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To Protect Our Privacy, Make The FISA Court Act Like A Real Court

It’s time to provide real oversight for the NSA.

March 23, 2015

What Glenn Greenwald Gets Wrong

Earth to Glenn Greenwald: if you write a book slamming The New York Times, it’s naïve to expect favorable treatment in the New York Times Book Review. Been there, done that. Twice as a matter of fact. On the first go-around, the NYTBR reviewer — a Times alumnus— described mine as a “nasty” book for […]

June 4, 2014

Lawsuit Targets Use Of Warrantless NSA Wiretaps In Criminal Prosecutions

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — When federal prosecutors charged Colorado resident Jamshid Muhtorov in 2012 with providing support to a terrorist organization in his native Uzbekistan, court records suggested the FBI had secretly tapped his phones and read his emails. But it wasn’t just the FBI. The Justice Department acknowledged in October […]

April 7, 2014

What The Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

by Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica. Ten months after Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform: one from President Obama, one from the House Intelligence Committee, and one proposal favored by civil libertarians. All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences—and a […]

April 4, 2014

Feinstein: CIA May Have Violated Constitution With Monitoring Of Senate Staffers

By Ali Watkins, Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee threw down the gauntlet Tuesday morning in a feud unfolding between the CIA and its oversight panel, asserting that the agency may have broken the law in an effort to derail the panel’s report […]

March 11, 2014

Feinstein Publicly Accuses CIA Of Spying On Senate Computers

By Ken Dilianian, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senator Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, escalated a behind-the-scenes dispute with the CIA by publicly accusing the spy agency of secretly searching a Senate computer system, an act she said undermines congressional intelligence oversight and may have violated the law. The expanding dispute […]

March 11, 2014

Brennan Agrees Computer Fraud Law Applies To CIA As Tension With Senate Committee Grows

By Sam Sturgis, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan has acknowledged in a letter that the Computer Crimes and Abuse Act applies to his agency. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., made the letter public Wednesday, creating a new twist in the ongoing battle between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA over a […]

March 5, 2014

Muslims Concerned After Lawsuit Against NYPD Is Tossed

By Hannan Adely, The Record HACKENSACK, N.J. — Civil rights advocates said they were troubled by the dismissal of a federal lawsuit that challenged broad surveillance of Muslims by the New York Police Department and feared it would give law enforcement a “green light” to spy on people based on their religion. Muslim Advocates, a […]

February 21, 2014

U.S. Allows Tech Giants To Reveal Spy Agency Demands

Washington (AFP) – The United States is to give technology firms more leeway to publish broad details of how their customer data has been targeted by U.S. spy agencies, officials said Monday. Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said communications providers would be allowed to disclose figures on consumer accounts […]

January 27, 2014

Fourth Amendment Is Going, Going…

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Fourth Amendment. That’s the one that guarantees freedom from unfettered government snooping, the one that says government needs probable cause and a warrant before it can search or seize your things. That guarantee would seem to be ironclad, but we’ve been learning lately that it’s not. Indeed, maybe we’ve reached […]

January 15, 2014