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Jan 5, 2014

Obama asks spy court to OK continued NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved Friday to ask the secretive U.S. spy court to allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting every American’s telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional. U.S. officials were in the process of requesting […]

Dec 27, 2013

Federal judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal

NEW YORK — Citing the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge ruled Friday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is legal, a valuable tool in the nation’s arsenal to fight terrorism that “only works because it collects everything.” U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion […]

Dec 16, 2013

Judge says NSA program is likely unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration’s arguments, is the first of its kind on the [&helli[...]

Dec 11, 2013

NSA chief: We must keep collecting to protect U.S.

WASHINGTON — The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world. Pleading with the Senate Judiciary Committee to not abolish the National Security Agency’s bulk-collection programs, Gen. […]

Dec 9, 2013

Tech giants call for controls on government snooping

WASHINGTON — Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry’s financial livelihood. A coalition that includes Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft lashed out in an open letter printed Monday in major newspapers and a […]

Dec 8, 2013

AT&T: Our cooperation with NSA none of your business

SAN JOSE, Calif. — AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers’ communications records to the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn’t required to disclose to shareholders what it does with customers’ data. In a letter sent Thursday to the Securities and Exchange Commission, AT&T said […]

Oct 30, 2013

Government sues company that handled Snowden vetting

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is stepping into a lawsuit against the company that handled background checks of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. The lawsuit alleges that the company, United States Investigations Services, engaged in a practice known at the company as “dumping” — failing to perform quality-control […]

Oct 30, 2013

T-shirt satirist sues NSA for trying to thwart his sales

A Minnesota man has sued the National Security Agency alleging it violated his First Amendment rights by issuing cease-and-desist letters against production of his satirical merchandise.

Oct 2, 2013

NSA chief admits testing U.S. cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON — National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed Wednesday that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans’ cell phone locations, in addition to its practice of sweeping broad information about calls made. Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on proposed reforms […]

Sep 25, 2013

Justice Scalia expects NSA wiretaps to end up in court

McLEAN, Va. — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the courts will ultimately have to determine the legality of wiretapping by the National Security Agency. And he’s not sure that’s a good thing. Scalia addressed NSA wiretapping Wednesday in a speech to the Northern Virginia Technology Council when he was asked about technology companies’ role […]

Sep 11, 2013

William A. McComas: Hacking’s New Frontier

In the interests of maintaining a civil society, it is time to establish protocol around the threats posed by hackers and how victims may retaliate. Once restricted to desktop computers, the culture of hacking today affects a wide variety of computing devices embedded in valuable assets and deadly equipment, including weapon systems, cars and homes.

Sep 10, 2013

Hopkins apologizes to professor for blog removal

WASHINGTON — A Johns Hopkins University dean who asked a prominent computer scientist to remove a blog over a post he published about the National Security Agency has apologized for acting in haste. Hopkins engineering school dean Andrew Douglas said in a letter to cryptologist Matthew Green that Douglas acted too quickly and used inadequate […]

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