Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

But the letter to Facebook goes much further: law enforcement and national security agencies in these three countries are asking for nothing less than access to every conversation that crosses every digital device.

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

– The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA.

NSA: Fear The Future  -  Nefarious Laboratories

NSA: Fear The Future - Nefarious Laboratories

Mr. Gerstell peppers his letter with references to privacy, "wrestling with the challenges of the Fourth Amendment" in "this area of data privacy between the government and the private sector", tiptoeing around the truth: the mission of the National Security Agency is not, and will never be, to preserve citizen privacy.

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

U.S. intelligence officials have asked Congress to permanently extend a controversial program that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of telephone records.Since the call records program was voluntarily suspended, there’s no legal impediment to the NSA resuming collection before Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires in December.

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Getty Images The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

Another newly disclosed inspector general report, written in 2016 and also obtained by the A.C.L.U., showed that even though intelligence officials frequently asserted during the post-Snowden debate that the program was vital, the National Security Agency never developed metrics to measure the value of the information it had gathered under the Section 215-era program.

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

The National Security Agency (NSA) improperly collected records on American phone calls and texts last year, according to new documents obtained and released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).The error occurred between Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, the documents show, and had not been previously disclosed.

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is a UK government intelligence organization similar to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).The Letter, spearheaded by Sharon Bradford Franklin and Andi Wilson Thompson of New America’s Open Technology Institute, provides insight into how the Ghost Proposal would allow government agents to slip unseen into private encrypted communications:The “ghost key” proposal put forward by GCHQ would enable a third party to see the plain text of an encrypted conversation without notifying the participants.

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

(CN) – On remand from the Fourth Circuit, a federal judge heard arguments Thursday in a challenge to the National Security Agency’s “upstream” surveillance of international and domestic text-based communications.

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

In his public ruling, White deemed inadequate the evidence plaintiffs submitted to support claims that the National Security Agency violated the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The public evidence included a 2003 document from a former AT&T technician detailing how the telecom giant routed internet traffic to a secret room at an AT&T facility in San Francisco controlled by the NSA.

NSA recommends dropping controversial mass surveillance program

NSA recommends dropping controversial mass surveillance program

closeVideoThe National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a controversial surveillance program that collects vast amounts of information about Americans' phone calls and text messages, claiming the legal and logistical burdens of maintaining it outweigh its benefits to the intelligence community.

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration secretly collected data in bulk about Americans’ purchases of money-counting machines — and took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts — before quietly shuttering the program in 2013 amid the uproar over the disclosures by the National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, an inspector general report found.

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

This, said the Justice Department at the time of his arrest, meant that their "unauthorised disclosure could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the US".The vast pile of information was built up over the 20-year period that Mr Martin worked at the NSA and other US federal agencies.

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Mr. Augustine also said that the National Security Agency expected to “provide input” about whether to push for renewed authority to pursue the bulk data collection, but he made clear that the White House would make the final call about whether to ask Congress to extend the Freedom Act.

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

They just aren’t getting violent yet that we know of — internally in the US, outside is another story.” “Everybody’s afraid because all this data that’s about them, the central agencies — the intelligence agencies — they have it.” As Binney had no documents to give to the media, blowing the whistle had no consequence for NSA.

Sen. Leahy asks for surveillance information

Sen. Leahy asks for surveillance information

In their letter, Leahy and Lee ask the government to explain how recent changes in Supreme Court caselaw, and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) report of a massive compliance problem earlier this year, have affected implementation of these powerful surveillance authorities.

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?

In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that tore away a veil of secrecy around broad surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, there have been shifts in both technology and policy that have changed the center of gravity for personal electronic privacy in the United States and around the world.

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The bill, known as the CISA Act, reorganizes and rebrands the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a program inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as CISA, a standalone federal agency in charge of overseeing civilian and federal cybersecurity programs.

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Foremost among these generals were Keith Alexander, who became National Security Agency (NSA) chief and James Clapper, who had climbed the ranks of the secret military spying community to become director of national intelligence.

The NSA Continues to Blame Technology for Breaking the Law

The NSA Continues to Blame Technology for Breaking the Law

The NSA has repeatedly insisted to the American public and Congress that these call records are necessary for “national security,” and yet, the agency’s solution to discovering the over-collection was to delete everything it had grabbed for the past three years.

Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking faces sentencing

Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking faces sentencing

— A Georgia woman who leaked a secret report on Russian hacking of U.S. voting systems could get a tough sentence. The 26-year-old former National Security Agency contractor pleaded guilty in June to copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.