 2014

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the Republicans’ “war on women” — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide ...

With few checks, court gave NSA OK to spy on 193 nations: paper

Jul 1, 2014

With few checks, court gave NSA OK to spy on 193 nations: paper

The U.S. National Security Agency has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries worldwide, top-secret documents say, according to The Washington Post. “The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New ...

Obama goes global with gay rights push

Jun 29, 2014

Obama goes global with gay rights push

U.S. President Barack Obama has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world to promote a cause that still divides his own country. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to ...

NSA releases first statistics on surveillance sweep

Jun 28, 2014

NSA releases first statistics on surveillance sweep

The U.S. National Security Agency released its first “transparency report” Friday, as part of an effort to quell the firestorm over reports of its massive data collection efforts. The NSA report said that in 2013, it obtained fewer than 2,000 orders from the secret ...