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  • Accused Saddam Agent Says He Met With Hillary at White House

    03/27/2008 7:11:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 93 replies · 4,774+ views
    Accused Saddam Agent Says He Met With Hillary at White House By IRA STOLL, STAFF REPORTER OF THE SUN | March 27, 2008 A Michigan man facing federal criminal charges of illegally working for Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Intelligence Service says he met with Hillary Clinton at the White House in May 1996. In a 1997 interview with this reporter, Muthanna Hanooti said that at the meeting, Mrs. Clinton was "very receptive" to his request for an easing of the American sanctions on Iraq that were in place at the time. He said Mrs. Clinton "passed a message to the State...
  • After A Nuclear 9/11

    03/26/2008 12:17:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2008 | Jay Davis
    The appearance of nuclear weapons materials on the black market is a growing global concern, and it is crucial that the United States reinforce its team of nuclear forensics experts and modernize its forensics tools to prepare for or respond to a possible nuclear terrorist attack. Large quantities of nuclear materials are inadequately secured in several countries, including Russia and Pakistan. Since 1993, there have been more than 1,300 incidents of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, including plutonium and highly enriched uranium, both of which can be used to develop an atomic bomb. And these are only the incidents we...
  • NSA updates SELinux

    03/25/2008 9:11:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies · 304+ views
    Government Computer News ^ | 14 March 2008 | Joab Jackson
    The National Security Agency has released a new version of Security Enhanced Linux (SElinux), NSA program manager Stephen Smalley announced on the software's mailing list last week. This new version, build R080305, is the first update of the software since last September.New features in the update include improved error reporting, reduced memory usage, some new policy capabilities and additions to the library. SELinux is a patch for the Linux operating system kernel that provides mandatory access control, one that uses NSA's Flask MAC architecture. MAC confines each process executed on the machine according to predefined security policies set by the...
  • NSA's Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data

    03/11/2008 7:45:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 492+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10 Mar 2008 | Siobhan Gorman
    <p>Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. Opponents called it too broad an intrusion on Americans' privacy, even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.</p>
  • Bush to veto intel bill with interrogation restrictions

    03/08/2008 6:28:04 AM PST · by jdm · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 08, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    President Bush will veto the recently passed intelligence authorization bill over restrictions on CIA interrogation techniques.  He will explain the veto in his weekly radio address, claiming that it takes vital tools away from counterterrorism agents during a conflict when such tools are most needed.  The conflict sets up a showdown with Congress, in the presidential election, and with a media apparently determined to misreport it: President Bush today will veto legislation meant to ban the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics and will argue that the agency needs to use tougher methods than the U.S. military...
  • Reyes: Deal on FISA all but done

    03/03/2008 9:43:33 AM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 142+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 03, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Over the weekend, we noted that the Left needed to prepare itself for yet another capitulation by House leadership, this time on FISA. House Intel chair Silvestre Reyes all but confirmed it on CNN, saying that a vote should occur within the next week. He also indicated that his past opposition to telecom immunity may have changed as well: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted Sunday that a battle over an expired eavesdropping law might be moving toward a conclusion that gave phone companies the retroactive legal protections long sought by President Bush.The chairman, Representative Silvestre Reyes, Democrat...
  • Protect America Act To Be Passed Soon?

    03/01/2008 3:59:00 PM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 228+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | March 01, 2008 | Staff
    Poor lefties. They ride into Congress in 2006 with the glee of having vanquished the big bad ole’ Republicans. They rub their hands in anticipation that two of the bestest lefties they have, now leading their respective Houses, will run from Iraq, roll back all the legislation intended to secure this country, and “drain the swamp.” Remember….their slim majority was suddenly a “mandate.”But what happened? The Patriot Act is still around and working well. We still have troops in Iraq, and hell, we sent even more in for The Surge. And now the Protect America enhancements to FISA are about...
  • Courting Danger (ACLU, CAIR, etc. have no standing to " surveillance program.")

    02/21/2008 8:09:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 220+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 21, 2008 | The Editors
    February 21, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Courting Danger By the Editors The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and other like-minded activists, letting stand a federal appeals-court’s earlier ruling that these groups lack legal standing to challenge the Bush administration’s vital post-9/11 surveillance program. The case is a victory for national security and highlights the extremism of House Democrats’ stubborn refusal to pass a bipartisan Senate bill that would allow U.S. intelligence agencies to continue to intercept communications among foreigners operating outside the United States. That Nancy...
  • The Gipper's Win

    02/21/2008 5:29:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 172+ views
    IBD ^ | February 21, 2008
    SDI: A destroyed satellite attests to the prowess of U.S. technology and our ability to defend ourselves. Democrats said it wouldn't work. Adversaries say it's provocative. Somewhere Ronald Reagan must be smilingRarely is military technology put to so public a test with so much riding on its success or failure. With the whole world watching, a modified Standard Missile-3 was launched Wednesday night from a Navy cruiser in the North Pacific, its target a spy satellite in a decaying orbit headed to Earth full of hazardous hydrazine fuel. Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffrey discounted any comparison with an anti-satellite...
  • In Senate, a White House Victory on Eavesdropping

    01/24/2008 7:38:48 PM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 133+ views
    NY Times ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — A White House plan to broaden the National Security Agency’s wiretapping powers won a key procedural victory in the Senate on Thursday, as backers defeated a more restrictive plan by Senate Democrats that would have imposed more court oversight on government spying. The vote moves the Bush administration a step closer toward the twin goals it has pursued for months: strengthening the N.S.A.’s ability to eavesdrop without court approval, while securing legal immunity for the phone companies that have helped the agency in its wiretapping operations. At the same time, the White House agreed Thursday after months of...
  • China taps into U.S. spy operations

    12/20/2007 10:04:08 PM PST · by george76 · 104 replies · 443+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    China's intelligence service gained access to a secret National Security Agency listening post in Hawaii through a Chinese-language translation service, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The spy penetration was discovered several years ago as part of a major counterintelligence probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) that revealed an extensive program by China's spy service to steal codes and other electronic intelligence secrets, and to recruit military and civilian personnel with access to them. According to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, China's Ministry of State Security, the main civilian spy service, carried out the operations by...
  • Did NSA Put a Secret Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?

    12/17/2007 2:02:05 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 110 replies · 178+ views
    Bruce Schneier ^ | November 15, 2007 | Bruce Schneier
    Random numbers are critical for cryptography: for encryption keys, random authentication challenges, initialization vectors, nonces, key-agreement schemes, generating prime numbers and so on. Break the random-number generator, and most of the time you break the entire security system. Which is why you should worry about a new random-number standard that includes an algorithm that is slow, badly designed and just might contain a backdoor for the National Security Agency. Generating random numbers isn't easy, and researchers have discovered lots of problems and attacks over the years. A recent paper found a flaw in the Windows 2000 random-number generator. Another paper...
  • Bush Nears a Victory Over Spying Powers

    12/17/2007 12:03:41 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 3 replies · 196+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 17, 2007 | Siobhan Gorman and Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate appears poised to hand the White House another victory with a measure that would make permanent an expansion of government spy powers and shield phone companies from liability for assisting government eavesdropping. With floor consideration scheduled to start today, Democrats are split on how to cut back on the administration's surveillance powers. The only option that appears to have sufficient backing is a bipartisan measure the White House has blessed. Opponents of the White House-backed bill are increasingly predicting a White House win. If the White House prevails this week, it will be the latest example...
  • Check it out! Pics of the "Nativity Scene" set up by the University Of Texas Young Conservatives.

    12/05/2006 9:51:35 AM PST · by redstates4ever · 57 replies · 2,605+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 12/04/06 | staff
    "Tony McDonald, a member of the University of Texas Young Conservatives, sets up a protest anti- American Civil Liberties Union nativity scene, dubbed a 'solstice barn,' on the university's campus in Austin December 4, 2006. The display features a 'Nancy Pelosi' angel, a 'suicide bomber' shepherd, and Marx, Lenin and Stalin as the Three Wise Men." "Josh Perry, a member of the University of Texas Young Conservatives, spreads hay as he sets up a protest anti-American Civil Liberties Union nativity scene, dubbed a 'solstice barn,' on the university's campus in Austin, Texas December 4, 2006. The display features a...
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) versus AT&T

    11/23/2007 2:59:41 PM PST · by Albert Guérisse · 11 replies · 73+ views
    EFF’s case includes undisputed evidence that AT&T installed a fiberoptic splitter at its facility at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco that made copies of all emails, web browsing and other internet traffic to and from AT&T customers, and provided those copies to the NSA. This copying includes both domestic and international Internet activities of AT&T Worldnet customers. EFF is suing to stop this illegal conduct and hold AT&T responsible for violating the law and the fundamental freedoms of the American public.
  • Verizon Says It Turned Over Data Without Court Orders

    10/16/2007 6:15:48 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 17 replies · 80+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2007 | Ellen Nakashima
    Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times since 2005. The company said it does not determine the requests' legality or necessity because to do so would slow efforts to save lives in criminal investigations. In an Oct. 12 letter replying to Democratic lawmakers, Verizon offered a rare glimpse into the way telecommunications companies cooperate with government requests for information on U.S. citizens. Verizon also disclosed that the FBI, using administrative subpoenas, sought information identifying not just a person...
  • Secrecy stalls search for Cold War MIAs

    10/12/2007 5:40:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 245+ views ^ | Oct 12, 2007 | ALEX RODRIGUEZ
    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. routinely dispatched spy planes along Soviet shores and borders in a perilous, covert campaign to scrutinize the Kremlin's air defense prowess. Some of the planes slipped out of Soviet airspace unscathed; some were shot down. Washington told families of the missing airmen that the missions were training runs or weather reconnaissance flights — anything but the truth. Today, those families know the truth about those missions. What they lack is an ending, the peace of mind that comes with laying to rest the remains of a son, husband...
  • Bush demands 'flexibility' in terrorist surveillance

    10/11/2007 10:39:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Chicago Tribune - The Swamp ^ | October 11, 2007 6:30 AM | Mark Silva
    President Bush, demanding "flexibility" in the pursuit of suspected terrorists, insisted Wednesday he would not sign a new domestic spying bill if it unduly limits the administration's authority to eavesdrop without warrants. The president is demanding corporate immunity from lawsuits against telecommunications companies that have aided the National Security Agency in a controversial warrantless wiretapping program, as well as authority to secretly monitor suspect communications that pass through the United States. But congressional leaders, insisting on court oversight of the administration's surveillance, are not willing to give the president the latitude he is seeking. And they are reluctant to release...
  • Connect the Dots

    09/09/2007 7:25:09 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 6 replies · 654+ views
    Power Line ^ | 9/8/07 | John Hinderaker
    Der Spiegel has interesting information about the terror bust in Germany; as usual, however, you have to read between the lines: Three suspected Islamist militants who were planning to attack U.S. installations in Germany had orders to act by Sept. 15....According to surveillance details published in Der Spiegel magazine, the men had been given a two-week deadline for their planned strikes in a late August call from northern Pakistan that was monitored by German police. So al Qaeda's top leaders were anxious to precipitate an attack on Americans by September 15. Why? That's the date on which General Petraeus will...
  • NSA Style Eavesdropping Thwarts 9/11 Anniversary Terror Attack

    09/07/2007 4:55:15 AM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies · 665+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9-6-07 | Marc Sheppard
    It appears that the very methods of phone call monitoring the Democrats have made their life's mission to impede have once again saved the day. A plot to destroy American targets in Germany by a terror cell linked to the Islamic Jihad Group was foiled on Tuesday and opponents of the NSA's Terrorist Surveillance Program would do well to bear in mind just how this untold carnage was avoided. Unfortunately, there's no reason to believe that Democrat leaders the likes of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy will be any less likely to rebuke the use of "secret" (is there...
  • Dems laud 'patriot' Bob Barr - Former Georgia congressman blasts domestic spying

    09/06/2007 7:43:41 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 18 replies · 428+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/6/07 | REBECCA CARR
    Not long ago, Bob Barr was considered Public Enemy Number One among Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee. After all, the former Georgia Republican congressman was the first to call for the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. Flash forward nine years. Same committee and many of the same Democratic lawmakers. Yet this time, lawmakers nearly fell out of their chairs to praise Barr as a "patriot." Why? Barr appeared today before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about ways to fix new legislation sought by the White House that temporarily grants spy agencies expanded eavesdropping powers in America. (Congress...
  • Liberals Plan to Gut FISA

    08/31/2007 3:58:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 401+ views ^ | August 31, 2007 | Amanda Carpenter
    The liberal Center for American Progress organized a panel discussion to criticize a newly-passed bill that expands the Bush administration’s wiretapping program under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Wednesday. “I don’t think the case has been made that this broad authority is necessary or even potentially useful to our national security,” said Kate Martin, director of the Center National Security Studies. CAP, largely staffed by former Clinton administration aides, hosted the event to draw the battle lines over the upcoming fight to reauthorize a FISA modernization bill. Originally passed in 1978, FISA regulates how the government may collect intelligence...
  • US confirms key role of telecom firms in wiretapping

    08/24/2007 6:06:58 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 2 replies · 376+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/24/07 | Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has confirmed for the first time that American telecommunications companies played a crucial role in the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program after asserting for more than a year that any role played by the companies was a state secret. The acknowledgement was made in an unusual interview that Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, conducted with The El Paso Times last week in which he disclosed details on classified intelligence issues that the administration has long insisted would harm national security if discussed publicly. He made the remarks, an apparent effort to bolster...
  • Telecom Firms Helped With Government's Warrantless Wiretaps

    08/24/2007 12:03:03 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 15 replies · 386+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2007 | By Ellen Nakashima
    The Bush administration acknowledged for the first time that telecommunications companies assisted the government's warrantless surveillance program and were being sued as a result, an admission some legal experts say could complicate the government's bid to halt numerous lawsuits challenging the program's legality. "[U]nder the president's program, the terrorist surveillance program, the private sector had assisted us," Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said in an interview with the El Paso Times published Wednesday. His statement could help plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against the telecom companies, which allege that the companies participated in a wiretapping program that violated Americans'...
  • White House lets Leahy’s deadline pass

    08/20/2007 3:15:51 PM PDT · by Jean S · 43 replies · 1,989+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/07 | Elana Schor
    Vice President Dick Cheney’s office on Monday responded separately from the White House to a Senate subpoena for documents on warrantless wiretapping and resurrected the controversial contention that Cheney is not part of the executive branch. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) set Monday’s subpoena deadline after granting an extension request by the White House. Presidential counsel Fred Fielding, as expected, told Leahy in a letter that a second delay, until after Labor Day, would help Congress and the administration “expeditiously seek a means of accommodation that will negate the need for an assertion of executive privilege.” But the...
  • U.S. Defends Surveillance to 3 Skeptical Judges (9th circus)

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15 — Three federal appeals court judges hearing challenges to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs appeared skeptical of and sometimes hostile to the Bush administration’s central argument Wednesday: that national security concerns require that the lawsuits be dismissed. The three judges, members of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, were hearing arguments in two lawsuits challenging the highly classified surveillance programs, which the administration says are essential in fighting international terrorism. The appeals were the first to reach the court after dozens of suits against the government and telecommunications companies over N.S.A....
  • NSA wiretapping trial begins (Treasury Dept. gives "top secret" docs to Qaeda charity)

    08/15/2007 7:36:46 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 3 replies · 949+ views
    Christian Science Monitor / Yahoo News ^ | 8-14-07 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Ashland, Ore. - It's hard – often impossible – to prove that secret government wiretapping in the name of national security is violating one's privacy rights. The evidence itself usually is top secret. But one rather obscure case could pull back the veil on a surveillance program that's at the heart of the US fight against terror. In the federal appeals court in San Francisco Wednesday, lawyers for a Saudi charity accused of helping Al Qaeda will argue that their clients, including two American attorneys, were illegally spied on without the required court warrant. How do they know? Treasury Department...
  • The Need to Know

    08/11/2007 9:32:11 AM PDT · by Phlap · 6 replies · 396+ views
    N Y Times ^ | 08/11/2007
    Like many in this country who were angered when Congress rushed to rubber-stamp a bill giving President Bush even more power to spy on Americans, we took some hope from the vow by Congressional Democrats to rewrite the new law after summer vacation. The chance of undoing the damage is slim, unless the White House stops stonewalling and gives lawmakers and the public the information they need to understand this vital issue.
  • Congress Seeks Surveillance Documents

    08/08/2007 3:02:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 280+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/8/7 | LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Though Congress is on vacation, majority Democrats are keeping alive various fights with the White House with one common thread: Congress' access to administration documents and testimony to which President Bush has claimed executive privilege. Smack in the middle of the August break, the White House faces a new deadline for producing subpoenaed information about the legal justification for the president's secretive eavesdropping program. And aides in both chambers are considering a selection of ways to deal with Bush's refusal to let current and former advisers testify publicly about their roles in the firings of federal prosecutors....
  • FISA Fumbles

    08/07/2007 6:42:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies · 519+ views
    NRO ^ | 07 aug 07
    The right thing it is not, but the Democratic Congress has done a barely adequate thing, albeit kicking and screaming: This weekend, it temporarily acknowledged the executive branch’s authority to monitor international communications for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence. This should not have been controversial. The single most important task of any president is to protect the United States from external threats. If the executive branch did only one thing, this would be it. To this purpose, presidents have for decades deployed the U.S. intelligence services — in particular, the CIA and the NSA — to intercept international communications....
  • Bush: Congress Must Stay Put Until Surveillance Bill Approved

    08/03/2007 9:46:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 79 replies · 4,388+ views
    AP via Dallas Morning News ^ | Friday, August 3, 2007
    WASHINGTON - President Bush said Friday that Congress must stay in session until it approves legislation modernizing a U.S. law governing eavesdropping on foreigners. "So far the Democrats in Congress have not drafted a bill I can sign," Bush said at FBI headquarters, where he was meeting with counterterror and homeland security officials. "We've worked hard and in good faith with the Democrats to find a solution, but we are not going to put our national security at risk. Time is short." The president, who has the power under the Constitution to keep Congress in session, said lawmakers cannot leave...
  • Wiretap Dancing

    08/01/2007 5:25:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 255+ views
    IBD ^ | August 1, 2007
    Homeland Security: Congressional Republicans say they won't leave for the August break until gaps in surveillance law are filled. Democrats will probably vote for a rewrite, but not for the right reason. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell is pushing the administration's position that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act needs to be amended. Saying that national security cannot be postponed, the White House and its GOP supporters want Congress to change the law so that warrants would not be needed before monitoring the communications of suspected terrorists who are outside the U.S. They believe there are dangerous holes in the...
  • Dems' Delay of FISA Hearing Draws Fire from House GOP

    07/31/2007 11:32:22 AM PDT · by Man50D · 4 replies · 563+ views ^ | uly 31, 2007 | Randy Hall
    ( - House Republican leaders Tuesday criticized what they called an "11th hour decision" by Democrats to put off a hearing on updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) until after Congress' August recess, warning that "national security can't be postponed." "Democrats have ignored, downplayed, and done everything possible to sidestep addressing the FISA problem," said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a news release. "Now, they have canceled a hearing with the director of national intelligence (DNI) rather than have him address the issue directly on Capitol Hill." DNI Mike McConnell was scheduled to appear before the House...
  • Bush calls for easier wiretap rules

    07/30/2007 6:33:48 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 4 replies · 313+ views ^ | July 28, 2007 | Staff
    US President George W. Bush on Saturday called for Congress to revise a US security law in order to ease restrictions on the government's secret communications surveillance of terror suspects. Amid furor over Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's handling of the government's secret warrantless wiretap program, Bush urged legislators to pass the update of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) proposed in April. The changes would ease intelligence collection aimed at people plotting attacks on the United States, Bush said in his weekly radio address. "Today we face sophisticated terrorists who use disposable cell phones and the Internet to communicate...
  • Albert Gonzales Agonistes

    07/30/2007 7:26:18 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 6 replies · 368+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/30/07 | clarice Feldman
    Democrats are playing political games with national security and mongering phony scandal. It amounts to a program of harassment of the Bush Administration's efforts to defend us against attack by uncovering terror plots using intelligence agencies
  • The Real Wiretapping Scandal

    07/30/2007 2:03:15 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 12 replies · 1,096+ views
    WSJ / ^ | July 30, 2007 | David B. Rivkin, Jr. and Lee A. Casey
    The Real Wiretapping Scandal Last Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing--at which Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was insulted by senators and ridiculed by spectators--was Washington political theater at its lowest. But some significant information did manage to get through the senatorial venom directed at Mr. Gonzales. It now appears certain that the terrorist surveillance program (TSP) authorized by President Bush after 9/11 was even broader than the TSP that the New York Times first revealed in December 2005. It is also clear that Mr. Gonzales, along with former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, tried to preserve that original program...
  • Mining of Data Prompted Fight Over U.S. Spying

    07/29/2007 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 624+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2007 | Scott Shane and David Johnston
    WASHINGTON, July 28 — A 2004 dispute over the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance program that led top Justice Department officials to threaten resignation involved computer searches through massive electronic databases, according to current and former officials briefed on the program. It is not known precisely why searching the databases, or data mining, raised such a furious legal debate. But such databases contain records of the phone calls and e-mail messages of millions of Americans, and their examination by the government would raise privacy issues. The N.S.A.’s data mining has previously been reported. But the disclosure that concerns about it...
  • FBI director contradicts Gonzales

    07/26/2007 1:02:25 PM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 66 replies · 2,401+ views
    BI Director Robert S. Mueller said Thursday the government's terrorist surveillance program was the topic of a 2004 hospital room dispute between top Bush administration officials, contradicting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' sworn Senate testimony. Mueller was not in the hospital room at the time of the dramatic March 10, 2004, confrontation between then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and presidential advisers Andy Card and Gonzales, who was then serving as White House counsel. Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee he arrived shortly after they left, and spoke with the ailing Ashcroft. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further...
  • Court backs Bush's "spying"

    07/06/2007 11:54:54 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 476+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2007 | By Jerry Seper
    A federal appeals court panel in Cincinnati yesterday dismissed a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic terrorist surveillance program, ruling that those who brought the suit — led by the American Civil Liberties Union — did not have the legal authority to do so. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit panel did not rule on the legality of the surveillance program but vacated a 2006 order by a lower court in Detroit that found the post-September 11 program to be unconstitutional, violating rights to privacy and free speech and the separation of powers....
  • Challenge to Secret Wiretaps Is Dismissed

    07/07/2007 12:32:56 AM PDT · by xtinct · 10 replies · 600+ views
    NYT ^ | July 7, 2007 | ADAM LIPTAK
    A divided federal appeals court yesterday dismissed a case challenging the National Security Agency’s program to wiretap without warrants the international communications of some Americans, reversing a trial judge’s order that the program be shut down. The majority in a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, ruled on a narrow ground, saying the plaintiffs, including lawyers and journalists, could not show injury direct and concrete enough to allow them to have standing to sue. Because it may be impossible for any plaintiff to demonstrate injury from the highly classified wiretapping program,...
  • Sandy Berger fined $50,000 for taking documents

    07/03/2007 9:30:23 AM PDT · by khenrich · 61 replies · 2,905+ views
    CNN ^ | Sept. 8, 2005 | CNN Producer Paul Courso
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger was sentenced Thursday to community service and probation and fined $50,000 for illegally removing highly classified documents from the National Archives and intentionally destroying some of them. Berger must perform 100 hours of community service and pay the fine as well as $6,905 for the administrative costs of his two-year probation, a district court judge ruled.>p> "I deeply regret the actions that I took at the National Archives two years ago, and I accept the judgment of the court," Berger said outside the courthouse after his sentencing.
  • U.S.S. Liberty [NSA declassified more documents on 40th anniversary]

    06/08/2007 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 85 replies · 2,782+ views
    National Security Agency ^ | June 8, 2007 | NSA U.S.S. Liberty What’s new? On 08 June 2007, the National Security Agency (NSA) finalized the review of all material relative to the 08 June 1967 attack on the USS Liberty. This additional release adds to the collection of documents and audio recordings and transcripts previously posted to the site on 02 July 2003. The attack on the USS Liberty, like others in our nation's history, has become the center of considerable controversy and debate. It is not NSA's intention to prove or disprove any one set of conclusions, many of which can be drawn from a thorough review of...
  • Wiretap Tales (What you didn't read about Jim Comey's Senate testimony)

    05/17/2007 12:55:35 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 12 replies · 665+ views
    WSJ / ^ | May 17, 2007 | Editorial
    Democrats and former Deputy Attorney General James Comey put on quite a Senate show Tuesday over the National Security Agency's wiretapping program. With New York's Chuck Schumer directing, the players staged a full length docudrama to create the impression that the Bush Administration broke the law in reauthorizing the program to eavesdrop on al Qaeda. ..... News stories have suggested a pattern of White House misdeeds to accomplish an ultimately illegal end. The transcript tells a different story. First let's review the background. On March 10, 2004, then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card...
  • Verizon says phone record disclosure is protected free speech

    05/13/2007 6:54:58 PM PDT · by BGHater · 17 replies · 802+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 07 May 2007 | Nate Anderson
    Verizon is one of the phone companies currently being sued over its alleged disclosure of customer phone records to the NSA. In a response to the court last week, the company asked for the entire consolidated case against it to be thrown out—on free speech grounds. The response also alleges that the case should be thrown out because even looking into the issue could violate state secrets, of course, but a much longer section of the response tries to make the case that Verizon has a First Amendment right to "petition" the government. "Based on plaintiffs' own allegations, defendants' right...
  • Having Won a Pulitzer for Exposing Data Mining, (New York) Times Now Eager to Do Its Own Data Mining

    05/08/2007 9:08:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 1,245+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | May 1st, 2007 | Keach Hagey
    Having Won a Pulitzer for Exposing Data Mining, Times Now Eager to Do Its Own Data Mining by Keach Hagey May 1st, 2007 Barely a year after their reporters won a Pulitzer prize for exposing data mining of ordinary citizens by a government spy agency, New York Times officials had some exciting news for stockholders last week: The Times company plans to do its own data mining of ordinary citizens, in the name of online profits. The news didn't make everyone all googly-eyed. In fact, some people at the paper's annual stockholders meeting in the New Amsterdam Theatre exchanged confused...
  • C-SPAN: Q&A with Michael Hayden (CIA Director)

    04/15/2007 2:40:57 PM PDT · by Stultis · 7 replies · 644+ views
    C-Span ^ | 9 April 2007
    C-SPAN, Q&AWashington, District of Columbia (United States) ID: 197533 - 04/09/2007 - 0:58 - $19.95 Hayden, Michael V. Director, Central Intelligence Agency General Michael Hayden discussed how he runs the Central Intelligence Agency, how decisions are made, and his previous work in other areas of intelligence.
  • Request denied to unseal AT&T records in spy case

    02/21/2007 2:59:49 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 10 replies · 432+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 21, 2007 | LATimes
    Request denied to unseal AT&T records in spy case February 21, 2007 Media companies lost a bid to unseal documents in a lawsuit accusing AT&T Inc. of helping the National Security Agency to spy on U.S. residents. U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, in a ruling filed in San Francisco federal court, allowed six news organizations to join the lawsuit. He denied their request to unseal records filed in April in the case, saying the documents weren't sufficiently related to the legal proceeding. The documents at issue came from Mark Klein, a retired AT&T technician. Klein said last year that...
  • WSJ: Bush's Wiretap Surrender--Handing more life-and-death power to unelected judges

    01/19/2007 6:30:57 AM PST · by OESY · 47 replies · 738+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 19, 2007 | Editorial
    ...The recent al Qaeda wiretaps at issue provoked little public outrage, after all. Most Americans outside partisan media circles or libertarian think tanks understand what's at stake. Although Congress whined about not getting enough information about the program -- it always does -- it didn't dare try to shut it down either.... As for the possibility that Presidents might abuse that power, federal judge Laurence Silberman has argued that fear of exposure is an even stronger disincentive than legal constraint. By contrast, he noted, "there is no self-correcting mechanism" to remedy abuses of power by politically unaccountable judges. This gets...
  • NSA - The Crawford Kid does it again!

    01/18/2007 7:10:21 AM PST · by jrooney · 85 replies · 2,138+ views
    Macsmind ^ | 1-18-07 | Macranger
    The more and more you look at AG Gonzales’ letter on the Domestic Survelliance/FISA issue, the more you see that rather than the administration backing down, they in fact solidified the program. My sources tell me that this move has been in the works - as indeed the AG wrote - for a long time. As we say the program is effectually “bulletproof”. Orin Kerr: “If this does involve a blanket order approving the entire program, it would seem to be a very clever move by DOJ. It would achieve four things, as I see it. First, it would make...
  • Government spooks helped Microsoft build Vista

    01/11/2007 1:47:57 PM PST · by bigdcaldavis · 15 replies · 1,070+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Jan 9 2007 | Nick Farrell
    THE USA GOVERNMENT'S cryptologic organisation, the National Security Agency, has admitted that it is behind some of the security changes to Microsoft's operating system Vista. According to the Washington Post, the agency which was once so secret that it was jokingly referred to as 'No such Agency' has admitted making 'unspecified contributions' to Vista. Tony Sager, the NSA's chief of vulnerability analysis and operations group, told the Post that it was the agency's intention to help everyone these days. The NSA used a red and a blue team to pull apart the software. The red team posed as "the determined,...