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.
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.
June 28, 2013 |
QUITO, Ecuador - President Obama tried to cool the frenzy over Edward Snowden on Thursday as Ecuador stepped up its defiance against the United States and said it was preemptively rejecting millions in trade benefits that it could lose by taking in the fugitive from his limbo in a Moscow airport. The country seen as likeliest to shelter the National Security Agency leaker seemed determined to prove it could handle any repercussions, with three top officials calling a morning news conference to "unilaterally and irrevocably renounce" $23 million a year in lowered tariffs on products such as roses, shrimp, and frozen vegetables.
February 24, 1992 |
RED FLAGS We're learning that there seems to be a skeleton in nearly everyone's closet. Advertising Age readers suggested the following resume items that might be tipoffs: "Part-time postal worker and member of the National Rifle Association. " "Experienced in segmentation and cannibalization studies. " "Blood-alcohol content hall of fame. " "Mostly keep to myself, but I always say hello. " "Never convicted. " UP YOUR NOSE Good news for sinus sufferers: A new, incisionless surgical procedure uses an endoscope inserted through either nostril to diagnose and then, if necessary, treat sinus problems.