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Secret Court Widely Broadens NSA Powers

WASHINGTON — In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly


France Moves to End U.S. Trade Talks Over NSA Spying

Paris: France today called for the temporary suspension of European Union-US free trade talks over claims of US spying on European offices, but Germany said they should go ahead as planned.

The talks, on what would be the biggest free trade deal ever negotiated, are due to start in Washington on Monday, but revelations


Greenwald: “World will be Shocked” Concerning Next Release of NSA Spying Activity

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Obama administration’s objective with Snowden is “to intimidate future whistleblowers from coming forward”

“The world will be shocked” by the next story on the National Security Agency’s vast spying operations, said Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist leading the exposure—made possible by leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden—of the agency’s far-reaching surveillance.

Glenn Greenwald (R) speaking with


Snowden Releases Info Implicating Britain in Pervasive Spying

Detail of a top secret briefing to GCHQ intelligence analysts about Tempora program.

According to new documents provided by Edward Snowden to The Guardian newspaper (but not, as yet, published in full), the British signals intelligence organization, known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has the “ability to


U.S. Decides to Charge Snowden, Seeking Extradition

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US prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against a fugitive former intelligence analyst who leaked details of a secret internet surveillance operations, US media say.

The Washington Post says former National Security Agency (NSA) analyst Edward Snowden is being charged with espionage and theft.

It says the US has asked Hong Kong


China Demanding NSA Surveillance Explanation

BEIJING – (AP) — China on Monday joined calls for Washington to provide explanations following disclosures of National Security Agency programs which collect millions of telephone records and track foreign Internet activity on U.S. networks.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Washington needs to heed international concerns expressed since the programs were


Content of Calls and Emails Stored and Listened to on the Fly

National Security Agency discloses in secret Capitol Hill briefing that thousands of analysts can listen to domestic phone calls. That authorization appears to extend to e-mail and text messages too.

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The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen


Methods to Avoid the NSA Spy Grid

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A designer named Peng Zhong feels so strongly opposed to PRISM, the NSA’s domestic spying program, that he created a site to educate people on how to “opt out” of it. 

According to the original report that brought PRISM to public attention, the nine companies that “participate knowingly” with


Is the Pentagon Bracing for Public Dissent

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NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism.

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access


As a candidate, Mr Obama applauded the courage of whistle-blowers (and rode into the White House on their disclosures); as president he has prosecuted them far more vigorously than his predecessors

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THICK and fast they came at last, and more and more and more. On June 5th theGuardian, a British newspaper, reported that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans not suspected of crimes.

A day later, the Washington Post reported the existence of a program code-named PRISM,


NSA Director: Thoughts Tracked, Actions Predicted

PRISM system can track target’s thoughts, predict future actions

The NSA director confirmed to Congress today that leaker Edward Snowden had access to a highly sensitive database containing personal information that could be mined to track a target’s thoughts and actions and possibly predict future acts.

U.S. Army General Keith B. Alexander, commander of


Google Reveals a Little About NSA Data Transfer

Google Opens Up Some More: The ‘Secret’ Computer System It Uses To Give Info To NSA Is Secure FTP

from the oh-no,-the-terrorists-will-know-that-now! dept Google is continuing to open up about the supposed “secret” program by which it hands data over to the NSA that has been subject to so much attention over the last


Russia Considers Granting Asylum to NSA Whistleblower

Russia would consider granting asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

Snowden fled the United States after leaking information about the NSA’s secret surveillance of phone records and information collected by Internet providers. After

revealing his identity to the public, he said that he


Did Google and Facebook Actually Build Systems to Enable NSA Snooping

Google and Facebook have discussed – and possibly built – special portals for the U.S. government to snoop on user data, according to revelations sparked by an investigative series of articles by Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian.

Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the top military adviser


Birds of a Feather: Obama and Bush on NSA Surveillance (Video)

Bush and Obama, Birds of a Feather


Ed Snowden: Imprisoned or Pardoned?

Early opinions vary on Edward Snowden, the former spy who just leaked confidential national security documents and accused the U.S. of building an intelligence machine that records nearly all human communications.

Some people think Snowden is a traitor.

Some people think he’s a hero.

Some people are reserving judgment until they


Number of Corporations Cooperating with NSA Monitoring Jumps to 50

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Pretty soon, we’re going to start wondering whose data isn’t being vacuumed up by the spooks.


Marc Ambinder:


Analysts at the National Security Agency can now secretly access real-time user data provided by as many as 50 American companies, ranging from credit rating agencies to internet service providers, two government


British Media Threatened with Prosecution for Revealing NSA Leak

A British Defense Ministry press advisory committee, reacting to a flurry of revelations in the American press about massive warrantless US government electronic surveillance programs, quietly warned UK organizations Friday not to publish British national security information.

Defiance of the advisory could make British journalists vulnerable to prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.

The June


NSA Documents Leaked by Anonymous

In the wake of last night’s revelation that everyone in the world has a creepy NSA-shaped stalker, defenders of online liberty and generally angry internet people Anonymous have leaked a treasure trove of NSA


Secret Court Order Exposed, NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily


Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama.

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The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largesttelecoms providers, under a


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