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Privacy vs. Security: How The Debate Changes

Can we ever be truly secure without giving up some privacy?

March 31, 2015

Talk Of Petraeus Indictment Raises Legal Questions For His Ex-Paramour

David Petraeus’ former paramour may be in legal trouble, too.

January 13, 2015

Child-Porn Conviction Is Tossed: Navy Surveillance Is Blamed

The court found that the Navy “extraordinarily” violated citizens’ privacy.

September 18, 2014

Israel Intelligence Reservists Say They’ll No Longer Spy On Palestinians

By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — More than two dozen reservists from the Israeli army’s elite intelligence-gathering unit have sent a public letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the army chief of staff declaring their refusal to serve on intelligence missions against Palestinians. The 27 reservists are part of a group of […]

September 12, 2014

U.S. Threatened Yahoo With Huge Fine Over Surveillance

Washington (AFP) – U.S. authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveillance program requiring it to hand over user data in the name of national security, court documents showed Thursday. The documents, made public in a rare unsealing by a secretive court panel, “underscore how we […]

September 11, 2014

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

By Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The CIA’s current fight to keep secret the details of its terror suspect interrogations echoes its long history of keeping the public in the dark, sometimes for decades. This latest skirmish pits the spy agency against the Senate Intelligence Committee, which wants to reveal […]

August 7, 2014

U.S. Spy Agency Patents Car Seat For Kids

Washington (AFP) — Electronic eavesdropping is the National Security Agency’s forte, but it seems it also has a special interest in children’s car seats, Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday. The “integrated child seat for vehicle” is among more than 270 patents issued since 1979 to the super-secretive spy agency at the center of whistleblower Edward […]

July 30, 2014

After CIA Gets Secret Whistleblower Email, Congress Worries About More Spying

By Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified report on the agency’s harsh interrogation program, triggering fears that the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases. The CIA got […]

July 25, 2014

Report: U.S. Snooped On Muslim-American Leaders

Washington (AFP) – The FBI and National Security Agency monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-American activists, academics and a political candidate, according to a report co-authored by journalist Glenn Greenwald. The report appearing in the online news site The Intercept said the surveillance was authorized by a secret intelligence court under procedures intended to locate […]

July 9, 2014

Report: Most NSA Data From Regular Internet Users

Washington (AFP) – Nine out of ten people identified in a large cache of online conversations intercepted by the National Security Agency were ordinary Internet users and not foreign surveillance targets, a news report says. Nearly half of the surveillance files were of United States citizens or residents, The Washington Post said of its four-month investigation […]

July 7, 2014

Snowden Damage Apparently Less Than Feared

Washington (AFP) – Edward Snowden does not appear to have taken as much as originally thought from NSA files, The Washington Post reported late Thursday. The damage is still “profound” from the former NSA contractor who blew the cover on vast U.S. surveillance programs of everything from everyday people’s phone calls to intrusions into high-tech […]

June 6, 2014

Israelis Reject Reports Of Spying On The U.S. As Susan Rice Visits

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israeli officials on Wednesday rejected espionage allegations reportedly made in American intelligence circles, the latest obstacle to Israel’s inclusion in the visa waiver program that would ease its citizens’ travel to the U.S. According to a report in Newsweek, some American counterspy officials say Israel is pursuing […]

May 7, 2014

Special Prosecutor Confirms An FBI Investigation Related To 9/11 Case

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — The FBI is indeed investigating something related to the Sept. 11 case, but it’s not the release of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s commentary to The Huffington Post, a special war-court prosecutor wrote a military judge Monday. U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez added in […]

April 22, 2014

NSA Chief’s Legacy Is Shaped By Big Data, For Better And Worse

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau FORT MEADE, Md. — In nearly nine years as head of the nation’s largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable. In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting only […]

April 1, 2014

NSA Chief’s Legacy Is Shaped By Big Data, For Better Or Worse

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau FORT MEADE, Md. — In nearly nine years as head of the nation’s largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable. In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting […]

March 31, 2014

Senator Rand Paul Demands An Investigation Into Domestic Spying

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times BERKELEY, CA — Sen. Rand Paul, one of the foremost critics of the government’s domestic spying program, came to the birthplace of the free speech movement Wednesday to deliver a searing indictment of the intelligence community and call for a sweeping congressional investigation of its activities. Speaking just off […]

March 20, 2014

Despite Vows Of Help, White House Withholds Thousands Of Documents From Senate CIA Probe

By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim […]

March 13, 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

Snowden: NSA Leaks Fueled Debate On Spying

Washington (AFP) – Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said Monday he has no regrets over his leaks about mass surveillance programs, saying they sparked a needed public debate on spying and data collection. Snowden, who spoke via video link from Russia to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, said he revealed the programs of the […]

March 10, 2014

FBI Probing Alleged Removal Of Documents From CIA By Senate Staffers

By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the alleged unauthorized removal of classified documents from a secret CIA facility by Senate Intelligence Committee staff who prepared a study of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists in secret overseas detention centers, McClatchy […]

March 7, 2014

Hollande On NSA Row: ‘Mutual Trust Has Been Restored’

Washington (AFP) – French President Francois Hollande, speaking alongside his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, said Tuesday that the two allies had resolved their differences over American digital eavesdropping. Leaders from many U.S. allies, including Germany’s Chancellor Angel Merkel, were angered by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden’s revelation that the United States monitors their telephone calls. But […]

February 11, 2014

Kerry Admits ‘Rough Period’ In U.S.-German Ties Over NSA

Berlin (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Friday that relations with Germany had gone through a “rough period” of late over NSA snooping but that shared security priorities would keep the countries close. After talks in Berlin with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Kerry told reporters that the United States took Germany’s […]

January 31, 2014

U.S. Spy Chief Calls On Snowden To Return NSA Documents

Washington (AFP) – Leaks from ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have damaged America’s national security and he should return the secret documents he has “stolen,” the U.S. spy chief said Wednesday. Snowden’s disclosures since June have revealed the National Security Agency’s vast electronic eavesdropping operations, sparking global outrage and prompting calls in Congress to curtail the […]

January 29, 2014