The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that show how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al Qaeda terrorists.
Target customers should be very concerned, but they shouldn't be shocked because dozens of stores, companies and government agencies have been hacked in recent years opening millions of Americans to identity theft, fraud and the possibility that sensitive personal information will be misused.
Details from a just-released Inspector General's report show that a U.S. general who was in charge of nuclear weapons stocks, but was suspended because of unbecoming behavior, actually chased "hot women" in Moscow, drank large amounts of alcohol and generally made a fool of himself in front of foreign delegates.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon declared that the bulk of the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' telephone records is likely to violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search.
When a president comes face to face with something painful and difficult, demanding his leadership, his first instinct is to toss it to a committee, usually called "a task force," which suggests urgency and no nonsense. Presidents like this solution because it carries no risk that he will actually have to do anything. Imagine the surprise this week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when the president's handpicked "review group" of government insiders produced a 300-page report that concluded the government's snooping is out of hand.
A long-awaited review of U.S. mass surveillance and data-collection programs produced a laundry list of recommendations for how the Obama administration should clean up its intelligence-gathering efforts to better protect sensitive information and the privacy of American citizens.
U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring a political dispute between Iran's foreign minister, who is a key player in nuclear talks, and the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the hard-line shock troops behind the Islamist regime in Tehran.
President Obama's internal review panel has accused the government of abusing the Patriot Act and said many of the intelligence community's key tools should be reined in, including the NSA's phone-snooping program.
"Almost Orwellian" — that's the description a federal judge gave earlier this week to the massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on virtually all 380 million cellphones in the United States.
A local newspaper in Brazil said national authorities will not grant asylum to former National Security Agency contractor-turned-information leaker Edward Snowden.
House oversight committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa this week accused the Obama administration of trying to "obstruct" a congressional investigation by trying to silence the contractors that help the federal government with security clearances, and he demanded interviews with individuals involved in the process.
The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee criticized a federal judge's ruling this week that the NSA is likely violating Americans' rights by storing records about their phone calls, saying Tuesday that the decision flies in the face of Supreme Court precedent and dozens of other court rulings.
The nation's leading technology companies took their concerns over government surveillance directly to the source Tuesday, pressing President Obama to rein in what is widely viewed as excessive and intrusive data-collection and snooping.
There's still a fire in his belly and multiple causes in his heart. Lawyer and longtime conservative legal gadfly Larry Klayman, the man behind the first successful lawsuit against the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs, remains ready to rumble on behalf of ethics and morality within the American legal and governmental systems.
Top Democrats pushed back Tuesday against a federal judge's ruling that the NSA's phone-records collection program violates privacy rights, asking for higher courts to quickly get involved and bring legal certainty to the murky world of intelligence gathering.