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Contractor Charged With Leaking Classified Data On Russian Election Hacking

Federal charges were announced less than an hour after The Intercept published a top-secret document from the National Security Agency that described Russian efforts to launch cyber attacks on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and send “spear-phishing” emails, or targeted emails that try to trick a recipient into clicking on a malicious link to steal data, to more than 100 local election officials days before the presidential election last November.

June 5, 2017
Comey testifies on Trump investigation

Comey Confirms Trump Investigation During Intelligence Committee Hearing

After reciting some of the troubling facts in the Trump investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee’s ranking Democrat, observed that the likelihood of all these connections being merely coincidental is extremely small. Former White House counsel John Dean, whose 1973 testimony helped to break Nixon’s Watergate defense, went further, saying he sees the Trump White House in a familiar “cover-up mode.”

March 21, 2017
Scott Adams on How Trump won

Intelligence Officials Told Trump That Russia Allegedly Holds Damaging Dossier On Him

The classified briefings last week were presented to Trump and President Obama by the Director of National Intelligence and the directors of the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency. The U.S. intelligence chiefs included a classified summary of the material to make Trump aware that it is circulating among federal agencies, senior members of Congress, and government officials.

January 10, 2017

Justice Department Charges NSA Contractor Stole Secret Data

Harold Thomas Martin, 51, who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, was taken into custody in Maryland in August, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Booze Allen is the consulting firm that employed Edward Snowden when he revealed the collection of metadata by the NSA in 2013.

October 6, 2016

Exclusive: Probe Of Leaked NSA Hacking Tools Examines Operative’s ‘Mistake’

A federal investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available on a remote computer — and Russian hackers found them.

September 22, 2016

Snowden: Russia Most Likely Culprits of NSA Hack

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said “circumstantial evidence and conventional wisdom” indicates that Russia is behind a major hack on the National Security Agency.

August 17, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporter's questions after meeting with Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Palacio de la Moncloa in Madrid, Spain July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama Prepares To Boost U.S. Military’s Cyber Role: Sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as Islamic State, current and former officials told Reuters. Under the plan being considered at the White House, the officials said, U.S. Cyber Command would become what the military calls a “unified command” equal to combat branches of the military such as the Central and Pacific Commands.

August 5, 2016
Rogue Justice Karen Greenberg

Excerpt: ‘Rogue Justice: The Making Of The Security State’

The most unusual thing about the case argued in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 19, 2008, was not that the court convening it, the FISA Court of Review, had met only once be­fore in its thirty-year history. It wasn’t the way technicians had swept the room for bugs and cut it off from the Internet, turning Court­room 3 temporarily into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

May 22, 2016
A police car blocks one of many entrance points into the National Security Administration facility in Fort Meade, Maryland March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The Nefarious Surveillance State Dangerously Inhibits Self-Expression And A Healthy Democracy

Researcher Jonathon Penney looked at Wikipedia searches conducted after June 2013, when news of NSA spying programs so thoroughly dominated headlines that 87 percent of Americans became aware of them. In the wake of the story, he found “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al-Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’”

May 22, 2016
An Apple iPhone is pictured next to the logo of Apple in Bordeaux, southwestern France, February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

FBI, DoJ Cracked The iPhone Without Apple’s Help

The Department of Justice announced on Monday that the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook has been cracked, ending the two-month struggle between the federal government and Apple over encryption in the age of terrorism attacks.

March 28, 2016

Has America Changed Since Edward Snowden’s Disclosures?

On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed — and what has not.

June 12, 2015
Washington

A Cold June In Washington

Washington is in a funk. A cold June makes things feel out of season. June is meant for picnics, blue garden flowers, and frolicking under a full moon.

June 5, 2015
Rand Paul

Congress Curbs NSA Access To Phone Records While Resurrecting Spying Powers

For the first time since 9/11, Congress is enacting legislation that would actually limit intelligence authorities rather than dramatically expanding them.

June 2, 2015
Mitch McConnell

Senate Passes Significant Rollback Of NSA Spying Powers

After a week of fierce debate, the Senate passed landmark legislation Tuesday, signalling the end of an era of a widespread domestic surveillance that began in the fearful weeks after 9/11.

June 2, 2015
Mitch McConnell

Congress Curbs NSA Surveillance, Sends Bill To Obama

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, sends bill to Obama

June 2, 2015
NSA, Patriot Act, Surveillance, Privacy, Congress, National News, Politics

Answers To 5 Questions About Patriot Act Spying Debate

When the Patriot Act expired Monday, people were left with questions as to what this means for the National Security Agency, for spying, and for the struggling presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul

June 2, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Bernie Sanders Spreads The Message Around

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared with Seth Meyers to promote his Democratic presidential campaign. And he explained why “democratic socialist” should not be a dirty word.

June 2, 2015
Rand Paul

NSA Surveillance Programs Expire As Senate Stalls

After 14 years and hundreds of millions of records of Americans’ telephone calls, the National Security Agency stopped bulk collection of phone data Sunday, officials said, as legal authority for the once-secret program expired.

June 1, 2015

Rand Paul’s Anti-NSA-Spying ‘Filibuster’ Lasts 10½ hours

Though civil libertarians heralded Paul as a hero, skeptics dismissed his move as symbolic at best, largely aimed at boosting fundraising for his nascent presidential campaign.

May 21, 2015

Ruling On NSA Phone Data Splits GOP Presidential Hopefuls

A court decision Thursday that declared the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata to be illegal revealed a sharp split among several Republican presidential hopefuls over the scope of the surveillance.

May 7, 2015
AFP, Angela Merkel, NSA, Surveillance, Spy Network, Germany, US, World News, Politics, Europe, Top News

Germany’s Merkel Defends Cooperation With US Spy Agency

Angela Merkel insists that Germany needs to continue to work with the NSA and perpetuate the spy network between the two nations.

May 5, 2015
U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

April 17, 2015
NSA, Patriot Act, Surveillance, Privacy, Congress, National News, Politics

Conservatives Push For Changes To Patriot Act Data Provisions As Expiration Draws Near

Will Congress reauthorize, rewrite, or let the Patriot Act expire? Critics tout the economic cost and strain on civil liberties that the law has had on Americans.

April 14, 2015