Spying and Surveillance

Microsoft, Facebook: Obama’s NSA Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Microsoft, Facebook: Obama’s NSA Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough

President Barack Obama announced reforms to the way the National Security Agency collects digital information in a speech at the Justice Department on Friday. The proposed changes include more oversight by the Executive Branch, reworking national security letters that force private companies to turn over customers’ information to the NSA and an end to Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows for bulk metadata collection.

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Obama’s NSA Reforms Are “A Bouquet of Roses” to the Intelligence Agencies; Julian Assange Responds To NSA Reforms Speech

Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Obama’s NSA Reforms Are “A Bouquet of Roses” to the Intelligence Agencies; Julian Assange Responds To NSA Reforms Speech

Earlier today, President Obama outlined reforms of America’s controversial surveillance tactics – which had ensnared millions of people’s phone calls, texts and emails around the globe. After praising the NSA and its importance to security, he admitted it made mistakes in its collection of private data. President Obama also asked the Congress to establish an independent privacy defender in the federal courts, to increase the supervision of intelligence work. Michael Ratner: By portraying NSA surveillance as “patriotic,” President Obama ignores the violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. Julian Assange: This president has been dragged kicking and screaming to today’s address. He’s been very reluctant to make any concrete reforms. Unfortunately today, we also see very few concrete reforms…

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NSA Collects Millions of SMS Messages Worldwide

Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
NSA Collects Millions of SMS Messages Worldwide

Newly leaked documents reveal the NSA collects hundreds of millions of text messages a day. The NSA and its UK sister-agency, the GCHQ, pair two previously unreported and top-secret national security programs to collect in bulk and then analyze millions of SMS text messages and other digital data sent around the world each day by mobile phones. Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who left the US last year with a trove of sensitive intelligence documents, supplied the news agencies with the evidence, both outlets reported on Thursday.

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NSA Snooping Fails To Prevent Terrorist Attacks According To Watchdog Group

Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
NSA Snooping Fails To Prevent Terrorist Attacks According To Watchdog Group

The US National Security Agency has gone to staggering lengths to hoard the private data of millions of people. But all that effort seems to have been in vain. An independent study now suggests that information has simply failed to produce actionable results in averting terrorist attacks.

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500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they do it to crush dissent and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it.

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National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

The NDAA contains a number of highly questionable sections that run contrary to the principles articulated in the United States Constitution. Specifically, language contained in the bill appears to authorize cyber warfare operations against the American people.

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Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Glenn Greenwald said the Snowden documents contain “a huge number of very significant stories” that have not yet been published, and these include stories related to the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. He and the other journalists working on the material will continue releasing stories at about the same pace as hitherto, he added, explaining that they have only had the Snowden documents for seven months, and “given their volume and complexity,” that isn’t a long time.

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Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Something is very wrong when Congress and the public learn more about the NSA’s activities from newspaper leaks than from the Senate and House intelligence committees. The committees are supposed to oversee the intelligence community activities on behalf of the public. It’s time for Congress to reassert its oversight role and begin a full-scale investigation into the NSA’s surveillance and analytic activities.

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Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

The National Security Agency is under fire in a new way, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spearheads a class-action lawsuit that claims the secretive spy agency violated Americans’ constitutional rights with its bulk metadata collection programs. “We think everybody in America who has a cell phone would be eligible for this class-action suit,” Paul said. In the meantime, the NSA is also facing questions from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as to whether they are spying on members of Congress the way they are spying on world leaders. RT’s Meghan Lopez discusses the latest NSA developments with Rachel Levinson-Waldman, counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program.

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Rand Paul Leads Class Action Lawsuit Against Obama Over NSA Spying

Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Rand Paul Leads Class Action Lawsuit Against Obama Over NSA Spying

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is leading a class-action lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of Americans against President Barack Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) over its spying on the American people,

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