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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Jun 6, 2014

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network without seeking permission. The company outlined the details in a report that is ...

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Jun 4, 2014

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden, one of two high-profile films in the works about the National Security Agency leaker. Stone announced Monday he plans to adapt “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” ...

Snowden seeking asylum in Brazil: report

Jun 2, 2014

Snowden seeking asylum in Brazil: report

Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by American authorities and currently living in Russia, said in a TV interview Sunday that he has applied for asylum in Brazil. “I would love to live in Brazil,” Snowden told the country’s Globo TV. Snowden’s temporary ...

Jun 2, 2014

NSA intercepts emailed photos for facial recognition: report

The U.S. National Security Agency is scooping up large quantities of images of people for use in facial recognition programs, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing secret documents. It said the records, obtained from fugitive former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, show a ...

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

May 30, 2014

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden asks for “clarification” on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday. Snowden, a ...

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

May 28, 2014

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of massive U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, said in a U.S. TV interview he “was trained as a spy” and had worked undercover overseas for U.S. government agencies. In an advance excerpt of his interview in ...

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

May 23, 2014

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

The U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark reforms Thursday curbing bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, the first step toward restricting intelligence-gathering by the National Security Agency since Edward Snowden divulged the secret program last year. But the reforms, backed by the White House, ...

Greenwald claims his book reveals 'true picture' of Snowden

May 15, 2014

Greenwald claims his book reveals 'true picture' of Snowden

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said Wednesday his book describing the sequence of events around Edward Snowden’s release of classified documents demonstrates the fugitive former contractor was neither “reckless” nor “treasonous.” In an appearance in Washington, Greenwald said the former National Security Agency contractor carefully sorted ...

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Apr 28, 2014

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Two U.S. Supreme Court cases about police searches of mobile phones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal, or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine ...