Dec 11, 2013

Divisive conspiracy bill to get another try

Lawmakers will once again be asked to pass legislation making it illegal to participate in plotting a serious crime, such as murder, regardless of whether the crime is ever committed, a government source said. Since 2003, the government has made several attempts to revise ...

Aug 22, 2013

NSA email collection violated law: court

For several years, the National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of emails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-revised collection method, according to a 2011 secret court opinion. The redacted 85-page opinion, which was declassified by U.S. intelligence ...

'Help us defend the country:' NSA chief

Aug 1, 2013

'Help us defend the country:' NSA chief

It doesn’t get much stranger than this, even in Vegas. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, stood in front of a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday, selling the idea of government surveillance programs. His audience? More than 3,000 cybersecurity specialists, including some of ...

Skepticism of phone program deepens after U.S. releases secret NSA order

Aug 1, 2013

Skepticism of phone program deepens after U.S. releases secret NSA order

White House officials on Wednesday faced deepening political skepticism over a far-reaching counterterrorism program that collects millions of Americans’ phone records, even as they released newly declassified documents in an attempt to spotlight privacy safeguards. The previously secret material — a court order and ...