US Must Not Surrender in Big Brother Arms Race, Senator Argues in Hearing on NSA Surveillance

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 11:28 am

National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Office of the Director for National Intelligence General Counsel Robert Litt were all witnesses for another Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on surveillance. It attempted to address some of the numerous issues that have been made clear as a result of news stories on [...]

NSA Collects Leaked Location Data from Mobile Apps in Ad-Targeting Efforts

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 11:05 am

Latest revelations from National Security Agency documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden renew focus on the need for online companies to provide users with better controls so “unique identifiers” do not aid the government in warrantless surveillance. The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani reported yesterday that a slide from an [...]

NSA Extended Tentacles to Ensure Games Like World of Warcraft, Second Life Weren’t Beyond Its Reach

By: Monday December 9, 2013 11:27 am

The National Security Agency targeted Internet communications features in games or virtual environments like Second Life, World of Warcraft (WoW) and XboxLive, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Documents from 2008, reported and published in partnership by The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica, show that online game [...]

NSA Has a Massive Program Which ‘Incidentally’ Collects Cell Location Data of Millions of Americans

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:18 pm

New documents from former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA is storing location data from “at least hundreds of millions of devices.” The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Koltani write, “The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” This enables [...]

More Evidence of NSA’s Hoarding Complex: Agency Collecting Data from Links to Google, Yahoo Data Centers

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 2:00 pm

During yesterday’s House intelligence committee hearing, Director for National Intelligence James Clapper said to one member of Congress, “There are many things we do in intelligence that, if revealed, would have the potential for all kinds of blowback.” The Washington Post has revealed that the National Security Agency has infiltrated the main communications that connect [...]

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Discusses Meeting Snowden & Most Critical Revelations from Him (So Far)

By: Monday October 21, 2013 5:13 pm

Over the weekend, a conference on surveillance was held by the Chicago chapter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC).  The conference examined surveillance, traditional and high-tech, how it intersected amongst federal, state and local levels of government and what had been exposed by former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Restore the [...]

Senator Dianne Feinstein Publishes Another Op-Ed as Part of Effort to Save NSA Surveillance Powers

By: Monday October 21, 2013 11:04 am

The disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have had the effect of spurring a much-needed debate while at the same time shifting Americans’ views of surveillance programs being operated by the United States government. Polling has shown—as a result of revelations from documents Snowden handed over to journalists like Glenn Greenwald or Laura [...]

Government Efforts to Keep Use of Surveillance Secret from Drug Defendants Challenged

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 11:00 am

It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal [...]

Canadian Spying Agency Reportedly Engaged in Economic Espionage Against Brazil’s Mines & Energy Ministry

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 10:40 am

A Canadian spying agency has apparently targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry with a program capable of mapping phone calls, emails and video conferences by those inside the ministry, according to documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The report aired on Brazilian television further suggested Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) sought to [...]

FISA Court: Congress, Phone Companies Could Have Challenged NSA’s Bulk Data Collection (But Didn’t)

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 8:10 pm

The secret surveillance court, which authorizes requests for bulk data collection by the National Security Agency under the “business records” provision of the PATRIOT Act, has released a court opinion and order related to a recent request for “certain business records of specified telephone service providers.” The disclosure is, for the most part, unprecedented. Intelligence agency [...]

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