| Jun 4, 2015

U.S. spying under spotlight with new surveillance law

The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the U.S. government’s investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it is practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency’s vast digital spying operations, a technical overhaul of a marginal ...

Jun 3, 2015

Edward Snowden hails curbing of U.S. spying powers as 'historic'

Fugitive former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday hailed as “historic” efforts to end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, while urging campaigners to go further. The United States Senate passed landmark legislation that limits the powers of the National Security Agency, ...

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 ...