/ Sep 1, 2016

Japanese lawyers criticize proposed conspiracy bill

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has said it opposes an effort by the government to criminalize conspiracy. The government plans to submit a bill to this effect as part of moves to strengthen counterterrorism ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The so-called conspiracy bill purports ...

Polyglot U.S.-born comic sheds cloak, dagger for shtick

Aug 26, 2016

Polyglot U.S.-born comic sheds cloak, dagger for shtick

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For Reina Saiki, 28, the world is her oyster. The Ivy leaguer who studied counterterrorism and Arabic at Brown and Harvard universities had been given chances to work for the CIA and FBI. With interning experience at the Clinton Foundation and Interpol, she could have ...

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 the ...

/ 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 the ...

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 officials ...

'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 the ...

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 reports ...