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  • In this Jan. 29, 2014, photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on current and projected national security threats against the U.S. Clapper, said this week that the loss of state secrets as a result of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden was the worst in American history.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Foreign intelligence snooping stopped dozens of terrorist plots: Privacy board

    At least some of the government's snooping programs get high marks from the federal privacy watchdog, which approved a report Wednesday saying foreign intelligence collection is generally done in accordance with the Constitution and has been remarkably successful in sniffing out terrorist plots.

  • Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said a recent report by a privacy board granting high marks to some of the NSA's spying methods was vindicating for the program, which has been under frequent fire for invading the privacy of Americans. (Associated Press)

    Privacy board gives approval to some NSA spying programs

    At least some of the government's snooping programs get high marks from a federal privacy watchdog, which approved a report Wednesday saying foreign intelligence collection is generally done in accordance with the Constitution and has been remarkably successful in sniffing out terrorist plots.

  • Senator: FISA snares American communications

    An "unknown and potentially large scope" of Americans are caught up in the government's overseas electronic surveillance programs, according to a federal privacy watchdog report slated to be adopted Wednesday.

  • Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said the National Security Agency "has knowingly acquired tens of thousands of wholly domestic communications  even though this law was specifically written to prohibit the warrantless acquisition of wholly domestic communications." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Privacy panel: Government snooping may hit 'large scope' of Americans

    An "unknown and potentially large scope" of Americans are caught up in the government's overseas electronic surveillance programs, according to a federal privacy watchdog report slated to be adopted Wednesday.

  • ** FILE ** In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama waves to the audience after he spoke about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obama insists NSA phone program is legal, disputes oversight panel's findings

    President Obama disagreed with a privacy watchdog group who declared the National Security Agency's highly controversial phone collection program illegal.

  • Privacy board rules NSA snooping illegal

    The federal government violated the Patriot Act by stockpiling Americans' phone records and the phone companies are violating other federal laws by turning over the information, a federal privacy watchdog said Thursday, adding more hurdles for advocates who are trying to preserve the snooping program.

  • ** FILE ** Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Government panel urges end to phone data spying

    A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

  • Privacy board shares findings with Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The independent oversight board reviewing the U.S. government's surveillance programs briefed President Barack Obama this week on recommendations and key sections of its upcoming report, the task force's chairman said Friday.

  • **FILE** Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington during a rally to demand that the U.S. Congress investigate the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Privacy board springs to life after NSA revelations

    A small federal panel that oversees privacy issues has been catapulted from a bureaucratic backwater into the political maelstrom roiled by leaks about the National Security Agency's domestic snooping.

  • U.S. President Obama. (Associated Press)

    Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel ... in private

    The White House over the past several days has launched a public relations offensive to convince Americans that, under President Obama's leadership, privacy and Fourth Amendment rights won't be sacrificed in the name of national security.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama talks about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret. (Associated Press)

    As surveillance scandals swirl, Obama to sit down with privacy board

    With concerns over federal surveillance near the boiling point, President Obama on Friday will hold his first meeting with the newly constituted Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a senior administration official said.

  • **FILE** President Obama pauses during a statement on the fiscal cliff negotiations with congressional leaders in the briefing room of the White House on Dec. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Dormant liberties agency awakens to tasks

    A presidentially appointed panel charged with ensuring federal laws don't impede Americans' civil liberties has nothing to show for itself in recent years, failing to meet even once during a five-year span because vacancies had left the board dormant for so long.

  • President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama fills vacancies on independent privacy board

    President Obama has named two lawyers and a former federal judge to an independent privacy board recommended by the 9/11 Commission that has sat dormant for years under he and President George W. Bush.

  • ** FILE ** Lee H. Hamilton, former Democractic congressman from Indiana and vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    9/11 privacy board fails to meet

    An independent oversight board recommended by the 9/11 Commission to ensure that national security policies do not infringe on Americans' civil liberties has remained dormant for years, raising concerns among watchdogs that a crucial Constitution safeguard does not exist.

  • Illustration: Rubber stamp by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    BOVARD: Abolish the phony privacy board

    President Obama has failed to make any appointments to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This board epitomizes the charades Washington has played since Sept, 11, 2001. Instead of stocking the board with the usual suspects, it would be far better to abolish it.

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