NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Jun 1, 2015

NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Three U.S. spy programs aimed at stopping terrorists expired early Monday amid a standoff among Senate Republicans over legislation to renew them. For the first time since soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, intelligence and law enforcement agencies can’t initiate the use ...

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

| May 31, 2015

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

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Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. Obama administration officials say their expiration will make Americans less secure. But civil liberties activists counter by saying ...

May 23, 2015

Senate blocks bill that would end U.S. bulk data collection

The U.S. Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming National Security Agency intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly last week, with ...

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

May 6, 2015

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

A widening scandal over claims that Germany helped the U.S. spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel’s coalition Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the “untouchable” chancellor. Pressure has mounted over reports that Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency snooped ...

Apr 30, 2015

Germany spied on French and EU officials for U.S.: report

German intelligence services spied on top French officials and the European Commission on behalf of the American spy agency NSA, according to an article to appear Thursday in Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency helped the National Security Agency (NSA) carry out “political ...

Male pair dressed as females try to ram NSA gate with car

Mar 31, 2015

Male pair dressed as females try to ram NSA gate with car

Officers opened fire after two men dressed as women refused to stop Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade and then smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, officials said. One of the men died, and the other man and ...

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program, officials say

Mar 30, 2015

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program, officials say

The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After ...

U.K. report finds spies snooping on thousands of emails

Mar 13, 2015

U.K. report finds spies snooping on thousands of emails

British spies are reading thousands of private communications every day, according to a new report Thursday that was triggered by the Edward Snowden leaks. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said the interception did not amount to “indiscriminate surveillance,” but called for greater transparency ...