September 12, 2015 |
Lawyers for an Occupy Philadelphia activist have sued the National Security Agency and the CIA in federal court for records of any spying the agencies may have conducted on the group during the 2011 protests. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, cites media reports that Occupy Wall Street protesters were subject to government surveillance. Dustin Slaughter, an online journalist who participated in Occupy Philadelphia, filed Freedom of Information Act requests in December with both the NSA and CIA for records involving the Philadelphia protesters.
March 22, 1991 |
In an unusual public hearing on subjects long deemed secret, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday began considering the first organized overhaul of the U.S. espionage empire. The committee is considering declassifying the "black budget" for intelligence - an estimated $30 billion a year, though the figure is an official secret - and creating a new intelligence czar to control that budget. It also aims to reform warring intelligence bureaucracies plagued by "duplication, waste and poor performance," said the committee's chairman, Sen. David L. Boren (D., Okla.
June 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The agency with the power and legal authority to gather electronic communications worldwide to hunt U.S. adversaries says it has the technical know-how to ensure it's not illegally spying on Americans. But mistakes do happen in data-sifting conducted mostly by machines, not humans. Sometimes, former intelligence officials say, that means intelligence agencies destroy material they should not have seen, passed to them by the Fort Meade, Md.-based National Security Agency.
June 14, 2013
Snooping practically no surprise Why is it so much of a surprise that Bush-era spying by the National Security Agency is still going on? President Obama may not be as liberal as his speeches indicate, but he is pragmatic. Congress signed off on these programs several times, so its members shouldn't be surprised. As for me, I keep most of my banking off-line (even if I don't believe I'm in any danger since I have nothing to hide). As for my Facebook entries, they wouldn't elicit a stir even in my own family.
May 12, 2006 |
Lawmakers demanded answers from the Bush administration yesterday about a spy agency secretly collecting records of millions of ordinary Americans' phone calls to build a database of all calls within the country. Facing mounting congressional criticism, President Bush sought to assure Americans that their civil liberties were "fiercely protected. " "The government does not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval," said Bush, without confirming the program of the National Security Agency.
June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Current and former top U.S. officials yesterday defended the government's collection of phone and Internet data following new revelations about the secret surveillance programs, saying the operations were essential in disrupting terrorist plots and did not infringe on Americans' civil liberties. In interviews on Sunday talk shows, guests ranging from White House chief of staff Denis McDonough to former Vice President Dick Cheney and former CIA and National Security Agency head Michael Hayden said the government's reliance on data collection from both Americans and foreign nationals was constitutional and carefully overseen by executive, legislative and court authorities.
April 9, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court opted not to weigh in Monday on an early challenge, brought by a Philadelphia man and a conservative activist, to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records. Charles Strange of Torresdale and his attorney, Larry Klayman, had asked the justices to bypass the traditional appellate process to hear their case, saying the constitutional questions it raised were too weighty to wait for a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
March 13, 2007
U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales should resign. If he ever does, the nation could take it as a clear sign that President Bush finally grasps the need to preserve core civil liberties while guarding against terrorism. It would also be a sign that the president grasps that the Justice Department is at least one part of the government that should be free from the all-politics-all-the-time approach of his Karl Rove-led White House team. Until the day Gonzales does the right thing - or it's demanded of him - Americans must assume that their president doesn't get these key distinctions.
May 16, 2006
It's possible to get lost in a crowd. Maybe that's why last week's disclosure of the Bush administration's data-mining of millions of dialed phone numbers hasn't pushed the public-outrage meter into the red zone yet. What with Iraq, gas prices and the scandal du jour involving a greedy congressman, there's so much for citizens to be upset about. Polling in recent days shows that one-half to two-thirds of Americans are OK with the National Security Agency collecting information on ordinary phone calls.
June 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the first official acknowledgment of the whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday and promptly rejected U.S. pleas to turn him over. Snowden, who is charged with violating American espionage laws, fled Hong Kong over the weekend, touching off a global guessing game over where he went and frustrating U.S. efforts to bring him to justice. Putin said Snowden was in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport and has not passed through Russian immigration, meaning he technically was not in Russia and thus was free to travel wherever he wanted.