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  • ** FILE ** National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee. (Associated Press)

    Gen. Keith Alexander heckled as NSA chief speaks at computer conference

    Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. military’s Cyber Command, was heckled and narrowly avoided being egged when he addressed the Black Hat corporate computer security conference Wednesday.


  • As Snowden gets asylum, debate lingers: whistleblower or traitor?

    More Americans think of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a whistleblower than a traitor, but experts on both sides of the debate are making informed and impassioned arguments.


  • **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 June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Secrets are hard to keep in the whole wired world; hacker, intelligence cultures clash

    When retired Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden headed the CIA, one question vexed him so much that he set up a special working group to help him answer it: "Will America be able to conduct espionage in the future, inside a political culture that every day demands more and more transparency in every facet of national life?" Mr. Hayden said the working group "came back with the answer, more or less: 'We're not sure.'"


  • Nancy Ohanian

    NAPOLITANO: Liberty's backlash

    Last week, Justin Amash, the two-term libertarian Republican congressman from Michigan, joined John Conyers Jr., the 25-term liberal Democratic congressman from the same state, to offer an amendment to legislation funding the National Security Agency.


  • ** FILE ** National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2013. Clapper is apologizing for telling Congress earlier this year that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Declassified documents show NSA snooping had 'compliance' problems

    Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on Wednesday declassified three documents that showed there have been "a number of technical compliance problems" with the government's phone-snooping program, as the Obama administration fights to preserve what it says is a critical tool in the war on terror.


  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy told intelligence and law enforcement officials that "the trust of the American people is wearing thin." (Associated Press)

    Obama open to changes at NSA; intel officials fight to maintain secrecy

    The Obama administration signaled Wednesday that it is ready to accept some changes to the National Security Agency telephone snooping program, as intelligence officials fought fiercely against congressional critics to preserve what they say is a vital tool in rooting out terrorist plots.


  • Senate holds first public hearing on NSA; critics rip secret laws

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing evidence Wednesday from intelligence officials and experts about the National Security Agency’s domestic snooping activities revealed by leaker Edward J. Snowden.


  • Senators pushing business-backed cybersecurity bill

    Senators put forward a bipartisan, business-backed measure Tuesday that aims to toughen the nation's cybersecurity by relying on voluntary compliance by banks, utilities and other companies.


  • **FILE** James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, listens March 12, 2013, to testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he testified about worldwide threats. (Associated Press)

    Eric Holder prodded by ethics group to probe Clapper claims

    A government watchdog group demanded Monday in a letter that Attorney General Eric Holder investigate James Clapper, accusing the intelligence head of lying about NSA intelligence collection practices during recent congressional testimony.


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