World 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 ...

Secret surveillance court is thrust into spotlight

World / Crime & Legal Jul 1, 2013

Secret surveillance court is thrust into spotlight

by Alice Crites

Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators last month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing. The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to discuss ...

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

Asia Pacific Jun 27, 2013

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

by Sari Horwitz

The message was blunt and was delivered Friday night by a shadowy emissary who didn't identify himself but knew enough to locate Edward Snowden's secret caretaker: The 30-year-old American accused of leaking some of his country's most sensitive secrets should leave Hong Kong, the ...

World | ANALYSIS Jun 25, 2013

Snowden eyes friendly soil in Latin America

by Juan Forero

The three Latin American countries said to be helping Edward Snowden flee from U.S. authorities are united in their opposition to the White House and pursue foreign policy objectives designed to counter U.S. influence. As Snowden, the intelligence contractor who disclosed documents about U.S. surveillance ...

World Jun 23, 2013

Questions on NSA spying raised in court

by Ellen Nakashima

Four days before a sweeping government surveillance law was set to expire last year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Intelligence Committee, took to the Senate floor. She touted the 2008 law's value by listing some of the terrorist attacks it had helped thwart, ...

World Jun 22, 2013

Papers define limits of NSA's spy program

The National Security Agency may keep the emails and telephone calls of citizens and legal residents if the communications contain "significant foreign intelligence" or evidence of a crime, according to classified documents that lay out procedures for targeting foreigners and for guarding Americans' privacy. Newly ...

World Jun 13, 2013

ACLU sues over NSA phone spy program

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government's surveillance program that collects from U.S. phone companies the call records of tens of millions of Americans. It is the first substantive lawsuit following reports last week detailing two ...