Jul 7, 2016

Criticized for sloppy Iraq reporting, U.K. spy agencies pursue reform

Britain’s foreign spy agency concluded within months of the invasion of Iraq that two key intelligence reports it had received about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were fabricated, a British inquiry disclosed on Wednesday. In September 2002, the Secret Intelligence Service, known as SIS ...

Jul 6, 2016

U.N. panel says China is arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizen

A U.N. panel says China has arbitrarily detained an American woman in violation of international human rights norms, bringing her case back into public attention ahead of a visit to Beijing by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this week. International business consultant Phan “Sandy” ...

May 14, 2016

U.S. background checks for security clearance to include social media

U.S. investigators can now probe Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites as a part of background checks for security clearances — something that lawmakers said Friday was a classic case of the government playing catch-up with technology. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper ...

Apr 30, 2016

U.S. spy court rejected zero surveillance orders in 2015

The secretive U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court did not deny a single government request in 2015 for electronic surveillance orders for foreign intelligence purposes, continuing a long-standing trend, a Justice Department document showed. The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the ...