Sep 25, 2013

Rousseff slams U.S. over snooping

United Nations THE WASHINGTON POST Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday delivered a stinging rebuke of electronic espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency, telling the U.N. General Assembly that American eavesdropping constitutes "a breach of international law and an affront" to Brazil's sovereignty. America's spying efforts ...

/ Sep 11, 2013

NSA brazenly broke privacy rules for years

The U.S. National Security Agency for almost three years searched a massive database of Americans' phone call records in an attempt to identify potential terrorists, in violation of court-approved privacy rules, and the problem went unfixed because no one at the agency had a ...

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 ...

| Jul 18, 2013

Germans direct NSA ire at Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel grew up in a society where the government kept a Big Brother eye on its citizens. Now, critics say, she has assented to similar practices — this time coming from the U.S., not East Germany's fearsome secret police. Revelations about U.S. ...

Jul 4, 2013

U.S. manhunt for Snowden suspected after Bolivian chief's plane diverted

The apparent diversion of the Bolivian president's airplane in Europe has fed suspicion that the United States is quietly orchestrating an international manhunt for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden despite efforts by President Barack Obama to downplay the pursuit's magnitude. The circumstances surrounding ...

Jul 3, 2013

Diversion of Morales flight adds to intrigue

Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane, ferrying him home from Moscow, was redirected to Vienna late Tuesday after France, Italy, Spain and Portugal refused to allow it to enter their airspace because of the belief that the American fugitive Edward Snowden was aboard, Bolivian authorities ...

Jul 2, 2013

Surveillance court judge defends role

Recent leaks of classified documents have pointed to the role of a special court in enabling the government's secret surveillance programs, but members of the court are chafing at the suggestion that they were collaborating with the executive branch. A classified 2009 draft report by ...

Jun 28, 2013

Snowden had contempt for leakers

When he was working in the intelligence community in 2009, Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency contractor who passed top-secret documents to journalists, appears to have had nothing but disdain for those who leaked classified information, the newspapers that printed their revelations and ...