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  • Brett Kavanaugh's defense of NSA phone surveillance looms as confirmation question

    07/10/2018 9:26:56 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 9, 2018
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, forcefully defended the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of domestic call records, alarming privacy advocates who view the collection as unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear if Kavanaugh’s November 2015 concurrence while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will factor prominently in his confirmation proceedings. But before he was nominated, progressive and conservative advocates expressed concern. “I believe Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent judge, though certainly not a perfect one,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, told the Washington Examiner last week. "His Fourth Amendment perspective...
  • Brett Kavanaugh's defense of NSA phone surveillance looms as confirmation question

    07/09/2018 7:18:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/09/2018 | Steven Nelson
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, forcefully defended the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of domestic call records, alarming privacy advocates who view the collection as unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear if Kavanaugh’s November 2015 concurrence while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will factor prominently in his confirmation proceedings. But before he was nominated, anti-surveillance progressive and conservative advocates expressed concern. “I believe Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent judge, though certainly not a perfect one,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, told the Washington Examiner last week. "His Fourth Amendment...
  • Conservatives pan Supreme Court finalist Brett Kavanaugh's 'troubling' NSA ruling

    07/09/2018 6:51:16 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 9, 2018
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a finalist to be President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee, is drawing criticism for his interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, with a prominent Republican calling his views on government call-record collection “troubling.” Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, offered an expansive legal justification for the National Security Agency’s discontinued call record dragnet in a little-noticed November 2015 concurrence. Privacy activists say Kavanaugh's two-page opinion is remarkable both for its legal analysis and the fact he didn’t need to write it.
  • NSA Reports Data Deletion

    07/08/2018 3:09:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Consistent with NSA’s core values of respect for the law, accountability, integrity, and transparency we are making public notice that on May 23, 2018, NSA began deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015 under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) The Government relies on Title V of FISA to obtain CDRs, which do not include the content of any calls. In accordance with this law, the Government obtains these CDRs, following a specific court-authorized process. NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications...
  • Conservatives pan Supreme Court finalist Brett Kavanaugh's 'troubling' NSA ruling

    07/06/2018 9:46:07 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 6, 2018
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a finalist to be President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee, is drawing criticism for his interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, with a prominent Republican calling his views on government call-record collection “troubling.” Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, offered an expansive legal justification for the National Security Agency’s discontinued call record dragnet in a little-noticed November 2015 concurrence. Privacy activists say Kavanaugh's two-page opinion is remarkable both for its legal analysis and the fact he didn’t need to write it.
  • On this glorious Fourth of July, Americans need to face reality (Deep State Obfuscation)

    07/04/2018 8:22:23 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/395456-on-this-glorious-fourth-of-july-americans-need-to-face-reality ^ | Michael Hayden, opinion contributor — 07/04/18 | Michael Hayden, opinion contributor — 07/04/18
    SNIP I always pictured myself as someone trying to bend the conversation back to the center — looking for positive things to say about a president, for example, with whom I have deep disagreements — but I must confess to an edgy tweet two weeks ago (complete with an image of the rail siding at Birkenau) reminding folks that other governments have separated children from their parents. Still, I have routinely tried to just be a “fact witness.” Reality should make a difference. I recall a dinner conversation several months ago when I was confronted with Hillary Clinton’s alleged crimes...
  • AT&T lets NSA hide and surveil in plain sight, The Intercept reports

    07/03/2018 1:02:53 PM PDT · by SERKIT · 14 replies
    C-NET ^ | June 28, 2018 | Marrian Zhou
    The NSA has reportedly set up shop in AT&T buildings across the US for at least the past several years. The Intercept says it's identified eight AT&T facilities that are used for the National Security Agency's surveillance initiative. They are reportedly linked to a program called "Fairview," started in 1985, and AT&T is the only company involved with it. The facilities are spread out in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC, according to the report. Last year, The Intercept reported on a likely NSA surveillance site in New York. Monday's report is...
  • Trump: NSA call record purge is 'a disgrace'

    07/03/2018 9:02:04 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2018
    President Trump called the National Security Agency's recently announced mass-deletion of call records "a disgrace" Tuesday, and appeared to link the purge with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible campaign collusion with Russia. The NSA said last week that it began deleting call records on May 23 from a three-year period beginning in 2015 after "technical irregularities" resulted in "the production to NSA of some [call records] that NSA was not authorized to receive." Trump suggested there was more to the story.
  • Bolton says there's a one-year plan for North Korea to denuclearize, stays mum on WaPo report

    07/01/2018 11:41:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/01/2018 | By Maegan Vazquez
    White House national security adviser John Bolton offered up new details on Sunday about the path toward the nuclear disarmament of North Korea and addressed a recent Washington Post report suggesting that the country plans to deceive the United States about its nuclear stockpile. On CBS's "Face the Nation," Bolton said North Korea's nuclear arsenal could be dismantled in a year if Pyongyang cooperates, adding that the program would require "full disclosure of all [of North Korea's] chemical and biological, nuclear programs, ballistic missile sites." "We have developed a program. I am sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will...
  • NSA deleting more than 685 million call records due to 'technical irregularities'

    07/01/2018 7:50:32 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 1, 2018 | Deb Riechmann and Susannah George
    The National Security Agency is deleting more than 685 million call records the government obtained since 2015 from telecommunication companies in connection with investigations, raising questions about the viability of the program. The NSA’s bulk collection of call records was initially curtailed by Congress after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing extensive government surveillance. The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but that the intelligence agency could query the massive database. Now the NSA is deleting all the information it collected from the queries....
  • NSA dumps millions of phone records collected by telecom companies

    06/29/2018 10:05:53 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/18 | John Bowden
    The National Security Agency (NSA) has announced that it is purging what appears to be hundreds of millions of phone records collected by American telecom companies that the agency had acquired since 2015. The NSA said in a press release Thursday that it began the process of deleting the files, known as call detail records (CDRs) that record details of phone calls but not the content itself, in May after it discovered it had received some data for which it did not have proper authorization to keep. "NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical...
  • NSA deletes years of call records, says it exceeded legal limit

    06/28/2018 2:10:47 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2018
    The National Security Agency said Thursday it collected more domestic call records than allowed, and as a result has been mass-deleting call records across a three-year period. The NSA said in a statement that on May 23 it "began deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015 under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act." Weeks before the deletions began, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reported that the NSA acquired more than 534 million domestic call records in 2017, triple the amount collected in 2016.
  • The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

    06/25/2018 7:21:53 PM PDT · by McGruff · 37 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 25 2018 | Ryan Gallagher, Henrik Moltke
    The secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete structures that were built to withstand earthquakes and even nuclear attack. Thousands of people pass by the buildings each day and rarely give them a second glance, because their function is not publicly known. They are an integral part of one of the world’s largest telecommunications networks – and they are also linked to a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program. Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities,...
  • Hard reality: Winner pleading out for 63-month sentence

    06/26/2018 12:53:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Posted at 2:01 pm on June 26, 2018 | Ed Morrissey
    She wanted to “burn the White House down” and leaked classified information to an inept reporter by hiding it in her pantyhose in an attempt to punish Donald Trump. Instead, Reality Winner will spend 63 months in the Big House after taking a plea deal in Trump’s efforts to crack down on leakers. This morning, the tawdry story of an NSA employee and her not-so-secret affinity for the Iranian regime came to an end with a whimper instead of a bang: See Also: Today’s hot topics: Travel ban, NIFLA, immigration, Arlene’s Flowers, and more! Reality L. Winner, a former Air...
  • The Wiretap Rooms The NSA's Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight US Cities

    06/26/2018 6:29:41 AM PDT · by Vendome · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 25 2018 | Ryan Gallagher, Henrik Moltke
    Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, The Intercept has identified an AT&T facility containing networking equipment that transports large quantities of internet traffic across the United States and the world. the buildings are central to an NSA spying initiative that has for years monitored billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across U.S. territory. “It’s eye-opening and ominous the extent to which this is happening right here on American soil,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center...
  • Winner pleads not guilty again to providing classified information to online news outlet

    09/17/2017 8:04:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    http://chronicle.augusta.com/ ^ | 9/14/17 | Tom Corwin Sandy Hodson
    Accused leaker Reality Leigh Winner pleaded not guilty again Thursday to providing classified information to an online news outlet and her defense team signaled they will fight to get as much information as they can to aid her defense in the face of heavy security restrictions. Winner entered U.S District Court in Augusta heavily shackled and accompanied by two U.S. Marshals. She wore a rumpled orange jumpsuit with “inmate” stamped on the back and her blond hair was woven in tight braids across her head. She barked out a clear, “Not guilty” to the superceding indictment she faced in the...
  • Reality Winner to plead guilty in national security leak case

    06/21/2018 8:35:40 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    Fox ^ | 21 June, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was accused of leaking a classified report to a news outlet, will reportedly plead guilty as part of a plea deal. ...She was arrested in June 2017... charged, under the Espionage Act.
  • Former CIA engineer charged with leaking classified information to WikiLeaks

    06/18/2018 7:28:04 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/18/18 | Avery Anapol
    The Justice Department on Monday announced charges against a former CIA computer engineer for allegedly leaking top-secret information on U.S. government hacking tools to WikiLeaks. In a 13-count superseding indictment, the agency charged Joshua Adam Schulte with illegally gathering classified national defense information and transmitting it to “an organization.” WikiLeaks published the data in March of last year. “Schulte utterly betrayed this nation and downright violated his victims,” FBI official William Sweeney Jr. said in the release. “As an employee of the CIA, Schulte took an oath to protect this country, but he blatantly endangered it by the transmission of...
  • Supporters hold vigil for Reality Winner, accused NSA leaker

    06/08/2018 10:45:24 AM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    http://www.wistv.com/ ^ | 6/4/18 | Destiney Burt
    LINCOLNTON, GA (WFXG) - In two days it will have been one year since Reality Winner was identified as the source of a leaked National Security Agency memo. An investigative website -- The Intercept -- posted a story based on that memo about a Russian government hack into computers at a voting machine company. The report said at least one email account was compromised. Winner, a government contractor at the time, allegedly leaked the document to The Intercept. Sunday, June 3rd, almost a year later she is still in jail - charged with violating the Espionage Act. Her mother, Billie...
  • Lying Liar James Clapper Just Lied Again About His Previous Lies About NSA Spying

    05/23/2018 9:14:45 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 13 replies
    http://thefederalist.com ^ | MAY 22, 2018 | Bre Payton
    In an interview with the ladies of “The View” Tuesday afternoon, James Clapper told another lie about his previous lies about the NSA program to spy on American citizens. Meghan McCain confronted Clapper about a statement he made while testifying before Congress five years ago, when he was asked whether or not the NSA was spying on Americans. “In 2013 when you were asked about it, you said ‘no,'” McCain said. “So that is a lie.” “I made a mistake,” Clapper said. “I didn’t lie. I was thinking about something else, another program.” In 2013 Sen. Ron Wyden asked Clapper:...