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  • Justice case against alleged leaker collapses

    06/09/2011 9:01:52 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 11 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9 June 2011 | Michael Isikoff
    In a major blow to the Justice Department, one of its biggest leak prosecutions in years all but collapsed late Thursday when federal prosecutors withdrew all their felony charges against a former National Security Agency official accused of providing classified information to a journalist. Instead, under a plea deal reached with prosecutors, former NSA official Thomas Drake has agreed to plead guilty in federal court on Friday to a single misdemeanor count of "exceeding authorized use of a computer" -- a minor charge for which he will receive no jail time, a senior administration official told NBC. “This is close...
  • NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government [gov't spying on you]

    05/16/2011 5:53:27 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 17 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 5/16/11 | Soulskill
    decora writes "Crypto-mathematician Bill Binney worked in the Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center at the NSA. There, he worked on NSA's ThinThread program; a way to monitor the flood of internet data from outside the US while protecting the privacy of US citizens. In a new interview with Jane Mayer, he says his program 'got twisted. ... I should apologize to the American people. It's violated everyone's rights. It can be used to eavesdrop on the whole world. ... my people were brought in, and they told me, "Can you believe they're doing this? They're getting billing records on US...
  • 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...
  • Ex-NSA worker charged in classified leak case (likely Berger protege)

    04/15/2010 9:32:07 AM PDT · by SueRae · 41 replies · 1,268+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 4/15/2010 | Breitbart (via AP0)
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A former senior executive at the National Security Agency was charged Thursday with lying and obstruction of justice in an investigation of leaks of classified information to a newspaper. Federal prosecutors said Thomas Drake, 52, served as a source for many articles about the NSA in an unidentified newspaper, including articles that contained classified information.</p>
  • System Error (Re NSA and the $1.2 Billion Trailblazer Project)

    01/29/2006 8:42:06 PM PST · by phil_t · 6 replies · 549+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 29 January 2006 | Siobhan Gorman
    A Baltimore Sun Special Report System error The NSA has spent six years and hundreds of millions of dollars trying to kick-start a program, intended to help protect the United States against terrorism, that many experts say was doomed from the start. Originally published January 29, 2006 A program that was supposed to help the National Security Agency pluck out electronic data crucial to the nation's safety is not up and running more than six years and $1.2 billion after it was launched, according to current and former government officials. The classified project, code-named Trailblazer, was promoted as the...
  • Egypt bans Madonna after Israel visit

    09/24/2004 3:32:47 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 32 replies · 846+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Aaron Klein
    Egypt has issued an order barring pop star Madonna from entering the country because she visited Israel. Members of Egypt's parliament have demanded Madonna, who has not requested entry into Egypt or announced any plans to visit the country, be barred from entering Egyptian soil. The parliament directed Egyptian embassies abroad to deny any visa requests from Madonna. The demand comes after Madonna, aka Esther, visited the Jewish state last week making daily headline news with midnight trips to a Jewish cemetery, a quick drive by past the Wailing Wall, and even the arrest of her security detail. The Material...
  • Trailblazer

    06/20/2004 10:12:36 PM PDT · by writer33 · 47 replies · 1,021+ views
    Self | 06/20/2004 | Chris Davis
    On November 6, 2000, President George Bush was elected President of the United States. Despite the liberal challenges through recount after recount after recount, George W. Bush still won the election. Regardless of the liberal slander and court challenges, George W. Bush still won the election. It was his destiny, his America. His chance to change the course of the U.S. Military, the course of the American spirit, revive a sluggish economy, and a chance to bring pride back to the White House. After eight years of debauchery in the Oval Office, President Bush was sworn in on January 20,...