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  • Probing America: Top German Prosecutor Considers NSA Investigation

    01/20/2014 6:47:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 20, 2014 – 05:49 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    Germany and the US appear to be edging closer to political confrontation. The Federal Prosecutor says there is sufficient evidence to open a politically explosive investigation into NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. […] In the close to eight months that have passed since the first reports were published about the National Security Agency’s massive spying operations, the only things Germany has been given by the US are well-meaning assurances. Last summer, the German government sent a list of questions about their surveillance programs to the Americans and the British, whose GCHQ intelligence agency has likewise been accused...
  • FISC judge orders review of secret court rulings on NSA phone surveillance

    09/13/2013 4:53:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 13, 2013 | By Warren Richey
    A judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ordered the Obama administration to review for possible public release legal opinions issued by the secret court dealing with the constitutionality of the widespread collection of phone records by the National Security Agency. Friday’s ruling by one of the FISC judges, F. Dennis Saylor IV, a US district judge in Boston, is important, because it could mark a new willingness by the court to permit a level of public scrutiny of its decisions.
  • Al-Qaeda, Hamas operatives applied for CIA jobs, say new Snowden files

    09/02/2013 7:08:30 AM PDT · by QQQQ · 23 replies
    Individuals with connections to al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations repeatedly tried to obtain jobs in US intelligence community; 'One of five CIA applicants has connections to hostile groups'
  • Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say

    08/29/2013 5:48:30 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 29, 2013 | Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole and Robert Windrem
    Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources. “Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case. “This is why you don’t hire brilliant people for jobs like this. You hire smart people. Brilliant people get you in trouble.”
  • FISA Court: An NSA email program that went on for years found unconstitutional

    08/22/2013 6:47:26 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | Rick Moran
    What's the NSA to say when they illegally and unconstitutionally snarf up emails they have no business looking at? Ooops: For several years, the National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of e-mails 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 on Wednesday, states that, based on NSA estimates, the spy agency may have been collecting as many as 56,000 "wholly domestic" communications each year. "For the first time, the government has now advised the court...
  • How Obama has abused the Patriot Act

    08/19/2013 11:29:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | By Jim Sensenbrenner
    On Aug. 9, the Obama administration released a previously secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that it used to justify the bulk collection of every American's phone records. The strained reasoning in the 22-page memo won't survive long in public light, which is itself one of the strongest arguments for transparency in government. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." Recent revelations by the Washington Post emphasize the need for greater transparency. The National Security Agency failed to report privacy violations that are serious infringements of constitutional rights....
  • NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

    08/15/2013 6:42:52 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday August 13, 2013
    The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls. [....] The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in...
  • Obama upends intel panel

    08/15/2013 4:39:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/13 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The White House dismissed the bulk of President Barack Obama’s premier panel of outside intelligence advisers earlier this year, leaving the blue-ribbon commission largely vacant as the public furor built over the National Security Agency’s widespread tracking of Americans’ telephone calls. The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board stood 14 members strong through 2012, but the White House website was recently updated to show the panel’s roster shrinking to just four people. In the past four years, the high-powered group has waded into the implications of WikiLeaks for intelligence sharing, and urged retooling of America’s spy agencies as the United States withdraws...
  • Two Dems Warn NSA Violations Just ‘Tip of a Larger Iceberg’

    08/17/2013 1:48:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 16, 2013 - 2:59 pm | Bridget Johnson
    A pair of civil-liberties Democrats whom the White House tried to appease in a closed-door meeting warned today that fresh reports of thousands of privacy violations by the National Security Agency are just the “tip of a larger iceberg.” On Thursday, the Washington Post published its report of a May 2012 audit leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden that found 2,776 violations over the previous year of executive orders and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act provisions governing spying on Americans or foreign targets in the U.S. These included both computer and operator errors. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.)...
  • WH Tried to Interfere with WaPo´s NSA Story

    08/16/2013 6:42:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    The Washington Post´s article detailing the fourth amendment abuses by the NSA got some push back from the administration who attempted to "edit" the article before publication. The internal audit referenced in the article was obtained by the WaPo from Edward Snowden. The details of the audit indicated repeated and growing privacy violations by the NSA, violations which included obtaining thousands of American citizen´s communications records and using methods of information collection that were later deemed unconstitutional by a court. The Post was able to interview John Delong, NSA director of compliance for the article and they were initially
  • Obama privately derides controversy over NSA surveillance

    08/14/2013 8:01:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/14/13 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama privately derided the controversy over the blockbuster June 6 revelation of the National Security Agency’s far-reaching capabilities as “noise rather than something that’s real and meaningful,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Duncan revealed Obama’s dismissive attitude to the dramatic claims by a former defense contractor, Edward Snowden, in a Washington Post report on a White House program to increase Internet use in schools. Obama made the remark to Duncan on June 6, as they were flying on Air Force One to visit a school in Mooresville, N.C., according to the last few paragraphs of the Post’s Aug....
  • NSA to cut system administrators by 90 percent to limit data access

    08/08/2013 10:41:56 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 8, 2013 | Jonathan Allen
    The National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information. Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, the U.S. spy agency charged with monitoring foreign electronic communications, told a cybersecurity conference in New York City that automating much of the work would improve security. "What we're in the process of doing - not fast enough - is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," he said. The remarks came as...
  • Obama cancels meeting with Putin amid Snowden tensions

    08/07/2013 6:20:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 190 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7, 2013
    n a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow's stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there. Instead of visiting Putin in...
  • U.S. cloud industry stands to lose $35 billion amid PRISM fallout

    08/07/2013 8:01:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    .zdnet. ^ | August 6, 2013 | Zack Whittaker
    Summary: Revelations of the U.S. government's spying programs could have a massive impact on the U.S. cloud industry, which stands to lose vast sums over the next three years as a result — compounded by other countries bankrolling efforts to combat U.S. market leadership. The U.S.' dominance in the cloud space may soon be challenged by rival countries, particularly those in the European Union, as the global surveillance scandal threatens to wipe up to $35 billion off the U.S. cloud slate. A new report by non-profit group the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation claims that Europeans are attempting to nudge...
  • Members of Congress denied access to basic information about NSA

    08/05/2013 10:48:17 AM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4 Aug 13 | Glenn Greenwald
    <p>Members of Congress have been repeatedly thwarted when attempting to learn basic information about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the secret FISA court which authorizes its activities, documents provided by two House members demonstrate.</p> <p>From the beginning of the NSA controversy, the agency's defenders have insisted that Congress is aware of the disclosed programs and exercises robust supervision over them. "These programs are subject to congressional oversight and congressional reauthorization and congressional debate," President Obama said the day after the first story on NSA bulk collection of phone records was published in this space. "And if there are members of Congress who feel differently, then they should speak up."</p>
  • Amash: Snowden is a whistleblower

    08/04/2013 11:04:28 AM PDT · by yoe · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 4, 2013 | Brendan Sasso
    Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said on Sunday that he believes National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a whistleblower, not a traitor. "He may be doing things overseas that we would find problematic, that we would find dangerous," Amash said on Fox News Sunday. "But as far as Congress is concerned, sure he is a whistleblower. He told us what we need to know." Amash explained that although members of the intelligence committees were informed of the details of the NSA's surveillance, most lawmakers were in the dark about the programs. "Without his doing what he did, members of Congress...
  • How the NSA's XKeyscore program works

    08/01/2013 8:17:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies
    NBC ^ | 7/31/13 | Yannick LeJacq
    Until Wednesday morning, you'd probably never heard of something called "XKeyscore," a program that the National Security Agency itself describes as its "widest reaching" means of gathering data from across the Internet. According to reports shared by NSA leaker Edward Snowden with the Guardian, is that in addition to all of the other recent revelations about the NSA's surveillance programs, by using XKeyscore, "analysts can also search by name, telephone number, IP address, keywords, the language in which the Internet activity was conducted or the type of browser used." David Brown, who co-authored the recent book "Deep State: Inside the...
  • U.S. Outlines N.S.A.'s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls

    07/31/2013 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/31/13 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States, as top officials testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. As the hearing began, The Guardian newspaper published another document from the archives of Top Secret surveillance matters leaked to it by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden. It was a 32-page presentation describing the N.S.A.´s XKeyscore program, by which N.S.A. analysts can mine vast databases of phone and Internet information the agency has vacuumed up.
  • Kafka’s America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance

    07/30/2013 10:19:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | July 22, 2013 | John W. Whitehead
    “Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. Where was the judge he had never seen? Where was the High Court he had never reached? He raised his hands and spread out all his fingers. But the hands of one of the men closed round his throat, just as the other drove the knife deep into his heart and turned it twice.” – Franz Kafka, The Trial In a bizarre and ludicrous attempt at “transparency,” the Obama administration has announced that it asked a secret court to approve a secret order to...
  • Clapper warns against measure to rein in NSA

    07/24/2013 3:35:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 2:05 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The director of the National Intelligence says an effort in the House to rein in the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance program would dismantle a critical tool in the fight against terrorism. James Clapper issued the statement just hours ahead of a House vote on an amendment by Republican Rep. Justin Amash that would end the statutory authority under the USA PATRIOT Act for the NSA to collect hundreds of millions of phone records. …
  • Vote on limiting NSA phone surveillance expected Wednesday

    07/24/2013 11:17:57 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies
    dailycaller ^ | Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Josh Peterson
    U.S. lawmakers may very well be one step closer to bringing across-the-board U.S. government phone surveillance to an end. The House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on an amendment to next year’s defense appropriations bill that would defund the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of people’s phone metadata not under investigation for international terrorism or foreign intelligence. According to the revised amendment’s summary available on the House Rules Committee website, the amendment “bars authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act.” It further “bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the...
  • Video: NSA, White House getting worried about defunding vote in House

    07/24/2013 8:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    And they should. CBS reoprts that NSA Director Keith Alexander made an “emergency visit” to Capitol Hill to head off a potentially embarrassing vote to defund his agency’s trawling of phone and Internet records. House Republican leaders allowed a vote on an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash to use the power of the purse to rein in the NSA, and the panic shows that the effort might well succeed in the Senate when the budget comes to the upper chamber: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, White House press secretary Jay...
  • The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People's Data Than Previously Revealed

    07/19/2013 5:01:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | July 17, 2013 | Philip Bump
    As an aside during testimony on Capitol Hill today, a National Security Agency representative rather casually indicated that the government looks at data from a universe of far, far more people than previously indicated. Chris Inglis, the agency's deputy director, was one of several government representatives—including from the FBI and the office of the Director of National Intelligence—testifying before the House Judiciary Committee this morning. Most of the testimony largely echoed previous testimony by the agencies on the topic of the government's surveillance, including a retread of the same offered examples for how the Patriot Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...
  • Latest Snowden revelation: US gathers intel on Venezuela, Brazil, and Mexico

    07/11/2013 8:05:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Or at least wake me when we get to Luxembourg. The tawdry revelations from the bottom of the Edward Snowden cache continue to seep out, this time in Brazil, where the newspaper O Globo reports in shock that US intelligence services collect information on Latin America. In other news, O Globo also reports that water is wet, or something: A Brazilian newspaper on Tuesday published an article it said is based on documents provided by the former American contractor Edward Snowden asserting that the United States has been collecting data on telephone calls and e-mails from several countries in Latin...
  • Meet The Chief Justice Of America’s Secret Supreme Court (FISA)

    07/09/2013 10:31:19 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 33 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 7/7/13 | John Stanton
    The chief judge of America’s most powerful secret court is a 64-year-old man who has said his path toward the law began in part when he was stopped by police in the early 1960s simply for being black, and who once said he became a lawyer to “make an impact on the quality of life for people of color in this country.” Reggie Walton is the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose 11 members are appointed directly by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Revelations of broad spying by the National Security Agency have drawn unusual...
  • DNI Clapper Won’t Resign Over Misleading Congress on NSA Surveillance

    07/09/2013 8:18:21 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 9, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has no plans to resign following disclosures to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he misled Congress on widespread National Security Agency electronic surveillance of Americans. “DNI Clapper explained his response in the letter to Chairman [Dianne] Feinstein [(D., Calif.)] and apologized for the misunderstanding,” said Michael Birmingham, spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Clapper “values the decades-long stellar relationship he has with Congress and remains focused on leading the intelligence community,” Birmingham told the Free Beacon in a statement Monday.
  • The Criminal NSA

    07/02/2013 10:10:36 AM PDT · by GVnana · 18 replies
    The New York Times OpEd ^ | 6/27/2013 | JENNIFER STISA GRANICK and CHRISTOPHER JON SPRIGMAN
    Op-Ed Contributors The Criminal N.S.A. By JENNIFER STISA GRANICK and CHRISTOPHER JON SPRIGMAN Published: June 27, 2013 THE twin revelations that telecom carriers have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans’ phone calls, and that the N.S.A. has been capturing e-mail and other private communications from Internet companies as part of a secret program called Prism, have not enraged most Americans. Lulled, perhaps, by the Obama administration’s claims that these “modest encroachments on privacy” were approved by Congress and by federal judges, public opinion quickly migrated from shock to “meh.” It didn’t help that Congressional watchdogs —...
  • Record shows U.S. officials misled public on NSA programs

    07/02/2013 12:00:27 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 11 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/02/2013 | Greg Miller
    WASHINGTON – Amid the cascading disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the top lawyer in the U.S. intelligence community opened his remarks at a rare public appearance last week with a lament about how much of the information being spilled was wrong. “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on,” said Robert Litt, citing a line often attributed to Mark Twain. “Unfortunately, there’s been a lot of misinformation that’s come out about these programs.” The remark by Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was aimed at...
  • Get a Life Pentagon wanted searchable database of people's lives as far back as 2003

    07/01/2013 11:50:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/13 | Josh Peterson
    Ten years before the recent global panic over the U.S. government’s domestic spying program, the Pentagon solicited contractors for a searchable database of people’s lives. In 2003, the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hoped to create a database that would amass everything about the life of a person participating in the project, ranging from GPS coordinates to every email and phone call sent and received. The participant would wear a camera, microphone and sensors to record the minutia of everyday life. The program, called Lifelog, would act as a person’s digital diary.
  • President Obama’s Data Harvesting Program: NSA as Pollster, PRISM as MISO

    07/01/2013 11:25:45 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Seoul Times ^ | 07/02/2013 | John Stanton
    It is way too soon to bet the house fortune on the reliability of reports by the Washington Post (Washington, DC) and The Guardian (United Kingdom) on US President Barack Obama’s data harvesting program, known for the moment as PRISM. With the hot pursuit of mainstream media reporters underway by the US Department of Justice (Associated Press, for example); a US Corporate-State show trial of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange/Wikileaks (Obama has already stated they are guilty); the extraordinary cyberwar/hacking accusations against the Chinese government; and the shrill sound of cyber quackery from the Defense Science Board and its legion of...
  • Barack Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claims

    07/01/2013 5:46:26 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    The Guardian via Drudge ^ | July 1 | Ian Traynor in Brussels and Dan Roberts in Washington
    President says NSA will assess espionage allegations as France and Germany demand answers and warn of delay to trade talks Barack Obama has sought to limit the damage from the growing transatlantic espionage row after Germany and France denounced the major snooping activities of US agencies and warned of a possible delay in the launch next week of ambitious free-trade talks between Europe and the US. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and French president, François Hollande, demanded quick explanations from Washington about disclosures by the Guardian and Der Spiegel that US agencies bugged European embassies and offices. Berlin stressed there...
  • Greenwald on ‘coming’ leak: NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen

    06/30/2013 12:32:19 PM PDT · by opentalk · 73 replies
    RT ^ | June 29, 2013
    The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden’s documents was ‘coming soon.’ Calling it part of a “globalized system to destroy all privacy,” and the enduring creation of a climate of fear, Greenwald outlined the capabilities of the NSA to store every single call while having“the capability to listen to them at any time,” while speaking via Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, on Friday. Greenwald was the...
  • The Guardian Revealed A Major NSA 'Scoop' Then Deleted It From Their Website

    06/29/2013 8:47:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 29, 2013, 8:51 PM | Paul Szoldra
    The Guardian released another shocking NSA scoop on Saturday, revealing collusion and mass harvesting of personal communications among the United States and at least six European Union countries — only to delete it from their website hours after publication. The article, titled "Revealed: secret European deals to hand over private data to America," was written by Jamie Doward, who reported information from Wayne Madsen, a former Navy Lt. and NSA employee for 12 years.
  • New NSA spy claims hit Germany as EU calls on Washington for explanations

    06/30/2013 7:29:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Euronews ^ | 6/30/2013
    The European Union calls for explanations from the US as Germany reels from new NSA spy claims. German magazine Der Spiegel cites a top secret document in the hands of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, which shows that the US classed Germany as a ‘third class’ partner which required surveillance similar to China, Iraq or Saudi Arabia. Around 20 million German phone and 10 million internet connections were being monitored on an average day. Responding to reports that the EU was tapped by the US agency, the European Parliament President Martin Schulz said he was ‘deeply worried and shocked’....
  • Attacks from America: NSA Spied on European Union Offices

    06/30/2013 7:24:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    www.spiegel.de ^ | June 29, 2013 – 11:21 PM | By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark
    America's NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities. According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed bugs in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer network. Cyber attacks were also perpetrated against Brussels in New York and Washington. Information obtained by SPIEGEL shows that America's National Security Agency (NSA) not only conducted online surveillance of European citizens, but also appears to have specifically targeted buildings housing European Union institutions. The information appears in secret documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden that SPIEGEL has in part seen. A "top secret" 2010 document describes how the...
  • Key US-EU trade pact under threat after more NSA spying allegations

    06/30/2013 7:15:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Sunday Jund 30, 2013 | Ian Traynor in Brussels, Louise Osborne in Berlin and Jamie Doward
    <p>The prospects for a new trade pact between the US and the European Union worth hundreds of billions have suffered a severe setback following allegations that Washington bugged key EU offices and intercepted phonecalls and emails from top officials.</p> <p>The latest reports of NSA snooping on Europe – and on Germany in particular – went well beyond previous revelations of electronic spying said to be focused on identifying suspected terrorists, extremists and organised criminals.</p>
  • Washington Post releases four new slides from NSA's Prism presentation

    06/30/2013 8:06:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 65 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday 30 June 2013 10.59 EDT | Ed Pilkington in New York
    The Washington Post has released four previously unpublished slides from the NSA's PowerPoint presentation on Prism, the top-secret programme that collects data on foreign surveillance targets from the systems of nine participating internet companies. The newly published top-secret documents, which the newspaper has released with some redactions, give further details of how Prism interfaces with the nine companies, which include such giants as Google, Microsoft and Apple. According to annotations to the slides by the Washington Post, the new material shows how the FBI "deploys government equipment on private company property to retrieve matching information from a participating company, such...
  • Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials

    06/08/2013 4:01:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 7, 2013 8:37pm EDT | Mark Hosenball
    President Barack Obama’s administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans’ telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday. The law enforcement and security officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the agencies that normally conduct such investigations, including the FBI and Justice Department, were expecting a probe into the leaks to a British and an American newspaper. … Leaks to media outlets this week have revealed a government campaign of domestic surveillance going far beyond anything that had been acknowledged previously. …
  • Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks (selectively ?)

    05/25/2010 11:26:06 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 602+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-25-10 | Josh Gerstein
    The Obama administration’s crackdown on leaks to the press has snared a high-profile conviction of an FBI linguist, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to giving classified information to a blogger. The sentence for Shamai Leibowitz is likely to become the longest ever served by a government employee accused of passing national security secrets to a member of the media. His case represents only the third known conviction in U.S. history for a government official or contractor providing classified information to the press. And it reflects a surprising development: President Barack Obama’s Justice Department...
  • Say Hello to the Grand Jury, Sid

    08/03/2006 12:03:10 PM PDT · by the Real fifi · 23 replies · 1,308+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 3, 2006 | Clarice Feldman
    A.J. Strata informs us that Sidney Blumenthal has leaked the fact that NSA is assisting Israel in tracking weapons shipments from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah, gaining him anti-Israel supporters and (one hopes) a chance to talk to the grand jury investigating NSA leaks: Why would Sydney Blumenthal risk everything to publicize the fact he has been leaked – and is publicizing – classified information? The leftwing, anti-Israel sites are lapping this up. But my guess is Sidney just won himself an invite to a Grand Jury looking into leaks at the NSA:
  • Why the NSA STORY is CRUCIAL to the TREASONOUS MEDIA

    05/20/2006 2:15:41 PM PDT · by woodb01 · 15 replies · 1,655+ views
    Recently ABC News spilled the beans. If you connect the dots, it is easy to understand why the mainstream media is in an uproar over NSA monitoring International calls to suspected terrorists who might be planning on attacking America. IT IS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT IS MAKING THOSE INTERNATIONAL CALLS! A few days ago, ABC News ran a story citing another one of those unidentified Federal Government sources warning them that their calls are being monitored. [FN1] A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to...
  • NSA - Cometh the leaker - and he's ......Nuts! - II (Tice)

    05/12/2006 1:53:22 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 499+ views
    Mac's Mind ^ | 5-12-06
    Well, just like clockwork, new Hardball talking nutcase Russ "tiny" Tice is out again and is heading to Congress: "Russ Tice, an NSA intelligence analyst fired last January in the wake of revelations about the agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program, is finally getting his chance to tell what he says are even more explosive secrets to Congress.Rice said that the Senate Armed Services Committee has invited him to testify sometime next week about “very sensitive programs and operations at NSA and DoD (Department of Defense) that likely have violated the law and the constitution.” The ultra-secret NSA operations are called special...
  • Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen (Jack Kelly)

    03/06/2006 9:41:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 1,254+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 3-7-06 | Jack Kelly - Commentary
    March 7, 2006 Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen By Jack Kelly Journalists will be paying rapt attention when Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman go on trial next month for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman were officials of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They received classified information from Lawrence Franklin, an analyst at the Department of Defense, which they passed on to an Israeli diplomat, and to journalists. They are the first private citizens ever to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Mr. Franklin pled guilty Jan. 20th and was sentenced to more than...
  • Washington Post Leaks More National Security Secrets

    01/30/2006 12:48:38 PM PST · by Sam Hill · 39 replies · 2,961+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | January 30, 2006 | N/A
    Tired of seeing the New York Times getting all the headlines with their treason, the Washington Post has decided to join in the fun of betraying its country's most vital national secrets.This self-styled military expert, William Arkin, must surely be aware it is a gross and illegal violation of national security to release code names. (Ask Kissinger about "Umbra.") Of course that didn't stop him from writing a book that does just that a year ago, either.In fact, Mr. Arkin considers himself more of an activist than a journalist. (Not that there is any discernible difference in our one party...
  • Senators Focus on Wiretapping Program ~ WSJ notes....

    01/18/2006 1:35:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 489+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ( Todays Free Feature ) ^ | January 18, 2006; | NEIL KING JR. Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
    Senators Focus on Wiretapping ProgramLegality of President's Moves Will Be the Crucial, but Hard to Answer, Issue at Hearings By NEIL KING JR. Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNALJanuary 18, 2006; Page A4 WASHINGTON -- Senators will have scads of questions when they open hearings on President Bush's wiretapping program. But the pivotal one -- Is it legal? -- will be hard to answer.The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold hearings early next month, followed by a possible closed round of questioning within the Senate Intelligence Committee. The legality issue likely will be center stage in both venues, with Attorney...
  • Surge in Sale of Disposable Cell Phones May Have Terror Link

    01/12/2006 5:43:33 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 81 replies · 1,825+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 12, 2006 | BRIAN ROSS and RICHARD ESPOSITO
    Federal agents have launched an investigation into a surge in the purchase of large quantities of disposable cell phones by individuals from the Middle East and Pakistan, ABC News has learned. The phones — which do not require purchasers to sign a contract or have a credit card — have many legitimate uses, and are popular with people who have bad credit or for use as emergency phones tucked away in glove compartments or tackle boxes. But since they can be difficult or impossible to track, law enforcement officials say the phones are widely used by criminal gangs and terrorists....
  • Getting to the bottom of the NSA leaks

    01/05/2006 8:52:30 AM PST · by the Real fifi · 32 replies · 1,708+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/05/06 | clarice Feldman
    There may be some progress in identifying the source of the leak of classified NSA secrets. If suspicions being raised today play out, a harmonic convergence of anti-Bush leftists may be exposed.
  • How the NY Times is Ringing in 2006 (re: book on NSA - TREASON ALERT!)

    01/01/2006 4:01:00 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 23 replies · 1,792+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Sunday January 1st, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    HOW THE NYTIMES IS RINGING IN 2006 By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 31, 2005 10:45 PM Yes, it's New Year's Eve. And since there's no rest for the NYTimes, I'm not taking it easy tonight either. You see, NYTimes' reporter James Risen has been a busy bee over the holidays. The co-author of the infamous Chicken Little opus exposing the NSA special collection program to monitor international communications between suspected al Qaeda operatives and their contacts will be launching his new book, State of War, on January 3. Turns out the publisher of Risen's new book, which includes a discussion...